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Quickly Reboot Your Mac Into Windows With QuickBoot

After making a decision on Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 on one of my Macs, I find myself occasionally using Bootcamp to boot my Macs into Windows. That involves holding down the Option key while booting, and then selecting the Windows partition. If I’m already in Windows, it is easier to reboot into OS X – there is an option in the Windows system tray to reboot into OS X. After a bit of searching, I found a couple of options to similarly boot into Windows from OS X, without having to sit there and hold down the Option key.

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So Help a Guy Pick – Windows 7 vs. Windows 8?

I’m hoping that between this blog, Google+, and Twitter, the hive mind can help me choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8 for my Retina MacBook Pro. I’m probably running the risk of starting a debate about the virtues of Windows vs. Mac, or the folly of using Windows to game on a Mac, but damn the torpedoes.

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Watching Television on Your Xbox

Inching slowly toward the future:

Time Warner Cable video subscribers who are Xbox Live Gold members will be able to watch up to 300 live TV channels through their Xbox 360. Customers can easily download the TWC TV app on the Xbox 360 and begin watching instantly.

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Here’s How I’m Replacing Google Reader – For Now

As you probably know, Google Reader says its final farewell on July 1. Earlier today, we finally received a news update from the developer of Reeder, the popular iOS app that many people used to follow their favorite RSS feeds. Reeder for iPhone already supports a few different services, but Reeder for Mac and iPad only support Google Reader. Support for additonal services is supposedly on the way, but I decided I can’t wait any longer, and I’ve cobbled together a few apps to get RSS reader functionality on Mac, the iPad, and iPhone.

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iPhone Lightning Cable Becoming Dislodged? Clean Your Phone

Please remind me how people solved problems before the Internet was invented? Didn’t they all just throw their hands up in the air, and give up? That’s what I was about to do, when I couldn’t get any of my Lightning Cables to connect reliabily with my iPhone. Naturally, my first reaction was to start writing a post about the worrisome number of Apple products with which I’ve had trouble over the past two years. Then I remembered this thing called Google, and figured what better way to solve an issue with an Apple product than turning to Google.

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Hide Unused App Icons on Your Apple TV

Where there’s a tech annoyance, there’s a clever person with a workaround to eliminate that annoyance. Tired of all the unused icons on your Apple TV? You can hide them by going into Settings > General > Parental Controls, and picking which built-in apps to hide. I’ll be trying this tonight.

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Tamrac MX5378 Camera Lens Case Review

I’m a noob photographer, but I’ve found that I’ve already accumulated a few camera bags. I have my backpack for when I want to take all my gear, a shoulder bag for when I want my camera and two or three lenses, and a very small bag that will hold my camera with a small lens attached. Recently, at the same time as when I was provided with a MacBook Pro Retina sleeve for review, I was also provided another type of camera gear case – a Tamrac MX5378 Camera Lens Case. This one was provided by LoveCases, a UK site.

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Build Your Own Dropbox Alternative with OmniPresence [Mac/iPad]

OmniPresence is a new sync tool from the OmniGroup that can be used to keep your OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, or OmniGraphSketcher files in sync between the Mac and iPad. It goes one step better, though, and can be used to sync any type of file on your Mac, working much like Dropbox works, but using a sync server of your choosing. While OmniPresence will never replace Dropbox, it does offer advantages over Dropbox in some areas.

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Byword Adds Blog and Evernote Publishing [Mac/iOS]

Byword has long been one of my favorite text editors on the Mac and on iOS. I like it for its simplicity, its effortless sync between Mac and iOS, and its Markdown support. (For a primer on Markdown, check down my earlier post on it. Byword has recently become even more useful, adding support for direct publishing to Evernote, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Scriptogram.

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Review: Ultrasuede MacBook Pro Sleeve

Here’s one for you UK folks. The folks at Gearzap recently provided with me the Encase Ultrasuede MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Sleeve (not to be confused with cases by Incase) for review. Ever since I switched from an 11 inch MacBook Air to a 13 inch model (and subsequently to a 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina Display), I’ve been going without a sleeve. I typically toss my MacBook into a slot in my backpack, so a sleeve isn’t an item that I would use often. A good sleeve would be handy, though, for those times when I just want to carry my MacBook somewhere, or when I want to toss my MacBook into a suitcase, and leave my backpack behind. Read on to see whether this sleeve meets those needs.

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