Tech Tip: How To Calibrate an Apple Laptop’s Power System

The battery performance in our mobile devices is a priority. We need our MacBooks to last the entire day, so we’re not inconveniently tethered to a wall for a recharge.

All batteries will inevitably begin to show their age after a certain number of charge cycles. Fortunately, many batteries in Apple laptops can be replaced when the original has reached the end of its lifecycle. offers a wide selection of NewerTech replacement batteries for Apple laptops that offer up to 50 percent more capacity than the original factory battery.

But simply replacing your battery shouldn’t be the only step you take to get the most battery life in the future from your laptop. After installing a new battery in a Mac, the next thing you need to do is calibrate the power management system.

macbook-air-13-inch-battery-installedWhile NewerTech batteries are shipped up to 30% Pre-Charged, it’s absolutely essential to calibrate

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Austin High School Students Create Short Film with Help of OWC Gear

Austin, Texas Round Rock ISD students David Venish, Kara Barfield and Jordan DeStefano created an original short film with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The piece (above) features funk legend George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and explores the peaks and valleys within the professional lives of musical artists. The students conceived the project at SXSW and premiered the final edit at Cedar Ridge High School with the help of high performance gear from Other World Computing.

Electro Pop-Rock trio Ships Have Sailed has also put OWC gear to use recently while working on a new record, commenting that OWC drives are “Sturdy, and speedy…what more can you ask for?”

Pictured below is William Carpenter from Ships Have Sailed.


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As a contributing sponsor of the Lennon Bus, OWC is proud to provide the foundation of the Bus’s unique storage needs by donating SSDs and enclosures (including the

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On the Road to NAB: How to Get Started With Podcasting

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During the month of April, we’re going to forego the usual Friday Five and replace it with a series of articles that deal with audio and video content production, editing and distribution. That’s the focus of the annual NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, running this year between April 16 and 21 in Las Vegas, NV. (If you’re attending the show, be sure to visit Team OWC at Booth #SL14205).

OWC and’s upgrade products are very popular with content creators, and we’re hoping that readers who want to dip their toes into the waters of video and audio production will give it a try. Today’s topic: How to get started with podcasting.

OWC Radio in iTunes

So, what is podcasting? Think of it as an episodic radio (or TV) show with a specific theme that is “broadcast” not over the airwaves, but over the Internet. To get an idea of just how many podcasts are

Blue Yeti USB Microphone
GarageBand being used for podcast recording and editing
Ferrite Recording Studio on iPad
Cast online editor

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Going Into Overtime! Mad March Specials Extended


In case you missed it, sent March out with its latest Garage Sale that brings hundreds of items that are priced to move. But just because April has arrived, it doesn’t mean we can’t send our Mad March specials into overtime.

We have one last round of huge savings that are good through Monday, April 4. Get more storage and great accessories at all-new low prices!

Happy Birthday, Apple! Watch 40 Years of Innovation in 40 Seconds

apple-logo-2It started in 1976 as a three-man team consisting of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, which worked primarily out of a Los Altos, California garage. And in just 40 years, it has grown into one of the world’s most valuable companies.

Today, Apple is celebrating its 40th birthday. And in those 40 years, the company has brought us some of the most influential and ubiquitous hardware and software ever with an incredible 1 billion active Apple devices now in use around the world.

To celebrate its birthday, Apple has put together a simple, upbeat ad featuring a running list of some of those hardware and software hits from the past 40 years and a few misses (sorry, Newton).

The video serves as a fun timeline for those who have been with Apple from the beginning. Check it out below and feel free to share your favorite memories and products

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Hundreds of New Items Available in April Garage Sale

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April has just about arrived. Hopefully, that means that you’ve already finished your spring cleaning and you’ve found out that you’ll be getting a nice tax refund in the mail. has done a bit of spring cleaning of its own, and has hundreds of items that are priced to move in its latest Garage Sale. Whether you have some unexpected refund cash or want to celebrate World Backup Day with a new backup drive, has something for everyone. (And be sure to check out our Mad March Specials that have went into overtime).

Here are just a few of the great deals in the April Garage Sale:

An Easy Way To Start Backing Up Your Mac on World Backup Day

Every March 31 is World Backup Day, and during the month of April the Rocket Yard will be filled with articles on how to keep data safely backed up a number of ways. Since today is the official World Backup Day, we are focusing on the Mac users who still don’t have a good backup plan at all. Since we don’t want you to be “April Fools,” here is a simple plan that you can follow to start backing up your Mac’s data.

1) Determine the existing capacity of your Mac’s storage.
Not sure just how much storage your Mac has? Click on the Apple menu (upper left corner of your Mac screen), then select About This Mac. Click the storage tab at the top of the window that appears. You’ll usually see a disk icon labeled “Macintosh HD” – you may have renamed it to something else, but usually people stay with the default

Determining the storage capacity of a Mac
Mercury On-The-Go Drive
Mercury Elite Pro
ThunderBay 4
Setting up a new Time Machine drive

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Quick Tip: Disabling Siri Suggestions in iOS 9 May Improve Performance

Whether you’ve used the Spotlight Search function on your iOS device or not, it’s been there for many years and will likely continue to be there.

Initially, the feature was simply used for finding things that were located on your iPhone, iPad or iPod by swiping left to right from the home screen and typing in your search. However, Spotlight Search has evolved along with iOS and in the latest iteration, iOS 9, it has some new functions.

Now when you swipe right, you’ll see the classic Search bar at the top along with new “Siri Suggestions”, “Nearby” location suggestions and “News”. Siri Suggestions is billed as sort of “pre-search” recommendations that may save you a search.

Turning off Siri Suggestions
While Siri Suggestions’ recommendations of recent apps and contacts can be handy for some, others might find it not useful or just annoying. Some users have even reported that


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Justice Department Extracts iPhone Data, Drops Case Against Apple

Apple-Logo-blackApple’s battle with the U.S. government has reportedly come to an end. The Justice Department on Monday filed a motion asking that its order that Apple unlock an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Ryzwan Farook be vacated. Prosecutors claim that the FBI has successfully been able to access data on the iPhone in question without the support of Apple, according to CNBC.

“Our decision to conclude the litigation was based solely on the fact that, with the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement.

Apple released the following statement Monday regarding the motion to vacate the order:

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set

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Still Time to Use OWC’s Special Code for Free Exhibits Pass at 2016 NAB Show

NABshow_logoIf you’re planning on attending this year’s NAB Show, be sure to visit Team OWC at Booth #SL14205! The annual digital media trade show is officially set to kick off Saturday, April 16 with exhibits set to begin April 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

If you do plan on heading to NAB and haven’t yet registered, make sure you follow the steps below and enter our special code “LV5899” during Exhibits-Only registration, and receive an Exhibits-Only pass free of charge until April 1! 

1) Go to and fill in the requested information

2) Choose “Exhibits Pass Session 3 pack” and add to your cart

3) Fill in “Apply Discount” box on the right side of the page with “LV5899”  and hit “Apply”. You should see a $0.00 balance. From there, you will be able to finish your registration by following on-screen directions.

We hope to see you there!

Friday Five: The New Power of Notes in iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4

It’s the end of the week, but that doesn’t mean an end to learning more about your favorite Apple devices. Each week, the Friday Five takes a quick look at a Mac OS X or iOS app to point out five things you may have overlooked before.

On Monday, Apple updated all four of its device operating systems — OS X, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. As part of that flurry of updates, the Notes app gained some new capabilities. Today we’ll take a look at some new things you can do with Notes, as well as highlight a few functions you may not have been aware of before.

Before you do anything, though, you’ll need to be sure that your notes have been upgraded so that they’re visible on both OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. How will you know if you haven’t upgraded? An Upgrade button will appear

The password field in Mac OS X Notes
A locked note
Close all locks or remove locks
iOS - Lock button
iOS Lock Note Button
A locked note in iOS
Unlock with Touch ID or password
Formatted text in Notes
Formatting text in iOS
Exporting from Evernote
Importing Evernote notes into Notes
Photo Browser in OS X Notes
The OS X Safari Share Button
Web Link in Notes
Mac Attachment Browser

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Fourth Round of Mad March Weekender Specials Now Live!


With just a week left in March, we’ve now reached Round 4 of our Mad March Savings at This week we have an elite selection of accessories and gear up for grabs.

Check out below to see what we have in store through Monday, March 28 to help you win the month of March.

Great Used Mac, iPad, Display selection

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Quick Tip: Enabling Wi-Fi Calling in Newly Released iOS 9.3

As expected, Apple released iOS 9.3 at Monday’s spring event. With it came the usual minor bug fixes and security updates, as well as a new feature called Night Shift. (Related: How to set up the Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3).

There were also some additions to the Wi-Fi Calling feature. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile now all support Wi-Fi Calling. Additionally, AT&T has now enabled international Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone 6 and later.

If you’re looking to take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling, here’s how to enable the feature on your iPhone 5c or later if your network supports it:

1) Under Settings, choose the Phone app and then tap Wi-Fi Calling.


2) You’ll then toggle Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone into the on position and receive a warning about location data collection.WifiCalling2-33) You will then be prompted to enter an emergency 911 address.


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Envoy Pro EX Helps Provide Compact Creative Protection on a Budget

After every day’s shooting, Catania stored the content on OWC Envoy Pro SSDs and backed it up with a Nexto DI device to ensure she had multiple copies of every scene … just in case.

After every day’s shooting, Catania stored the content on OWC Envoy Pro SSDs and backed it up with a Nexto DI device to ensure she had multiple copies of every scene … just in case.

Filmmakers know their video content is most fragile between the time it is taken from the camera and is safely stored in his/her production workflow storage.

To ensure every frame is saved, people content creators are increasingly using fast, reliable SSDs and a complete backup of the RAW footage. The combination has saved many filmmakers from having to reshoot scenes (if at all possible) at their own expense or redoing their film without the benefit of important content.

In her 30 years of supervising and shooting films around the world, Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, had perfected her capture/storage solution but her recent Amazon adventure documentary added a new set of restrictions.

To ensure

To protect her storage device from the harsh Amazon environment and conserve precious weight (under 2 pounds) and space, Catania chose a small, light sporting goods case. It proved to be such a great solution she now uses it for all of her shoots in the field.

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Deeper Dive: Another Look at the ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Event

March 21 2016 Apple Event InvitationThe March 21 “Let Us Loop You In” Apple event might have been a bit of a disappointment to some, since a lot of the Apple product line was ignored. While there were no announcements of new MacBooks or an upgraded Mac Pro, what we did hear about was rather inspiring. The new devices announced — the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro — bring some dated designs (the iPhone 5s and iPad Air 2) up to date. In this overview, I’ll drill into the Apple event announcements a bit deeper to bring you up to speed on the latest from Cupertino.

Environmental Initiatives
Apple is widely known as a leader in green technology, along with other companies such as OWC that recognize that “sustainability is good business”. At the beginning of the Apple event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and environmental VP Lisa Jackson both highlighted the company’s progress both

Woven Nylon Apple Watch Band

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Quick Tip: Setting Up the Night Shift Feature In iOS 9.3


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During yesterday’s “Let Us Loop You In” Apple event, you may have heard about Night Shift, a new feature in iOS 9.3. No, they weren’t referring to the 1982 comedy with Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton; instead, the Apple execs were touting a new feature that can actually help you to fall asleep faster. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to set up Night Shift.

First, let’s talk about what Night Shift does. Sleep experts have noted for years that people who spend a lot of time either at computer screens or staring at smartphone or tablet displays in evening hours tend to have problems falling asleep. This has been traced to a disruption in the daily circadian rhythm, which wakes humans up when it is light out and makes us sleepy when it is getting

iOS 9.3 Night Shift
iOS 9.3 Night Shift is enabled
iOS 9.3 Night Shift Sunrise/Sunset
Enabling/Disabling Night Shift in Control Center

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Help Make a Difference On this World Water Day

Today is World Water Day. Formally proposed in 1992 and first designated in 1993, the March 22 holiday is an annual event that focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Of course, World Water Day is a wonderful reminder of those in need of clean water and provides a great opportunity to donate via organizations such as charity: water.

charitywater_vertical_whiteIn many developing countries, bogs and swamps are the only source of water. People spend hours lugging heavy containers of the tainted water to their villages every day. Clean drinking water is often literally under these people’s feet, but they don’t know how to find it or how to bring it up from the ground.

charity: water focuses on helping communities develop permanent water solutions such as freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters and teaching them how to maintain them.

You might

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iPad, iPhone and ‘Liam’: We Loop You In On Apple’s Spring Event Unveilings

March 21 2016 Apple Event Invitation

As has become a March tradition, Apple once again held a spring event to show off the latest and greatest from its Cupertino labs. The Rocket Yard has a quick round up of what was announced, and on Tuesday we’ll be taking an even deeper look at what was unveiled.

So what did Tim Cook & Co. have in store? Read on to find out!

As usual, Cook himself took the stage first. Right out of the gate, Cook discussed Apple’s approaching 40th birthday, as well as the ongoing Apple, FBI security debate simply thanking its customers for the overwhelming support the company has received. (Related article: Staying Informed Paramount When Forming Opinions in Apple, FBI Case.)

Cook then invited Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives to the stage where she discussed the company’s renewable energy initiatives and introduced “Liam”. Liam is

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Friday Five: Exploring automation with IFTTT (If This Then That)

unnamedIt’s the end of the week, but that doesn’t mean an end to learning more about your favorite Apple devices. Each week, the Friday Five takes a quick look at a Mac OS X or iOS app to point out five things you may have overlooked before.

This week we’re going to take a look at a powerful tool that can integrate apps and services that you use in ways you never imagined possible. The glue that holds all of these things together is called IFTTT, short for IF This Then That.

Back in the late 1960s when I was first learning how to code in BASIC, we used the “If…then” statement a lot. Basically, IFTTT works the same. If a certain trigger occurs, then do something. In BASIC, we were usually comparing a variable to a value (“if x=25”, for example), then either exiting the program or going to

Sign up for IFTTT
The simple logic behind IFTTT
Selecting a trigger
Adding an RSS feed as a trigger
Next step - selecting an action
Adding an SMS action
The details of the Send SMS action
The recipe is almost done
Recipe - call me if the pollen level gets too high
Stocks Channel in IF app
Get a notification when AAPL climbs...
Searching for the Philips Hue recipes
Do Hue
Apple Watch App
DO buttons for email
An emailed map from IFTTT

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