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2014 Browser Bake-Off

2014 Browser Bake-Off

The 2014 Mac browser benchmark results are in. This year, we picked a few new benchmarks to use, and four browsers to test. Which browsers are the fastest? And does speed really matter?

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Mac Browser Benchmark Bake-Off 2014

Wednesday April 23, 2014

If you follow me on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have seen a sneak peek at this year's annual Mac browser benchmark, where we test the most popular Mac web browsers to determine which one is the fastest.

Mac Browser Benchmark Bake-Off 2014

HTML5 Benchmark Results

That sneak peek showed just one of the six tests we ran on our selected browsers, and while it included an interesting graph, there wasn't enough information to reach any type of conclusion about the 2014 Browser Benchmark results.

But now that the benchmarking is complete, and we've put all the resulting data through our browser benchmark spreadsheets, we can finally reveal the results, which may surprise a few long-time readers of our benchmarks.

Mac Browser Benchmarks 2014 - Who's Number One, and Does it Matter?

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New Apple Security Update for OS X and Safari

Tuesday April 22, 2014

New Security Update 2014-002 is now available for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks; it also includes updates to Safari 7.0.3.

New Apple Security Update for OS X and Safari

Courtesy of Apple

The security update fixes a number of bugs that could impact Mac users. They include a networking fix that prevents a potential denial of service attack, removes the potential for a maliciously crafted JPEG from terminating a viewing app, and fixes a buffer overflow issue with PDFs that could have lead to arbitrary code execution.

Additional information on the OS X security issues can be found in Apple's Knowledge Base article: HT6207.

Safari 7.0.3, which is part of the security update, fixes an issue where an attacker could strip the Safari security settings for the use of cookies. This could have allowed private cookie data to be retrieved by the attacker.

You can find more information about the Safari update in Apple's Knowledge Base article: HT6196.

Security Update 2014-002 is available in the Mac App Store, and by selecting Software Update from the Apple menu.

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Apple Unveils New Campaign to Show Off Its Green Goals

Monday April 21, 2014

Apple today released two short videos, as well as an update to the environmental section of its web site, just in time for Earth Day 2014.

Apple Unveils New Campaign to Show Off Its Green Goals

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The first of the videos is a short ad narrated by Tim Cook. Entitled Better, the video looks at the programs and initiatives Apple has in place to promote the use of renewable energy at Apple facilities, use recyclable materials, eliminate waste, and reduce its carbon footprint.

You can watch the Better video here.

The second video focuses on the Apple Campus 2's development and design. Apple's plan is for the new spaceship campus center to be 100% powered by renewable resources, including one of the largest on-site corporate solar installations. In addition, the Apple Campus 2 will be energy efficient. Heated and cooled using natural ventilation for three-quarters of the year, it will only need active heating and cooling on extreme winter or summer days.

You can watch the Apple Campus 2 video here.

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Apple Steals & Deals: Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday April 20, 2014

This week sees the iPad mini with Retina Display making its first appearance in the Apple refurb store. Currently only available in its Wi-Fi-only clothing, we're hoping for the Wi-Fi + Cellular models to be following on soon. The other good news is that a number of current Mac mini models are looking for good homes.

Apple Steals & Deals: Sunday, April 20, 2014

 

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Best Deals of the Week

There are three best deals this week; a 2013 MacBook Pro at a whopping 29% off the retail price; a 2011 27-inch iMac, the last year to include a superdrive, available for 33% off its original selling price; and to round things out, a 2012 Mac Pro with 12 cores for the low price of $3,239.00.

Apple Refurbished Store

Quantities are limited, so if any of these tickle your fancy, be fast on the trigger to make a purchase.

MacBook Air

  • 2013 11.6-inch MacBook Air (Review) 1.3 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 128 GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 5000: $849.00
  • 2013 11.6-inch MacBook Air (Review) 1.3 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 256 GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 5000: $1,019.00
  • 2012 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Review) 1.8 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 128 GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 4000: $849.00
  • 2013 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Review) 1.3 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 128 GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 5000: $929.00

MacBook Pro

  • 2012 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (Review) 2.5 GHz Dual-Core i5 with 500 GB hard drive and Intel Graphics 4000: $999.00
  • Deal of the Week: 2013 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Review) 2.5 GHz Intel Quad-Core i5 with 128 GB SSD and Intel Graphics 4000: $1,059.00
  • 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Review) 2.3 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 with 256 GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics: $1,599.00
  • 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Review) 2.4 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 with 256 GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics: $1,659.00

Mac mini

  • 2012 Mac Mini (Review) 2.3 GHz Quad-Core i7 with dual 1 TB hard drives, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and OS X Server: $849.00
  • 2012 Mac Mini (Review) 2.3 GHz Quad-Core i7 with 256 GD SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000: $929.00

iMac

  • 2012 21.5-inch iMac (Review) 2.9 GHz, Quad-Core i5 with 1 TB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics: $1,199.00
  • Deal of the Week: 2011 27-inch iMac (Review) 2.7 GHz, Quad-Core i5 with 1 TB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD 6770 Graphics: $1,129.00
  • 2013 27-inch iMac (Review) 3.2 GHz, Quad-Core i5 with 1 TB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M: $1,529.00

Mac Pro

  • Deal of the Week: 2012 Mac Pro (Review) dual 2.4 GHz 6-core (12-cores total) GHz Xeon with 1 TB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics: $3,239.00

Mac Accessories

  • 2013 AirPort Extreme with simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology: $169.00
  • 2013 AirPort Time Capsule with 2 TB drive and simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology: $255.00

iPad mini (Review)

  • 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini $249.00
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini $249.00
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini $419.00
  • 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini $359.00
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini $449.00
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini $529.00

iPad Air (Review)

  • 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air $529
  • 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air $619
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air $699
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air $789

iPad mini Retina (Review)

  • 32 GB Wi-Fi only: $419
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi only: $509

Want to find out more about Apple refurbished Macs? Take a look at the process my wife and I experienced when we took the Apple refurbished store for a spin.

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