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15-inch MacBook Pro, Mid 2009 Battery

Posted on 08 October 2015 by Couchy

Always a popular choice the next version of the MacBook Pro is ready to charge.

The battery follows suit from the 17inch MacBook Pro by including a non-removable battery. Not been able to swap out the battery will no doubt irk some road warriors but Apple is betting the saved space and the adaptive charging implemented will be enough to keep the peace. They are confident the battery will last 5 years before starting to lose capacity.

How long will it last you is the big question using the standard Nvidia 9400M you are looking at around 7 hours with about an hour less for the Nvidia 9600M GT.

To extend your short term battery life remember to dim your screen if possible and turn off Airport.

To extend the long term battery life make sure your battery is used regularly (having your MacBook always plugged in is not good for it’s battery).

Is the fact that you can’t swap out the battery going to sway anyone towards another model?

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New CDN for Apple Scene

Posted on 05 October 2015 by Couchy

This is just a test post for the new CDN we are enabling here at Apple Scene. In short what this means for the readers is the blog will load much faster, especially static files like images. :>.

Update: Check out how much faster we just got at Pingdom.

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Mac Dropbox Download Bonus

Posted on 29 September 2015 by Couchy

Dropbox now has 8GB 10GB for free with a few referrals! When did that happen!

Use this link to get +250MB when you signup

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Artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers

Posted on 28 September 2015 by jake

Check out these cool and artistic Snow Leopard Wallpapers. They ship standard with OSX 10.6 but you can download them all from a link over at Creative Bits.

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MacBook flies away

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Couchy

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Listing on Technorati

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Couchy

Just got around to listing Apple Scene on Technorati as they have some great blog metrics.

Our unique code is: URKYWGWNKQTH

Our account on Technorati is katiepitt so feel free to say hi.

Update: Claim now awaiting approval :>.

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Running Mac OSX on a Netbook the lowdown

Posted on 08 September 2015 by Couchy


Apple has yet to enter the Netbook space, no doubt they have something in the works but users not content to wait have taken things into their own hands. Depending on what Netbook you have you may have to sacrifice some functionality but overall some like the HP Mini 1000 or a Dell Mini 9/Vostro A90 are quite comprehensive in their support of OSX.

Installing on non Mac hardware likely infringes Apple’s end user license agreement so don’t expect any official support. Check out this compatibility chart to see what your Netbook can do.

Dell Mini 9 installation guide by Gizmodo

MSI Wind installation guide by Wired

HP Mini 1000 installation guide by myHPmini

Asus Eee PC by uneasysilence.com

If you run into any problems you can get support over at the Hackintosh forums.

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iTunes U a fun way to learn

Posted on 03 September 2015 by Katie

I have recently started using iTunes U and believe its the coolest way to learn. It allows you to access up to 150,000 educational resources made available by various institutions like MIT, Stanford, Duke, and many more. iTunes U is now available to download directly to your iPod touch and iPhone.

How many of you have been using it and what do you think of it?

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10 of the Best Free Games on Mac

Posted on 01 September 2015 by jake

Have you ever tried searching for that certain game to play on your Mac OS X? Well, worry no more because here’s 10 of the best FREE games available on any console including Mac OS X. The list is based from PC Fastlane. These games are available for download. Just click the titles.

10th – Battle For Westnoth


Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

9th – Scorched 3D


Learning how to play is easy, just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select a weapon – and shoot! Manage your inventory of weapons with the prize money you can win during each round of combat. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customizing dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.

8th – Chopper


Chopper is an action-packed, side-scrolling helicopter game. Complete your mission, and return to base, while avoiding enemy fire from tanks, bazooka-wielding mad men, and jets.

7th – Sauerbraten (Cube 2)


Free single and multi player 1st person shooter game with some satisfying fast old school game play. A large variety of game play modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based team play, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

6th – Freedoom


This game is an open source version of Doom. Enjoy a jam-packed action of zombie-killing madness.

5th – Neverball


Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.

4th – Quinn


Quinn is an arcade-style tetromino puzzle game written and designed specifically for Mac OS X.  It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay.  Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.

3rd – Glest


Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

2nd – FreeCiv


Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.

1st – PlaneShift


PlaneShift is a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world which is FULLY FREE to play. Fully free means you will have no surprises of premium content which will limit your game play or unbalance the game. There are no limitations in skills, ranks, abilities, items you can gain with your free account.


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Head over to the apple store for some great refurbished deals.

Posted on 17 August 2015 by Couchy

Like this MacBook only $949.00.

Refurbished MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminum

13.3-inch 1280-by-800 pixel LED-backlit display
2GB memory
160GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Built-in iSight camera
Standard keyboard

Remember all refurbished Apple products are fully tested and include a 1 year warranty, spiffy!

Certified Refurbished Apple Range

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