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Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed by our readers. This week, readers wrote in with questions on fixing a stuck locking mechanism for a MacBook lid, the inability to boot to or otherwise use the Recovery HD partition in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, and tackling nonspecific slowdowns in OS X. …

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Acer, Asus reportedly discontinuing netbooks

Acer and Asus will cease production of netbooks soon, according to a report by Taiwanese industry tracker DigiTimes. Both of the remaining major netbook manufacturers will exit the category they helped create nearly five years ago, thus effectively killing off the entire device category. While Asus had already dropped its EeePC brand in the middle of 2012 in order to …

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HMDX Bluetooth speakers impress at CES 2013

CES 2013 LAS VEGAS–Here at the CES Unveiled press event, HMDX, makers of the Jam Classic — one of the neatest Bluetooth speakers I’ve seen (I actually received one as a holiday gift) — revealed a line of new products to build on the momentum it gained in 2012. First up is the Jam Plus, which is a step up …

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Apple seeks patent to eliminate lousy photos

Apple seeks patent Snapping bad pictures with your iPhone could become a problem of the past if a new Apple patent ever sees the light of day. Published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent application dubbed “Image Capturing Device Having Continuous Image Capture” envisions a process in which your smartphone camera captures and processes a sequence …

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Monday liveblog madness: Meeting Windows Phone 8

Windows Coming Soon Windows Monday is a busy day for liveblogs! A few hours after the Google Android liveblog in New York, Ars editors Peter Bright and Florence Ion will be on the opposite coast in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to liveblog the much-anticipated launch of Windows Phone 8. Two handsets, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920, …

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