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Ah, the humble messenger bag. The preferred method of tech-transportation of students and working professionals alike. So sturdy. So reliable. And frequently, they're pretty downright boring to look at. That's where Booq comes in, with the ultra-stylish Shadow, a bag that is designed to carry all your stuff, and look good while doing it. Check out our full review to see what we thought about it!
Seven years ago I spent a fortune on a fashion item without realising it. It was a Knomo leather case and I did not know that Knomo is a big name in fashion until my wife Angela told me so about twenty minutes ago. All I knew was that it cost ¬£80 (about $125) and that I had bought it in a London Apple Store because I felt I had little choice. Flash forward seven years and I still have the bag but it's contents are completely different -- and now I'm getting men stopping me on the street to ask about it.
Apple's latest iPad, the 2012 edition, is only slightly thicker than the previous model, meaning that many non-form-fitting accessories should be compatible. Nonetheless, accessory makers are scrambling to announce all-new and compatible cases and other products to assure buyers that they'll work with their new iPad. California-based Scosche, Belkin and Waterfield Designs all have new cases, bags and stands.
The Cadet is a new luxury briefcase available from accessory maker Tom Bihn in two sizes, designed for Apple notebooks and tablets (though it is compatible with similar-sized models from other brands) that has room for extra supplies and small accessories. It is checkpoint-friendly and features an external iPhone pocket, a lifetime guarantee, and top-quality materials for mobile device owners. The company has been producing bags for computers for 30 years.
TOM BIHN today opened up pre-orders for the Ristretto Vertical Messenger Bag for the 11-inch MacBook Air. The bag is designed specifically for the updated 2010 Air, which was originally available only in a 13-inch version. The Ristretto uses open-cell padded foam for interior protection, and four-ply Taslan coating. Brushed nylon lining is meant to protect an Air from scratches. The exterior is lined with Cordura.
Notebook protective gear maker STM Bags are introducing two new bags, the Jet backpack and the Vertical messenger bag that offer room for a mobile office-full of of digital electronics, including a nylex-coated pocket inside each for the iPad right alongside laptops, cell phones, cords and other accoutrements.
Booq has launched a new line of Cobra laptop and iPad bags, consisting of the Cobra Case L, Cobra Brief L, Cobra Slim L, and Cobra Courier XS. The Cobra Case L is a full-sized briefcase capable of holding any 15 - 17-inch MacBook Pro, and features two exterior quick-access pockets, a large back magazine pocket, one main compartment, and a front exterior pocket with integrated plush lining thatís capable of holding an iPad. Multiple smaller compartments are also included for storing chargers, hard drives, or similar sized accessories.
TOM BIHN and STM Bags have both introduced new iPad bags, the Co-Pilot travel bag and the STM Micro Shoulder Bag. TOM BIHNís Co-Pilot bag is designed as a small personal carry-on that can be used to hold an iPad and accessories when traveling. It features a ballistic nylon exterior and lightweight Dyneema/nylon interior, which helps protect the iPad from scratches. The bag consists of three front pockets, one main compartment, and a back section, while users can choose to carry the bag from a Poron-foam handle or an attachable shoulder strap.
Booq has launched an airport-savvy notebook bag, the Taipan lift. The new bag features the ability to quickly unfold, leaving the notebook section unobstructed for quick inspection at airport security checkpoints. The front pocket provides compartments for paperwork and other items such as a boarding pass, wallet and water bottle. The opposing side holds either a 13-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro in the small version, while the large variant accommodates a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro. The bag has two handles, a removable shoulder-strap, and a quick-access 30-degree opening in addition to the zippered 180-degree opening.
Booq has launched a new notebook bag, the Taipan shadow. It is a messenger-style carrying case geared toward maintaining a professional look. It can handle magazines, business cards, keys and notebook accessories, with a densely padded laptop compartment with a soft interior. The design also accommodates luggage trolley pass-through for easier transportation at airports.
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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.