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    • Waste Not Want Not / Non-Fiction Book / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      11.02.2016 10:42

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      The UK's biggest export to China? Waste!

      One-in-three container ships on the high seas today is either leaving for China and heading to America or vice versa. The most exported product going the other way from America to China? Well, its rubbish. It’s a great way for US states to hit their landfill targets and good business for marine transit companies to fill empty containers heading back to their owners in China to pay for the transit costs with cardboard, plastic and cans. The Americans take the goods out of the box and send back the packaging. The Chinese love it and paying over the odds for anything they can recycle as their insatiable need for materials continues. According to UK plastic recyclers, agents for Chinese companies are offering £120 a tonne for mixed plastic bottles, far more than British companies can pay. "The industry here can only support £50 a tonne. It’s no surprise local councils are picking up the phone and sending that crap to China as their budgets are slashed. The talk of a black bin collection every three weeks is to generate more recycling to send to China. Chinese workers are cheap and so sort the junk manually on landfill sties in China, often getting ill, certainly not being treated well. London does a similar thing to meet their recycling targets as barges head down the Thames to Tilbury docks and packed into those containers and off to China, making a mockery of recycling targets, exporting our greenhouse quotas.

      So apart from selling trash to China should we buy British over Chinese goods? If we are talking retail and product quality then it doesn’t really matter how good Chinese made stuff is because their kit is the only thing most of us can afford these days on a low wage economy. This is why 37% of containers are full of Chinese goods. I need not tell you how loan that means their wages are. The corporations of the world have got bigger and more powerful and so their corporate taxation contribution tumbling and that lost tax revenue recovered through their employees, you and me, meaning, along with rising rent and housing costs, we have less to spend. As wages are driven down around the world through globalization we have moved towards the pound shop economy, and you know where most of their stuff s made. The problem is for higher end retailers are we get used to buying cheap stuff. Did you know China actually built a city just to make bathroom products? It’s an amazing place and this model repeated around the country with designated metropolises making designated products. There is even a Christmas town that makes just Christmas stuff. They can flood any market at anytime. Because Amazon won’t pay their tax it drives smaller competing British high street stores out of business. There simply is no way to compete now so we can afford to buy British if we chose to.

      As we have seen with the British steel crisis this Chinese mentality of making a lot of everything to dominate the world market is having a devastating cost on our jobs. Successive British governments have sold off our heavy industries and now the foreigners who bought them are cashing in, be it by closing down our steel mills to drive up profits in Indian and China or European companies rigging our energy utility market to fleece British consumers of billions of pounds. Osborne has signed a deal with China where they will build our nuclear plants but we will have to buy power from them at a set rate for the next thirty years, regardless of market prices, the rate somewhat favorable to China. If foreign countries know what minimum rate they will be getting abroad then they can buy up more nuclear builds contracts and make even more profits by manipulating the markets. This is why we don’t want to get rid of Polaris nukes, the Queen and the City of London as it’s all we have left as power in the world. Get rid of that and we will be steam rollered by China and America.

      Between 2004 and 2008, US exports more than doubled from $34.7 billion to $71.5 billion to China, far short of the $337.8 billion the U.S. imported from China in 2008, but still a step in the right direction. To keep America buying, the Chinese buy up US debt created from those credit cards buying Chinese goods to keep it all going, a fatal grapple if either let go. It’s this type of reciprocal deal that keeps the world economy on track. Credit is the only show in town. Britain is engaging in the same thing with China. The banking crisis was caused by someone taking the soufflé out of the over before it was done. The collapse could have been avoided and should have been avoided as we are doing exactly the same as were in 2007, right now.

      What people don’t realize about the EU is its primary function is to protect the member countries jobs and the prices they get for their products. The biggest handout in Europe is farming subsidies, which helps keep French farmers in employment growing crops that the EU citizens could buy much cheaper if foreign crops were allowed on the EU market. Tariffs are slapped on foreign growers and so thye simply can’t compete. Imagine if Africa could sell fairly to the EU? If Britain break up the EU the subsidies will simply disappear. France won’t let that happen. If you don’t fit into the European Unions plans you drown in the Mediterranean. It’s simply a trade body set up to compete with America and South East Asia.

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      10.02.2016 23:38
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      • "looks nice on top of yellows and oranges"

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      i loved the proudct just wish i knew it was a top coat

      I brought this product from Superdrug for £1.99 with my friend quite recently we both got similar products but different colours. whilst she got a sparkly red nail polish I managed to pick up a plum top coat. It applies well and stays on for a long time without chipping. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't like harsh colours but likes subtle nail polishes. For my friend and I it dried reasonably quick, roughly between 1-2 minutes. I would like to collect more of these nail polishes as some of the colours are very beautiful and I think it is reasonably priced. Would definitely use again but I wish I would of known that it was a top coat and maybe I would of brought the full nail polish but I am very happy with the product I brought, so far my friend and I have used it for a range if different colours such as, blue, purple, red, yellow, orange but it looks better on darks and cold colours but still looks really pretty and summery with bright colours. I think there must be at least 50+ different shades of nail polishes in my local drugstore and I want nearly every single one of them, I personally love glitter so when I put it on I couldn't stop staring at my nails cause it hade multiple colours of glitter and it was just so beautiful I was happy and will definitely be buying more of these products.

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    • Toshiba Satellite L955-10J / Laptop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 22:35
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      • "64 bit"
      • "cool look"
      • "not too expensive"
      • "large size"
      • "Fast responses"

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      amazing gaming and editing laptop :D

      Very good quality laptop with 3 USB sockets. Windows 8.1 layout (Good because Windows 10 just ruined everything). You can put your 3DS SD Card in the laptop to edit. Charges up fully within an hour and lasts about 6 hours. Disk slot and a very good thick screen to go with it. Smooth laptop surface and it comes un a lot of different colours. Base of the laptop never be hot (had it for a year and no problem with hot base). The best part about it is that the laptop is not even a high price! Great offers seen on the internet. I have had no problem with it and i cannot think of one disadvantage it has. I love the laptop and i will would recommend this to a lot of people. The amazing part of the laptop is that it is q 64 bit laptop which is rare. What more could you ask for from a laptop like this. Loving it. And is a good 15.6 inch of a screen. Amazing camera graphics and the camera is built in to it. The device is completely good with a very light surface and easy to carry around. It has enough specs to it and the laptop picks up sky one and sky sports 23 within 10 seconds. Amazing to watch TV on too. I love it and i will wait for these future updates to come out. Until next time. Amazing overall. Now to the conclusion. Have fun and buy one of these amazing Toshiba laptops. 11/10 from me.

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      10.02.2016 22:31
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      • "Windows 8.1"
      • "Doesn't need to be plugged in all the time"
      • "Different button colour when fully charged"
      • "Disk slot"
      • "Plug 3DS SD Card in"
      • "3 USB Sockets"

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      Fast responsive 64 bit laptop with amazing graphics

      Very good quality laptop with 3 USB sockets. Windows 8.1 layout (Good because Windows 10 just ruined everything). You can put your 3DS SD Card in the laptop to edit. Charges up fully within an hour and lasts about 6 hours. Disk slot and a very good thick screen to go with it. Smooth laptop surface and it comes un a lot of different colours. Base of the laptop never be hot (had it for a year and no problem with hot base). The best part about it is that the laptop is not even a high price! Great offers seen on the internet. I have had no problem with it and i cannot think of one disadvantage it has. I love the laptop and i will would recommend this to a lot of people. The amazing part of the laptop is that it is q 64 bit laptop which is rare. What more could you ask for from a laptop like this. Loving it. And is a good 15.6 inch of a screen. Amazing camera graphics and the camera is built in to it. The device is completely good with a very light surface and easy to carry around. It has enough specs to it and the laptop picks up sky one and sky sports 23 within 10 seconds. Amazing to watch TV on too. I love it and i will wait for these future updates to come out. Until next time. Amazing overall. Now to the conclusion. Have fun and buy one of these amazing Toshiba laptops. 11/10

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    • holisticshop.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 22:03
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      Great products, great service, thank you. Jenny

      Was so pleased with the two dream catchers - they are beautifully made and look
      wonderful hanging in the windows of our cottage. I also purchased a horse and
      feather necklace in silver and turquoise and was thrilled with this item. I will
      return - am fascinated with the Navajo Indian jewellery.

      Many thanks for your speedy delivery and great packaging.

      A very satisfied customer

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 19:34
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      Reliable service!

      I am very pleased with their service!

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      10.02.2016 15:02
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      • "feel like puking afterwards even with a full stomach."

      makes me want to throw up after i take them,YES i take with food too.

      been taking these tablets for a few weeks now.
      i take them after a meal and always feel like puking up afterwards, feeling lasts for roughly an hr.
      gives me a butterfly type feeling in my stomach and makes my wee like really really yellow!
      Im not sure if it normal or what "/

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    • Play UK / TV Channel / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      10.02.2016 11:59

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      Sicario - A film on Play

      Star – Emma Stone & Bencio del Torro
      Genre –Crime/Thriller
      Run Time – 120 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Oscars – 3 nominations
      Awards – 9 Wins & 97 Nominations
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      The War on Drugs is an ugly business and America are playing as dirty as the drug traffickers these days, the subject mater of this exciting and taut Oscar nominated thriller. The headless bodies hanging from bridges in places like Suarez in Mexico are not gang members who have somehow wronged the cartels but innocent people taking off the street, decapitated and strung up to send a message to the people who is the boss and so let the cartels do their thing, the police often complicit. But America are hypocrites when it comes to raging the drug war as they are the market for the blizzard of cocaine and fog of marijuana blowing over the border and the Senators and Congressmen signing bills to clamp down on drugs are also snorting it with a prostitute or two on their laps. Why exactly do they want to ban cocaine if Americans enjoy it so much? I can understand how damaging crack and heroin is but cocaine is not really a drug that keeps you off work or routine. It’s a party drug and by making it illegal to sell, well, it’s no surprise you have the chaos in Mexcio as rival cartels from all the way up south and Central America bottleneck in the North of Mexcio as they head for the border and control of the flow, Suarez the epicenter of that cartel friction. Oh, the word ‘Sicario’ means assassin in Spanish.

      ===Cast===

      • Emily Blunt as Kate Macer
      • Benicio del Toro as Alejandro Gillick
      • Josh Brolin as Matt Graver
      • Daniel Kaluuya as Reggie Wayne
      • Maximiliano Hernández as Silvio
      • Victor Garber as Dave Jennings
      • Jon Bernthal as Ted
      • Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing
      • Raoul Trujillo as Rafael
      • Julio Cedillo as Fausto Alarcon
      • Hank Rogerson as Phil Coopers
      • Bernardo P. Saracino as Manuel Diaz

      ===Plot===

      CIA man Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and his special ops guys are putting together a multi agency team to transport a Mexican cartel boss to a prison in Phoenix from El Passo. The convoy could be attacked at anytime and so going in heavy handed. He has yet to get an FBI agent on board and decides to approach ambitious young field officer Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), currently on the narco squad on the US border regions, recommended by her boss Captain Dave Jennings (Victor Garber). After a couple of kills on a grim search and destroy operation near El Passo the previous day they think she could be ideal for the mission, one that you must volunteer for as its far from textbook and borderline legal. Also on that team is the mysterious and enigmatic Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro), a man of few words and a big reputation.

      Agreeing to do it, the operation begins within the next two days and immediately she is on the back foot and kept in the dark. They are not moving the prisoners internally from El Passo but externally, soon on a private plane to the outskirts of Suarez, Mexico, one of the world s most violent cities. She tools up and joins an entourage of Delta Force guys and US Marshalls and lawyers in black SUVs with heavily armed Mexican police, front and rear, as they sweep through Suarez and into the high security Mexican prison to extract the target legally, the brother of the elusive cartel boss Fausto Alarcon (Julio Cedillo). Graver informs the young FBI agent they won’t get hit on the way in but most likely at the border to America, hardly reassuring.

      Just before they cross back to the US the traffic is jammed up and Gillick comes into his own, spotting the cartel ambush and the CIA guys deploying the ‘appropriate’ methods to make sure their cargo gets home. The idealistic FBI agent is not happy with the abandonment of the rule book on Mexican soil as the body count rises and makes her thoughts known at the New Mexico rendition facility where the target is being tortured. Graver makes it clear to her this team was put together to make a difference and get results and people on high have sanctioned that, and if the rule bending is not for her she can go back to her day job picking up the pieces, two of her fellow SWAT team killed on her last job because they are losing the drug war to this particular cartel. Gillick and Gravers team want to shake things up and get the cartel under control before American cities end up like Suarez. They have to find the elusive head drug lord and draw him out somehow to face justice.


      ===Quote===

      Gillick: ‘To find him will be like discovering a vaccine for a deadly disease’


      ===Results===

      I really enjoyed this and a great looking, sounding and pacey action thriller with lots of black SUVs, sunglass and macho swaggering attitude. Normally the American films in this genre are inferior to foreign films from Latin America on the Drug War but this one rocks. It has that stylish Breaking Bad look and feel and with little dialogue; facial expressions and that scenery take over for words. It also has the best traffic jam shootout since Heat. The somber and brooding Bencio del Toro, although type cast these days, delivers his best and most menacing performance for a while and Emma Stone good as the idealistic but nervous young thing clutching the rule book and constitution in her soon to be blood soaked fingers. Although the film only picked up technical Oscar nominations all the cast are fab and you can believe this is not far off how it really goes down in the drug war.

      It’s tense from scene one and ramps up thereafter, plenty of tension inducing surveillance tech and imagery to fill in the pauses. It sags a bit in the middle as we have a token black character to slow the pace down but once Stone is established as the conscious of the film we get going again. The people certainly seemed to like it and its $30 million budget did a healthy $80 million back in the intelligent thriller genre. Again the trailer is pretty dumb and designed to bring in that blue-collar beer swigging audience but this is a smartly crafted thriller with classy direction from Dennis Villeneuve and lots of rounded characters. There are one or two ‘that wouldn’t happen’ moments, and all the Mexicans are rather two dimensional tattooed cholos, but for the sake of this movie working and moving forward that needs to happen. This wont disappoint.

      One critic says Sicario plays more like a gothic horror movie and in a way I can see his point. It has a real dark energy to it with a foreboding soundtrack and tries to steer away from action cliché, in the way films like The Kingdom and Hurt Locker clearly didn’t. As I say it is up for three technical Oscars this year and hopefully more people will go see it because of and I’m sure a few lines at The Academy Awards will be snorted in tribute. Must see thriller guys!


      ===Ratings===
      Imdb.com – 7.7/10.0 (137,326votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 83% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3397884/
      ===Special Features===



      ===Critics===

      Vue Weekley –‘Horror masquerading as action-thriller; a desert-Gothic descent into the nightmare-grotesquerie of Mexico's narco-war. Brutal and dismal in its Stygian twists, Sicario indicts the drug-war as a relentlessly macho, end-justifies-any-means battle.

      The Mail-‘Intense, compelling and utterly nerve-shredding, Sicario is a cinematic gut-punch of a movie that leaves you reeling’.

      Blog de Cine –‘Once again, Villeneuve leaves the moral judgement to the spectator with an open ending that will leave you guessing’.

      El Pias –‘A great film in all genres: action, thriller, spy films, war movies and even political’.

      El Mexicano –‘Manages to create a complex story without heroes and villains, just victims of the circumstances. It's that moral ambiguity that makes this film as depressing as smart.

      The Sun –‘A story designed to crush your idealism and open your eyes; objectives resoundingly achieved’.

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    • Acer Veriton N4620G / Desktop PC / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 03:09
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      • "Great for a everyday brower"

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      • "Can not do much in the terms of performance"

      Decent enough but not graphic intensive.


      I ended up using this trackpad just as I do almost every other one, Apple or otherwise, by tapping rather than clicking. It still bewilders me that Apple turns off tap-to-click by default, forcing you to hunt around the preferences menu to find it. Here's a tip: besides the tapping feature under the trackpad preferences menu, you may want to go to the accessibility menu and look under Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad options to turn on tap-to-drag.

      Four sensors under the pad allow you to "click" anywhere on the surface, and the Force Click effect, which combines the sensors with haptic (or taptic) feedback, allows you to have two levels of perceived clicking within an app or task. That deep click feels to the finger and brain like the trackpad has a stepped physical mechanism, but in fact, the movement you feel is a small horizontal shift, which, even when fully explained, still feels like you're depressing the trackpad two levels.

      Apple describes it like this: "With the Force Touch trackpad, force sensors detect your click anywhere on the surface and move the trackpad laterally toward you, although the feel is the same familiar downward motion you're accustomed to in a trackpad."

      With that second, deeper click, you can access several types of contextual information, for example, highlighting a word and getting a Wikipedia pop-up, or seeing a map when deep-clicking on an address. Jumping into the preview view of a document or file works with the deep click, too, just as it does now by pressing the space bar in OS X. The most advanced use is probably fast-forwarding through a video clip in QuickTime, faster or slower, depending on how hard you press down on the trackpad.

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    • Acer Veriton M2611G / Desktop PC / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 03:06
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      • "great for modern gaming"

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      • "Slow in ping lag"

      Love this gaming powerhouse!

      Do you want a gaming powerhouse from the 90's. Well here it is!

      Four sensors under the pad allow you to "click" anywhere on the surface, and the Force Click effect, which combines the sensors with haptic (or taptic) feedback, allows you to have two levels of perceived clicking within an app or task. That deep click feels to the finger and brain like the trackpad has a stepped physical mechanism, but in fact, the movement you feel is a small horizontal shift, which, even when fully explained, still feels like you're depressing the trackpad two levels.

      Apple describes it like this: "With the Force Touch trackpad, force sensors detect your click anywhere on the surface and move the trackpad laterally toward you, although the feel is the same familiar downward motion you're accustomed to in a trackpad."

      With that second, deeper click, you can access several types of contextual information, for example, highlighting a word and getting a Wikipedia pop-up, or seeing a map when deep-clicking on an address. Jumping into the preview view of a document or file works with the deep click, too, just as it does now by pressing the space bar in OS X. The most advanced use is probably fast-forwarding through a video clip in QuickTime, faster or slower, depending on how hard you press down on the trackpad.

      I ended up using this trackpad just as I do almost every other one, Apple or otherwise, by tapping rather than clicking. It still bewilders me that Apple turns off tap-to-click by default, forcing you to hunt around the preferences menu to find it. Here's a tip: besides the tapping feature under the trackpad preferences menu, you may want to go to the accessibility menu and look under Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad options to turn on tap-to-drag.

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    • Raspberry Pi Model B / Desktop PC / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      10.02.2016 03:05
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      • "Learn to build a computer without dishing the cash out"
      • "Good for the kids"
      • "Great compact computer ship"

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      • "Under speced"

      Love this chip set, affordable and you can learn to build a computer.

      I love, love, love this little computer. You can been give this as a gift.

      Four sensors under the pad allow you to "click" anywhere on the surface, and the Force Click effect, which combines the sensors with haptic (or taptic) feedback, allows you to have two levels of perceived clicking within an app or task. That deep click feels to the finger and brain like the trackpad has a stepped physical mechanism, but in fact, the movement you feel is a small horizontal shift, which, even when fully explained, still feels like you're depressing the trackpad two levels.

      Apple describes it like this: "With the Force Touch trackpad, force sensors detect your click anywhere on the surface and move the trackpad laterally toward you, although the feel is the same familiar downward motion you're accustomed to in a trackpad."

      With that second, deeper click, you can access several types of contextual information, for example, highlighting a word and getting a Wikipedia pop-up, or seeing a map when deep-clicking on an address. Jumping into the preview view of a document or file works with the deep click, too, just as it does now by pressing the space bar in OS X. The most advanced use is probably fast-forwarding through a video clip in QuickTime, faster or slower, depending on how hard you press down on the trackpad.

      I ended up using this trackpad just as I do almost every other one, Apple or otherwise, by tapping rather than clicking. It still bewilders me that Apple turns off tap-to-click by default, forcing you to hunt around the preferences menu to find it. Here's a tip: besides the tapping feature under the trackpad preferences menu, you may want to go to the accessibility menu and look under Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad options to turn on tap-to-drag.

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      10.02.2016 03:02
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      • "Fast processor"

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      • "Pixel lag"

      Crazy performance but grey in the pixel area.

      Surprised how great it is. Four sensors under the pad allow you to "click" anywhere on the surface, and the Force Click effect, which combines the sensors with haptic (or taptic) feedback, allows you to have two levels of perceived clicking within an app or task. That deep click feels to the finger and brain like the trackpad has a stepped physical mechanism, but in fact, the movement you feel is a small horizontal shift, which, even when fully explained, still feels like you're depressing the trackpad two levels.

      Apple describes it like this: "With the Force Touch trackpad, force sensors detect your click anywhere on the surface and move the trackpad laterally toward you, although the feel is the same familiar downward motion you're accustomed to in a trackpad."

      With that second, deeper click, you can access several types of contextual information, for example, highlighting a word and getting a Wikipedia pop-up, or seeing a map when deep-clicking on an address. Jumping into the preview view of a document or file works with the deep click, too, just as it does now by pressing the space bar in OS X. The most advanced use is probably fast-forwarding through a video clip in QuickTime, faster or slower, depending on how hard you press down on the trackpad.

      I ended up using this trackpad just as I do almost every other one, Apple or otherwise, by tapping rather than clicking. It still bewilders me that Apple turns off tap-to-click by default, forcing you to hunt around the preferences menu to find it. Here's a tip: besides the tapping feature under the trackpad preferences menu, you may want to go to the accessibility menu and look under Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad options to turn on tap-to-drag.

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      10.02.2016 03:00
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      • "Great design yet again"

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      • "Low specs"

      Not as good as the last model.

      Not the greatest for Battery life, which was a sad point on this little compact computer, from the last model. Because I really liked it's brother model but mainly because of the specs within it.

      If your need for longer battery life, more powerful performance, or more ports doesn't automatically preclude you, then the in-person experience of using the new MacBook will far outshine the on-paper shortcomings. For writing, Web surfing, video viewing and social media, it's a pleasure to use, and makes the still-slim 13-inch MacBook Air feel a bit like a lumbering dinosaur, to say nothing of other ultrabook-style laptops. It's a perfect coffee shop companion.

      Some of the critical reactions to this laptop remind me of another new Apple design introduction I covered seven years ago, the original MacBook Air . That system was also criticized for dropping ports and connections, such as an Ethernet and VGA, that people were convinced they still needed. And, much like the new MacBook, it included just a single USB port.

      Back in 2008, I was correct that the Air's new, stripped-down design had real legs, and would set the standard for years to come. But also true was that future refinements down the road would turn the MacBook Air from a speciality product into a mainstream one. When the next 12-inch MacBook update arrives, I suspect it will at the very least add a second USB-C port, and that's when it will become much easier to recommend to a broader audience.


      APPLE MACBOOK (12-INCH, 2015)

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      10.02.2016 02:57
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      • "up to date hardware"
      • Powerful
      • "Compact design"

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      • "No monitor"

      Small, light and pleasant!

      When I looked at this computer I was puzzled, I mean how do you get a i5 intel chip into there?! But I was suprised that compared to the Macbook 2016,
      Beyond that, the limitations of having a single USB-C port for all your connection needs (with the exception of a standard audio jack that also made the cut) is even more of a challenge, unless you're prepared to arm yourself with a pocketful of dongles and adaptors.

      Other changes are easier to adapt to. We've previously gone into some detail about the new click-free pad, which Apple calls the Force Touch trackpad, which is also available in the updated MacBook Pro. It's a clever bit of space-saving engineering that replaces the old trackpad, with a hinged design for physically clicking down, with a flat glass surface augmented by a force feedback engine. The keyboard is an even more radical change, swapping out the long-standing Mac standard of deep island-style keys for a set of much shallower keys, but with larger actual key faces.

      Using the new MacBook means accepting its limitations, some of which are deliberately self-imposed. That's especially noticeable when you look at another new laptop, the Samsung Ativ Book 9. It weighs the same as the MacBook, has a similar 12-inch high-res screen, and an Intel Core M processor, but manages to fit in two full-size USB ports and a micro-HDMI output (although it also has a proprietary power connection and lacks USB-C, which is set to become the new standard).

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      10.02.2016 02:54
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      • "Not Tower needed"

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      • "New battery life is not so great"

      No Tower needed!

      Do you hate haveing to lug a tower around, well with this computer you don't have to anymore!

      Looking only at a spec sheet, it's easy to see why this new MacBook might be a tough sell. The MacBook uses Intel's new Core M processor, designed for slim, light laptops, hybrids and tablets with premium prices. It's efficient enough that full laptops can even run fanless, allowing for quiet, cool operation. But, the Core M has disappointed in the handful of Windows systems in which we've already tested it , turning in sluggish performance and mediocre battery life, the latter an unforgivable flaw for computers designed to be as light and portable as possible.

      To spare you the suspense, I can say that the new MacBook performs much better than any other Core M system we've tested to date, hitting 11 hours in our video playback test. That's not nearly as much as you'd get from a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro -- and it puts this system at a disadvantage compared to the longest-lasting laptops -- but battery life is definitely not the deal-breaker it could have been.

      Heavy online use will drain the battery even more quickly, and I found myself frequently glancing up at the upper right corner of the screen to see the battery life percentage tick down as I worked. I've found it can last for a full work day of moderate usage, but unlike a current-gen MacBook Pro or Air, it'll be hard to go a few days without plugging it in at all.

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