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ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

If like me, you've got a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you may get yourself in a situation where the ports just aren't enough.

With the MacBook Pro, the ports you have access to are:

  • 4 x USB C / Thunderbolt
  • 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack

This is all perfect, until you need to plug in an external display, or have an old USB A drive you want to use. For sure, there are adapters everywhere, and you can literally find any combination of dongles.

The problem arises when you have adapters that break over time, or when using multiple adapters, they tend to get lost.

Well, a while ago I backed something on Kickstarter called HyperDrive. It's an adapter that is more of an extension, as it just slots on to the side of the Mac, and turns 2 USB C ports into a lot more.

I was going to make a video for this when I first received it, but that just never happened. But ever since Apple released Clips for iOS, I've been making small videos.

So I've created one for this. I won't share here what the actual details of the HyperDrive is here, because I don't want to spoil the video!

You can't get a HyperDrive from Kickstarter anymore, but they are now running an IndieGoGO campaign where you can find them.

It's truly a game changer for me.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

I've just found IINA on Product Hunt, which in my opinion shows great potential to be the video player for macOS.

Of course as I'm currently writing this, it is only v0.0.1 build 1, so there's going to be some bugs, and maybe a few missing features. But this is one hell of a first build.

Here are the features from the GitHub page:

  • Based on mpv, a powerful media player
  • Designed for modern macOS (10.10+)
  • User-friendly interface
  • All the features you need for videos, audios and subtitles
  • Supported basic playlist and chapters
  • MPV config files and script system are available for advanced users
  • Written in Swift, followed up on new technologies like Touch Bar
  • Still in active development

The best bit in my opinion, is the video, audio, and subtitle controls you get. It's such a simple aesthetic, but it certainly packs in some power!

Here are some screenshots:

IINO #1

IINO #2

IINO #3

You can check out IINO on the website, or on GitHub!

So I made another video!

It shows a few of the many Touch Bar apps that have been released, but these ones are clearly the best 😉.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

There's a bit of talk over the new MacBook Pro's keyboard, and the noise it makes. So I decided to make this little video, to show the noise of the new keyboard, against my old MacBook Pro, and also an Apple Wireless Keyboard.

P.S. I love the new keyboard noise.

Devices:

  • MacBook Pro - Late 2011
  • Wireless Keyboard - 2007
  • MacBook Pro - Late 2016