How To Install a New Hard Drive & Battery into a 2010 MacBook Pro

There comes a day in the life of every laptop when it simply isn't running as efficiently as it could be. This day came to my 2010 MacBook Pro recently when I looked to see that it only had about 18 GB of hard drive space left and the battery was only able to hold a charge for about an hour and a half. There are many things that you can do to breath a bit of extra life into your laptop. You can add more RAM which always provides additional help. You can delete files to free up hard drive space but… [more]

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Your Young Scientist Could Win $25,000 from Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

If your middle-schooler has an aptitude for science, you might want to consider having them enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Not only do they get the opportunity to dive deeper into scientific concepts that they may be interested in, they also have a chance of winning the $25,000 grand prize and claim the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."If you or you child or student are thinking about entering the Challenge, you better do so soon. The deadline to enter… [more]

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Want to Dump your Smartphone Bill? Review of Scratch Wireless for Free Voice and Data Services

Many people have smartphones and even more have cellular phones, but most of us are locked into lengthy contracts in order to get data and voice services. A relatively new company launched in October of 2013, Scratch Wireless aims to provide smartphone services to those who don't want contracts, but who also want to minimize the amount they pay, ad hoc, for voice and data. In fact, you could potentially never have a mobile bill, even for text and voice.Scratch Wireless's business proposition… [more]

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I’m Writing Tech News for You to Steal

Yes, you read the title correctly, I am writing tech news articles for you to take, use and put your own name on, and photos and videos as well. Long live plagiarism! While everything that I have said is true, I do think it is important for me to clarify things a bit. The stuff that you are reading here, on HighTechDad.com is not what I'm telling you to steal. Instead, it is on another site, Intel Free Press.I recently started a new job at Intel, as a Staff Writer for Intel Free Press and… [more]

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iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It's important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard.The iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case is designed to hold an iPad Mini or Mini 2 with Retina. You simply snap the iPad mini into the top case which holds it firmly… [more]

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There comes a day in the life of every laptop when it simply isn’t running as efficiently as it could be. This day came to my 2010 MacBook Pro recently when I looked to see that it only had about 18 GB of hard drive space left and the battery was only able to hold a charge for about an hour and a half. There are many things that you can do to breath a bit of extra life into your laptop. You can add more RAM which always provides additional help. You can delete files to free up hard drive space but sometimes that is a daunting task. For me, I decide it was time to add some new hardware so that is what this how-to is about: how to install a new hard drive and battery into a 2010 MacBook Pro.

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This article won’t go into all of the steps involved in the process. Instead, I created this 14 minute video that walks through the install of a new hard drive and battery on a 2010 MacBook Pro. However, this article provides some additional information in terms of prepping for the installation process as well as some post-installation tips.

First, I would like to thank iFixit.com for not only providing me with the fantastic installation guides that I used, but also for the hard drive, battery and tools that were used.

The installation process, from my experience, was not that difficult. I have, however, had a lot of practice installing hard drives and batteries into a variety of devices: PC laptops, Macs and iPhones. That being said, the most important things you can do prior to embarking on an upgrade like this are: [click to continue…]

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Post image for Your Young Scientist Could Win $25,000 from Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

If your middle-schooler has an aptitude for science, you might want to consider having them enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Not only do they get the opportunity to dive deeper into scientific concepts that they may be interested in, they also have a chance of winning the $25,000 grand prize and claim the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

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If you or you child or student are thinking about entering the Challenge, you better do so soon. The deadline to enter is April 22, 2014.

About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The Challenge, which started in 1999, is open to students of grades 5-8 and is designed to build excitement around science exploration, innovation and communication within the United States. From January 2014 through April 22, 2014, the Challenge is open to entry. This is the time where students, teachers and parents can compile a video entry of the experiment, project or idea and submit it to judging.

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Post image for Want to Dump your Smartphone Bill? Review of Scratch Wireless for Free Voice and Data Services

Many people have smartphones and even more have cellular phones, but most of us are locked into lengthy contracts in order to get data and voice services. A relatively new company launched in October of 2013, Scratch Wireless aims to provide smartphone services to those who don’t want contracts, but who also want to minimize the amount they pay, ad hoc, for voice and data. In fact, you could potentially never have a mobile bill, even for text and voice.

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Scratch Wireless’s business proposition is simple, you buy a particular, pre-configured smartphone from them, sign up for an account, and start doing free WiFi voice calls (and data, obviously). Yes, that’s right, free voice calls. The key here is that as long as you are connected to a WiFi network, you are connected. All of your data is handled by the WiFi connection, and, because of software implemented by Scratch Wireless on their Android smartphone, you can make Voice over IP (VoIP) calls anywhere in the United States. Sure, you can do the same thing with other smartphones, if you use Skype or Facetime or something like that, but those either do not have an actual phone number tied to it or you need proprietary hardware (e.g., an iPhone) to be able to make calls.

When I was offered to test out the Scratch Wireless service, it couldn’t come at a better time for me. My wife and oldest daughter are heading over-seas, to Paris, for a ballet intensive session with the Paris Opera Ballet School, and I was worried that I would have to add some international capabilities to my current cellular service for them. I had heard horror stories of excessive data, voice and texting service charges, and I was considering simply turning off their smartphones so that I wouldn’t be hit with sticker shock once they returned from their European excursion.

This got me thinking (and asking questions). Could my wife and daughter simply use Scratch Wireless phones to not only communicate with each other while in Paris but also keep in touch with the rest of the family in the US? The answer is potentially – YES, but I’m not going to write about that experience until after it happens. But that is the use case that I’m pursuing. Check back in a few months to find out the results of this real-world test (emphasis on “world”) here.

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Yes, you read the title correctly, I am writing tech news articles for you to take, use and put your own name on, and photos and videos as well. Long live plagiarism! While everything that I have said is true, I do think it is important for me to clarify things a bit. The stuff that you are reading here, on HighTechDad.com is not what I’m telling you to steal. Instead, it is on another site, Intel Free Press.

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I recently started a new job at Intel, as a Staff Writer for Intel Free Press and Social Media Strategist for Intel. And, since all of my friends and family have been asking me questions about what, exactly, I now do, I thought that I would explain in a way that I do best, in writing.

Obviously for me, writing has always been a passion. Having quiet (or chaotic) time to be able to get jumbled ideas from my mind into a digital paper is comforting. If I go without writing for an extended period of time, I start to feel like I’m not only letting my readers down, but also myself. It’s an unwritten commitment that I feel that I have to uphold on a regular basis.

Ever since leaving my previous company, I have spent much of my effort on landing the perfect job. For a while, it was looking that I might focus purely on doing consulting. There are plenty of advantages to being your own boss, but on another side, I wanted to remain close to my passion – writing about technology. Call it part luck, part opportunity, part timing, and part hard work, I landed this new position at Intel. [click to continue…]

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iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

December 31, 2013
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I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It’s important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard. The iGear Unlimited […]

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Fantastic Fitbit Force is a Healthy Upgrade to the Flex

December 23, 2013
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There is quite a rage going on now around wearable computers and devices, and Fitbit has been leading the charge of producing gadgets you wear that track your activity. A year ago, I was introduced to the Fitbit Flex, which is a rechargeable wristband that measured movements and activity as well as a whole lot […]

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MacBook Air Not Charging? Try this Amazing Fix!

December 17, 2013
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I have an older MacBook Air and absolutely love it. It has performed flawlessly and is well used by me and my kids. However, I have had a lingering issue that has appeared every few months or so that has often left me scratching my head. Sometimes, when I plug in my 45 watt power […]

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“OnStar? I’d Like to Get a Tour of Detroit!” #ConnectedByOnStar Event

November 12, 2013
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Now I get it. Now I understand why so many people choose GM vehicles like Buick. It’s because these vehicles come equipped with OnStar. OnStar is like having your own personal, 24×7 co-pilot and concierge on-call.  For the past couple of days, I have been not only immersed within all things OnStar and Buick, but […]

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