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Archive for September 20th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

Facebook has a built-in chat system that allows you to keep in contact with your confirmed Facebook friends. The only problem with this chat system is that you need to keep your Facebook web page, or at least your browser, open if you use the Facebook Chat pop-out window.

There’s a better way. Facebook uses Jabber as its messaging server, and both iChat and Messages can communicate with Jabber-based messaging systems.

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All you need to do is create an iChat or Messages account specifically for use with Facebook. Once you have either messaging system set up with a Facebook account, you can contact all your Facebook friends with the messaging system you’re most familiar with using.

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by Tom Nelson

As we head into fall, the refurb store seems to have a more consistent stock of Mac minis and Retina iMacs, but the larger MacBook Pro continues to be a no-show. There also seems to be a large number of 2013 Mac Pro models available, if you’re looking for a dual-graphics processor workhorse.

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Deals of the Week

Once again a Mac mini makes our deals list. This model has a middle-of-the-road configuration that makes it a good candidate for those of you looking for a small desktop Mac.

Our second deal is one of my favorites, the 27-inch Retina iMac; this time it’s powered by a Quad-Core i7 running at 4.0 GHz. This is the fastest Retina iMac available; it even gets the highest scores in some benchmarking tests against any current Mac model.

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