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How to Create a Fusion Drive in your Existing Mac

Apple announced a very unique drive called a Fusion Drive along with its new iMac announcement.

Available as a configurable option at the Apple Online Store, Fusion Drive is a breakthrough concept that combines the high storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high performance of flash storage. With Fusion Drive in your iMac,disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice. As the system learns how you work, Fusion Drive makes your Mac experience even better. And you don’t have to do a thing.

Now the thing about Fusion drive is that its not at all a special hardware, but instead the performance boost is at a software level.

A developer by the name Patrick Stein, has successfully managed to get Fusion Drive technology working on existing Mountain Lion based Macs.

A lot of Mac users these days are already using an SSD + HDD combo in their Macs. The procedure to create a Fusion Drive is by no means easy, but if you are comfortable with Unix commands and Terminal, go ahead give it a shot!

Things you’ll need to create a Fusion Drive:

1. A Solid State Drive

2. A regular Hard Disk

Steps to create the Fusion Drive:

Follow Patrick’s Tumbler post here to create your own Fusion Drive.

iTether: Unlimited Tethering for iPhone

A $15 app by the name of “iTether” lets you have unlimited tethering from your iPhone’s 3G connection to your Mac or Windows computer.

From the App Store description:

Tether is an application that allows your Mac and PC to take advantage of your smartphone’s data plan, providing you access to the Internet on your laptop anywhere there is cellular coverage from your smartphone.

Tether is easy to install, easy to use, works practically anywhere, and is very cost-effective.

There are literally no settings to configure on either the desktop or iPhone. Simply launch the app on the iPhone, connect the iPhone to a Mac/PC, and start using the internet. You can download the companion app for Mac and Windows to get started.

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Apple Kicks-Off Black Friday Sales With Special Discounts

Today, Apple has started their annual Black Friday sale in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The sale is very similar to what Apple’s been offering in past years, but does give better discounts to higher capacities of the iPads and iPods. The deals on the Mac cover the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, while the iPod nano and iPod touch are the discounted iPod offerings.

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