updated 09:10 pm EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
Zune branding officially killed by Microsoft
While the Zune hardware has been gone for some time, the Zune branding is finally dead. Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Stewart confirmed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo that the brand is going away to make room for the better known and more respected Xbox brand for its entire entertainment service, including audio and video. Zune Music customers who created playlists using the old service can still access the content using the newly announced Xbox Music Service. The new Xbox Music Service commences sometime this fall.
MyService 1TB macbook and macbook pro HD upgrade
California Apple reseller and service provider MyService has instituted a 1TB upgrade program for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Upon order, MyService sends a custom laptop shipping container, and the purchaser loads the laptop in the carton and applies the pre-paid UPS label. A certified technician installs the drive and transfers the data from the old drive to the new drive. After service is completed, and testing is performed, the laptop and old drive are returned to the customer. All services are completed within 24 hours of arrival. The service is available to US customers for $349, shipping included.
Alienware getting GTX 680M options
New video card upgrade options are coming to Dell's gamer-focused Alienware line. The Computex-announced NVidia GTX 680M will be available as an upgrade option on the Alienware M17x and M18x. The Alienware Aurora tower is in line for the GTX 690 video chipset. Both of the upgrade options are expected by the end of June, and pricing has not been announced.