Google offers Chromebook users 1TB of cloud storage for two years
Google is giving potential Chromebook users an incentive to pick up the notebook before the end of the year. The search company is providing new Chromebook purchases worth $199 or more with 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years as a free bonus. The offer applies to purchases at retail and online stores, as well as Google Play, but must be redeemed before January 1st, 2015.
Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments
This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8, with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all.
bargain priced Macs from $769
At Apple's online store today, find low prices on a selection of refurbished Mac models. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage is now $769, after a $130 discount. Priced at $849, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
iPads, storage and more
At BestBuy.com this week, find low prices on previous-generation iPad Air configurations. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage has seen an $85 price break, dropping the cost from an already-reduced $500 down to $415. That makes this around $85 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iPad features a 9.5-inch multi-touch display with a A7 processor, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 5.0MP rear-facing camera, built-in Wi-Fi, and 64GB of storage space. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
MacNN and Electronista deals for November 21, 2014
Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays and now every Monday until the end of the year, aims to provide you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, early deals from retailers from the comfort of your home, without going near the intimidating (and likely plague-ridden) mass of shoppers. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. We're going to update this post many, many times over the next three days. Check back often!
Excavator, Puma+ cores, Radeon-class GPU featured in Carrizo APUs, succeeds Kaveri units
Confirming previous leaks, AMD announced that the next generation of of chips in its APU lineup are coming in the first half of 2015. During the Future of Compute event in Singapore, the graphics card and processor manufacturer detailed the new Carrizo system-on-chips (SOC), adding that the two models share a single, scalable infrastructure in a FP4 BGA packaging.
Technology based on open standard coming to in 4K monitors up to 31.5 inches
During the Future of Compute event in Singapore, AMD announced that it's working with Samsung to put the first monitors on the market that support its FreeSync technology in ultra high-definition (UHD) 4K monitors. To go along with the gaming-focused monitor technology, it was also announced that AMD is working with well-known game developer Capcom to implement Mantle support in the future.
Cooler company denies bankruptcy claims, customers not affected by changes
After years of corporate fraud carried out by high-level executives in its parent company Moneual, there was concern that computer cooler manufacturer Zalman Tech could go under. However, it appears that the company will undergo several changes in order to live on, as indicated by statement released from the company today.
Fanless, stylish Chromebook enjoys long battery life, held back by its hardware
When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's ChromeOS, were initially considered inferior to more expensive options -- but some sectors, like education, saw the potential they bring. Nearly three years after Chromebooks first went on sale, the affordable notebooks are still going strong, with numerous manufacturers producing them. Asus currently makes two Chromebooks, one of which is the C300. For consumers that have decided to dip into the Chromebook pool, would the C300 be a good introduction? Find out in our review.
Time management desktop app successfully improves concentration
We all feel it, especially those of us working from home -- there is never enough time to get stuff done. Or, perhaps more accurately, there is not enough time in a day to get everything done that you should ... while also procrastinating with endless sources of distraction an Internet-connected computer has to offer. Enter Vitamin-R 2, an app for OS X (and also available for iPhone) that asserts that it can promote the optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly-focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.
Two screen sizes, SSD storage options offered with HP Envy x2 tablets
HP has launched an updated model in its Envy line, one which takes a number of cues from the Microsoft Surface. The HP Envy x2 consists of a tablet running Windows 8.1, and though it does not have the same stylus input as the Surface, it still borrows the large multi-angle kickstand and detachable fabric keyboard cover, allowing it to switch between being a tablet and a notebook.
private browsing, custom colors and more
Yesterday, when trying to figure out how to set up Safari's private browsing feature in Yosemite, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the MacNN Forums looking for some help. Earlier today, forum-goers assisted "Ralph Tomaccio" with trying to change the color of the text under a folder icon on their desktop on Yosemite.
iMac and Mac Pro
Right now at Apple's online store, find price cuts on refurbished Apple desktop models with prices starting as low as $929. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been slashed to $929. A $310 discount is offered on the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1,489.
MacBook Air, Apple TV, AirPort Extreme
Today's deal of the day from MacMall.com is on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, which has been reduced from $999 down to $899. That $100 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by about $50. This MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Intel (Haswell) dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Includes twin Thunderbolt 2, five USB 3.0 connections
Other World Computing has announced a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The device expands the number of connections available on a Mac, mainly through twin Thunderbolt 2 ports; while one is meant to connect to the computer, together they can daisy-chain up to five extra Thunderbolt devices. USB devices can be connected through one of five powered USB 3.0 ports.
Bite-sized strategy title makes users breach and clear bad guys' lairs
Frequently, players' allegiances to strategy games fall in one of two categories: either real-time strategies or tactical turn-based play. But what if there was a game that aims to please both sides? Potentially, now there is. Door Kickers, by KillHouse Games, is a real-time strategy game that gives players the ability to undergo tactical interventions while leading their own SWAT team. While the game itself is in fact a real-time strategy, the tactical elements and the ability to pause are likely to please gamers who enjoy more tactical play.
CEO Krzanich emails company, confirms shift
Perhaps burdened by the weight of the "post-pc" era, Intel is planning to combine its PC and Mobile Chip groups into a "Client Computing" department. The shift will take place in early 2015, and will consolidate marketing, production, and staff into one department serving both needs of the company. The division will be led by the PC Client group chief Kirk Skaugen. Mobile's lead Herman Eul, a veteran of Infineon Technologies, has been asked to help with the transition until his new position is generated in 2015.
Origin PC sells Millennium, Genesis cases to celebrate its five-year anniversary
Custom computer builder Origin PC is celebrating its five-year anniversary, kicking it off with a special sale to commemorate the occasion. Origin PC announced that it's giving consumers the chance to buy the custom computer cases used for its Millennium and Genesis desktops for a limited time. Both cases feature Origin PC's industrial design and variable mounting, which allows the system parts to be configured in four different ways that include standard, 90-degree and inverted mounting options.
Shipping times extend by days, weeks for affected shoppers
Some people who ordered the Retina iMac in the past few weeks have been receiving emails from Apple, claiming an "unexpected delay" in shipping. In one example, a buyer says they placed an online order on October 31, and were initially quoted a delivery window between November 14 and the 19th. A delay notice has shifted that window to between the 28th and December 2.
Brin, Page boost Turing Award prize fourfold
Google has dramatically boosted the Alan M. Turing Award. The search engine giant has upped the prize money to the winner of the computing award to $1 million, putting it on par with the Nobel Peace Prize and major awards in other fields. The first million-dollar recipient will be named in early 2015. The Alan M. Turing Award recipient is determined annually, and is given to a cadidate who is "selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community." The award is widely considered the highest distinction in computer science. The awards have been handed out by the Association of Computering Machinery (ACM) since 1966.
iPad mini rants, Siri fails and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Grizzled Veteran "chasg" needed to rant about how he is beginning to hate his iPad mini for a variety of reasons, and a few others have chimed in with some advice on how to reconcile the relationship, and make things right again. Forum-goers continue to discuss which of the new iPhones are best in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?"
Mac Pros from $2,549 to $5,849
This week at Apple's Online Store, chose from a wide selection of refurbished 2013 Mac Pro models. Priced at $2,549, after a $450 price cut, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs. Save $600 on the Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel six-core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics.
Mac mini for $450, 27-inch monitor for $204
At BestBuy.com right now, get the previous-generation Mac mini on sale for $450. That's a savings of $150 off the list price of $600, and around $40 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. The site also has it in open-box condition for $405. This Mac mini features a 2.5GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
May be last chance to get system before Christmas
Shipping times for stock models of the Retina iMac have stretched out to between two and three weeks at Apple's US online store. The computer was initially promised in three to five business days when it was launched last month, but soon slipped into a seven- to 10-day window. With the latest delay, it may be a final opportunity to have a computer shipped in time for Christmas. Built-to-order systems may take longer.
Drive brings speed, convenient upgrade for 2012 and 2013 RMBP, iMac models
Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price: upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors have popped up to partially address the situation, among them, MaxUpgrades. The company has recently introduced an aftermarket way to expand 2012 iMac and Retina MacBook Pro computer SSD storage up to 1TB, and we've been living with the 512GB version of their aftermarket storage upgrade for a while -- see what we thought of it!
WTF, memory leak in Messages?
Today in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "turtle777" was bashing their head against the wall trying to figure out why the Messages app seems to have sprung a memory leak which took up more than 50GB, and brought his iMac to a halt. Forum Regular "imdipped" was trying to figure out how to get rid of their Master Boot Record formatting, and do a clean install of Mavericks.
New iPad Air 2 sees $100 discount, Macs get up to $200 off
The "doorbuster" deals for Best Buy's Black Friday event have been published, and reveal that the chain will offer discounts on various Apple products, among other items. Of particular interest is a $100 discount on all models of the new iPad Air 2, reducing the entry-level model's price to just $400 but also applying to all other capacities, including the Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Macs, iPods, iTunes gift cards and even Beats headphones will also see discounts.
Macs as low as $769
This week at Apple's online store find low prices on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been dropped by $130 to $769. Priced at $799, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
monitors, printers and more
This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else.
New Raspberry Pi model has smaller footprint, microSD storage
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a smaller version of its Raspberry Pi Model A micro computer, four months after doing the same for its popular Model B board. The Model A+ also manages to fit in a few improvements on top of the original version, on top of shrinking the overall size from 85mm (3.35 inches) in length to 65mm (2.55 inches).
MacNN and Electronista deals for November 7, 2014
Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list.
something cool about dictation, GPU replacement and more
Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards.
Mac Pro and accessories
At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849.
$100 off 16GB iPad mini
Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor.
HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
High-end card memory increase coming, bonus game in top of 'Never Settle' offer
Those mulling over a purchase of an AMD video card might want to consider picking up one of the high-end models either soon or in the near future, as the company made some announcements that could sweeten the deal. AMD confirmed today that 8GB versions of Radeon 290X video cards are on the way, along with an offer that gives buyers of select cards a free copy of Civilization: Beyond Earth.
New model boosts battery life, reduces thickness and weight
Dell has renewed the Venue 11 Pro, bringing the new Intel Core M processor to the line. As a result of the shift, Dell's laptop replacement tablet has a longer battery life, comes standard with 4GB of RAM, is slightly larger at 10.8mm thick, and now weighs 1.62 pounds. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 series is now available with i3 or i5 processors starting at 2.0GHz, and the addition of the Core M has boosted battery life to a reported 10 hours.
Sound dampened Silencio 652S, 352 computer cases coming to North America
Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now, says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door.
data restoration, Mavericks notifications and more
Today, forum-goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from an erased SSD/TRIM-enabled Mac, and wonder if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday, Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response.
refurbished 27-inch iMacs as low as $1,399
Refurbished 27-inch iMacs are available from Apple's online store, with savings of up to $450. The refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 price cut. Priced at $1,489, after a $310 drop, is the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
5K iMac with 3.5GHz i5 processor cut to $2,450
This week at Adorama.com, get the Retina 27-inch iMac on sale for $2,450. That's a savings of $50 off the list price of $2,500, and about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a Retina 5K display, 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, with an AMD Radeon M290X graphics card. Included is a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Voodoo PC references appear in HP gaming notebook launch
HP is taking on the Razer Blade and other gaming notebooks, with its own compact effort. The HP Omen packs a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a Maxwell-based Nvidia GTX860M GPU, and a 15.6-inch touch-enabled 1080p panel into an anodized aluminum unibody design, with the high-specification notebook measuring just 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick.
Availability date, pricing not yet known of new Aspire Switch model
Computer maker Acer has announced the Acer Aspire Switch 12. The convertible computer has what the company calls "five modes of usage in one notebook," coupled with a 12.5-inch display. The new model uses an Intel Core M processor, improving performance over the older models in the line. The use of Intel's processor helps the unit attain up to eight hours of battery life, as claimed by the company.
Joust remake pushes all the right (8-bit) buttons
There's no doubt that retro-gaming is decidedly "in" these days, and the amount of games that have decided to emulate the sights and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s are many. Among those games, few have come across as overwhelmingly successful, but among those titles stands newcomer Woah Dave by Choice Provisions. The game has enjoyed success at PAX, E3, IndeCade, and California Extreme.
Mechanical SteelSeries keyboard with Cherry MX switches stuffed into 18-inch laptop
MSI is looking to blaze a new path in mobile gaming with the announcement of the GT80 Titan gaming laptop. While the computer builder is quiet about almost everything packed into the new laptop, outside of Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics, it revealed that it will feature a SteelSeries mechanical keyboard. The company claims that the GT80 Titan "is the world's first and only notebook equipped with a gaming mechanical keyboard."
Developer resume gives clues to the APU shrink from 28nm to 20nm
Gamers hoping for a slim version of the Xbox One with a reduced cost could be see something hit the market in the near future. According to a resume from a senior manager at AMD, the company has successfully shrunk the die size of the system-on-chip (SOC) that is included in Microsoft's next-gen gaming console. Based on AMD's roadmap and die shrinks for GPUs and APUs, it could mean a new Xbox One is on its way in 2015.
Unique model known to have been sold by Jobs himself
An unusual Apple I -- estimated to be worth $600,000 -- will be put up for auction at Christie's on December 11, according to Reuters. While a number of Apple I models are still in existence, the system in question is not only fully-functional, but has documentation indicating that it was sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It was originally purchased for $600 by a man named Charles Ricketts; on a canceled check made out to Apple Computer, he wrote "Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents' garage in Los Altos." A second check, for $193, reads "Software NA Programmed by Steve Jobs August 1976."
Suit alleged HP, Intel colluded to artificially increase benchmarks
A class-action suit alleging that Intel and HP colluded in producing processors and computers with known poor-performing first-generation Pentium 4 chips has reached a settlement. Consumers who bought a new PC with the processor between November 20, 2000 and December 31, 2001 are entitled to a $15 refund after opting into the class.
come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!
Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!
new Mini mysteries
Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM, among other things. Yesterday, Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums, reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and he is pleading for help from fellow forum members.