New massive tablet shockproof up to two feet, ships with pen input
The Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 Performance model, a more powerful version of the standard model UT-MB5 has been announced. The new model has been designed to be an all-in-one computing device for engineers and designers in industries such as Automotive, Construction and Planning with an emphasis on computer performance.
iOS 7.1 is out
This week saw the introduction of iOS 7.1, and yesterday Moderator "P" took to the MacNN forums to get the conversation started, saying that they hope this fixes the issues some iPad owners have had with iOS 7 Safari. "Will Apple release a 4K Thunderbolt Cinema Display soon?" asks one Fresh-Faced Recruit who is wanting to replace their 10 year old Apple Cinema Display.
iMacs from $1,049
At Apple's online store today save up to 22 percent off refurbished iMacs. At the low end of the pricing scale is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, which has been cut by $250 to $1,049. A $300 discount lowers the cost of the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,199.
MacBook Pros, SSDs and more
At MacMall's St. Patrick's Day blowout sale, save $449 on a 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been cut from $2,199 down to $1,749.99. That beats the next lowest price by $330. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics and Intel HD Graphics 4000. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Barebones Shuttle PC capable of displaying 4K-resolution image
PC case manufacturer Shuttle has used CeBit to show off an extremely small computer it unveiled late last month. The DS81 measures 19x16.5x4.3cm (7.4x6.5x1.7 inches), marginally larger than the Intel NUC and roughly the same size as a standard DVD drive, and can be used with a VESA mount to be hidden behind a monitor, with the Intel H81 Express chipset motherboard inside capable of accommodating a 65W Intel Core i7 Haswell processor.
GS60 Ghost Pro offers 15.6-inch display with 2880x1620 resolution
MSI has used the CeBIT trade show in Germany to tease a new gaming notebook in its GS range, one which can be supplied with a high-resolution display. The GS60 Ghost Pro measures three quarters of an inch thick and weighs 4.4 pounds, yet manages to squeeze in a 15.6-inch screen with resolution options ranging from Full HD to 3K, namely a resolution of 2,880x1,620.
New BGA processor for laptops, compact computers like Mac Mini, iMac
The power-oriented desktop Xeon processor family is beginning to see some of the improvements implemented in the "Haswell" series of fourth-generation Intel Core processors. A new Xeon E3-1284L has been spotted, introducing Intel's Iris Pro 5200 graphical chipset into the processor.
Intent of theft unknown, patients being informed a month after theft
Medical and personal information for up to 168,500 patients are potentially at risk, following a computer theft in Los Angeles, California. The Sunderland Healthcare Solutions office was broken into on February 5, and computers with the data were purloined. Public notification of the potential data breach started going out on March 6, a month after the theft. Data at risk held on the computers that were taken are patients' full names, Social Security numbers, some medical information limited to diagnoses, birth dates, and addresses.
LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is the best LG tablet yet
LG has taken some time to gain traction in the mobile devices segment, watching on as its arch-rival Samsung has taken the spotlight with its Android-powered Galaxy S smartphones, Galaxy Tab tablets and Galaxy Note devices. Consumer acceptance of its devices, however, has started to grow as a result of its strategic partnership with Google on the popular Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. The rumor mill also points to Google tapping LG to develop the successor to the Samsung made Nexus 10 tablet, or possibly an 8-inch variant of the LG G Pad 8.3 being reviewed here. Although not a Nexus device, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a special Google Play Edition version of LG's tablet that runs a stock version of Google's Android. Read on in our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Major online retailers open up pre-orders for March 14, 2014 release
The small form factor Asus Chromebox has gone up for pre-order at a handful of online retailers ahead of a March 14 release. Previously, the desktop machine was listed for a release in March without a firm date attached. Pre-orders cover only the Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz-powered low-end option for the Google Chrome OS-based machine.
Suit over price fixing from 1998 to 2002 result in $10 for those affected
A class action lawsuit brought forward by the Attorneys General for 33 states over price fixing for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) has reached a settlement, with manufacturers agreeing to pay out $310 million nationwide. Of the settlement amount, around $200 million will go to consumers and businesses that purchased devices with DRAM or DRAM itself from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002.
the future of Mac OS X debate continues
This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to debate what the future of Mac OS X will hold, with some forum-goers noting that Microsoft is attempting major redesigns and customers are rejecting it. On another topic, "Can I delete apps without having to enter ID?" asked Mac Elite "jeff k" yesterday.
Mac Pro and Mac mini
This week at Apple's online store, find a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro and Mac mini models. The refurbished 2012 Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut down to $2,139. A $560 discount is available on the refurbished Mac Pro with dual 2.4GHz six-core Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM and a 1T hard drive, bringing it down to $3,239.
iMacs, MacBook Pros and more
MacMall.com has reduced the price of a 27-inch iMac from $1,799 down to $1,349 with instant savings and a $100 mail-in-rebate, amounting to $449 in total discounts. That makes the deal about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive with Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics, two Thunderbolt ports, and OS X Mavericks comes pre-installed. Included is an Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Update not officially available, but user-downloadable anyhow
Microsoft has, perhaps inadvertently, made the next version of Windows 8.1 available for download. Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been discovered, requiring either registry changes to automatically obtain the update, or a manual install by way of direct download.
Ruggedized Latitude 13, multi-touch S520, Mobile Computing Cart shown
Bolstering its education lineup, Dell today announced the Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, Dell Mobile Computing Cart upgrade kit and Dell Interactive Projector S520. While tailored for the schoolroom, the Latitude 13 ruggedized laptop is also available to Dell online customers.
Wal-Mart offering 5c for $29, 5s for $119 with two-year contract
Walmart has reduced prices significantly on the Samsung Galaxy S4 for users signing two-year contracts with AT&T or Verizon. The Galaxy S4 has been reduced to $49, down from $99. A 16GB iPhone 5s has also been reduced to $119, with the iPhone 5c seeing a cut to $29. Additionally, consumers purchasing a Samsung phone with a two-year contract will be given a $50 Walmart gift card.
MacBook Pro line to go all-Retina
Apple is planning to discontinue the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro in the second half of the year, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Production of the 15-inch non-Retina model was halted last year. With the elimination of its 13-inch counterpart, the MacBook Pro line would become entirely Retina-based. Apple would, moreover, be jettisoning its last MacBooks with built-in optical drives.
Device includes Time Machine, iTunes, Twonky, Transmission, others
Western Digital today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
Touch ID fix on the way
This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to discuss problems with Touch ID, and to many users' delight, Apple has announced that there is an iOS update in the works to fix the issue. Yesterday Grizzled Veteran "And.reg" turned to the forums looking for a reason why iTunes 7 is not showing any radio stations on a Powerbook G4 that they recently picked up.
MacBook Pros from $999
This week, Apple's online store is offering price cuts of up to $350 off refurbished MacBook Pro models. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $999. For $1,099 is the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Dell multi-touch monitor cut to $400 and more
Right now, the Microsoft Store is offering a price cut of $249 on the Dell 23-inch multi-touch monitor. It was $649, but has been reduced to $400. That makes this nearly $90 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This monitor features 1080p resolution, 10-point multi-touch capabilities, built-in five-watt speakers, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million to 1, and a USB 3.0 port.
Upgraded Chromebooks offer Exynos 5 Octa processor, 4GB RAM
Samsung has updated its line of Chromebook devices with a pair of two differently-sized models. The 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch versions of the Chromebook 2 series both offer a similar, textured fake leather lid and stitching motif to that of some Samsung smartphones, with both Chrome OS notebooks said to offer a one-second wake-up and cold booting in under ten seconds.
Bounty put up for first to use new public drivers to run Quake III
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is celebrating the second birthday of the Raspberry Pi, by announcing over 2.5 million sales of the $35 computer, and by offering a bounty for developers. The first person to run Quake III on the microcomputer using new drivers for Broadcom's VideoCore IV 3D graphics core "at a playable framerate" will receive $10,000.
HP Chromebook 11 is one of the best budget notebooks you can buy
Google has developed an uncanny ability to develop a wide range of disruptive technologies across a number of consumer technology-related spaces. In doing so, it has succeeded in creating much more choice for consumers, who have been the big winners with Google's approach. Its Chromebooks and the Chrome OS that runs on them, while initially slow to take off, is great example of how it has created a new computing paradigm at the low end of the notebook market. The fact that its Chromebooks are starting to gain some traction is highlighted by Microsoft's recent decision to slash the price of Windows for low-cost machines to combat the Chrome OS. Until now, the quality and appeal of Chromebooks has been limited, however, the new HP Chromebook 11 is set to help further improve the perception of Chromebooks and the Chrome OS. Read on to find out the latest improvements to the Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in our full review of the HP Chromebook 11.
Initiative may seek to increase Bing penetration, grow Windows adoption
According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft is allegedly working on a subsidized version of "Windows 8.1 with Bing." With Microsoft solutions included -- such as the eponymous Bing search engine as default -- Microsoft appears to be readying a free or inexpensive version of Windows, perhaps to combat Apple's offering of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" for free.
where is OS X heading?
This week in the MacNN Forums, a discussion was started about the direction that OS X might be headed after Mac Elite "PeterParker" posed the question "Do you think OS X will receive a radical redesign?" to fellow users. Forum-goers discuss what iPhone choice would be better, an iPhone with 16GB of storage or 32GB.
Mac mini, iMacs and more
Apple's online store this week has a wide selection of refurbished desktop computers. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage is now only $929. Save $200 on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,099.
Mac Pro and Dell 4K monotor only $3,442
This week, Expercom has an excellent bundle deal that includes a Mac Pro and a Dell 4K monitor all for only $3,442.22, which is $56 less than Expercom's regular price and a whopping $640 less than buying these items individually anywhere else. The Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, with dual AMD FirePro D300 video cards. It is backed by a one-year warranty from Apple. The Dell 28-inch 4K display is included in the bundle deal.
Computer still in short supply
Apple has been delaying shipments of some of the earliest Mac Pro orders into March, anecdotes reveal. Shortly after the company opened up online orders in late December, shipping estimates quickly extended into February. Now, though, even people who ordered in early January are receiving word that they shouldn't expect delivery until next week at the earliest; at least some customers are being told to wait another five to seven business days. One buyer notes that he had received emails at the beginning and middle of February reassuring him that his Pro would arrive by the end of the month.
Device brings three USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, more to Thunderbolt
Like USB before it, Thunderbolt is taking a path to ubiquity. Originally included on Apple's MacBook Pro series, the new interface technology is starting to show up on Windows computers, and even enthusiast motherboards. The only problem with a new common interface is the displacement of older ones. To fill this gap, many manufacturers are developing interface breakout boxes, including a variety of ports that a Thunderbolt-equipped computer may or may not have. StarTech has a one such entry, a docking station that includes three USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, and audio in and out ports to Thunderbolt-equipped computers. Is StarTech's offering ideal? Check out our review to find out.
First Mac Pro-oriented update since December
Apple has posted a new download for owners of the 2013 Mac Pro, SMC Firmware Update 2.0. The patch lets a computer enter Power Nap without turning on the fan for "most" Power Nap activities, according to Apple. It also solves a problem with low-speed USB devices not being detected at boot.
Win a copy of Live Interior 3D Standard home and interior design software
Imagining a dream home is easy, but sometimes bringing that dream into reality can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the folks at BeLight Software have created Live Interior 3D Standard home and interior design software that helps bring those dreams to life. MacNN has teamed up with BeLight to give away 10 Mac App store redeem codes to our readers. Plus, at the close of the giveaway, we will be offering an exclusive 50 percent off discount for those who didn't win!
"Epic" security flaw
Recent news of a security flaw in iOS and OS X Mavericks that has compromised Wi-Fi VPN (now patched in a new system update) has sparked a discussion about the problem in the MacNN forums this week. Today, Moderator "Thorzdad" took to the forums after trying to install the iOS update to fix the above mentioned security flaw, and saw that it was going to take six hours. Wondering if this was normal, he started the thread titled "iOS-7 a six-hour download?"
MacBook Air from $849
This week at Apple's online store, find a wide selection of refurbished MacBook Air models starting as low as $849 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. For $929 is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more
This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s access times. Included is a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Elgato.
New line optimized for surveillance applications with video stuttering protections
Storage purveyor Western Digital today announced the availability of WD Purple, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units and other applications demanding high reliability, WD Purple hard drives are tailored for new and existing home and small business security environments, with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1TB up to 4TB.
New model and design boost usability, speed
Lenovo today at the 2014 Mobile World Congress announced the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, a multimode Android device. The Yoga refines the tablet's original design with three position modes, and adds a Full HD (1920x1200) screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and high-resolution camera, while maintaining the up to 18-hour battery life that the line is known for.
Low-cost convertible features 10-point touch, HP DataPass
HP today announced the HP Pavilion x360, a low-cost touch convertible PC with a 360-degree hinge -- allowing for a shift from laptop usability to tablet form. To help customers connect to the Internet without the need for Wi-Fi, HP also announced the expansion of its free HP DataPass broadband service to 12 additional countries, including the United States.
Considering discounts of up to 70 percent for low-cost device licenses
Having seen its share pummelled by mobile devices that continue to eat into traditional notebook and desktop PC sales, Microsoft is said to be looking at discounts to Windows licensing on low-cost hardware in an effort to regain marketshare, Bloomberg reports. Citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter," the move is intended to fight back against the consumer move to tablets and smartphones as substitutes for much of what desktop and notebook PCs used to do.
Larger iPads? yea or nay
This week in the MacNN Forums, members debate the practicality of larger iPads in the thread titled "What would a larger iPad really be good for?" which was started by Mac Elite "PeterParker," who wondered if iPads portability is actually its best feature. In the thread titled "iMessage black hole" Mac Elite "abbaZaba" was trying to figure out why it was that when people switched from an iPhone to a phone running Android, messages sent from iMessage would seem to get lost -- and they wondered if fellow forum-goers had a similar experience.
iMacs as low as $1,049
Right now, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iMacs at discounted prices. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has seen a $250 drop to $1,049. A $570 discount is available on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,129.
Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad and more
Looking for a deal on a new Mac Pro can be tough, but Adorama is offering great discounts to VIP members, which requires signing up for a free account. Save $100 off the MSRP on a current-generation Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Quad-Core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. It carries a list price of $4,399, but is reduced to $4,299 with free US shipping. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
future Mac hardware
Today in the MacNN Forums, Moderator "P" started a conversation about what the future of Mac computers will look like, citing an array of recent announcements from hardware manufacturers such as Intel and Nvidia. In the thread titled ""Spilt water on my MacBook when on, am I doomed?"0, one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for advice while in a panic after spilling a glass of water on their MacBook.
Macs from $849
Apple's online store currently offers a wide selection of refurbished computers at discounted prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $849, a savings of $150. For $929 is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
128GB iPad 4 for only $650
For the next six days, Groupon has the 128GB iPad 4 with Retina Display on sale for $650. That's 30 percent off the list price of $929, and it is $79 less than the price Apple charges for a refurbished model. It features a 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536, dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics, 5MP iSight camera, and it has a built-in battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It comes with iOS 6 pre-installed, but is eligible for the iOS 7 upgrade. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
QuickerTek releases upgrade option for Apple Base Stations' wireless antenna
QuickerTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Apple computers, has released an upgrade for the current Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. The replacement wireless antenna offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, and triples the built-in range of the two devices. Users can arrange and use their Apple wireless device wherever desired, and easily position the upright and articulated antennas for optimal use. The upgrade is capable of boosting Apple TV as well as any other wireless networking task. The standard Airport Extreme base station does not have a built-in port to connect to the antennas, so QuickTek has a special attachment for its installation. Pricing starts at $400 for the Extreme Base Station antenna upgrade.
Intel NUC offers users the ability to customize their own HTPC
The Intel NUC Kit (Next Unit of Computing) (D54250WYK) is a "bare-bones" Mini PC that ships with the core components of a computing system, but requires users to add their own RAM, SSD, wireless card and operating system to make fully functional. Designed for PC enthusiasts and those wanting to dip their toes into do-it-yourself PC building, the Intel NUC is the smallest form factor that you can pack a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 "Haswell" processor into. Now in its second generation, the Intel NUC has the makings of an ideal home theater PC, or general purpose PC for use at home or in the office. Take a look at our full review of the Intel NUC to find out what it's like to put together and bring to life.
Sales took 16 months to reach on tablets and PCs
Sales of Windows 8 have reached an important milestone, with 200 million licenses sold of Microsoft's latest offering. Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller let the sales numbers slip during a talk at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, but was later confirmed by Microsoft. The news comes about eight months after the 100 million sales mark had been reached for the operating system in May, a disappointing result. At the same point in its development history, Windows 7 had sold significantly more copies..
LG G Pad 8.3 gets the stock Android KitKat experience
In the past couple of months Google has expanded the number of devices that it is selling through the Google Play Store. Joining its Nexus branded devices co-developed with Android partners is an expanded line of Google Play Edition devices all running stock Android. Among the updated range is the LG G Pad 8.3, which offers an appealing alternative sitting between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 as it does with its intermediate screen size.