It's back to school time, and that means long hours slaving over books and filling heads with heaps of knowledge that will, for the most part, end up being lost by springtime. So why not have a little fun and make something that you can share with friends and never forget -- animated GIFs? Pearl Mountain Software has teamed up with MacNN to give away copies of PicGIF and VideoGIF software for Mac. For the next week, everyone and anyone who wants to download a copy can get them as our treat.
Tesoro officially announced the update to the Shrike laser gaming mouse today, a new version that the company had on display at Penny Arcade Expo earlier this month. The mouse retains the same styling and some of the features of the original Shrike, including the adjustable weight system, eight programmable buttons and 128KB memory. The sensor in the mouse has been updated, bumping the DPI from 5600dpi to 8200dpi. An improved version of the software is being released for the mouse, with the LED color programming updated as well.
Toshiba is preparing to eliminate a chunk of its workforce as part of its PC business restructuring, the manufacturer has advised. Approximately 900 positions will be culled globally, representing more than 20 percent of its computer production arm, excluding manufacturing, with the effort expected to cut fixed costs by more than 20 billion yen ($184 million).
A hit-and-miss profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought some new details to light about changes made at Apple since Cook took over in late 2011. It also confirms that the Apple Watch project was started after former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs died, that the consolidation of hardware and software teams that led to Scott Forstall's ouster was a deliberate move by Cook, and that those who work with him have no doubts about the ability of the company to continue innovating.
Spotify announced this week that the music streaming service has made it to one of the products under Amazon's expanding lineup. Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to use Spotify Connect to access the millions of songs the service offers on a subscription basis. The company notes that users can navigate Spotify Connect using a smartphone or a tablet as the remote, also seamlessly handing off the sound to the Fire TV. Spotify notes that a premium subscription is required to use the service on the Fire TV, which runs $10 a month.
A new line of gaming laptops have been added to CyberPower PC's VenomX customization service today, according to the company. Three of laptop and component manufacturer's machines have been brought over to the custom computer builder, giving consumers the option to bring the P25X2, P25W2 and Zeusbook Edge X4 up to their gaming standards.
MacNN forum-goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge are conversing about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week.
Right now, Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690, and is now down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489.
This week at MacMall.com, get the new Mac Pro for the sale price of $3,149. That's $150 off the list price of $3,299, and $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics, and comes with OS X Mavericks (10.9) pre-installed. As always, Apple's one-year warranty on parts and labor applies.
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely-used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.
SecureMac has released an update for its privacy software for OS X, featuring a new digital footprint security wipe functionality. PrivacyScan allows users to erase sensitive information to securely prevent recovery, as such cache files, browsing history, cookies, temporary files and more. The latest version (v1.6) improves compatibility with future versions of OS X, and also adds greater Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan is priced at $15 on the App Store, with a free demo version available directly through SecureMac.
Rockstar Games has revealed that open-world crime title Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on next generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18. The long-awaited PC version will be a bit delayed from previous reports, and follow on on January 27, 2015.
Storage solutions provider G-Technology announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL. Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-Speed Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions which launched earlier this year, the G-Speed Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives. Fully populated and properly configured, the array is capable of moving in excess of 1.3GB per second.
As everyone knows by now, this week Apple took the wraps off their latest creation -- the Apple Watch. While there was much hype about this device leading up to its release, some MacNN forum-goers don't seem to think there is much reason to get this particular device over the competition, as is discussed in the thread titled "Apple watch…why bother." One Mac Elite wonders if the Apple Watch will be on display in stores before it is available for sale.
Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
While we know that you're all busy getting your iPhone pre-order on, but yet, there's still time for Friday Deals! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!
Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.
People waiting for their favorite Android applications to work on Chrome OS might not need to wait much longer. Today, Google announced the first set of Android apps available for Chromebooks. The move makes good on a demonstration from Google I/O, which teased the idea of Android apps running on Chrome OS through an app runtime.
MSI has announced the launch of another machine in its gaming notebook series, the GS30 Shadow. The 13.3-inch notebook with a 2560x1440 resolution features a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel's Iris Pro graphics. While the new device in news on its own, MSI also announced that it was developing the GamingDock, a large laptop dock produced specifically for the GS30 to access a discrete graphics card.
While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but usually there is a trade-off between technical improvement and price. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production machine for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out.
During the Intel Developer Forum in the Bay Area yesterday, Intel let the world have its first look at the company's new chip series, which will follow Broadwell. The new PC chips, code-named Skylake, will retain the 14nm process that Broadwell introduced, but brings new microarchitecture to the processor that aims to improve performance and provide the platform for the next die shrink.
Intel made a big announcement this week during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, unveiling the newest processors in the Xeon line-up. The new processors offer a significant jump in performance over the previous Xeons, thanks to the new "Grantley" platform. The new Intel chips increase the number of cores available in a single unit, but are also the first processors to use DDR4 in a server setting.
Seagate's LaCie branch today announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all–aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. In addition, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable with a SSD daughterboard, which boosts speeds up to 1,150MB per second when the SSD is accessed.
Today Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 with a larger 4.7-inch screen, and followed it up with the iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts an even larger 5.5-inch screen. This has MacNN forum-goers discussing what new model they will choose in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?". Moderator "Rumor" has been using Connect360 to stream content from OS X to an xBox 360, and wonders if anyone else has any recommendations.
Adorama.com is currently offering a $200 price break on a high-end 27-inch iMac that drops the price from $2,900 down to $2,700. That $200 discount also makes this the lowest price we have seen on this configuration in brand-new condition anywhere. This iMac features a 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive and Nvidia GeForce 780M graphics. Included is a wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
HP has revealed its rumored attempt to create a Windows-based version of its Chromebooks, though at a higher price than first thought. The HP Stream is a compact notebook with a 14-inch, 1366x768 display and a low-power quad-core AMD A4 processor, with the Windows 8.1-based computer measuring 0.7 inches thick, weighing 3.8 pounds, and using a fanless design.
It's that time of the week again! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!
Intel has launched its Core M processors, the first "Broadwell" chips from the manufacturer. The Core M chip, made using a 14-nanometer process, is said to provide high performance for mobile devices and notebooks, in theory allowing computer and tablet producers to create thinner devices with a longer battery life, as well as fanless systems.
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "schalliol" informed fellow forum-goers of a plan he had to run Yosemite on an old Mac Pro after finding information about the Chameleon bootloader, and wonders if anyone else has already done this. "Waragainstsleep" is considering a custom modification that consists of an iPad in a clamshell iBook, stating that it "would actually be a pretty cool iPad case."
At Apple's online store, find steep price cuts on refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models. Starting at $999, after a $500 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A whopping $640 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch rMBP with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,059.
MacMall.com has the previous-generation 21.5-inch iMac on sale for $1,110, which is already $390 off the list price of $1,500. An $80 mail-in-rebate offer is also available, that drops the price further to $1,030. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by more than $350. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
At an event in San Francisco today, Dell has introduced completely redesigned additions to its Latitude and OptiPlex portfolio: the Latitude 7000 Series 2-in-1 detachable laptop; the Latitude 3000 and 5000 Series laptops; the Latitude 14 Rugged laptop; and the OptiPlex 9020 and 3020 Micro desktop PCs. All of the devices released are intended for business customers, and most will be available before the end of October.
Panasonic today launched what it says is one of the world's most rugged five-inch handheld tablets with data and voice capabilities at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Germany. The Toughpad FZ-E1 with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and FZ-X1 with Android share the same ruggedized hardware, and are aimed at mobile workers in transportation and logistics, public sector and emergency services, utilities, retail, manufacturing and aviation.
Computer manufacturer Lenovo today announced at the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin a wide portfolio of business and consumer devices. The lineup starts with the new ThinkPad Helix, a business 2-in-1 ultrabook. Lenovo also introduced two new all-in-one (AIO) tabletop PCs: the 19.5-inch Horizon 2s, Lenovo's thinnest tabletop PC, plus the 21.5-inch Horizon 2e, Lenovo's cheapest tabletop PC. In addition, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, a secure AIO desktop solution for businesses, and the thinner and lighter Edge 15 dual-mode laptop.
HighPoint Technologies has launched the "world's first" Thunderbolt 2-powered connectivity dock, the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual five-gigabit-per-second USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb per second eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock.
DJing app Cross DJ has updated its Android version, now enabling external controllers and other features. Users can now connect their Android device to the U-Mix Control-Pro, a MIDI controller that has all Cross DJ controls mapped onto it. When using the controller users can browse, scratch, sync tracks, add effects and more.
Gigabyte brought out the largest number of motherboards for Intel's Haswell Extreme Processors to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend, showing off six X99 boards for consumers. From high-end gaming boards to the affordable Ultra Durable line, Gigabyte wanted to project a leading position for consumers that want to jump into Intel's most recent technology.
Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage, one which is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center-class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD), similar to what Apple has done with the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
Cooler Master was showing off one of its recently-announced keyboards at Penny Arcade Expo in the Seattle over Labor Day weekend. The Novatouch TKL was on display, giving attendees the chance to feel the difference in the hybrid mechanical switches that the company has put into its new high-end keyboard.
Plantronics brought its new gaming headsets to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, giving gamers a chance to put the system through its paces. Electronista was on hand to talk to Plantronics about the Dolby-certified 7.1 surround sound headset Rig Surround, and the lightweight Rig Flex that were announced earlier in the year at GamesCom.
Computer manufacturers were in full force at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, showing off different machines utilizing the new Haswell Extreme Edition processors and X99 chipset that Intel announced at the beginning of the show. One such manufacturer was iBuyPower, bringing one of the machines to the show to power an Oculus Rift demo.
Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet.
Acer today announced the Aspire R 13 and Aspire R 14 series, two new convertible notebook lines that can transition between various notebook and tablet style modes of operation. The R 13 series features Acer's Ezel Aero hinge, that allows the display to rotate into six different positions. The R 14 series of convertible notebooks features a 360-degree, dual-torque hinge that allows it to be used in four different modes.
Asus added a variety of other electronics to its line today. At the IFA, Asus announced the 13.3-inch QHD+ Zenbook UX305, the EeeBook X205, and an extension to its tablet line -- the MeMO Pad 7. Asus also unveiled the ProSieben Entertainment Pad, an eight-inch device tailored for the German market, and developed in conjuction with ProSieben and Intel.
Toshiba's second iteration of the Chromebook adds quite a few improvements compared to the original, including a choice of 13.3-inch displays. The Chromebook 2 will be available with a similar 1366x768 monitor to the first version, though a second option involves a 1920x1080 IPS display as well as doubling the amount of memory.
Toshiba has introduced two devices running Windows 8.1 at IFA, adding to its existing Radius and Encore ranges. The Satellite Radius 11 is a convertible notebook able to switch between tablet and notebook modes, while the Encore Mini is a 7-inch tablet offering full Windows 8.1 with Bing and Microsoft Office 365 Personal preinstalled.
Alongside the Tab S8, Lenovo launched two computers aimed at gamers at IFA. The Y70 Touch gaming notebook packs a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 display with touch controls, while the Erazer X315 is a desktop gaming PC claimed to be an affordable system shipping with a choice of a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD Kaveri A8 or quad-core 37GHz Kaveri A10 processor.
EVGA had a presence at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend, showing off some of the products it has released for X99 motherboards, mice and power supplies. With the X99 chipset and Haswell Extreme Edition processors being the talk of the show, EVGA put its first three motherboards on display, including a Micro-ATX version, a mid-level FTW board and a high-end Classified board.
During Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, a number of hardware companies made official announcements to line up with Intel's release of the Haswell Extreme Edition processors. MSI had a big presence at the expo, including the display of three of its X99 motherboards and laptops like the GT72 Dominator Pro for use in tournaments.
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