how to erase and reinstall OS X and more
One Forum Regular turned to the MacNN Forums this week looking for advice on how to erase and reinstall OS X, and found some useful information which might be helpful to anyone else who is trying to do this. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is looking for help trying to access data in an administrator account after their computer froze and was forced to shut down.
up to 24 percent off 13-inch MacBook Pros
This week at Apple's online store, chose from a wide selection of refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro models and save up to 24 percent off. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive is now available for $829 after a $270 discount. For $929, upgrade to a 13.3-inch MBP with Retina display, 2.4GHz intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
Microsoft dodges questions about free versions to pirates, Parallels users
Microsoft has made a passing attempt to clarify some of its policy on free upgrades to Windows 10. In an interview, senior director of product marketing at Microsoft Aaron Woodman detailed what the company has decided about the offering -- and an alarming amount of decisions seem to have not been made yet about licensing the OS.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 27, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including a cheap Disney Infinity entry point, a Microsoft Xbox One to play it on, and 3TB WD Red hard drives.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our regular look at the discounts, offers, sales, and other money-saving items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, we recap the still-active deals from over the last week, as well as introducing new items, including Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones, a $40 Linksys router, and OCZ Vertex SSD storage.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 25, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we, the staff of MacNN and Electronista, search online retailers for discounts and savings on general tech, gadgets, and software, for our discerning readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new deals including $100 off the iPad Air 2, an external 750GB drive for $35, and a 49-inch LG 4K TV for less than half price.
This week in the MacNN forums, Fresh-Faced Recruit "Pootie Tang" raised a red flag over an incident they had with Safari that they believe to be caused by a virus, thought they quickly discovered it was just easily-removable adware. Mac Elite "And.reg" has been having bizarre issues with trying to get iCloud keychain working, and has turned to the forums looking for advice.
27-inch iMacs from $1,489
At Apple's online store today, chose from a wide variety of refurbished 27-inch iMacs. The entry level 27-inch iMac model is priced at $1,489 after a $310 discount and features a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. A $340 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.4GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,659.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 24, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we search for offers, discounts, promotions, and other money-saving schemes on hardware and software for you, the glorious MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with our regular recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's deals include discounted iTunes gift cards, the Intel NUC, and a large collection of SSDs
Card designed for maximum performance for desktop performance
HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, today announced the immediate availability of the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. The HyperX Predator PCIe SSD pushes up to 1400MB/s read speeds, and comes in a M.2 version, with a half-height half-length standard PCI-E adapter available.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 23, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for price cuts, discounts, and offers on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today, the deals slate has been cleaned of old offers, with the new list including a Razer mechanical keyboard, Samsung 4K televisions, and the Lenovo Flex 2 notebook.
iCloud keychain issues, Office 2016 for Mac and more
Yesterday in the MacNN Forums, members discussed bizarre issues with trying to get iCloud keychain working in a thread started by Mac Elite "And.reg," who was baffled about "what the heck is going on." "What do you think of Office 2016 for Mac?" asks Mac Elite "schalliol," who is looking for opinions about Office, and not looking for alternatives.
Macs from $419
Right now at Apple's online store, get bargain prices on refurbished Macs -- starting as low as $419. The Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 to $419. Priced at $809, after a $240 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.
Daily deals for Friday March 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a bunch of new additions, including a heavily discounted gaming laptop, a waterproof HTC digital camera, and a MSI mini-PC!
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 19, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a swathe of new additions, including a GoPro Hero4 bundle, the SteelSeries Stratus, and an extremely cheap memory upgrade.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 18, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we compile a list of discounts and sales on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our regular recap of still-active deals from earlier this week, we have LG's 40-inch 4K Smart TV, an extremely cheap RAVPower external battery, and some JBL over-ear headphones.
Port is full of potential, but accompanied with loss of Magsafe
Apple spent very little time detailing USB Type C alongside its new MacBook -- this is expected, given the magnitude of the overall announcement. Despite a spec for it being released in parts over the last two years, USB Type C isn't well understood, and we'd like to help. So, once again, MacNN and Electronista have pored over some of the technical documents so you don't have to.
anti-reflective coating wear and more
Today in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread discussing the anti-reflective coating on MacBook Pro models, stating that he is considering getting a 2015 model, but is concerned the coating will wear off. Senior User "RobOnTheCape" is looking for a way to use Photos to reduced the size of a batch of images.
Macs for $929 or less
Right now at Apple's online store, find a variety of refurbished Macs priced at $929 or less. They start at $809 for the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Priced at $829 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x double-layer SuperDrive.
Our panel still talking about 'Spring Forward' event ramifications
The MacNN Podcast episode six is now available (later than normal -- sorry about that), and this week we looked at the new MacBook and weigh up its pros and cons; talk about Apple Watch pricing and some new details that have come out since last Monday; delve into ResearchKit, which is already making big waves in the medical community; discuss Samsung's Galaxy S6 and the line's fading status as an "iPhone killer" (though still likely to be a very successful competitor); and get into the actual meat of the FCC's net neutrality and Title II proposal.
MBA 13-inch version features 2x faster flash storage than before
Apple's just-updated 2015 MacBook Air and 2015 MacBook Pro are now available for sale on Amazon, following availability on the Apple online store. The company lists immediate availability for the two MacBook Air models, which start at $899, while the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro is slightly more constrained, with a warning that it may take an extra one to two days to ship, and 3-5 days for delivery. Pricing for the Pro begins at $1,299.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 13, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for discounts and deals on hardware, software, games, gadgets, and other tech for you, our discerning readers. Today, in a particularly storage-heavy edition, we've got the 1TB Samsung 850 Pro SSD, a bare 4TB hard drive intended for network-attached storage, and an inexpensive Epson WorkForce desktop printer.
MacBook Returns, home network bugs and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discussed the new MacBook, home networking and more. One of this week's most popular topics was the news that Apple will be bringing back the "MacBook" name for their next notebook computer. Yesterday, Mac Elite "Helmling" was trying to figure out what was going on with his home network, as computers appear to be replicating in the Network settings.
13-inch MacBook Pros from $829
Right now at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished MacBook Pro models. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $270 to $829. For $1,149, after a $200 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 12, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista search online retailers for offers and discounts on hardware and software for you, our discerning readers. Today's recap of deals from earlier this week that are still available are joined by a unique Bluetooth speaker, an external 5TB drive from Seagate, and a 34-inch high-resolution LG monitor
Updated Nvidia mobile GPUs used in Aspire V Nitro upgrades
Acer is improving its Aspire V Nitro notebooks, by upgrading the Black Edition with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU, announced earlier today. The gaming notebooks now offer the option of combining a Haswell-based quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with the GTX 960M, with the variety of models including options for a 4K-resolution display and a 3D camera.
New Nvidia mobile GPUs fill out 900-series collection
Nvidia has rolled out two new graphics processing units for notebooks. The GeForce GTX 960M and 950M follow the release of the similar GTX 960 GPU from January, and just like the desktop card is in comparison to the higher-powered cards in the GTX 900-series range, the new chips are being offered as a lower-cost, lower-specification alternative to the GTX 980M and 970M that still stand to offer decent visuals to users.
Company expects $12.8 billion plus or minus $300 million
Intel has released new financial guidance, cutting its revenue prediction dramatically. Noting lower demand for desktops and declining inventory levels at retail of non-tablet computers, the company has reduced its first quarter revenue estimate to $12.8 billion, versus the $13.7 billon it was expecting, and informed investors of the changes that will now be made in its last quarterly earnings report.
Save your friends and family from confusion, even long-distance
Today's Pointers column is aimed squarely that the guy or girl who is pretty good -- or at least vaguely fluent -- with Macs, and has thus suddenly been branded a tech "guru" by their Apple-illiterate or tech-unfriendly family, friends, long-lost relatives, or strangers in the street. You want to help, but they don't live with you, or perhaps a continent away. Nevertheless, you can be their knight in silicon armor. Read on to find out how.
Shares technology with new MacBook, offers double current PCIe reads, writes
A teardown of the brand-new 2015 13-inch MacBook Air by iFixit has revealed a surprising difference between the 11-inch and 13-inch models -- the latter has also inherited the double-speed new PCIe flash storage system that is included in the new MacBook, which Apple says is up to two times faster than even the recent generation of PCIe flash storage seen in recent MacBook Air models, and in the refreshed 11-inch model. Preliminary testing has confirmed the claim.
Two Chromebook Pixels models packing Core i5, i7 processors available to buy today
Google has unveiled its second attempt at a high-specification Chromebook, one that leaked last month in a video. The second-generation Chromebook Pixel looks similar to the original, complete with an aluminum chassis and a 12.85-inch 2,560x1,700 display but this time Google has upped some of the internal components, and is using USB Type-C connections for the first time.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 11, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we collect together discounts and offers on tech and gadgetry for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Our usual recap of still-active deals from earlier this week is accompanied by new additions including a wireless smart plug, 808 Audio headphones, and a GoPro Hero 4 action camera
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 10, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour the Internet for promotions, discounts, and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside a recap of still-active deals from yesterday, today's new additions include an Intel Xeon-based barebones server from HP, a 128GB Corsair flash drive, and the Logitech G600 gaming mouse.
MacBook Returns, Force Touch, Apple Watch
Yesterday, Apple made announcements ranging from CarPlay to the return of the MacBook, and readers can discuss what the future of Apple holds this week in the MacNN Forums. Junior Member "Kensington" started a thread titled MacBook Returns, stating that he is "stoked" about it, and wants to get it in gold to match his grille. Forum-goers discuss the latest update to the trackpad, called "Force Touch" in the thread by the same name.
new lower prices
At Apple's online store today, find new reduced prices on refurbished iPods, Macs and accessories. The refurbished Apple TV is now only $59, since a brand new model has been dropped to $69. With the drop in price on brand new iPod touch models (from $199), Apple has also slashed prices on reconditioned models, with the 16GB configuration now only $149.
New mechanical switch device brings USB 3.0, oversized volume control wheel
Mechanical keyboard manufacturer Metadot today announced the new Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac, its most significant keyboard update for Mac users since the Model S. Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac is engineered with a refined vibration-less enclosure, held together with hex screws, and boasts an oversized HiFi-inspired volume knob to enhance the desktop experience by helping to control multimedia through the Mac-specific keyboard.
Our staff weighs in on the highs, lows and 'what the?' moments
Today's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco lived up to the hype, generally, with strong performances from the Apple executive team, richer demonstrations of the Apple Watch and more importantly, the diversity of apps that will be available for it, and a somewhat-surprising return of the MacBook consumer notebook, which is likely to displace the MacBook Air in time. Apple also brought out the unexpected ResearchKit, and cut the price of the Apple TV. We asked some of our staff for their thoughts.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 9, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista find offers and discounts for you, our discerning readers. After wiping the slate clean for a new week, today's deals include a 32-inch Sceptre HDTV for under $200, a dual-band gigabit Netgear router, and 3TB Western Digital hard drives.
Thunderbolt 2, Force Touch trackpad included in MacBook Pro update
Just as speculated in rumors and hinted at just before the online Apple Store was taken down, Apple is making upgrades to its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines, alongside the new MacBook line. Both lines will be getting improvements, including Broadwell-based Intel processors, bumps to Intel HD Graphics 6000 GPUs, and other improvements, with Apple shipping the updated models starting from later today.
Most extreme and efficient notebook ever, says Schiller
Apple on Monday surprised observers with the unveiling of a new MacBook, featuring a 12-inch Retina display, a motherboard that is 67 percent smaller than even the MacBook Air, a new fanless design that is even thinner than the Air, but retains the all-day battery life. The new MacBook comes in at two pounds even, and also features an all-new keyboard and trackpad, with a a new single USB-C port for most connections. It will be available in three colors, matching the current iPhone line.
Store goes down hours ahead of Apple Spring Forward event
Apple has brought down the online Apple Store, ahead of its Spring Forward event later today. Expected as part of any major Apple event, the store went down at 8am ET/12pm GMT, hours before the event is due to take place, allowing the company time to make changes to product listings and to add new items, ready for when the store becomes available again shortly after the event ends.
importing address book from Outlook to iCloud
This week in the MacNN forums, Senior User "Chinasaur" was asking fellow forum-goers how they would go about importing a .csv file from Outlook.com to iCloud as they have accidentally erased their contacts and this is the only backup they have. So far a solution has yet to be found. Members continue to discuss reasons why someones Mac might have hard system crashes.
up to $600 off Mac Pro
At Apple's online store today, save on a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro configurations. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash memory has been reduced by $450 to $2,549. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 6, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we place discounts and offers on hardware and software we find in online stores for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our last recap of the week's still-active deals before they disappear, we have a Sony 4k AV receiver, a driveless QNAP network attached storage appliance, and a few inexpensive Windows laptops.
Improved processor, upgraded graphics appear to be sole changes in latest edition
A Chinese site has posted images not of the forthcoming refreshed MacBook Air itself, but of its specifications gleaned from the "About this Mac" dialog. The images are said to be from a soon-to-be-released low-end MacBook Air produced by Foxconn, according to Feng.com, and reveal that the 13-inch unit will sport an Intel Broadwell Core i5-5250U dual-core processor set at 1.6GHz (with turboboost when required) and an Intel HD Graphics 6000 video chipset, along with 4GB of RAM.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals the post where we search for offers and discounts on a variety of computer hardware, gadgets, games, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, today's new additions include the Wacom Cintiq 13HD, $200 off a 55-inch RCA HDTV, and a Sony Action Camera for $150.
LiquidVR API designed to reduce 'motion to photon' lag time
Today, at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, AMD announced an initiative to deliver what it calls the best possible VR experience for developers and users. The first output of AMD's initiative is LiquidVR, a set of technologies focused on enabling exceptional VR content development for AMD hardware, improved comfort in VR applications by simplifying performance-boosting techniques, and plug-and-play compatibility with VR headsets.
clean installs, contact access and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking other members how they might go about doing a clean install of the OS on a 2010 MacBook Pro that they don't have a system install disc for. A discussion about giving Apps access to contacts was started by Mac Elite "jeff k" earlier this week, after he asked about a specific app that was requesting such access.
Macs from $419
Today at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished Macs with prices as low as $419. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been discounted by $80, to $419. A $130 discount is available on the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $769.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 3, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for discounts and deals on hardware, software, games, gadgets, and other tech for you, our discerning readers. Today, we have a pair of Linksys routers, Sennheiser headphones, and a 27-inch Dell 4K monitor, alongside our recap of yesterday's still-active deals.