Flex 2 can be posed using notebook keyboard as stand
Lenovo has extended its Flex notebook family, by introducing two new updated versions. The Flex 2 are dual-mode notebooks that can flip the 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch-enabled displays around 300 degrees, allowing it to work similar to a tablet being used in a stand with the keyboard-equipped section face down on the surface behind the screen.
Earnings mark 26 percent drop from fourth quarter
Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue.
High-resolution Toshiba notebook has Adobe Lightroom 5 pre-installed
Toshiba will be shipping its notebook with a 4K-resolution display in the United States starting from next week, the company has revealed. Going under the Satellite P55t name instead of the P50t it was initially unveiled as at CES, it will be available from April 22nd, and will offer a native resolution of 3,840x2,160 on its 15.6-inch TruBrite touchscreen display.
audio problems, Logic X questions and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members help other long-time users and Fresh-Faced Recruits resolve problems. Forum members are assisting one Fresh-Faced Recruit with an iMac that is unable to recognize audio inputs or outputs after a power failure, but so far have been unsuccessful in their attempts. Yesterday, Junior Member "phkc070408" was trying to determine if there was a way to assign a specific key or series of keys to type a pre-programmed set of text.
iPads and iPods
This week, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now, the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for just $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation 16GB iPad 2 down to $279.
$400 off 27-inch iMac
MacMall.com has dropped the price on the 27-inch iMac from $1,800 down to $1,400. Until April 30, a $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price even further to $1,300. That is about $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Flaw mandates TLS 1.2 support, not found in older Windows Server versions
Microsoft has stopped the downloads of the new Windows 8.1 update to enterprise customers after it was found to destroy the ability to recieve future updates, including security patches. The flaw affects businesses that use Windows Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS) Service Pack 2.
iOS home screen improvements
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss ways that Apple could change the home screen in iOS after "Hawykeye_a" noted that there hasn't been any real changes in the way that iOS works and provided some suggestions of things he thought could be modified. Today, one Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for a way to edit icons on their Mac, and turned to the forums for advice.
5 refurbished Macs for $999 or less
Apple's online store today has a variety of Macs that are priced at $999 or less. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives is now $849 after a $150 discount. Also priced at $849 after a $350 price cut is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.
MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and more
At MacMall.com this week, save $350 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been cut from $1,800 down to $1,550. A $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,450, beating the next lowest price by $210. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Up to 384TB addressable with maximum expansion
Accessory and peripheral vendor OWC has announced an enterprise-class storage solution with the new rack-mounted OWC Jupiter Kore and OWC Jupiter Callisto. OWC Jupiter Callisto provides storage for multi-user environments via Ethernet, while OWC Jupiter Kore is a Mini-SAS direct-connect storage system. Both are available in 8-bay or 16-bay models, for up to 384TB of storage with three Jupiter Kore Expander Rack systems.
Panasonic-sourced battery at fault for three reported overheating incidents
Sony is warning owners of its Vaio Fit 11A notebook to stop using the computer, because of potentially hazardous battery issues. Non-removable batteries produced by Panasonic used in approximately 26,000 of the notebooks apparently have the potential to overheat, risking physical damage to the outside casting the possibility of catching fire.
Command line app converts Panasonic GH4 video to 2k 10-bit
Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit 2K HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in 2048x1080 resolution.
Microsoft opens pre-orders for Surface 2 with LTE in UK
Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for the Surface 2 with LTE in the United Kingdom. Just as with its launch last month in the United States, the UK edition will be limited to just a 64GB model, and its £539 ($905) represents a £100 ($168) increase over the standard Wi-Fi model. Microsoft will be shipping the Windows RT tablet on the 8th of May.
Analysts predict 1.5 million Macs sold, Apple drops to fourth place
Compounding the usual decline in Mac and Windows PC sales following the holiday quarter, analysts IDC and Gartner say that the continuing worldwide drop in PC sales is affecting the entire industry, Apple included. While the Mac actually managed a 30 percent year-over-year increase in the last quarter of 2013, predictions for its first calendar quarter show a drop varying from 3.8 percent (Gartner) to seven percent (IDC). The overall PC market in the US is continuing to suffer from anemic or flat growth.
file sharing, backlit keyboards and more
This week on the MacNN forum, members have been assisting Mac Enthusiast "jszrules" with determining why File Sharing is automatically enabled on multiple occasions after having to restart their computer due to it freezing. Yesterday, Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" shared their joy with the forums after finding a Logitech backlit keyboard to use with their Mac desktop after years of blindly plucking away at the standard Apple keyboard for years.
Save up to $570 on refurbished iMacs
Apple's online store is currently offering a wide range of discounts on refurbished iMacs. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive is available for $1,049 after a $250 price cut. A $200 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive down to $1,099.
$699 off Retina MacBook Pro
At MacMall.com's Spring Savings sale, save $699 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was $3,050, but has been cut to $2,350. That discount makes this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Build-promoted 'Start' menu changes not implemented yet
Microsoft has started making the latest major update to Windows 8.1 available to end users. The mandatory update for Windows 8.1 users comes in a series of patches, and requires that the user have a fully-patched existing 8.1 system before the update commences. Failure to properly install the patch has dire consequences, according to Microsoft -- engineers claim that "failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014."
Samsung Chromebook 2 now available for pre-sale purchase
Today marks the official pre-sale availability of Samsung's Chromebook 2, as was initially announced last month. The new models are available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and improve upon the original Chromebook with faster performance and longer battery life. The 13.3-inch model features a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the 11.6-inch model uses a 1366x768 resolution. Pre-sale pricing of the 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 is $320, and the 13-inch model at $400, with shipping beginning at the end of April.
Raspberry Pi Compute Module slots into circuitry using DDR2 SODIMM slot
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is creating a third model of its Raspberry Pi micro computer, intended for businesses and industrial use. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module combines most of the functionality of the Model A Raspberry Pi into a single board, one that is designed to be inserted into other circuitry, allowing it to be included in custom-designed systems.
New drive has highest data density of any server-class drive
Storage company Seagate Technology today announced it is now shipping a 6TB hard disk drive -- the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The drive comes in two versions, 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA, with a variety of encryption and secure data destruction options.
Popular Game Boy Advance titles now available on Wii U's eShop
Nintendo has released its first group of Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games on the Wii U online store. Available for $8 per title, current releases include strategy-based game Advance Wars, RPG Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and side-scrolling shooter Metroid Fusion. More titles are due to roll out throughout April, such as Kirby & The Amazing Adventure, WarioWare, Super Mario Bros. 3 and others.
Mac mini and Mac Pro
Apple's online store today has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and Mac Pro models at low prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has seen a $150 discount to $849. For $929 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB solid state storage.
iMacs, cameras and MacBook Pros
This week, MacMall has cut the price on the 21.5-inch iMac by 20 percent -- bringing the cost down from $1,300 to $1,080. A $40 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,040, making this $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, along with an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics board. Included is a Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Deal mandates agencies have a migration plan for April 2015
On what is effectively the last minute before Windows XP's support expiry, the UK government has struck a deal with Microsoft offering another 12 months of support to the elderly operating system. The £5.548 million ($9.2 million) deal extends support for Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003, and Microsoft Exchange 2003 to governmental agencies in the UK.
Analyst notes mystery $250M payment to buyer of Apple RAM supplier Elpida
Independent analyst Matt Margolis has reported on a mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron, which in turn last summer bought out another memory manufacturing firm, Elpida, for $2 billion. Among Elpida's many customers, one in particular has a habit of being both secretive and willing to pay large sums in advance to procure supply -- Apple. If the payment is from the iPhone maker, it may be trying to lock in supplies of Micron's new LPDDR4 DRAM.
New display offers 144Hz refresh, 80,000,000:1 contrast
Display manufacturer AOC today announced the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor -- model number G2460PQU. Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms to offer users reduced input lag and more frames per second. The wall-mountable monitor displays up to 16.7 million colors with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 and a contrast ratio of 80,000,000:1.
Also include HDMI, USB 3.0, Ethernet ports
Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks.
Wider adoption hoped to spur Microsoft service adoption
Microsoft is expanding its initiative to have a variant of its Windows operating system on as many devices as possible. At the same time, it discussed a more universal version of Windows for devices other than computers and tablets, and also announced that it would offer these versions of Windows to users and developers for free. Also free will be Windows installations on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. The move is intended to widen the install base of mobile versions of Windows, and will likely drive adoption of Microsoft-branded services such as Skype, Office, and OneDrive.
New update makes more concessions to keyboard, mouse users
At Microsoft's annual Build conference, Microsoft also announced that it has developed a major update to Windows 8.1. The update, available to users April 8, will improve the experience for keyboard and mouse users, as well as bring substantive changes to the Microsoft application store.
New connector symmetrical, similar to Apple's Lightning
The previously hinted-at USB Type-C connector has been detailed in a presentation at IDF conference in China. The new connector is smaller than existing USB connectors, supports more power, faster data transfers, and is symmetrical, more than passingly similar to Apple's Lightning connector. The new standard will replace full-size USB and Micro-USB connectors, and offers bandwidth at 10Gbps -- about half the speed of the first generation of Thunderbolt.
Two models same as Apple's, two new processors
Upgrade company OWC today officially introduced Intel Xeon processor "turnkey" upgrades for the latest Apple Mac Pro 2013. Options include 8-Core, 10-Core, and 12-Core models. The processors are fully compliant with Apple technical specifications and power requirements and are fully tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple.
Kindle vs. iBooks
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, members began a debate about which e-book distribution service was better, Kindle or iBooks, after one Mac Elite stated that they think iBooks just might be better. "When I put the computer to sleep, does that affect ongoing transfers to and from the internet?" asks Mac Elite "rotuts" earlier today.
iPods and Mac Accessories
This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPod models on sale. They start at $99 for the refurbished seventh-generation 16GB iPod nano which comes in blue, silver, pink, green or purple. Save $40 on the refurbished 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch in black; it was $229, but has been cut to $189.
27-inch iMac for $1,450 and more
At MacMall.com this week, get a 27-inch iMac for $1,450 -- it was $1,999, but has been reduced to $1,550. Save an additional $100 via a mail-in-rebate offer, making this $150 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
International stores still call for 'April'
Shipping estimates for the 2013 Mac Pro have slipped from "April" to 5 to 6 weeks at Apple's US online store, checks show. At least some international storefronts are continuing to mention April, but could follow suit. Built-to-order Pros should take longer to ship as per usual.
PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more
This week the MacNN forums, forum-goers discussed a wide range of topics -- from virtual machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long-time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview.
Mac desktops as low as $509
This week, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished iMac and Mac mini models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. For $1,099 (after a $200 discount) is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
21.5-inch iMac for $1,100
This week at MacMall.com, get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180 -- and until April 30, save an additional $80 through a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this model by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Recall notice points to two incidents of battery packs overheating, causing damage
Lenovo is recalling notebook batteries used in its ThinkPad ranges, following two reports of battery packs overheating and damaging equipment, though no reports of injury. Approximately 34,500 batteries in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are subject to the recall notice by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as a large number sold in China.
New four-bay array cheaper, faster than previous models
Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announced the release of the latest four-bay Drobo. The third-generation Drobo is less expensive than the previous model, up three times faster, and includes new features such as USB 3.0 (but drops Firewire support), significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine backup technology.
Sources also maintain existence of 12-inch iPad
Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air in the second half of 2014, alongside other updated MacBooks, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Although the MacBook Pro has had Retina options for a couple of years, the Air has been stuck with resolutions topping out at 1366x768 or 1440x900, depending on screen size. A Retina upgrade may be possible due to easier and/or cheaper production of Retina panels, and the need for Apple to keep the Air attractive next to Windows laptops with Retina-equivalent graphics.
Long time coming, but BYOD movement paying dividends to Apple
Another survey of Macs in the workplace has both reinforced older studies as well as added surprising news about the growing acceptance of Macs in the workplace -- long thought to be the unassailable domain of Windows PCs. Virtualization software maker Parallels has polled more than 200 IT chiefs in its latest study, and found that nearly half -- 45 percent -- of the companies surveyed now offer their employees the option of using a Mac at work, and find the platform "more reliable" for both Mac and Windows application use.
New system uses the Tegra K1 192 core processor
Nvidia today launched a developer platform based on the Tegra K1 for embedded systems. The Nvidia Jetson TK1 Developer Kit provides developers with the tools to create systems and applications aimed at tasks such as enabling robots to seamlessly navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects, and cars to detect pedestrians.
Coaxing Mavericks onto older Macs
MacNN forum goers try to help Mac Elite "Helmling" figure out a way to get Mavericks to run on a MacBook from mid-2007, as well as provide some interesting insight on how this can be accomplished. "ShortcutToMoncton" is looking for good backup software that can assist in backing up their data to multiple drives.
Mac Pro and iMac
This week, Apple's online store is offering a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models at discounted prices. The refurbished 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 to $2,139. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Canon Pixma Pro-100 with paper only $130
Amazon this week is offering the Canon Pixma Pro-100 color inkjet photo printer for $388 with free shipping. That's $112 off the list price of $500, and if buyers order before March 31, they can save an additional $200 through a mail-in-rebate offer. Add a 50-sheet pack of LU-101 or SG-201 paper, or two 20-packs of PM-101 paper, and receive an additional $100 off, for a total savings of $300 -- bringing the final cost to around $130. This is about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features eight dye-based inks, three of which are grayscale. It also offers 4800x2400 dpi resolution, Wi-Fi printing, PictBridge and two-way paper feeding.
New effort boosts data sharing speeds from five to 12 times current technology
Nvidia today announced at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference that it plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called Nvidia NVlink, into its future GPUs. Nvidia claims the new technology will enable GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. The improvements purge a long-standing performance bottleneck, and help pave the way for a new generation of supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems.
win a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro
Even though it may not feel like it in all parts of the United States, spring is here -- and to celebrate, Digiarty is giving away 40,000 copies of MacX Mobile Video Converter software for free. In addition, MacNN has teamed up with Digiarty to give away ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro, which carries a retail value of $60. Read on to learn more about this software and how to enter.