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Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista all day!

10/31, 3:00am

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!

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Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to refurb store

10/31, 2:59am

Models discounted by as much as $570, still have standard one-year warranty

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model.

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

10/31, 2:37am

Win a box full of new Mac Pro computers!

Last night as we were leaving work we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible, quite unbelievable really, as a matter of fact we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!

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Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

10/30, 7:02pm

Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and have a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up, we have three JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.

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Hands On: Jagged Alliance -- Flashback (OS X, Windows)

10/30, 2:55pm

Mercenaries strive to free '80s styled Caribbean isle in this turn-based title

Kickstarter has helped to revive many favorites of the past, including Reading Rainbow, Veronica Mars, and even the Jagged Alliance turn-based strategy series. Jagged Alliance: Flashback was funded on Kickstarter by developers Full Control back in May of 2013, promising to create a tactical RPG that Jagged Alliance fans new and old would enjoy.

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Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook Air on November 8

10/30, 12:49pm

Deal in-store only

As a part of a November 8 promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; the card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify.

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Lenovo grows Yoga Tablet 2 series with 13-inch Windows version

10/29, 10:13pm

Tablet follows on the 10-inch model announced early October, adds QHD display

Lenovo unveiled another addition to the Yoga line of devices, trumpeting the arrival of a larger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. The new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows jumps up in size with the addition of a 13.3-inch quad HD display, marking a large bump from the full HD 10-inch model Lenovo announced at the beginning of October. Like other devices in the Yoga line, the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 features four modes for use, including stand, tilt, hold, and a new mode called hang.

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HP changing desktop computing with dual-display Sprout PC

10/29, 4:40pm

All-in-one PC meshes projector, scanner, sensors and camera for creation through touch

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to change the desktop experience with its newest all-in-one PC, the Sprout. While costly at $1,900, the machine encourages the use of a PC outside of the traditional input means, using various pieces of imaging technology and sensors to give users a way to create in a "natural user interface." The Sprout is the first product from HP under its Blended Reality ecosystem.

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Forums: 2011 Core i7 iMac vs Retina i5 iMac

10/28, 5:22pm

2011 Core i7 iMac vs Retina i5 iMac

After having some display backlight and logic board issues with an older iMac, Mac Enthusiast "Boochie" has decided now would be a good time to start thinking about a new iMac. A post they made in the MacNN forums sparked a debate about what would be a better choice, a 2011 iMac with a Core i7 processor, or a new Retina iMac with an i5 processor. Yesterday, one Forum Regular was trying to determine the best cable to use to connect a Mac mini to a Dell UltraSharp monitor, and asked fellow forum members for their thoughts.

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Apple deals: displays and accessories

10/28, 5:19pm

Apple deals: displays and accessories

Apple's online store has dropped the price on the refurbished Apple 27-inch LED cinema display by $200, cutting the cost down from $999 to $799. This display offers 2560x1440 resolution, LED backlighting, 178-degree viewing angles and three USB ports along with built-in iSight camera, microphone and 49-watt speaker system. Quickly and easily set up a wireless network using an iDevice, Mac or PC and the refurbished AirPort Express. It has been reduced by $24 down to $75.

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Class-action lawsuit targets Apple over faulty 2011 MacBook Pros

10/28, 4:59pm

Apple failing to acknowledge video defect, suit says

Following up on earlier talk, lawfirm Whitfield Bryson & Mason has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of owners of the 2011 MacBook Pro. For some time, users of the laptop have been complaining about visual artifacts, blank screens, and/or crashes, which appear to be linked to problems with AMD graphics hardware. Apple, though, hasn't offered to fix affected systems outside of warranty coverage without charging high fees, and using replacement parts that may cause the exact same trouble.

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QuarkXPress 2015 release slated for first half of new year

10/28, 12:48pm

Venerable desktop publishing program given 10 features voted on by users

Today Quark Software Inc. unveiled QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark's design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. Coming in the first quarter of next year, Quark promises that QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production, and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license as opposed to a subscription service.

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MOTU ships 24Ai, 24Ao rack-mounted 24 channel audio mixers

10/28, 12:27pm

Multiple mixers in parallel can control up to 256 channels on Thunderbolt

Audio hardware company MOTU is now shipping the 24Ai and 24Ao, two new audio interfaces that offer 24 channels of analog audio input or output in a single rack space, combined with three banks of ADAT optical, for a total of 72 channels of I/O. Similar to the 1248, 8M and 16A models released by MOTU earlier this year, the 24Ai and 24Ao are equipped with DSP-driven mixing/effects and AVB Ethernet. With all five interface models, users can mix and match complementary I/O configurations and unify operation on their shared AVB audio networking platform.

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New Alienware 13 notebook released, optional Graphics Amplifier

10/27, 9:09pm

One-inch thick notebook offers desktop add-on solution for graphical performance boost

On top of the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC, Alienware is taking care of mobile gamers with its new Alienware 13 notebook. While the Alienware 13 isn't as powerful as its desktop counterpart, the company hopes to solve that with an add-on device called the Alienware Graphics Amplifier that brings the power of a discrete GPU to the notebook.

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Alienware sets release, specifications for flagship Area-51 PC

10/27, 8:01pm

Computer built on Intel X99 platform, opens for orders, customization on October 28

Alienware announced the availability of the new Area-51, the company's flagship gaming PC that Electronista took a first-hand look at during PAX Prime 2014. The customizable PC will be available starting October 28 with Intel's gaming-focused Haswell-E processors and X99 motherboards also unveiled during the gaming convention in August.

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Briefly: CyberPowerPC Fangbook III HX6, Gigabyte Raptor FPS mouse

10/27, 3:24pm

Gaming notebook powered by Intel Core i7, activates kickstand when opened

CyberPower PC is releasing a new gaming notebook next month starting at $1,100. The Fangbook III HX6 features a 15.6-inch full HD LED backlit IPS display, capability of resolutions up to 1920x1080 with anti-glare technology built-in. The Fangbook III is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 500MB 7200RPM hard drive. While the company stated in its press release that it comes with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, this appears to be under a Halloween promotion.

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Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more

10/24, 4:25pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for October 24, 2014

Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!

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Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask)

10/24, 3:46pm

Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask)

With just a little over one week on the Mac App Store under its belt, OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been one of the hottest topics in the MacNN forums, with discussion topics ranging from claimed "unfixed bugs" and battery life issues to beefs with Dark Mode and tips for those who are just upgrading for the first time. Today, one Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help determining the cause of what appears to be USB power failure.

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Apple deals: Mac desktops from $419

10/24, 3:45pm

Mac desktops from $419

Right now at Apple's online store, take advantage of price cuts on a wide range of Mac desktops. The lowest-priced item on that list is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $419. Right now, refurbished 27-inch iMac models start as low as $1,399 for a configuration with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive.

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DealNN: Mac mini from $494, 256 SSD for $135 and more

10/24, 3:44pm

Mac mini from $494, 256 SSD for $135 and more

MacMall.com has already begun dropping prices on brand-new Mac mini configurations. The entry-level Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and Mac OS X Yosemite has seen a $5 price cut from $499 down to $494, making this the best price we have seen by the same price margin. As always, this Mac mini is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor, with an optional AppleCare extended warranty available.

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Giveaway: Tomb Raider

10/24, 2:10pm

Win one of five copies of Tomb Raider!

For nearly two decades, the Tomb Raider franchise has been keeping adventure-seekers entertained for countless hours all around the world. Since the release of the first game in 1996, there have been a number of sequels to the game, a series of box office motion pictures, novels, and even theme park rides. The most recent chapter in the Lara Croft saga was released last year, and recently the staff here at Electronista got a chance to dig in to the action to see if it lives up to our expectations. We also secured five redemption codes to give away to our readers.

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Editorial: In defense of the new $499 Mac mini

10/24, 1:58pm

On paper, its not as strong as the 2012 model, but why worry?

After its release, we came out pretty strongly against Apple's new $499 Mac mini. We thought it to be underpowered, and despite some minor improvements, generally a step backwards. Time has passed, tempers have cooled a bit, and we've given it a second thought. While we're not saying that its a must-buy, there are some good use cases for it, and in some instances it trumps the 2012 model.

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Former Apple execs Johnson, McDougal form new retail startup, Enjoy

10/23, 10:51pm

Service would help shoppers make better decisions about online purchases

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely instead of just aiming for the cheapest price. The company, which launches next year, will help consumers make smarter choices on buying, such as educating shoppers on the finer points of a camera to promote the best overall value.

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Briefly: Lian Li PC-Q26 chassis, Toshiba ships Satellite Radius 11

10/23, 4:31pm

Aluminum chassis brings network storage options to consumers in mini-ITX form factor

Lian Li announced a new chassis aimed at consumers looking for custom built network-attached storage (NAS) options and system integrators. The new PC-Q26 brushed aluminum chassis grants ample room for storage options, while promoting the use of smaller computer parts as emphasized by the fit for mini-ITX motherboards. The case allows up to 11 storage drives to be stowed inside, with room for 10 drives in 3.5-inch bays and one in a 2.5-inch bay.

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VisionTek unveils USB 3.0 Pocket SSD external drive

10/23, 12:40pm

Drive can hit over 400MB/s, suitable for operating systems

Accessory manufacturer VisionTek today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. The USB 3.0 drive can be used with nearly any Windows, OS X, and Linux based system, with performance of up to 455MB/s read and 440MB/s write in a pocket-sized drive.

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Rare Apple I computer sold at auction for $905,000

10/22, 6:42pm

Takes second place in all-time high price paid for a personal computer

On the same day that Apple's stock closed at the second-highest price it has achieved in 2014, a new record-high price for its first computer -- the original Apple I -- has also been set, by a considerable margin. While an incredibly rare still-functional Apple I model (thought to be one of just six in such pristine condition) along with a letter from Steve Jobs was sold in May 2013 for $671,400, the latest auction in New York saw this latest unit -- one from the original first batch of 50 -- change hands for $905,000.

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Giveaway: Rapoo 3920P wireless laser mouse

10/22, 4:42pm

Rapoo 3920P wireless laser mouse

What is Rapoo? Rapoo makes peripherals for computers, gaming and mobile phones as well as smart home devices. Why does that matter? Because Electronista has one Rapoo wireless laser mouse to give away to our readers. This mouse retails for $40 and we think one of our readers should own one, so we are giving it away.

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Unity Technologies names ex-EA exec John Riccitiello as CEO

10/22, 2:04pm

Unity founder David Helgason remaining with the company

Cross-platform game development engine designers Unity Technologies has named a new chief executive. John Riccitiello, the prior chief of EA, is the new head of the company, with David Helgason stepping down. Helgason will continue with the company, and is planning on focusing on improving relationships with developers as well as "working with some insanely talented people here at Unity."

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Briefly: Civilization Beyond Earth data, Total War: Shogun 2 expansion

10/21, 4:11pm

New Civilization title demands Yosemite, i3 processor

The latest installment of the Civilization franchise from developer Firaxis, Civilization: Beyond Earth, today has a slightly-narrowed release date for OS X as well as declared hardware and OS requirements. While the PC release is scheduled for October 24, the Mac version will ship in time for the holiday season. Civilization: Beyond Earth will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite, an Intel Core i3 processor or greater running at 2.2GHz or more, and 4GB of RAM. Minimum GPU specs are the Nvidia GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 5750, or Intel Iris Graphics with 256 MB.

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Windows 10 Preview updated, gives options for patch frequency

10/21, 3:47pm

Fast and Slow update tiers selectable for quicker updates

Microsoft is deploying the first update to the Windows 10 preview under the Windows Insider program. Build number 9860 is headed to users overnight through Windows Update, or users can opt to immediately install it. The update weighs in at between 2GB and 2.74GB, depending on architecture, and contains some improvements and bug fixes to the pre-release operating system.

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Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

10/21, 12:24pm

All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums, when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer, and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better.

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Apple deals: 17-inch iMacs from $1,399

10/21, 12:23pm

17-inch iMacs from $1,399

Apple's online store has been slashing prices on refurbished 27-inch iMac models in the wake of last week's unveiling of their current-generation 5K model. The 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 discount. A $310 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $1,489.

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DealNN: $120 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

10/21, 12:21pm

$120 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

Right now at B&H.com, get the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook on sale for $1,280. That's a savings of $120 off the regular price of $1,400, and it is $109 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Also provided is a free gift of either security software LoJack or Windows virtual environment software Parallels. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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Hands On: Steam Marines (OS X, Windows)

10/21, 10:37am

Rogue-like strategy not made for the faint of heart

Following a year of development in Steam's Early Access program, Steam Marines finally made its way to the general public a few weeks ago. Similar in style to games like Space Hulk and XCOM, Steam Marines is a top-down strategy shooter that requires players to carefully plan out each turn. Available for $15 through Steam, Desura, and the Humble Store, is this 2D retro-styled game worth your time and the unavoidable stress it is bound to cause?

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CEO recaps growth report, praises employees in company memo

10/20, 9:30pm

Cook announces new trip to Beijing for worker meeting that will be posted online

As is his habit, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday released a company-wide memo to employees recapping much of the sales and growth data from the analyst conference call given earlier that afternoon. He referred to the expectation-beating results as "Apple's highest September quarter revenue ever, and our strongest growth rate in seven quarters," adding that this was made possible "by your hard work and dedication." He also noted the big jump in Mac sales, beating industry averages significantly.

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Apple breaks all-time Mac sales record over summer

10/20, 6:29pm

Emerging markets, price cuts, back to school seen as key factors

In what CEO Tim Cook called the "best ever" quarter for the Mac, Apple's Mac lineup overall jumped a remarkable 25 percent in a single quarter to 5.52 million units. Making the event more noteworthy is the fact that the growth was achieved prior to any notable refreshes. Instead, what appears to be driving the increase in Mac sales is volume in emerging markets, such as China - where Macs were up 54 percent year-over-year. Price cuts and great back-to-school sales also contributed to the jump.

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Apple Q4 breakdown details hits to iPad, iPod numbers

10/20, 5:26pm

Company's performance generally healthy

In the wake of its official announcement, Apple has posted a detailed breakdown (PDF) of its Q4 financial results. On a regional basis the company did well in most cases, for instance increasing Americans revenue 17 percent year-over-year to $16.247 billion, and European revenue 19 percent to $9.535 billion. "Greater" China -- including Hong Kong and Taiwan -- advanced 1 percent to $5.778 billion, and Japan was up 5 percent to $3.507 billion. Only the rest of the Asia Pacific region saw problems, with revenue dipping 3 percent to $1.923 billion. Global retail sales rose 15 percent to $5.133 billion.

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Benchmark estimate suggests decreased Mac mini multi-core performance

10/20, 9:29am

Dual-core Haswell processors may limit refreshed Mac mini usefulness

The refreshed Mac mini may offer a significant dip in performance compared to earlier iterations, a report claims. A blog post from the Geekbench benchmark suite suggests that, though the new Haswell-based systems may have slightly higher single-core performance scores than the Ivy Bridge-based counterparts from late 2012, their multi-core performance will apparently suffer considerably.

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Retina iMac teardown by iFixit demonstrates moderate repairability

10/18, 1:08pm

Socketed CPU, same components as previous model shown in breakdown

Apple repair purveyors iFixit have given their regular disassembly treatment to Apple's new 27-inch 5K iMac. As the machine has re-used the chassis from the last generation of iMac, and has only minor changes to the internals apart from the display, the repairability score remains the same at a five out of 10. Notably, the company has found a larger display data connector, with the fused LCD and taped-down display hindering repair efforts.

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Halloween Giveaway: Free Collage Maker software for all!

10/17, 7:19pm

FREE Collage Maker software for all!

With Halloween fast approaching, there will undoubtedly be countless new memories being captured of all the scary costumes, silly face paint, jack-o-lanterns and good times filling up the storage space of millions of Americans and Canadians. MacNN and Electronista want you to have some fun with those memories, so we have teamed up with PearlMountain software to give away free copies of Picture Collage Maker Pro and Picture Collage Maker for Mac to all of our readers.

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New Mac mini not user-upgradeable, new analysis reveals

10/17, 7:01pm

Hard drive can be upgraded, possibly RAM, but voids warranty to do so

Server farm and hosting provider Macminicolo has posted its preliminary findings on the latest edition of the Mac mini, noting that the RAM in the unit is not user-accessible as was the case in previous models. This does not completely preclude the possibility of it being upgraded, but doing so would void the warranty on the machine. The 5400rpm hard drive included in the 2014 models is upgradeable, but again only through a warranty-voiding procedure.

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Forums: Time for a new iMac?

10/17, 3:54pm

Time for a new iMac?

Since yesterday marked the release of the new 27-inch iMac, the MacNN forums have been abuzz with chatter about this latest addition to the Mac family, and finally there is an answer to the age-old question "is it time for a new iMac?" and it looks like that answer is a resounding "yes." The official OS X 10.10 Yosemite thread was started yesterday by "Eden Aurora," where users can share their experiences and first impressions.

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Apple deals: iMac and Mac mini from $499

10/17, 3:51pm

iMac and Mac mini from $499

With the unveiling of the new iMacs and Mac minis yesterday, Apple also has cut prices on refurbished iMacs and Mac minis. 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 $80 to $419. For $929, after a $170 discount, is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

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DealNN: $382 off new Retina 27-inch iMac

10/17, 3:50pm

$382 off new Retina 27-inch iMac

It's hard to believe, but Expercom has already managed to secure lower pricing on the brand new 27-inch Retina iMac with a 3.5GHz quad-core i5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion drive and AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB video card. This configuration retails for $3,349 from Apple, but is priced at only $2,942 with $25 for shipping. That's a savings of $382. The only difference is the wait time of 10 days to 3 weeks before it ships, versus Apples' 3-5 day shipping time. As always, this item is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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Friday Deals: Filemaker Pro BOGO, 2K up to 85 percent off, more!

10/17, 2:25pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for October 17, 2014

Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!

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Samsung adds Intel Celeron processor option to Chromebook 2 line

10/17, 11:14am

Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM inside 11.6-inch Chromebook 2

Samsung has added an extra option to its Chromebook 2 line of budget notebooks. The new addition with an 11.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display replaces the Exynos 5 Octa processors from the original two notebooks with a 2.58GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor and Intel HD graphics, while at the same time downgrading the amount of RAM from 4GB to just 2GB.

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Apple unveils new Retina iMac, featuring 5K display

10/16, 2:23pm

Four times more pixels than previous model, all-new display technology

At its iPad event, Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, featuring an all-new display that offers 5K (5120x2880) resolution, 67 percent more pixels than found in a new 4K HDTV. Although previously rumored, the new iMac still managed to surprise with a lower-than-expected price tag starting at $2,499, considerably less than the cost of a typical high-end 4K HDTV. The new model, which will be sold in addition to the existing iMac models, also offers processing power up to a 4.0GHz Core i7.

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'One more thing' from Apple: Mac mini refresh

10/16, 2:23pm

Haswell, Thunderbolt 2, lower entry price highlights of new model

Alongside a new iMac, Apple has refreshed the Mac mini. The new Mac mini brings Intel fourth-generation "Haswell" processors to the diminutive computer, which retains the same form factor. Also added are a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports, replacing the single original Thunderbolt port in the 2012 model. More importantly, the base price for a new entry-level Mac mini model that will have performance specs similar to the entry-level MacBook Air, has dropped by $100 to a new floor of $499.

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Apple event: Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 October 20; Yosemite available now

10/16, 1:11pm

All the October Apple event news from the Cupertino Town Hall

Apple's October product event has begun. Alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook calling the iPhone 6 launch the "biggest launch ever," Apple has announced that Apple Pay is "getting going" in the United States. The official launch of Apple Pay is Monday, October 20 to compatible device users. Apple has also shown details of iOS 8.1, with improvements to photo and video storage.

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Pre-event roundup: what to expect at today's Apple unveiling

10/16, 2:37am

New iPads for sure, but invitation may hints at a surprise or two

Many sites, pundits and people think they have a sure grip on what's going to be announced later today at Apple's press event, which begins at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern time) and is being held in Apple's own community town hall theatre at the company's headquarters. This generally means a smaller affair and a strictly press-only audience, and on tap for the event is the expected announcement of new iPad models. But what else is likely to happen? We weigh up the rumors and make a few wild guesses.

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