Cable deals, Comcast/Time Warner merger interfering
Apple is indeed working on a new set-top that will let people will watch both live and on-demand TV, but won't have it ready until sometime in 2015, a source indicates. Engineers at the company are allegedly being told not to expect to ship the device this year, and working along that timeline. The issue is claimed to be cable companies "dragging their heels," and the possible Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, which together are interfering not only with the device but a matching TV service.
Gaming mouse from Logitech capable of tracking at over 500 inches per second
Peripheral producer Logitech has created what it claims is the world's fastest gaming mouse ever manufactured. The G402 Hyperion Fury uses Logitech's Fusion Engine system on a built-in 32-bit ARM processor for tracking, allowing it to keep up with tracking speeds faster than 500 inches per second, more than the preceding G502 Proteus Core's 300 inches per second tracking.
T-Mobile announces availability of Samsung Galaxy Avant for $9 per month
T-Mobile has announced its release of the new Samsung Galaxy Avant, available starting today. Promoted as part of its Uncarrier lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Avant features a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM, and a 4.5-inch qHD screen. The phone connects to T-Mobile's 4G LTE network, and is priced at $220, or $0 down and $9 a month for 24 months. The Simple Choice plan includes no traditional contract, no overages, no device financing fees, global roaming and the company's Music Freedom service.
Mac mini for $490
Currently, BestBuy.com is offering a $110 discount on the Mac mini, dropping the price from $600 down to $490. That discount makes this around $60 less than buying it anywhere else, and it's nearly $10 less than what Apple charges for a refurbished model. They also have it in open-box condition from $465. This Mac mini features a 2.5GHz Intel core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Bulk of content locked to cable subscriptions
Apple has added a pair of new app channels to the Apple TV, CNBC and Fox Now. The former is NBC's business network, while the latter offers access to shows like Glee, Family Guy, and The Following. In both cases, viewers must have a cable subscription to unlock the full range of content. Otherwise, people are limited to a much smaller selection of clips and episodes.
$300 off 15.4-inch rMBP
This week at B&H.com, save $300 on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been cut from $3,099 down to $2,799. That discount makes this nearly $160 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Included is a free copy of either Parallels Desktop 9 or LoJack. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell) processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Low profile, symmetrical design gives users balance, comfort and button choices
The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, already containing some well-known names in the industry. Many PC gamers know one such name, Razer, as the go-to company for mice and other controls. The Taipan is a mouse that Razer has offered since 2012, but gave it new flair with a white finish this May. Does the new finish give gamers a good reason to revisit the Taipan, or is it a dated approach to gaming? Find out in our review.
Origin PC introduces new EVO15-S lightweight gaming laptop, Back to School promotion
Origin PC has announced its new EVO15-S gaming laptop, as well as a Back to School promotion. The laptop is thin, with a width measuring 0.78 inches, and weighing 4.36 pounds. Featuring a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M 3GB discrete graphics and Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 sound, the 15-inch laptop manages up to four hours of battery life. The EVO15-S includes Bluetooth 4.0, a KillerNIC E2200 LAN connection and USB 3.0 connectivity. Its anti-ghosting backlit keyboard offers seven standard color choices, with the option to fully customize colors and zones. The laptop's exterior can also be customized with a variety of paint choices and etching options.
System has days to go, and several thousand dollars is still needed
Historically, MacNN and Electronista have covered few, if any, in-progress crowd-sourced projects unless there was something unusual about them, like making 100x their goal. Starting this week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons we're going to look at crowd-funded projects that we find interesting. Keep in mind that we aren't specifically endorsing any projects, or telling you that there aren't any risks in funding a prospective project, we're just pointing out something we found that we like. Please do your research before investing! That all said, our inaugural crowd-sourced project this week comes to us from Kickstarter -- the Pond Wireless Charging device for iPhone 5/5s, Android and Windows.
Image shows thumbstick on Steam Controller replacing button group
Valve Software may have made another change to its Steam Controller, the gaming peripheral designed for use with Steam Machine game consoles. An image appearing in files associated with the beta version of the PC Steam client shows a modified version of the last controller design, with four face buttons instead replaced by a thumbstick.
Collaboration, if true, could bring diversity of styles and models
Though Swatch is perhaps best-known these days for pooh-poohing the idea that Apple's forthcoming "iWatch" health device would "be a revolution," a new rumor from anonymous sources claims that the Swiss watchmaker may be among other watch firms working with Apple to bring the "iWatch" technologies to a wide range of co-branded devices for different markets. While such collaborations would be unusual for Apple normally, the company has been opening itself up to more partnerships lately.
11.6-inch MacBook Air cut to $950
This week, BestBuy.com is offering sale prices on a variety of Mac models, one being the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which has seen a $150 discount from $1,099 down to $949. That discount makes this the best price currently available on this Mac model by $50. Free US shipping is included, and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Kanex Products introduces Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter
Kanex Products has announced the release of its Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Allowing users to connect Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC to an eSATA device, the adapter is capable of extending the use of existing eSATA-equipped external storage units. It USB 3.0 port facilitates a fast connection to peripherals that users may already have, such as external hard drives, a keyboard, or mouse.
MacBook Pros, printers and more
This week, Adorama.com has the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,699. That's $100 off the list price of $1,799, and the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MBP features Retina display, 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
PureGear announces Folio case for tablets and e-readers
PureGear has announced its new offer of a versatile folio case for tablets and e-readers. The new Universal Tablet Folio can protect, prop, and provide multiple viewing angles for any seven- to eight-inch, or nine- to 10-inch tablet. Its flexible bands can hold virtually any tablet in place, and it utilizes built-in props for hands-free viewing and typing. The Folio has a magnetic closure for folding back while the tablet is in use. Pricing starts at $40, with the Universal Tablet Folio available for purchase online.
Felix announces integrated kickstand case for iPad Air
Mobile accessories creator Felix has announced the release of its new case for iPad Air. The FlipBook Air consists of a case with an integrated kickstand, featuring the aesthetic of a book cover. Composed of faux leather, the case includes a smart cover function that wakes the iPad upon opening, and engages the sleep function when it is closed. Its patented kickstand supports both horizontal and vertical viewing, and features proprietary air bladder technology for additional protection of one's tablet.
4K monitors, cameras, PCs and more
This week at NCIX.com, get the Samsung 28-inch 4K LED monitor on sale for the reduced price of $530 with free shipping. That's $170 off their regular price of $700, and about $90 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This monitor features 28 inches of 4K resolution (3840x2160) with a contrast ratio of 1000:1, 1ms response time and a brightness of 370cd/m. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac, with HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity options.
HighPoint launches LTO tape support for Thunderbolt 2 adapters, RAID HBAs
HighPoint Technologies has announced that its RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2 RAID Adapaters and SAS 6GB per second RocketRAID 4500 Series HBAs now support LTO 5 and 6 tape drives. The new support allows customers to take advantage of its Dual Storage Modes solution-hardware RAID, SAS Expansion, SATA Port Multiplier, and LTO Tape drive devices can now be hosted simultaneously from a Thunderbolt 2 RAD Adapter, or 6GB per second SAS Hardware RAID HBA.
Logitech announces Harmony Ultimate now working with Nest Learning Thermostat
Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's nearby presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350.
Electronista and MacNN staff deal picks for July 11, 2014
Another week, another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!
printers, iMacs and storage
Right now at Dell.com, get the Dell Multifunction Color Laser Printer on sale for the reduced price of $175. That's a 50 percent discount from the list price of $350, and the lowest price we have seen on this printer by about $85. This printer has built-in scanning and copying functions, as well as the ability to print directly from Android or iOS mobile devices, or share the printer over a small network with built-in Ethernet. It is compatible with Windows and Mac, and is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty and one-year Advanced Exchange Service.
iOS users will have to wait for iOS 8
Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac and Windows users. The main addition is support for iTunes Extras associated with HD movies, granting access to things like galleries, commentaries, behind-the-scenes clips, and short films. Not every movie has Extras, since these require special formatting on the part of content creators, but even previously-purchased titles can get Extras for free if they're added later.
Field expected to diversify with more entrants coming to market
Ahead of what is expected to be a significant revamp or re-invention of the Apple TV, rivals such as Roku and Google's Chromecast dongle are allegedly outselling Apple's entry in the streaming-settop-box wars, claims a new study. Though still more popular worldwide, the report from Parks Associates believes that Apple sold just over two million Apple TV units in the US last year, which if true would place it third behind Roku and the Chromecast, both of which sold about 3.8 million units in the US in the same period.
D-Link now shipping new 802.11ac Wireless Access Point device
D-Link has announced the release of the DAP-2660, a new high-power 802.11ac wireless access point. Enclosed in a low-profile white housing, the DAP-2660 can be installed on the ceiling or wall-mounted in locations that require access to a wireless signal. Its maximum wireless signal rates are up to 300Mbps using a 2.4GHz band, and 867Mbps using the 5GHz band. The access point supports advanced radio management features such as band steering, airtime fairness and load balancing.
New video shows off Apple technology alongside built-in car systems
A new, 11-minute video of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers viewers an in-depth look at CarPlay, Apple's car technology for iOS device integration. In addition to showing off the system itself, the video also makes clearer how CarPlay (and other technologies like Android Auto) can co-exist with built-in infotainment systems that are part of the vehicle itself. The video also distinguishes Apple's "Siri Eyes Free" feature from the rest of the CarPlay technology.
Speeds up access to Watch Later, other content sections
Vimeo has launched an update of its app for the Apple TV, according to an official blog post. The new app has a more streamlined interface, reducing the number of button presses needed to get to sections like the Watch Later queue, uploaded videos, or collections. The home page now features a number of curated channels, such as monthly staff favorites and popular videos. One of these is a Vimeo On Demand section, which lets people watch trailers for paid titles and later buy them.
Google Now adds new reminder feature for logged 'to-do' tasks
A new reminder option is now available for Google Now users, providing occasional notifications for to-dos or tasks entered. Though it is unclear as to how frequent an "occasional" reminder is, the new option does not require a specific due date parameter - and so the app consistently reminds the user of a task without being easily dismissed. Google Now still offers standard reminders.
Electronista and MacNN staff's deal picks for July 4, 2014
Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals -- oh, and also America's birthday! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!
Mad Catz adds 4K support, Ouya app to Mojo game console
Game peripheral producer Mad Catz has rolled out an update to its Mojo Android game console, adding support for 4K-resolution output of games and apps to compatible high-resolution televisions. The update also introduces Ouya Everywhere, giving the device access to hundreds of games hosted on the competing gaming platform, as well as allowing more games and apps on Google Play to be downloaded to the console.
QNAP launches new fabless, silent HS-251 NAS device
QNap Systems has announced the release of its Silent Network-Attached Storage (NAS) series addition, the HS-251, designed for living-room use. Featuring a wide range of multimedia applications, the HS-251 offers real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Simultaneous viewing of different videos is possible with the device, and video content can be converted in formats that can be easily played on PCs, mobile devices and smart TVs.
Addonics Technologies' Internal GigaNAS Adapter announced
Addonics Technologies has announced the release of its new Internal GigaNAS Adapter, intended for custom building one's own high-capacity network attached storage (NAS) system. Designed to mount into a PCI slot of a desktop computer, server or storage chassis (with a centronic 50-connector cutout), the adapter features two SATA ports and one USB port. Up to 16 hard drives over a LAN can be shared, with as much as 16TB per drive volume, with up to an 85MB per second transfer rate over a Gigabit Ethernet network.
Controller images found in Android L SDK, confirmed with picture of dev kit
Those thinking that Google wouldn't be taking any real step into gaming with the Android TV set-top box may want to reconsider. A Reddit user digging through the system developer kit (SDK) for Android L, discovered a directory full of images of an Android TV controller, which also detailed all of its pieces. Photos from Google I/O of the developer kits for Android TV would affirm its existence.
27-inch iMac cut to $2,699, 21-inch iMac for $999
This week, Adorama has slashed the price on the 27-inch iMac by $200. It carries an MSRP of $2,699, but has been reduced to $2,499. That discount makes this $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 3TB Fusion Drive. Included is a wireless Magic Mouse, wireless Apple keyboard, and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Kitsound launches new portable speaker small enough to clip onto a backpack
KitSound has introduced a new portable speaker that is geared towards use during outdoor activities, the Cadet. Clad in a tough rubber-coated metal housing, the Cadet can stream music from a Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 10 meters away, playing while clipped to a backpack. The round speaker is also equipped with a microSD card slot, USB port and connectivity for a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Able to play for up to eight hours, the Cadet is priced at $70 and can be purchased online.
Win an Inateck prize bundle
Inateck -- not to be confused with the fictional corporation "Initech" featured in the hit film Office Space -- is a computer peripherals and accessories manufacturer from Germany that has unveiled a variety of new products including MacBook sleeves, Bluetooth speakers and USB hubs. MacNN has teamed up with Inateck to give away a bundle of these items to one lucky winner, and we will also be picking two additional winners who can select a prize of their choice.
Google Drive app for iOS updated, includes incoming view of newly shared files
Google Drive has received an update for its iOS app, offering a variety of improvements. Drive allows users ti view documents, PDFs, photos, videos and more, by accessing one's personal cloud account. Files can be searched for and shared with others. Google Drive v3.1.0 offers an incoming view of files that have been shared with the user as they arrive.
Smart Connect feature manages traffic across three network bands for optimum speeds
The newest version of the high-speed 802.11ac wireless Nighthawk routers was announced by Netgear today. The Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Wi-Fi router (R8000) offers improvements over the previous version, introducing tri-band technology with Smart Connect to make network sharing more flexible. The Nighthawk X6 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with three offload processors to aid in the balancing of the high demand on data in the modern home.
HighPoint launches RocketStor 5422A 2-Bay USB 3.0 Drive Dock
HighPoint has announced the release of its third-generation, dual-dedicated, 5GB-per-second USB 3.0 storage dock, the RocketStor 5422A. Capable of supporting any off-the-shelf SATA SSD and hard drive, the dock is compatible with any performance level from SATA 1 to SATA III, supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, and hard drives up to 6TB in capacity can be accommodated. The RocketStor 5422A supports common Power Management features provided by Windows and OS X operating systems, such as Sleep Mode and Hibernation. Priced at $60, the drive dock is now available.
KitSound releases portable, water resistant Bluetooth speaker
KitSound has released a new portable, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, the KitSound Gravity. Weighing 270 grams (9.5 ounces), the Gravity offers an IPX-4 water resistant rating, making it suitable for outdoor use. Its built-in rechargeable battery holds a charge for up to six hours. Priced at $75, KitSound Gravity is available in red, blue and yellow options.
$200 off 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (Crystalwell)
This week at B&H.com, save big on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has seen a $300 discount from the MSRP of $2,599, and it is about $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere else. It features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 "Crystalwell" processor, 8GB of RAM and and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Limited to watching clips, special feeds
(Updated with channels from PBS, AOl, Willow) Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with a new app channel, ABC News. It doesn't require authentication with a cable provider, but live content is limited to feeds already available on abcnews.com. The bulk of the app is dedicated to clips, broken up into categories like Top Stories, and topics such as the 2014 World Cup or the ISIS takeover of Iraq.
Life N Soul releases new Bluetooth 8-driver headphones, stereo speaker
Audio device producer Life N Soul has announced its new BE501 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones, and the BM211 Virtual Surround Bluetooth Speaker. The company's Bluetooth headphones feature Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and can pair with two different devices with a range of up to 30 feet. Offering built-in lossless transmission technology and dynamic surround sound, the BE501's frequency response ranges from 5Hz to 25kHz. Each ear piece bears 1pc woofer and 3pc drivers, with a total of 8 neodymium dynamic audio drivers. The headphones can hold a charge for 28 hours of play time, and 1300 hours of standby time.
Exhibit foreshadows opening of USPTO satellite office in Colorado capitol
A week or so ahead of the grand opening of a new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) building in Denver, Colorado, the central library branch of the Denver Public Library is hosting a USPTO-created exhibit featuring life-size models of the some of the many inventions and patents that are jointly or solely credited to Steve Jobs, the co-founder and twice former CEO of Apple. "Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World" will run through September.
D-Link announces Connected Home product expansion, app
D-Link has announced that it is now shipping a new Wi-Fi Motion Sensor, as well as a cross-platform Home app. The Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH-S150) is the company's latest addition to its line of Connected Home products, and alerts users of activity at home with a push or text notification as soon as it detects motion. Able to pair with D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, devices can be turned on and off in response to motion. The DCH-S150 is compact, and requires no additional hub or device to function.
Nest co-founder says it is about products 'that keep us connected to our homes'
Nest, now owned by Google, has revealed that it is buying Dropcam, a smart home-monitoring camera. The deal for the company cost Nest $555 million in cash, and will see the Dropcam team moving to Nest's Palo Alto headquarters. Despite the fact that it is now owned by Google, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers says that the team behind Dropcam will be "indoctrinated" to Nest privacy policies, which -- currently -- are far more strict than those of Google. Critics, however, are skeptical.
LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor only $585
Currently, Newegg.com is offering big savings on the LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor, which has seen a $100 discount from $750 down to $650. Until June 25, use coupon code 'EMCPDW32' to drop the price even lower, to $585 with free US shipping. That makes this about $115 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1080, an aspect ratio of 21:9, 14ms response time, auto resolution, and screen split. Included is a three-year warranty on parts and labor from LG.
CFast card ISC3E released, compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1
ADATA Technology has announced the launch of its CFast 2.0 memory card, the ISC3E. Combining the form-factor of a CF Card with a high-speed SATA interface, the ISC3E is compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1. Its sequential read/write speed is up to 435/120 MB/s and 165/170 MB/s, with its physical integrity offerin shock and vibration resistance, as well as the ability to withstand temperatures from -40C to 85C.
Brother International introduces new feature to P-touch platform with PT-P750W launch
Brother International announced today the introduction of its new PT-P750W wireless label maker. Featuring NFC capability, the label maker allows multiple users to directly connect to the device without configuring connection settings. The new unit is the brand's first label maker in the office-class market, and works in conjunction with the free Brother iPrint&Label app for printing labels remotely.
Would likely focus exclusively on media
The Apple TV may gain some form of Continuity support when OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are released this fall, users of the latest Yosemite beta note. When on a Wi-Fi network where an Apple TV is connected, Yosemite is displaying a message stating that "Apple TV is now available for Continuity," so long as the Apple TV is running new beta firmware. There isn't any indication of what can be done with that support however.
Could be paving way for hardware refresh
(Updated with cuts on Mac mini, iMac) Apple has quietly reduced the price of the Apple TV across much of Europe. In the UK, the set-top has dipped £20 to £79. In continental countries pricing has been lowered €10 to €99. Elsewhere, though, costs appear to be unchanged. The device is still $99 in the US, for example.