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HP, Lenovo unable to match Apple on price, performance
A lengthy analysis of the new Mac Pro by hardware enthusiast site Anandtech has found that Apple's latest desktop not only offers a design that is unmatched in the industry, but that its mix of custom features (like Thunderbolt 2 support on the motherboard and special dual FirePro graphics cards) and low price (for a workstation of this caliber) make it a compelling option for creative professionals, and cheaper than other manufacturers' options.
Divoom OnBeat-200 speaker
Last, but certainly not least in Electronista's countdown to the new year giveaway is the Divoom OnBeat-200 portable Bluetooth speaker. This sleek, fashionable durable speaker bumps the tunes and has a built-in microphone to take calls with the push of a button.
Win a Divoom Bluetune-Solo
Next up in Electronista's countdown to the new year, we have the Divoom Bluetune-Solo speaker. Start your next party with this compact Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone. This portable Bluetooth speaker combines superb stereo, a hands-free speakerphone, and daisy chaining capabilities, making it ideal for music on-the-go.
LG bringing back WebOS with new connected TV
LG will soon resurrect Palm's WebOS platform, refitting the operating system to work on a smart television. This according to The Wall Street Journal , which cites sources familiar with the South Korean tech giant's plans in saying that a WebOS-powered television will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Internet-connected television will be the first major device to feature the WebOS operating system since HP's failed line of mobile devices, which were released after the computer giant bought Palm in an abortive attempt to secure a space for itself in the new generation of mobile computing devices.
Win a Divoom Bluetune-Bean
The new year is closing in fast and Electronista want's to get the party started, so we've teamed up with Divoom to give away three of their Bluetooth speakers through the evening in our countdown to the new year. The year isn't over yet, so to get things started we have the Divoom Bluetune-Bean.
Cambridge Audio preps 2014 lineup for unveiling
Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Cambridge Audio will show off its 2014 lineup of stereo products, including a range of speakers, amplifiers, and converters. The new units will include refreshes to Cambridge's flagship device lines, as well as a number of other audiophile-oriented equipment. The additions will range in price from $129 up through $2,799, with availability for all set for the first quarter of 2014.
Netflix trials single-stream, standard definition tier with some customers
Netflix is testing a possible new price plan for customers that do not require a HD stream. The new tier spotted by Adweek offers the user a single stream at standard definition for $6.99 per month, $1 cheaper than the normal two-stream standard and HD version typically offered by the service. Netflix has since confirmed its tests, advising "Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally."
Attack required hole cut, patched in side of ATM to install software
A unnamed European bank chain fell victim to a software hack on its range of ATMs earlier this year, and researchers have figured out how it was done. The researchers, who wish to remain anonymous found that criminals cut holes in the armored exterior of machines, to plug in malware-laden USB flash drives installing code into the ATMs that allowed the thieves access to the cash dispensing functions of the device.
new Mac Pro discussion and more
Excitement around the new Mac Pro is building as MacNN forum-goers who have ordered one wait anxiously for them to arrive, and discuss reviews and tear-downs of this latest addition to the Mac lineup. A discussion about appropriate RAM usage was sparked by one Junior Member who was wondering why his machine was using a lot of RAM, in a thread posted earlier this week.
MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iPod touch and Apple TV
Today at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished MacBook Pro models, iPods and more. The 13.3-inch refurbished MacBook Pro with a 2.5-inch Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $999. A $350 discount is offered on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $1,449.
Sony considering 2014 Windows Phone launch
Sony may join HTC and Samsung among the major manufacturers of devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. The Information reports that Sony "has considered launching a Windows Phone as soon as mid-2014," meaning that the Japanese electronics maker would have devices running both Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone. Reportedly, Sony has warmed to the idea of building for Windows Phone following Microsoft's lowering of licensing fees for the platform, a move Microsoft has made in order to help it more effectively compete with Android.
21.5-inch iMac for $1,150
Amazon has reduced the price on the 2012 21.5-inch iMac (model no. MD094LL/A) from $1,499 down to $1,150, a savings of 23 percent. That's about $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM (not upgradable) and a 1TB hard drive, along with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics processor, and comes with OS X Mountain Lion pre-installed.
Says it has 'never worked with the NSA'
Apple has never worked to install backdoors in any of its products for the National Security Agency, and was unaware of a program specifically targeting the iPhone, the company claims in a new statement. Yesterday, German publication Der Spiegel revealed that the NSA has methods of gaining backdoor access to virtually any hardware. One program, codenamed "DROPOUTJEEP," involves planting software on an iPhone to track location, send and receive files, steal text messages, contact lists and voicemail, and even turn on the microphone and camera. Leaked documents from 2008 indicate that the NSA requires "close access," meaning physical access to an iPhone it wants to spy on.
SSDs linked to videocards
Repair firm iFixit has published a teardown of the 2013 Mac Pro, following in the steps of a another teardown conducted by OWC. iFixit describes the machine as highly repairable, thanks to a lack of proprietary screws and tool-free access to RAM. Such design approaches also make the Pro relatively easy to upgrade, particularly the socketed CPU.
Day six of Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" features free "New Years Eve Mix" from Avicii
Apple's annual 12 Days of Gifts is on its sixth day, with today's offering being the "New Years Eve Mix" single from Swedish DJ Avicii. Each day's gift can be found by using Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, available for iOS devices, and users can subsequently download the gift item directly from the iTunes Store. Normally priced at $5, the "New Years Eve Mix" single is accompanied by Avicii's music video for "Wake Me Up".
4 percent still using iOS 5 or earlier
Among iOS users, iOS 7 adoption rose 2 points to 78 percent between December 15th and the 30th, according to official Apple data for developers. Correspondingly, iOS 6 usage dropped two points to 18 percent. A consistent 4 percent are still using iOS 5 or earlier, despite many apps now requiring at least iOS 6. They may however be running older hardware not compatible with iOS 6 or 7.
Thieves mimicked style of recent Berlin heist
The recently-opened Haarlem Apple Store in the Netherlands fell victim to a smash-and-grab robbery overnight, according to local reports. Residents in the area heard a loud bang, which later turned out to have been a car used to ram through the glass front doors, left at the scene. The thieves are said to have used two scooters to escape.
LG fitness band could be accompanied by smart watch
One of two wearable devices from LG has surfaced, ahead of its expected reveal at CES. The LG Lifeband Touch, previously thought to be called the "G-Health" in an earlier rumor, appears to take much of its design from the Nike Fuelband SE, namely the unassuming black bracelet appearance, though it is thought to have a few notable differences.
Notebook joined by version with sliding keyboard, AIO desktop
LG has unveiled what computers and notebooks it will be showing at CES in January, alongside audio equipment and large-screened televisions. An update to a sliding notebook launched at the previous event is accompanied by a more conventional version, while a 27-inch Full HD all-in-one desktop PC will also be making an appearance.
Cites previous experience, but had to hire anti-trust assistant
Michael Bromwich, a friend of Judge Denise Cote and her appointed antitrust monitor ordered to review changes to Apple's antitrust policies, reiterates in his latest legal brief in a war of words with Apple that the company has been "uncooperative" with regards to his extra-legal investigations and denying Apple's claim that he was conducting a "broad and amorphous inquisition" that had little to do with Apple's e-book business.
Cook tied his reward more closely with stock performance over company performance
A move made by Apple CEO Tim Cook and the board of directors at Apple has ended up costing Cook some $4 million in additional bonuses over the previous arrangement, according to proxy statements filed by the company over the weekend. Cook annually receives a stock grant, but because AAPL didn't outperform the overall S&P500 average to which the award is tied, Cook lost about half of the grant, which would currently be worth about $4 million.
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