Curved monitor has 21:9 aspect ratio, picture-by-picture mode
Samsung has introduced another curved monitor, one that increases the size and resolution of the manufacturer's earlier release, the 27-inch SD590C in September. The SE790C curved monitor boasts a larger 34-inch size, combined with an Ultra WQHD resolution of 3,440x1,440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, and a contrast ratio of 3,000:1.
Laptop could be available in limited numbers
Production of Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air -- along with the Apple Watch -- should enter mass production in the first quarter of 2014, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. Suppliers are allegedly beginning to accelerate work on related components. The new Air is expected to have an Intel Broadwell processor, and an even thinner and lighter design.
temp sensors, old iMacs and Yosemite chats
This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss temperature sensor issues, hard drive compatibility and more. After a temperature sensor blew on the logic board of a Xserve that is run by "Waragainstsleep," he turned to the forums hoping someone would have some advice on how to repair this, so he doesn't have to replace the whole board. Today, a Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help with moving addresses from Leopard to Yosemite.
refurbished Mac Pros starting at $2,549
This week, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models on sale for as low as $2,549. The refurbished 2013 Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics has been cut by $450 to $2,549. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel six-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Mac minis, SSDs and more
Right now at B&H.com, snap up a great deal on a Mac mini, which has seen a $80 discount -- from $999 down to $919. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this configuration by about $20. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. It is backed by Apple's standard one-year warranty on parts and labor.
Device cheaper than rival Thunderbolt docks
CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.
The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, and Retina 5K iMac ship times all drop
In the past month, shipping times have been variable for some of Apple's most in-demand products. However, ship dates for the two new iPhone models, the 6 and 6 Plus -- along with the recently-introduced Retina 5K iMac -- have dropped just ahead of the final push of gift-buying for the holiday season. Both online ship times and same-day in-store pickup schedules have improved.
Newly-discovered bug introduced in 2002, affects most unpatched devices
Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk.
Requires physical access, but works on OS X, Windows, Linux
A new USB microcontroller -- roughly the size of a small thumb drive -- has been demonstrated as a proof-of-concept device that leverages a serious and unfixable vulnerability in USB easily take over and install malware on any unlocked computer. Though it requires physical access or tricking the user into inserting the controller into a USB port, the device has worrying implications for any computer left unattended for more than a minute -- the time it takes for the device to gain admin access, change network settings, install a backdoor and remove any obvious sign of intrusion.
Ethics of Pegatron factories, Indonesian tin supply questioned
Ahead of the airing of a Panorama documentary on the subject, the BBC has published a web piece revealing the outcomes of its investigation into Apple's supply chain. The network went undercover, and charges that promises to protect the rights of workers were "routinely broken." In particular, the BBC found violations of standards for work hours, ID cards, dormitories, meetings, and underage labor at Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Thirty percent of tech preview testers are 'highly active,' says company
Back in October, Microsoft launched the "Windows 10 Insider program, "where PC experts and IT Pros can get access to a technical preview of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops." As of December 17, 1.5 million users have joined the program, Microsoft has announced. In the December update for the forthcoming OS version, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said roughly 30 percent of Insiders, or 450,000 users, are "highly active" in the program.
Spreads through networks, can re-infect if a single file is overlooked
Earlier this month the official blog of security firm KnowBe4 revealed information about a new strain of Ransomware. On top of the usual encryption of files on a computer and demanding payment in Bitcoin currency to regain access, VirRansom can replicate itself like a virus, infecting any and all files on a computer before spreading through a network.
Christmas, like winter, is coming. Be prepared!
It's not too late, but its getting close. In fact, it's so close that any helping hand might be welcome to help pick presents for the Apple-centric device lover in your life. Good news! We see every conceivable gadget all year -- use our knowledge to benefit you! This week, Electronista and MacNN have suggestions for the best gift options for the Apple fan in your life.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet is an interesting device that offers good value
Lenovo has had considerable success with its beautifully-designed Yoga notebooks, which are renowned for being very flexible in the way that they can be set up for productivity or content consumption. The company tried to take this same successful formula across to its tablet line-up with the original Yoga Tablet, which ran Android. Second time around, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, mixes things up a little more on the multiple-configuration front, adding an optional keyboard to the equation, while adding a new model running Windows bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard. So is it worth taking a second look?
win a PowerSkin PowerStand!
Until Wednesday, December 17 at 11:59PM ET, PowerSkin has a buy-one-get-one free offer on their popular PowerStand battery charger. To help get the word out, they have teamed up with MacNN to give away one of these portable battery chargers to one of our readers. Read on to learn more about this battery charger, and other special offers from PowerSkin.
13-inch MBP unresponsive
This week in the MacNN Forums Moderator "Thorzdad" and fellow forum-members have been trying to determine why a 13-inch MacBook Pro has suddenly gone unresponsive. It won't boot, light up or make any sounds after failing to recharge two nights ago. With the holidays fast approaching, the debate continues about which phone is a better choice, the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6+ in a thread started shortly after the phone was released.
refurbished 27-inch iMacs from $1,489
Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of steep price cuts on 27-inch iMac models. The 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $310 to $1,489. Save $340 on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.4GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,659.
$200 off 11.6-inch MBA, now $900
This week at BestBuy.com, save $20 on the current-generation 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which has been discounted from $1,100 down to $900. That price break makes this the best price we have seen by around $80. Free two-day shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.4GHz Intel fourth-generation Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, and comes with Yosemite pre-installed. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Format promises better images, smaller file sizes on future mobile devices
Fabrice Bellard, coder for the well-known FFMPEG video library and the QEMU virtualization hypervisor has unveiled the "Better Portable Graphics" (BPG) format. The new format, based on the HEVC open video compression standard, is intended to replace JPEG for mobile devices, or other utilizations where file size may be an issue.
MacNN and Electronista deals for December 12, 2014
[Updated with more deals] Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend.
Scope and scale of attack unknown; FBI briefing gives response guidelines
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned businesses, energy firms, and educational institutions all the way to the middle school level to be aware of an organized hacking effort by elements in Iran. While the FBI does not explicitly state that the Iranian government is behind the attacks, the efforts are originating from within Iran and some security experts believe that it is a state-sponsored attack.
Windows 7 TLS, SSL implementation fix breaks driver installations
This week's Microsoft "Patch Tuesday," the regular scheduled day for updates and bug fixes from the Redmond giant, hit a few snags. While one problematic patch to Exchange 2013 has already been retracted and re-issued, a second patch -- this one addressing SSL and TLS authentication -- has rendered many Windows Update drivers, including video card drivers from Nvidia and AMD, uninstallable on Windows 7.
Faulty soldering once again blamed
A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over the 2011 MacBook Pro. The new case originates in Canada, specifically from a Montreal-based lawfirm, Lex Group Attorneys. Like the original US case, the new suit states that Apple shipped MacBooks with bad soldering of an AMD graphics chip to the logic board, and that this led to a variety of graphics problems. To get it fixed, some customers were forced to pay out-of-warranty repair costs that could scale up to $600, despite Apple apparently being at fault.
alleged iPhone instability
While this week has been relatively quiet in the MacNN forums, members discuss topics such as iPhone instability, software compatibility and more. After having his first iPhone for a short while, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the forums looking for explanations to problems he is experiencing. Yesterday one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums to ask if Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 and Yosemite work nicely together.
up to $600 off Mac Pros
Right now at Apple's online store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models with savings of up to $600 off the list price. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash based storage is now $2,549 after a $450 discount. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz 6-Core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Only known surviving model sold directly by Steve Jobs to customer
A fully-functional Apple I original computer known as the "Ricketts Apple I" after the original owner, has sold at auction at Christie's for less than expected, fetching $365,000 rather than the estimated $400,000-600,000 range. The unit was the only known Apple I sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to an individual from his Los Altos family home. Another working Apple I was recently sold to the Henry Ford foundation last October for $905,000. While there are thought to be some 50 surviving Apple I units, only six are known to be functional.
Other World Computing announces new Aura SSD upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro
Other World Computing has announced new 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD upgrades for the cylindrical 2013 Mac Pro. Custom-engineered specifically for the current model, the new Aura SSD offers users capacity and performance for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo and graphics. It offers transfer speeds up to 730MB per second, and includes a three-year limited warranty. Included with the Aura SSD for Mac Pro is an OWC Envoy Pro external enclosure for the original SSD to create a USB 3.0 external drive. Pre-ordering is now available, with pricing starting at $900.
HP operating system to include emulator for The Machine project
HP Labs' attempt to reinvent the computer is going to have its own operating system when it is completed, according to a new report. The company is planning to release Linux++, a version of the open operating system designed to work with "The Machine," which HP hopes will spur developers to support the hardware and create software for it.
My gripes with Safari
This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss gripes with Safari, iPad battery drainage issues, and more. One long-time forum-goer, "l008com," took to the forums this week to voice their complaints about Safari, and some users agreed with his criticisms. Yesterday, Mac Enthusiast "TribeLeader" took to the forums to bump a thread he had started last week about his wife's iPad battery draining while it is in sleep mode, and a solution has yet to be found.
Retina MacBook Pros from $999
At Apple's online store today, save big on a wide selection of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro configurations. The refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics is now $999, after a $200 discount. A $240 discount is offered on the refurbished Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Flash Storage, now $1,159.
HP Envy monitor, iMacs and more
At Amazon, get the HP Envy 32-inch Quad LED-backlit LCD monitor on sale for $433.82 with free shipping. That's a savings of $65 off the list price of $499, and the lowest price we have seen on this by nearly $70. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1440, a 7ms response time, built-in Beats Audio speakers, wide 178 degree viewing angles, two USB ports, HDMI input, and VESA mounting capabilities. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
Get the Hot Pockets, there's a new Sid Meier's Civilization title out
Civilization isn't the first strategy series in video gaming, but it is probably the most enduring. Since the series' introduction in 1991, countless players have been stormed by barbarians, built the pyramids, and been nuked into oblivion (because of a coding bug) by the Indians. This year, the Firaxis-developed series launched a sequel to both Civilization V and the well-regarded Alpha Centauri in the form of Civilization: Beyond Earth available on OS X, Windows, and Linux. How many hours of your life will this one take?
Both new drives deliver well more than 500MB/s read speed
Computer upgrade company OWC earlier this week announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. The new drive, offering 960GB of addressable storage, boasts sustained transfer rates of up to 535MB/s read and 443MB/s write, with the company boasting that the drive is specifically engineered for Apple upgrades. The new capacity is available now for $449, which is less than the 50-cents-per-GB threshold that marks it as a good value.
Keypad uses Bluetooth to bring Apple-matching style to numeric entry
Most of the OS X machines Apple sells these days are laptops with the built-in keyboard that includes no number pad. The vast majority of the remainder are iMacs -- also most with an abbreviated keyboard. Despite Apple's minimalist design, users sometimes could use a dedicated numeric keypad. Accessory manufacturer Newertech has a wireless solution -- a Bluetooth Wireless Aluminum Keypad. MacNN has lived with one for a while.
It can be Black Friday every week if you read this column
Welcome to the post-Black Friday edition of Friday Deals! Each week, we round up some great savings on cool stuff for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. During the holiday buying season, the deals are plentiful, so keep checking back over the weekend, as we add new deals we find or that readers let us know about! As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. Double-check before buying!
Mac OS X 11
OS X 10.10 has only been officially available for a month now, but MacNN forum goers are already looking to the future and discussing what they would like to see in the next major update, which presumably would be known as Mac OS X 10.11. Earlier today, when Forum Regular "michael180" ran into a puzzling problem with Apple Mail not being able to send an image file that was 31MB in size, he turned to the forums looking for some advice.
MacBook Pros from $929
Apple's online store is currently offering a vast selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models, starting at $929. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $170 to $929. A $240 discount drops the cost on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage to just $1,159.
32GB iPad mini 2 for $479
Right now at Walmart.com, get the iPad mini 2 with LTE+Wi-Fi for $479. That's a savings of $120 off the original price of $599, but only matches Apple's current price for this model. This iPad features 32GB of storage, A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, 7.9-inch Retina display, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and a built-in battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It is available in space gray or silver. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Definitive Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut launches on iOS App Store
Harebrained Schemes' conversion of the Shadowrun gaming universe has a new app on the iPad. After a year on the computer, Shadowrun: Dragonfall -- Director's Cut is now available for purchase. The new game is the definitive version of of one of the top-ranking PC games on Metacritic, and features 17 missions, vibrant music, team customization options, and an expansive Cyberpunk combat system in a 20-hour campaign. Shadowrun: Dragonfall -- Director's Cut is available for $7, and runs on the iPad 3, iPad Mini 2, or faster.
iMac useless after setting login password
One Fresh-Faced Recruit reported some troubling news about his iMac recently in the MacNN Forums. He said that after changing security preferences to "require log-in upon start-up" he was unable to log into his system, and a solution has yet to be found. Yesterday, another Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for help trying to figure out why the tab, caps lock and eject keys stopped working on their keyboard.
Mac mini as low as $419
Right now, Apple's online store is freshly stocked with a wide selection of refurbished Mac minis. They start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini from October 2012, with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. For just a little bit more, $509, is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
Mac mini, 2TB Time Capsule, more
At B&H.com this week, get the Mac mini from late 2014 (model no. MGEN2LL/A) on sale for $629. That's a savings of $70 off the list price, and it's $40 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This Mac mini features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Also improves audio, USB features
Video accessory maker Elgato has released the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, an update of a product it shipped earlier this year. Because of the switch to Thunderbolt 2, it's capable of supporting configurations such as dual displays or a 4K monitor. Elgato has also made other improvements as well, such as amplified audio output, and stand-alone bus power for USB devices. This means that the dock will power USB devices regardless of whether a computer is on or connected.
Realmac releases Typed; new OS X Markdown editor
Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of Typed. Typed uses Markdown, the widely-used standard for writing on the web, making it easy to create online content without needing to know HTML. The app exports text in HTML, RTF and PDF formats. Typed features running word counts, a full-screen writing mode, full HTML preview, and a "zen mode" that has what the company calls "calming zen soundtracks" playing in the background. Typed is available for $20 from the Realmac Software website, and requires OS X Mavericks or newer.
New card pushes 1.1GB/s, faster than striped RAID 2.5-inch SSDs
Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive card with a 512GB SSD module as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot.
New 0.6-inch thick HP notebooks have magnesium-lithium alloy construction
HP has introduced a slim notebook range which aims to take on the svelte MacBook Air. The EliteBook Folio 1020 and the Special Edition version measure 15.7mm (0.6 inches) thick and are housed in a casing made from a magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber, with the Special Edition weighing slightly less than the standard, at 2.2 pounds to 2.6 pounds.
Alienware Alpha punches well above its weight
The Dell Alienware Alpha is a micro-PC gaming console that has only just gone on sale recently. It was supposed to launch with Valve's Linux-based SteamOS, and is designed specifically as a gaming operating system to power "Steam Machines." However, the final release of the SteamOS has been delayed into 2015, and thus Dell has chosen to forge ahead with the release of its planned Steam Machine, running Windows 8.1 in the interim. As a micro-PC with console-style gaming in mind first and foremost, the system now ships an Xbox 360 controller rather than a Steam controller, and offers a makeshift Alien UI so that it doesn't require a keyboard and mouse to set up. Was it the right move to launch the Alienware Alpha without the vaunted SteamOS?
Giveaways now live at MacNN and Electronista
Over the course of the last couple of days, MacNN and Electronista have been making it rain prizes. Maybe it was the turkey going to our heads, or the lack of news stories that drove us to this madness. Perhaps we were just feeling very generous. Whatever it was, we wanted to make sure that you knew about all the great prizes we had to offer. Below you will find a list of the giveaways that are going on right now.
win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse
Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse, though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win.
lowest prices on Apple desktops
This year, like every year, Apple is running a Black Friday promotion; however this year, if you are looking to save the most cash on a new Mac, the best bet is to look elsewhere. BestBuy.com has reduced prices on a wide selection of Macs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has seen a $200 discount to $899, which is around $80 less than the lowest price found anywhere else.