New RAM can retain data for a minimum of 800 hours at 200C
Memory solutions provider Adesto Technologies has specified the high-temperature data retention characteristics of its proprietary resistive random-access memory technology known as CBRAM in a paper presented at the 2013 International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington, DC earlier today. The paper examines the challenges high-temperature represents to non-volatile resistive memories, and shows how the new kind of RAM overcomes these challenges while preserving the speed, low-voltage and ultra-low power characteristics inherent to the form.
Linux-based SteamOS at the core of slated testing
Digital game purveyor Steam has revealed that 300 beta "Steam Machine" gaming hardware suites will commence shipping to selected participants on Friday, December 13. The 300 recipients will be informed today at about 2PM PST (5PM EST) that they are the recipient of the hardware, as well as a collection of games that run natively on SteamOS. All other factors ignored, qualified users have less than a 0.07 percent chance of being selected for the trial.
New enclosure supports up to 32TB of storage capacity
Promise Technology today announced the availability of Pegasus2, the only RAID 5 storage solution in the market thus far that is designed to work with Thunderbolt 2-enabled systems such as the forthcoming new Mac Pro. The enclosure -- designed for photographers, video professionals, and other users needing extremely high data transfer rates -- delivers 20Gbps of bandwidth, allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files.
Educational-oriented Dell Chromebook 11 shipping in January
Dell has unveiled its first Chrome OS notebook, the Chromebook 11. Aimed at the education market, the Chromebook 11 offers up an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge glass screen with a resolution of 1366x768, entry-level specifications, and a low price tag, in a device measuring less than an inch in thickness and weighing in at 2.9 pounds.
MacBook Pro, iPad Air and more
On sale at BestBuy.com is the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro which has been reduced from $1,199 down to $999. That $200 discount makes this the best price we've seen on this Mac model by about $50. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBP features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
MacBook Air from $849
Today at Apple's online store, save up to 27 percent off refurbished MacBook Air models. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced to $849. A $170 discount is offered on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage from June 2013, now priced at $929.
restoring lost mail messages in Mavericks
It has been rather quiet this week in the MacNN forums, however there are still unresolved issues plaguing many users. Yesterday, one Forum Regular realized that a bunch of emails that had been stored on iCloud have gone missing. After using Time Machine they discovered a claimed 500GB of lost messages, but they are unable to restore them. One frustrated forum-goer turned to the forums looking for help with ongoing DropBox issues.
EliteDisplay complements compact desktops
HP has added several new computers to its business-oriented Elite series, introducing the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, EliteBook Revolve G2 and an EliteDesk compact desktop. The 14-inch EliteBook 1040 notebook is said to be significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring 15.9mm thick and weighing 3.3 pounds, with an aluminum unibody design that is claimed to be ruggedized to protect against drops or other abuse.
Dell 8-inch tablet to sell for under $100
The Microsoft Store will be selling the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet for just $99 on Monday. The 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet will be discounted from its normal price of $99 as part of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals promotion for the holiday season. All 77 Microsoft Stores across the United States will offer the deal to the first 20 people in line for the Venue 8 Pro tablets, starting at 10 a.m.
Microsoft belittles cheap Google notebooks
Microsoft has released yet another ad targeting Google's low-cost Chromebook computers, as the nascent OS competition between the two tech giants continues to grow. Running nearly two minutes, the ad features a Microsoft spokesperson interviewing passersby on the street in Venice Beach, comparing the alleged failings of Google's low-cost netbook-like devices to the capabilities of low-cost Windows 8 devices. The ad is the latest salvo in a long campaign by Microsoft to disparage the search giant, which it says provides inferior services and "steals" users' data.
Mac mini arrays used for iOS app testing, general computing
Social media giant Facebook isn't generally known for its Apple technology use, but a new report suggests that it may have thousands of Mac minis in its data centers. According to ex-Apple engineer and current Facebook employee Christian Legnitto, the Facebook data centers in Prineville, OR and Forest City, NC both have "racks and racks" loaded with the diminutive computer performing "hundreds of thousands of tests every couple of hours" on iOS software in development.
Reminders behaving weirdly
This week in the MacNN forums, one Grizzled Veteran was looking for answers after they discovered that they were having problems with the Reminders program. A solution to this problem has yet to be found. "How does one overcome an Apple ID issue?" asks Junior Member "porrid" after they discovered that they are unable to sign into their account.
iMac and Mac Pro
At Apple's online store today, save on refurbished desktop models like the iMac and Mac Pro. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been cut by $250 down to $1,049. A $270 discount lowers the cost of the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,229.
Cyber Monday, all week long
This week, retailers across the net slashed prices for Cyber Monday week. Currently, HP.com is offering the 17-inch HP Envy with Leap Motion for $1,440, which is already $100 off the list price of $1.540 -- and until December 8, take advantage of a $500 discount with coupon code 'NB17TLM' that drops the price further to $1,040, beating the next lowest price by $540. This computer features a built-in Leap Motion hands-free control, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of storage and has Windows 8 pre-installed.
Budget-minded Gateway notebooks have ten-point multitouch
Gateway has launched a pair of inexpensive notebooks with ten-point multitouch displays, aimed at students and small business users. The smaller LT41P range sports a 10.1-inch 1366x768 display and ships with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed, while the NV570P opts for a 15.6-inch HD widescreen version and is available with higher-specification models
New protocol brings LTE co-existence, aids developers
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. The updates will improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE and bulk data exchange rates. The new release will also aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously, and also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections -- extending Bluetooth technology's role in device communication.
Gaming and workstation editions available
MSI has introduced a new 15.6-inch notebook, the GT60, featuring a 2880x1620 display to compete with Apple's Retina MacBook Pros and other high-resolution portables. Two variants are available, one configured as a workstation and the other geared for gaming.
Large AIO desktop can be used as large portable tablet with 2.5-hour battery
Acer has updated its Aspire range of devices with an all-in-one system, instead of another notebook. The Aspire Z3-600 differs from other releases in the range by being a desktop-based system with a 21.5-inch Full HD display, one which sits on a floating hinge that allows it to be propped up for normal use laid down flat and used as an oversized tablet.
Apple devices dominate wish-lists in most other electronics categories -- even routers
If there was one word to summarize what's at the top of US Christmas gift lists when it comes to electronics, the word is "Apple." Retail analyst firm Parks Associates revealed that in its latest survey, the iPhone maker -- long the most popular brand for tablets, smartphones, MP3 players and TV set-top boxes -- is now also the hottest brand in desktop computers. The top spot for desktops was previously held by Dell for the last two years, with Apple coming in second until the 2013 survey.
Company already accepting pre-orders
A German retailer, Conrad Electronic, has begun taking pre-orders for the 2013 Mac Pro with an alleged December 16 release date. Quad- and six-core models are listed, priced at €2,999 and €3,999. The date is the first specific target from a retailer, although Apple has yet to announce a window beyond "December."
iMacs from $1,229
Today at Apple's online store, find discounts on refurbished iMacs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $270 to $1,229. A $400 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,399. Note that the 27-inch version, unlike the similarly-specced 21.5-inch model, has the ability to change or add RAM.
data storage problems and troubleshooting
Today, Mac Elite "schalliol" enabled FileVault in 10.9, and now they are unable to delete files from their backup, wondering if anyone else has a way to do this. Fresh-Faced Recruit "nuno1959" accidentally erased a 3TB hard drive and is using Stellar Phoenix Mac Data recovery software to get it back, however their system hangs and seems to be "suspended in time" while it is running, and they are trying to determine if there is a way around this.
Mac, PC, iOS, Android versions all available to qualified institutions
After a reveal in October, Microsoft has launched the Student Advantage program, giving free access to Microsoft Office software. The Student Advantage program is an initiative by Microsoft that gives attendees of schools and universities that have site licenses for Office 365 access to current software Office releases. Office 2011 is provided for Mac students, with a version of Office 2013 available for Windows users.
Battery life in Toughbook CF-C2 hits 14 hours, improves on predecessor
Panasonic has updated part of its range of ruggedized notebook computers with a number of improvements. The Toughbook CF-C2, a convertible notebook with a twisting display, has been upgraded to include a Haswell-based Intel Core i5-4300U vPro processor clocked at 2.9GHz, as well as Intel HD 4400 graphics, better battery life, and a number of other changes.
Amazon discounts Kindle Fire HD, HDX for Cyber Monday
Amazon has dropped the price of two new Kindle Fire tablets, as part of its Cyber Monday deals. The 16GB model of the Kindle Fire HD has been reduced from $169 to $119 in the United States, while the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX 16GB, normally priced at $229, is now at $179 until the end of Monday. Other variants, such as those without Special Offers or other sizes of the Kindle Fire HDX, also receive the $50 discount.
Great laptop deals on Dell, HP, ASUS and more
Cyber Monday will be kicking off for a lot of online retailers at midnight. We've gathered some of the best deals on PC laptops that can be had right now.
Best online deals remain available from Amazon, MacMall, B&H
Online retailers still have MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads on sale, in spite of Black Friday being over and Cyber Monday having not yet started. We have collected some of the best deals still in stock.
Best online deals still available from MacMall, Best Buy, B&H
Though Black Friday has officially passed by, the rest of the weekend still has deals in store--especially since Cyber Monday is only a couple of days away for online shoppers. Online retailers still have MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads on sale, so we have collected the best deals still in stock.
Does the headset impress, or is it a case of form over function?
Headphones make a statement. Whether the listener is an unabashed audio fiend or someone that cares more about the outer coolness than the quality of the sound, there are a lot of considerations to put into a product. Velodyne has created a line of headphones that looks great on paper and in design across all of their offerings. The vBolds, the newest to hit the market, continue to carry Velodyne's stylish yet simple design. As great as the vBolds look on the outside, will the sound quality and everyday use match the meticulously sleek design? Check out our review to find out.
Black Friday sales on tablets, laptops, desktops and more from OfficeMax
Officemax, a office supply retailer, currently has its own Black Friday sale promoting a variety of office-related products, but with a focus on technology. Tablets, laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners, and portable file storage systems are included in the promotion.
Black Friday special edition part 2
DealNN's Black Friday coverage continues with discounts on digital cameras, external hard drives, notebooks and more. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18MP digital camera body and lens kit has seen a steep 59 percent price break from $1,200 down to only $449.99 at Rakuten.com. That's the lowest price we've seen on this camera by $200. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, CMOS sensor, and 18mm to 55mm focal length. A one year warranty is included from Canon.
MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMacs on sale at B&H, MacMall
Black Friday sales are well under way today, and online retailers promoting Apple products are selling out quickly. Presently, the best Black Friday deals still available at this writing can be found for Mac computers at B&H and MacMall. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with an i7 Dual-Core 2.9GHz CPU, 8GB RAM and 750GB hard drive is available from B&H for $1,250 (saving $200), and the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with an i5 Dual-Core 2.5GHz CPU, 8GB RM and 128GB hard drive is available for $1,150 from MacMall.
Black Friday special edition part 1
The web has been abuzz today with loads of Black Friday deals, and DealNN has been on top of the coverage. A $300 discount on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is featured at B&H (update: now sold out, but other B&H deals remain). Until December 1 the retailers has lowered the cost on a demo model from $2,550 down to $2,250. That makes this about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This MBP features Retina display, 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
8 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive iMac for $1100
Black Friday sales abound, and sales on Apple computers are no exception. Best Buy currently has the best deal on a 21.5-inch iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for $1,100. Its original pricing was set at $1,300, meaning shoppers will save $200.
Up to $100 off MacBooks, iMacs; $70 off iPad Air, $90 Apple TV
Apple online retailer MacMall has launched its Black Friday sale early, with the company now offering discounts on selected Macs, the iPad Air, non-Retina iPad minis and Apple TV among other items and accessories. The specific discounts could mirror Apple's as-yet-unspecified Friday discounts, and hint that Apple doesn't intend to discount the limited-supply Retina iPad mini or its iPhone line at all this year.
10-point touch adds multitouch, Windows 8-like gestures to line
Acer America today announced the availability of its first touchscreen Chromebook, the new Acer C720P -- a new model in the Acer C720 Chromebook line that debuted last month. The new C720P provides the benefits of touch on the device's 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to take advantage of the Chrome interface.
GPS Photo Geotag Without Cell Service
Today in the MacNN forums, one Mac Elite was looking for a way to do GPS photo tagging when they don't have cell service. Grizzled Veteran "And.reg" is frustrated about receiving multiple e-mails from Apple telling him how to reset his password, but he hasn't tried resetting it and he wonders if there is a way to stop this from happening.
Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro
Today at Apple's online store, find price cuts on refurbished desktop Macs. The Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240 to $759. A $270 discount is offered on the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now priced at $1,229.
4K TVs, hard drives, notebooks and more
The Seiki 50-inch 4K LED Ultra HDTV has seen a whopping $540 price break at Sears.com this week. It was $1,300, but has been reduced to only $760. In addition, buyers earn $22.80 worth of points that can be used later at Sears. That makes this about $260 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Choose in-store pickup to avoid a $70 delivery charge. Sales tax applies for residents of most states. This HDTV features 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, stereo speakers, 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and one audio input. A one-year warranty is included from Seiki.
Custom streaming protocol developed for low latency streaming
Thin. Thin gadgets are in. We blame Steve Jobs. Regardless of the source, thin devices are prevalent and popular in the speaker marketplace, and with them comes generally tinny, lightweight sound. Bluetooth streamers are everywhere, but can introduce a delay in the audio signal, making them unsuitable for some uses. Core Brands' offshoot Korus has a solution -- a plug-and-play wireless audio solution catering to any computer with a USB connection (or an assortment of Apple iOS devices) in the Korus V400 and V600 Wireless Speaker System. Electronista has been headbanging for a month with the pair from Korus -- check to see what we thought about the system!
Electronista tests Fujitsu's unconventional desktop scanner
There are plenty of desktop scanning solutions on the market to add to productivity and cut down on desk clutter. Whether the user wants to organize daily paperwork, insert documents into the cloud, or just get rid of paper to keep a clean working environment, these scanners come in all shapes and sizes to fit both commercial and consumer needs. But is it possible for one device to span both markets? Electronista has been testing the ScanSnap SV600 for a few weeks, and have the answer to that question.
Fits 2.5-inch drive slots
Western Digital has released the Black 2 Dual Drive, a product that merges an SSD and an HDD into the same component. The unit isn't an SSHD; instead, the SSD (120GB) and HDD (1TB) partitions are separate, giving people more control over where data is stored. Data usage is typically offloaded to the HDD, though, in theory improving the longevity of the SSD.
Smaller Nokia Windows RT tablet rumored for release early next year
Nokia could be planning to release a smaller Windows RT tablet in the coming months, one that would in theory compliment its current 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, according to a new rumor. The Lumia 2020, thought to be the eight-inch "Illusionist" tablet that surfaced earlier this month, could be heading to market in the first quarter of 2014.
First official new Mac Pro to be sold sets record for most expensive personal computer
Apple is known for making history by inventing the future, but even its designer could not have predicted a new record shattered on Saturday as a special one-off red version of the new Mac Pro (which is not officially available for sale yet) was sold at a charity fundraising auction for $977,000 -- an all-time record for the priciest personal computer ever made or sold. A couple of other items also designed by Sir Jonathan Ive of Apple and designer Marc Newson also fetched record sums.
Hinge enables four different modes
Acer's Aspire R7 convertible 15-inch notebook has been overhauled just in time for holiday shoppers. The refresh brings a Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor, more RAM, improved battery life and an optional active stylus, among other upgrades. The company has given us a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new build before it arrives on the market next month.
iMovie 10: what the h3ll, Apple??
Yesterday, in the MacNN forums, one very frustrated Mac Elite lashed out at Apple's changes to iMovie, claiming that Apple "ruined it for no reason" and in a rage demanded to know "what is Apple smoking?" Others disagreed with his assessment. Also yesterday, "tadd" was concerned that their iPhone may have been infected with malware or some kind of keylogger after noticing strange behavior, another member chimed in that it is likely just the NSA conducting surveillance.
Mac mini and iMac
Currently, Apple's online store has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and iMac models at low prices. A $260 price cut is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now priced at $539. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been cut by $270 to $1,229.
tablets, HDTVs and more
Amazon currently has a bundle deal that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 seven-inch tablet with 16GB micro SDHC card, earbuds, stylus, cleaning kit and cloth. It was $260, but has been reduced to only $190. This bundle is $17 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, a seven-inch screen, GPS, two cameras and speakers. A one-year warranty is included from Samsung.
Notebook with floating Ezel-Hinge has improved processor, RAM, storage
Acer has upgraded its distinctive notebook, the Aspire R7. The new Aspire R7-572 notebook, which sports a 15.6-inch 1920x1080-resolution touchscreen display on a floating "Ezel-Hinge", now includes a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, as well as increases to its memory and storage capacity, and an extension to its battery life that allows for up to 6.5 hours of usage.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.