Plastic models up to 18 inches in height can be printed on Replicator Z18
MakerBot has opened up pre-orders for its latest 3D printer, made for those wanting to make larger 3D-printed prototypes or products than previous versions are capable of producing. The Replicator Z18 is the biggest in the MakerBot range, capable of printing objects up to 18 inches tall on a 12 by 12-inch build platform, giving it a printable capacity of 2,592 cubic inches.
AccuWeather launches MinuteCast on web version, iPhone and iPod touch app
Weather prediction and reporting app AccuWeather has launched its new MinuteCast feature. Now available for its web version as well as its iOS 7-optimized app for iPhone and iPod touch, MinuteCast gives users a continually updated forecast, ideal for making decisions based on weather. MinuteCast predicts start and end times for precipitation on a by-the-minute basis for the next two hours, specific to a user's exact street address. Precipitation is tracked at approximately a half square mile, and refreshed every five minutes to provide users with the most relevant and accurate forecast available.
MacBook Pros, SSDs and more
At MacMall's St. Patrick's Day blowout sale, save $449 on a 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has been cut from $2,199 down to $1,750. That beats the next lowest price by $330. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, with both Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
New Mionix gaming mice face off in a deathmatch versus each other
Mice are a part of the computer experience that is hard to live without, even more so if someone is going to be gaming. There are tons of different mice to choose from based on the needs of the customer. Mionix recently released two new entries into the gaming mice arena, with the Naos and Avoir 7000. Each mouse brings something different to the table, but are either of them worthy to grace a desktop in a market that features competitors like Razer or Logitech? Check out our review to find out.
Bypasses Parental Controls menu
In tandem with iOS 7.1, Apple has released new firmware for the Apple TV, v6.1. While a relatively minor update, the code adds the ability to hide unwanted apps, a frequently-requested feature. It was previously only possible to change visible apps by blocking them through the Parental Controls menu. 6.1 can be downloaded through the Apple TV Software Update system.
Pre-encrypted wireless router now shipping
Networking hardware producer, TrendNet, is now shipping its new Extreme Performance AC1900 (TEW-818DRU) wireless router. Powered by a 1GHz processor, high-power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds, the unit is designed to optimize wireless connections within the home. The TEW-818DRU is pre-encrypted, to help with mitigating the threat of hacking based on using unchanged default login credentials. The unit is priced at $260, and is available from retailers now.
Dell multi-touch monitor cut to $400 and more
Right now, the Microsoft Store is offering a price cut of $249 on the Dell 23-inch multi-touch monitor. It was $649, but has been reduced to $400. That makes this nearly $90 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This monitor features 1080p resolution, 10-point multi-touch capabilities, built-in five-watt speakers, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million to 1, and a USB 3.0 port.
Set-top no longer just a 'hobby,' CEO hints
More than $1 billion in Apple TVs were sold during 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during today's annual shareholders meeting. At $99 per device, that translates into almost 10 million units. "It's a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days," Cook told investors, referring back to comments Apple executives have made about the Apple TV's significance and prospects.
Apple TV promotion may foreshadow hardware update
(Updated with official confirmation) Apple retail workers are being told that as of today, anyone who buys an Apple TV from an Apple Store will get a free $25 iTunes gift card, according to sources. The promotion is expected to end March 5th. While the offer may simply be a means of boosting Apple TV sales, it's strongly speculated that Apple is trying to clear inventory ahead of a rumored hardware refresh which could take place as soon as April, if not earlier. Third-party vendors have been cutting their own prices in recent weeks.
TP-Link now shipping Wireless Range Extender Kit PowerLine Edition
Networking products company TP-Link is now shipping its TL-WPA4220KIT, a wireless range extender kit which uses Powerline and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology. Capable of providing network coverage anywhere up to 1000 feet measured by electrical circuitry, the new wireless extender is ideal for multi-level home and large offices. The kit includes two Powerline adapters, of which one connects to the router and feeds network connection through existing electrical circuitry at 500Mbps, and the latter broadcasts that connection as a 300Mbps Wi-Fi signal while providing two fast Ethernet ports for concurrent wired connectivity. The TL-WPA4220KIT is priced at $60, and is available for purchase online.
Device brings three USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, more to Thunderbolt
Like USB before it, Thunderbolt is taking a path to ubiquity. Originally included on Apple's MacBook Pro series, the new interface technology is starting to show up on Windows computers, and even enthusiast motherboards. The only problem with a new common interface is the displacement of older ones. To fill this gap, many manufacturers are developing interface breakout boxes, including a variety of ports that a Thunderbolt-equipped computer may or may not have. StarTech has a one such entry, a docking station that includes three USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, and audio in and out ports to Thunderbolt-equipped computers. Is StarTech's offering ideal? Check out our review to find out.
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more
This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s access times. Included is a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Elgato.
Recent episodes available for up to seven days for most users
Swedish Apple TV users have gained access to TV4 content through a new app, TV4 Play, according to an announcement by the TV network. Play lets people watch show episodes up to seven days after their original broadcast. TV4 Play Premium subscribers, though, have access to both recent and archive episodes.
Cross-device access costs $10 per month
As predicted, access to the WWE Network has launched on the Apple TV, as well as other iOS devices via the WWE app. Subscription signups are handled through iTunes or the WWE website, and cost $10 per month plus tax. Buyers can purchase time in six-month blocks for $60.
Includes unusual iPhone mount
Accessory maker Mad Catz has announced the C.T.R.L.i, a new wireless gamepad for iOS devices. The controller connects via Bluetooth, and works with any device capable of running iOS 7. It comes with a spring-loaded mount, however, specially tailored to hold an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c at a convenient viewing angle.
Oculus gives no timeline as it searches for sources
Virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus announced on February 19 that they were forced to halt production on further developer kits, as components needed to make the Rift are no longer being manufactured. An undisclosed number of units are still available, but further unit production will have to wait until the necessary components can be re-sourced.
Limefuel's Rugged L150XR external battery features resilient construction, surpasses Kickstarter goa
Limefuel has succeeded in crowdfunding its latest gadget, the IP66 Rugged L150XR external battery. The battery is waterproof, dirt-proof, shock- and crush-proof, as determined by its IP66 protection rating. Featuring a 15,000mAh (57Wh) battery capacity, the Limefuel Rugged L150XR comes equipped with a 5V/2A(max) input for faster charging, dual 5V/2.4A(max) outputs to charge multiple devices at the same time, a touch-activated power indicator, pass-through charging enabled, auto-on and auto-off functionality, and a slot for a strap or clip for carrying. The rugged Limefuel battery will be available in two smaller capacities as well, with the L104XR offering 10,400mAh and the L130XR holding 13,000mAh. Its Kickstarter is ongoing until mid-March, and those interested in pledging as way of pre-ordering the Limefuel Rugged can receive the lowest capacity battery for $50, with shipping beginning in May.
Company offering full retail refund for those requesting return
As part of a continuing effort to deal with a small percentage of customers developing rashes from the product, FitBit has pulled the Fitbit Force wristband from sale to try and remedy the issue. Earlier this week, Fitbit CEO James Park claimed in a blog post that 1.7 percent of Force customers have complained of skin irritation or any rashes. "Independent test results" haven't found any problems with the battery or electrical systems, with the analysis showing that the most likely problem being allergic contact dermatitis.
New hires will support current, future content offerings
Recent Apple job listings suggest that the company is looking to improve its support of third-party content on the Apple TV, notes AppleInsider. One opening is for a "content partner engineer," expected to "provide technical support to external vendors as they integrate their content." This includes testing apps and streams, functioning as a liaison, and gathering feedback on possible platform features.
GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card offers 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM
Nvidia has released its sequel to last year's GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, the Titan Black. The Black edition offers faster performance while retaining quiet running and cool thermals, with the capacity to power 4K content and multiple monitor setups. Its high-speed, double-precision and 6GB frame buffer memory can facilitate 3D Surround and multiple monitor gaming performances. Priced at $1,000, the GeForce GTX Titan Black can be purchased from various retailers.
QuickerTek releases upgrade option for Apple Base Stations' wireless antenna
QuickerTek, a producer of antennas and RF products for Apple computers, has released an upgrade for the current Airport Extreme and Time Capsule base stations. The replacement wireless antenna offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, and triples the built-in range of the two devices. Users can arrange and use their Apple wireless device wherever desired, and easily position the upright and articulated antennas for optimal use. The upgrade is capable of boosting Apple TV as well as any other wireless networking task. The standard Airport Extreme base station does not have a built-in port to connect to the antennas, so QuickTek has a special attachment for its installation. Pricing starts at $400 for the Extreme Base Station antenna upgrade.
iTranslate Voice redesigned for iOS 7, improves AirTranslate
Voice-to-voice translator for iOS, iTranslate Voice, has been re-released as iTranslate Voice 2. The app offers users the ability to speak into their phone in one language and have the app translate and respond with the translation as audio playback. Available in 42 languages, iTranslate Voice 2 uses AirTranslate to connect devices together, and engage in conversation with other people. Definitions and translations for common words and phrases can be accessed by voice command, and translations can be sent by email, SMS, Twitter or Facebook.
Set-top predicted to launch sometime before Christmas 2014
Apple is planning to announce a new Apple TV as soon as April, sources tell Bloomberg. One of the people indicates that the hardware will have a faster processor and a simpler interface. Two of them, meanwhile, say that the device will ship sometime before Christmas, although the exact date is uncertain because Apple is still trying to secure deals for programming and distribution, including one with Time Warner Cable.
G-Drive with Thunderbolt, G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt added to G-Drive line
G-Technology has announced its expansion of products utilizing Thunderbolt with the release of external hard drives G-Drive with Thunderbolt and G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt. Designed for consumers and creative professionals, the latest G-Drive storage products offer high-speed transfers, incorporating 7,200 RPM hard drives. Enclosed in aluminum, the hard drives are formatted for Mac computers by default, but can be reformatted for other compatibility if desired.
Versatile candidates sought that can handle current, future hardware and platforms
A job opening at Apple posted earlier this week, seeking an "Instrumentation Design/NPI Engineer" notes not only that the successful candidate will help the company with forthcoming "new products," but also mentions that the engineer will work with "new platforms as yet unannounced" as well as existing platforms. The mention could be a reference to the alleged "iWatch" the company is said to be working on, which might require its own custom OS.
tablets, monitors and more
OfficeDepot.com this week has reduced the price on the Asus Transformer Book convertible laptop computer from $350 down to $330, a savings of $20. That makes this about $80 less than the lowest price we could find anywhere else. This convertible computer features a 1.8GHz processor, 32GB of storage, a 10.1-inch multi-touch LED-backlit screen, 1.2MP camera, micro-USB port, Bluetooth and Windows 8.1 pre-installed. It is backed by a one-year warranty from Asus.
HighPoint's NA762TB Thunderbolt hardware RAID storage offers flexibility
HighPoint Technologies has released its latest RAID storage device, the NA762TB Thunderbolt. The hardware is configurable to the user's needs, featuring eight removable disk modules that accept any industry-standard 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hard disk, from 5400, 7200 and up to 15000 RPM spindle speeds. Its management suite offers a web-based interface and user-friendly controls that make creating, maintaining and recovering RAID configurations accessible for novice users and versatile for those who are experienced. Compatible with any Thunderbolt-capable computing platform, the NA762TB delivers multi-terabytes of high-performance, hardware RAID storage from a single cable connection. The NA762TB is available from HighPoint and various resellers.
Code buried in iOS 7 since firmware's September launch
The AirPlay configuration file in iOS 7 already contains a reference to a fourth-generation Apple TV, reports note. The device is formally listed as the "AppleTV4,1;" the most recent model is the "AppleTV3,2," a slight revision of the third-gen set-top that brought 1080p to the platform. The 4,1 mention appears to have been present since the first version of iOS 7 debuted in September, but the code went unnoticed until today.
Famous Ed Sullivan performance temporarily free
Apple has updated the Apple TV with another new channel, this time promoting Beatles content hosted on iTunes. Simply titled "The Beatles," the channel more specifically carries over Apple's marketing highlighting the 50th anniversary of the band's appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Apple TV owners can stream the 14-minute TV segment for free for a limited time; the rest of the channel, however, is dedicated to the Beatles' US albums, which have to be bought on iTunes for listening purposes.
TrendNet announces the availability of two new HomePlug AV2 Powerline adapters
TrendNet has released two new HomePlug AV2 Powerline adapters, the TPL-408E2K (two adapters) and the TPL-408E (a single adapter), for creating a network using an existing electrical system. The new Powerline adapter is more powerful than its predecessor, with 500 Mbps networking speeds (PHY rate of 600 Mbps). Pre-encrypted, the TrendNet adapter does not require CD installation. Users can connect one adapter to a router and plug in another adapter on one's electrical system for instant Internet access.
Logitech releases its Global Fan Collection, flag-inspired mice
Logitech has announced the release of its new Global Fan Collection, comprised of flag-inspired designs for its popular wireless mouse. The Global Fan Collection features graphic designs that represent 14 nations' flags, intended for users who are enthusiastic about a country as well as its sport culture. Countries represented by the designs include the United States, Argentina, the UK, Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, and more.
Could result in cheaper add-ons
In January, Apple quietly scaled back the licensing fees it charges companies wanting to make Lightning and/or Made-for-i accessories, reports say. To what extent the fees have been reduced hasn't been made public. The change could, however, potentially reduce the cost of accessories to the public and/or encourage development of more products.
Mozilla testing simplified system for synchronizing Firefox content
Mozilla has started testing a username and password approach to Firefox Sync. Sync allows users to access browser content across multiple computers and mobile devices, and previously required typing a "pairing code" shown on one browser into another. Mozilla's username-password authentication for syncing is now available in the nightly build of Firefox, and will be included in more stable versions of Firefox soon.
Mind Candy's Moshi Monster Village for iOS now available worldwide
Though it launched in the UK App Store last December, Mind Candy has just released its iOS game Moshi Monsters Village on a worldwide scale. Players build houses to care for rescued Moshling creatures that have been captured by the villainous Dr. Strangelove, in a three-dimensional, animated world. Villages can be personalized with decorations, and Moshlings are rescued through the playing of the mini-games included.
Official Facebook comment deleted
A World Wrestling Entertainment app should appear on the Apple TV alongside the launch of the WWE Network on February 24, according to a now-deleted Facebook post (below) by a WWE PR representative. Aside from the launch date, the representative indicated that people will need a $10-per-month subscription to WWEN to access any of the app's content.
Should open up many more iOS, Android, Chrome apps for casting
Google has released the finished and long-anticipated Google Cast Software Development Kit, needed for third-party developers wanting to add Chromecast support to apps. The package includes resources for iOS, Android, and websites in Chrome. Until now, Google has only worked with individual developers to expand Chromecast support.
Samsung launches NFC-enabled printer range within small and mid-sized market
Samsung has announced the launch of NFC-enabled printers this week at the Samsung European Forum, including the monochrome laser Xpress M2880 Series and color laser Xpress C1860 Series. Both printers offer fast printing, at 28 pages and 18 pages per minute respectively. Featuring NFC and Wi-Fi Direct, users can print wirelessly by way of tapping their smartphone on the printer for sending files to be printed, or execute printing from a Samsung Galaxy device with its default print button, via a Wi-Fi connection.
Thinner tray to house SIMs and other small cards
Earlier this week, Apple was awarded a patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office based on a filing from September 2012. The filing, for "ejectable component assemblies in electronic devices," marks another win for Apple as it moves into different markets -- including the anticipated iWatch that the company has been bolstering its ranks for as of late. The application builds on provisional patent application 61675328, which was filed in July 2012.
Flipboard for iOS updated, adds Safari Reading List support
Flipboard, a 'social magazine' app, has released an update for its iOS version. Flipboard allows users to read and view content related to their interests in a magazine format. Offering space to save and collect images and articles in the form of magazines, Flipboard includes news, photos, audio and social network content in a paginated layout that requires a 'flip' gesture of the virtual page.
13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display save $349
This week at MacMall.com, save $349 on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at MacMall.com. This MBP was priced at $1,899, but has been reduced to only $1,550. That makes this about $250 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else, and free US shipping is included. This MacBook Pro features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
May back rumors of impending refresh
(Updated with possible new hardware features) The Apple TV now has its own separate section at Apple's online store, checks show. Until today, the Apple TV had been categorized as an iPod-related accessory. The new section in fact lists its own set of accessories, including HDMI cables and AirPort routers.
Mixes sports, music, other material
Apple has silently added Red Bull TV to the list of channels available through the Apple TV, notes Variety. The option is available in all regions. It covers an unusual range of content, from things like extreme sports and air racing to music and miscellaneous cultural events.
ADATA Technology launches Elite Series CE700 wireless charging stand, supports inductive charging
Adata Technology today announced its launch of the Adata Elite Series CE700 wireless charging stand. The Elite CE700 is a new way to charge compatible mobile phones through inductive charging, eliminating the need for cables and bulky transformers. Power is automatically and wirelessly transferred to the device by placing the phone on the charging pad.
Satechi Smart TV Box runs Android OS 4.2, support live TV streaming app
Satechi has released its Smart TV Box, now available online through Satechi and Amazon. Ideal for those who want to stream digital media onto their televisions, the Smart TV Box allows for downloading apps from the Google Play Store (as it is an Android 4.2 device), and stream movies, music, games and more on their HDTV.
Button on Jawbone Era triggers Google Now, Siri
Jawbone has launched a revised item in its range of Bluetooth headsets, with more of a focus on voice recognition, as it attempts to fight back against wearable technology such as Google Glass. The Jawbone Era introduces a button on the back of the earpiece that, when pressed and held, will activate Google Now or Siri on a connected mobile device without requiring any button presses on the host smartphone or tablet.
Moshi's Versa case features Bluetooth keyboard with sliding storage slot
Accessory maker Moshi yesterday launched its VersaKeyboard case for iPad Air, featuring an origami-style folding stand that includes a Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard component to the case can be easily hidden away when not in use, due to its 'sliding' keyboard storage feature built into the back. Aimed to provide a versatile keyboard without adding bulk or a need for additional storage, the VersaKeyboard is 0.6-inches thick while being nearly full size -- about 80 percent of the size of a standard keyboard.
Lantronix announces Cloud Print Edition for xPrintServer, geared towards Android devices
Lantronix has announced a new edition to its xPrintServer family, the xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition. Its automatic printer discovery and configuration is aimed at businesses and individual IT professionals, and facilitates direct mobile printing. Geared toward Android OS mobile devices and devices running Chrome OS and Chrome browser, the Cloud Print Edition also accommodates OS X running Chrome and iOS devices with a Google Cloud Printing app. The company's Cloud Print Edition is a hardware solution for cloud printing that does not require additional software downloads or driver installations.
Thinium chargers offer thin profile, wall and portable charging options
Thinium has announced the debut of its line of slim portable chargers for mobile devices this week at CES. The Thinium Charge and Thinium ReCharge can charge a smartphone device as a wall charger, and can accommodate Android, Windows phones and iPhones.
Promises same performance as recent UltraSharp monitors
Dell has announced a firm date and pricetag for a 28-inch 4K monitor it teased in December. The P2815Q will support resolutions up to 3840x2160, and ship for $699 on January 23. Other specifications aren't available, but Dell is promising the same performance as its recent 24- and 32-inch UltraSharp monitors.
Third-party developers get access to free SDK
IK Multimedia has announced the iRing, a new motion controller for iOS devices. The controller itself is simple, merely a plastic ring with three dots on either side; one side uses a line pattern, while the other orients them in a triangle. The core technology is actually in compatible apps, which use an iOS device's front-facing camera to track the dots and interpret gestures as commands.