iOS-compatible toy race car line-up Anki Drive expands, adds new cars, tracks and new race mode
Anki Drive, a line of toy race cars that feature iOS compatibility, has updated its Anki Drive app, as well as released new cars and tracks. Using AI robotics, Anki Drive aims to integrate the nature of video games into a physical game context, requiring Anki cars, a physical track, and at least on compatible iOS device to play. The new cars, Corax and Hadion ($70 each), are the newest "characters" for Anki Drive, with Hadion featuring Turbo Boost speeds capabilities and Corax, which has the option to mount multiple weapons. The new tracks ($100 each), Crossroads and Bottleneck, let players race and battle in new and more complex scenarios. Crossroads combines sharp corners with an intersection obstacle, and Bottleneck features narrow passages that require focused timing in order to pass by opponents successfully. The newly added cars are available for purchase today, and the tracks will be available May 6.
Microsoft rolls out latest update for Xbox One console, adds friend notifications
Microsoft's Xbox One console has received another update, rolling out beginning today. Now including notifications for when friend players arrive online, users will be able to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. The console's Kinect voice and motion detection has also been improved, reducing false positives on non-hand objects that trigger gesture commands. Other features in the update include improved GameDVR video quality, controller headset adapter firmware updates, silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand, and more.
Up to 384TB addressable with maximum expansion
Accessory and peripheral vendor OWC has announced an enterprise-class storage solution with the new rack-mounted OWC Jupiter Kore and OWC Jupiter Callisto. OWC Jupiter Callisto provides storage for multi-user environments via Ethernet, while OWC Jupiter Kore is a Mini-SAS direct-connect storage system. Both are available in 8-bay or 16-bay models, for up to 384TB of storage with three Jupiter Kore Expander Rack systems.
Dropbox debuts Carousel app for iOS and Android
Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have attached to their Dropbox account, with the free storage size starting at 2GB. Carousel is free to download through iTunes and Google Play, and requires a Dropbox account to utilize its features.
Deframe version 1.5.1 released, features new video tools
Developer Einstein's Legacy has announced the release of its updated video tool software, Deframe. Allowing users the ability to extract high-quality still images and video clips from their footage, Deframe v 1.5.1 includes a redesigned user interface, new slide show creation, and the ability to share images via email or social media platforms. Deframe operations have been consolidated into a single window, providing a simplified interface for manipulating movies and extractions. Its slide show feature displays in a full screen mode, and can be navigated manually, or as a timed slide show. Available for $20 through the Mac App Store, Deframe requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher.
Adesso releases Tru-Form Media 1500GB wireless ergonomic keyboard and mouse
Computer peripheral manufacturer, Adesso, has announced its release of a new wireless, ergonomic keyboard and mouse set, offering users two input devices with ergonomic design. Featuring a wireless range of up to 30 feet, the Tru-Form Media 1500GB keyboard and mouse set includes a "gently-sloped" keyboard with a split design that accommodates the natural positioning of hands, wrists and forearms; the accompanying laser mouse also aims to reduce hand strain. The keyboard's membrane key switches provide improved tactile response and a quieter typing experience, lasting up to five million keystrokes.
file sharing, backlit keyboards and more
This week on the MacNN forum, members have been assisting Mac Enthusiast "jszrules" with determining why File Sharing is automatically enabled on multiple occasions after having to restart their computer due to it freezing. Yesterday, Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" shared their joy with the forums after finding a Logitech backlit keyboard to use with their Mac desktop after years of blindly plucking away at the standard Apple keyboard for years.
Capacities up to 8TB available in USB 3.0, Thunderbolt dual-interface case
Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB.
M4 uses 2.5-inch drives in RAID; 10-Gigabit Ethernet peripherals launched
Promise Technology today announced three new Thunderbolt 2 and shared storage devices aimed at the creative professional market. The Pegasus2 M4 uses an array of 2.5-inch drives in a new portable form factor. The VTrak G1100 NAS Gateway is a 1U file server with an 8Gb Fiber channel front end and 10Gb Ethernet dual port connectivity. The SANLink2 10G is a Thunderbolt 2 10-Gigabit Ethernet bridge adapter that connects any Thunderbolt 2-enabled Mac to high performance 10Gb Ethernet networks.
Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed RAID delivers 4k-compatible speed with hard drives
Storage manufacturer G-Technology today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family -- the G-Drive EV SSD and the 500GB G-Drive EV external drive modules. Also released are the four-bay Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed Studio with hardware RAID, and the two-bay G-Speed RAID Studio.
Four- and eight-channel devices adapt older external storage enclosures
Storage and networking device maker Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show.
New drive has highest data density of any server-class drive
Storage company Seagate Technology today announced it is now shipping a 6TB hard disk drive -- the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The drive comes in two versions, 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA, with a variety of encryption and secure data destruction options.
RAID arrays can drive over 1GB per second
Seagate Technology's LaCie brand announced at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology. The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big now feature Thunderbolt 2, along with the latest technologies from Seagate, including new 6TB hard drives.
27-inch iMac for $1,450 and more
At MacMall.com this week, get a 27-inch iMac for $1,450 -- it was $1,999, but has been reduced to $1,550. Save an additional $100 via a mail-in-rebate offer, making this $150 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Carnegie Mellon suit claims willful infringement of two hard drive patents
US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer has ordered "enhanced damages" be paid to Carnegie Mellon University by Marvell Technology in a patent lawsuit. Upholding a previous judgement, the judge has awarded $1.54 billion to the university from component manufacturer Marvell Technology Group for willful infringement of a series of mass storage patents.
New 2TB wireless hard drive offers portable storage for Apple devices
Seagate Technology has announced the upcoming availability of its newest capacity option of the LaCie brand hard drive Fuel. A wireless hard drive with a 2TB capacity, the LaCie Fuel is intended for users who would benefit from a large storage capacity, such as journalists, photographers and bloggers. Offering the same features as the 1TB model, the LaCie Fuel includes the ability to wirelessly stream content to up to five devices without an internet connection, wireless hotspot creation, Airplay compatibility, and a 10 hour battery life. The LaCie Fuel 2TB can be reordered through the LaCie online store for $250, and will be available worldwide through retailers in April, 2014.
Crackle adds Chromecast, iOS 7 optimization
Movie and TV show streaming app, Crackle, has received an update today. Central to the app's update is its new support for Google Chromecast, allowing Crackle users to stream content from its service through to one's Chromecast device ($35), and view content on one's HDTV. Crackle features a wide variety of video media for free, including original content such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Available for iOS and Android devices, Crackle is free to download.
Former media event lives on as accessory, app showcase
The Macworld Expo (now called Macworld/iWorld) certainly isn't the show it was five years ago, the last year Apple attended. Its a much smaller show -- maybe 25,000 attendees at best -- but with a more sustainable focus: a showcase for computer and mobile peripherals, accessories and gadgets, as well as a gathering of app developers. Because Apple doesn't make big announcements timed to the conference anymore -- and the one company that did, Microsoft, chose not to have its Office for iPad event there -- the Macworld/iWorld show doesn't make the news as often as it used to.
Sync and backups kept separate, optionally encrypted
Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired.
PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more
This week the MacNN forums, forum-goers discussed a wide range of topics -- from virtual machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long-time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview.
21.5-inch iMac for $1,100
This week at MacMall.com, get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180 -- and until April 30, save an additional $80 through a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this model by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Drive features integrated Thunderbolt cable
Drive manufacturer WD today introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable and Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive. The peripheral is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities, and sports a Thunderbolt cable built into the case itself, which also powers the drive. A user-selectable RAID function lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy.
New four-bay array cheaper, faster than previous models
Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announced the release of the latest four-bay Drobo. The third-generation Drobo is less expensive than the previous model, up three times faster, and includes new features such as USB 3.0 (but drops Firewire support), significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine backup technology.
PCIe-interface drive allows for maximum throughput
Samsung Electronics announced today that its 1.6 terabyte (TB) non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive has been released to manufacturing partners. Samsung is the first in the world to ship PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) SSDs using an NVMe protocol. The 1.6TB, 2.5-inch, SFF-8639 NVMe PCIe SSD provides a sequential read speed of three gigabits per second, while being able to process random read data at up to 750,000 IOPS (input output operations per second), which is more than three times as fast as conventional high-end SAS 12Gbps SSD storage options.
Canon Pixma Pro-100 with paper only $130
Amazon this week is offering the Canon Pixma Pro-100 color inkjet photo printer for $388 with free shipping. That's $112 off the list price of $500, and if buyers order before March 31, they can save an additional $200 through a mail-in-rebate offer. Add a 50-sheet pack of LU-101 or SG-201 paper, or two 20-packs of PM-101 paper, and receive an additional $100 off, for a total savings of $300 -- bringing the final cost to around $130. This is about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features eight dye-based inks, three of which are grayscale. It also offers 4800x2400 dpi resolution, Wi-Fi printing, PictBridge and two-way paper feeding.
Hardware solution supports eight SAS, SATA drives in RAID, more with multipliers
One of the first hardware RAID adapters for Thunderbolt 2 has popped up on the market from accessory maker HighPoint. The RocketStor 6328 features seven RAID configurations, supporting SAS and SATA hard drives and solid state drives.
the true faults of iPhone photography
This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" started a thread discussing the pros and cons of taking pictures with an iPhone from the point of view of someone who has studied professional photography. Today, one Mac Elite hit their head against the wall while trying to figure out problems with iTunes 11, and turned to the forums looking for advice.
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB for $420 and more
At Rakuten.com, save 23 percent on the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB internal solid state drive, which has been cut from $600 down to $460 with free budget shipping. Use coupon code '4D5198F' at checkout to drop the price down to $420. That's $96 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This weekend only, save even more with coupon code 'SUPERWKND' which gives you 10 percent back in Rakuten credits. This SSD features 1TB of storage with read speeds of up to 540MB per second and write speeds of up to 520MB per second. It is backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Samsung.
New array boasts higher speeds, lower per-GB cost
Data backup specialist BackBlaze has updated its DIY multi-drive Storage Pod design again. According to the company, the newest 4.0 revision "performs four times faster, is simpler and more reliable, and is even less expensive to build." As with its predecessors, the Storage Pod 4.0 is an open-source build, with plans and part lists available from the company itself for free.
printers, tablets and SSDs
At MacMall's Apple Blowout sale, save big on the HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 e-all-in-one printer, which has seen a $96 discount from $246 down to $150. That make this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features print speeds of up to 18ppm in black and 13ppm in color, has a 250-sheet capacity, built-in scanner, fax machine, and offers connectivity on a wireless or wired network. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
LaCie's new portable external hard drive released
Seagate Technology's premium brand, LaCie, has released its new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. Offering speeds up to 1.38GB per second, the drive's Thunderbolt 2 connectivity allows for effective manipulation of 4K video. The LaCie Little Big Disk is capable of daisy-chaining with its dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, and its two heat-dissipating aluminum plates with a thermoregulated fan quietly cool its SSD drives. Priced at $1,300, the LaCie Little Big Disk is available in a 1TB SSD capacity.
Chromecast support now free for Plex app users
Media server software app, Plex, has announced that Chromecast support is now available to all users for free. In the latest update to its iOS and Android apps, users can access streaming for photos, music and videos, as well as content mirroring that displays media on a separate screen while browsing. For iOS users, Plex now offers a new play queues feature, which includes the ability to shuffle all of a user's music content. More detailed music filters are also now available, as to simplify narrowing down one's library when desired. Plex is available for download for smartphone, connected TVs and home theater-geared computers.
Doubles normal upgrade options
Memory maker Transcend has announced a new set of RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. These include 16 and 32GB modules, which can be used to boost a Pro up to 64, 96, or even 128GB of RAM. 128GB is twice what Apple's build-to-order options allow.
Across-the-board drop in price for Google cloud storage
Google has drastically reduced the price of Google Drive storage. The changes, which will certainly apply pressure on competitors in the cloud storage marketplace, such as Box, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, sees users being offered 100GB of Google Drive capacity for $1.99 per month, down from the $4.99 it was priced at previously, with higher storage values also seeing considerable reductions in cost.
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.
High-capacity Archival Disc could offer 1TB of storage per disc
Sony and Panasonic have revealed the name of the high-capacity storage medium the two companies started working on last year. The Archival Disc is a storage format meant for "professional use" in "long-term digital data storage," using optical discs that will offer a recording capacity of 300GB per disc at launch, expanding to 500GB and up to 1TB in the future, if not higher.
Mujjo releases Understated, Low Key sleeve collections for iPhone 5s and iPad
Tech accessory producer, Mujjo, has announced the release of its two new sleeve collections -- Low-key and Understated -- for iPhone 5s, iPad mini and iPad Air. Composed of vegetable-tanned leather, the Low-key collection features a matte black finish, and the Understated collection a tan color. The sleeves' leather is treated with aniline oil for color enrichment, and the vegetable tanning process creates a dense and compact product. Both collections feature a combination of leather and felt, each with an angle-cut exterior pocket for additional items.
Device includes Time Machine, iTunes, Twonky, Transmission, others
Western Digital today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
Whistle Activity Monitor now available at PetSmart, new apps updated
Dog monitor Whistle has announced its availability throughout the US through pet retailers PetSmart. A device that attaches to a dog's existing collar, Whistle collects data on activities throughout the day and night, then wirelessly sends the information to a connected smartphone. The retail announcement is also joined by an app update for iOS devices, including new graphing, and the ability to share data with friends. The company also unveiled its official app for Android. Whistle is priced at $130, and is available online as well as at PetSmart locations.
Microsoft offers 100GB OneDrive storage via Bing Rewards scheme
After the success of its 100GB of cloud storage giveaway to 100,000 users as part of the SkyDrive rebrand to OneDrive, Microsoft is offering another way to gain the large block of online storage. The Bing Blog claims users of the Bing Rewards scheme, a program that offers discounts and other incentives for using Bing, will exchange 100 credits for a code, which provides access to the same 100GB allocation for one year, though the promotion will only be offered until June 30th of this year.
QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses
Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.
New line optimized for surveillance applications with video stuttering protections
Storage purveyor Western Digital today announced the availability of WD Purple, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units and other applications demanding high reliability, WD Purple hard drives are tailored for new and existing home and small business security environments, with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1TB up to 4TB.
RealPlayer Cloud now available for international users
RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats.
Lays claim to first use of 5TB for external drives
LaCie has announced the addition of 5TB HDD options for three of its Thunderbolt external drive lines. These include the 5big-, 2big-, and d2-Series products. In the case of the 5big, a five-bay model, that allows as much as 25TB of storage, at transfer speeds up to 785MBps.
Realmac Software rectifies confusion with Clear by offering it free for limited time
Realmac has announced an upcoming, limited-time offer, making Clear free, as part of its consolidation process. A new version of productivity to-do list app Clear was released last year, called Clear+. Built as a universal app for iOS 7, Clear+ was structured as a paid upgrade, with the original version removed from the App Store. Clear customers, according to Dan Counsell of Realmac Software, reported confusion and frustration over the switch to charging for the update version, so Realmac updated the old version of Clear for iOS 7 and reintroduced it.
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.
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.
Music streaming service Rdio adds playlist editing, reviews to app
Social music streaming service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app today. Offering those subscribed the ability to play any music available on the service, users can also access a variety of station mixes based off of any track. Collections and playlists can be created, and synced to a device for offline listening. In v2.5.7, users can edit playlists from any mobile device by adding, removing and rearranging tracks via the app. Collaboration and visibility settings can also now be accessed, and users can now write and read reviews of albums and playlists. The Rdio app for iOS is free to download, with free unlimited access to the service for the first two weeks of usage. Monthly subscriptions for full service access are priced starting at $10.
Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.