MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 30, 2015
[Updated with more deals on Saturday] It's the end of the working week, and that means it is just two days until a major sporting event involving football. It's also the time we publish Friday Deals, the post where we collect together deals and offers from around the Internet for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Just as always, deals may change or end in the future, but are correct at the time of posting, so check beforehand, and come back over the weekend as more deals will be posted later.
curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more
Right now at MacMall.com, take advantage of a $211 price cut on the Dell UltraSharp 34-inch WQHD curved LED monitor. It was $1,200, but has been discounted to $988. That discount makes this the best price we have seen by roughly $160. This monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, an 8ms response time, and includes HDMI, MHL, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort connectivity options. It is backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.
what's wrong with my MBP?
Yesterday, one Dedicated MacNNer turned to the MacNN forums, looking for help figuring out some graphical problems with their 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2011. Also yesterday, Mac Elite "jeff k" was asking fellow forum-members how to get images off of an iPhone after having some trouble transferring photos.
$150 off Dell 27-inch LED monitor
Save $150 on the Dell 27-inch LED 1080p monitor right now at Staples.com. It was $350, but has been discounted to $200 after a variety of instant savings are applied. That's around $70 less than the next-lowest price. This monitor features a 27-inch display, 1080p resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a 6ms response time, and it is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.
US designed and made backup appliance features two hot-swap trays
US-based backup and disaster recovery hardware company Highly Reliable Systems has announced the immediate availability for their two-bay NetSwap Mini+E backup NAS server appliance, which includes replication, two removable drive trays, and hardware-based encryption. The High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E backup NAS series comes equipped with a powerful 3.4GHz Intel Core i3-4130 processor, capable of block-level AES-256 data encryption.
Mac Pro update in 2015, iPad tips and more
The updated Mac Pro has now been available for purchase for a little over a year, and one Fresh-Faced Recruit started a discussion this week in the MacNN forums, asking when we might expect an update, as he is considering buying one. Today, the conversation continues in the thread titled "signs your iMac is on its last legs".
$140 off Dell 23.8-inch widescreen LED monitor
This week at Newegg.com, get the Dell 23.8-inch widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor on sale for $230. That's a price break of $120 off of the list price of $350, and until January 29, use coupon code EMCAKNP44 to drop the price again to $210. That combo of discounts makes this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by $35. This monitor offers 1080p resolution, 8ms response time, 178-degree viewing angles, and a variety of inputs including HDMI, DisplayPort, MiniDisplayPort, as well as USB.
Lower power requirements for $200 GTX 960 graphics cards
Nvidia is extending the GTX 900-series of GPUs, with a reduced-power model seemingly aimed at players of League of Legends and DOTA 2. The GTX 960 has the same Maxwell architecture as its stablemates, but hopes to appeal to budget-conscious gamers with a lower price point as well as lower power requirements than the GTX 980 and GTX 970.
Affordable, two-bay setup offers a wealth of features without overwhelming users
For every computer user, there comes a point of critical mass in data storage. When it hits, external hard drives, USB sticks and DVD burning may no longer be feasible for the constant back-and-forth of data transfers that are a part of a daily routine. When it comes to that, what are users left to do? The next jump is to network-attached storage (NAS). But what options are there for computer users that don't know much about setup, but don't want to be stuck with a non-upgradeable solution? Don't worry, because Thecus has an easy-to-use, frustration-free option with the N2310. Find out how it stacks up in our review.
Larger-capacity drives do well, 4TB Seagates a good value; 7200rpm drives problematic
In late 2013, cloud service provider Backblaze released information about hard drive failure rates used in their facilities collected over a three-year period. The study was one of the first real-world, comprehensive examinations on server-level claims of hard drive reliability, and drew a great deal of attention. An update with new information from between the end of the last study and December 31, 2014 was posted today.
Cloud storage firm ends support for 10.5, earlier on May 18
Users who are still using OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard) are probably used to it by now, but yet another company has announced it is dropping support for the 10- and seven-year-old (respectively) operating systems. Dropbox, the well-known cloud storage firm that offers browser-based and native-app cloud storage for a wide variety of platforms, is informing users who access the service on the obsolete OS versions that support for them will end on May 18.
iPhoto still slow on 27-inch 5K iMac
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one Professional Poster was wondering why iPhoto is still running slow even after they upgraded their computer to a new Retina iMac -- so far there has been no input from fellow members. Forum-goers assist "Thorzdad" in troubleshooting an unresponsive 13-inch MBP, so far a solution has yet to be found.
iPad mini 3 for $353
At Amazon this week, get the iPad mini 3 with 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi in space gray, on sale for $353 with free shipping. That's $46 off the list price of $399, and around $35 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. The iPad mini offers a 7.9-inch Retina display, A7 processor chip with 64-bit architecture, Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage. Included is Apple's one-year warranty on parts and labor.
MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 16, 2015
[Updated with more great deals!] The second full week of 2015 is almost over, and so it's time for the Friday Deals post, where we find great offers on hardware, gadgets, and software for you, the ever-discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, the prices are correct at the time of writing, but the offer may change at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, remember to come back over the weekend, as we will be adding more deals for you to enjoy.
Signs your iMac is on its last leg
This week in the MacNN Forums, Games Meister "The Final Dakar" pointed out strange things that his iMac is doing, and believes that these are signs that his iMac will soon not be operational. Dedicated MacNNer "krx" is looking for a way to do a clean install and use Migration Assistant.
5K iMac for $2,400
Right now at MacMall.com, take advantage of a $100 price break on the 27-inch 5K iMac, which has been reduced from $2,500 down to $2,400. That discount makes this the lowest price currently available on this configuration by $50. This iMac features 5K resolution, a Haswell i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics. Included are an Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and a one-year warranty.
Multiple USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, SATA dock in one dock
HighPoint Technologies continues to expand its USB 3.0 product portfolio, and has unveiled the RocketStor 5411D USB 3.0 Drive Dock and Hub. The palm-sized docking station combines multiple USB 3.0 ports, a card-reader, SATA drive dock, and universal charging station into a single device.
Now available as a Fusion Drive, offering near-SSD performance
A 2TB capacity version of the Mac mini has reappeared in the online Apple Store, following the latest revision to the budget Mac that had removed the option, among other changes. In its most recent update, Apple removed the Mac mini "server edition" (though regular Minis can easily be made into servers still) and with it the 2TB hard drive storage option. The new 2TB model is limited to only the high-end, $999 configuration, but now uses an Apple Fusion Drive rather than a conventional hard drive.
MX200, BX100 drives improve endurance; management software released
Peripheral maker Crucial announced two new SSD devices this week, and software to manage them. The MX200 is the new top-of-the-line model, with features to provide speedy copy rates and data encryption, while the BX100 is a value option with slower-but-still-speedy read/write rates at a more affordable price point. Finally, the Crucial Storage Executive tool is utility software for Windows to manage and maintain these and previous Crucial SSDs.
iOS 8 autocorrect has gone mad
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the latest changes to auto-correct in iOS 8 after Clinically Insane member "subego" pointed out that it just doesn't "feel coherent like all the previous iterations," going on to say that it has the feeling of different algorithms competing with each other. Forum Regular "Harvey" has some questions about playing music from the cloud.
$30 off 2.6GHz i5 Mac Mini
Today at MacMall.com, get the Mac Mini on sale for $1,069. That's a savings of $30 off the list price of $1,099, and around $20 less than the next lowest price. This Mac mini features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive, along with Intel Iris Graphics. It comes with Mac OS X Yosemite pre-installed, and as always this Mac comes with Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
OWC shows off 8TB SSD drive bay, Envoy Pro mini SSD
While at CES, Electronista stopped by Other World Computing's booth to check out its latest portable SSD drives. Front and center was the company's new Envoy Pro mini, soon available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, with a 480GB version due out a little later in the year. The USB 3.0 stick's design is elegantly simple, with aluminum body unadorned with any graphics or text. While lightweight, the cold metal is still heft enough in the hand, and users are bound to appreciate its promised sustained transfer speeds of up to 433MBps.
Phiaton announces two new additions to its lines of wireless headphones, earphones
Phiaton has introduced new noise-cancelling headphones and wireless earphones this week at CES. The BT 330 NC is a compact, on-ear headphone that is aimed at travellers who seek a lightweight and compact device. Its noise-cancellation technology cancels low frequency noise (under 1kHz) by up to 95 percent. Its "Everplay-X" feature allows users to continue listening even if the battery charge runs out, and 40mm drivers offer emphasis on a wide frequency range.
Portable external storage and protective case models for adventurers
Storage accessory maker G-Technology has expanded its line of external storage devices today at CES with three new ruggedized drives and a new protective case. The new hard drives are outfitted with shock-proof cases to survive drops onto hard surfaces or into water. Prices range from $80–$230, depending on model and storage capacity, and offers options for either USB 3 or Thunderbolt connectivity. In addition, the company is selling its latest protective case separately, so that users can "ruggedize" existing G-Tech drives.
Small but powerful SSD from Samsung
While Samsung is generally known for its lavish TV announcements during CES, one of the more interesting products it presented during yesterday's keynote was a portable SSD. Dubbed the Portable SSD T1, Samsung's new drive has been designed with a very specific market in mind. Following Samsung's event, Electronista met up with a rep and spent a little bit of time talking about the brand new SSD.
Google Hangouts updated for iOS, adds ability to see SMS and Voicemails from Google Voice account
Hangouts, Google's messaging app, has received an update for iOS devices. Hangouts allows users to send and receive messages, photos and more, and make video and voice calls with a group or one-on-one. Hangouts v2.5.0 features new sticker packs, and improved video call experience alongside miscellaneous bug fixes.
Yosemite Install problems, Broadwell chips and poop emojis
Today in the MacNN Forums, one distressed Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for help resolving a problem with installing Yosemite after something went wrong and the external hard drive they were trying to install it on died. Yesterday, Moderator "P" started a discussion about the release timeline for Intel's latest Broadwell chips that were just announced at CES.
MBPs, 4K monitors and more
At B&H.com right now, save $300 on the previous-generation 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has been slashed from $1,949 down to $1,649. That's around $100 less than the lowest price offered on this model anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. As always, it is backed by Apples standard one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Canvio Connect II includes 500GB, 3TB drives, AeroCast streams to Chromecast
Toshiba launched four devices in its Canvio range at CES. The Canvio Connect II portable hard drive was joined at the trade show by a new addition to the Canvio Basics range, while the Canvio AeroCast and Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter are devices able to offer wireless sharing of content, to mobile devices as well as streaming to set-top boxes.
Patriot releases new USB flash drives, Ignite SATA III SSD
Patriot has announced the launch of a variety of products, including the second generation of its Supersonic Magnum and Rage USB flash drives, as well as the Ignite SATA III SSD. The Supersonic Magnum 2 and Supersonic Rage 2 both include USB 3.0 connectivity. The Magnum 2 will be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with read and write speeds reaching 400MB per second and 300MB per second respectively.
Speedy external comes in up to 1TB capacity, based on 3D V-NAND
At Samsung's pre-Consumer Electronics Show announcement battery, the semiconductor giant unveiled the Portable SSD T1. The new encapsulated USB 3.0 SSD is aimed at business travelers, creative professionals, and content creators with a need for secure local storage. AES 256-bit hardware encryption is included, with the use of just one user password on Windows-based PCs. The drive comes pre-formatted in exFAT, for best OS X 10.9 (or later) and Windows cross-platform compatibility.
New speakers waterproof, ruggedized, louder, and boasts longer battery life
Fugoo, makers of the Go Anywhere speaker line, today announced their newest product line at Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show. The new Fugoo XL series is larger and louder, ruggedized, and 100 percent waterproof, according to the company. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the new speaker has quadruple the wattage, and two new jacket styles that float.
Three drives aim at different market segments, highlight Seagate's history
Alongside the LaCie releases, the consumer division of Seagate has released three new products. Also shown today at the Consumer Electronics Show were the Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud Two-Bay network attached storage devices, the Seagate Wireless 500GB portable drive, and the Seagate Seven ultra-thin external drive.
Pair of drives available later this quarter from LaCie, wider availability by summer
LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate technology, has unveiled its latest storage solutions at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. Shown today were the LaCie Rugged RAID, capitalizing on the company's other rugged hard drives, and the LaCie Mirror -- a drive clad in Gorilla Glass. The LaCie Rugged is resistant to shock, dust and water, while the 1TB LaCie Mirror boasts Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in its portable form factor.
Prototype drive will be demonstrated at Storage Visions 2015
Western Digital (WD) reports that its upcoming 4TB hybrid drive is the world's fastest such device, and the unit will be demonstrated this coming Sunday and Monday in Las Vegas at the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions 2015, an adjunct conference to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company claims that the drive, which fuses a modest-capacity SSD with a higher-capacity traditional hard disk, brings near-SSD speeds to consumers, with the dramatically-lower cost-per-GB of spinning platter drives.
two operating systems, one Mac
Today in the MacNN forums, one Dedicated MacNNer was asking if it was possible to run two different versions of OS X on the same Mac, as they are planning on replacing their original drive with a solid state drive. Grizzled Veteran "PHoynak" is looking for a way to use their old white MacBook as a second display with a 27-inch iMac, and wonders if anyone has any advice on how this could be accomplished.
21 percent off 13.3-inch MBP and more
MacMall.com's end-of-the-year clearance sale includes the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, complete with dual-core Intel Core i5 2.4GHz processor, Retina display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and a battery life of approximately nine hours. Available for only $1,030 after the $40 mail-in-rebate, customers save 21 percent off the $1,299 list price, and about $100 when compared to the next best deal we have seen on this MBP.
battery swapping, problems with Notes and more
Today in the MacNN Forums, Fresh-Faced Recruit "Ryan700" was asking if it was possible to move a battery from one 13-inch MBP to another 13-inch MBP, after the battery in his wife's computer needed to be replaced. A frustrated "jeff k" has turned to the forums hoping someone will be able to help him figure out why it is that the Notes app on his new iPhone keeps deleting notes at the end of the day.
Wi-Fi home monitoring camera adds new motion masking feature
Cloud home monitoring start-up Spotcam has announced a new motion-masking feature for its Wi-Fi home monitoring camera system. A feature available in professional security camera systems, Spotcam's motion masking can be acquired by users through updating to the latest firmware. The camera can then be configured to only monitor motions for a specified area, and ignore other locations within its field of view. Notifications of movement can be received via email or the mobile app, and motion detection alerts are triggered for unmasked zones only.
27-inch iMac problems and more
Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one Dedicated MacNNer started having problems booting their 27-inch iMac. After trying a variety of methods to get it to boot, they turned to the forums for some advice. On his quest to fix a problem with an unresponsive 13-inch MacBook Pro, "Thorzdad" asked fellow forum-goers for some advice.
HDTVs, wireless keyboards, and more
With the new year right around the corner, it's time for Tigerdirect.com's End of the Year Clearance Event, featuring the Seiki 65-inch Class 2160p Ultra LED HDTV. Currently priced at $1,000, this HDTV has dropped an impressive $2,500 off its once $3,500 list price, and includes a $100 mail-in-rebate that lowers the cost even more, down to $900. The Seiki HDTV comes with three HDMI ports, a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K signal compatibility, and a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. Shipping rates start at only $30, but sales tax applies for residents of Florida, Illinois, Texas, and North Carolina.
Canon Pixma printers, MacBook Pros and more
At BuyDig.com this week, get a bundle from BuyDig.com that includes a Canon Pixma MG5620 wireless all-in-one printer and Adobe Lightroom on sale for $150. That's a savings of $80 off the list price of $230, and when coupon code EXCEL is used, it drops the final cost to $75. That's the lowest price we have seen on this combo by $115. This printer prints at 4800x1200 maximum color DPI resolution, scans at 1200x2400 resolution, features a 2.5-inch LCD, two-sided printing, Full HD movie prints, Google cloud printing, and more. This printer is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Canon.
MacNN and Electronista Deals for December 22, 2014
Welcome to Monday Deals, and let's face it, Christmas is upon us -- there's not really enough time to buy gifts online and receive them in time for the big day. Maybe you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, want to use your leftover present-buying cash to get yourself a little or not-so-little something, for all that hard work buying for other people. As usual, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may change at a later time, so check before completing orders. Also remember to check back over the next few days, as more deals may be added at a later time.
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.
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.
Apple allows Drafts app to retain Notification Center widget
Drafts 4, a note-taking app for iOS, has received an update bringing back its Notification Center widget, which was axed by Apple earlier this month. The widget allows users quick access to simple tools for opening up the app and create a new note. Drafts v4.0.6 also includes a "New from selection" option, found within the document-creation options, as well as URL action steps now having "URL encode tag output" option. Improvements to background refresh and sync handling are also present in the update. Drafts 4 is priced at $5, and requires iOS 8.0 or later.
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.
Two- and four-bay models kick off 50T, 51T lines
Taiwanese network storage solutions provider Asustor launched four new NAS devices today. The two- and four-bay models in each of two new lines come in advance of eight- and 10-bay models, which will be released at a later time. 'The new 50T and 51T series NAS devices feature high performance CPUs that can automatically increase their frequency when needed,' said Asustor Product Manager Johnny Chen, adding that the ability provided reliable transcoding and management under load.
In-line digital thermal sensors allow use of company's drives in 2009 and later iMacs
In a post today on its Rocket Yard blog, Other World Computing (OWC) announced a new in-line digital thermal sensor for owners who want to upgrade the hard drives in their iMacs. The sensor kits are compatible with models from 2009 all the way up to the latest 2014 Retina 5K model, allowing the use of third-party replacement hard drives (which the company conveniently sells), overcoming a troublesome proprietary issue on the machines.
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.