1 3h ago

Samsung shows postage-stamp size 512GB SSD technology

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first NVMe PCI-e solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.

Posted in: upgrades/storage
0 4h ago

Review: Braven Balance Bluetooth water-resistant speaker

We've tested our fair share of outdoor speakers here, ranging from small shower-friendly models to more robust, outdoors-proof models. Today we're going to check out another one, one that is designed to be your camping companion, your poolside pal, or just a bedside listening station: the Braven Balance. Check out our full review to see what we think about it.

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0 4h ago

Daily Deals: Seagate 4TB SSHD, OtterBox case, James Bond on Blu-ray

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find promotions, bargains, offers, and discounts for our readers to enjoy. Most of the deals that were on the list before the Memorial Day weekend have been removed, while the new collection includes a 4TB SSHD from Seagate for $115, the OtterBox Defender Series case for iPhone 6 at $22, and the James Bond Collection on Blu-ray for $88.

0 5h ago

Mophie adds wireless charging models to iPhone Juice Pack range

Accessory manufacturer Mophie has expanded its collection of battery cases for mobile devices with models for iPhones including wireless charging. The Juice Pack Wireless for the iPhone 6, 6s, and Plus versions of both can provide power to the smartphones and take on power itself via a wireless charging point, with the company also unveiling two Charge Force mounts to provide power to the battery cases.

Posted in: accessories
0 6h ago

Hands On: Workflow 1.5 (iOS)

When this app first came out, we got it, and completely understood why it was useful, and why people would like it -- we just didn't really adopt it for ourselves. Then it was updated, and suddenly we "got it" in another sense: we really grasped how useful it is. The improvements in the second version made us use the app a few times a week. Now with Workflow 1.5, we're typically using it daily.

Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
2 7h ago

This Month in Apple History: May

Every week, we're tracing the history of Apple in celebration of the company's 40th anniversary. Only, as long as four decades is to live through, it's no time at all for historical research, and especially so now that everything we all do is always documented. Yet, each week in our slice-by-slice account, we are finding hugely-significant or just highly-entertaining moments that we can prove happened, yet nobody can pin down closer than a month.

Posted in: peripherals, software, Apple

Now AAPL Stock: 99.86 ( -0.49 )

Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development

Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB

Industry  2h

Samsung still not recommending Windows 10

Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx

Computers  6h

T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan

A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9

IPhone  9h

First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers

Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb

Upgrades/storage  10h

Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone

Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM

IPhone  11h

French Google tax raid evaluation could take years

The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2

Industry  12h

Trade-up program expands in Europe

Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD

IPhone  4d