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Mac-centric upgrade company OWC yesterday announced the all-new Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive ever offered by OWC. The SATA 3.0 drive utilizes global wear algorithms, as well as seven percent over-provisioning to help drive longevity and reliability.
In addition to the newly announced 4TB drive upgrade for the Mac Pro, upgrade vendor OWC has revealed three product updates. Leading the announcements are a capacity expansion to its mini SSD line, significant price cuts on memory upgrades for the Late 2015 27-inch iMac line, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 included in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual hard drive enclosure.
Other World Computing (OWC), announced the availability of the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to easily hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives. The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives.
The 5K Retina 27-inch iMacs updated yesterday can now support higher quantities of RAM than Apple currently supplies, it has been revealed. The refreshed high-resolution Macs now include four memory slots, allowing it to use up to 64GB of RAM by filling the iMac up with four 16GB RAM modules, double what the previous models were able to accept, and also twice as much as Apple itself offers via its online store when performed as an aftermarket upgrade.
Mac upgrade vendor Other World Computing (OWC) announced today that it has expanded its OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini line. The new line has up to 50 percent more capacity with a new maximum of three terabytes (3.0TB) storage. The bus-powered Mercury Elite Pro mini is now available in 18 different hard drive or OWC Mercury SSD-equipped configurations, with interface options including USB 3.0, eSATA 6Gb/s, and FireWire.
Upgrade company OWC announced today the OWC USB-C Dock. Available for immediate pre-order, the new 11-port adorned powered OWC USB-C Dock provides a complete connectivity solution for the 2015 Apple MacBook and other computers that utilize USB-C ports.
Mac and PC technology company Other World Computing last week announced the the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD. The latest addition to OWC's Accelsior line enables PCs, Mac Pro towers and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage, which in some cases will be faster than the native SATA bus.
Accessory purveyor OWC has unboxed and torn down the new 2015 Retina iMac. In a blog post, the company has noted that the new model has retained the two-lane PCIe SSD upgrade slot "whether ordered with a SSD or not," can take up to 32GB of RAM. Additionally, the 3.3GHz model uses a Radeon R9 M290 GPU, versus the M290X in the faster models.
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the addition of some models of the Apple Mac mini to the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, which also includes the iMac and Mac Pro. With the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, users can upgrade the memory or factory hard drive up to 2.0TB, or SSD up to 1.0TB. OWC will send users a specially-designed protective shipping box, complete with pre-paid postage, for the transport of the computer, and will perform all requested upgrades, typically within one to three business days. Prices vary per model.
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.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu