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Living With: AmazonBasics Lightning Cable

10/07, 8:46am

How a cheap non-Apple cable stands up

It's not as if you go out of your way to pay Apple more money than you want to for things, but common wisdom holds that they do charge more -- how accurate that statement is, depends greatly on what product you're talking about. They charge enough more that if you have a Mac or an iPhone, you've been asked why you'd spend all that money, and you've been told that PCs and Androids are much better anyway, so there. The counter-argument you've probably started with is that no, they're not. When pressed, you've gone further and explained that you do spend more on Macs, but all the PC users you know have to keep replacing their hardware at what seems unfathomably short intervals. I've said all these things so often that I was programmed to ignore non-Apple Lightning cables.


MacNN launches testing of heat on unpowered SSD data retention

08/31, 12:09pm

Long term work focuses on depleted, factory new 840evo SSD line

Earlier this year, there was some controversy about heat and SSD data life when left unpowered. We don't think this is a major problem for most users, as a SSD will be powered for essentially its entire operational life -- but it may be an issue going forward, as users collect older technologies for re-use, given the generally long life of Apple hardware. So, in conjunction with our SSD Trim testing, we've started real-life testing of unpowered, depleted SSDs, exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time to check on both data retention, as well as drive survivability.


Review: Origin PC Millennium

05/04, 12:00pm

PC gaming made elegant

When it comes to PC gaming, there are two basic routes you can take. You can choose to purchase a built-to-order machine from one of the many boutique gaming companies, or you can hunt down the necessary parts and do everything yourself. While many opt for the latter route, there is undoubtedly a market of gamers who would rather have everything put together for them. Origin PC has taken notice of this market and -- thanks to products like the mid-tower Millennium -- has managed to make a respected name for itself in the industry. Several weeks ago, we were lucky enough to receive a Millennium tower from Origin, and have spent some time putting through its paces. Our particular review build was priced at nearly $4,000, and includes some of the latest and greatest in PC components, including an Intel Core i7 4790k and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s. Read all about our experience with this powerful gaming PC in our full review.


Briefly: Audiobus 2 released, Battery Diag app

04/06, 11:30pm

Auto routing software for iOS apps updated to version 2.0

Popular app-to-app audio routing solution for many iOS apps, Audiobus, has been updated to version 2.0. Initially released in 2012, Audiobus offers iOS apps the ability to communicate with each other to exchange effects and sounds, allowing users to create a single audio stream from multiple apps, simultaneously. Its latest version features Multi-Routing, which can manage multiple audio pipelines for unlimited connections or effect chaining. Audiobus display a menu for selecting a compatible app, opening and adding an effect on top of an existing one. This creates a chain of effects within the Audiobus interface, which can be combined with multi-channel input hardware support.


Onkyo updates flagship theater system with 3D support

07/22, 8:35pm

HT-9300THX to ship in July for $1,100

Onkyo has released an updated version of its flagship home-theater system, the HT-S9300THX. The latest model offers many of the same features as its predecessor, but adds compatibility for 3D components. Users can connect 3D-enabled source hardware, such as 3D Blu-ray players, to supported televisions without sacrificing the 3D signal through the theater system.


Products, international sales to save AAPL?

02/09, 1:25pm

Sales, products save AAPL

Apple is ready to rise in the stock market again, as the company rolls out international iPhone releases, which analysts predict may bring balance a slowing US economy. According to financial news site The Street, worldwide demand for the iPhone remains high, after a poll conducted by ChangeWave revealed that the iPhone is the most popular choice for those looking to buy within the next six months.


Nvidia to acquire Ageia, PhysX software, hardware

02/04, 7:25pm

Nvidia to acquire Ageia

Nvidia today announced an official acquisition of Ageia Technologies, the company behind the PhysX software and hardware components. The acquisition will give Nvidia a physics element for its Cuda parallel processing systems. The PhysX technology is currently in use in many Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii games, as well as many gaming PCs worldwide. Nvidia will be hosting a quarterly conference call on February 13th to provide more information about the acquisition in its final stages.


HighPoint adds Leopard support to RAID adapter

01/10, 6:05pm

RAID adapter for Leopard

HighPoint Technologies today updated its RocketRAID 3120 to support Apple's Power Mac G5 and Mac Pro systems under both Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard. The RocketRAID 3120 is a PCI-Express x1 dual port SATA RAID controller featuring the Marvell 5182 (400MHz) hardware RAID engine and with 128MB of DDR2 local memory. The RocketRAID 3120 is available for $170.


Macrovision joins CinemaNow to offer downloads

01/03, 5:35pm

Macrovision, CinemaNow

Macrovision, the company largely responsible for modern DVD copy-protection schemes, has officially integrated its technologies with CinemaNow to offer downloads of CinemaNow premium video directly to Macrovision-enabled consumer electronics devices. Users who have registered Macrovision-enabled hardware at can use those devices to watch movies, TV shows, and music videos from CinemaNow's online library of available programming, according to TWICE.


HP unveils two BrightView LCDs for CES

01/03, 12:05am

HP BrightView LCDs

In addition to four new multimedia PCs, HP is introducing two new widescreen LCD monitors at CES 2008. Using HDMI and VGA to connect with hardware, the w2207h and w2408h use HPs BrightView technology to provide vibrant image quality. The w2207h is a 22-inch model that supports a maximum screen resolution of 1680 by 1050; the display is also able to pivot 90-degrees for either a portrait or landscape view. Integrated speakers reduce desktop clutter, and the foot allows users to place their keyboard out of the way when it is not in use. HP will be shipping the w2207h in February, selling for $350.



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