Tag - Notebook
In the MacNN forums this week, Fresh-Faced Recruit "Chucktr" was wondering why Calendar Alerts stopped working for no reason and has yet to get a response. Yesterday Senior User "kevs" was trying to figure out why he was having problems with his MacBook when an external monitor and mouse were attached and found some helpful advice that could be useful to others with this problem.
UPDATE: MacNN has been contacted by TwelveSouth which alleges that the stand reviewed here is a copy of their Parcslope product. We're investigating.
Lenovo is considering a retro revival of the ThinkPad, with a notebook using a similar design to the original ThinkPads created by Richard Sapper for IBM. Design vice president David Hull has proposed on the Lenovo blog the creation of a "very unique ThinkPad model" that takes its design cues from a notebook created in 1992, but bringing it up to date with modern internal components and slight tweaks to the external design to accommodate today's customers.
Toshiba has announced it will be bringing out a large number of new notebooks in its Satellite ranges it will be releasing this summer. The new notebook ranges include entry-level additions to the Satellite C range for basic computer use, the higher-specification and 4K-capable Satellite S series, new additions to the Satellite Radius range including some with Ultra HD-resolution displays, the Satellite Fusion systems, and Satellite L series.
HP is lining up another set of notebooks in its Pavilion and Envy lines, a few months after the previous launches in the same product ranges. The HP Pavilion x2 is a detachable PC with a tablet display combined with a tablet dock, while the HP Envy updates to the 14, 15.6, and 17.3-inch models include a modern design with an elevated hinge, battery life improvements, and an upgraded selection of components to customize each system.
Dell has used Computex to outline some new additions and alterations to its extensive notebook line. The new Inspiron 5000 series is a mid-range collection that covers a wide array of display sizes, the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 is a convertible notebook that can work as a tablet, and the currently-available 3000 series will get a minor upgrade, using Intel's Braswell-based processors.
Lenovo has unveiled a trio of notebooks aimed at the budget end of the computer market, ahead of the manufacturer's Lenovo Tech World global technology conference in Beijing. The Ideapad 100 is a basic 1366x768-resolution notebook that takes after Chromebooks, while the Lenovo Z41 and Z51 are slightly more expensive notebooks with 14-inch and 15-inch, 1080p-resolution displays that offer a bit more power than the Ideapad.
Acer has added another model to its 15-inch Chromebook range, this time one focused on users with tight budgets. The Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps the same 15.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display as its stablemates, but Acer has managed to refine the specifications list enough to make the Chrome OS notebook cost a relatively low $200.
HP has unveiled an upgraded professional model of last year's Omen gaming notebook. The Omen Pro is billed as a high-powered mobile workstation that borrows the styling of the original, but manages to pack in higher-performance components inside its 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick, 4.68-pound anodized aluminum unibody frame, including an Nvidia Quadro K1100M GPU with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
Acer is improving its Aspire V Nitro notebooks, by upgrading the Black Edition with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU, announced earlier today. The gaming notebooks now offer the option of combining a Haswell-based quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with the GTX 960M, with the variety of models including options for a 4K-resolution display and a 3D camera.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
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