Archive for Feb 24, 2011

Apple Store open: Get your new MacBook Pro!

Apple Store open: Get your new MacBook Pro!

It's been down for a few hours now, and the contents of the updated shelves are now known to us, but the Apple Store has finally come back online. That means all of the new MacBook Pro models are available to buy, with the standard configurations shipping out within 1-2 business days. Pricing kicks off at $1,199 for the updated 13-inch model.

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Apple AirDrop makes OS X file sharing super-simple

Apple AirDrop makes OS X file sharing super-simple

Developers may be giddy over Mac OS X Lion's more advanced features - which pull in multitouch and full-screen app behaviors from iOS onto the desktop platform - but it's AirDrop that is likely to make the biggest impact on everyday users. Apple's new wireless file transfer system, AirDrop is all about making impromptu shares with the users around you, and doing it in an incredible straightforward way.

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Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

While Apple may be the first to debut Thunderbolt, the technology is all Intel's, and the company is not being quiet about which partners have jumped on board with the 10Gbps connection. Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital are all among the roster of firms committed to pushing out Thunderbolt-equipped devices, which will include displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.

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Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview Released

While the new MacBook Pro line-up delivers the Sandy bridge update consumers have been clamoring for, Apple has something for developers too. The new developer preview of Mac OS X Lion has been released, adding full-screen app support, pinch and double-tap zoom in Safari - some of the multitouch gestures borrowed from OS X - a document saving system called Versions (which automatically saves successive versions of documents as you work on them) and AirDrop, a wireless file transfer system for drag & drop moving of documents between Macs.

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Sprint HTC Arrive gets official, priced & dated

Sprint HTC Arrive gets official, priced & dated

As expected, Sprint has officially announced its first Windows Phone handset, the HTC Arrive. A rebadged HTC 7 Pro, the Sprint Arrive has a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a slide-out hardware keyboard, and uses the carrier's EVDO Rev. A 3G network.

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Apple Thunderbolt official

Apple Thunderbolt official

It's not just the new MacBook Pro range that is fresh and official this morning; Apple has also officially unveiled Thunderbolt, billed as "the fastest, most versatile I/O ever in a notebook." The commercial name for Intel's Light Peak technology, Thunderbolt promises to be as much as twice the speed of USB 3.0 and up to 20x faster than USB 2.0.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 official

The new Apple MacBook Pro range is official, and it's quite the star line-up. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch spread has been updated, with Intel's Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors across the board. Apple has also cast out NVIDIA, replacing GeForce GPUs with AMD's Radeon graphics on the 15- and 17-inch machines. The 13-inch, meanwhile, makes do with Intel's integrated graphics alone. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of Apple's new Thunderbolt connector, based on Intel's Light Peak technology and promising up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Full details after the cut.

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MiTAC Valar, Ulmo, and Zeus tablets head for CeBIT 2011 launch

MiTAC Valar, Ulmo, and Zeus tablets head for CeBIT 2011 launch

CES was packed with Android tablet unveilings and CeBIT 2011 is building up to be more of the same. The show is still a few weeks away, but there are companies already unveiling their offerings that will be detailed at the show.

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FaceTime for Mac 1.0 hits Mac App Store for $0.99

FaceTime for Mac 1.0 hits Mac App Store for $0.99

FaceTime for Mac 1.0 has been added to the Mac App Store, the non-beta version of the video chat software allowing OS X users to make video calls with iPhone 4 and iPod touch owners. Priced at $0.99, the app keeps the same straightforward UI as the public beta, with registration via a user's Apple ID and then a simple list of contacts to choose from.

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IDC Reports processor shipments flat in Q4 2010 year-over-year

IDC Reports processor shipments flat in Q4 2010 year-over-year

When it comes to tracking the computer market IDC is one of the research firms we all look to for an idea how well things are going. IDC has issued its report for worldwide PC microprocessor shipments for Q4 2010 this week and ranked the vendors on unit and a revenue basis.

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Outdoor Technology unveils new Bluetooth Tags earphones

Outdoor Technology unveils new Bluetooth Tags earphones

If you are the outdoors type that wants to listen to music while you are doing whatever it is you enjoy in the great outdoors a company called Outdoor Technology has a new offering for you. The offering is a set of stereo Bluetooth wireless earbuds that are called OT Tags and come in black or red colors.

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PlayStation Home users can watch space shuttle Discovery launch on Sunset Yacht

PlayStation Home users can watch space shuttle Discovery launch on Sunset Yacht

If you have never watched a space shuttle lift off on TV before, the chances for you to do so are at an end. The space shuttle Discovery is set to lift off today on one of the final missions of the shuttle fleet headed to the ISS. If you want to watch the lift off, you can fire up your PS3.

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