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Apple views its 12-inch MacBook as "the future of the notebook," and if that's the marketing pitch, you can't go around selling the thing with old hardware, right? Of course not, though up until now that's exactly what Apple was doing. Not anymore—Apple went and updated the MacBook with Skylake processors, while also giving it longer battery life and a new rose gold option.The MacBook now rocks Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors ranging in speed from 1.1GHz to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1GHz. These chips bring burlier integrated graphics to the table that Apple says increases graphics performance by 25 percent. Apple also used the opportunity to upgrade the RAM from 1600MHz... Read more...
Hewlett-Packed is ready to take on Apple in regard thin and light notebook designs, and it wants to be a design leader that other OEMs aspire to emulate. Hence we have today’s introduction of the HP Spectre, which is claimed to be the world’s thinnest laptop. So how thin is it? According to HP, the partially aluminum chassis measures just 10.4mm, or about the same thickness of a AAA battery. A carbon fiber bottom aids in the the Spectre’s thinness and light frame, and adds to its durability. And speaking of lightness, the 13.3-inch class notebook weighs in at a feathery 2.45 pounds — undercutting the 13-inch MacBook Air by half a pound. HP has managed to include a number of innovative touches... Read more...
HP is due to reveal on April 5th what may be the thinnest notebook on the market. The HP Spectre is claimed to be 11mm- thick with a 13.3-inch display, and would beat Apple’s claims to having the slimmest products on the market. The HP Spectre will be announced in Versailles, France at a New York Times event. HP Headquarters in Palo Alto, California This announcement comes on the heels of falling PC sales. Last year, 289 million PCs were sold worldwide, an 8% drop from 2014. Many people have turned to smartphones and tablets instead of PCs to fulfill their computer wants and needs. HP’s fiscal numbers also reflect this decline. HP was able to increase its global shipments in 2015 from 18.4% to... Read more...
It doesn't sound like a common problem, but the latest MacBook Pro issue happens enough for Apple to begin taking action. On some recent MacBook Pros, all of which feature Retina displays, a problem could arise where the anti-reflective coating wears off, or the screen delaminates. Neither result is pretty, and if you've been unfortunate enough to encounter it, there does seem to be a bit of good news breaking here. Reportedly, Apple is sending around an internal memo regarding a new Quality Program that will allow customers to replace their defective screens free-of-charge. In order to qualify, the notebook needs to fall within the three year mark of the original purchase date, or be claimed... Read more...
Microsoft really wants folks to upgrade to Windows 10, even going so far as to make the operating system free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users during the first year of availability. And so far, the decision to make the OS free has allowed Microsoft to rack up over 100 million installs since July 29th. But Microsoft wants even more people to join the Windows 10 bandwagon, and it’s now reaching out to those with older laptops and all-in-ones that perhaps can’t handle its latest and greatest operating system. As a result, Microsoft has launched Easy Trade Up, which allows you to trade in your old laptop and receive a cash rebate.  The first step in the Easy Trade Up program is to purchase... Read more...
The engineering wizards at Apple have designed a laptop that's lighter than Air...the MacBook Air, that is. It's the new MacBook (early 2015 edition), a forward-thinking laptop that measures just 11.04 inches (W) by 7.74 inches (D) by 0.14-0.52 inches (H), and weighs a mere 2.03 pounds. The super thin and light profile is what prompted Apple's clever tagline, "Light. Years ahead."At 2.38 pounds, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air is slightly heavier than the 12-inch MacBook we'll be showing you here. It's also marginally thicker at its highest point (0.68 inches), though a tad thinner where it tapers off (0.11 inches). Comparing the size and weight of the two really comes down to splitting hairs and isn't... Read more...
We were first introduced to uber-thin ASUS ZenBook UX305 at the Intel Developer Forum last fall. Four months later, the ZenBook UX305 landed on our shores complete with an Intel Core M 5Y10 processor, 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The price of entry for ASUS’s 2.6-pounds of mobile computing goodness: $699. Today, ASUS is delivering a higher-end, “Crystal White Limited Edition” SKU of the ZenBook UX305. The newest model ditches the “old and busted” 1080p display in favor of a “new hotness” QHD+ (3200x1800) IPS display. You still get Intel HD 5300 Graphics and 8GB of RAM, but the SSD had doubled in capacity to 512GB and a faster Core M 5Y71 handles processing duties.... Read more...
Lenovo stunned us all when it announced the ultra-light LaVie Z Series notebook and convertible at CES 2015. Developed in conjunction with NEC Personal Computers (NECP), what were previously known as the LaVie Z HZ550 (laptop) and LaVie Z HZ750 (convertible) are now know simply as the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360. Both the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 are constructed of lightweight magnesium-lithium and measure just 16.9mm thick. The LaVie Z weighs in at an unbelievable 1.87 pounds, while its convertible counterpart tips the scales at 2.04 pounds. When it comes to specs, both LaVie Z Series models are loaded to the gills: you’ll find a 13.3-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, Intel Core i7-5500U processor, 8GB... Read more...
Swedish hacker Emil Kvarnhammar is reporting that an unpublished OS X API — he dubs it a "backdoor" — can be used by nefarious types to gain root access through local users without Administrator status on Mac computers that have not yet been migrated to the 10.10.3 iteration of OS X, which was released just two days ago. "The admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges [that] can be exploited to escalate privileges to root from any user account in the system," Kvarnhammar says in an advisory. "The intention was probably to serve the System Preferences app and systemsetup command-line tool, but any user process can use the same functionality. This is a local... Read more...
Apple is riding high these days. The company is coming off a blockbuster [calendar] Q4 in which it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones. Apple’s stellar performance was enough to put it ahead of Samsung in global smartphone sales for the quarter. Likewise, Apple made a record $18 billion in profit for fiscal Q1 on sales of $74.6 billion. With this in mind, Fortune sat down with CEO Tim Cook in a wide-ranging interview that gives more than a bit of insight into the man behind the seemingly unstoppable Apple freight train. Apple is definitely a different company under the leadership of Cook; just look to the company’s philanthropic efforts, a focus on environmental and social issues, and even making... Read more...
For over a week now the tech press has been littered with articles and social media posts gushing over Apple's just-introduced ultra-super-uber thin MacBook, highlighting the device's new USB-C port and a wealth of other must-note features. Apple gleefully let all of us know that their latest game-changing Cupertino notebook computer offering will once again make all others that came before look ever more prehistoric. Meanwhile, one of the company's more recent notebook-to-end-all-notebooks — the MacBook Pro with Retina Display — is taking on the mantle of obsolete cave tool much quicker than anticipated. MacRumors is reporting that complaints over the... Read more...
Apple announced its uber-thin MacBook yesterday to much fanfare. The device measures just 13.1mm at its thickest point and tips that scales at drool-worthy two pounds. Apple even managed to throw in a Retina display, “all-day battery life,” and Intel’s power efficient Core M processor that doesn’t require a fan. But in Apple’s never-ending quest to make all of its devices as thin as possible, it gave up all traditional ports including Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and HDMI — it even had to forgo the SD slot. In its place is a solitary USB-C type connector. And wouldn’t you know it, just a day after the new MacBook announcement, Seagate and LaCie have stepped in with the first device that will fill... Read more...
After a long, long wait, Apple has finally revealed the MacBook. The new MacBook weighs just 2 pounds and is just 13.1mm at its thickest point, making it 24 percent thinner than the current MacBook Air. It features an all-metal enclosure (no more plastic backing for the screen hinge) and an all-new key design for the keyboard — the previous scissor mechanism for the keys has been replaced with a butterfly arrangement that provides a much smoother, more stable typing experience. It also allows for a thinner keyboard design. The keys now have individual LEDs for each key, which allows for a more precise distribution of light. The display measures 12-inches, and features a resolution of 2304x1440... Read more...
When Apple debuted its A8 SoC, it proved to be a modest tweak of the original A7. Despite packing double the transistors and an improved GPU, the heart of the A8 SoC is the same dual-core Apple "Cyclone" processor tweaked to run at higher clock speeds and with stronger total GPU performance. Given this, many expected that the Apple A8X would be cut from similar cloth -- a higher clock speed, perhaps, and a larger GPU, but not much more than that. It appears those projections were wrong. The new A8X chip inside Apple's new iPad Air 2, is a triple-core variant of the A8, with a higher clock speed (1.5GHz vs. 1.4GHz), a larger L2 cache (2MB, up from 1MB) and 2GB of external DDR3. It also uses an... Read more...
Apple's just been granted a rather interesting patent for an "Electronic device display module," which is really a fancy way of describing a clever dual-sided laptop display with a solar panel on back. The front of the lid would house your typical LCD, though the backside would be constructed from electrochromic glass atop photovoltaic cells and touch sensors. In other words, it's a solar panel. The idea, of course, is that the lid would pull energy from the sun to charge the laptop and/or offer longer battery life. That's not all Apple has in mind, however. As described in the patent filing, the light energy gathered could be used to illuminate the logo. Apple also envisions the rear of the... Read more...
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an impressive track record with his reports, Apple is going to be unveiling a couple of interesting products in mid-2014 - one MacBook and one iPad. On the MacBook front, a new 12" model will enter the lineup (it's not clear if this will replace the 11" MacBook Air or not) which will feature a clamshell form-factor that is said to be thinner than the current MacBook Air. In addition, thanks to improved yield rates on the retina displays, this MacBook Air may debut for a lower-than-expected price. Kuo notes that this 12' model will be portable like the 11" Air but offer the productivity of the 13". While it's been heavily rumored for some... Read more...
Ever since Darth Vader started appearing on MacBooks in coffee shops, we’ve had a thing for creative laptop skins. Nordic, a small design firm, has an unusual new skin for fans of leather: Onanoff, which is a leather skin that attaches to the laptop with an adhesive film. Thanks to the adhesive, Nordic was able to keep the skin extremely thin. In fact, it’s thin enough that you can put a strip of the skin on the inside of the laptop to make a leather wrist rest. You can pick up a skin for the bottom of your laptop too, if you want the complete look, but the skin that matters most is the one that attaches to the MacBook’s lid. It has a cutout in the middle to let your MacBook’s... Read more...
Intel's roll-out of their 4th generation Haswell-based Core series processors has been a little pokey, quite frankly, when you compare this launch to the deluge of products that hit the market when Ivy Bridge broke cover last year.  Regardless, Apple always seems to have an inside track on Intel's latest technology and so, as it turns out, our first Haswell-powered notebook has finally arrived and it's none other than the Apple MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air for 2013 is virtually indistinguishable from the previous gen model, though if you'll look closely there actually two tiny pinholes on its left edge, for dual omnidirectional microphones, versus a single mic on previous models. ... Read more...
With Apple's WWDC set to take place next week in San Francisco, speculation surrounding what will be unveiled is high. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook line could see a lot of attention. With Intel's Haswell processors announced just yesterday, it seems certain that some MacBooks will soon feature the chips. Exactly which models is uncertain, but we'd hope the final answer would be "all". The Retina MacBook Pro's design would be slimmed down in the 13-inch model, while the line's camera would be upgraded to 1080p, which we'd hope would also reflect itself with Facetime use. Improvements are also expected for the MacBook Air, although the main improvement mentioned... Read more...
Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0 hub + Gigabit Ethernet adapter in one. It's a small, pocket-friendly solution that plugs into a single... Read more...
Attention prospective students: the staggering tuition at Drexel might just be worth it. The university recently introduced a 24-hour, self-service vending machine located in the W. W. Hagerty Library that will dispense MacBooks for use by students, faculty and staff. Drexel is the third university on the East Coast to introduce the kiosk, which holds up to 12 MacBooks that could be checked out free by anyone with a Drexel ID for five hours. Essentially, it's a 24-hour machine that'll pop out a machine to get last-minute assignments done when crunch time approaches. Omer Hashmi, a student, actually requested that something of the sort be installed, and lo and behold, a wish was granted. "Hashmi... Read more...
The upcoming holiday season may just be the best ever for my fellow geeks. Whether you’re hoping for some hot new components for your existing system, a new camera, some new speakers, or maybe even a new mobile device or laptop, there is a myriad of good stuff already sitting on store shelves, just waiting to be gobbled up by holiday shoppers. With so many products out there, from some good and not-so-good manufacturers, you or your significant other may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. But don’t fret! We’ve rounded up an assortment of what are sure to be some of the hottest devices this holiday season and have them posted for you right here. We’ve... Read more...
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