Mac Sales

Apple’s Mac lineup is getting incredibly stale

By on July 20, 2016 at 12:11 PM.

Apple’s Mac lineup is getting incredibly stale

I should start off with a disclaimer: we as consumers have gotten incredibly spoiled over the last 10 years. Thanks in large part to the iPhone’s annual refresh cycle, we’ve been unwittingly programmed to view any piece of hardware that’s more than a year old as old news, even ancient. We all want faster machines, improved display technologies, and battery life than can last for days on end. And whereas we used to patiently wait for exciting new hardware innovations and products, the tech world today vociferously demands it now.

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LTE MacBook

This is how an LTE Macbook would work

By on July 19, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

This is how an LTE Macbook would work

Rumors of a Macbook with cellular connectivity have been a thing since before macOS was a twinkle in Tim Cook’s eye. Whether or not a Macbook with LTE is actually coming, it’s clearly a project Apple is thinking about, as evidenced by new patent filings.

Documents uncovered by Patently Apple show a patent for a unibody aluminum Macbook with something called “Isolated Cavity Antennas,” a cunning way of fitting cellular antennas into an all-metal laptop.

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Special Forces Switch to iPhone

US Army Special Forces are trading their Samsungs for iPhones

By on July 19, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

US Army Special Forces are trading their Samsungs for iPhones

Good news for Android fans: the US Army Special Forces, all elite units like Delta Force and Army Rangers, currently use a system powered by Samsung handsets for battlefield applications.

Bad news for Android fans: those handsets have been crashing so much that Special Forces Command is switching to iPhones instead.

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Mac Sales

Forget the iPhone, Apple now has to worry about declining Mac sales as well

By on July 12, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Forget the iPhone, Apple now has to worry about declining Mac sales as well

With Apple already trying to withstand the brunt of declining iPhone sales, recent data from both Gartner and IDC suggests that Apple now has to contend with a worrisome decline in Mac sales.

According to IDC, Mac sales during the June quarter checked in at an estimated 4.4 million units, representing an 8.3% decline year over year. In turn, Apple’s share of the PC market also took a hit, dropping from 7.4% down to 7.1%.

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Prime Day Deals 2016

Prime Day: The single best smart home deal

By on July 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM.

Prime Day: The single best smart home deal

Amazon’s massive Prime Day 2016 sales event is in full swing right now, offering killer deals on anything and everything you can think of. We’re doing our best to point out some particularly solid bargains for you today, and we have to be perfectly honest: it’s costing us a pretty penny to keep you guys informed. We keep coming across awesome things we need while digging through all thousands of bargains, and some of these deals are too good even for us to pass up.

Here’s a perfect example: If you’re looking for the perfect place to start when transforming your dumb home into a connected smart home, Amazon’s Prime Day deal on the Samsung SmartThings Hub and Leviton Plug-in Outlet Bundle is the best smart home deal of the day. More →

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Verizon 5G: Specifications

Verizon’s 5G wireless will be Google Fiber in your pocket

By on July 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Verizon’s 5G wireless will be Google Fiber in your pocket

Large parts of this country are still languishing with cable internet speeds that give them 10 megabits down. So it’s equal parts absurd and awesome that Verizon is actively making plans to bring gigabit speeds — 100 times faster than cheap cable internet — to cellphones nationwide.

The announcement of gigabit speeds came as part of a wider Verizon announcement of its plans for 5G. The next gen of wireless technology is still some way off — the FCC only recently outlined the regulatory framework — but mobile carriers are already rushing to be the first players in the next big thing.

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4TB SSD: Samsung

A 4TB SSD is perfect for hoarding old Steam games

By on July 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

A 4TB SSD is perfect for hoarding old Steam games

I don’t have enough stuff to justify owning a 4TB solid-state drive, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting one quite badly. All the 4TB drives on the market to date have been designed for use in data centers, and the performance (and price!) makes them unsuitable for sticking in your battlestation.

The latest addition to Samsung’s popular range of 850 SSDs changes all that. The new $1,500 4TB keeps the same performance specs as the smaller-capacity models, while granting you the ability to fit even the largest collection of rare anime onto one disk.

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Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

By on July 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

Hellhound ATV combines tank tech and laser weaponry

If an ATV and a tank had a baby, it may very well look, and drive, like the Hellhound. This new vehicle can drive fast and furious into enemy battlespace on missions, all while protected with smart armor— and equipped with a laser.

Hellhound aims to bring science fiction weapons directly into future battlefields. More →

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

Angry about the iPhone 7 headphone jack? Apple has a long history of making people angry

By on July 5, 2016 at 11:58 PM.

Angry about the iPhone 7 headphone jack? Apple has a long history of making people angry

Apple certainly has an affinity for simplicity, a philosophy which has manifested itself in Apple removing any number of input ports over the years. With the iPhone 7 on the horizon, the big rumor surrounding Apple’s next-gen smartphone is that Apple will completely do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, a rumored design choice that has already ignited a firestorm of debate.

But the headphone jack is just the most recent example in a long string of ports and industry-wide tech standards that Apple has kicked to the curb over the last few decades. Most recently, Apple in March of 2015 introduced a new MacBook that only comes with one USB-C port. Needless to say, if Apple does in fact abandon the tried and true headphone jack, it wouldn’t be the first time the company has created a stir with one of its product designs.

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GoPro Drone

Could this flying box be GoPro’s long-awaited drone?

By on June 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Could this flying box be GoPro’s long-awaited drone?

That GoPro has a drone in the works is not a secret. The company has confirmed its plans to release a consumer drone, and even unveiled some footage from it. But we still have no idea what it looks like or when it will be released.

PatentYogi has unveiled a patent application that might shine some light on the drone’s design. They found a patent published last week, filed by a GoPro employee who works on drones. If this is GoPro’s drone (and that’s a big if), it’s like nothing else on the market today.

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256 micro sd card

SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest

By on June 28, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

SanDisk’s giant 256GB microSD card is also the world’s fastest

MicroSD cards are about the size of your fingernail, but they’re capable of storing way more stuff than, say, 3.5″ floppy disks of yore. Every year it seems like cards get better, and 2016 is no exception.

The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card takes the crown as the new fastest microSD card on the planet. It’s got transfer speeds of 100MB/s, and write speeds of 90MB/s. That should be enough to comfortably keep up with 4K hi-speed video recording from action cameras and drones, and way, way overkill for even the fanciest Android smartphone.

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Steve Jobs Failures

A look at Steve Jobs’ biggest failures as Apple CEO

A look at Steve Jobs’ biggest failures as Apple CEO

By on June 28, 2016 at 12:07 PM.

It’s hard to believe that it’s 2016 and the phrase This would have never happened if Steve was still alive is still being used. Most recently, Mashable referenced Apple’s overhaul of the Apple Watch UI as a solution to a problem that would have never have happened if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple.

Is this true? Perhaps. Obviously there’s no way to know for sure, but the underlying and frustrating problem with the This would have never happened under Steve Jobs narrative is that it effectively presupposes that the Apple co-founder was a flawless visionary who never oversaw the release of shoddy software or underwhelming hardware.

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