Apple updates their models like clockwork, which makes this type of news kinda moot - but, we live on the bleeding edge so here we go. 9to5mac reports that Best Buy stores have placed "Dummy SKUs" for an updated MacBook Pro range. According to Best Buys inventory system, the new MBP line will feature an $1199 model - which is the base price for the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.
This news is possibly pointing toward a reality of no price change for the new models. The best bit? A release of March 11, 2011 (one day before my birthday, fate??) is what Best Buy lists, but without a way of confirming this release date it's just rumor for now.
IDC's latest report shows that smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in Q4 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. This is the first time that smartphones have outsold PC's.
Q4 2009 saw 53.9 million smartphones sold but last years Q4 results were astonishing - an 87.2-percent increase with a whopping 100.9 million sold in a quarter alone. Over the entire year, 302.6 million smartphones were sold, an increase of 74.4-percent from 2009's total of 173.5 million.
LG doesn't want life to be good (all pun intended) for Sony. LG has filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming that the PlayStation 3 and Bravia line of television models infringe four Blu-ray Disc patents.
LG is seeking a permanent ban of the PS3 from the US market. They've also filed a separate lawsuit with the US District Court in the Southern District of California which covers other non-PS3 devices such as PCs and digital cameras. This lawsuit seems to stem from Sony's complaint about various LG smartphones last December in which the ITC is already investigating.
In the early days of projectors having a small room could mean that a projector wouldn't work for you. Thankfully the wide variety of short throw projectors that are available today allow for a wider range of use in small spaces. InFocus has unveiled a new short throw projector called the IN146.
The new projector has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and can throw a 720p HD image. The room you need for the IN146 is not huge to get a nicely sized image. From only 2.5 feet from the wall or projection surface you can get a 60-inch image.
The projector is also very bright at 2700 lumens, which will allow it to be used in rooms that have ambient light. The projector is 3D capable and has HDMI input and a RS232 port. DLP technology inside the projector should make for a good viewable image. The lamp is good for 6000 hours and DLP projectors need no filter.
Fujifilm has unveiled a new digital camera that has a very cool retro design and lots of nice features inside. The digital camera is called the FinePix X100 and it has an APS-C CMOS sensor inside and 12.3MP resolution. The camera also has the world's first hybrid viewfinder.
The hybrid viewfinder is a combination of a window-type "bright frame" optical unit and a LCD viewfinder. The hybrid view gives shot details on the LCD portion and has 0.5x magnification. The camera uses a 23mm Fujinon lens with a 9-blade aperture diaphragm and an integrated ND filter.
The rear of the camera has a 2.8-inch 460k dot LCD and the ISO range is from 200 to 6400. The ISO range can be expanded to 100 and 12800 as well. Photos can be shot in RAW format and the camera records 720p HD video and can shoot motion panoramas. Lots of automatic features are built-in along with integrated flash. The X100 will ship in March for $1,199.95.
The Intel Sandy Bridge processors have not been on the market long, but as rumors tend to do, a new one is already making the rounds that have another new CPU coming from Intel this year. The rumor centers on the new 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs.
There aren't many details to go on here. DigiTimes cites the source of the rumor as the Chinese paper Commercial Times. The publication claims that the Ivy Bridge CPU will be launched in June at Computex Taipei. Whether or not that rumor will come true remains to be seen, but Intel could use some good press with the Sandy Bridge chipset issue hovering like a dark cloud.
AMD is also said to be spending the production of the Llano APU and the APUs are expected to ship in May to OEMs. The original date for the Llano shipments to start was Q3 2011.
Drobo has been around for a while in the consumer market with a really cool enclosure that you can put four HDDs of any capacity or brand into and get RAID protection and data security. The Drobo consumer devices are very good for backing up data, but aren't really large enough for a business that has large quantities of data.
Drobo has announced a new business line of gear and among that gear is a new 12-bay SAN called the B1200i. The 12-bay device has smaller siblings that include the 8-bay B800fs and B800i units. The business units are aimed at higher performance than the consumer line and all have been verified to work with enterprise software.
The Drobo business line will work with Citrix, Exchange, SharePoint, Symantec backup, and VMware. The entry-level unit is the B800fs and it is aimed at network file sharing and can be used for remote backup. The B800i us a SAN that is designed to deliver content over iSCSI for a work group storage system. The NB1200i adds extra redundancy features with data-aware tiering and thin provisioning as an option. The two 8-bay units are available now with the B1200i shipping later.
Intel's woes with the Cougar Point Sandy Bridge chipset are well known at this point. The issue boils down to a flaw in the P67 chipset that will result in degraded IO performance over time. The flaw could eventually lead to failure of the SATA ports the chipset controls. Intel has previously told its partners to pull boards with affected chipsets from the market and to cease sales.
Intel has now offered up new detail on the issue with the 6 series chipset that will allow its partners to resume shipping systems that aren't affected by the issue. That means that the affected mainboards will ship only if the machines are configured in a manner that will not be affected by the chipset problem, meaning no drives connected to the SATA ports controlled by the P67 chipset. Intel says that this move was made at the request of its partners.
The big issue I see that that is that the initial configuration may not be using the affected SATA ports, but if the end-user isn't aware of the issue at purchase and wants to upgrade later the IO flaw in the P67 would be a problem. Intel notes that it is in manufacturing with a new version of the chipset that fixes the problem.
We just wanted to give everyone an update and reminder about the Dream System we're doing so we can help with the Flood Appeal after the devastating effects caused to parts of Australia.
It was always the plan to build the Dream System, put it through its paces to show you just what you can get, and for us to make sure everything was running swiftly.
Anyway, the main bits of the system are built; the WD 2TB drives aren't installed yet as they just arrived today and the Airflow isn't on the RAM. We won't actually install that and instead we'll just leave it in the packaging just so we have no issues with it falling off during transit or anything like that.
Below you can see the system built in the lovely Corsair 800D case which packs some serious hardware. We've got an Intel 2600k cooled with a Corsair H70, your boot drive is two Corsair 120GB SSDs in RAID 0, ultra smooth gameplay is offered via three Sapphire HD 6970 2GB in CrossFireX, with everything sitting on a Gigabyte P67A-UD7 all powered by my absolute favourite PSU, the AX1200 from Corsair.
Our Download of the Day today is SmartFTP 4.0.1165.0.
SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.
SmartFTP can be used for:
Web site publishing and maintenance
Upload and download of images, documents, movie and music files
Share your files with your friends and coworkers
Backups of local or remote files
SmartFTP offers these features:
Quickly rename multiple files.
Search your hard drive in the Local Browser (Windows Vista and higher)
The latest version includes the following changes:
Changes in Version 4.0.1165.0
- Fix: Regression: Drag&Drop of items from Desktop was broken since build 1163