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Apple stock takes a dive after today's press event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Apple's stock has interestingly not fared their press conference today very well, though it seems to be now making a recovery. Hot on the heals of the new iPad mini's announcement, and various other products, Apple's stock price has plummeted down to $619.63 at the time of writing. This is a loss of 2.25 percent.

 

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It's not exactly clear what caused the drop in stock price. The new products seem to be rather revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary, though it could be a bunch of upset iPad 3G owners that are causing the misery for Apple's stock. I know I would be upset if I had purchased a brand-new device that was replaced only 6 months later.

 

It's definitely a good idea to keep an eye on Apple's stock today, because, even as I am writing this, it is rebounding some. However, the stock price is still below where it was before the announcement.

Digital Storm intros Bolt, welcome to the world's thinnest, most powerful gaming PC yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 6:30 pm

Being based in Australia is great for some things, the culture, the laid-back lifestyle, health care, and the weather - but there are huge downsides in that we don't see a lot of great IT brands getting any recognition in this company which excites me that little bit more when I get to be involved with companies like Digital Storm and their latest creation, Bolt.

 

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Digital Storm's new Bolt is the company's slimmest, custom-designed gaming PC yet. Digital Storm's engineers went on a search for a slim chassis, but didn't find any on the market that suited their needs, so they did the next best thing - created their own chassis from the ground up, as you do.

 

This means that every aspect of Bolt's design from cooling, performance and upgradeability were designed not only specific to the bolt, but to the highest possible standards. Digital Storm's Bolt measures in at just 3.6-inch wide, and 14-inch tall. The thin chassis that makes up the Bolt is also designed to effectivity vent out heat allowing it to sport the best components on the market, without worrying about it breaking a sweat.

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iPad mini details unvailed, comes with dual core A5, FaceTime, and 5MP iSight on back

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 6:10 pm

The new iPad mini is as powerful as the iPad 2, if not more so. It comes with a dual-core A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight around the back with 1080p recording, 10 hour battery life, LTE, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Oh, and it of course comes with the new Lightning connector.

 

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Let's see about the price. 16GB with Wi-Fi is starting at $329. A decent price, almost enough for me to go buy it. iPad 2 continues to sell for $399. 32GB mini is $429, 64GB for $519. Add $130 to each price for LTE connectivity. All are up for preorder on October 26, with the WiFi versions shipping November 2 and the cellular versions coming two weeks later.

Tim Cook brags about current iPad, intros new iPad and iPad mini

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:59 pm

"They love the display. They love the camera for FaceTime. They love that they can connect anywhere they go on Wi-Fi or cellular. They love iPad's legendary all day battery life. And they love all of the amazing apps optimized for iPad." Apple says that the iPad accounts for 91 percent of the tablet web traffic.

 

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In June, Apple say they sold more iPads than any PC maker shipped PCs. Bragging about how the iPad is great in education, they are now announcing the latest version of iBooks Author.

 

Now Tim Cook has moved onto the business sector saying that "almost every company in the Fortune 500 is now testing or deploying iPad, and we're seeing a similar success in smaller business." "We've got some really cool stuff to show you, and to do that I'd like to welcome Phil back up on the stage."

 

Here comes the new iPad mini. "Just half a year ago we introduced the iPad with Retina display and it's incredible, and it's even more incredible that we're here today to talk about the fourth generation iPad." Woah, 4th generation?? It comes with a new A6X processor, which doubles the CPU and GPU performance and brings it up to the iPhone 5 levels.

 

"We are so far ahead of the competition I can't even see them in the rear-view mirror."

 

In the United States, Sprint is getting the new iPad. It's coming with new LTE wireless connectivity, a Lightning connector (of course) and the same 10 hours of battery life. It will be available in black and white. 16GB version with Wi-Fi

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Mac mini gets an update, just as predicted it would, iMac also gets updated

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:41 pm

"The Mac mini is packed with great features. But the action on this product and the update is on the inside." Four USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI, i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB or 256GB of flash. Server model comes with a 2.3GHz i7, 4GB of RAM, and dual 1TB drives for $999. Both ship today.

 

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Phil really rushed through that to get to the iMac refresh. The iMac has gone through 7 generations, with "each one better than the last." The new one is incredibly thin. "It's stunning from every side. Edge-to-edge glass... Would you like to see one in person?" "The most beautiful Mac we've ever made."

 

And here comes the specifications. At the edge, its only 5mm thick. It features no optical drive, an IPS screen, and all of the internal components have been "re-engineered."

 

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And now, a peek inside. It features 802.11n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0, NVIDIA Kepler graphics and up to 768GB of flash storage, along with an i5 or i7 processor and 32GB of RAM. It can also be configured with a 3TB HDD or what Apple is calling a Fusion Drive, which mixes 128GB of flash storage with a 1 or 3 TB HDD.

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Phil Schiller announces new Mac products, including new 13-inch MacBook Pro

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:25 pm

Phil Schiller introduces a new MacBook Pro to the world. It's a new 13-inch model, which weighs just 3.5 pounds and is just three quarters of an inch thick, making it a "full 1/5th thinner than the old model." The new device is devoid of an optical drive, but instead you get a Retina display.

 

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It has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and is an IPS screen. 75 percent reduced glare, 29 percent higher contrast ration, and 300 nits brightness. "There's never been a small notebook that gives pro photographers this kind of technology."

 

Now Phil is stripping the back cover off to provide a look inside. It will come with an i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM and up to 768GB of SSD storage. Apple claims 7 hours of battery life. "This is a great new MacBook Pro. It starts at 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage for $1699."

 

It is available for purchase today.

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200 million devices have been upgraded to iOS6 and other statistics

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:13 pm

On stage at the California Theater in San Jose, Tim Cook has just announced that 200 million users have upgraded to the latest iOS6, which makes that the fastest update for any software, according to Tim Cook. "This is the fastest upgrade rate of any software in history -- that we're aware of."

 

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Along with these numbers, he's giving us more statistics. He says over 300 billion iMessages have been sent and a rate of roughly 28,000 per second. There are 125 million documents in iCloud and 160 million Game Center accounts. There are over 700,000 thousand apps in the App Store, 275,000 of which are iPad apps.

 

Apple says they have paid out $6.5 billion to developers for all of those apps.

Tim Cook says iPhone is off to 'tremendous start', opens today's event with iPhone 5 talk

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Tim Cook is on-stage at the California Theater in San Jose and is starting out the event by bragging about how the iPhone is off to a "tremendous start." The event is leading off with talking about the iPhone.

 

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"We sold out the first weekend, selling more than 5 million units. This was fantastic. This is the most iPhones ever sold in the opening weekend, and the most phones ever sold in the opening weekend."

 

Then, Tim Cook showed a video of the iPhone 5 launch all of the world. "Our teams work incredibly hard to deliver amazing products like iPhone 5, and seeing this type of customer response reminds us why we love to do it."

Xbox SmartGlass releasing alongside Windows 8 on Oct. 28th

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 3:27 pm

Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass was first announced at this year's E3 and it blew away the majority of the gaming & tech community as not only would it serve as a companion application that allows for your Windows-powered devices to interact with your Xbox 360, but it will also play well with iOS and Android devices, too. The wait for Xbox SmartGlass is nearly over as it'll officially launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26th.

 

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Xbox SmartGlass will first be made available as a built-in add-on to Microsoft's Surface RT and other Windows 8 tablets that can be accessed within Windows 8's "Games" section. You'll then be able to use your Windows 8 tablet as a second screen or event a controller, depending on what game you're accessing at the time. Think of the Wii U, but without needing to buy a completely new console.

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Apple's iPad Mini event: Where to watch the livestream

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 23, 2012 2:51 pm

Today is another big day for Apple as not only are they currently the only website authorized to host the new Iron Man 3 trailer, but it's a day where all techies around the world will sitting at their desk waiting to hear what the company has up their sleeve this time. Judging by the rumor mill for the past six months, it looks like we're going to be hearing about Apple's iPad mini.

 

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Apple's event is set to kick off at 10 a.m. PDT and normally, you'd have to be sitting at your desk following a handful of live-blogs from outlets who were lucky enough to receive an invite to the event. Apparently this isn't just any normal event as Apple will be live-streaming the event for Apple TV owners, iOS device owners and users of Apple's Safari browser.

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