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If you're an education customer, or were looking to buy a new Apple iMac for one of your children in school, then now is the time. Apple has updated the pricing on their education-only 21.5-inch iMac, but have also provided beefier internals to go with it.
The 21.5-inch iMac now starts at $1099 - a slight $100 increase on the old price - but gives you an Intel Core i3 dual-core 3.3GHz processor, HD Graphics 4000, 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. There's always the option to bump the storage and RAM up, something I would suggest on any system. 8GB of RAM is cheap and your main drive should always be an SSD these days, the performance increase is worth it.
Education customers can begin ordering these new iMacs, with 5-7 business day shipping times at the moment.
In celebration of the first anniversary of Raspberry Pi, RS Components, one of the two main manufacturing distributors for Raspberry Pi, is releasing a limited edition run of 1000 blue Raspberry Pis complete with matching blue cases from One Nine Design.
Ironically, blue is the traditional color used for raspberry flavoring. Raspberry-flavored slushies and Jolly Ranchers are both blue. Unfortunately most people won't be able to get their hands on one of these special edition Raspberry Pis. Most are heading to charitable causes, though some are being given away in a competition.
For four weeks from today, everyone who tweets #bluepi to @RSElectronics along with a suggestion for uses for a blue Pi, or with a great Pi design idea, will be entered into a competition to win one. (Please tweet your entries to @RSElectronics - don't leave your entry here in the comments, because it won't be counted.) Every week, the top ten entries will be selected by a panel from RS and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and those ten winners will be sent a blue Pi. Easy! There will be another competition when these four weeks are up - RS will be running Blue Pi events until June.
System integrator AVADirect has jumped on the NVIDIA GTX Titan bandwagon and announced that they will be offering the new NVIDIA GPU in some of their custom configured machines in the coming days. The new GPU is a beast of a card, at $1000, and will be available in limited quantities.
AVADirect would like to help get the GPU into the hands of as many customers as possible, so it will be available in some builds that have a relatively cheap starting price. According to their announcement, "The NVIDIA GTX TITAN is provided in all respectable and compatible configurations listed on AVADirect.com"
ORIGIN has announced that they are the first to bring a liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan system to market. The graphics card, just announced earlier by NVIDIA, is the single fastest consumer GPU on the market with over 2,600 CUDA cores, 6GB of RAM, support for 4-way SLI. It's a beast of a card with over 7 billion transistors.
ORIGIN worked closely with EK Water Blocks in order to be able to offer a liquid cooled system right at launch. It's important to keep such a large card cool and there is not many better ways than water to do it. The system, named the CRYOGENIC liquid cooling solution, keeps the GPU cool, even when overclocked.
"When NVIDIA first showed us TITAN, we were simply blown away by its single GPU performance on even the most demanding games and applications." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "Just wait until you see it running on an ORIGIN PC. With support of our CRYOGENIC Liquid Cooling Solution, Professional Overclocking and up to 4-WAY SLI, TITAN brings us the first true gaming supercomputer."
Digital Storm have just unveiled their latest addition to their award-winning Bolt line, the Titan Edition. If you don't remember what Digital Storm's Bolt PC is all about, well, it's only the slimmest gaming PC ever.
The new Titan Edition chucks in the just-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPU - the world's fastest graphics card - which features the same technology that powers the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan - the world's fastest supercomputer. Digital Storm's Bolt PC is one of the only small form factor PCs on the market that is designed to house the GTX Titan, thanks to their custom ventilation system.
The custom designed chassis features vents near each critical part of the PC, with large top and rear vents to get all of that hot air out of the system quickly, backed up by a dedicated air channel created by a slotted side vent in order to cool down your power supply.
Eurora, Italy's supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new world record in energy efficiency. The new Eurotech manufactured supercomputer went online last Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.
Eurora is Italy's newest and most powerful supercomputer to date and achieved the world record by sustaining an astonishing 3,150 megaflops per watt of energy consumed. Aiding in the record breaking performance is 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators.
Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said:
"Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check."
Apple hasn't upgraded the Mac Pro in a significant way since 2010. The case is still the original aluminum design that the Intel Mac Pro launched with back in 2006. Many professional users have felt a bit left out since Apple normally updates their systems yearly. These lack of updates have even sparked rumors that Apple is planning to discontinue the Mac Pro line of systems.
However, Tim Cook has continued to say that a new Mac Pro will be coming later this year. Apple is unable to continue selling the current version of the Mac Pro in Europe as it doesn't meet new regulatory standards for safety. One French retailer has said that Apple pointed them towards a spring launch of a new Mac Pro design.
Spring will officially end on June 20, meaning Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which runs June 11-15, is within that time frame. If a new Mac Pro is to be launched this spring, the Worldwide Developers Conference is the most likely suspect for when and where it will be launched.
Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, we do feel that this rumor has a bit of merit as Apple would likely want to get a Mac Pro back into the European market.
A job posting popped up on Apple's website recently that alludes to Siri coming to Mac devices. The position is labeled "Siri UI Engineer" and calls for someone with experience with Unix, with a concentration in OS X.
The position must have filled quickly as the posting has been removed, but luckily it was spotted by both TechCrunch and Apple Insider. We believe that the new position would bring Siri to Mac devices as it only listed OS X development experience, and not iOS which is the only OS which Siri currently runs on.
Rumors about Siri on OS X have been abundant in recent months, and dictation software has been included in Apple's desktop OS since Mountain Lion. Other sections in the listing described close collaboration with app designers, which could mean that Siri on OS X could have expansive integration with applications as well.
Shipping estimates for Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac have slipped from previous estimates. Since their introduction, the 21.5-inch model has seen estimated shipping dates of 7-10 days. However, in many European countries, those shipping estimates have slipped to 2-3 weeks.
These shipping delays could be attributed to either an increased demand or trouble with the supply line. An educated guess would put the constraints on the supply side, as demand should be lower now that we have gone through the Christmas season. Estimates for the 27-inch iMac model remain at 3-4 weeks.
Apple has warned that supply could be constrained due to the new lamination process used on the screens. This new process is designed to reduce glare and allow the screen and overall system to be slimmer.
VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.
The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.
The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.