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Raspberry Pi Model A coming soon, initial samples roll off production line

The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash in the educational and enthusiast markets. For $35, educators, hackers, modders, and others could get a fully functional computer system, albeit ARM-based, that was capable of running Linux. Ironically, that version is the Model B and has been shipping for seven months.

 

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The Model A, a stripped down version of the Model B, is just now beginning to be produced, with the first engineering samples beginning to roll of off the production line. This new board is set to cost users only $25 and will come with fewer accouterments than its more expensive brother.

 

The Model A will lack an Ethernet port and only come with 256MB of RAM and a single USB port. According to a blog post by the Raspberry Pi Foudnation, they are already receiving orders from "people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation." The Model A is likely to ship in 2013.

New iMacs could finally go on sale tomorrow, maybe

MacRumors is reporting from Belgium-iPhone.Lesoir.be that Apple could finally put their new iMacs on sale today, starting with the 21.5-inch model shipping to Apple Premium Resellers in Belgium starting Wednesday.

 

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The 27-inch model currently has a December shipping frame. The site also believes that the new iMacs should be available for online order at the same time, so get ready - have you mouse prepared, your credit card prepared, and some tissues - just in case you miss out, you can cry into them like I would.

 

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MacRumors also received a tip that the new iMacs would be ready to order tomorrow - but this isn't confirmed. Only hours until we should find out, though!

Raspberry will soon be capable of running Minecraft, 5-megapixel 1080p-capable $25 camera shown off, too

For just $35, the Raspberry Pi offers some unbelievable value - but that is about to get a whole lot better. There's an upcoming camera board that will use the currently unused CSI pins on the board.

 

 

This new 5-megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, and will include a proper mount when released compared to be stuck on with scotch tape when teased at Electronica 2012. The Pi foundation have said that when the snapper ships in 2013, it will come at cost of just $25.

 

The team have also announced a new port, dubbed Minecraft: Pi edition. Yes - you'll be able to play Minecraft on a damn $35 machine - incredible. There'll also be support for multiple programming languages which will let you "modify the game world with code". This will be made available next week, here.

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Sapphire unveils AMD APU-powered Edge VS Series Mini PC

Sapphire have just unveiled a new member of their mini-PC family, the Sapphire Edge VS series. Sapphire's new Edge VS series is powered by AMD's latest APUs, delivering great performance, graphics and more in a small form factor.

 

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Sapphire's Edge VS series come in two different offerings, the Edge VS 4 and Edge VS 8. Starting with the Edge VS 4, which sports an AMD A4 APU, AMD Radeon HD7400G graphics, a 2.5-inch 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. The bigger brother, the Edge VS 8 sports AMD's A8 APU, AMD Radeon HD7600G graphics, a 2.5-inch 500GB HDD and the same 4GB of RAM.

 

Both units come with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and both weigh in at 660g. Connectivity wise, they both include 1 x miniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio out, 1 x mic-in, and 1 x SPDIF-out. They come pre-installed with FREE-DOS, and support Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. They consume, at maximum, just 65W.

RumorTT: New iMacs face delays due to production problems, might not be released until 2013

Apple just can't catch a break lately - iPhone 5s are experiencing issues, their stock is dropping like its not hot, and now there's rumors circling that Apple's previous warnings of the new iMac model would see "significant shortages", may actually push the release of the new Retina-sporting iMacs into 2013.

 

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Apple currently states on their US site that the new 21.5-inch iMac will be released later this month, with the 27-inch model coming next month. But, if the rumors are actually true, we could see a delay of the new iMac in relation to Apple's new production method which has been dubbed "friction-stir welding".

 

This method utilizes intense heat and pressure, which is used to create an even more seamless join than previous techniques used. We've heard about delays, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating in a conference call with analysts that the new iMac would see "significant shortages" but didn't state why, but continued to expect that the new Retina iMacs would make their original November and December delivery dates.

 

The new screen lamination process used on the new iMacs could also be another issue, which is said to be much more complicated than previous designs. The screen bonding used in the new iMac erases close to 2mm of thickness that had formed an "air gap" between the glass and display in previous iMacs. This latest model is sans the optical drive, which allows the new iMac to be as thin as 5mm at the edges - which is very impressive.

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Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac won't let upgrade their RAM after purchase

Apple's new Retina-based iMac is a thin, petite, great-looking all-in-one, but it does have one, huge flaw: it has no ability to upgrade the RAM after the purchase. Softpedia notes that Apple have removed the optical drive and laminated the glass face to the LCD panel.

 

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This is great, it makes it thin, with 5mm-thick edges, but now the RAM can't be upgraded once you've purchased it. Normally there'd be just a few screws to undo, slap the new RAM in and away you go. The stock 21.5-inch iMac sports 8GB of RAM, but there are power users who would like the option of moving up to 16GB, maybe not one day-one, but down the track.

 

There are two options to get out of this, buy a 21.5-inch iMac with 16GB RAM at the time of purchase, or ride right up to the 27-inch iMac that does have user-serviceable RAM.

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

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

"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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RumorTT: Apple to update Mac mini at iPad mini event on October 23, seems to have a theme of miniaturizing

Apple seems to be coming with a theme for the October 23 event. October 23 is when the iPad mini is "scheduled" to be announced, though no official confirmation has come as of yet. Reports are now surfacing that the Mac mini will also see an upgrade at the event, giving the thought that the theme is "miniaturizing."

 

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Rumored upgrades that will be bestowed upon the Mac mini include a new Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0. Packing this kind of hardware into the now somewhat large (take a look at some of the stuff Intel is doing) Mac mini isn't exactly impressive, but it is nice of them to upgrade the hardware anyway.

 

There is a definite performance upgrade by switching out a Sandy Bridge processor for an Ivy Bridge. However, there is nothing revolutionary with stuffing it into the same package. The same thing goes for USB 3.0; nice, but not exactly revolutionary. There is also talk that there will be three versions of the Mac mini. One will likely run OS X Server and the other two will likely be a low-end and high-end configuration for consumers.

RumorTT: Apple looking to move away from Intel CPUs for Mac systems

I'm sure many of you can still remember the older Apple Macs that were powered by PowerPC chips. These chips were designed and built by IBM with Apple engineers directly collaborating with IBM. They eventually gave up this idea and started using Intel chips around 2006/2007, which helped with performance, power efficiency, and being able to install Windows on a Mac.

 

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A new rumor is suggesting that the company's leadership has "deliberated" over moving away from Intel chips in order to differentiate its computers from the competition. While I find it somewhat unlikely that Apple would attempt to make the move to a custom chip, they have done just that with the new A6 processor with great success.

 

It just seems like Intel has quite a bit more experience in this area. Perhaps a collaboration with AMD would be a better move. This way they could gain access to the x86 instruction set as well as AMD's existing fab agreements and expertise. Likely, though, they will continue to use Intel and possibly AMD chips for the foreseeable future.

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