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More macOS Sonoma 14.4 woes - now printers aren't working, either

Oliver Haslam | Mar 15, 2024 7:00 AM CDT

Apple released the macOS Sonoma 14.4 software update recently and while it brought with it new emojis and support for transcripts in the Apple Podcasts app, it also brought with it a number of bugs, it seems. Recent reports have suggested that the new software update is causing issues with some USB-C and Thunderbolt docks, now it seems printers aren't faring much better.

More macOS Sonoma 14.4 woes - now printers aren't working, either

The previous reports said that some people who connected input accessories like mice and keyboards via a hub were finding that they no longer worked after updating to the macOS Sonoma 14.4 software version. Some also reported the same problem when using their monitor, too. While the problem doesn't seem to be impacting everyone, people have already taken to social media and even Apple's own support forums to report the issue. Now, it seems that people are having similar issues with printers - but it doesn't matter how they're connected to the Mac which rules out hubs, it would appear.

Apple Insider reports that a number of macOS Sonoma 14.4 users have reported that they can no longer print after installing the same update. Posts on Reddit and again, Apple's own support forums, suggest that the problem isn't one that users can easily fix. According to one Reddit post, macOS Sonoma 14.4 removes the core CUPS software that is required for printing which in turn means that there is no way for the Mac to talk to the printer and ask it to do its job.

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MAINGEAR's new ZERO desktop PC with hidden motherboard cables is now available, starts at $1399

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 14, 2024 9:00 PM CDT

MAINGEAR has officially launched its new ZERO series gaming PC systems, which feature MSI's new Project Zero motherboards and cases.

MAINGEAR's new ZERO desktop PC with hidden motherboard cables is now available, starts at $1399

The new MAINGEAR ZERO series desktop PC systems use MG-RC hidden cables, which shift the connectors and cables to the back of the system, making for a sleek look. MAINGEAR kicks off the pricing of its new ZERO systems at $1399, ranging up to $3929 before you customize your own system.

MAINGEAR uses mostly Intel Core CPUs inside its ZERO systems, par for the Ruby build, which rocks my favorite CPUs, the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs. But the heart and soul are the MG-RC hidden cable technology from MAINGEAR and MSI inside the ZERO.

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Apple's M3 iMac has just landed in its Canadian refurbished store

Oliver Haslam | Mar 14, 2024 1:30 PM CDT

Buying a new M3 iMac just got a bit cheaper if you happen to be in Canada, with Apple adding its popular all-in-one computer to its refurbished store in the country for the first time. The news means that buyers can choose between a brand-new model or one that has been refurbished, giving them an extra option and a way to save money as well.

Apple's M3 iMac has just landed in its Canadian refurbished store

Refurbished M3 iMacs are currently offered on the Canadian Apple Store website and are available in a whole host of colors and configurations with prices starting at $1.439 Canadian. That model would normally sell for $1,699 which means buyers save $260. The model in question is the M3 chip with 8 CPU cores and an 8-core GPU and Green, Blue, and Pink colors are currently available. 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD round out the main specifications.

Those looking to really save some cash might want to look at the upgraded M3 iMac with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU as well as a 512GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. That model would normally sell for $2,199 but if you choose to go the refurbished route you'll pay just $1,869, saving $330 in the process. At the time of writing there is only one color available in that configuration, however.

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Almost 60% of new Mac buyers are switchers, new study shows

Oliver Haslam | Mar 14, 2024 8:45 AM CDT

Apple's Mac lineup has improved greatly in recent years, thanks in no small part to the arrival of Apple silicon and M-series chips, and the ditching of Intel's offering. We already know that the M-series MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops are among the best portables on the market in terms of power and battery life, while the desktop iMac and Mac Studio machines are also great buys. Then, of course, there's the Mac Pro. Now, new research has looked into who is buying Macs today and, importantly, what computer they had previously.

Almost 60% of new Mac buyers are switchers, new study shows

According to the research, just 43% of those buying a new Mac in the year ending in December 2023 said that their previous computer was a Mac. That figure means that almost 60% of those buying a Mac had previously used a PC of some description, suggesting that a ton of people are switching right now.

The figures, put together by CIRP, show that 35% of Mac buyers had a PC as their previous computer while 16% came from Chromebook. The remaining 6% was made up of people who were either buying their first computer or were categorized as "other," perhaps suggesting they had a tablet of some sort.

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This new pocket-sized PC features an Intel N100 'Alder Lake-N' CPU, fanless design

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 13, 2024 10:08 PM CDT

MeLE has just revealed its new stick PC, featuring an Intel N100 "Alder Lake-N" processor, which will fit in your pocket. Check it out:

This new pocket-sized PC features an Intel N100 'Alder Lake-N' CPU, fanless design

The new MeLE pocket-sized PC measures just 146 x 61 x 20mm and weighs only 184g, which makes it about the size of a regular smartphone. Inside, we've got the Intel N100 "Alder Lake-N" processor with 4 cores -- all Efficient cores --operating at between 800MHz and 3.4GHz.

We've got 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4X-4266 memory and either 128GB or 256GB of eMMC storage, which isn't expandable. MeLE includes two USB 3.2 ports for external storage if needed. On the GPU side of things, the MeLE pocket-sized PC features Intel UHD graphics with 24 Execution Units, which support dual 4K 60Hz displays. There's no DisplayPort here, but there is USB Type-C, which unfortunately doesn't have DP Alt mode.

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Apple's answer to the Microsoft Surface Studio might have leaked in a new patent filing

Oliver Haslam | Mar 12, 2024 12:45 PM CDT

Apple's iMac hasn't changed an awful lot in the last few years and while it's a good-looking, colorful all-in-one computer, it's probably time that it got a new lease of life. What that will look like is unclear right now, but a new report suggests that it could borrow heavily from Microsoft's Surface Studio.

Apple's answer to the Microsoft Surface Studio might have leaked in a new patent filing

The Microsoft Surface Studio is an all-in-one computer that can be folded almost flat and then used as a giant touch-screen device, including stylus support. The use cases are obvious and include architects and artists, and now it appears that Apple could launch a future iMac that follows somewhat in the Surface Studio's footsteps.

The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, describes a device that appears similar to a Mac with a tilting touchscreen that can be used by artists and others. The patent doesn't specifically say that of course because they're notoriously vague, but the image that shows what such a device could look like is clearly similar to Microsoft's.

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GEM12 Pro Mini PC: Ryzen APU, 75W vapor chamber cooler, built-in screen, fingerprint scanner

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 3, 2024 7:47 PM CST

AOOSTAR has just revealed its new GEM12 Pro Mini-PC, which can be configured with up to AMD's latest Ryzen 7 8845HS "Hawk Point" APU, and it features a built-in fingerprint scanner and even a display.

GEM12 Pro Mini PC: Ryzen APU, 75W vapor chamber cooler, built-in screen, fingerprint scanner

The new GEM12 Pro Mini-PC features up to the Ryzen 7 8845HS processor with 8 cores and 16 threads of Zen 4-powered CPU power, at up to 5.1GHz. You've got an XDNA-based NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for AI workloads and integrated Radeon 780M graphics based on the RDNA 3 GPU architecture.

AOOSTAR says it uses an in-house vapor chamber cooler with up to 75W of cooling power, which will handle the Hawk Point APU when it's absolutely maxed out. AOOSTAR's new GEM10 Pro Mini-PC features a fingerprint scanner, OCulink connectivity, USB4 support, and a built-in display. It's actually a slick-looking Mini-PC with some fantastic functionality and features.

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MEGA MINI Gaming G1: world's smallest Mini-PC with Meteor Lake CPU, RTX 4060, and water-cooling

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 29, 2024 7:02 PM CST

TECNO has just announced the world's smallest water-cooled Mini-PC by introducing its new MEGA MINI Gaming G1.

MEGA MINI Gaming G1: world's smallest Mini-PC with Meteor Lake CPU, RTX 4060, and water-cooling

Inside, we'll find an unnamed Intel Core Ultra or Core i9-13900H SKU from the previous series, with 32GB of DDR5 memory and 1TB of SSD storage. On the GPU side of things, you've got NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4060 inside, providing plenty of gaming power... all in a Mini-PC system that's also water-cooled.

TECNO has an awesome window on the front of the system showing the pump and its tubes hanging out, with a large fan behind it keeping things super-cool inside the small Mini-PC chassis. We've also got Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, as well as both Thunderbolt 4 and OCulink ports.

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AOOSTAR GEM10 Mini-PC: AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU and OCulink connectivity

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 18, 2024 9:00 PM CST

AOOSTAR has just unveiled its new GEM10 Mini-PC, inside packing the AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS APU and rocking the fast OCulink connector for external graphics cards. Check it out:

AOOSTAR GEM10 Mini-PC: AMD Ryzen 7 7840U APU and OCulink connectivity

The new AOOSTAR GEM10 Mini-PC features an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS APU with 8 cores and 16 threads of CPU power based on the Zen 4 architecture, with a base CPU clock of 3.8GHz and boost clock of up to 5.1GHz. It features 16MB of L3 cache and a 35-54W TDP, depending on your use. On the GPU side of things, we've got a Radeon 780M integrated GPU with 12 compute units with GPU frequencies of up to 2700MHz.

AOOSTAR is using its Glacier 2.5 newly-designed and upgraded cooling system, with a default BIOS of 35W TDP, adjustable to 28W, 35W, or 45W, depending on what you need. There are dual 2.5GbE enthusiast-grade ethernet ports, 3 x NVMe 4.0 Gen4 SSD slots for huge amounts of super-fast storage, and it all fits into a 0.6L aluminum chassis which is CNC machined. The cooling system will operate at under 40dBA, meaning it'll be fast -- and most of all -- quiet, during operation.

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MSI Cubi N ADL with Intel N100: fanless Mini-PC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 12, 2024 9:45 PM CST

MSI has just revealed its latest Cubi N ADL Mini-PC, which has an Intel N100 (Alder Lake-N) processor with a fanless design for zero noise. Check it out:

MSI Cubi N ADL with Intel N100: fanless Mini-PC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU

The new MSI Cubi N ADL Mini-PC features an Intel N100 processor with 4 cores and 4 threads -- all E-Cores here for Efficiency across the board -- with a TDP of just 6W and frequencies of up to 3.4GHz aren't bad. Because the CPU only uses 6W, a fanless system has been used for passive cooling goodness. No fans, with a single heatsink that MSI has placed under the chassis of the Mini-PC itself.

Intel's lower-end N100 processor features Intel UHD graphics with 24 Execution Units (EUs) that support 4K60 display output, with MSI using 3 x display connectivity options here: DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB Type-C which all support 4K resolution output. MSI also uses dual 1GbE ethernet connections, providing users with the option of combining the network connections for faster speeds or using this system as a NAS or multimedia server.

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