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iFixit tears down new MacBook Air

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

iFixit has a new MacBook Air. You know what that means.Tearing it open and checking it out. So what did they find. There’s the new Thunderbolt port of course and the fancy new keyboard backlighting. But inside is where all the good stuff is.

There’s an Intel Core i5 processor of course and a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and we also learned that the MacBook Air scores a four out of ten for ease of repair, so it might be best to leave this job to the experts. After all this toy is expensive.

2011 MacBook Air Announced

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Apple has announced the new 2011 MacBook Air, which will come with the latest version of Apple’s OS, OS X Lion. There is an 11 inch MacBook Air and a 13 inch MacBook Air available and both feature Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. The 11 inch model comes with either a 1GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor or a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor. Your choice. All models now have a backlit keyboard as well.

The base model has a 64GBSSD and the top model a 128GB SSD that can be upgraded to a 256GB SSD. Other specs include 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 4GB, Intel HD Graphics 3,000, a FaceTime camera, two USB 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, WiFi, Bluetooth and a pair of stereo speakers.

Panasonic pricing and ship dates for 2011 LCD TV models

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2011

Panasonic has issued a press release with pricing and availability for its 2011 LCD HDTVs. The 37- and 32-inch DT30 (shown above) will ship in April for $1,299 and $1,199 and they will include the newly upgraded Viera Connect with Hulu Plus, 3D features and more.

The E3 and X30 series will feature just the basics: Netflix, Amazon VOD, Napster, Pandora, Facebook and CinemaNow. We know from the image above that they excel at displaying butterflies.

2011 MacBook Air to have 3G?

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Apple announced the new MacBook air back in October, which means we will likely see the 2011 MacBook Air around October of this year, and now it looks like the 2011 MacBook Air may come with 3G. The news comes from Apple conducting a survey among its MacBook Air customers and asking them questions about how much they use 3G, data syncing and more.

So it is looking like Apple is seriously considering putting 3G into the 2011 MacBook Air, which would be great news to many users. I wonder if Apple will also put 3G into the 2011 MacBook Pro’s. We’d love to see that.

Apple’s App Store likely to pass 500,000 apps in 2011

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

There’s an app for everything, or so it seems. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple has a high chance of passing the 500,000 app milestone for the App Store in 2011, based on current data. They have already unofficially passed 325,000 active titles as of December 26, with the App Store seeing about 25,421 apps submitted per month.

That means that if every app were approved, Apple could exceed the half-million point in just seven months or so. Of course what with app rejections, titles voluntarily pulled from the store etc, it might take a bit longer. Whenever it actually hits, it is quite a milestone.

Netflix to continue international expansion next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Three months after Canadians got a taste of Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings says that the move was a success and that the company will expand its service to other countries in 2011. He told the Canadian press, “Based on the early success of Netflix.ca we’re going to continue our international expansion next year and we’re going to allocate significant dollars to it,”.

He didn’t specify which countries. In other Netflix news, Canadians hoping to get an experience similar to the original US service will be disappointed, since Hastings says there are no plans for a movie queue for the streaming-only service. He says that was a “strategic decision.”

Apple to order 65 million iPad screens in 2011?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Sales of Apple’s iPad device will certainly grow in 2011 according to a report from DigiTimes. So it will need more screens. LG Display could receive orders for 35 million iPad panels from Apple in 2011, with Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who are scheduled to join Apple’s iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, each possibly receiving orders for as many as 15 million units.

Apple’s 9.7 inch screen is making it difficult for competitors to match and the iPad’s screen size will likely lower component pricing in a way that only benefits Apple. This forces competitors to design and build 5 and 7 inch screens that don’t benefit from the scale of Apple’s high volume sales.

Apple confirms white iPhone 4 for Spring 2011

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

The white iPhone 4 has been delayed several times and was even removed from the online Apple Store. There was never any official confirmation from Apple that the device was canceled, but that was the rumor. And now the latest in the white iPhone 4 saga is that some new signage has been going up in Apple stores which features a footnote that the white iPhone will be available in spring 2011.

Hopefully that is really the case. It’s in line with what Apple previously mentioned. Maybe we can get a happy ending for all of you white iPhone fans yet.

Nintendo returning to CES after 16 years

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

CES the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 will start in the second week of 2011. This year it may be a special treat as Nintendo will be returning to the CES show 16 years after its last appearance. With Nintendo’s return they will likely be promoting their new 3D glasses free technology and their new 3DS portable gaming console. Of course, they may have a surprise in store for us as well.

CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. More than 2,000 corporate members are represented and involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. As usual, we will be giving you full coverage of the event.

Samsung to offer Google TV in 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Sony was the first to go all Google TV with its Internet TV, and now it looks like Samsung will be the second. We don’t have many details yet, just that Samsung is set to announce a new line of HDTVs that will offer integrated Google TV functionality.

The use of Intel processors is noted however, though we could have guessed as much. The announcement will be made in January at some big electronics show that you may have heard of.

Redbox to start streaming in 2011

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Redbox, the company that has operated DVD rental kiosks at shopping centers across the US, has announced that the company will now be entering the movie streaming business in 2011. Redbox didn’t name a partner yet, but obviously they will need somebody to host and manage the streaming business.

The company doesn’t know yet if it would adopt a subscription plan like Netflix or an a la carte model like iTunes and Blockbuster. The company has been testing the waters for some time now. Back in April a survey from the company asked consumers what they thought of a $3.95 monthly plan that would include unlimited streaming in addition to four free DVD rentals. Right now, four DVD rentals would cost $4 by itself.

Samsung hints at 10-inch Galaxy Tab for 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Samsung Mobile UK manager Gary Twohig revealed in an interview with SiliconRepublic that a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab will be released during the first half of 2011. The devices, including the seven-inch version, will not have a Super AMOLED display, but the displays will be capable of displaying HD video. The 10-inch Galaxy Tab will still have a version of Android, but we don’t know if it’s 2.2, 3.0 or a future release like Honeycomb.

Twohig said the first seven-inch tablets will be out near the end of October at O2, Vodafone, 3, Meteor and Carphone Warehouse in the UK. It will have a Sky News app and a few games to showcase the tablet’s audiovisual capabilities. Samsung expects to sell 10 million Galaxy Tabs by the summer of next year globally.

Verizon to launch LTE in 30 NFL cities before 2011

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2010

Word is that a Verizon senior federal sales executive has told executive IT managers that the carrier is planning to launch its LTE service in 30 NFL cities by the end of 2010. That should make NFL fans very happy. Which specific cities weren’t mentioned, so your guess is as good as ours.

The carrier is also planning to cover the entire country in LTE by 2013. However, it should be noted that LTE phones will not be launched in conjunction with this 30 city rollout because of the limited models available.

Dell Streak could arrive in Asia in 2011

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The Dell Streak has already streaked across Europe and the US. Now it’s Asias turn. The 5″ Android-powered tablet/smartphone will likely arrive in Asia in early 2011, we just aren’t sure which parts of Asia.

The only way for those living in Asia to get one right now is to purchase a cheap locked model from the States, or pay more for an unlocked European model, neither including shipping costs.

Lucas announces Star Wars on Blu-ray in 2011

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on August 15th, 2010

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that all six Star Wars movies will be released together on Blu-ray in 2011 for the 35th anniversary of the release of A New Hope. George Lucas personally announced the set at the Celebration V and showed off a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi that will be included.

The bad news is that these are not the original versions of the movies, so Greedo shot first and Jabba is in the first movie. Nothing yet on price, and there’s no release date.

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