iPhone 5 could be a bigger upgrade than expected

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

The iPhone upgrade coming this fall “could be a bigger upgrade than we expected,” according to Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu. The analyst cites Apple’s supply chain, which indicates that the new model will feature a display “slightly larger” than the 3.5-inch size Apple has used since the first iPhone. That would be great news.

He says that the phone should “retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel,”. The info suggests a 2011 iPhone will in all likelihood forego 4G (LTE). And problems are said to remain with battery life and “spotty” network coverage. Of course Apple is good at tackling problems like this.

HTC ChaCha rumored to get processor upgrade

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on June 6th, 2011

HTC has reportedly upgraded the processor of the HTC ChaCha. The phone was unveiled back at Mobile World Congress and runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with deep Facebook integration via a customized Facebook button. The phone should arrive this summer.

According to ITProPortal.com the HTC ChaCha has had it’s processor upgraded from a 600mhz Qualcomm processor to an 800mhz Qualcomm processor, which is an increase of 33%. It should make it noticeably faster if this is true.

New iMac’s HDD upgrade options are very restricted

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

PC fans will tell you that the PC platform is much more open and upgradable than gadgets in the Mac world. That’s true, however Mac fans can upgrade at least some things on most Mac notebooks and computers like say the hard drive and RAM. Many people buy new Mac computers and then upgrade it with aftermarket parts to save money. Those aftermarket parts are usually cheaper than getting the upgrade from Apple.

Well, it turns out that the new iMac computers have more restrictions on their upgrades than the older version of the iMac. And they may force you to buy Official Apple parts.

Acer Aspire One 721 gets AMD Neo K145 processor upgrade

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

The Acer Aspire One 721 notebook has just received a processor upgrade, with the AMD Neo K145 chip. The AMD Neo K145 processor has a 12W total power draw and 1MB of L2 cache, maxing out at 1.8GHz clock speed. That should give you some fast performance.

Aside from the processor upgrade, other specifications of the Acer Aspire 721 are the same, including an 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution display, 2GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 6 cell battery, and a 1.3-megapixel camera.

Intel wants to charge $50 to upgrade CPU performance

Posted in Intel by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This one will make you angry if you want every bit of power from your CPU. Intel is asking customers to pay extra if they want to unleash the full power of their store-bought cpus. An Engadget reader was at Best Buy when he spotted this $50 card. Intel websites confirm it. The card lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.

Hardware.info got themselves an early sample of the chip and it’s a full 1MB of L3 cache that’s enabled plus HyperThreading support. Chip companies already sell hardware-locked chips, so this isn’t new. The process is called binning, but binned chips are usually sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their chips turned are defective after printing.

PS3 firmware 3.41 causing hard drive upgrade problems?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2010

Seems like folks are always having problems after they upgrade their PS3 firmware, but we can’t say we’ve experienced any problems. Firmware 3.41 seemed like a minor update that added a new “You May Like” section to the PlayStation Store, but some people are saying that it’s been causing problems for anyone trying to upgrade the hard drive in their console.

There’s a 30-page plus thread on the official PlayStation forums where folks are venting about issues upgrading their hard drive. They’ve been getting a “no applicable data” error after trying to install the update, which has left them with a non-working PS3 and, in some cases, a corrupted original drive.

Toshiba unveils 3D upgrade kit for its Blu-ray recorders

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Toshiba is making a 3D upgrade kit available for its range of Blu-ray recorders, in the wake of it’s Regza line of 3D HDTVs. All of their new Blu-ray recorders will pack a hard drive inside, while the flagship RD-X10 will feature 2TB of storage space, letting you play 3D movies right out of the box. It will arrive in Japan this September for $2,500.

There will also be three more models which take advantage of the 3D upgrade kit, but so far there is no word on pricing. The company is going pretty heavy on 3D obviously.

Archos 9 Tablet gets upgraded to 1.2GHz Atom Z515 processor

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Well looky here. The Archos 9 tablet has just received a processor upgrade, from the original 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 CPU to the 1.2GHz Atom Z515 CPU with Hyper-Threading and Intel Burst Performance Technology. Even with the upgrade, the device still sells for the same $549.99 price tag, so that’s a bonus.

To remind you, some other specifications of the Archos 9 tablet are an 8.9-inch display, 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and 1GB of RAM. Looks like now is the time to buy it.

Samsung Jack gets Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2009

Samsung Jack gets Windows Mobile 6.5 upgradeSamsung’s Jack smartphone will be getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade. That means an upgraded Internet Explorer, with Flash support along with Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

The Samsung Jack can also now hook up to over 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot locations in the US. Vlingo for Windows Phone will allow you to use voice commands to send an email, text or open a web site. As usual, just make sure you back up of all your data before the upgrade.

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD server

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2009

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD serverApple’s Mac mini server gets rid of an optical drive and gains room for two hard disks. It uses Snow Leopard Server, and has the same 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor as the updated 320GB Mac mini.

For $1000 it includes two 500GB hard disks, 4GB of RAM, and GeForce 9400M graphics. The 320GB Mac mini will stay at $800, but has the already mentioned new processor, and ups 2GB of memory to 4GB. The $600 entry-level Mac mini has a faster 2.26GHz processor (was 2GHz), 2GB RAM (was 1GB), and has 160GB of storage (was 120GB).

Headphile makes your headphones works of art

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2009

Headphile makes your headphones works of artOver the ear headphones have always been the victim of some pretty boring design for the most part. Now there’s a company doing something about it. Headphile will take your high end headphones and turn them into works of art. They do custom headphone mods using fine and exotic woods.

Don’t worry, you won’t lose any functionality. They also create custom headphone stands to match the designs on the headphones if you like. They will also improve on the original headphones by upgrading the wiring, adding better cables, or new speaker grills or wooden enclosures.

Brionvega radio gets a 21st century upgrade

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Brionvega radio gets a 21st century upgradeThis BrionVega desktop radio is based on a radio that the company actually made back in 1965 in Italy. The RR227 is an update of Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper’s RR127 radio. The updated model features AM and FM radio tuners, plus it can play MP3 or WMA digital audio files. You load tunes on it by popping an SD card into the slot. There’s also an AUX jack for connecting your iPod or other media player too.

The design lets you set it down either horizontally or vertically and still be able to use the tuning dial easily. The radio comes in white, black or red. All look great. Also features a 3-watt amp, and there’s a headphone jack. It comes with an AC power pack and will also run on batteries.

Upgrade your 5G iPod video with 240GB of storage

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 6th, 2009

Toshiba iPod HDD UpgradeFor many iPod owners the only reason to upgrade to a new device is when you start running out of storage space. Rather than delete video or other content form the device, many simply upgrade. The problem is that you may not be able to upgrade to an iPod with more storage if you are already using one of the highest capacity devices.

A company called Rapid Repair is offering an upgrade for the 5G iPod video from the 120GB HDD to a 240GB Toshiba hard drive. The Toshiba drive offers enough space for 300 hours of video or 60,000 songs. That is a lot of content.

Upgrade your iPod to 240 GB

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Upgrade your iPod to 240 GBIf your iPod is out of room and you don’t want to do the necessary surgery on it yourself to upgrade the hard drive, some pros are now ready to do it for you. Rapid Repair just announced the first 240GB iPod upgrade, which is available for all original iPod Video models.

They can replace your hard drive with a Toshiba MK2431GAH 240GB 8-mm hard drive, which gives your old iPod double the current iPod classic’s space. Apparently, they’ll do it for the iPod Classic and Zune 2G too. There’s no price listed yet, but since they’ll charge you $189.99 for a 120GB Samsung SpinPoint N2 hard drive, you can do the math.

Apple lets you upgrade iTunes music to DRM-free, but it will cost you

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Apple lets you upgrade iTunes music to DRM-free, but it will cost youApple recently announced that it was doing away with it’s unfair DRM copy protection. Awesome news. Going one step further, the company is giving anyone who’s ever bought songs on iTunes the ability to upgrade their music to DRM-free versions. For a fee of course. There is a catch. As Wilson Rothman over at Gizmodo discovered, you have to upgrade all of them at once.

That really sucks, because if you’ve been at it for awhile just downloading away over the years, you have a problem. Costs can easily be in the hundreds of dollars. There is no way to upgrade your titles individually. Things like this are why some of us don’t use the service. They’re going to make you pay again for songs you already bought? Nice one Apple.