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Apple's New iMac Isn't Fixable - At All
Apple released their new iMac with Retina display a little while ago and while the unit is pretty impressive in terms of specifications and performance (especially the 4K display on all models), there are a couple of drawbacks. The biggest one is that it is an Apple product of course. That aside, it seems as though everything is pretty much glued, fused, soldered and there is absolutely no hope of doing any sort of upgrade on DIY repair. It will be very expensive to repair anything at all - even directly from Apple.
Christmas came early for the 21.5" Intel iMac, for today it receives the gift of high definition in the form of a 4K display. If you’re asking Santa for this pixel-powerhouse, be sure to specify you'd like the 4K and not his evil twin brother—the iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889. And now for everyone’s favorite part, time to unwrap the goods!
Pre-Order the 1TB Core i7 for a mere $3200
Microsoft may be dominating the Macbook Air and other Apple products with the performance of their Surface Book. They have a pretty compelling product, and with mainstream specifications, it's actually quite affordable. The downside here is that if you want their top-dog - the Core i7 with 16GB of Ram and a 1TB storage option, it will cost you a mere $3,199. While it is cheaper than a really nice used car, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it?
The $3,199.00 price tag means customers who want the most storage out of Microsoft's "ultimate laptop" will have to shell out an extra $500 to double their space over the 512 GB model. The $3,199.00 price tag rounds out the Surface Book tiers as the most expensive option Microsoft has ever offered. Only the $2,699.00 512 GB Surface Book and the 1 TB Surface Pro 4 come even close to the 1 TB Surface Book in terms of cost.
Nintendo NX Mobile Console
Nintendo is working hard on their next big thing and it looks like it could be pretty small and very cool. The NX is the current code-name of their device and if rumors are to be believed, it has the potential to be a mobile / console hybrid. There are already developer kits in the hands of programmers, so we will likely be hearing a lot more from them at E3 next year.
The console's form factor has been the subject of much debate, but the WSJ says that the NX will "likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use." The WSJ also says that third-party developers already have their hands on development kits for the new platform, which shouldn't be too surprising.
Windows 10 or nothing
Windows 7 and 8 users have been given the option to get their free upgrade to Windows 10, most have taken that opportunity, others have not for whatever reason. Well, apparently that option isn't so much of an option anymore as people are reporting that Windows 10 is automatically installing itself on their Windows 7 and 8 machines without their consent. Is this a legitimate glitch or is it a 'mistake', or is this the way its going to be? ZDNet is following the story.
Reports are circulating that some users are being presented with dialog boxes that only give them the option to start the upgrade process or reschedule it for a later date. Others are finding that the Windows Update screen is only offering them the option to begin the upgrade process, with other system updates being hidden from view.
10Gbps to your house in Tennessee
This is the kind of story that makes internet junkies scream with delight, the city of Chattanooga Tennessee has fought Comcast and won and is now offering 10Gbps internet to your house! Sure its $299 per month, but that's not the point, it's 10 (Ten), (1 - 0), Gbps per second. Unofficially I think you could download the entire internet in about 2 hours.
The city of Chattanooga started offering 1Gbps to residents and then Comcast magically started offering 2Gbps and then cried to the FCC to stop the city from competing with them. The Verge has the details about this story where the people of Chattanooga come out as the real winners of this battle.
If you live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, you may be in for a treat. EPB Fiber Optics is bringing 10Gbps internet speeds to the southern city, for "$299 per month with free installation, no contracts and no cancellation fees," which it says is the fastest residential internet connection in the world.
Microsoft Surface Book sells out
One of the hottest new products out there is the Microsoft Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid and if you were planning on pre-ordering one from Microsoft so you can be the first on your block with this new device on day one, you're already too late. The Microsoft Store is already sold out of their pre-orders for the Surface Book which is a pretty good sign that they've got a winner on their hands. PCWorld has the story.
People who want to buy Microsoft’s new Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid will have to look somewhere other than the company’s online retail store, for the moment.
The online Microsoft Store isn’t letting people pre-order the new device. Instead it asks that they leave their email address so they can be notified when it’s next available.
Fortunately for Microsoft, this means that there’s healthy demand for the machines. It’s a positive sign that the Surface Book, which marks Microsoft’s entry into the laptop market, has clearly piqued users’ interest. It’s more validation of Microsoft’s strategy of building its own PCs after it avoided the market for much of the company’s history.
WTU Episode #330 - No Cable for You!
We have just posted up Episode #330 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Netflix pricing is going up, SanDisk wants out and by 2025, you won't need cable. Check out those stories and more at the links below.
No 3D Printer for You!
The latest failed Kickstarter campaign from a company called Pirate3D is making headlines after raising 1.5 Million for their 3D printer in 2013 and now over 2 years later, 60% of backers still have nothing. At this point things aren't looking good, but it's not looking good. Just another reminder that crowd sourcing sometimes is too good to be true. TechCrunch has the full story.
Pirate3D Inc raised nearly $1.5M on Kickstarter in 2013, promising a 3D printer that anyone can use. A total of 3,520 backers pledged money to the project including 3,389 who pledged over $300 to eventually get a printer. But as of now, 60 percent of the orders have still not been fulfilled and it seems unlikely that in the end backers will get a refund or their product.
In a convoluted note to backers (below), the company’s founder states that the company is exploring raising additional capital yet seems to say it does not expect to be able to fulfill the remaining Kickstarter orders even with additional cash.
This is why we cannot have nice things.
Google Play $0.11 Sale
If your looking to add a new game or two to your Android device, wait no more. Google Play is having an $0.11 sale featuring games from EA and Chillingo. As with all Android games, if you don't like the game after 2 hours you'll get your eleven cents back. This is a limited time offer, act quickly.