Apple Hard Drives Fail? Say it isn't so!

Newsflash: Apple drives fail as much as other drives. In the case of the 27" iMac 3TB computer, they may be failing more than normal. This could be a number of things - including a bad batch of discs, but it could also be partly due to poor ventilation and over heating. The good news is that while you data may all be lost, Apple will replace your drive for you.

Apple is contacting affected iMac owners that provided a valid email address during product registration to inform them about the new replacement program. iMac owners can check if they are affected by entering the computer's serial number on Apple's support website, and visit the Genius Bar, locate an AASP or contact Apple Technical Support to initiate the replacement process.

Source: MacRumors

Windows 10 Upgrades Cannot be Stopped

Much like Skynet, Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade seems to have a will of its own. While this may not really be that "big" of a deal for the average user, the fact that users have no control over the upgrade process, patches and fixes that Microsoft rolls out. If you try disabling this feature, security updates will be suspended. I'm not sure this is the hill the Microsoft wants to die on, but if the patch process is buggy, you can bet people will turn the feature off - opening themselves up to other issues - making Windows 10 a complete failure. Maybe they should re-think this strategy.

Microsoft's new OS may have a silly name, but it melds the best of Windows 7's desktop usability and Windows 8's technological advances and it's free to owners of both. And yet there's one horrible catch for free upgraders which no-one is talking about. Windows 10 introduces something new and highly unpleasant for its millions of consumers: the complete loss of control.

Source: Forbes

Apple Muisic and Beats 1 Launch Tuesday

If you've been waiting for something "groundbreaking" in the music industry, something "innovative" in the streaming business and something "revolutionary" in entertainment, you'll be really, really excited to know that Apple is launching their music service on Tuesday. That's right. Music. Downloaded. Streamed. For a fee - and you don't actually own it. That's incredible, and I don't think their is a single company that has ever thought of streaming, subscription music services before. Oh wait, there are dozens.

In 1993 I was a Computer Science student at Indiana University when Dr Fenske gave me an opportunity to put my studies together with my love, music. He set me off writing an app on NeXTSTEP to stream music (wav) from one part of the campus to another (thanks Rob Francis). I’ve been streaming music ever since.

Source: FistFulAYen

AOL Ditches Google for Bing

According to Microsoft, Bing is doing pretty well - at least it's not a money pit. Things like the move by AOL from Google to Bing are good for Microsoft as well. Times they are a-changing for Microsoft as they've also recently lost 100 employees to Uber. I'm not sure what is up on this front, and I don't think Google has anything to be worried about - but if this is a trend, Google may get shaken up a bit.

This expanded partnership shows Microsoft’s heightening efforts towards growing programmatic access to advertisers in its European markets. It noted in a blog post that it’s seen more than 50 percent of business in its Nordic countries turn programmatic, something that’s allowing it to take this larger step forward today.

Source: TechCrunch

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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