Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Is $200 Cheaper, New Processors

macbookpro-with-retina-display-2012Apple announced some slight changes to their MacBook Pro line today. First of all, the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display is $200 cheaper than before, now at $1,499, while a new 2.6GHz processor and 256GB higher-end model has been priced at $1,699.. Meanwhile, the  256GB 13-inch MacBook Air has also been discounted to $1,399, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now have new processors clocked at 2.4 and 2.7GHz, respectively. All revision are available starting today.

Via: Apple 

President Obama Just Signed An Executive Order For National Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme CourtThe President of the United States, Barack Obama, made note in his State of the Union address tonight that earlier today he signed an executive order to strengthen the network security of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” The goal is  to task the National Institute of Standards and Technology with creating a framework of best practices for operators in industries like transportation, water and health to follow, due in the next 240 days, with the Department of Homeland Security holding a voluntary program to ensure that this happens and becomes commonplace action.

This whole idea allows for companies to share with the government information they have on cybersecurity threats and breaches that they’ve experienced. The final version of this plan will be interesting when implemented, no doubt.

ViaThe Hill

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger Goes On Sale For $59.99

unnamedIn approximately four hours, Google’s new Qi inductive charger for your Nexus 4 (which sports the ability for wireless charging) will completely fill the cells in your battery. It’s currently listed on the Google Play Store with international availability planned. It currently costs $60 each with shipping times of a week or so. Looks great, if you ask me.

Via: Google Play Store

Google Nexus 4 Review: The 4th Echelon Of Android


Buying new gadgets and gizmos is always about two things: if the gadget you want is really a necessity, and second, are you buying the right gadget? The smartphone is both of those things: most likely, you need and smartphone, and second it has to be top-of-the line. The echelon of phones, as it were. Currently, the industry standard is the iPhone 5 tightly followed by the Galaxy S III.

But somewhere in the mix is the cool gadget; the one that is so cutting-edge you won’t see anything like it in a while. In fact, almost like the iPhone, you may only see it released once — twice at the most — in a year. Kiddies, that gadget is the Google Nexus 4.

Check out the review, past the break.

NYT: Apple Has Been Testing Curved Display Watches In The Lab

inanowatchThere are always Apple rumors that come out to lack the fruit of which they promise or are only half of the story. Anyways, Apple has been “experimenting” with a wrist-worn iOS device that has a curved display. Details are left rather scarce, but the general consensus is that it could be a watch, in a way more formal than the iPod Nano from a few years back. Also, The New York Times has instigated (for lack of a better word) Apple rumors in the past, that would just be complete bogus. It’s a sad reality when waiting for new technology.

Via: NYT

Brevity Review: Razer Naga 2012 Edition


It’s another review where I reference some incarnation of the same gadget before I get to the actual review. It’s true; the Razer Naga has appeared on LaptopMemo once before, but the new 2012 edition offers some updates to one of Razer USA’s best gaming mice for just about any computer. Plus, a new lighting color scheme and new texture makes the Razer Naga MMO 2012 the best wired mouse I’ve used in a while. Razer also includes 3 interchangeable right side panels to make the whole mouse more comfortable. It may be 2013 now, but the Naga 2012 fits right in.

Curiosity Drilled A Hole On Mars While Looking For Water

Curiosity Hole On MarsThe Mars Curiosity rover on Mars has just accomplished another feat: a hole on Mars on Gale Crater, a supposed area where water used to exist on Mars. The hole was drilled by the rover’s drill attached to its seven-foot robotic arm and measures 0.63 inches across and 2.5 inches deep. What’s even better about the experiment for science is that a sample from the drilling operation has been collected, and now scientists back on Earth can verify if it houses evidence of water that used to be on Mars, or if the rover has been contaminated with more Earth material.

Hoorah, for science!

Via: NASA, @MarsCuriosity (Twitter)

Microsoft Surface Pro With 128GB Sold Out, Blizzard Or Not


So it may have snowed a foot at least in some parts of the North East United States, but it hasn’t stopped BestBuy and Staples, as well as the Microsoft Store from completely being sold out of Surface Pros with 128GB of storage. The 64GB still remains in stock in some places, but this whole situation begs a certain question: is the Surface Pro really that popular or has Microsoft just produced very few units?

No matter what the case is, it’s Microsoft’s first time making their own PC, and it seems like a decent start.

Via: TC