The New Macbook Pros Scored Poorly On iFixit’s Teardown

ifixitWhat this means is that if one chooses to modify the RAM, SSD, or replace just about anything in a new 13-inch or 15-inch Macbook Air, that will be mostly impossible. Scoring a 1 out of 10 in iFixit’s scale of repairability, the new Macs have a glued batteries that are positioned to cover important screws, a Retina display that’s fused inside a whole unit, soldered RAM and a non-standard SSD drive — so there’s not tinkering to be had, really.

Disappointing, indeed. But, not entirely a loss.

Via:  iFixit (13-inch MacBook Pro)iFixit (15-inch MacBook Pro)

Tesla Grabs Apple’s Lead On The New Macbooks For Future Electric Cars

tesla-model-sThat was rather quick. Right after the announcement of new Macintosh hardware in the Mac Pro and Macbook Pro lines, Tesla grabbed Apple VP Doug Field. What’s most interesting about the matter, is that in a way, somewhat, Doug himself is surprised at leaving Apple:

“Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,” Field admitted. “I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere”.

Let the designing and innovating at the world’s most forward-thinking and technology enabled auto company begin. That’s what Tesla has been aiming for, and with additions like this to the company, could definitely achieve.

Via: Tesla Motors

T-Mobile Unveils Free 200MB Monthly Data For All Tablets

t-mobileFor all the new slate owners on T-Mobile’s network, whether they’re toting Nexus 7s or the new iPads, will get 200MB of free additional data on top of their existing plans. Starting November 1st, the no-charge bandwidth will be available for the lifetime of any tablet on the network; meanwhile the Nexus 7 will be sold in T-Mobile stores starting the 20th of next month.

Via:  T-Mobile

The iPad Air: It’s $499, Weighs 1 Pound, And Comes In November

ipad-airThe new flagship tablet from Apple has been dubbed the iPad Air. It is capable of taking 5 megapixel shots with 1080p HD footage with a new front-facing FaceTime camera that has larger pixels for better quality, along with the new  64-bit Apple A7 processor for tasks, dual microphones, a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina display, and the M7 motion processor.

iOS 7-laden, the iPad Air weighs only a pound (down from 1.4 last year) and is 7.5mm thick. WiFi has better data transfer speeds thanks to MMO optimization, but the new iPad AIr doesn’t have the next-gen standard of WiFi — that is, 802.11ac.

Per Apple’s tradition with its best tablets, the new iPad Air sports 10 hour battery life, comes in space grey/black or silver/white, and is priced at $499 on November 1st, with a cellular version starting at $629.

Via: Apple

Mac OS X Mavericks Is Available Today, For Free

mac-osx-mavericksAh, Mac OS X “Mavericks”.

Freshly redesigned Calendar app, several tweaks and changes, integration with multiple displays, improvements to Safari and the entire host of Mac apps, a new standalone Mac OS X Maps app, and overall makes entire improvements to OS X running on Apple’s hardware, so existing systems might even see increased performance.

The best part of it all: the update is available today, for free.

Via: Apple

Apple Announces Pricing For Mac Pro: $3000 In December For Top-End Hardware

mac-proThe new Mac Pro have a few new additions to its list of notes from Apple and the engineers of Cupertino. That is namely, the price, release date, and initial specs of the Mac Pro unit. For $3000 in December, the Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon CPU, 12GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, along with two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs.

Apple advertises the Mac Pro, “as the computer you’ll have for the next 10 years”. Which, is no doubt a tough sell, but it’s possible: with 64GB DRAM and 1TB flash storage, there’s lots of wiggle room.

Via: Apple

Nokia Lumia 2520: It’s A 10-Inch Windows RT Tablet

Nokia-lumia-2520-1-featured-2Sporting bright colors and lots of risk, the Lumia 2520 is the first attempt by the company to create a tablet. There’s 4G LTE and a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU inside, with a bright 650nit screen made out of Gorilla Glass 2, so that’s a good start, but with Windows RT, things begin to look down ever so slightly.  A 6.7MP rear camera featuring Zeiss optics and a 2MP front facing camera are your optics solutions.

The Lumia 2520’s unsubsidized price (including LTE) is $499 in either a red/white glossy finish, or cyan and black matte paintjob when it ships in Q4. There’s quick charging capabilities that let its 8000mAh battery go from naught to 50 percent charge in just 40 minutes, with a Nokia Power Keyboard which costs an extra $149, but promises an extra five hours of battery life plus two extra USB ports.

Front-facing stereo speakers and a weight of 615g, and Nokia has a well-rounded first-timer. Go, Nokia?!

Via: Nokia

Nokia’s Other Hurrah: Unveils Lumia 1320 & 1520 Smartphones, Biggest Yet

Lumia-1520_group-shot_632 Let’s get this out of the way swiftly: the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a humongous phone. Along with the lower-end counterpart, the Lumia 1320, Nokia’s high-end Lumia 1520 features a massive 6-inch display, making it the largest Windows Phone ever released. The 1520 is also the first Windows Phone with a 1080p screen and Qualcomm’s 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and dimensions of 3.36 inches wide, 6.4 inches tall, and weight of 7.37 ounces, but is only 0.34 inches thick.

The back-end of the Lumia 1520 features a 20 megapixel PureView sensor for taking photos, and the usual front-facing shooter capable of HD video. Your typical specs include WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 4G LTE, a high-capacity 3,400mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and Qi wireless charging.

Lumia’s 1320 is nearly the exact same device, but instead goes for a 720p panel, steps down to a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, and has a standard 5-megapixel camera.

As for availability: the Lumia 1520 will debut on AT&T in the US, as a carrier exlcusive, in black, red, yellow, and white; the worldwide debut consists of the UK, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Press release after the break.