During this morning's iPad mini event, Apple unveiled the brand new, redesigned iMac. The new model is super-thin, just 5mm thin at the edges, constructed using something called "friction stir welding" to fuse together the aluminum pieces. The display is laminated to the glass, similar to what you find on iOS devices. You get the same screen sizes, with the iMac coming in at 21.5-inch 1080p and 27-inch 2,560 x 1,400 models. Apple also announced a new Apple Fusion drive option, which is basically a hybrid drive that OS X manages for you. The OS and apps live on the flash storage portion, and all your documents and other apps get loaded onto the HDD portion. As you use and launch them, things get moved to the faster SSD portion on the fly.
The 21.5-inch model will ship in November for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and with a 1TB hard drive. The 27-inch model starts at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz Core i5, and that one won't ship until December.
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This is a good look at how far companies like Western Digital have come in the storage game. The small, black device is a new 2TB My Passport portable hard drive. The larger silver device behind it is a 1TB MyBook that's probably about 4-years old. Yep, the new My Passport is probably 90% smaller than the older MyBook, and holds twice as much data.
Western Digital has updated its My Passport line of external hard drives, and we give you a look at the new 2 TB version in this episode. The My Passport line of hard drives are portable, making them easy to bring with you and have on-the-go, and for the first time, you can have an amazing 2 terabytes of storage with you. It's also fast, supporting USB 3.0 speeds (which is also USB 2.0 compatible for you Mac users, it's just not as fast.) Take a look at the device in this episode of Unboxing Live, and if you want one of your own, head on over to Amazon.
In this episode we bring you an unboxing of the Apple iMac 27-inch 2011 model. The latest iMac offers a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and ships with 4 GB RAM by default. This model also packs two Thunderbolt ports, the new high speed I/O port from Intel, and is therefore the first iMac that allows you to connect two external displays. It supports up to 32 GB of RAM (8 GB in each of the four RAM slots.) You can pick one up now at Amazon.
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While we were all leading our mundane lives the past week, astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel spent 7 hours installing a new camera on the Hubble Telescope. This cam replaces one that was built in the 90s and is sensitive to infrared and ultraviolet light as well as the human eye’s wavelengths. As we have previously mentioned, this is NASA’s final trek that over an eleven day period includes replacing a key computer.
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We told you back in March about Dell’s Studio 19 and it has finally arrived in the States. The All-in-One with 18.5-inch display gives lots of options including the type of touchscreen functionality, integrated webcam, type of processor, wireless keyboard and mouse, and color. Prices range from $699.00 for a low end model up to $994.00 for one with more features and pizzazz. Head over to Dell’s site to compare options and models.
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Skydeck allows you to make low cost calls from your computer with your cell phone number. They will transcribe your voicemails into text or email. The handy menu lets you search, sort, read, reply, forward and archive notes, voicemail and text messages. Should a caller hang up without reaching you, they will look up the phone number. New numbers are automatically put in your address book. Subscriptions start at $9.95 a month and they offer a free 2 week trial. Just remember that you have to forward your number to them, download a small client to your phone and realize that transcription involves a real person.
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MAINGEAR’s new laptop is certain outstanding in letting everyone know who owns it. The mX-L is 12.125 x 9.125 x 1.3- inches and weighs 4.45 lbs. It has a 1280x800 LED backlit display, a choice of two processors and DVD and Blu-ray optical drives. Also featured are 3 USB ports, VGA out, audio in/out and WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. Add to that an integrated webcam, mic, 4-cell 2.4Ah battery and a price starting at $1,099.99. Let them know what design you would like on the cover and they will laser it in.
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So did you wake up and wonder if your computer had been infected? It seems that Conficker did most of its damage in Asia, and was found to be modifying itself to make it more difficult to eradicate. While the threat is still not over, the best thing to come out of the virus is that security has been beefed up to try to find it. Symantic’s Vincent Weafer said that they believe that it was designed to make money. Maybe it can find Madoff’s missing millions.
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If you live in a PC/Mac home, IOGear’s Auto Sharing Switch allows two of them to share one USB device or printer. The LED lets you know which computer has the access and by sending a printing task, the switch automatically changes it for you. Because it is bus powered, the GUB211 needs no external power supply. The USB 1.1/2.0 device is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista 32-/64-bit and Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater and is available for $27.95.