Intel’s 3D Xpoint architecture could find its way into Mac notebooks fairly quickly, be significantly faster than NAND Flash storage

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 08:37
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This could lead to something really nifty for your Mac notebook.

Last summer, Intel announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory labeled as a “major breakthrough in memory process technology.” 3D Xpoint is 1,000 times faster and more durable than NAND Flash storage, as well as 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers.

The transistor-free cross point architecture essentially creates a three-dimensional checkerboard withers memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Intel had stated that the first 3D Xpoint product would be solid in early 2016 and marketed under the product name of its “Octane solid state drives”. Interestingly enough, 3D Xpoint is compatible with NVM Express (NVMe), an SSD protocol that offers improved latency and performance over the older AHCI protocol.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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Apple patent points out potential to turn Apple Watch into urgent care device

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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This is definitely nifty.

A recently published patent application suggests that Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

The application, entitled “Care event detection and alerts” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.

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Early iPhone 7 case leaks point towards revamped camera, speaker systems

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

Sometimes it’s the leaked cases that reveal the most about an upcoming product.

To the point, one Steve Hemmerstoffer has leaked photos one of the first cases prepared for Apple’s next-generation flagship smartphone.

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The case has a larger cutout for either a traditional camera and LED flash setup, or possibly dual cameras. There are also two openings for stereo speakers in lieu of a 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones.

The case seems to closely represent an iPhone 6s, but includes cutouts for a possible all-in-one Lightning connector, pill-shaped volume buttons, and side-facing power button in their traditional places.

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Apple adds mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, others to vintage and obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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As much as you may love the mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple just added it to its vintage and obsolete products list.

The notebook joins the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro and the early 2009 Xserve and are now generally no longer eligible for hardware service. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

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Rumor: Intel may provide LTE modems for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Intel is looking to be a provider of some dead-nifty LTE modems for the next-gen iPhone.

CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri has corroborated multiple reports claiming that Intel will supply LTE modems for the iPhone 7, according to a research note obtained by NDTV.

Pajjuri stated that Intel has acquired a “significant portion” of the LTE chips, this percentage thought to be around 30 to 40 percent of production. While supplier Qualcomm will be tasked with the remaining orders, Apple is apparently looking to cut some of its reliance on Qualcomm and is thus looking to Intel to pick up some of the slack.

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Rumor: Apple looking to switch to OLED displays for 2017 iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 08:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple will switch over to an OLED display for its next-gen iPhones as soon as 2017, a year earlier than previous estimates and in the face of initial supply constraints.

Sources close to the story have said that Apple has reached out to South Korean display suppliers LG and Samsung in December to discuss the viability of ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s iPhone launch, Nikkei reports. Along with the two tech companies, Apple also informed the appropriate industry associations of the potential change.

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Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad Pro to feature 12 megapixel rear camera

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro is thought to be similar to the 12.9-inch version of the tablet, but it may boast a superior camera to the larger model.

Source close to the story have indicated that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may feature a 12 megapixel rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s. The 12.9-inch model that shipped this past November has an eight megapixel rear camera.

Given that the smaller display yields a more portable form-factor, it would make sense for Apple to promote improved photography on its 9.7-inch tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s predecessor, the iPad Air 2, includes an eight megapixel rear camera. Like all recent iPad models, the new version will include a FaceTime HD camera on the front above the display. Like the 6s, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would also record 4K video.

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Rumor: Apple moves media event to March 21st

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Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016, 08:40
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumor

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The Apple media event you’ve been waiting for will apparently occur on March 21st, not March 15th, as had originally been thought.

The event has been pushed back the better part of a week, albeit the company is expected to introduce the 4-inch iPhone SE, a new 9.7″ iPad and new Apple Watch bands.

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Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 5se” under “iPhone SE” product name

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 09:24
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Rumor

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Never doubt the words “Special Edition” when it comes to marketing.

A current rumor has it that Apple’s “iPhone 5se” will simple be offered as the “iPhone SE’, making this the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle.

This makes sense, as Apple would have been moving backwards to having the number “5” in the product’s name at a time when the company is in the “6” lifecycle. The iPhone SE will replace the existing iPhone 5s and will take its price points.

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