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Class action suit over MacBook logic boards dismissed by California judge

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Date: Friday, January 9th, 2015, 11:57
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were hoping for legal action to set things right after your MacBook’s logic board went belly up, you’re not going to feel great about this.

Per MacRumors and Reuters, U.S. District Judge William Alsup this week dismissed a lawsuit filed against Apple over allegedly defective Apple notebooks. Filed on behalf of Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles with class action status, the suit accused Apple of deliberately selling notebooks with logic boards the company knew were faulty.

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Rumor: Apple could switch to OLED units for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 15:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumors that Apple will switch from LCDs to thinner, brighter, more power-efficient OLED displays in its iPhones are as old as time. Per 9to5Mac, the latest is a report seemingly originating on Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun cited by GforGames via a Chinese site.

Earlier reports from back in November that Foxconn was building a new US$2.6B display factory whose output would be exclusively devoted to Apple. The headline was quickly changed to remove the reference to Apple, though the piece still strongly hinted at Apple being the sole client. This latest report says that the factory in question will be making only OLED displays.

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August Connect hub now available for pre-order

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Date: Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 15:14
Category: Hardware, News, security

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This could be useful for home automation.

The August Connect hub, which controls the August Smart Lock via Bluetooth, allows you to remotely unlock or lock your door for guests, immediately know if someone has entered or left your home and automatically locks your door, removing this uncertainty.

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CES15: Parrot RBN6 puts both Carplay and Android Auto into your car’s dash

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 15:09
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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Parrot sells some good stuff and this might be worth looking into.

The Parrot RNB6 allows users to effortlessly switch back and forth between the competing operating systems coming to market: Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s Carplay. Just connect your phone, push a button, and all your apps are pushed to the dashboard, where you can interact with them using voice controls and generally stay a little safer on the road.

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Google Nest picks up additional collaboration partners in ‘Works with Nest’ program

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:08
Category: Hardware, News, Software

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Google’s Nest project is starting to get some promising collaboration partners.

Per CNET, Nest has been tacking on product partners since its initial developer program announcement last June. With several big-name integrations already secured — Dropcam, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool — this open-software-collaboration, dubbed “Works with Nest,” appears to have caught on.

August, LG, Philips Hue and UniKey have all just been inducted into Works with Nest and the related integrations are available right now.

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iBeacon manual goes into the wild, appears on FCC web site

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Date: Monday, January 5th, 2015, 10:38
Category: Hardware, News, Pictures

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Apple probably didn’t intend to have its iBeacon design go into the wild.

Still, it’s an interesting piece of hardware.

Per 9to5Mac, a user manual designed for developers detailing the iBeacon hardware has become available via the FCC web site and visible via appadvice.com.

The Apple iBeacon mounts to a wall with a standard screw. There is an LED on the underside of the unit, which reports battery condition and general status. Although there is no mention of battery life, it probably lasts several months (Bluetooth Low Energy doesn’t drain much power) and can be recharged via micro-USB.

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Security researcher demonstrates Thunderbolt firmware hack proof of concept at Chaos Computer Congress

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Date: Monday, January 5th, 2015, 10:15
Category: Hack, Hardware, News, security, Thunderbolt

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As great as Thunderbolt is, there are vulnerabilities to consider.

Per 9to5Mac, a security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.

Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the hard drive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock firmware.

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Alpine to showcase iLX-007, the first in-dash system centered around CarPlay, at CES 2015

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Date: Friday, January 2nd, 2015, 16:30
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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Alpine always did have some nifty stuff in its product line.

In a recent development, Alpine has announced that it will be debuting its 2015 product lineup at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The lineup will also feature the iLX-007, the first in-dash product dedicated to Apple’s CarPlay technology, which was introduced in October.

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Rumor: Samsung fanless notebook hints at upcoming fanless 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:38
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air may be fanless thanks to Samsung.

Per 9to5Mac and The Verge, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9 ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, this notebook features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as ‘Retina’. For comparison, the ‘Retina’ 15 inch MacBook Pro has 216 pixels-per-inch. The Book 9 is powered by a next-generation Broadwell CPU, which has drastically lower power consumption and heat dissipation enabling the product to be fanless.

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iFixit programmer drills 60 small holes in MacBook Pro to help resolve overheating issues

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Date: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, 11:35
Category: Hack, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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This is somewhat psychotic.

And it just might work.

Per 9to5Mac, a programmer over at iFixit was able to resolve an overheating problem with a MacBook Pro notebook by drilling a ring of holes under each of its fans.

With a 1/16” bit, the group drilled holes in the bottom case, under the fans (they figured out where the blades of the fan were exposed based on the dust pattern stuck to the inside of the bottom case). The speed holes worked: The boot chime rang. The screen glowed. The fans blew.

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