Bluetooth 5 standard to be announced next week, will double range, quadruple speeds

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Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Software

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Bluetooth 5, the next generation of the Bluetooth standard, is set to be formally announced next week.

The standard will offer double the range and quadruple the speed of the current Bluetooth protocol.

Executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mark Powell, revealed the news in a published email this week. The Bluetooth SIG, which is backed by Apple, Intel, and other major technology companies, will officially make the announcement on June 16 in London.

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Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-gen iPhone modems, could source from multiple vendors

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.

During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.

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Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance, other changes in 2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 14:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.

Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 09:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s been speculated that Apple could sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage, the NAND flash memory chip hailing from SanDisk.

Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone.

Apple has used SanDisk flash memory chips in a number of previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, while other models have used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.

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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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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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Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more prevalent on high-end PCs

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus model to feature 256 GB of storage, 3,100 mAh battery

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Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016, 06:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is offering some neat options for the iPhone 7 Plus upon its release.

A current report states that the upcoming handset may feature a 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7.

The report does not specify if the iPhone 7 Plus will still have 16GB base storage, or if Apple will opt for larger storage options such as 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:20
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for a heft update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it just came out.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.11.2, the latest update to its OS X operating system. The update, a 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves Wi-Fi reliability

– Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop

– Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect

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Apple releases 27-inch 5K iMac, high-res iMac screens becoming the standard

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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Ultra high-res screens are pretty much becoming standard across the iMac line.

Apple recently released a 27-inch iMac, complete with a 5K screen, leaving only the two lower-cost 21.5-inch iMacs as the only models available with 1920×1080 screens

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