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Best Buy Ceased Orders of Apple’s MacBook Air

Written on June 27, 2011 by Lulu

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Best Buy put a hold on MacBook Air's online orders because of Apple's plan to release a Gold Master build of Mac OS X Lion.

Best Buy ceased current-generation MacBook Air orders on their order list, following the news about Apple upgrading the diminutive laptop. Simultaneously, all MacBook Air Models on Apple’s online store remain steady for shipping.

Apple was said to be waiting for a Gold Master build of Mac OS X Lion that is due to release on July. They are also expected to upgrade the notebook with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor and a Thunderbolt port.

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Rumor: Apple’s Next-Gen Mac Pro Adding up a Custom CPU

Written on June 21, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Rumors claim that Apple's next-generation Mac Pro will have a rack-mountable "server" version and a custom CPU.

Last Monday, MIC Gadget reported that the next Mac Pro from Apple will “look different in appearance” and will have a built-in mountable server model that is created to replace the Xserve line. Based on the said report, the new Mac will use Thunderbolt I/O, and make the transition to Sandy bridge architecture using a “unique CPU” designed for Mac Pros and “not seen in PC.”

Although the company had not yet revealed any further information regarding the custom CPU, the updated Mac Pro is believed to be “significantly faster with the updated processor” and “good for enterprise.” As of now, Apple’s plans for the custom Mac Pro CPU are still vague, but MacNN assumes that the company might have early access to the Xeon E5 processor on July or August. There are also rumors last weekend, stating that Apple has created new features for its Mac Pros and Mac Minis. They will add Sandy Bridge and a Thunderbolt port, and the said gadgets are expected to launch in August.

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Apple’s New Mac Minis to be Released in August?

Written on June 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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According to a rumor, the new Macs with speedy Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports are said to arrive this August.

Bees are buzzing with regards to Apple’s launching of its new Mac Pro this coming August. The newest Mac Mini is said to add up the latest Sandy Bridge processor from Intel, and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port.

Last Sunday, CNet’s Brian Tong wrote on his Twitter account that “all new” next-generation Mac Pros and Mac Minis will be launched “either end of July (or) first week of August.” He then posted another tweet pointing out that the August buzz is “more likely”, and the Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt would be included on both machines. Brian Tong also added that there are no specs or configurations being released yet.

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Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs Arriving This June

Written on April 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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MacBook Air is about to get a taste of Sandy Bridges and Thunderbolts, and people might see them on shelves this June.

According to the “latest round of checks with suppliers and system builders” by Concord Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is currently preparing for the upcoming production of the refreshed Apple MacBook Air line this May. If things go as scheduled, the new MacBook Airs – which sport Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors and the expected Thunderbolt I/O technology – will be set for a June release. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this will come true.

According to AppleInsider, the Apple MacBook Airs will replace the Penryn-based 45-nm Core 2 Duo chips for the new low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

The latest MacBook Air versions have been on a serious sales decline ever since Apple has unveiled its latest MacBook Pro line-up. With the rumor mill churning that the next MacBook Air will be arriving by June, consumers might get interested again in picking up the thinnest notebook the world has ever seen.

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Lenovo Rolls-out W520 and T420s Notebooks with Intel Sandy Bridge Chips

Written on March 30, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Lenovo launches the W520 and T420s notebooks. Impressive specs, but nothing out of the ordinary here, folks.

Summoning Lenovo followers from the remote regions of the notebook world, the company rolls out two new models that carry Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chips. Introducing the ThinkPad W520 and T420s. The hardware is decently sweet and powerful for the prices of $1,449 and $1,199 respectively. None too shabby, but could Lenovo seriously do something about the notebooks’ designs?

The 14-inch T420 comes with a slim construction bearing a 1600×900 resolution. The notebook is powered by a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU and GPU, a 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM and 250GB HDD space.

The 15.6-inch W520 workstation, on the other hand, is equipped with a 2.7GHZ Core i7-2620M chip, a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Optimus Graphics, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz, and 320GB HDD space. It comes with a 1366×768 screen resolution, but if you can shell out some more cash you can get the 1600×900 notebook.

Check out the complete specs by following these links – W520 , T420

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Intel Unveils Anti-Theft Core vPro Processors

Written on March 09, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Stolen laptop? Though we might not be able to track where it is, we can do a system lockdown through a simple SMS. What are we talking about? We're talking about the Intel Core vPro processor.

Nothing says “you’re screwed” more than having your laptop, tablet or desktop containing corporate and private data lost or stolen. Intel is right on the case for those scenarios as they’ve unveiled its second-generation Core vPro processors which allows you to disable a lost or stolen unit through an encrypted SMS over a 3G network. Should the unit and system miraculously comes back, then another SMS can unlock it. The Core vPro is available on Intel’s new Core i3, i5, and i7 business chips. And no, the technology to track your stolen laptops still hangs in the air.

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New MacBook Pros Come with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, and… AMD?

Written on February 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It'll be stronger, it'll be better, but will it be cheaper?

It’s only a matter of hours left until we finally get to see the new MacBook Pros Apple is ready to unveil in their event (along with the iPad 2 of course), and CNET has just learned about the new features the PC-killers have that will definitely put you on the edge of your seats. What are they? Well nothing short of Intel’s Light Peak technology now officially named ‘Thunderbolt,’ Core i Series processors, and AMD processors. Yes you heard that right, AMD, not NVIDIA, are now offered to power up the hefty 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros.

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Intel Updates its Sandy Bridge Family

Written on February 22, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Intel's Sandy Bridge got a new family member, and they most likely to bound for Apple MacBooks and some PC vendors across the planet.

Yesterday, Intel added i3, mobile i5, and mobile Core i7 dual-core chips to its Sandy Bridge family. The low-powered i5-2537M (1.4GHz), standard i5-2540M and i5-2520M chips are priced at $250, $266, and $225, respectively in thousand unit quantities.

Meanwhile, the current crop of dual-core i7 mobile processors now includes i7-2620M, i7-2649 that cost $346, and i7-2657 that is tagged at $317. The new i3 processors, on the other hand, includes i3-2120 and i3-2100, and are set at $138 and $117 respectively.

The new set of Intel Sandy Bridge processors are likely to bound Apple MacBooks and about every PC vendor world-wide. In addition to this, Apple is expected to announce new MacBook Pros that will sport the new dual-core Sandy Bridge chipsets soon.

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Lenovo Refreshes Thinkpad T, L, and W Series Laptops

Written on February 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Lenovo capitalizes their Thinkpad L, T, and W series laptops with improved processors and battery life. Long live Lenovo!

Lenovo’s not out of the game yet as they’ve unleashed some buffed up Thinkpad T, L, and W series laptops refreshed with Intel’s latest processors, NVIDIA/ATI’s graphic cards, and not to mention improved VoIP features. The new laptops complement Lenovo’s serious push into the laptop market with their Sandy Bridge devices back at the CES 2011. And although the designs lack a little innovation or design at all (they look like our dad’s laptops in the early 2000s), these powerhouse laptops can sure pack a punch with their specs. Hit the break to check out an overview of each series.

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Samsung Offers Sandy Bridge PC Refund

Written on February 03, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Samsung is the first out the door with a fix for its customers. The company said that it will refund customers' money for those who have purchased a PC from them.

After the breaking news that Sandy Bridge-based computers got a chipset flaw, Samsung is the first company to offer a refund. Customers who purchased a PC from the company will be able to get their money back.

Following Bloomberg’s report on the matter, NEC was listed as a company that may delay the release of its products. With the fixed chipset yet to come, a delay seems likely to happen. Other companies like Fujitsu, Acer and Lenovo did not give any statement as to what they intend to do with the Sandy Bridge flaw.

More updates are sure to come, so keep it posted here at Gadg.

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