Solid-state drive Stories July 4, 2014

See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses 240GB of Transcend SSD and it could replace the 64GB or 128GB SSD that came in your MacBook Air in as little as 5 minutes. Even better, Transcend just released larger versions in 480GB and 960GB sizes to blow your SATA III MacBook Air or Pro into new worlds of space. Keep in mind these are SATA-based SSDs and Apple’s latest round of MacBook Pro/Airs came with speedier PCIe SSDs so you can’t use these on Apple’s late 2013/2014 models (see bottom of the article for compatibility list).

I got my hands on a demo unit and took it for a test drive…

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Solid-state drive Stories June 4, 2014

9to5Toys Lunch Break: ZAGG iPad keyboard cases up to 70% off, Samsung 250GB SSD $125, free iTunes music, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

 

ZAGG BT keyboard cases: iPad mini w/ backlit keys $30 (Reg. $100), iPad 2/3/4 $50 (Reg. $100)

Samsung 840 EVO Series 250GB 2.5″ SATA III Solid State Drive $125 shipped (Reg. $250)

Get eight top country music songs from iTunes for free

Canon PIXMA Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer w/AirPrint $100 shipped (Reg. $200)

9to5Toys Specials:

  • 1-year of Backblaze online backup storage (PC/Mac) for $25 (Reg. $50) – ends in 2 days
  • Scrivener 2: Winner – Best of the Mac App Store $20 (Reg. $45) – ends in 10 days
  • PasswordBox Unlimited Subscription $9.99 (Reg. $72) – ends in 1 day

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Giveaways presented by SlickWraps: Apple TV, $100 iTunes gift card, $50 SlickWraps gift card, more

The above contest is now over, congratulations to our winners: @Jemarch86, @austinkeith and @robertburnspr – stay tuned for more great giveaways…

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Solid-state drive Stories April 10, 2014

Next-gen faster Haswells chips out as soon as next month, could find their way into upgraded MacBook and iMacs

Intel’s next generation of its Haswell CPUs could be out as soon as next month, according to sources cited by TechPowerUp (via TonyMacx86).

According to sources in the IT retail, Intel could launch these new chips, led by the Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets […]

 Intel Core “Haswell” Refresh processors offer marginally better performance over current Core “Haswell” chips, at existing price points (i.e., they will displace existing chips from their current price-points).The 9-series chipset offers features such as M.2 SSD support, making you ready for a tidal wave of 1000 MB/s SSDs that will launch around Computex.

Apple now uses PCIe SSD interface  even in its base model MacBook Air so the mSATA improvement will only benefit PC users and Hackintoshers but the mildly improved performance might find its way into updated iMac or MacBooks due ’round WWDC.

Solid-state drive Stories January 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Discounted Samsung/Crucial SSDs 120GB-1TB, home deals from iRobot Roomba/Dyson/Cuisinart, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals: 

Last Call updates:

Solid State Drives:

  • Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB $480
  • Crucial M500: 480GB $259, 240GB $114, 120GB $77

Home Deals: Dyson table fan: $100, Cuisinart Coffeemaker: $90, 10-Piece GreenGourmet cookware: $200more

Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 5/5S $60 shipped ($10 off)

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Solid-state drive Stories January 17, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin Thunderbolt dock $200, Samsung EVO 500GB SSD $280, discounted 32″-70″ HDTVs, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals: 

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock: $200 shipped ($100 off)

Samsung 840 EVO Series 500GB 2.5″ SATA III Internal SSD $280 shipped (Reg. $480)

Discounted 1080p HDTVs: 70″ Vizio $1498, 32″ Sharp $220, 47″ LG $400, 32″ Sony $330 shipped

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Solid-state drive Stories December 31, 2013

Following a quick look from Other World Computing last week, iFixit has published its teardown of the new Mac Pro.

Unlike any other Apple product iFixit has reviewed this year, the firm gives high praise to the repairability of the Mac Pro. The system uses no proprietary screws and RAM is accessible without the need for any tools.  Add in the socketed, upgradable CPU originally found in the earlier teardown, the Mac Pro is the most repairable computer in Apple’s lineup by far.

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