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LaCie’s Thunderbolt Drives available now!

Thunderbolt drive

Finally we are seeing small progress of 3rd party vendor coming out with Thunderbolt accessories. LaCie has come out with their 2big Thunderbolt Series and they are now available! 2big Thunderbolt drives offer speed up to 327MB/s and 676MB/s if you daisy chain 2 or more of them.

Cool looking, but a powerful device

It’s aluminum shells is pretty cool looking and holds either 4TB or 6TB worth of storages. Thus it will be a very good choice for creative professional for photos or videos, or even home users who just wish to have a quick drive with huge storage. It is heat-sink cooled and also in addition, a thermo-regulated fan which will turn off and on depending on the temperature of the drives.

Overall it is a very cool and fast drive for any Mac owners, but they don’t come cheap. 4TB will cost you USD$650 and 6TB will run up to $800.

For more information, Check out LaCie’s 2big Thunderbolt Series


Apple is now buying back old Macs, iPhone and iPad

Green Apple

Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, they are always pushing their product to be as green as possible. Not just making green products, Apple tries to minmum the CO by reduce weight of shipping weight and reducing carbon footprint. They tries to encourage recycling by recycling all Apple products for free.

Reuse and Recycle

But today Apple pushed recycling to the new limit and launches Reuse and Recycle program. Yes, Apple will buy back workable old Apple or non-Apple product back. They will provide free shipping and free packaging for your old Notebook, Desktop, iPad and iPhone! This is a pretty nice service, although you might be able to get better resale price on ebay or other auction sites, but it can not be easier to sell your products back to Apple.

One important note is that all value of your product will be translated to an Apple Gift Card of the same value. Since it is Apple Gift Card, you will be only able to use in Apple Store or buy Apps/music in Apple’s App Store or iTunes.

So if you have any old Apple products or PC, check out Apple’s Reuse and Recycle Program.


$999 iMac 2011 for Education

New iMac for Education

Apple is always supporting Educations by giving discounts to students and teachers. Today Apple launches the new $999 iMac 2011 for education market. This will be a great asset to school as iMac will be the best computer you can get in school’s Computer Lab.

Below are the stats of the new iMac for Education:

  • 21.5 inch Display
  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i3
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB Hard disk
  • Super Drive for Optical
  • Lion OS

It is a pretty neat iMac, having enough horsepower and good amount of screen for work. But I’m pretty surprised why Thunderbolt and just 2GB of RAM. I’m quite sure running virtualization to run Windows should be useful, as some software that school use might still be Windows only.

Nevertheless, hope this Mac will help School purchase more affordable Computers and benefit the students.


New Mac Mini faster but dropped optical drive

Together with the launch of Mac OS X Lion, 2 new Apple hardware were refreshed too. Mac Mini and Macbook Air. Of course Macbook Air have gotten most of the limelight being the newest addition to the Mac Family line. Many will think that Macbook Air will be the future of laptops, and I totally agree. But will Mac Mini be the future of Mac Xserve?

Future of Mac Mini

The new Mac Mini 2011 has something missing, yes the optical drive. No more optical drive for Mac Mini from now onwards. Mac Mini has never been in spotlight of Mac family line, due to the lack of everything, no screen, no keyboards, no mouse no nothing comes together with Mac Mini. But this is the kind of machine you would like to be siting in your house. Quietly working to keep up with the iMacs, Macbook Airs, Macbook Pros, iPad and iPhone in your household. It will be your house’s Xserve if you want to put it in this way.

What is needed in a home server?

So what is needed as a home server?

  • Low power, but powerful enough for household.
  • Occupy very little space, but has the connections needed.
  • All in one little machine, able to backup, serve music and video to home entertainment center
  • Lots of space for backups or to serve files
  • Quiet

And yes, 2011 Mac Mini have all of it. Now having optical drive removed for all Mac Minis, you will have 1 extra slot for additional Hard disk.

Haven you gotten the new Mac Mini 2011? Tell us what you feel about it!


Apple back to School is not giving out iPod Touch but $100 iTunes Gift Card

Apple’s Back to School Promo

Apple support students by having Back to School Promotion yearly, giving special discounts to all Mac Hardwares like iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. Of course not just discount, but Apple used to give out free iPod Touches, but this year they are not giving out any. But don’t feel disappointed, Apple are giving out $100 iTunes Gift Cards to all students. Yes, you might feel you are short-changed as we used to get $200+ iPod Touches for free, but now only getting $100 iTunes Gift Cards.

Why iTunes Gift Cards?

I think that Apple’s decision to give out iTunes Gift Cards is good, although many people will argue otherwise. But from my point of view, which student don’t have iPod or iPhone already? Those that yet to have, might not be interested to have one. That aside, to help students with their school, iPod Touch might not be that useful. But do you know that iTunes Gift Card can be use not only to buy music from iTunes, but Apps from App Store, yes Mac App Store too. So students can buy useful Apps from Mac App Store for note taking, mind mapping or software like iWorks for documentations. Other than App Store and iTunes, students can buy iBooks from iBookStore which is pretty useful.

How about $150?

So overall, I feel that iTunes Gift Cards as a giveaway for Back to School Promotion, I feel is a very very good idea. But I hope Apple can increase the amount from $100 to $150! Yes, $50 might not seems alot, but to a student, he/she can buy the whole iWorks suite of softwares, or other cool apps. We are not sure if students in Singapore are getting iTunes Gift Cards too, as nothing has been announced. We will post a update once we got any news.

 


Apple repairs damaged devices in Japan Disasters for free!

Remember when Japan was hit with Tsunami, Apple Japan changed their main page to dedicate to the victims and did not display their newly launched iPad 2. Later on they help raise funds through iTunes for Red Cross, let victims charge their iPads and iPhones in the store and even let them surf web with their WiFi and even their Macs in stores.

Lots of respect to Apple Japan in organizing so much for the victims of Japan Disasters, and no they did not stop. Now they are offering free repairs to damaged devices from Apple at no cost for all victims of the Tsunami. Honestly this news touched my heart and I love them even more for the effort that they put in.


2011 iMacs impossible to upgrade your own hard drive

Upgrading parts in iMacs

Upgrading hard drive and ram are never easy on iMac, as iMac is just a power-packed machine with large screen. Thus everything is just packed so tightly and neat. But 2011 iMacs make upgrading Hard disk in your iMac even harder as Apple have change the SATA connector from a 4-pins to a 7-pins. This helps Apple’s firmware to control the fans for the drive temperature, but due to that when you upgrade hard disk yourselve, the disk will spin out of control, as the firmware will not control the fan speed anymore.

So plan your purchase when you are buying your next iMac. 🙂


Google Love Apple! At least their engineers at Google IO


Google Love Apple

Google’s Engineer and Apple’s Macs

Apple just recently took over Google is the top brand in the world. Why? Just look at the engineers at the recent Google I/O, most of the Google’s engineers are using Apple’s Macbook Pro and iMacs! This is just how much Google Love Apple!

Google Engineers love Mac

Look at the above photo, this is the evidence of why we say Google Love Apple! One of the engineer’s sticker said “My other computer is a data center” is pointing to Google’s Cloud, Apps and Chrome?

Want to know how much Google actually love Apple? Check out the next photo, even their display booth are all using Apple’s Products like Macbook Pro, iMac and their LCD Monitor.

Conclusion:

Who don’t love a nicely designed, fast and easy to use computer produce by Apple? I’m sure we all love, so do Google.

[via cultofmac]


iMac 2011 supports 2 external monitor via Thunderbolt ports

If you have read my post on iMac 2011, you would have know that iMac 2011 now have thunderbolt port, and 27 inch have 2 of them! So it means that we can now have 2 external monitor, and have a 3 monitor setup! Pretty cool right? Not only that, iMac 2011 is fast enough to support 3 concurrently playing 1080p video on 3 different monitor. How I wish I can get this 3 monitor setup!

Check out the below video, iMac 2011 27 inch supports 2 external monitor via thunderbolt:

[via cultofmac]


iMac 2011 are fast!

New iMacs are pretty fast! Macworld have done a benchmark on the new iMac 2011 it is faster than all previous iMacs and are almost as fast as Mac Pro 2010. It is just a wonder that you can have such a powerful machine and a 27 inch screen pack together in such a neat package!

Currently there are still no benchmark for SSD Drive yet, I will be very interested to know how much better it will score, as we all know Macbook Air is so much faster just because of SSD. Stay Tuned!


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