Apple May Release New Force Touch iMac and Macbook Pro Lineup This Week

Thinking of buying a new iMac or MacBook Pro? Then you should wait a bit longer. Rumour has it that Apple may release a new iMac and Macbook Pro lineup sooner than you might expect.

Apple has just dropped support for some of its ageing products over the weekend and the move might bring some new lineups, as far as Mac Generation’s sources tell. So what to expect after the company revealed its new Force Touch MacBook at the Spring Forward event?

Sources tell that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 27-inch iMac is working their way onto Apple’s store this Wednesday and if the rumours prove to be true, it means that the new MacBook Pro lineup will be the first 15-incher to be shipped with Apple’s Force Touch trackpad.

As always, there are no confirmed specs for the products until Apple officially release them. However, rumours tell that they will be fitted with the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, which could give the MacBook Pro lineup a boost in battery life.

Even if all the above turns out to be true, we still have to wait until Wednesday to actually see them. So how likely are you to buy a new MacBook Pro or iMac? Let us know!

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Super Talent Unveils its DDR4 DRAM Modules

Super Talent has unveiled their line-up of DDR4 memory modules, and there are quite a few of them to cover every possible use. DDR4 DRAM is the next generation of DRAM which delivers speeds up to double that of the previous generation while consuming 20% less power.

The new modules from Super Talent with increased bandwidth due to the DDR4 come in capacities up to 32GB. A full list of new modules is attached below as writing out all those numbers would become unreadable.

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Asustor Readying New AS50 and AS70 Series NAS Systems

Asustor is getting ready to release a long list of new NAS devices based on Intel Core and Bay Trail processors to cover a wider market area. The new NAS devices for the family and professional users will be the AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5008T and AS5010T. They will be based upon Intel Bay Trail series Celeron dual-core processors and features 2, 4, 8 and 10-bay respectively. The new AS50 series hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the images here show a previous exposure by VRZone.

Small to medium enterprises and power users might also find the new AS5102T, AS5104T, AS5108T, AS5110T and AS7004T models very appealing. They will be based on Intel Core i3 processors for the 70 series while the 51 models will use Intel Bay Trail again. These new models haven’t been formally introduced either.

The new 9 and 12 bay rackmount NAS models have however just been introduced, and they look like some really sweet devices for enterprise use. The AS7009RD and AS7012RD are based upon the Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor with 4MB cache. Out of the box they come with 4GB UDIMM DDR3 memory but are expandable up to 32GB over 4 modules. They feature four Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports for the network connections with failover and link-aggregation.

Additional external storage and devices can be connected via four USB 3.0 and two eSATA ports and maintenance can be performed via the built-in VGA and HDMI 1.4a port. The new NAS models have official support for 6TB HDDs for a total of up to 54 or 72TB storage. Redundant power supplies and two expansion slots for 10GbE or SAS Cards further increase the functionality.

The AS7009RDX and AS7012RDX feature almost the same specification as the above but are instead based upon the Intel Xeon E3-1245v3 3.4GHZ quad-core processor with 8MB cache.

All the new models use Asustor’s also new ADM 2.3 operating system to provide reliable functionality and performance. Some of the features include 2-way transfer support for Rsync, FTP, cloud (Amazon S3) and external backup systems. It includes refreshed graphics and a variety of new enterprise features such as proxy server connections, TFTP support, Windows ACL and SMB 2.0. The last one, SMB 2.0, helps to increase windows file transfers performance by 30-50% over the predecessor. Of course, the features can be expanded via the App central with functions such as mail and VPN servers, Google Drive storage, surveillance centre and much more.

The Asustor AS70R series devices are now shipping globally and come with a 3-year warranty.

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Yo Lineup Service Lets Doctors’ Offices and Restaurants Handle Queues

The one-word messaging app by the name of Yo appears to constantly add new services. A while back, the Yo app launched a service that lets you know about missile strikes in Israel. Now, the app has launched another service which lets doctors’ offices and restaurants handle queues.

“We got an inquiry from a doctors’ office in Miami that read about our restaurant solution and wanted the same,” Or Arbel, founder of Yo, has stated in an email.

They released the Yo Lineup service shortly after, granting people in waiting rooms and restaurant lobbies a way to get Yo’d when they are next in line.

Users who want to try this should know that both the client and the restaurant and/or doctor’s office need to have the Yo app and an account on the Yo Lineup service for it to work. However, the sign-up and download is fairly simple, easy and quick. Yo claims that the service as even been tried 2 million times already.

Yo has also confirmed a figure of $1.5 million in funding this month, but is constantly battling Yo wanna-be apps that keep popping up on the AppStore. Yolo is one of them, having Arbel asking Apple to take it down.

“Yo spawned many clones; though most of the clones offer something slightly different, some of them are a complete replication of the Yo app,” Arbel said. “Even the App Store description was copied word by word. We value creativity and we are in a free market; improving upon our concept is welcomed, copying us bit-by-bit isn’t.”

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Haswell Powered Mini Macs Seen On Belgium Retailer Website, Launch Set For Next Month?

There hasn’t been any news about newer versions of Mac minis lately. Apple updated its entire Mac lineup in 2013, the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac models were refreshed with the latest Intel Haswell processors, whereas the Mac Pro received a complete makeover, including radical changes to its design. Apple is yet to mention the Mac mini, it didn’t reveal any plans pertaining to this particular Mac in 2013, so right now it’s not known for sure if and when the company is going to release the refreshed lineup.

However, the latest report indicate a retailer from Belgium has listed Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell configurations of the unannounced new Mac mini, but eventually removed the listing. Could it be that a little mistake has revealed what is to come in a few week’s time, or maybe a month? The retailer claims to have received this information from “reliable sources.” Retailers did see inventory tighten up towards the end of last year, which led to rumors about the upcoming launch of a refreshed lineup. It is also believed that Apple has carefully managed the Mac mini’s supply, only because it does not want the market to be flooded by inventory which ends up collecting dust in warehouses. Usually though, tight supply is often taken as a sign of an oncoming successor.

Whether or not we will see refreshed Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell mini Macs next month, we will just have to wait and see. The main reason we will never be certain until its release is that Apple is known for not giving any official announcements about their upcoming products before they actually get launched.

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Samsung To Begin Production Of Its Galaxy Note 3 Lite Smartphone

There has been rumors of a low-end version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 called the “Galaxy Note 3 Lite” lately. Samsung did not announce anything specific about the Lite version so far, but it appears that Korean ETNews\( via Chip Loco) reports that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is already in production.

According to sources, Galaxy Note 3 Lite will not be smaller than the current Note 3, having the same 5.68-inch screen on it. The difference between the two is that the Lite phone will come with a LCD screen, as opposed to AMOLED currently found on the Note 3. Samsung is said to be manufacturing 500,000 Galaxy Note 3 Lite in January and afterwards another 1,500,000 in February. The company hopes that the Lite version will account for around 30% of the sales for the Note 3 lineup.

What Samsung wants to gain through this move to launch the Lite version of the Note 3, nobody really knows. Having two similar devices on the market, one slightly cheaper than the latter, will in fact affect the sales of the more expensive one, that is only logical. Yet Samsung is known to play with similar strategies in the past.

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