This thick semi-throwback wasn't even mentioned by Apple, but it still exists. Like the cast in an Agatha Christie mystery, however, its ranks are being depleted. First the 17-inch version vanished back in 2011, and immediately after the October 2013 Apple press event, the 15-inch version disappeared from Apple's site, leaving only the $1,199 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, which we are now referring to as … Read more
Something a little different today...
Regular readers know I'm a huge fan of cashback services, which is why they appear in the very first chapter of "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." (OK, last plug for a while, I swear.)
If you've never tried one and want to see what all the fuss is about, the folks at TopCashback have crafted a sweet little offer especially for Cheapskate readers: a free-after-cashback 4GB Wintec flash drive from your local Sears store.
So where's the link? To help keep confusion to a minimum, I'm … Read more
The disc drive is dead -- or it's at least issuing a triumphant death rattle.
Not in PCs just yet, but certainly in Apple's Macs. Earlier this week Apple introduced updated versions of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, alongside an all new Mac Pro. What wasn't updated was Apple's line of non-Retina MacBook Pros, the only Apple devices that were still sporting a disc drive. In fact, Apple axed the 15-inch version and trimmed the non-Retina line to a single, 13-inch machine. The company has whittled away at product lines like this in the past, … Read more
The speed of Thunderbolt-based storage is about to double.
Promise Technology announced today the Pegasus2 and SANLink2 storage system to be among the first that support the new Thunderbolt 2 standard, currently the fastest I/O connection that has a cap speed of 20Gbps, or twice that of the original Thunderbolt.
Promise says the new Pegasus2 is a RAID system that comes in three tiers: R4, R6, and R8, offering four, six, and eight drive bays, respectively, thus providing up to 32TB of storage. The storage device supports all RAID configurations available for the amount of hard drives being used, … Read more
Not every portable hard drive can accompany you to the beach. Or a construction site. Or a war zone. Fragile little wussies, most drives are.
If you need mobile storage that can take a beating, you should like today's deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Silicon Power (via Amazon) has the SP Rugged Armor A30 1TB portable hard drive for $69.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code SPA30B15 at checkout. Regular price: $84.99. Cheapskate exclusive!
True to its name (and appearance), this is a shockproof drive with "drop protection [that] meets U.… Read more
On Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of their desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Available as a free download via the App Store, OS X Mavericks is supposed to bring power and performance improvements, as well as some new features, including the new Maps app.
Creating an OS X USB installer from the App Store download hasn't been very straightforward in the past, and the old methods no longer work for OS X 10.9. However, there's a new Apple utility with Mavericks that makes it relatively simple, and thanks to MacForums member, tywebb13, we … Read more
Upgrading your Windows 8 system to Windows 8.1 is simple enough through the Microsoft Store, but if you need to reinstall it or run the update on more than one PC, it can be inconvenient and time-consuming since Microsoft doesn't give you the option to save the update files.
There's a trick, however, that allows you to download the official Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft's servers with your Windows 8 product key. With the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can create DVD or USB media to update a Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1. … Read more
Hard-drive space can become a precious commodity, especially if you're using an expensive solid-state drive. However, Windows 7 updates have zero respect for your space, and love to leave update packages hanging around after you're done installing them. That doesn't sound very nice, does it?
Fortunately, there's an easy way to clear out the clutter with tools that are provided in Windows itself (imagine that). While needing to do some extra work to save hard-drive space isn't ideal, at least the option is there. Here's how to clean out old update files, and regain … Read more
If you ever wondered what a video game would look like if it crossed over from the virtual into the physical world, Anki thinks it has the answer.
The San Francisco startup, which developed a technology platform that mixes robotics and consumer-grade artificial intelligence, formally launched its first product on Thursday, a racing game called Anki Drive that will go on sale on October 23.… Read more
SciMark Drives for Mac is a basic diagnostic tool that can measure the performance of drives on the operating system in order to see how fast they can perform at single and multithread requests. To run this software you need to have Mac OS X 10.8 installed on a machine with at least 4GB of memory.
SciMark Drives for Mac comes with a Readme file that offers some basic information about the application. To initiate the system tests, you just click on the file labeled "scimark_drives_macosx," which opens the OS X terminal where the application runs diagnostics … Read more