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[Update] MBP Rumor Recap: SSDs, Faster Processors, ThunderBolt, And 12hr Battery Life!

We haven’t said much about the various MacBook Pro refresh rumors thus far, but with this morning’s more legitimate claims from an ever growing list of sources we can’t hold off any longer. First up, the 16GB SSD OS/boot drive rumors are all but confirmed. This dual-mode solution gives you a super fast boot/shutdown times and over OS responsiveness while the second HDD will allow you to store heaps of files. We’re hearing that Apple will also allow customers to swap out the Superdrive for a second SSD.

Display options include a new, higher resolution 1440 x 900 option for the 13″ MBPs along with a matte-screen choice for the higher end MBP baby. The 15″ MBP will gain a 1680 x 1050 resolution panel (1920 x 1080 still available as an upgrade). Finally, the 13″ and 15″ MBPs will ship with 4GB of RAM standard with the 17″ getting a nice boost to 8GB out the door.

Even better than the above goodies comes by way of a claimed 12 hour battery life for the 13″ MBP and still plenty respectable 11-hour battery life for the 15 incher.

But the one rumor that has most people in an uproar currently is that these latest MBPs will feature Intel’s new LightPeak technology (rebranded “ThunderBolt”), which offers 10Gb/s transfers rates — double that of USB 3.0. Further adding fuel to the fire, an image leaked showing a new mysterious port on a MBP. Whether it is Light Peak (or even a MBP) are still unconfirmed.

Of course, it will take a bit of time for hardware manufacturers to build peripherals and accessories for the new technology. But having it standard on Apple hardware moving forward could provide very fruitful for adoption. Intel is holding a Light Peak even on Thursday, with Apple’s unveiling supposedly happening later the same day.

Stay tuned as we’ll be all over it!

Update

German Apple site fscklog has what they claim to be a snapshot of the 13″ MBP spec sheet. Looks like these “rumors” are getting more real as the morning goes on.

In other news, I have a MBP for sale…
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Intel unveils Light Peak successor. 50Gb/sec transfers say “Light Peak what?”

USB 3 and eSATA may be the king and queen when it comes to external speed, but no technology is more promising than Intel’s Light Peak. While USB 3.0 was a marginal, linear progression from USB 2.0 and 1.0 before it, Light Peak is exponentially faster. For example, USB 3.0 has a theoretical top speed of 5.0Gbps. Though real-world speeds tend to hover around 100-130MB/s. Still, that’s a helluva lot better than their previous technologies. Light Peak on the other hand has a theoretical top speed of 10Gbps, which will obviously offer at least double the real-world transfer speeds. But what’s slightly surprising is that Intel showed off the successor to Light Peak — mind you, Light Peak still has 3-5 years before we actually see it in mainstream products.

If Light Peak is all the rage in geek world currently, the successor has to be something special, right? Right! Light Peak tops out at 10Gbps. Ok, awesome. But Intel’s even faster laser-based technology will allow data transmissions of up to 12.5Gbps across (4) laser beams, netting nearly ~50Gbps of total bandwidth. That’s inane! But that’s just the beginning…
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Bluetooth 4.0 spec adopted by SIG.

It seems like only yesterday Bluetooth 3.0 chatter was all the rage. Fast forward a few months and what do you know, we’re again sitting here talking about what’s next.

Today, the Bluetooth SIG announced that they have approved the Bluetooth 4.0 spec. With the new spec, even more power frugality will be available, allowing even tinier gadgets such as watches, pens, and god knows what else to benefit from short-range wireless communications.

Seeing as how we’re still waiting for the first Bluetooth 3.0 hardware (Samsung Galaxy S) to actually hit the market, we can all sit back and take a breather. At this rate, it’ll be at least another year before Bluetooth 4.0 hardware starts to trickle out. Anyone excited?
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USB 3.0′s 4.8Gbps? Psh. NEC claims triplified 16Gbps speeds possible with USB 3.0 spec.

USB 3.0 hasn’t even reached mass popularity (or adoption) yet and already someone, somewhere is trying to steal it’s spotlight. 4.8Gbps may seem fast, and in truth, it really is. But there’s always something bigger and better, right? Right. NEC has gone on the record books claiming that the USB 3.0 spec can actually go faster.

How’s 16Gb/s sound? Such speeds will no doubt be part of future USB spec ratifications in USB 4.0 and beyond. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. The biggest problem with super speedy USB over longer distances is the signal interference and breakdown of the transmission. Countering such a problem involves sending a simple signal back down the line to confirm that it was sent correctly. But as you increase the transfer speeds, the speed of that “confirmation signal” has to increase as well. And such things can only go so fast.

NEC’s solution: delay the feedback/confirmation signal and dramatically increase the transfer speeds. In theory it’s simple, effective, and makes sense. The real world as we know it however, rarely works that way. Looks like USB 3.0 just became a little less cool huh? Ready for 16Gb/s USB?

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FCC: “We hereby decree, 100Mbps internet for all…”

Google may be the talk of the town with their proposed 1Gbps super-network, grabbing headlines for it’s crazy fast speeds and reported “competitive cost”, but the FCC would like to remind you that they aren’t just sitting idle while Google steps forward and does their job, making them look like the fat lazy kid in gym class. No sir.

In an effort to better the overall lives of US citizens, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced (Warning: PDF) plans to boost the speed of internet access within the US border to 100Mbps+. Such a move is long overdue according to many in the tech sector who site other developed countries such as Japan and Korea both as being close to or surpassing the 100Mbps mark. Considering we ourselves are a developed country, having to see/hear/read people calling 6Mbps “fast” or “high speed” is depressing. One nifty addition to the chairman’s announcement was his nod to Google, commended their 1 Gbps “super-network” ambitions.

Simply decreeing that it shall be done and actually getting it done are two different stories however. One of the biggest hurdles for a nation wide 100Mbps rollout will be hampered by old, aging technology — hardware and services alike. A fair amount of the country’s internet is provided via DSL/phone line services and hit’s it’s absolute max at a mere quarter of the FCC’s goals (25Mbps). Current DOCSIS 3.0 hardware in place that is capable of hitting 100Mbps is being limited to only half speed as well. Furthermore, getting that DOCSIS 3.0 hardware moving closer to the 100Mbps limit is going to take, yet again, more hardware upgrades — upgrades that don’t come quickly or cheaply.

100Mbps speeds will come at some point. It’s inevitable. While landline/fiber methods may linger for now, 4G/LTE/WiMax and emerging wireless technologies are making the expansion of high speed networks easier and faster. But as we wait until that speed filled day I can’t help but feel impatient. You know, I would like to enjoy 100Mbps+ internet speeds wherever I decide to call home and before I start counting my age with three digits.

Are you ready for 100Mbps internet?

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USB 3.0 PCIe upgrade comes in cheap for those who like pure, blinding speed.

Disappointed that brand new computer you purchased doesn’t have the latest and greatest in terms of USB speed? Simple solution: make it fast. The GH-UIPE302 PCIe USB 3.0 card is a rather inexpensive upgrade option for PC enthusiasts who want to get on the USB 3.0 bandwagon a little early. Can’t say I blame them though. While USB 2.0 used to seem fast back in the day, things such as lossless music files, 10 megapixel+ images stored in RAW, and HD movies have shown us everything USB 2.0 isn’t anymore — fast.

For the price of one nice dinner (or two slightly lesser dinners), you add the newest edition to the USB family to your computer with relatively little know-how and wrench time on your and very little work on the end of your wallet’s. $42 seem like the right price for (2) USB 3.0 ports?

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Apple continues f’ing over the App Store. Demands removal of ebook app over USB transfers.

Ok, big deal. A few ebook readers no longer have the ability to transfer ebooks over USB. You may be thinking why this is of such utter importance to earn a spot on the front page of Gadgetsteria. Continue on…

If you take it at face value, the instant reasoning probably gravitates you towards piracy. But such reasoning is an extremely poor choice and full of holes.

The app in question is Stanza, a popular ebook app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Until the recent 2.1 update, users could transfer ebooks over USB to and fro as they pleased. According to dialog between TechCrunch and Stanza as well as user outcries in the user forum indicate that it is Apple, not Stanza, who is having the problem.

Again, simply removing the feature due to piracy concerns is hardly enough footing to cripple what I would consider a staple feature of the app. But it is Apple we’re talking about here. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they do what they want, when they want, how they want. Most of the time it works out pretty well, but in instances such as this, it just highlights the utter fluster cluck that the whole App Store and it’s approval process are.

Comments anyone?

TechCrunch

WiFi Direct the end of Bluetooth?

In case you’ve been living under a rock, WiFi Direct is the new spec that the WiFi alliance is set to start unleashing in early 2010. The technology will work much like Bluetooth currently does in allowing devices to connect to each other operating as a sort of “close range” P2P network. While new WiFi Direct devices won’t start seeing official certification until 2010, older legacy devices which consist of pretty much everything to date with a WiFi chip inside will be able to take advantage of the new technology. The only catch is in order for these legacy devices to do so, a new, WiFi Direct device has to initiate the connection. Could a firmware update bring full capability to legacy devices down the road? Sure would be nice wouldn’t it? But this brings up a rather intriguing quesiton:

Will this kill bluetooth?

Since it essentialy is Bluetooth on steroids, offering faster speeds and much greater range, why use Bluetooth at all? I mean, I don’t have any hard numbers or stats on how many devices have WiFi support as opposed to Bluetooth support though I would imagine that WiFi is more prevalent. Bluetooth probably is a tad more battery friendly, though, I’m sure WiFi direct will go through a quick refining process to become even more relevant and useful. Now that I think about it, I can’t really think of any application where Bluetooth couldn’t be replaced by WiFi — save for small devices that have extremely low energy requirements such as Bluetooth headsets or even pacemakers.

What do you think? Will WiFi Direct and Bluetooth live in happy harmony or will it be a gruesome fight? Sound off inside.

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Are we getting dumber or just ripped off? Geek Squad now ripping CD’s for $1/disc

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Time to c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e. Those of you who love gadgetry and electronics but are having a small problem figuring out how to rip all of those CD’s you have now have a new friend in the Geek Squad. Ok, in reality, if you can’t rip a CD, you probably are damn near close to being illiterate too. The only people I can think of that are unable to do such a basic task as ripping CD’s and transferring to a mobile device are those that are either of senior citizen status, or those of who live under a rock. Am I surprised that Geek Squad is now offering such a service? Yes! But not in the way you’re probably thinking. I’m surprised it took them this long to charge for such a service. Anyone else surprised, confused, willing to waste an entire dollar of your hard earned cash to try it out?

Source: Consumerist