Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
In what is usually regarded as a sign that a new upgrade is about to be released, there are murmurs that the inventory of current generation of Mac Pro towers are starting to dry up at Apple Stores.
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Today Intel released the next generation i3-i5-i7 processors. Dubbed Haswell, the new processor is a 22nm architecture, which Leo says will get down to 14nm by next year. The Haswell processors will offer laptops very long battery life thanks to its lower power requirements. Windows Tablets will enjoy that as well. It will also offer improved graphics performance. New Haswell based laptops will be out soon.
Mike wants to wire up his home for sound. His house is already wired for Cat6 cable, but is wireless better? Leo says that Wireless is pricey, but it works. The Sonos, for instance, works great, but it's $400 a room. Each speaker has it's own wireless network built in. He can do it on his own, but the money he'd save is taken up in time building it himself. That's why Leo says if he can afford it, the Sonos Play5 is a great way to go.
Herb has an old iMac and is thinking about getting a new iMac with the Fusion hybrid drive. Leo says that the Fusion drive will buy him a 128GB SSD with a 2-3 TB hard drive, working in concert. They work just fine. In fact, Apple's hybrid drive is better than most.
Sam has a cellphone with Straight Talk and he wants something to access the internet other than a smartphone. Leo says that the simplest and best way is the Google Chromebook. It's a notebook that just has a Chrome Browser, and costs around $250. Get one with built in 3D like the Acer C7.
John bought a Dell XPS 8500 from Dell, and the sales person said it had a 2TB SSD drive. However, it came with a standard hard drive and a 32GB SSD, called a hybrid drive with smart response technology. Leo says the sales person probably just didn't understand what it really was. John could call and complain, but it won't really do him much good. They won't put a 2TB SSD in it. Leo says that computer is a pretty good one, nonetheless.
Microsoft announced their next generation XBox this week. Dubbed 'XBox One,' the platform is not just for gaming anymore. The XBox One comes with an internal 500GB hard drive, and works as a 'pass through', meaning everything will connect to the Xbox instead of directly to the TV. This makes Xbox One a central hub for all entertainment, including live TV. According to the chat room, it should sell for around $299, but Leo suspects it could be around $500.
A company called XODUS has created what they call LowGlow Technology and here are a few cool items:
Leon is getting a new laptop and wants to transfer his data and favorites settings from one computer to another. Leo says that it's really easy in Windows 7 as they have a transfer data feature. All Leon needs is a USB to USB cable. Here's a Microsoft technote, with video, on how to do it.