Apple releases new OS X 10.9.1 build for developers

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Apple today released the latest developer seed of Mac OS X 10.9.1. The update, which will be the first major one to hit for Mavericks, carries the expected bout of bug fixes and enhancements for the latest version of Apple’s desktop computing platform.

The latest build is available for registered developers via the Mac App Store. A public release could well happen before the New Year comes around; many are expecting it to hit alongside the updated Mac Pro, which was promised to be launching this Holiday season back in October.

Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy 3 – Unboxing / Review

 

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This smartphone comes with a number of new features we haven’t seen on other phones including S Voice (improved voice control functionality), new sharing features, NFC features including Samsung’s new TecTiles, and more.

The hardware specifications for the Galaxy S III are impressive as well. The US variations of this phone feature a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen (1280×720), a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, and a 2100 mAh Lithium Ion battery. And all of the Galaxy S III smartphones run on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the gate.

 

Here is a Unboxing Video:

You’ll find a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4 processor in global Galaxy S III smartphones while the US variants have a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (the same SoC that impressed us on the HTC One X). Although we won’t see the quad-core version of the Galaxy S III on our shores, performance tests have shown the forward-looking, Krait-based Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at the heart of the Galaxy S III to be one of the better performing SoCs currently on the market.

The LTE capabilities are another differentiating factor between the global and US versions of the Galaxy S III. In fact, the LTE capabilities of the phone play a role in the processor choice for the US versions of the Galaxy S III. The Snapdragon S4 is a complete chipset that bundles the application processor, cellular radios, and LTE radio into a single package. Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor doesn’t bundle the radios required for American 4G LTE networks, so it’s not an ideal choice for this phone.

The last key difference between the US variants of the Galaxy S III and the global variants is in the RAM. The US variants come with an additional gigabyte of RAM (2GB of RAM total) compared to the global variants which have 1GB. The rest of the phone’s specifications are outlined in the chart below but first, let’s give you a quick nickle tour of Samsung’s new beauty..

 

 

 

Thanks to Virgin Mobile for Providing the Review Phone

Apple’s OS X Mavericks release planned for end of October

 

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Apple plans to release its next Mac operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, at the end of October, according to sources with knowledge of the launch plans.

This comes despite claims and speculation that Apple will release OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 intandem this month. iOS 7 is set to ship alongside the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C later in September. There has also been chatter about Apple holding the iPad iOS 7 release back until October.

For the launch of both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, Apple released the new operating systems the day following an earning results release. Apple traditionally shares its Q4 earnings numbers during the second half of October, so perhaps Apple will release Mavericks the day following its Q4 results announcement…

 

 

OS X Mavericks includes several enhancements over the current Mac OS, Mountain Lion, including improved multiple-monitor support, power-user features in Finder, a faster Safari, Maps and iBooks apps, and a redesigned Calendar application.

Mavericks has been in a beta phase since its WWDC announcement in June, and the most recentDeveloper Preview arrived earlier this week. The latest seed includes several performance enhancements over prior versions of the operating system, and this has been taken as a hint that a public release is closing-in.

The late-October Mavericks release is planned so Apple could focus the majority of its software engineering resources on pushing out iOS 7 alongside the new iPhone hardware over the next couple of weeks.

In addition to the new Mac software, Apple is expected to release a slew of new Macs this fall. This includes updated versions of the Mac ProiMac, and MacBook Pro. Perhaps these new Macs will arrive in October alongside (or around) the launch of Mavericks.

Kingston HyperX Performance Beast RAM

I would like to start by thanking Kingston for sending out this RAM kit to review. You can purchase it from Kingston directly for 192.60.

Right off the bat, this price looks very steep for a set of RAM. Rest assured, this is for a good reason. This is a dual channel 16GB kit of 2400MHz DDR3 RAM with CAS latency of 11 and heat spreaders for higher performance and lower temperatures. The average RAM kit is 1366, 1600 or 1866 MHz without heat spreaders which makes for a lower cost and performance. That information aside, this RAM looks really nice, with black PCB and black heat spreaders. These RAM DIMMS are high profile, meaning they take up more vertical space than regular DIMMS so you need to make sure that they will fit with the CPU cooler you have (that’s if you have a large CPU cooler) before you purchase.

This RAM kit has two XMP profiles which are as follows

XMPProfile#1:D3-2400CL11-13-13@1.65V

XMPProfile#2:D3-2133CL11-13-13@1.60V

This kit is compatible with any motherboard that has a P55, H67, P67, Z68, H61, X79 and Z77 Intel chipsets as well as A75, A87, A88, A89, A78 and E35 AMD chipsets that also support 2133 or 2400MHz RAM modules.

A video review on this RAM kit will be available to view in the coming days!

Trident Aegis Series iPhone Case Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Mobile Fun for sending this out for review. You can purchase this product for $25.50 here.

For those who don’t know about Mobile Fun, they are a company with an enormous inventory. They have countless phone accessories and specifically, a lot of iPhone 5 cases!

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The Trident Aegis case is a 2 piece case and provides a great amount of protection to your iPhone while still keeping a lightweight feel. The inner shell is comprised of a silicone/rubber material. This fits snug around your iPhone 5. There are flaps covering the headphone jack, charging port and vibrate switch. There is a nice circular cutout for the Apple logo on the back as well as covered buttons for the sleep, home and vibrate buttons. The second part of the case is a hard plastic exterior which holds the silicone tight. There are various cutouts in the hard plastic to allow for easy access to the silicone flap. Included with the case is a screen protector and microfiber cloth.

The case does a very good job protecting your device. The silicone layer has raised lines to help absorb shock should your device take impact. The silicone also comes around the front edge providing a lay on the table design allowing you to place your phone screen down and not damage your screen. The camera cutout on the back is a perfect fit and the flash does not have any issues.

Overall, for the price of $25, I would say it is on e of the better cases in that price range!