September 17th, 2015 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | hardware
A small number of Nvidia Shield Pro consoles suffer from ‘a hard drive issue that can worsen over time.’
Nvidia’s sure having a rough summer as it attempts to branch out beyond butt-kicking graphics cards. In late July, the company recalled 88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets due to a potential heat risk, and now, hard drives woes are forcing Nvidia to replace some customers’ Shield Pro Android TV consoles.
Fortunately, the issue with the Shield Pro isn’t nearly as far-reaching as the tablet’s hot hot battery. Less than one percent of Shield Pro units are affected by the issue, Nvidia’s Manuel Guzman said in the company’s forums. Defective consoles suffer from “a hard drive issue that can worsen over time,” according to Guzman.
The issue manifests itself in two ways. If you see a fastboot menu appear after installing the Shield TV’s Upgrade 1.4, you’ll want to replace your console, even if it starts functioning correctly again after a reboot. Affected consoles can also display “severe and persistent pixilation in all tiles of the top row of the Android TV home screen (text in tiles will be unreadable and does not become clear after a few seconds).”
Sound familiar? Then you’ll want to get in touch with Nvidia’s customer care. They’ll ship out a new Shield Pro as soon as the RMA is confirmed—even before you ship the busted unit back.
The impact on you at home: The recall comes at an awkward time, as Nvidia’s busy telling the world how superior the Shield TV is to the new Apple TV. But don’t let this minor hiccup turn you off on the Shield TV. One percent of units isn’t very large, all things considered, and as we mentioned in our massive media streaming buyer’s guide, Nvidia’s Shield TV is easily the best solution available if you want cutting-edge features like 4K video support and the ability to stream full-blown PC games to your TV.
September 10th, 2015 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | hardware
At 4K resolution, Apple’s smaller all-in-one would match the 27-inch 5K iMac in pixel density.
One year after dialing up the screen resolution of its 27-inch iMac, Apple will reportedly do the same with its 21.5-inch all-in-one.
Citing unnamed sources, 9to5Mac claims that Apple will announce the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display by the end of October, alongside the launch of OS X El Capitan. The new high-res iMac would then ship in November.
The exact screen resolution will be 4096-by-2304, 9to5Mac claims. This resolution has previously appeared in the code from Apple’s El Capitan Developer Preview. Currently, the 21.5-inch iMac has a resolution of 1920-by-1080.
With a 21.5-inch display, the 4K iMac’s pixel density would come out to 218.6 pixels per inch, just a tad higher than the 27-inch Retina iMac’s 217.6 ppi display. While 9to5Mac doesn’t mention the Retina branding, it seems likely that Apple will use it once again for its smaller iMac. As with the 27-inch iMac, the 21.5-inch model should have improved color saturation and faster processors to drive all those extra pixels.
There’s no word on pricing, but users should expect to pay a premium for the 4K display. Apple currently charges $1,999 for its basic Retina 5K iMac, though thedebut model had slightly superior tech specs and cost $2,499 at launch. Meanwhile, Apple still sells a non-Retina 27-inch iMac for $1,799. The current 21-inch model ranges in price from $1,099 to $1,499, and could stick around as a lower-priced alternative.
Why this matters: The 21.5-inch iMac is one of just three Apple products that don’t offer a Retina display option, the other being Apple’s 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs. With OS X El Capitan set for this fall, it makes sense for Apple to tie the launch a smaller, presumably more affordable Retina iMac.
September 5th, 2015 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | hardware
Windows 10 has a bunch of new features that bring new keyboard shortcuts along with them. Here’s a list of the best keyboard shortcuts to know to make your time with Windows 10 more efficient.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has added a ton of new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft recently released a handy-dandy Word document with Windows 10’s Windows key shortcuts to aid in your study.
If you’re new to keyboard shortcuts, however, one glance at that list can be overwhelming—and there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts that don’t involve the Windows key whatsoever. To help you streamline it a bit, here’s a list of 20 must-know shortcuts for Windows 10.
This isn’t just a list for Windows 10, however. Many of these shortcuts work with older versions of Windows, and you’ll find a few standard browser shortcuts as well. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8.1 but new to shortcuts this list will also help you take control of your Windows machine and make you more efficient by lessening your dependence on the mouse.
Windows 10’s newest features
Windows key + A: Open the Action Center
Windows key + C: Launch Cortana in listening mode (for voice commands)
Windows key + I: Open the Settings app
Windows key + S: Launch Cortana
Windows key + Tab: Open Task View
Windows key + Ctrl + D: Create a new virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close the current desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + left or right arrow: switch between virtual desktops
Standard Windows shortcuts
Windows key (Windows 7 and up): Open/close the Start menu
Windows key + X (Windows 8.1 and 10): Open/close the Start button’s right-click context menu
Windows key + left or right arrow (Windows 7 and up): snap current window to right or left of screen
Windows key + E (Windows 7 and up): Launch File Explorer
Windows key + L (Windows 7 and up): Lock the desktop
Alt + PrtScn (Windows 7 and up): Take a screenshot of current window and copy it to your clipboard
Windows key + PrtScn (Windows 8.1 and 10): Take a screenshot of entire display and save to Computer > Pictures > Screenshots
Browser shortcuts (works in Edge and most other browsers)
Ctrl + T: Open new tab
Ctrl + D: Bookmark page
Ctrl + L: Highlight current URL (good for typing a new address or copying the current one)
Ctrl + Tab: Cycle through your open tabs
Ctrl + Enter: add “.com” to the end of a web address (e.g. type ‘google’ then Ctrl + Enter to get google.com)
September 1st, 2015 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | hardware
There’s a hint baked into the new Huawei Watch listings on Amazon about Android Wear compatibility with the iPhone.
Android Wear may be very close to working with iOS.
That’s the report from Android Police, citing multiple anonymous sources and a hint in a retracted Amazon listing for the Huawei Watch.
Android Police tends to have a pretty good track record with such rumors, which are consistent with what we’ve heard before about Google working on iOS compatibility for Android Wear.
Initially the Huawei Watch listing on Amazon said it was compatible with iOS 8.2 or greater. The listing has been taken down, but the fact it made it into the Amazon listing at all indicates someone may have jumped the gun in posting that detail.
Since then, Huawei has released a statement that makes vague reference to the Amazon listing:
”Earlier today, incorrect information about the upcoming launch of the Huawei Watch was published on a partner website. We have nothing to announce at this time. Stay tuned for more details next week.”
As for the watch itself, there were four different models listed:
Stainless Steel/Black: $349.99
The gold models are almost certainly gold plated, as a watch that’s completely gold usually costs $10,000 or more. Nonetheless, Huawei is clearly casting a wide net, with an entry-level option that’s comparable to other smartwatches and a couple of models who want something more luxurious to wear.
The story behind the story: When we first saw the Huawei Watch, we were rather impressed. It has the type of build quality that might make someone who wants a great-looking timepiece think about a smartwatch for the first time. However, a lot of those who are willing to spend $800 or more on a smartwatch are iPhone owners, so it’s not surprising that the launch of Android Wear for iOS is near. It’s something to look out for as the Berlin IFA conference nears.
August 29th, 2015 | Edited by Zoran Stosic | hardware
This is firmly in the rumor category, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung see how big of a tablet buyers would be willing to get.
Samsung likes to go big. It pioneered the phablet craze with its Galaxy Note series and isn’t afraid to try outside-the-box hardware, as its latest flagship Galaxy S6 Edge+ features curved glass.
So that gives at least some credence to the rumor that Samsung is prepping a ginormous tablet, codenamed Tahoe, with an 18.4-inch screen. According to the SamMobile report, it will have an LCD screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, an octa-core 64-bit, 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 5,700 mAh battery.
We’ll keep an eye out to see if this materializes.
Why this matters: Samsung makes a ton of tablets; including one that’s already on the big side in the 10.4-inch Tab S. This feels like it would be an experiment in just how big of a tablet people will actually purchase. But if there’s a company that would be willing to roll the dice to sell a few thousand units, it would be Samsung.