Pressure Sensing Curved Screens for iPhone 6 or 7?

According to reports, Apple is developing bigger curved screens, and the ability for screens to detect varying amounts of pressure.
The next round of iPhones, presumably to be released in 2014, could feature a glass/sapphire screen with curved edges, and more sensitive sensors might arrive in following models.
The news arrives after an announcement from Apple that it will open a new plant in Arizona for production of components.

Update MacBook Pro Announced

Apple announced a new version of the MacBook Pro, with a processor speed bump to 2.8GHz Intel Core i7. Similar to the simultaneous improvements to the iPad line, the new MBPs feature a thinner, lighter design and Retina displays. Perhaps one of the biggest differences that illustrates the convergence with the MacBook Air line is the absence of an internal DVD drive.

iPhone Power Adapters

Following recent reports of third-party iPhone power-adapters that were malfunctioning—”malfunctioning” in this case meaning “electrocuting their users”—Apple has introduced a take-back program for the things.

As reported on 9to5Mac, starting August 16, you’ll be able to bring any USB power adapter to an Apple Retail Store or authorized service provider, and the company will take that adapter and make sure it’s disposed of in an environmentally responsible fashion. If you want a new adapter, the company will—for a limited time—sell you a new, official Apple one for just $10. (They regularly cost $19.)
The offer is good through October 18, 2013, and is limited to one adapter per iPhone, iPad, or iPod you own. (You must bring the device with you for serial-number validation.)
This isn’t just altruism on Apple’s part. Headlines linking ‘iPhone’ and ‘electrocution’ are generally bad for business. More importantly, the program provides some justification for the company’s strict—and some would say draconian—hardware-certification programs.

WD Caviar GreenPower

New 500GB drive promises to save power

By Peter Cohen

Western Digital (WD) on Monday announced that it’s shipping in volume its WD Caviar GreenPower (or GP) 500GB hard disk drive mechanism. The drive costs $149.99.

The WD Caviar GP is a 3.5-inch hard disk drive bound for external enclosures or internal chassis inside computers that use Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces. The “GreenPower” moniker indicates that this unit is especially designed to be power-efficient. WD claims the drive is the industry’s coolest and quietest running eco-friendly 500GB drive.

The GP 500GB model uses the same technology as its 1GB counterpart. It yields and average drive power savings of four to five watts over other drives in its class; WD claims that results in an annual CO2 emission reduction of up to 13.8 kilograms per drive per year, or the equivalent of taking a car off the road for about three days per year.

The drive utilizes special technology that reduces power load during startup, and optimizes spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms. It will automatically unload its recording heads during idle periods, for example, which reduces aerodynamic drag. It also reduces less noise and lower vibration rates accordingly.

The drive sports a 16MB data buffer and an average read seek time of 8.9 milliseconds (ms). Transfer rate is 3 Gb/s for the buffer-to-host (SATA) speed, and 1,160 Mb/s for the buffer-to-disk transfer rate.

Drive Genius 1.1.5 Maintain, Manage, and optimize your hard drive

“Drive Genius 1.1.5 Maintain, Manage, and optimize your hard drive” by ProSoft Engineering

Reviewed by
Linda McNeil
10/05 Drive Genius 1.1.5 Maintain, Manage, and optimize your hard drive

By ProSoft Engineering
For more information, visit:

ProSoft Engineering�s Drive Genius page.

Drive Genius sells for $99.00.

Hardware requirements:

Minimum System Requirements

Drive Genius requires a system with a G3 processor or higher that is
capable of running Mac OS X 10.2 or above.

Description of program or book:

Disk/System Diagnostic, Repair, and
Management Tools Suite that replaces Disk Guardian. This version of
the disk we received is an older version of the software. Drive
Genius Version 1.1 added the following to the diagnostic suite:

  • Updated internal manual.
  • Additional checking before volume duplication.
  •  New free space shredding feature.
  • Attach Disk Image feature allows mounting of disk images while booted from CD

While Apple�s own Disk First Aid/Disk Utility has a diagnostic and
disk repair routine, Drive Genius can not only repair disk anomalies
but also optimize, protect, defragment, and analyze volumes. There
are many routines that users will find very helpful to maintain their
hardware integrity.


Drive Genius supports: Resize volumes on the fly; add and
delete a volume; device cloning; device/volume backup to image;
recovery of bad blocks and cloning; initializing drives; and OSX
partitioning for block devices.

Weakness & Limitations:

The only weakness is inconsistency. As a member of several user
groups I have asked different people their impressins of Drive
Genius. The responses were varied. Some functions worked fine on some
computers and bombed on others. Everyone I talked to seem to have
successes and failures to discuss. Drive Genius’s main competitors
are Micromat’s TechTool 4, and Drive 10, and Alsoft’s DiskWarrior.
Symantec�s Norton Utilities is no longer supported for Tiger.


In conclusion I would say that Drive Genius is an impressive
application that will help you maintain and manage your hard drive.
It will something to have in your grab bag for times when the �I wish
I had done that gremlin� shows his ugly head. It is not perfect;
there are other programs that do many of the functions better.
However, I don�t know of a program that does everything well.





weak/acceptable *poor

Ease of installation:



Product support:



QuickTime usage:


Overall rating:

Appropriate for: _x__Business _x__Education _x__Personal