Apple is still selling very old and expensive computers – these are the ones you shouldn’t buy

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Apple is still selling you computers with 2013 specs for 2017 price tags.

While these computers will work fine, they have outdated specs that don’t warrant their high price tags. You should steer your wallet well clear of them.

I’ve listed the Apple computers you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and added suggestions of computers you should consider instead.

Some of these computers are part of Apple’s recent back-to-school promotion , where you can get a free pair of $300 Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Yet, even with the free pair of headphones, some computers aren’t worth your time or money.

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Army to buy new software to aid fight against hackers

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PUNE: The Army Cyber Group (ACG), responsible for securing the Indian Army’s vast digital infrastructure, is set to purchase the latest software which will help detect defects within the computer network.

A senior army officer, who is aware of the development, told TOI the move will test cyber health of networks across the Army’s command headquarters and subordinate units right down to battalion level.

“Considering the level of emerging cyber threats, it is important to verify if the current network is strong enough to sustain these threats. Top army authorities have decided to carry out network-to-network testing across army establishments and the ACG has already initiated the process of acquiring new software tools. A tender for these acquisitions was floated recently ,” the officer added.

Colonel Aman Anand, a spokesperson at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi, told TOI over phone: ” As far as army networks are concerned, they are strictly air-gapped from the outside world. Networks are also secured using intrusion-prevention and detection systems. All formations’ headquarters and local area networks (LANs) have similar systems in place.”

When asked about measures being implemented following reports of ransomware attacks worldwide, Col Anand said the Army’s exposure to such strikes was “negligible”. ” A majority of our units have secured LANs,” he said.

According to sources within the Army , enemy hackers have been using various tactics to penetrate the digital network.Strategies include sending decoy emails that inject malware into a computer which can then lead to massive data theft. “To counter such threats, a testing of the network is crucial and loopholes can be brought out. Tests will also determine the capability of the network its ability to resist malware or similar external factors,” sources said.

Early May , suspected hackers had attempted to gain access into the Indian Army’s network by trying to inject data-stealing malware disguised as a message about “foreign postings in Sri Lanka”, the sources added.

[“Source-timesofindia”]

Buy an Xbox One 1TB Spring bundle for $349, get four great games

If you didn’t buy an Xbox One yet, The US Microsoft Store is currently offering a very interesting Xbox One 1TB Spring Bundle: for only $349.00. Now, you can score a nice Xbox One with 1TB of storage plus full game downloads of Xbox One exclusive titles Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Ori and the Blind Forest.

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The Xbox One 1TB Spring Bundle on the US Microsoft Store.

All these four games are published by Microsoft Studios, and if you’re not familiar with them, both Halo 5 and Gears of War are one of the best shooters games you can play on a current-generation console. Rare Replay is a collection of 30 games spanning from early 2D classics to Xbox 360 titles (including Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and many more) while Ori and the Blind Forest is a visually stunning action-platformer that received critical acclaim and numerous awards.

If you find this bundle interesting, hurry up and order, as Microsoft indicates that supplies are limited. Please tell us in the comments if you think this bundle is a great opportunity to get started with the Xbox One!

 

[Source:- Winbeta]

Should I buy a refurbished Mac? Why Apple’s Refurbished Store is the best place to find a cheap second hand Mac

Apple makes great computers, but they’re not always the cheapest to buy: a brand-new Mac can be a quick way to empty your bank account. Many Mac buyers therefore look at secondhand options. You can get a great deal by buying a refurbished Apple Mac computer from the Apple Refurbished Store, or by picking up a second hand computer from eBay or from your local Apple reseller.

Which is, of course, if you even know the Apple Refurb Store exists. Buying a new Mac is always a joy, but many people aren’t aware that it is also possible to pick up a price-reduced, refurbished Mac from the Apple website. This guide will show you how to get a great deal on a Mac by checking out the Apple Refurbished store and other reliable outlets.Should I buy a refurbished Mac?

One great trick that every Apple fan should know is how to pick up kit from the Apple Refurbished Store. You can buy refurbished Apple Macs, as well as other Apple products, from this special section of the online store.

 

Refurbished Macs are likely to be returned models (if it is from a previous year), or reconditioned current models. A reconditioned Mac could be an ex-demonstration model used during Apple teaching programmes, or a unit sold to a customer who decided to return it. The returned unit may have been faulty (and fixed) or may simply have been returned under the standard sale-and-returns procedure. (Apple allows any customer to return a Mac bought from the Apple Store within 14 days for a refund – see Standard Returns Policy).

Macs and MacBooks sold through the Apple Refurbished Store are not necessarily old models that have not been sold. Tim Cook has made Apple’s production so tight that the company is rumoured to turn over its entire inventory every five days (only McDonalds has a faster turnover!). So Apple does not need to stockpile its products and Macs sold on the refurb store are second hand.

The important thing to note is that Macs bought from the Apple Refurbished Store are not discernibly different from new ones bought direct from the Apple Store. All Macs bought from the Apple Refurbished Store are cleaned, checked, tested and visually indistinguishable from brand new models.

Buying a refurbished Mac: What is the warranty and returns procedure?

Buying a refurbished Mac from the Apple Refurb Store

Apple states: “Before we put a refurbished Mac, iPod, iPad or Apple TV up for sale in Special Deals, it undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process to make sure it’s up to Apple’s tough quality standards.” (iPhones are not currently sold through the Refurbished Store.)

More importantly, a reconditioned Mac comes with the same one-year warranty (extendable to three years with AppleCare protection.) You also get the same sales and return procedure with Apple, and can return a Mac bought from the Refurbished Store within 14 days if you’re not happy with it – but note you’ll have to post it back, as Apple will not accept returns to a physical Apple Store on refurbished products.

The only noticeable difference from our experience is that any refurbished urb Mac will be packaged in a brown box rather than the white retail box they normally arrive in. Aside from that we have yet to pick up a Mac from the Refurbised Store and find it wanting.

The price for reconditioned Macs changes frequently but is typically 10 to 20 percent less than the original price. With Macs commanding a high retail price this can be quite a difference. For example, a 13.3-inch MacBook Air can be found on the Refurbished Store for £719, a £130 saving on the £849 you’d pay for the exact same model on the Apple Store.

Buying a Mac from the Refurb Store? Check the specifications carefully

Because Many Macs on the refurb store are last year’s models you should check the specifications carefully. It’s worth noting that most new Macs contain the very latest high-end components, so even last year’s model from the Apple Refurbished Store tends to have quite high specification components.

It’s worth taking a look at the Refurbished Store if you deliberately want to pick up an older model. Apple is often quick off the mark to phase out features it deems no longer necessary, such as optical drives, FireWire sockets, replaceable hard drives and so on. So some people may genuinely prefer an earlier model with a feature they don’t quite want to live without just yet.

However, if you catch the Store around six months after a Mac has come out, you’ll find it with money off. Getting a current, top of the range Mac or MacBook for 15% off is surely a great feeling.

 

[Source:- Macworld]

Would you buy a small-screen premium Windows phone?

While we cover everything Microsoft on WinBeta, it was kind of hard to miss the usual media frenzy around Apple’s special event that happened last week. In case you were living on another planet, Apple released a new iPhone SE along a new iPad Pro, but we’ll only talk about the phone here. As usual, nearly every detail about the iPhone SE previously leaked in the press before the event, so the only surprise left was the $399 price, which is quite affordable for an iPhone with decent specs.

Apple is known for slowly iterating, and the iPhone SE features the same body as the 2013 iPhone 5S. But under the hood, the iPhone SE just looks like a repackaged iPhone 6S in a smaller form factor: both phones feature the same A9 Soc, 12MP iSight camera and 2 gigs of Ram. The only features the iPhone SE miss from its bigger sibling is the newer Touch ID sensor and the “3D Touch” screen technology that allow iPhone 6S users to access quick actions through hard presses. That doesn’t seem to be such a big deal, and the iPhone SE is still the cheapest premium iPhone ever. But of course, you have to be a fan of old-school 4-inch screens.

If the phone industry is gearing towards bigger flagship phones and “phablets”, smartphones with 4-inch screens are still very popular. It’s hard to deny it as there are still obviously a lot of old iPhones out there, but it’s also true for Windows phones as well. If you look at the latest worldwide stats from AdDuplex, the 4-inch Lumia 520 is still the most popular Windows Phone in the market with 12.1% market share. If we count all Lumias with an up to 4.5-inches screen in the latest AdDuplex stats (we count the Lumia 435, 520, 530, 630, 635, 920), we’re at 39% of all Windows phones worldwide! As a lot these phones won’t be updated to Windows 10 Mobile, it’s quite sad to left behind these small phones and the owners who love them.

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Small Windows phones are still very popular according to AdDuplex.

I think there is definitely a market for smaller premium phones because some people may care more about the specs and the camera than the big screen. Big screens are nice, but you may not need one if you don’t use your phone for gaming, reading, or other “content consumption” tasks. Also, they’re quite hard to use with one hand and they feel weird in your pocket. I think Apple is clearly acknowledging that, and I expect that a lot of old iPhone owners will likely choose to upgrade to the iPhone SE over the bigger iPhone models.

What about premium Windows phones? Well, back in June 2013, the Lumia 925 was the last Lumia flagship to ship with a 4.5-inch screen. The company moved to bigger flagships in the following months, first with the Lumia 1520 phablet which was soon followed by the 5-inch Lumia 930 in April 2014. Since then, Lumia fans have been forced to adapt to those bigger screens, as smaller devices like the 4-inch Lumia 435 or even the 4.7-inch Lumia 735 are compromised in one way or another (smaller memory, frustrating cameras, no dedicated camera buttons).

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The Lumia 435 is one of the few remaining 4-inch Windows phones.

With its fifth generation of Lumias, Microsoft decided to focus its phone efforts on fewer models. The company released the big-screened Lumia 950 and 950XL for Lumia fans, but does every Lumia fan wants such a big screen? The cheaper Lumia 650, which actually looks like a bigger iPhone SE, also features a 5-inch screen. It’s definitely one of the best designed Lumias ever and it really deserves to succeed in the market, but I think it would have had a better shot at it if it was slightly smaller and cheaper. It’s also the first “metal” Lumia without a dedicated camera button, which doesn’t make a lot of sense when you remember that even the low-end Lumia 520 had one.

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The Lumia 650 is one of the best-designed Lumias ever.

If you hope to find better alternatives from third-party OEMs, don’t hold your breath: the Alcatel Idol Pro 4, HP Elite x3 and Acer Jade Primo all feature screens bigger than 5 inches. Acer is rumored to be working on a mini version of the Jade Primo, but we have no more details on the handset yet.

So, we really want to know if you think the fifth generation Lumia is currently meeting everyone’s needs. And we really want to hear from our readers who love their old Lumia 920, 925 or 1020. Are you resigned to upgrade to a bigger phone, or will you keep looking for a small premium phone?

 

[Source:- Winbeta]