Do you find yourself looking wistfully at the screen and counting the zeros on the latest Apple price tag? You’re not alone if you struggle to afford the new, super-resolution iMacs and MacBooks. But there is a savior, and it comes in the form of refurbished products. Here’s what you need to know when buying a refurbished Mac — either through Apple or another retailer. What does refurbished actually mean? First things first, let’s be clear: Refurbished is not the same as resold. Resold just means that someone is selling the same item again, often used, with all the problems that entails. Refurbished means that the Apple product in question was sent back to (ideally) a professional because of a minor issue, or because it was no longer wanted. Any malfunctioning parts are replaced, the product is given a once-over to make sure that everything is shiny and working right, and then it is repackaged to be sold again. Because refurbished Apple … [Read more...] about How to buy a refurbished Mac
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Understanding the difference between CDMA and GSM — two hugely important standards for radio telecommunications — is crucial before buying a new smartphone or switching carriers. Both CDMA and GSM convert data from your phone into radio waves, however, they utilize different methods for doing so. If you travel internationally or are planning an overseas vacation, you should brush up on your knowledge of CDMA and GSM. This way, you won’t be stuck with a useless phone that doesn’t work on both standards. GSM explained GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communication, and unless you live in the United States or Russia, this is probably the technology your phone network uses, given it’s the standard system for most of the world. GSM networks use TDMA, which stands for Time Division Multiple Access. TDMA works by assigning time slots to multiple conversation streams, alternating them in sequence and switching between each conversation in very short … [Read more...] about CDMA vs. GSM
Razer’s Deathadder Elite is now on sale in the US for just under $30, and isn't even Black Friday yet! That’s near 57% off, one of the best FPS gaming mice out there. Suitable for all types of right-handed grip (palm, claw or fingertip), Razer has really nailed the overall ergonomic design of the Deathadder Elite. It’s long been renowned as the king of eSports mice. And with over 13 years of iterative design under its belt the latest variant certainly doesn’t hold back. The Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse is on sale at newegg.com for $29.99 (57% off) View Deal For that meagre $30 outlay you net yourself a true king of optical sensors the PixArt PMW 3389, capable of driving CPI all the way up to 16,000. It also packs in a max IPS rating of 450 (or 11.43 m/s), and can handle upwards of 50Gs worth of acceleration before losing effective tracking. In our experience we found the DeathAdder Elite to track well, it was easy to move and flick around, to get … [Read more...] about Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse on sale for just $29.99!
A smart mattress is just one way we can improve our sleep quality, get more fulfilling hours out of our day and feel more productive at work. Whether you’re interested in simply tracking how well you sleep and the times throughout the night you’re entering REM, or you want a mattress that monitors your body heat and adjusts accordingly, smart mattresses can bring your nighttime hours into the 21st century. Smart is definitely the buzz word of the decade, and we’re not complaining. As everything around us becomes more connected, it gives us greater opportunities to automate our lives. Sure, the idea of global automation might sound a little 1984-esque, but think about it: who among us doesn’t want to wake up to LED lights mimicking the sunrise, or save money by automating the thermostat? And while you should expect to drop a little more money on a smart mattress than a traditional one, Labor Day is upon us, and that means smart mattress brands are slashing … [Read more...] about Sleep Smarter: The Best Labor Day Sales on Smart Mattresses
AMD announced today that it's started shipping its latest APU, the Athlon 3000G today for $49. The chip is the first Zen architecture-based product from AMD's Athlon line to to be unlocked.AMD Athlon 3000G vs Athlon 200GE Specs AMD Athlon 3000GAthlon 200GECores / Threads2 / 4 2 / 4 Base / Boost3.5 / 3.5 GHz3.2 / 3.2 GHzL1 Cache1MB1MBL3 Cache (MB)4MB4MBGPURadeon Vega 3 Radeon Vega 3 GPU Cores33GPU Clock1,100 MHz1,000 MHzTDP35W35W Just like its predecessor, the Athlon 200GE based on the Zen 1.0 architecture, Athlon 3000G continues to use the same dual-core/quad-thread configuration and is integrated with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. It also features the same 1MB of L2 and 4MB of L3 cache. Even the power envelope has remained 35W. The chip is also compatible with AM4 motherboards.However, there have been some improvements as well. The new chip is built on the improved Zen+ architecture. It's also manufactured with a 12nm process, which has led to an increase in base clock frequency from … [Read more...] about AMD’s Unlocked Athlon 3000G APU Starts Shipping at $49