Apple Sends Out October 22nd Event Invites

Consider that rumored October 22nd Apple Event confirmed.

The invite (above) just went out to tech journalists.

“We’ve still got a lot to cover”…iPads? Macs? MacBooks? OS X Mavericks? Get ready for an info dump, nerds!

RUMOR: Apple To Hold iPad Event On October 22nd

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Noted tech blog AllThingsD says that Apple fans should circle October 22nd on their calendar.

According to their sources, this will be the date for the Fall iPad event, where not only will we see the next generation iPad, but also its related iPad Mini cohort.

One would also assume this event is where we find out the exact release dates for the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, but as this is just a rumor at this time, anything can and will happen.

Nest Takes On Smoke Alarms With Protect

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Smart home product manufacturers Nest, best known for their smart thermostat, are breaking into a new realm with a smart smoke alarm, called Protect.

Available for pre-order starting today, the Protect works alongside the Nest Thermostat, and has clearer, easier to understand messages about what’s wrong (such as an alarm, low battery, etc.), and connects to a smartphone app that allows you to be notified of issues anywhere. ¬†Seems very smart, and could take off even faster than the Nest.

NY Times: ‘And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone”

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For those of us who now struggle to remember a time before the iPhone, The New York Times has a unique look back at the original iPhone reveal, and the issues encountered with the first ever demo.

It’s a fun, long read. Check it out.

Valve Reveals Prototype Steam Machine Specs

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With the push forward for Valve to release their own gaming console, the Steam Machine, 300 lucky gamers will get to test the console.

In turn, they revealed the early specs for these machines, and they’re pretty hefty.

The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

A number of vendors will have available Steam Machines when they release next year, but I’d guess this is considered the “better” or “best” model.