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Oct 25, 2011

Nokia's Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Emerge Ahead Launch

Today, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is expected to make official its first smartphones running under Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, and two of these have just mad an appearance into the wild in leaked official photos. 

We're referring here to the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Windows Phones, both of which can be seen in a newly leaked photo, available courtesy of Pocketnow.

Both of these devices have been spotted into the wild before and most of their specs have been already leaked on the Internet, yet they are still unofficial, and should remain so for a few hours more. 

Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 should address the mid-level market, yet they both pack appealing features, along with great outer designs. Today, both of them will become official, at least this is what most of the reports on the matter suggest, so stay tuned for more on them.

IDT Gets Its Technology Used by Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is making the news for something other than a lawsuit this once, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that a certain company is getting attention for having had its invention chosen as a component of said slate.

With about as much enthusiasm as one would expect, Integrated Device Technology, Inc., IDT for short, announced that Samsung has called on its services.

Basically, from now on, the company will contribute to the making of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

More specifically, the 70P255 low power 8K x 16 Dual-Port Static RAM (DPSRAM) will be used in the tablet's construction.

This device provides a pair of independent ports which, with their asynchronous access, let any location on the memory be written onto or read from.

What's more, a slate's baseband processor (BP) will have all it needs to work in tandem with the application processor (AP).

An extra asset of the IDT 70P255 is the automatic power down function, which enables a standby mode (3/6 mW).

Obviously, a mobile device that puts much stock on battery life will see this as all the more reason to integrate the component.

"We are pleased that Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile device provider, has selected IDT's DPSRAM for this innovative product," said Arman Naghavi, vice president and general manager of the Analog and Power Division at IDT. 

"Our industry-leading low power memory products complement our highly efficient power management and world-class timing solutions. We look forward to continuing to support Samsung with our broad portfolio of mixed-signal solutions."

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is already selling around the world, except in those areas where Apple was successful in getting a ban.

The injunctions in Australia and Germany are the two big blows that Samsung was hit with, and the US situation is looking slippery.

DotA Guide: King Leoric - The Skeleton King Introduction

DotA is the most popular custom made map for Warcraft III. To give players a better idea of this complex and sometimes complicated game here is a hero guide.

The Skeleton King is a strength hero that has received lots of tweaks and changes over time, with Reincarnation always remaining one of its main attributes. You can recruit him from the Scourge Strength Tavern.

Let's learn more about this hero's dark background: "Once a noble knight protecting his kingdom, the man was thrown into Hell, where he was ripped apart over and over for centuries. 

Now, Lucifer has thrown him back onto the soil, corrupted and mindless, as King Leoric, the Skeleton King. He marches on, leading his minions with an unfaltering gaze, knowing only one thing: the orders given to him by the dark lord himself. 

Able to cripple his opponents with a powerful magical hammer, King Leoric is a major threat on the battlefield. His mighty blade allows him and others in his presence to drain the blood of their enemies. 

It is said that he is unkillable, and those who are struck down by his hammer don`t wake up again."

Impressive strength with low agility and intelligence, make this hero to posses incredible skills:

Hellfire Blast (Shortkey T) - King Leoric hits his target with a flaming fist that stuns for 2 seconds and slows the target for 2 seconds. It also damages for 50/100/150/200 damage while during ignition will deal 15/30/40/60 damage/second.

Vampiric Aura (Shortkey V) - This skill will allow you to recover health while your enemies are loosing it. It basically steal life, with every strike, The King will receive 15/20/25/30% of the attack damage. As Critical Strike this is a passive skill that's always active.

Critical Strike (C) - This skill combined with Vampiric Aura are one of Leoric's most feared weapons. When chosen it will provide the hero with a 15% chance to do 1.25/1.75/2.25/2.75 times the normal damage. This is a passive skill that's always active.

Reincarnation (R) - A signature skill of Leoric, this also passive skill allows him to ride from the dead with its HP and mana intact. While being resurrected, it will slow all opponents in a range of 700 with 30% for 3 seconds. 

Even in passive, this skills requires 140 mana, so if your hero has low mana, will be killed. Also make sure that you're not silenced when you die, or it will be for good.

Some of items that a Leoric should always keep in his inventory are: Power Treads, Armlet of Mordiggian, Satanic or Stygian Desolator or Sange and Yasha, Radiance or/and Battle Fury, Assault Cuirass, Monkey King Bar. Combine them the way you want to turn this hero into a big, mean killing machine.

So are the stories true? It Leoric really unstoppable? Play him and find out! If you have any other suggestions please let all the DotA fans know in a comment.

AMD Prepares Z-03 Low-Power APU for Tablet Devices

AMD's foray into the tablet market with the Desna APU has seen limited success, but this won't stop the company from releasing a successor for this low-power platform that will be comprised out of the Z-03 accelerated processing unit and of the A55T Fusion Controller Hub (FCH).

On a first look, the Z-03 seems to feature identical specifications with the Z-01 APU is meant to replace, but once we move in closely we come to see that AMD has managed to lower the TDP of this chip.

Compared to the 5.9W required by the Z-01, the new Z-03 has reduced this value to just 4.5W, while retaining the same dual processing cores clocked at 1GHz of its predecessor as well as its HD 6250 integrated GPU with 80 shader units clocked at 276MHz.

How AMD managed to achieve this feat is not yet known at the moment, but one possible explanation could be that this upcoming APU will be manufacturing using a much more power frugal 28nm fabrication node.

In addition to its accelerated processing core, AMD also revised the chipset used for this platform, the A55T.

Compared with its Desna counterpart, the A55T has lost some of the features that aren't required for tablet use such as the dedicated x4 PCI Express destined for connecting an standalone GPU or the USB 1.1 ports included.

Instead, the chipset now comes with a single SATA 3Gbps port, two channels HD audio, an x2 Unified Media Interface, eight USB 2.0 ports, and the ability to access an mSATA storage drive.

All these are joined together by SDIO support for WiFi as to enable the tablets designed around the platform to always remain connected to wireless networks, and an optimized design that doesn't require any active cooling.

According to the information supplied by ComputerBase, the Z-03 APU will enter mass production in late April 2012, just a few weeks after the A55T FCH, and is expected to arrive at about the same time as Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

AMD Trinity APUs Get Detailed, Include DDR3-2133 Support

In the first half of 2101, AMD will introduce its next-generation Fusion processors based on the Trinity architecture, and a recently leaked presentation slide has now come out to show us some of the new features that this APU will bring into the market.

The AMD document was uncovered by Donanim Haber and takes a look at the chip maker's Virgo platform and the Trinity APU.

As many of you know, Trinity is built around AMD's second generation of the Bulldozer core which is said to offer a 20% increase in performance over the current Llano architecture, while also bringing a series of new features into view.

These include support for th AVX and AES-NI instruction sets as well as the third version of AMD's Turbo Core technology that automatically adjusts the core speed depending on the number of threads run by the processor.

Much like in the case of Llano, the Trinity APUs will lack any sort of L3 cache memory as AMD wanted to save die space for the integrated Radeon GPU, but it does feature 1MB of Level 2 cache per core.

Since there can be as many as four computing cores in a Trinity APU, the chip tops out at 4MB of L2 cache memory.

In addition to the the switch to Piledriver, AMD also operated a few changes to the integrated memory controller that was now updated to feature support for DDR3-2133 memory and energy-efficient DIMMs that work with 1.25V.

The increased bandwidth available from the memory controller should have an important impact on the performance of the on-die GPU as Llano APUs see a great benefit when coupled together with fast DDR3-1866 DIMMs.

Speaking of the integrated graphics core, the document claims that this can deliver 30% better performance than Llano, while also coming with a new Video Compression Engine and support for AMD's EyeFinity technology.

The first Trinity APUs are expected to arrive in late Q1 or early Q2 2012, as the chips will enter mass production in January of next year. AMD has already sent out engineering samples of these chips to its partners.

Nvidia Preps New GTX 560 Ti Version with 448 Cores

Since there is still some time to go until the first GPUs built using the 28nm fabrication process are expected to come out of the company's gates, Nvidia has decided that is time to upgrade its popular GTX 560 Ti graphics card to 448 streaming processors in order to deliver better performance.

Despite being branded as an GTX 560 product, Nvidia new solution will resemble much more the GTX 570 since the two will be based on the same GF110 core, according to VR-Zone.

Compared to its older sibling however, the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) will come with one of the 15 streaming modules disabled, to provide a total of 448 CUDA cores, and slightly underclocked operating frequencies.

Sadly, we don't know the exact clock rates the card will run at, but we do know that the core will also include 56 texture units, 40 ROP units and a 320-bit memory bus connected most probably to 1.25GB of video buffer. 

Together with the increased performance offered by the new GPU, the power consumption of the card is also expected to grow.

Other features of the GTX 560 Ti (448 Core) include support for 3-way SLI, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs and the same reference cooler as the one used in the standard GTX 570.

This is not the first time that Nvidia has decided to increase the shader count on one of its graphics cards as the company has also done the same with the GTX 260, which soon after its introduction received a 216 Core version.

No details regarding the release date of the new GPU are available at this time, but price wise the graphics card is expected to be placed between the HD 6950 2GB and GTX 570/HD 6970. Right now, the HD 6950 retails for about $280 (201 Euros), while the GTX 570 and HD 6970 are priced at about $340 (224 Euros).

AMD Works on Brazos 2.0 Platform for Q1 2012 Launch Says Report

AMD is reportedly working on a refresh for its current Brazos platform that will go by the name of Brazos 2.0 and will introduce as series of new APUs as well as improved graphics when it launches in the first quarter of 2012.

The new platform will be built around a series of APUs from the Zacate series that will be known as the E2-1800 and E1-1200.

The former is a slightly improved version of the current E-450 accelerated processing unit launched earlier this quarter and it packs the same two computing cores as its predecessor, but with a 1.7GHz base clock speed.

The on-die GPU is also a re-branded version of the Radeon HD 6320 used in the original E-450, but this has now received a 523MHz stock clock speed and 680MHz maximum Turbo to come as the HD 7340, according to ComputerBase.

Moving to its slower sibling, the E1-1200, AMD has designed this APU to take the place of the E-300 and will feature a 100MHz frequency increase to work at 1.4GHz, and an HD 7310 on-die GPU that features an insignificant 12 MHz overclock compared to its predecessor.

In addition to the new APUs, the Brazos 2.0 platform also includes a new mobile chipset referred to as the A68M or by its Hudson M3L code name.

Compared to the current A50M this FCH was designed in order to decrease power consumption, so it has a series of features disabled such as the support for six SATA ports, and 14 USB 2.0 ports.

Instead the chipset gets only a pair of SATA 6Gbps connectors, and 8 USB 2.0 ports, while the two USB 1.1 were replaced by a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Other features of the new FCH include an APU fan control unit and an SD controller. 

Both the new APUs and the chipset that make the Brazos 2.0 platform will be officially unveiled in the first quarter of 2012.

RIM Sells MicroVision Pico Projectors Now, Or One of Them

RIM decided to offer its customers something unusual for a change, so it started shipping what essentially amounts to the first pico projector it ever released for customers.

SHOWWX+ HDMI is the name of the item that MicroVision put together and for whose inventory handling and order fulfillment it partnered with GlobalWire.

“Partnering with GlobalWare dramatically expands the global availability of SHOWWX+ HDMI, and gives us a strong foothold into business audiences where the ability to visually collaborate anywhere is increasingly important,” said Alexander Tokman, president and CEO, MicroVision. 

“It’s rewarding to join forces with companies like GlobalWare to enable people to see bigger – whether they are on the road, at the office or home."

Essentially, it is an accessory that can connect to PCs, mobile devices, consumer electronics and pretty much anything else, so long as an HDMI port exists. As it happens, the list includes the BlackBerry Playbook.

SHOWWX+ HDMI can project images, focus-free, of up to 100 inches in diagonal and can fit inside a short pocket. It can last for up to two hours on a battery charge.

“The excitement that businesses and consumers have shown in moving from smartphone-sized screens to tablets is about to undergo another exponential leap to the viewing experience that SHOWWX+ offers,” said David Beatson, CEO of GlobalWare. 

“As the global fulfillment partner for all RIM accessories ordered through shopblackberry.com, we will enable consumers to easily experience new levels of visual collaboration and entertainment offered by the always-in-focus, big-screen image and extreme portability of SHOWWX+.”

Anything from displaying documents to projecting big projections of the latest games can easily be accomplished with the SHOWWX+ HDMI.

Alas, while the item, bundled with an iBOLT holder for the Blackberry Playbook, will be up for sale soon (as will batteries, chargers and other accessories) its price was not specified by the formal announcement.

KFA2 GeForce GTX 570 MDS Packs Quad-Monitor Support

KFA2, the European branch of the Taiwanese graphics card maker Galaxy, has already released into the market a series of Nvidia GeForce solutions with multi-display support, but the company won't stop here and will soon launch a new graphics card in the MDP series based on the GTX 570 design.

KFA2 was able to overcome the limitations imposed by Nvidia's hardware by using a third-party IDT VMM1400 controller, a chip that is usually found in multi-display hub devices.

Going for a quick look, KFA2's latest creation seems to resemble the company's previous GeForce GTX 570 design as it uses the same same custom cooling solution, but which was now painted black together with the PCB for a more aggressive look.

However, unlike the other GTX 570 model in KFA2 lineup, the MDT version comes with a dual-link DVI output, a mini-HDMI port and three other DVI-D connectors, which can support up to four monitors simultaneously, double than Nvidia's reference design.

Three of the displays attached to the card cam be combined to form a single surface (for multi-monitor gaming or productivity) with a resolution of 5760x1080 pixels.

Sadly, KFA2 hasn't disclosed any other information regarding the GTX 570 MDS, but most probably this will come overclocked out of the factory judging by its aggressive design.

The pricing of KFA2's creation also wasn't provided, but SweClockers suggests we should see this graphics card reach retail in November of this year.

The GeForce GTX 570 is based on Nvidia's GF110 GPU and it packs 480 stream processors, 60 texture units, 40 ROP units and a 320-bit wide memory bus that is usually connected to 1.25GB of GDDR5 video buffer.

Nvidia's default operating frequencies are rated at 732MHz for the GPU and 950MHz (3800MHz data rate) for the memory.

As 60 GHz Wireless Networking Approaches, Plugfest Begins

One would think wireless connections of today are fast, but they are nothing compared to what the WiGig Alliance is testing out during the world’s first WiGig technology plugfest.

The WiGi Alliance, short for Wireless Gigabit Alliance, has come together to celebrate the release of the WiGig’s certification-ready multi-Gigabit wireless specification.

Said specification has been out since April, 2011 (version 1.1), but the members of the alliance got together now in order to start testing out the interoperability of their inventions.

“We are pleased to provide baseband, RF and mmWave signal generation and analysis capability to support the PlugFest and its participants,” said Ron Nersesian, president, Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. 

“We are delighted that our early investments and continued commitment in this technology and WiGig Alliance along with our leadership in wide bandwidth modulation, analysis and millimeter applications is enabling the 60 GHz industry to design and develop products more rapidly.”

The event is organized in collaboration with MET Labs and UL CCS, two world-class, independent compliance, certification and testing houses.

The goal is to see how well the enhancements of the 1.1 specification work, if they are reliable enough and, generally, if WiGi products are ready to start showing up.

“We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to the industry and our customers through the upcoming test event that sets the stage for an interoperable WiGig ecosystem,” said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman. 

“At the inception of the WiGig Alliance back in 2009 we envisioned the realization of innovative and interoperable multi-Gigabit wireless connectivity among PCs, consumer electronics and hand-held devices. We are now close to making this a commercial reality.”

Alas, even if the results turn out to be promising, people shouldn't hold their breath for 60 GHz wireless transmission just yet. After all, certified WiGig products are only scheduled for launch around late 2012 or early 2013.

Dell XPS 14z Ultra-Thin Notebooks Gets European Price

After yesterday it announced the introduction of the XPS 14x ultra-thin we've been keenly awaiting since we first saw it on IDF 2011, Dell has now made official the European price of the notebook, which will retail for 899 Euros, including VAT (starts at $999 in the US).

Dell's XPS 14z is a new bread of laptops that were specially designed to feature a thin and light chassis as well as strong performance and is the company's second device to be introduced in this series after the XPS 15z.

Much like its predecessors, the XPS 14z was also built to feature an LG Shuriken display that comes with a extremely thin bezel in order to fit a 14-inch LCD panel in the same space as that required by a regular 13.3-inch display.

Is this that enabled Dell to make the XPS 14z so compact, but the company hasn't stopped here and also designed the aluminum chassis to measure no more than than 0.9 inches (about 22.8mm) in thickness.

Despite the thin and light look adopted by the XPS 14z, on the inside users have the option of choosing between some pretty high-end hardware, such as regular voltage Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors.

These can be seconded by as much as 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GT 520M 1GB graphics card with support for the Optimus technology and a slot-loading DVD burner.

Storage is provided by 7200RPM hard drives with up to 750GB of storage space, or SSD with a maximum capacity of 256GB, while the 8-cell battery can provide up to six hours and 49 minutes of runtime.

While all these specs look more then good enough and most certainly make the XPS 14z one of the most impressive 14-inch notebooks out there, the biggest disappointment is the screen that has a resolution of just 1366x768 pixels.

According to Notebook Italia, European Dell clients will be able get the XPS 14z starting from November 15.

Nokia 800 Hands-On and Nokia 900 Leaks

Nokia 800 Hands-On Photos Emerge

One of the Nokia 800 Windows Phone smartphones rumored to be unveiled tomorrow has just been the subject of a hands-on photo session.

Thanks to the guys over at TheNextWeb, we can safely assume that Nokia 800, also known as Nokia SeaRay or Sun, will be among the smartphones announced in less than 24 hours at the Nokia World event.

Although Nokia 800 press photos leaked last week, these are the first live pictures with the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone.

Obviously, the pictures do not reveal anything new regarding the phone's design, which strongly resembles the Nokia N9.

In fact, it looks like the Finnish company has given the Nokia 800 the same form factor and included the standard Windows Phone touch-sensitive controls at the base of the large curved touchscreen display.

Nokia is reportedly planning a major Windows Phone campaign in the United States, which is focused on an “Amazing Everyday” marketing theme.

However, the first Nokia Windows Phone Mango won't be available in North America until early 2012, rumors claim.

Either way, it looks like the European campaign has already started, since several teasers showing one of Nokia's Windows Phone smartphones are now aired on multiple UK TV channels.

According to Nokia, its first Windows Phone devices will be available in “select” markets by the end of the year, followed by the rest of the world beginning Q1 2012.

With only one day until Nokia World kicks off, a number of three Nokia devices are expected to be unveiled, Nokia 800 / SeaRay, Nokia Sabre and Nokia Ace.

While the first two devices have already leaked in spy shots, details about the Nokia Ace are scarce to say the least, but rumors has it that this will be a business device.

Stay tuned for more updates on the matter, as Nokia unveils its Windows Phone lineup tomorrow.

Nokia 900 Leaks Ahead of Official Announcement

It looks like Nokia 800 (SeaRay) and Nokia Sabre won't be the only smartphones introduced by the Finnish company tomorrow, at the Nokia World conference.

A new device dubbed Nokia 900 has just leaked courtesy to the folks over at TheNokiaBlog (via tipster), along with its partial specs sheet.

The Nokia 900 is a tier-one Windows Phone smartphone and will be delivered with the latest Mango platform.

Hardware-wise, Nokia 900 is equipped with a single-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0 capability, as well as a high capacity 1800 mAh battery.

At first glance, Nokia 900 seems to be the company's Windows Phone flagship smartphone, but there's no telling what other devices Nokia will announce in less than 24 hours.

Stay tuned for more details on the matter, as Nokia World conference kicks off.

Gigabyte Shows Off Four Intel X79 Motherboards

Gigabyte has just updated its Facebook page with images of four of the company's upcoming X79 motherboards for Intel LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors, which will all feature support for a new 3-way digital PWM.

This new PWM design is based on three so called "digital engines," one of these being destined to supply power to the CPU while the other two are linked to the pair of memory banks installed on either side of the processor socket.

The controllers themselves are made by International Rectifier, and VR-Zone states that Gigabyte has decided to use this approach as this approach allows for an overall simpler board design in terms of power delivery.

In addition, the new PWM is also compatible with Intel's VR12 and VR12.5 specs, which most probably means that the motherboards will also be able to support Intel's 2013 Ivy Bridge-E processors.

Moving to the actual boards pictured by Gigabyte, these include the G1.Assassin 2, the X79-UD7, X79-UD5 and X79-UD3.

We covered all of these in detail over the last few weeks, and their design hasn't changed that much until now, except for the fact that Gigabyte was forced to get rid of some of the SATA ports installed on its LGA 2011 creations since Intel's X79 chipset now supports only two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps connectors.

By taking a close look at the four boards, you can actually see where the extra SATA ports were destined to go.

Of the four motherboards spotted only one, the GA-X79-UD5, comes with eight DIMM banks, while the rest support “just” four memory modules.

Sadly, Gigabyte refrained itself from providing any information regarding pricing and availability. Intel's first Sandy Bridge-E processors using the LGA 2011 socket get launched on November 14, so there is a strong change that the boards will make their appearance on the same day.

EVGA X79 FTW Motherboard for LGA 2011 CPUs Makes Appearance

Just a week ago, at the GeForce LAN 6 event, EVGA showed us a glimpse of its EVGA X79 Classified motherboard for Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors and now the company has presented another one of its upcoming LGA 2011 solutions, the EVGA X79 FTW.

The X79 FTW is just one step bellow the motherboard showcased during Nvidia's event and drops the XL-ATX form factor of its older brother in favor of a more case friendly standard EATX layout.

Compared to the other single-socket LGA 2011 solution presented by EVGA, the X79 FTW also loses support for 4-way SLI setups and settles with “just” a 3-way SLI + PhysX configuration.

The GPUs will be installed in the five PCI Express x16 slots available, and EVGA has even provided its users with an additional PCIe x1 slot.

The rest of the expansion options include support for two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps drives, while on the rear I/O panel users will find other two extra eSATA connectors.

These are accompanied by no less than eight USB 3.0 ports driven by a VIA Labs controller, two Gigabit NIC’s, 8 channel audio with S/PDIF out, a Bluetooth transmitter and a connector for EVGA's EVBot.

Two additional USB 3.0 ports are available through an on-board header, so the X79 FTW is definitely a motherboard that isn't lacking in this department.

Power to the board is provided via two 8-pin CPU power connectors and an angled 24-pin power plug, and throughout the motherboard EVGA has used only POSCAP capacitors.

This is just one of the features meant to improve overclocking on the X79 FTW, as the board also includes a series of DIP switches for disabling each one of the five Gen 3 compliant PCI Express x16 slots installed and DIMM sockets, a rear panel Clear COMS button as well as the usual on-board Power and Reset buttons.

No information regarding pricing was provided, but the EVGA X79 FTW E777 is expected to make its debut on November 14 together with Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors and the X79 Classified.

Apple Offers to Service MacBook Pros with Video Issues

A software update update addressing an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video is now available for download. Customers who are unable to fix their video issues via software update can take their Mac to Apple.

Targeting OS X 10.7.2 users with 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2010, MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 is tasked with fixing an issue where 15-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video.

According to a knowledge-base article on Apple’s Support site, “Apple has determined that a small number of MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video on the built-in display or on an external display connected to the MacBook Pro.”

Customers who find themselves in this situation, “may also see a restart warning message before the video is lost or the display turns black or gray.”

Cupertino acknowledges that the batch of computers experiencing these issues were manufactured between April 2010 and February 2011.

To try and fix this issue the old-fashioned way, Apple is offering customers the aforementioned MacBook Pro Video Update.

“Run Software Update from the Apple () menu to update your computer to version 10.7.2, then install MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0,” Apple says. “If the symptoms persist after installing the update, select one of the service options below,” the company says.

The program targets computers with OS X Snow Leopard v10.6 and lets customers set up a free appointment with a Genius, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or Apple Technical Support (for local service options).

The company in Cupertino says it will run a software diagnostic test to see if your Mac needs servicing. Additionally, Apple notes that “this worldwide Apple program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the affected MacBook Pro.”

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