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Mar 11, 2015

ASRock Adds Godavari CPU Support for FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 and FM2A78M-ITX+ Boards

Just now, ASRock has rolled out two new BIOS packages developed for its FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 and FM2A78M-ITX+ motherboards, namely versions 1.70 and 1.80, respectively, which only include support for AMD’s new Godavari CPU models.

When it comes to installing this release, first of all take into account that this task should be performed only when the newer version includes an additional change that you can really make use of. With this in mind, save and unzip the downloadable archive, transfer all content onto a FAT32-formatted memory drive, go into the board’s BIOS menu, and select “Instant Flash Utility” located under the “Tool” menu.

At this point, the board will automatically detect and list any found BIOS version that it supports. Simply select the desired build, and wait patiently for the device to perform the upgrade. However, if this method doesn’t work, then press F6 key to boot from the attached USB drive (prepared before), browse and select the BIOS version you want to flash, and wait for it to be applied. As for recommendations, since a failure can seriously damage your device, it would be a good idea to perform this task using a stable and continuous power source such as the one ensured by a UPS unit.

ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 Board and Box

ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 Top View

ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 Motherboard

ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 Angle View

ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ R2.0 Back Ports

ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Board and Box

ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Top View

ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Motherboard

ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Angle View

ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Back Ports
Image credits to ASRock

Apple Replaces Its Brilliant MagSafe Connector with USB-C on the New MacBook

In addition to the Apple Watch, Apple announced its brand-new 12-inch, fanless, and ultra-slim Retina MacBook computer during the “Spring Forward” event that took place a couple of days ago, on March 9, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA, besides the already popular Apple Watch.

We live-blogged the event at that point and learned that the all-new MacBook comes with a smart, reversible, all-in-one connector called USB-C (also known as USB Type-C), which substitutes no less than five different connectors, including Power, USB, HDMI, VGA, and Display ports. Well, this does not mean that it’s brilliant though, as you can only use one function at a time; otherwise put, you’ll have to buy all sorts of expensive adapters from Apple if you want to connect various devices. What’s more, the new MacBook won't use Apple's innovative MagSafe connector that is currently available on its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines.

Apple no longer uses MagSafe on the new MacBook line
MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners know the real value of the MagSafe connector, which has been designed from the ground up to keep their precious computers safe on the desk. The MagSafe connector uses magnets to attach to the MacBook’s case, thus not slamming it to the ground if one tripped on cord. MagSafe is an Apple innovation, introduced 9 years ago, on January 10, 2006. It is a magnetic power connector, used only to charge MacBooks. There are currently two generations of MagSafe connectors available on the market, used by millions of MacBook owners worldwide.

Now, two questions arise. Will Apple replace the MagSafe connector on the upcoming revisions of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air? If so, will this be the beginning of numerous cases of broken MacBooks? Make sure you check out the video below for more details on the matter. You won't regret it, we promise.

The MagSafe connector
Image credits to Shannon Savage

Video credits to Apple

VAIO Smartphone Will Be Launched in Europe Too

The Japanese company that purchased Sony's VAIO brand is going to launch a smartphone under this name on March 12. While we already know many details on the phone's specs sheet, there wasn't any leaked info on its availability.

The good news is Greek blog Techblog.gr claims it has received new info that would suggest VAIO smartphone won't be exclusive to Japan or Asia. The VAIO smartphone will be launched in Europe as well, but there's no telling whether the device will be released at the same time on both continents. With only one day left until the official unveil of the VAIO smartphone, let's take a look at what this device may have to offer to Android fans.

First of all, the handsets will be equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It will also sport a 5-inch HD (720p) capacitive touchscreen display. On the back, the VAIO smartphone will pack a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony sensor, autofocus, LED flash and video recording, while in the front there will be a 5-megapixel camera for video calls and selfies. We'll be reporting more on the VAIO smartphone as soon as the device goes official tomorrow, so stay tuned for additional details on the matter.

VAIO smartphone mockup
Image credits to GSMDome

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