2011 MacBook Pro freezes under heavy load!!!

The new MacBook Pro seems to have a lot of smaller issues, so far many owners of 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that their notebooks are freezing up entirely under extensive load.

At first it was rumored to be single episodes, however one user reported on the Apple forum that he was able to reproduce it on every MBP at his local Apple Store.

Apparently, owners of 2011 MacBook Pros are reporting that under heavy load, their notebooks will freeze, even as sound continues. The cursor will still be movable, but the computer is completely unresponsive, and the only way to solve the problem is a hard reboot.

A rather lengthy thread, more than 41 pages, on Apple’s discussion forum describe brief blackouts and flickering when hooking up  a 2011 MacBook Pro to a 24-inch Cinema Display via the new Thunderbolt port, which is backwards compatible with DisplayPort. The fact the built-in display isn’t affected might suggest a problem with the Thunderbolt port, although it’s most likely software-related.

Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged these persistent glitches. They are reportedly aware of these problems, some users wrote, and are investigating them.

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AT&T Acquires T-Mobile USA

This is the news of the moment AT&T just bought T-Mobile USA for $39 billion making the competition between mobile carries smaller, now there are only three real contenders on the US market:  AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

Both carriers use the same technologies: GSM, HSPA+ and LTE. AT&T Mobile will become a monopoly for GSM cellular services in the US.

This doesn’t bode well for consumers who will now only have one GSM carrier to choose from and one less carrier for anyone to choose from.

AT&T will become the largest US cellular carrier surpassing Verizon by a nice margin based on an estimated number of subscribers at Verizon as 94 million. Purchasing  T-Mobile will add about 34 million subscribers to AT&T’s 96 million creating a subscriber base of approximately 130 million for the combined carrier.

Below you can read an excerpt from the press release:

AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA From Deutsche Telekom

Provides fast, efficient and certain solution to impending spectrum exhaust challenges facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in key markets due to explosive demand for mobile broadband

Enhances network capacity, output and quality in near term for both companies’ customers

AT&T commits to expand 4G LTE deployment to an additional 46.5 million Americans, including in rural, smaller communities, for a total of 294 million or 95% of the U.S. population

Provides 4G LTE service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 million subscribers

More than $8 billion in incremental infrastructure spend by a U.S. company over seven years, enabling nation’s high-tech industry, innovation and economic growth

Creates substantial value for AT&T shareholders through large, straightforward synergies

Dallas, Texas, Bonn, Germany, March 20, 2011

Read the complete press release here.