Looks like they want to beat LG to the punch and roll out their smartphone first, let’s see what happens! Also, changing a couple things with the podcast. Namely, we are dropping gaming news from the show and starting up a new podcast (that we will be announcing) that will be strictly about gaming news and recorded with special guests. Excited or have questions, let us know. Enjoy the show!
Apple finally gave the MacBook Air a big upgrade. I only spent a few minutes with it Tuesday, but I already think it’s the Apple laptop that most people will probably buy. By size, it fits right between the regular MacBook and the MacBook Pro. In cost, it’s cheaper than both. It starts at $1,199 — admittedly more expensive than the original $999 MacBook Air — but it’s more powerful than the smaller standard MacBook, which starts at $1,299. It’s sort of weird, and I can’t think of many reasons to buy the smaller and more expensive MacBook, unless you just want a bit more portability. Given that iPad sales have continued to outpace Mac sales, however, its strongest competition might be Apple’s new iPad Pros.
Apple announced new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros in New York today, which now come with Face ID, a USB-C charging port, and a new “Liquid Retina” display. Aesthetically, they’ve got slimmer bezels that only come in black, like the new MacBook Airs. The black bezels, when paired with the Smart Keyboard Folio, make the iPad Pro look closer to a laptop than it ever has before. They also allow for the 11-inch model display to fit a bigger screen into the same overall dimensions as the prior 10.5-inch model. The iPads also lose their home buttons entirely in favor of the iOS 12 gesture controls found in Apple’s new iPhones. Swiping across the various edges of the screen now brings up the home screen, lets you switch apps, and pull up the Control Center, Notification Center, and Dock.
Apple on Tuesday introduced its first new small form-factor PC in four years. The new Mac mini is based on Intel’s latest Coffee Lake processors with up to six cores and improves the SFF system in almost all ways possible, making the miniature PC almost as capable as regular desktops. With that said, the considerably higher performance enabled by the new Mac mini also comes at higher price points when compared to the predecessors. Apple’s Mac mini desktops are designed for SOHO market segment as well as everyday workloads that normally do not require very capable hardware. Meanwhile, historically Apple used mobile processors for its Mac mini, which the company found good enough for the market segment. With its 2018 SFF desktops Apple is changing the game here: the company now calls its Mac mini a “workhorse” and therefore uses Intel’s custom 8th Gen Core CPUs with four or six cores operating at 4.6 GHz Turbo Boost frequency. In a bid to cool the processor down, Apple uses a brand-new cooling system featuring a blower.
The Nintendo Switch continues to be a sales success, with Nintendo’s latest financial report placing the console at nearly 23 million units sold since its launch last year. In a new earnings report, Nintendo revealed that over the last six months the Switch has managed to sell more than 5 million units, with a slight increase in sales compared to this time last year. The new numbers now mean the Switch has almost doubled sales of the Wii U, and has overtaken GameCube’s total figure.
Back in September Jagex announced that Old School RuneScape would be releasing on Android on October 30th, and lo and behold, OSR Mobile is now officially available on the Play Store as a free-to-play release. That’s right, the members beta is finally over, which means OSR Mobile no longer requires a subscription to jump in and enjoy its classic MMORPG gameplay.
In the weeks leading up to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, much of the focus has been on Rockstar’s labor conditions. Not only have company reps repeatedly put their feet in their mouths regarding crunch and credit, but Kotaku’s own Jason Schreier wrote up a wonderful article with dozens upon dozens of sources from both past and present Rockstar staff. The conversation that’s been happening has been at least partially fruitful, and we’re all better off knowing more about how our games get made by real people. With the legitimate and serious concerns about the various Rockstar studios in mind, there’s no doubt that the countless devs who have worked hard for years on end are excited for the world to finally play the game. Let’s jump in, and see exactly what this worldwide team has been toiling over since the release of GTA V.
Avid users of Apple will soon be buying a new MacBook Air model that is cheaper compared to other Apple products sold before. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant’s new MacBook Air is expected to have an affordable price tag.
Is Apple ready to sell a cheaper MacBook Air model?
This information has surfaced this week after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released research note, saying a cheaper version of Apple’s laptop will be likely.
According to Apple KGI Securities, the tech giant is planning to release a cheaper entry-level laptop by the second quarter this year. And analyst Ming-Chi Kuo hinted that the Cupertino-based company would release a 13-inch MacBook Air.
Ming-Chi Kuo said that the lowering of MacBook Air would eventually boost the company’s sales. At present, Apple is selling the MacBook Air with an entry price of $999.
But the device’s rumored price could actually stretch to $1, 500 depending on some modifications and options. Since the company had sold the laptop in 2015, the MacBook Air model’s processor did not receive any improvement, and it is ageing already.
But what we know so far is that Apple has yet to comment on the issue. It is not, however, clear if the rumored price is possible. Also, it is also unclear whether the MacBook Air model will be receiving a new hardware.
Added speculations will be the rumored MacBook Air model features a USB-C charging ports and a high definition Retina display. Regarding the possible announcement, Kuo said that the new MacBook Air would be introduced during Apple’s presentation at WWDC in June.
The popularity of Ultrabooks is quite evident since it first burst into the scene. There was the MacBook Air followed by the ASUS Zenbook UX31. Now comes Dell’s XPS 13.
The latter only weighs at 2.29 pounds and has a tapered design from .71 to .24 inches. It is pegged at $999 with an aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis. Add to that its 13-inch screen and it certainly is one helluva gadget.
The entry level version comes with an i5 Core processor with a 128GB SSD and 4GB ram and a backlit keyboard. It is upgradeable to a 256SSD and i7 processor. It has a 300 nit, 1366×768 Gorilla Glass display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0 and the Smart Connect and Rapid Start both Intel technologies.
Dell is planning to release their Ultrabooks by February both consumer and business channels.
The XPS 13 also supports both 3.0 and 2.0 Bluetooth technology. It has a Mini Display Port, an audio jack and a 1.3 MP webcam. But just like the ASUS Zenbook, the XPS 13 doesn’t have an HDMI and no has no memory card slot.
Which makes us ask, if the MacBook Air, which is thinner than the XPS 13, has an SD card slot, why then does the latter don’t have any built in it?
The Apple empire munched the company Anobit to the sound of $500 million. According to reports, Anobit, the flash controller and SSD startup company was just bought by Apple.
Anobit supplys flash chips and endurance-enhancing controller technology for both the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.
Now, Apple will have a base in the Holy Land. Anobit’s JQ in Herzliya, Israel will most probably become the iPhone makers Research and Development center.
Anobit’s OEM supply to other companies is still unknown. If Apple takes on technology components distribution, it will be a first for the company. But there are still no news as to what is Apple’s decision is if they’ll continue on with Anobit’s business or they will merely use Anobit’s technology for their own devices.
Today, the Cupertino-based company released the Apple Remote Desktop 3.3.2 which improves the overall stability and performance of the remote-management tools.
With this recent update, mouse cursor tracking while controlling remote systems has been improved, as well as reliability when controlling systems with dual graphics processors or when controlling client computers with two displays. There is also a more reliable drag-and-drop file copy.
The update also fixes some issues of the previous version including better handling of IP address and port changes for clients using Network Address Translation (NAT), improved authenticating new client computers and improved reporting of results for failed software installations. Asset management problems like correct reporting of MacBook Air MAC addresses were also fixed.
The 4.21MB client update and the 51.41 admin update require Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, or Mac OS X 10.6 or later, or the corresponding Mac OS X Server version of any of those. It is both available via Software Update and at you can download it at Apple’s Support Downloads page.