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Topic: Current Hardware

Apple's first HomePod ads urge customers to 'order now'

01/27/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple Kicked off promotional efforts for its new HomePod on Saturday with four short ads showing off the smart speaker's svelte chassis and unique LCD control panel.

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A deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming and why it needs an A8 processor

01/27/2018, 02:01 am

The HomePod stands to be an audiophile's ideal speaker when it ships on Feb. 9, in no small part due to the considerable effort Apple has put into audio processing for the device. Audio expert Matt Hines of iZotope explains some of the technical hurdles Apple and other smart speaker producers have to overcome to provide a high-quality audio experience in a wide variety of environments.

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Apple highlights project to teach film production skills using MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro X

01/25/2018, 02:01 pm

Apple has highlighted a filmmaking workshop in a special report for the Apple Newsroom, revealing how it assisted the project with iPads, MacBook Pros, and support from its retail store to help students create three low-budget short films over the course of a month.

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MacBook Pro eGPUs gain full clamshell mode and hot-plug capabilities in Apple's macOS 10.13.4 beta

01/25/2018, 09:01 am

AppleInsider testing has shown significant improvement in eGPU implementation in Apple's new macOS 10.13.4 beta, boasting a dynamic clamshell mode working as expected regardless of monitor configuration, and a new menu on the desktop allowing users to disconnect from a connected enclosure without necessitating a logout.

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Intel admits reboot issues in Spectre patch affects newer Skylake and Kaby Lake processors

01/18/2018, 11:01 am

Following Intel's release of patches to combat the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its chips, the processor producer has confirmed that reports of PCs rebooting are not limited to just older chip generations, with newer releases also confirmed to be susceptible to rebooting when using the updated firmware.

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Issue in Google's Cast-enabled devices, including Chromecast causing home Wi-Fi outages, router crashes

01/16/2018, 02:01 pm

Google's Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from 'sleep mode,' a problem Google is working to rectify.

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Western Digital ships G-Speed Shuttle external storage devices with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports

01/16/2018, 01:01 pm

Drive producer Western Digital has launched two models of the G-Speed Shuttle, an external storage device range aimed at content creators that offers up to 48 terabytes of capacity and boasts fast transfer speeds using Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to connect to an iMac Pro or MacBook Pro.

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Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple's future - 10 years ago today

01/15/2018, 05:01 pm

When Steve Jobs showed off the MacBook Air to a collective gasp from the tech industry one decade ago, nobody could yet know its importance as a harbinger of Apple's future.

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Apple apparently shifting more MacBook orders to Foxconn with no plans for a major update in 2018

01/15/2018, 09:01 am

In a report from DigiTimes alleging Apple is sending more of its MacBook Pro orders to assembly partner Foxconn, it is also suggests Apple is not planning a major update to the notebook line in 2018 at all, though the claim does not completely discount potential changes to the line altogether.

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Shure intros $99 MacBook-compatible USB-C headphone cable

01/12/2018, 01:01 pm

Audiophiles connecting high-end headphones to a MacBook now have the option of a $99 USB-C replacement cable, which can also be used with other USB-C equipped devices.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director kept script safe from leaking with 'air-gapped' MacBook Air

01/12/2018, 10:01 am

Rian Johnson, the writer and director of "Star Wars: the Last Jedi," has explained how he protected the screenplay for the latest film in the blockbuster franchise from being leaked online: by using a MacBook Air that had been kept from accessing the Internet.

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Apple's Mac sales in the holiday quarter solid, beats expanding overall PC market expansion

01/12/2018, 09:01 am

Apple's Mac shipments grew 7.3 percent year-on-year during the December quarter, pushing marketshare from 7.7 percent to 8.2 percent -- outpacing the PC industry as a whole.

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Intel faces more class action suits over share price hits caused by Spectre and Meltdown flaws

01/11/2018, 01:01 pm

Intel's legal woes surrounding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its processors are increasing, with more legal firms filing class action suits against the chip company, this time on the behalf of its shareholders over the revelation of the flaws and the effect on the value of the company's shares.

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Zotac Amp Box & Amp Box Mini promise eGPU acceleration over Thunderbolt 3

01/11/2018, 10:01 am

Zotac has announced the Amp Box and Amp Box Mini, two upcoming eGPU enclosures that, in combination with a compatible video card, should boost the graphics performance of Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBooks.

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Apple carries first-ever in-store, third-party Wi-Fi router in form of Linksys Velop

01/11/2018, 09:01 am

Apple is now selling Linksys' Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System in stores and online, signaling a break from a policy of only selling its own AirPort routers.

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Matias' wired, backlit Mac keyboard serves as replacement for discontinued Apple version

01/09/2018, 10:01 pm

Third-party accessory maker Matias debuted a new version of its wired Mac keyboard at CES on Tuesday, adding a few creature comforts like adjustable RGB backlighting to fill a product category Apple abandoned last year.

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Seagate unveils Fast SSD, LaCie Rugged Secure & LaCie DJI Copilot drives

01/09/2018, 12:01 pm

Seagate on Tuesday introduced several new external storage drives, including ones in partnership with LaCie and drone maker DJI.

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Intel faces trio of class action lawsuits over Meltdown & Spectre security holes

01/08/2018, 11:01 am

Intel is staring down class action lawsuits in California, Indiana, and Oregon over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed in modern processors, which can be used to access restricted memory in unpatched devices.

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Asus XG Station Pro Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure has slim form factor, external power supply

01/08/2018, 09:01 am

Asus has abandoned large enclosures for it's latest Thunderbolt 3 external GPU expansion case, with the new XG Station Pro separating the power supply's bulk and heat from the enclosure.

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Watch: 5K gaming on an iMac Pro

01/06/2018, 02:01 pm

With a Vega 56 GPU, Apple's iMac Pro is well equipped to handle professional imaging tasks from high-resolution video editing to batch RAW photo processing. That power can also be applied to recreational activities like gaming, as we discovered in this video.

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