Apple M1 Pro vs M1 Max: which one should be in your next MacBook?

(Image credit: Apple) Apple M1 Pro vs M1 Max: specs One thing is instantly clear; both the M1 Pro and M1 Max are big leaps over the existing M1 chip. This is exciting, as the M1 chip was no slouch, and was a mightily impressive bit of silicon for Apple’s first attempt at a chip for laptops and desktop computers. While the M1 chip is great for day-to-day tasks and even intensive video editing at 8K, for serious creative tasks, something more powerful was needed, hence the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which are both squarely aimed at creative professionals. (Image credit: Apple) So, what do the specs tell us… Read More

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Xbox Game Pass now has more than 100 touch-enabled games

Microsoft now has more than 100 games on Xbox Game Pass that support Xbox touch controls. The software giant is adding 13 titles to the list of touch-enabled games today, bringing the total to beyond 100 — a new milestone for Xbox Game Pass. Touch-enabled games allow Xbox Game Pass members to stream games on Windows PCs, iOS devices, and Android phones and tablets without a controller. Developers have created custom on-screen controls, added gyro aim controls, and lots more to improve the experience of just using a touchscreen to play games. Touch controls first started rolling out alongside the launch of Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) a year ago, with… Read More

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 leads early Best Buy Black Friday deals starting today

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 sports a 6.7-inch 120Hz screen that folds in half. | Image: Dan Seifert / The Verge All the buzz of yesterday’s Apple Mac event and today’s Google Pixel launch might fall a little bit flat if you’re a Samsung fan. While there is an Unpacked 2 event set for Wednesday, we’re not expecting any major new announcements aside from some fun color customization options. In the meantime, a big highlight of today is Best Buy’s deal on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, knocking $150 off an unlocked model of your choice. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the latest model of Samsung’s normal-phone-that-folds-into-an-extra-small-phone… Read More

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Is Apple backing down on Safari’s tab redesign in macOS 12?

As Apple’s macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15.1 are about to launch, a blogger has spotted another update in the design of Safari 15, where tabs are now reverting back to how they originally looked. Apple’s web browser has seen some huge changes since a redesign was announced back at WWDC earlier this year, such as Tab Groups, an updated look, and extensions. But in the months after, lots of feedback has apparently made the company change course on some of the more radical changes Safari 15 was going to introduce. The tabs were looking more like floating panels below the address bar, which took up more space, while not… Read More

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Supporters and opponents of SpaceX launch site air their concerns

Enlarge / Rendering of SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site with FAA annotations. (credit: FAA) The Federal Aviation Administration convened the first of two virtual public hearings on Monday evening to solicit public comments on SpaceX’s plan to launch its Starship rocket from South Texas. The hearing, which lasted nearly four hours, drew both passionate support for SpaceX’s plans to expand its Starbase facility as well as heated opposition. Limited to comments of three minutes or less, nearly five dozen people spoke during the hearing over Zoom. By my informal counting, the comments tallied 39 in favor of the project and 18 against. The comments in favor of SpaceX were more likely… Read More

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No consoles in stock? Here’s where to buy the Xbox Series X mini fridge instead

Yep, your calendar is correct, it’s definitely October 19 and not April Fools Day. The Xbox Series X mini fridge is 100% real and you’ll be able to buy it from today for $99/£89. Wait, what, an Xbox Series X mini fridge? What are you talking about? Why do I really want to buy one? These are all entirely valid questions. You see, when the Xbox Series X was first announced, many took to social media to express just how surprised they were by its sheer size. It wasn’t long before the absolute unit of a console was compared to a fridge. Not to be deterred by the meme, Microsoft… Read More

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No consoles in stock? Here’s where to buy the Xbox Series X mini fridge instead

Yep, your calendar is correct, it’s definitely October 19 and not April Fools Day. The Xbox Series X mini fridge is 100% real and you’ll be able to buy it from today for $99/£89. Wait, what, an Xbox Series X mini fridge? What are you talking about? Why do I really want to buy one? These are all entirely valid questions. You see, when the Xbox Series X was first announced, many took to social media to express just how surprised they were by its sheer size. It wasn’t long before the absolute unit of a console was compared to a fridge. Not to be deterred by the meme, Microsoft… Read More

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Patch PowerShell now, Microsoft tells admins

Microsoft has asked system administrators to patch their PowerShell 7 installations against two vulnerabilities that can allow attackers to bypass Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) to run arbitrary code, and even gain access to plain text credentials. PowerShell 7 is an open source, cross-platform edition of the command-line shell that helps Windows admins and power users automate a range of administrative tasks with the help of cmdlets. “To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker needs administrator access on a local machine where PowerShell is running. The attacker could then connect to a PowerShell session and send commands to execute arbitrary code,” says Microsoft to explain the impact of one of the… Read More

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Patch PowerShell now, Microsoft tells admins

Microsoft has asked system administrators to patch their PowerShell 7 installations against two vulnerabilities that can allow attackers to bypass Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) to run arbitrary code, and even gain access to plain text credentials. PowerShell 7 is an open source, cross-platform edition of the command-line shell that helps Windows admins and power users automate a range of administrative tasks with the help of cmdlets. “To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker needs administrator access on a local machine where PowerShell is running. The attacker could then connect to a PowerShell session and send commands to execute arbitrary code,” says Microsoft to explain the impact of one of the… Read More

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Voting is now open for the Golden Joystick Awards 2021

(Image credit: Future) Voting is now open for the Golden Joystick Awards 2021. You can cast your vote here. Voting closes on November 5 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT. The 2021 Golden Joystick Awards public voted categories are:  Best Storytelling Best Multiplayer Game Best Visual Design Best Game Expansion Best Audio Best Performer Best Indie Game Still Playing Studio of the Year Best Gaming Community PC Game of the Year Best Gaming Hardware Mobile Game of the Year PlayStation Game of the Year Xbox Game of the Year Nintendo Game of the Year Ultimate Game of the Year Most Wanted Game In addition, two additional category… Read More

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Vaccine showdown at the radio station conglomerate

Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon Happy Tuesday, y’all. Welcome to the week. As I mentioned in my Thursday Hot Pod Insider, I saw Dune on Friday — loved it. I didn’t know this movie was only part one of two, though! Unfair! Anyway, the podcast news is trickling out this week, and by trickle, I truly mean a drop or two for us to savor, so today’s a fairly short one. Insiders will get more on Thursday and Friday. Reminder that if you want to keep up with all the audio news fit for a newsletter, you can subscribe here. I’m sure your boss will be happy to… Read More

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Amazon Music can now play spatial audio on your favorite headphones

Image: Amazon Amazon has announced that, beginning today, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers will be able to listen to spatial audio music tracks with their favorite headphones with the Amazon Music app for Android and iOS. The company is supporting two formats of spatial audio: Dolby Atmos (which is also offered by Apple Music) and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio. The Atmos mixes are provided by record labels, so the “immersive, multidimensional audio experience” should be largely similar between Amazon and Apple’s services — with the exception of head tracking, which Amazon doesn’t support. Apple’s new third-gen AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max all have the option for dynamic head tracking, which… Read More

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2021 MacBook Pros compared: how Apple’s laptops stack up

Apple just announced new versions of its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro explicitly designed around their new Arm-based M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs. Both models are configurable with either CPU and can be equipped with up to 8TB of storage. Models that use the M1 Pro can have up to 32GB of unified memory, while models that have the M1 Max can be configured to have up to 64GB. They also feature more powerful speakers and a greater selection of ports, making them more versatile than the MacBooks that only offered USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4. (You no longer need a dongle for HDMI or SD cards.) The last… Read More

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The breakout star of Apple’s MacBook Pro event is a $19 cleaning cloth

Who gives a good goddamn about new MacBook Pros or the AirPods 3? I’ll tell you who: losers. Because there was only one product worth our attention launched at Apple‘s October event. And that, friends, is a motherfucking cleaning cloth. Shh, don’t get annoyed. I understand you. I know how you live. And that means you’re currently reading these words on a screen smeared with a thick layer of grime. There’s no need to be ashamed — it’s normal. It’s totally normal. Don’t be ashamed. But in another, more real sense, be very ashamed. You’re a dirty, dirty little gremlin. Don’t worry… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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