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  1. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsung-makes-the-1300-galaxy-note-20-ultra-official/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/the-bean-shaped-galaxy-buds-live-are-samsungs-counter-to-the-airpods-pro/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsungs-galaxy-watch-3-is-a-stylish-redesign-without-much-new-to-say/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsungs-galaxy-z-fold-2-is-official-comes-with-a-ton-of-improvements/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-3-years-android-os-updates-galaxy-note-20/ The extra year of OS updates, and it backdating to the S10/Note 10, is the thing I'm most excited about from today.
  2. It's been speculated for years, but according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, on June 22 at WWDC Apple will finally announce it is moving Mac OS from Intel to ARM CPUs. The early takes are coming fast and furiously. Jon Gruber is pretty optimistic, and seems to think that Apple will try to move all Macs over to ARM. Dieter Bohn looks at what Apple can learn from Windows recent ARM iteration. Steven Sinofsky wrote an interesting twitter thread on the technical aspects and speculates that an ARM Mac shouldn't be a simple port, but should force a huge shift towards a new API model. If the report is right, we only have a couple weeks before we find out, but it's still fun to speculate. I feel like an incremental approach that has Intel and ARM living side by side for years is the most likely outcome. If Sinofsky is right and Apple really wants to push a significant software transition along with the hardware, it wouldn't take too much for a mass market ARM based Macbook Air to be viable for many people. MS Office already has an ARM version (for windows), Apple's' own apps have already been moving to Catalyst and Swift UI, and the prevalence of Electron means that Apps like Slack could quickly be ported. Yeah, emulated photoshop would probably still suck, but power users can continue buying Intel machines until the software library for ARM matures, which will likely take years. I just look at photoshop on the iPad, or how poorly other Adobe apps use GPU acceleration on any platform, and imagine them having to port it all to a Mac OS ARM architecture and API framework that are meaningfully different, and it's hard to see how it could possibly happen anytime soon. If Apple does its best to make the transition painless, and builds it's ARM chips to more closely mimic x86, and essentially does a 1:1 port of the existing frameworks, that transition time would be very reduced, but at the cost of any real transformative gains. So many of the things we associate with ARM devices are actually the result of the software that has been built for them. If you take a generalized OS and throw it on there, the theoretical benefits of ARM quickly dissapear. We've seen this with both Windows and Chrome based devices. Especially as someone who doesn't use a Mac and won't experience any pain from this transition, I really hope to see Apple do something radical. I want them to use the ARM transition to build devices that they couldn't have built with Intel. If it all just ends up being the same computers with the same OS and the same apps, just with a different piece of silicon in the center, that would be boring.
  3. https://www.cultofmac.com/713978/apple-expands-0-apple-card-financing-to-mac-ipad-airpods-and-more/ For anyone who has an Apple Card, this is fantastic. If only I had waited one more week before upgrading my iPad Pro to the 12.9” version. I’m definitely going to use this once the AirPods Studios go on sale (next week).
  4. Last week the WSJ reported that (Lenovo owned) Motorola is planning on launching a $1500 RAZR phone with a foldable screen. Now we might have our first look with this IP drawing: So far the foldable phones we've seen have been less than impressive. Samsung has teased their folding phone, but the concept leaves a lot to be desired. Essentially you end up with a very thick phone with an oddly small screen, that opens to a small tablet with an awkward, almost square, aspect ratio. The RAZR, as pictured, might actually be kind of cool. It would end up being rather thick, but short, while folded. You should get that very satisfying feeling of flipping it open, and a screen with a pretty usable aspect ratio. I'd be shocked if the first generation is actually a good phone, much less worth $1500, but it does give me hope that folding devices are coming soon and might actually be worthwhile. EDIT: The new RAZR has finally been revealed.
  5. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/04/iphone-se-a-powerful-new-smartphone-in-a-popular-design/ The 4.7" screen seems like kind of a weird spot to land on. People coming from the previous SE will probably think 4.7" is too big, and I'd bet everyone else will think 4.7" is too small.
  6. So I bought a new TV recently and I am in the process of diagnosing what I think is a problem with how it displays HDR content. I'd rather not hassle with returning it for a different unit, because SDR and Dolby Vision content look phenomenal on this set. It's a TCL brand, and I've heard they can have quality control issues. The problem I'm seeing is HDR10 videos have a dark tint to them, compared to standard non-HDR versions of the same movie. On the flip side, if a movie is played with Dolby Vision, it looks great and obviously better than the non-HDR counterpart. But the only source of Dolby Vision content I can get right now is on Vudu. So, if at all possible, if anyone has some Dolby Vision or HDR movies on Vudu, and also have those same movies on other apps (Movies Anywhere), could you tell me if there's a noticeable difference in color vibrancy between the video on Movies Anywhere, which AFAIK only supports HDR10, and Vudu, if that movie on Vudu happens to be in Dolby Vision. And to be even more comparable, here are some of the movies I've tested: Avengers: Infinity War (Big differences) -On Vudu with Dolby Vision (DV) it looks great -On Movies Anywhere with HDR it looks dull -Ripped to my local hard drive and played through Plex or Kodi it looks dull -Non-HDR 1080p version looks fine, but not quite as good as DV Thor: Ragnarok (Big differences) -On Vudu with Dolby Vision (DV) it looks great -On Movies Anywhere with HDR it looks dull -On Plex/Kodi it looks dull -Non-HDR 1080p version looks fine, but not quite as good as DV Aquaman (smaller differences) -On Vudu with Dolby Vision (DV) it looks great -On Movies Anywhere with HDR it looks closer to non-HDR -On Plex/Kodi it looks closer to non-HDR -Non-HDR 1080p version looks fine, but not quite as good as DV Star Wars A New Hope (recent 4k release, smaller differences) -On Vudu with Dolby Vision (DV) it looks great -On Movies Anywhere with HDR it looks closer to non-HDR -On Plex/Kodi it seems to have a greyish tint -Non-HDR 1080p version looks fine, but not quite as good as DV Mad Max Fury Road (big difference) -Don't have it on Vudu so can't compare it to to DV -On Plex/Kodi in 4k UHD HDR mode it looks like I'm watching it with lightly tinted sunglasses on -On Plex/Kodi in 1080p non-HDR it looks a lot more vibrant, colorful, an saturated -Playing the Blu-ray on my PS4 it looked the Plex/Kodi non-HDR. Although it was a bit over-saturated because I haven't tuned the PS4 for video playback. And speaking of the PS4, I popped in Spider-man and compared it with and without HDR mode. The HDR mode is definitely overall darker and the colors are less vibrant. Does this happen with anyone else's PS4? I have the base slim model, not the Pro. Hopefully later today I can take some decent quality videos to showcase the difference. But here's a couple of pictures: The Thor Ragnarok comparison is indeed as drastic as the picture makes it out to be. Like Hulk would say, in Dolby Vision Surtur looks like real raging fire while in HDR he looks like a smoldering fire.
  7. WiFi 6 is only now rolling out, and along with it a new theoretical top speed of 9.6Gbps, but WiFi's biggest upgrade ever is now set to hit at the end of this year. It's not a speed boost though, as the newly named WiFi 6E will have the same max speed. Instead, we'll this change is to the spectrum that WiFi relies on. For 20 years, WiFi has been operating with about 400MHz of spectrum available, but now the FCC has opened up 1200MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band. That doesn't sound exciting, but it's a huge deal. The proliferation of WiFi enabled devices has meant that the limited spectrum WiFi has been allotted quickly gets congested, and it's one of the reasons that you never get close to those theoretical maximum speeds. Even though WiFi 6E isn't increasing those speeds, many people will see better performance just by spacing their WiFi channels out better. It will also leave a lot more room for improvements in the years to come. The FCC has cleared the way, so expect the first WiFi 6E devices to start shipping at the end of this year.
  8. The Fold looks fucking amazing. Only starts at $2000.
  9. https://www.apple.com/apple-events/livestream/ it seems like it will be a boring event (unless apple has managed to keep the lid on leaks) Apple might announce their own Tile tracker, which would be nice
  10. Apple also announced that the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are coming in December. Ive goes out, design improvements come in. Can't explain that!
  11. https://www.apple.com/airpods-pro/ $249.00
  12. Basically all the reviews of this as a phone are right. It’s bulky, the screen is subpar, the 3D effect is scketchy, and the audio from the phone itself is atrocious. But it’s kinda fun? The 3D for photos is pretty lame IMO, but it works decent for video. They have some test clips of Ready Player One and Fantastic Beasts that look pretty good. The big issue is still ghosting and a relatively dim screen compared to 2D. I dunno, I ordered it mere minutes after it went up for pre-order and then stopped paying attention the last year and a half. I got an email a couple of weeks ago our if the blue from Jim Jannard himself saying the titanium model I ordered was even more delayed, so they sent a free aluminum version to keep and the titanium model will come later. One of the best things about Red is how they try and do right by customers, and that was quite the gesture. Honestly, I’m very skeptical that the titanium model will ever be made, I’m skeptical that the modules will ever be made, and I’m unsure of whether Red will even make a second generation phone.
  13. Microsoft is holding a Surface event tomorrow to show off all their new hardware, but most of it was leaked yesterday. The new Surface Pro 7 seems to finally have a USB-C port, there's a 15" varient of the Surface Laptop, and most interestingly, there's a all new ARM based Surface. Almost certainly powered by Qualcomm's 8cx chips, I'm personally very interested in how MS handles this second attempt at building an ARM based Surface. I believe in MS's ability to get Windows, web browsing, and Office working well on such a device, but I'm pretty dubious as to their ability to get anything else. What exactly this device will bring to the table is an open question, but it has me personally interested. The leaks also mentioned Windows 10X, likely a fork of Windows that will be used on an upcoming dual screen Surface product. If we see that product tomorrow, it will steal the show, even if it's not entirely ready. People have been speculating about dual screen Windows devices as far back as the Courier concepts, so it'll be exciting to see something real.
  14. On Tuesday December 5th, at 12:37am after 18 hours of labour over 3 days, my new home theatre was born. It is healthy and quite lively and weighed in at 239.8lbs. At the heart of this new sound system is an Onkyo TX-NR787 Receiver powering the Atmos and DTS-X capable 5.1.4 setup. Centre Channel is a Polk S35, with twin Polk S60 tower speakers for the Left and Right Channels. Surrounds are handled by Polk S20 Bookshelf speakers and Subwoofer is a beefy Polk HTS 12. Since they all fall within the same “Signature” line, they are nicely timber matched. For the height channels, I repurposed the satellite speakers from the old Sony HT-DDW795 system that was my previous home theatre for the last decade and wall and ceiling mounted them angled towards the central seating positions. The home theatre system is a nice compliment to the 65” LG B7 OLED 4K HDR TV, so that the benefits of 4K UHD Blu-rays can be fully realized in both video AND audio. The other children are excited to enjoy the new 3D positional soundscape, and we hope they will have many happy memories together over the coming years! I thought I would share some photos of the man cave, because everyone loves to share photos of their newborns. Behind the couch has a good chunk of the movie and game collection, though far from all. 95% of my games are digital downloads these days though. The movies are generally ordered alphabetically within genre - unless they are part of a series, in which case they are grouped chronologically with the series together, such as the MCU movies or Disney animated movies or X-Men movies. If anyone has some suggestions for great Atmos or DTS-X movies to put the system through its paces, let me know in this thread! Thanks
  15. I have to get rid of some old stuff, an old smart TV that no longer powers on and an old laptop... same problem. What's the best way to dispose of this stuff so that I have some piece of mind lol?
  16. So it seems that my Gen 4 iPad I bought in November of 2012 has given out on me. It's been dropping charges rapidly, despite not being used a ton. I've waffled on upgrading for a while, because I don't use it just a ton these days, but the time is finally here. I need some recommendations. I mostly use my iPad when traveling or watching videos during cooking and at the dinner table. Its biggest use is for streaming video. When I upgrade, I'll probably use it a bit more heavily at first, since it'll be something new. Question is, do I go for another iPad or make a switch to something else? I've been in the Apple ecosystem for so long I don't know what Android tablets are out there or how they compare. Help me out, good people.
  17. My receiver is old and doesn't have HDMI, but I'm not really inclined to drop the money on replacing it because I can't set up surround in the apartment I'm in. I'm looking at Monoprice and they have some open box deals on HDMI switches with 5x inputs but looking at the pages for them I'm not really clear on how to choose which one to get...? https://www.monoprice.com/category/adapters,-switches,-&-splitters/audio-video-distribution/audio-video-switches?&menuDisStr=audio video switches&sort=sellingPrice asc&TotalProducts=48 I pass back an optical connection from my TV to my receiver so I don't NEED that, but not knowing what else I'm looking at here the ones that say you can force a stereo out might be good since for example Netflix on the PS4 doesn't seem to let you select stereo/surround and sometimes it seems like it's picking surround, based on hard to hear dialog. Unless I'm misunderstanding what that stereo/surround toggle on the switch would be doing.
  18. https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ https://www.macrumors.com/guide/wwdc-2019-what-to-expect/ https://www.macrumors.com/2019/06/01/apple-wipes-itunes-facebook-instagram-pages/ June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PDT cross platform apps revamped mail and reminders apps iOS dark mode iPad as Mac external display new Mac Pro 6k 31.6" monitor
  19. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/05/report-samsung-will-strip-the-galaxy-note-of-its-headphone-jack-and-buttons/
  20. I finally caved in and switched back to Android, to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Getting everything set up now, but damn is this screen nice, and it might be the snappiest phone I've ever used.
  21. A bunch of tech journalists have been given early copies of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold just as pre-orders open to the public. Early impressions were surprisingly positive, suggesting that perhaps the concept phone was closer to a real product than many had thought. After only a day or two of use though, it seems some of those journalists are having issues. And then there's MKBHD, who just accidentally broke it: Maybe folding screens are still just a bit too futuristic for the present.
  22. The article says $400 for the non-XL but the Fi site says $449. Also, the Fi site lists them as $449 and $499, respectively, but I'm including the $20 you'll have to pay for a month of Fi service: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/google-cuts-the-pixel-3-price-in-half-for-project-fis-birthday/ At that price I'm kind of tempted to buy the small one just for the camera, and just keep it in airplane mode.
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