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AirPods Max Update 3C39 May Address Troubling Battery Drain Issue

The issue appeared shortly after Apple released the AirPods Max in December 2020. One of the biggest complaints among new owners was an unexpected drop in power when the AirPods were left to sit idle. Most often, this battery drain occurred at night when the owner was not using their AirPods Max. Some people note that their AirPods were one percent in the morning even though they were fully charged the night before. A factory reset of the AirPods Max…

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With Ironic Twist, Bill Gates Reveals Why He Prefers Android Over iPhone

Speaking to journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin and Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davidson, Gates talked about why he chose Android and uses the Google-powered platform. According to Gates, he likes the openness of the Android ecosystem and more. “I actually use an Android phone. Because I want to keep track of everything, I’ll often play around with iPhones, but the one I carry around happens to be Android. Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it…

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Unprecedented Winter Storm Causes Cellular Outages Across All Major Carriers in Texas

AT&T AT&T confirmed to Austin’s KVUE that some customers were experiencing outages due to the snow, ice, and cold temperatures affecting the area. “We continue to closely monitor Winter Storm Uri. Commercial power outages and damage from snow and ice may be affecting service for some wireless and wireline customers. Technicians are deploying generators as needed, and are working to restore service as quickly and as safely as conditions allow. Our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team is on standby and…

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Xiaomi Unveils Futuristic, True Over-the-Air Wireless Charging Technology

How Does Mi Air Charge Technology Work? Xiaomi’s system uses a large wireless charging base that communicates with wireless charging technology integrated into a compatible phone. The phone has a receiving antenna that converts the signal from the charging base into electric energy that can charge the phone. The core technology of Xiaomi’s remote charging lies in space positioning and energy transmission. Xiaomi’s self-developed isolated charging pile has five phase interference antennas built in, which can accurately detect the location…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Step Down

Bezos will not be leaving Amazon entirely, however, and in Q3 will instead be transitioning to a new position as executive chair of the Amazon Board. Replacing Bezos will be Andy Jassy, who has been serving as CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Reportedly, the reason for this change is Bezos’ need for more time and energy to focus on his many other endeavors, including the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, The Washington Post, and Blue Origin, among other…

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How Important Is the Power Supply (PSU) When Building a PC?

md-pictures/Shutterstock.com The power supply (PSU) is a critical part of any PC. It powers all the components in your PC, and a bad or faulty one can bring everything down. Here’s what to look for in a power supply while putting together a PC. A PSU Is a Critical Piece of PC Infrastructure When we turn on a light, open a faucet, or walk down a nicely paved street, we don’t often think about the wondrous infrastructure making all that…

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Could Swappable Headbands Still Be Coming to AirPods Max?

The report, which originally came from Bloomberg, hinted that Apple might take an approach similar to what it’s done with the Apple Watch, basically creating one set of headphones and then packaging them in different kits, and at least two major variations were predicted at the time — a sport version that would use lighter and more breathable materials, and a premium version that would feature leather-like fabrics and accents. Of course, that’s not what we ended up getting, and when…

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How “Unified Memory” Speeds Up Apple’s M1 ARM Macs

Apple Apple is rethinking how components should exist and operate inside a laptop. With M1 chips in new Macs, Apple has a new “Unified Memory Architecture” (UMA) that dramatically speeds up memory performance. Here’s how memory works on Apple Silicon. How Apple Silicon Handles RAM In case you haven’t already heard the news, Apple announced a new slate of Macs in November 2020. The new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini models are using an ARM-based processor custom-designed by…

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What Does Apple’s T2 “Security Chip” Do in Your Mac?

Apple Apple proudly advertises that its latest and greatest Mac models come with a T2 security chip, but what does it do? And, more importantly, does a T2 chip create more problems than it solves? What Is a T2 Security Chip? The T2 is Apple’s second-generation “security chip.” It combines several hardware controllers into a custom piece of silicon. Such chips have been commonplace in smartphones for some time. However, the T2 isn’t just there for security purposes—it can make…

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Why Did the Turbo Button Slow Down Your PC in the ’90s?

Benj Edwards In the 1980s and ’90s, many IBM PC clones included a button on the case labeled “Turbo” that actually slowed down your PC when you pressed it. We explore why it was necessary, what it did, and who put it there in the first place. Attack of the Speedy Clones The first IBM Personal Computer, released in August 1981, included an 8088 CPU that ran at 4.77 MHz. Competitors, like Compaq, soon reverse-engineered the machine, licensed Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating…

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Why I Still Use a 34-Year-Old IBM Model M Keyboard

Benj Edwards In a world where rapidly changing technology feels increasingly disposable, one thing remains constant in my computer setup: my 34-year-old IBM 101-key Enhanced Keyboard, commonly known as the Model M. Here’s why I’ll never give up its clicky keys and ideal layout. Origins of the Model M An IBM patent diagram of the buckling spring actuator in use. IBM The 1981 IBM PC came with an 83-key keyboard (commonly known as the “Model F”). Reviewers generally admired it,…

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PS5 and Xbox Series X: What Are Teraflops?

Microsoft Teraflops: they’re all anyone wants to talk about when the upcoming Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 consoles are mentioned. This is because Microsoft and Sony are bragging about big performance boosts thanks, in part, to an increase in teraflops. Consoles vs. PCs: The Beasts in the Den The Xbox Series X GPU is based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture and will be capable of 12 teraflops. Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation 5 (also based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture) will have a GPU…