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Apple’s T2 Security Chip Confirmed To Slap Handcuffs On Some Third-Party Repairs

  Apple touts its T2 security chip as “the next generation of security” for its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, pitching it as a feature and benefit to customers. Is it really, though? The T2 chip has come under fire for its ability to effectively thwart third-party repairs. The answer, as it turns out, is not a simple one. First let’s talk about what the T2 security chip actually does. On Apple’s website, the company describes various functions of the chip, all…

2018 MacBook Air Early Benchmarks Highlight Respectable Performance Gains

It’s only been a few days since Apple unveiled its refreshed MacBook Air notebook keeping the thin profile and sporting a Retina Display, Touch ID, and 8th generation Intel Core i5 processors among other tweaks. A few days later the first benchmarks for the 2018 MacBook Air have turned up on Geekbench giving us an idea of what the updated hardware inside the machine means for performance. The Air in these benchmarks is called out as having a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y CPU and 16GB…

Lenovo Yoga C930 Laptop Review: Dolby Vision And Atmos Deliver

There was a time when choosing a thin and light 2-in-1 laptop meant making compromises and deciding which features you could live without. That isn’t much of a problem nowadays, as there are excellent premium notebook offerings from all the major OEMs, including Dell, HP, Microsoft, Acer, and Lenovo. Lenovo, however, always sought to innovate ahead of the curve with its Yoga 2-in-1 form factor and continues to do so today with the beautiful new Yoga C930 we’ll be showing you here.   It…

MacBook Pro Intel Core i9 Variant Performance Being Throttled Due to Thermal Issues: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS The development was noted in a video by Dave Lee The Core i9 model has a base clock speed of 2.9GHz It can be overclocked up to 4.8GHz Apple earlier this month unveiled a refresh to its MacBook Pro range of professional notebooks. The refreshed lineup comes with the latest 8th generation Intel Core processors, including Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 with up to 6 cores. The top-end offering in the range, with Core i9-8950HK, comes with a base clock speed of…

Apple’s New MacBook Pro Keyboard Has ‘Thin, Silicone Barrier’ Under Each Key: iFixit

HIGHLIGHTS iFixit finds a ‘cover-up’ in MacBook Pro keyboards The keyboard has a ‘thin, silicone barrier’ under each key It is a new method for repelling dust Apple appears to have finally taken some major action on the notorious Butterfly-switch keyboard in the MacBook Pro laptops. Earlier this week, the Cupertino giant updated its MacBook Pro lineup, with new 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar models. Notably, the new MacBook Pro models also come with an “improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing”, and are expected to have…

Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Teardown Exposes Massive Battery, Upgradable SSD

Dell’s XPS 15 2-In-1 is a unique hybrid convertible, premium ultrabook in a couple of respects, partly because of its high quality Dell XPS series machined aluminum and hybrid carbon fiber construction, along with its beautiful 15-inch, 400 nits, near bezel-less Dell Infinity Edge display. However, the machine is also powered by a unique processor that marks the first collaboration of its kind by two archrivals in the PC processor arena, both Intel and AMD. Otherwise known as Kaby Lake G, the new Intel 8th Gen Core Series with…

Leaked Ryzen 7 2700X Data Suggests Significant Clock Boost for New AMD CPUs

AMD’s Ryzen 7 family reignited the desktop performance wars last year after nearly seven years of small iterative improvements. The company’s Zen architecture proved more competitive than most expected, and AMD’s top-end desktop cores ruled the multi-threaded roost until Coffee Lake — and arguably past that, given how hard it was to find Coffee Lake in stock during October and November of last year. AMD has already told investors and enthusiasts to expect a new Zen CPU core in the…

Researchers Found Another Major Security Flaw in Intel CPUs

Security researchers have pinpointed another major security hole in Intel processors, in addition to the security holes in the Intel Management Engine and the Meltdown flaw that hits Intel CPUs uniquely hard. This time, it’s an issue with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT), a feature typically reserved for systems that support Intel vPro or workstation platforms with certain Xeon CPUs. The Intel AMT is designed to allow administrators to access and update PCs, even if those PCs are turned off.…

GPU Prices Skyrocket, Breaking the Entire DIY PC Market

If you’re looking to build a PC today, chances are you’re in trouble. Cryptocurrency mining has driven the prices of GPUs from “inflated” to “utterly absurd.” In fact, prices are so high, they’re actually higher, in some cases, than we’d expect a person to spend on an entire computer. It’s one thing to say people shouldn’t buy in when a GPU (See on Amazon) is running $50 to $100 over MSRP (and we’ve railed against these kinds of price wars before), but the pricing…

DigitalGenius raises $14.75 million Series A for AI-based customer service solution

When DigitalGenius participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition in New York City in 2015, there weren’t a lot of companies working on AI and machine learning. Today, it’s become much more commonplace, and the company announced a $14.75 million Series A. Global Founders Capital led the round. MMC Ventures, Paua Ventures and several other unnamed new investors also participated They also got help from previous investors Salesforce Ventures, Runa Capital, RRE Ventures, Lumia Capital, Compound and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Today’s investment brings the…

Google Chrome Removed From the Windows Store

Much like any other app store, the Windows Store has a set of rules that must be followed in order for an app to be listed. Google decided to ignore those rules, and Google Chrome lasted less than a day in the Windows Store. What Google did was actually quite cheeky. The Windows Stores rules mean that if a rival wants to list a web browser on there, it must use HTML and JavaScript engines provided by Windows 10. This is…

How Cells Rebuild After Dividing

When cells divide, they need to rebuild their nucleus and organise their genome. New collaborative research from the University of Bristol demonstrates how cells achieve this through the unexpected deployment of filamentous actin (F-actin) to the nucleus. The research, published online in Nature Cell Biology, provides the first evidence that actin polymerisation in the nucleus helps in reshaping the nucleus and reorganising the genome after cell division (mitosis). In mammals, including humans, the cell nucleus packages and protects the genome. When…