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  • Lenovo intros portable 14-inch ThinkVision M14 USB-C monitor

    Almost the exact size and weight of a 12.9" iPad Pro with a vastly better screen and substantial battery pack. ;)
    But of course, if you don't already own one, this is cheaper.
  • Tested: Thermal conditions in the 2018 i9 MacBook Pro dramatically hampering performance

    I sincerely hope that people out there run these tests across ALL the 2018 Macbook Pros, including the 13" models, to see if any of them can out perform the earlier models.

    It's so ironic - I'm used to dealing with Apple not designing Macbook Pros to handle the GPUs, because they design the thermals for the base configuration.  I always get the high end version, and I always have heating problems.  So when I saw that Apple now has discrete GPUs in ALL versions of the 2015 Macbook Pro, I thought "FANTASTIC!  Apple will finally have to design the thermals to accommodate a discrete GPU.  And now this happens.  :(

    Did I mention the enormous volume of these fans drives me batty?  I had to hack my Macbook Pro to keep the fans on all the time at a low level so that they wouldn't spike up to a high level whose I couldn't bear.

    Well, at least the keyboard works now.
  • Apple employees in force at Display Week, vastly outnumbering rivals

    Nameo_ said:
    It’s more than impressive how Apple wasn’t even known for its screen development capabilities just a decade ago and today they’re one of the best screen developers. I hope and surely believe they will keep up the good work.
    Yeah - Apple IPS laptop displays always stood out to me, and I'll never forget when Apple launched the 30" 2,500x1,600 monitor, and then later when they launched the first retina displays. These were awesome landmarks. Can't wait to see Apple lead with microLED in the future. And they have an edge few can beat - they can charge 10x what everyone else can for their products.
  • Belkin intros Lightning to headphone jack cable for iPhone 7 and newer

    If we could get even remotely acceptable audio quality from bluetooth, then this wouldn't have been such a big deal.  But no one has yet supplied a high quality wireless audio solution, despite the fact that I can get 250 megabits/second WiFi across my house...  Who will stand up and make a real wireless audio standard?  One with lossless audio, effortless sharing of channels across multiple headphones, and none of this "pairing" stuff?

    In any case, thank you Belkin.  It's appreciated.  But for me, I need the adapter that includes charging, 'cause I don't have a wireless charging pad in my car yet.  Nonetheless, for short uses, it's a life saver.  You can finally change a pair of quality headphones into lightning headphones.   

  • Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

    You have to remember the original reason Apple made the Mac Mini - it was to lure Windows developers to also cross develop/port title to the Mac.  The idea was to give a person with no Mac the cheapest possible development platform they could get away with - and I personally knew developers who did just that.  The Mac Mini existed for only one reason - for them to port their software to Mac.

    Apple's decision to not support the Mac Mini could be viewed in two ways:  Either they feel enough developers have full fledged Macs now that they don't need to be coerced with an affordable model, or else, after years of trying, Apple has given up trying to make the MacOS platform an App heaven, and is instead looking to the future where people run mainly iOS apps on their Macs.

    I've found that a lot of reasons that Mac HW features "wither on the Vine" is because if Apple has decided that 5 years down the road they won't be supporting a feature, then they don't invest in it in the present.  A classic example is the MacOS HDMI out driver bug, now 10 years and running, that makes it so Mac owners can only use their HDMI ports with televisions, not monitors.  It's such a simple fix for able - maybe 15 minutes - yet they still haven't done it.  Instead HDMI out still outputs in CMYK mode, resulting in awful, uncorrectable blooming effects when trying to use any monitor over HDMI.  The reason?  Apple knew long ago they were going to ditch HDMI ports, and internally, they apparently never used or tried external monitors that way.

    I do wish Apple tried a little harder to focus on the present.  They have to realize that if every generation withers because there's a new one on the horizon, then the platform will always remain subpar.