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Will there be a new Core i7 and Core i5 MacBook Air?

Intel confirms the existence of the Core i7 processor in last year's mysterious MacBook Air-like device

A device codenamed AAPJ140K1,1 appeared on Geekbench last year running macOS Mojave and the hitherto unknown Intel Core i7-8510Y. Now, a recent product change notification document has seemingly confirmed the processor's existence...
The new Leica Q2. (Source: Leica)

Leica unveils the second-generation Q camera, with 4K and an improved imaging sensor

Leica has launched the Q2, the second generation of its high-end full-frame sensor module. It is capable of 4K/UHD recording, 47.3-megapixel image capture, and expanded crop functions. The new Leica Q2 also has some degree of wate...
Tim Cook hypes up yet to be revealed Apple products to shareholders. (Source: Macworld)

Apple set to "roll the dice' on some products Tim Cook says will "blow you away"

Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised shareholders that it plans to bounce back from a weaker than expected holiday quarter by "rolling the dice" on new products that will "blow you away." Although not revealing what Apple has in stall,...
A new, larger, MacBook Pro with a display at least 16-inches across is in the cards for 2019. (Source: Apple)

Ming-Chi Kuo spills the beans on Apple's 2019 product plans

Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate analyst going around when it comes to Apple’s product plans, has spilled the beans on its entire 2019 product pipeline. Kuo’s latest investor note for TF International Securities includes det...
Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day

Love is in the air. Valentine's Day is surely a reason for celebration and togetherness for many around the world. This is also a great time to invest in or gift technology that can enhance your partner's work or play. In this article, we've lined-up some of the best laptops that we think will complement most personalities. These laptops are not just ones that you can gift to the ones you love; they are also ones that you can fall in love with, too.
Microsoft Office 365 on a MacBook Pro, available via Mac App Store late January 2019 (Source: Apple Newsroom)

Microsoft Office 365 hits the Mac App Store

Thanks to its arrival on the Mac App Store, Microsoft Office 365 can now be downloaded and installed by Mac users with a single click. This cloud-connected office suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDr...
Several users have complained of MacBook Pros exhibiting the 'stage light' effect. (Source: Alex P. on

iFixit: Apple MacBook Pro stage light issue turns "a $6 problem into a $600 disaster"

Several users have complained of a 'stage light' anomaly in their MacBook Pro displays. iFixit wrote in a blog post that it has identified the cause of the issue and attributes it to the manner in which the display cables connect ...
Apple MacBook Pro 15 – Core i9 slower than Core i7!

$300 more for less performance | Apple MacBook Pro 15 – Core i9 slower than Core i7!

When Apple started selling the MacBook Pro 15 with the new 6-core CPUs, we saw numerous negative reports about the performance, especially with the optional i9 CPU. We previously reviewed the i7 SKU and it took several software updates before the performance of the i7 was stable, but the i9 still disappoints.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The new Belkin USB-C to -A cable with DuraTek. (Source: Belkin)

CES 2019 | Belkin and its assorted brands are back

At one point, Belkin was the go-to brand for third-party Apple accessories, not to mention USB power banks and cables. However, it had gone quiet for a good while following its amalgamation with Foxconn. This year, Belkin and its ...
Donald Trump has been trying to convince Tim Cook to assemble iPhones in the USA. (Source: Sky News)

Donald Trump tells Tim Cook that Apple should make iPhones in the US

US President Donald Trump has been giving his opinion about Apple’s recent rollercoaster ride at the stock market. The POTUS stated that he had told Tim Cook, who is apparently one of Trump’s friends, that Apple should bring produ...
Top 10 notebooks on Amazon

Our take on the top 10 bestselling laptops on Amazon

December 2018 update. In this article, you will find NotebookCheck's overview of the top 10 bestselling laptops on Read on to find out what we think about these best sellers and whether they actually perform well or not for various use cases. We will keep this constantly updated to cover new bestsellers every month.
Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

88% Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Better display and slow processor. Apple pretty much ignored its MacBook Air for a couple of years and there was much speculation about the end of the series. Now, we get a completely redesigned model including a modern display. Is it an alternative to the more-expensive MacBook Pro 13 for many users, or is it somewhat redundant?
Intel Core i5-8210Y | Intel UHD Graphics 617 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
The 2018 MacBook Air. (Source: B&H)

Apple MacBook Air 2018 can be found for up to US$150 off RRP online right now

The 2018 MacBook Air may be a good option for those who want the Apple-ultrabook looks for a more moderated price. B&H Is currently holding a sales event for this device, which takes between US$100 and $150 off most of its SKUs. H...
PUBG has reportedly drawn level with Fortnite for mobile user counts. (Source: Polygon)

PUBG now equals Fortnite in mobile user numbers: Tencent Games

Tencent Games has asserted that it has drawn level with Epic Games' Fortnite in terms of mobile user numbers for its own game, PUBG. This means that PUBG has made it to about 200 million users. It is estimated that both games also...
The new tab-grouping feature is already under development via Chromium. (Source: Google)

Next version of Chrome may have Dark Mode and tab-grouping features

Chrome 73 is now rumored to add a feature that can organize tabs into certain sets to the browser. This may be most reminiscent of the similar function that Microsoft is reportedly set to bring to Windows File Explorer in the futu...
The unannounced Vega GPUs mentioned in the macOS Mojave update could signal the release of more powerful mobility graphics accelerators to match Nvidia's new lineup.  (Source: PCGamesN)

Unannounced AMD Vega GPUs mentioned in macOS Mojave update

The current mobility GPUs from AMD are not really a match for Nvidia's lineup, but htat could change in a few months. Data mined from the latest macOS Mojave mentions a total of twelve unannounced Vega 20 and Vega 10 GPUs. Some of...
Microsoft may release its new Chromium-based and cross-platform version of Edge in 2019, according to Joe Belfiore and the Microsoft Edge Team. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Edge is becoming a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser

Microsoft Edge is changing. 2019 may mark its transformation into a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser, according to a blog post by Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Essential Products Group at Microsoft and...
Epic Games is preparing to take on Google and Steam. (Source: Epic)

Fortnite creator challenges Google Play and Steam with Epic Games Store

Epic has announced plans to create its own game platform, which will be known as the Epic Games Store. Fueled by the incredible success of Fortnite, Epic is hoping to take on big names in the video-game digital distribution world ...
Microsoft pulls no punches in its put-down of the iPad in its latest Surface Go ad (Source: YouTube)

Microsoft takes a swipe at the iPad in its new Surface Go advert

Microsoft has launched a new Surface Go advert aimed at families buying the device for their children for the holiday season. Naturally, the company had a dig at Apple and the iPad too.
A MacBook's internals can accumulate dust in some areas. (Source: MacMedics)

Apple mired in new lawsuit over lack of iMac and MacBook dust-ingress protection

Apple is facing a lawsuit pressed by 3 plaintiffs in the United States. It concerns a claim that the company has breached Californian advertising and representation laws in selling Macbook and iMacs. These plaintiffs assert that A...
Image source: Apple and AMD (w/ edits)

Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available

Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the mo...
The Apple T2 chip has earned a lot of criticism from right-to-repair advocates. (Source: iFixit)

Apple's T2 chip could severely limit the possibilities of third-party Mac repair

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that its T2 chip will limit the ability to repair new Macs as it feels that the chip is crucial to enabling modern security features on Mac computers. However, critics are concerned that Apple's mo...
Image via CNN Money

Amazon will prevent unauthorized third-parties from selling Apple products through its online store

In a deal struck with Apple to begin selling the newest Apple products, Amazon has announced it will ban unauthorized third-party sellers from listing or selling Apple products through Amazon. While sellers can become an authoriz...
Is there such a thing as a core i7 Macbook Air? (Source: TechSpot)

Mysterious Macbook Air-like device with i7 processor shows up on Geekbench

The 2018 Macbook Air comes with a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y processor and 16GB of RAM at best. A suspicious new listing on Geekbench 4 details an Apple laptop with the same motherboard as the Macbook Air, but with a fas...
The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops

The team over at iFixIt has published a complete teardown of the new MacBook Air Retina. While soldered storage and an integrated keyboard count heavily against the device, new pull tabs under the battery and a separate logic boar...
Apple's mobile chips are closer than ever to Intel's mobility solutions. (Source: Apple)

Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets are almost as fast as a six-core MacBook Pro

Latest Geekbench results suggest that the A12X Bionic SoC is closer than ever to Intel's top mobility CPUs. The single-core scores are pretty tight, however, the gap in multi-core mode is more noticeable. Still the A12 only lags b...
Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018

Apple: New Design & Retina display for the MacBook Air 2018 (Update)

Apple announced the new MacBook Air right at the start of todays special event. Included in the new Apple MacBook Air 2018 is a Retina screen and a new processor. Also, Apple updated the design of this very successful device today...
An Apple metallurgist in action. (Source: Apple)

Apple now using 100 percent recycled aluminum in new Air, Mac mini

Among the announcement from the latest Apple event is that the company is making the new Mac mini and MacBook Air from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The company says that its metallurgists have discovered a new method for using t...
The 12-inch MacBook only scores a fresh coat of paint. (Source: Apple)

12-inch MacBook gains new gold hue, but misses out on Amber Lake Y, more

As expected, Apple has unveiled a new Mac mini, MacBook Air and new iPad Pro models. However, one device that missed out on getting a chipset refresh was the 12-inch MacBook, leaving it essentially unchanged since June 2017 barrin...
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Apple overhauls the Mac Mini with 8th gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and more

Apple unveiled the new Mac Mini, the first Mac Mini we've seen since 2014. The new desktop boasts some impressive specs, including 8th gen 4- and 6-score CPUs, up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. Thunderbolt 3...
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Single-board Hackintosh: Hackers load MacOS 10.14 Mojave onto LattePanda Alpha

Hardware tinkerers ETA Prime and Novaspirit Tech have managed to load macOS 10.14 Mojave on the LattePanda Alpha, a powerful single-board computer. While there are several bugs ranging from non-working audio to broken WiFi, this i...
OnePlus appears to be squarely in Apple's crosshairs these days. (Source: GadgetsNow)

OnePlus has changed the 6T's launch date - because of Apple

OnePlus had announced some time ago that its next product launch would take place in New York on October 30th. However, Apple has just taken that same date to release the new Macs and iPad Pro. The Chinese company has responded by...
The T2 chip found in new MacBooks. (Source:

Can you fix your own 2018 MacBook? An internal Apple report says no, but iFixit says yes

An internal service document recently leaked from within Apple states that no-one but company staff and Authorized Apple Service Providers (AASPs) can repair or replace most MacBook 2018 and iMac Pro components without the devices...
Appple macOS 10.14 Mojave now available as of September 2018 (Source: Apple Newsroom)

Apple launches macOS "Mojave" with dark mode, new apps, redesigned app store, and more

The 15th major release of Apple's desktop operating system and the successor of macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Mojave 10.14 is now available. In addition to the new dark mode, this release brings a few iOS apps to the desktop, inc...
Cables, cables everywhere - but for how long? (Source: Electricals4Dummies)

Cable-based connectivity set to be worth US$34 billion in 5 years

The wired interface market - which encompasses all types of USB cable, as well as others (e.g. Thunderbolt or HDMI) - is estimated to have a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% well into the next decade. However, it appears that t...
Samsung's RAM is used in everything, from desktops to laptops to phones. This supply decrease may affect more than DIY PC parts. (Source: GameRevolution)

Samsung plans to lower memory supply in order to keep prices high

While DRAM prices have been dropping since January of this year, the price of DDR4 memory is still significantly higher than it was in 2016. Now, during a time of reduced demand, Samsung may be planning to cut down on supply in or...
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is now available. (Source: Softpedia)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider officially released

The latest installment in the Tomb Raider series is now globally available The game is the last in a line of Lara Croft origin-story portrayals. Eidos-Montréal is confident that it will showcase the studio's capabilities.
NVIDIA recently went to an AT&T conference to introduce the idea of GeForce NOW over 5G. (Source:

Could 5G and NVIDIA make gaming hardware obsolete?

NVIDIA brought its GeForce NOW to the AT&T Spark Conference to showcase the service's potential when combined with 5G. The company is confident that its new cloud-based graphics solution can negate the need for expensive hardware ...
10th anniversary version of Chrome comes with many new features. (Source: BGR)

Google celebrates Chrome's 10th anniversary with fresh new version

Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary of Chrome with the release of a considerable update (Chrome 69) for the browser. It features a substantial UI redesign, as well as a new password generator. This version will be available...
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, may be able to distinguish between user voices in the future. (Source:

Recent Apple patent could allow Siri to recognize multiple different users

Apple has filed a patent that may contribute to the voice assistant Siri's functionality in the future. It may impart the ability to recognize different voices and attribute them to corresponding users on new versions of the softw...
A team of researchers has found that it is possible to compromise a Mac during its initial boot. (Source: CGTrader)

Black Hat USA briefing indicates possible set-up exploits in enterprise-level Macs

Macs are more or less impervious to hacking, right? Not any more, according to two cybersecurity researchers during a briefing at the Black Hat USA Conference 2018. However, the attacks involved are difficult to achieve and need t...
In this design, the keyboard area is actually a second screen with sensors underneath to display virtual keys. (Source: Mashable)

Future MacBooks could sport a fully virtual keyboard

MacBooks of the future might feature a full touch keyboard if recently filed Apple patents are anything to go by. There are three patents filed that demonstrate an increased touch area with haptic feedback for signalling a key pre...
Ryzen's market share has overtaken that of Coffee Lake. (Source: AMD Twitter)

Ryzen beat Coffee Lake for CPU market share in July

Ryzen is possibly the most prominent form of competition for the Coffee Lake family of chipsets. However, the Intel CPUs have dominated the market since the release of both lines. Now, however, Ryzen appears to have opened a lead ...
Is the MacBook Air due an upgrade? (Source: Pixabay)

New rumors suggest refresh for MacBook Air

An article on a Taiwanese news site states that Apple is in fact releasing a new MacBook Air in 2018. These rumors suggest that the Cupertino company now intends to fast-track its release. However, is it all good news for fans of ...
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
A supplemental update to address throttling issues is now available. (Source: Apple)

Apple issues software fix to address thermal throttling in new MacBook Pro

Apple has issued a supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 that addresses the throttling issues exhibited by the 2018 MacBook Pro. Those who have installed the update report that they are seeing improved performance in th...
The Customer Data Migration Tool connector as seen in the 2016 MacBook Pro. (Source: MacRumors)

Apple removes the Customer Data Migration Tool connector in the the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

iFixit has discovered in its recent teardown of the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that Apple has removed the Customer Data Migration Tool connector from the logic board. The connector helped in transferring data to a fun...
CPU VRMs in the Core i9 MacBook Pro are devoid of any thermal interface. (Source: iFixit / MacRumors)

Throttling in the 2018 Core i9 Apple MacBook Pro traced to improperly set VRM power limits

A Reddit user has managed to find out the reason for the high throttling seen in the 2018 Apple MacBook Pros with the Intel Core i9 CPU and it turns out that it is due to power throttling of the VRM than thermal throttling of the ...
The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

It may not be able to sustain Turbo Boost for very long, but at least the Core i9 in the Zenbook UX580 can maintain base clock rates when under heavy processing load. With such high core temperatures in the 90 C range, however, it...
 Teardown of the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard revealed a membrane underneath. (Source: iFixit)

Apple service documents confirm presence of a membrane in the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple Authorized Service Providers have been distributed documents from Apple that confirm the presence of a membrane beneath the keys of the 2018 MacBook Pro models to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. While t...

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