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Future MacBooks and iPhones could charge each other wirelessly

Future MacBooks and iPhones could charge each other wirelessly

Soon, you may be able to use your MacBook to wirelessly charge your iPhone – and even get your iPhone to charge your Mac. That’s judging by a new patent application that Apple has submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office, AppleInsider reports.The patent details using wireless charging features within future Apple devices to allow for “inductive charging between electronic devices.”Apple then goes on to depict what this would actually look like, with patent drawings of an iPad charging an iPhone via its display and a MacBook with several wireless charging nodes within its base. This would, of course, require inductive charging coils to be placed within either device, which are only currently found within the latest iPhones.Those coils would need to to be fitted to transmit energy as well as receive it, as Apple’s patent proposes. However, this would likely require new hardware not only within future iPads and MacBooks, but the latest iPhones as well, as it’s unlikely that this change could be retroactively.Of course, this is purely a patent application, and there’s no guarantee that we’ll see such a feature in future Apple devices. However, it does paint a future far brighter than just stealing our MacBook’s power to charge our iPhones with a Lightning cord.
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Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro may lose user data if the logic board fails

Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro may lose user data if the logic board fails

A failsafe feature built into earlier models of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been removed from the 2018 version, a report from MacRumors reveals, spelling bad news for emergency recovery of user data.In case of a logic board failure on the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros, users can take them to an official Apple technician to recover the data stored on the SSD via a specialized mechanism called the Customer Data Migration Tool. However, the connection required to use this tool has been revealed to be absent from the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in a teardown conducted by iFixit, suggesting that such a recovery is no longer possible.
Plan B? Maybe C?
Although it isn’t intended to be relied on, the migration tool provided the last hope for users who could no longer boot their MacBook Pro once the logic board had failed due to the integrated design of the SSD. According to “multiple sources” that MacRumors contacted, the tool is indeed incompatible with the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but data can still be transferred via its Thunderbolt 3 ports when booting in Target Disk Mode, granted the notebook is still able to boot at all.A likely reason for the removal of the connection, as MacRumors speculates, is that the 2018 model of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers hardware-level encryption for its SSD, just like the iMac Pro.An internal document obtained by MacRumors – designed to be a guideline for what Apple technicians should tell their customers – apparently advises them to back up to Time Machine often; something we’d strongly recommend as well.We’ve contacted Apple for an official statement on the issue and will keep you posted with any updates as they occur.
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Surface Go vs iPad 2018: which 10-inch tablet is best for you?

Surface Go vs iPad 2018: which 10-inch tablet is best for you?

It wasn’t long ago that Apple rose to meet Microsoft’s 12.3-inch Surface Pro with its very own, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. So, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft met Apple in kind with its own 10-inch tablet (again): the Surface Go.The Surface Go seems tailor-made to combat the latest 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, both in the consumer and education realms. It features a brand new, Alcantara fabric Type Cover and support for the Surface Pen – not to mention a nearly identical power profile.So, now that both Apple and Microsoft have tablets designed for learning and productivity (and play, too), which one should you buy? To answer that question, let’s pit these two tablets in a head-to-head match.
Design
Oddly enough, both the iPad and Surface Go remain largely unchanged in design from their forebears. Microsoft’s tablet simply takes the Surface formula and shrinks it, gaining more curved edges compared with the Surface Pro. The iPad, meanwhile, largely maintains the design of the previous models.The Windows tablet still maintains its trademark kickstand, which is a boon for creative types that often use a stylus. Apple’s iPad has no such feature, though you can manipulate the Smart Cover keyboard to get a (remotely) similar feel.Both tablets are incredibly thin, but the iPad’s 0.29 inches (7.5mm) of thinness narrowly beats out the Surface Go at 0.33 inches (8.3mm). Likewise, the iPad is a hair lighter than Surface Go at 1.03 pounds (469g) to the Surface’s 1.15 pounds (522g). Naturally, these differences would be difficult to discern either when in your hand or in your bag.However, those differences in size and weight do lend the Surface Go a unique advantage: ports. Compared to the new iPad’s sole Lightning connector, the Surface Go has a veritable bevy of ports from USB-C to microSD to Microsoft’s own Surface Connect port.This makes Microsoft’s design much more additive and modular, whereas a core conceit of the iPad is that it’s self-sufficient and shouldn’t need enhancements through connectivity.Another key difference that we’ll touch on more deeply later is that the Surface Go can run full-on Windows 10, a desktop and laptop operating system as much as it was meant for tablets, whereas the iPad runs the same iOS that is used on iPhone, with a scant few key differences, like stylus support.
Display
While the Surface Go might have the iPad beat when it comes to design on account of its versatility and openness in addition to beauty, Apple remains a king of displays. The iPad largely remains unchallenged in this regard, but Microsoft is clearly catching up – fast.The latest iPad sports a 9.7-inch IPS touchscreen at a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution, or 264 pixels per inch (ppi) and covered in fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. It’s just as color rich and accurate of a display as you’ve grown used to, now supporting styluses.Microsoft’s Surface Go, however, isn’t nearly as sharp with its 10-inch, 1,800 x 1,200 (217 ppi) touch display. Now, the art professional might notice a difference between these two resolution points, but the average users likely won’t. Regardless, the brass tax is that the iPad Pro display appears to be better than the Surface Go’s on account of its sharpness and leading color reproduction.
Performance and price
Microsoft is selling its Surface Go to start at $399 (£379, AU$599), which is considerably pricier than the iPad’s $329 (£319, AU$469). However, the devil is in the details.The Surface Go comes packing the same Intel Pentium Gold processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of eMMC storage for that price, which can be upgrade to house 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Meanwhile, the iPad starts with 2GB of RAM that cannot be improved and 32GB of storage that goes up straight to 128GB.On paper, the Surface Go’s extra memory and storage resources will give it a serious edge against the more limited iPad. However, you’re paying more for that advantage, a cost that remains steadily above that of the iPad as you purchase the essential accessories for either tablet – which are infuriatingly sold separately.While we can’t make too much judgment on how these two devices’ perform differently in the wild, still having yet to fully test the Surface Go, we can look at what each is packing and make some educated observations.Despite the fact that Apple uses ARM-made silicon to make its products versus Microsoft’s use of Intel chips inside its smallest tablet yet, we’ve witnessed similar experiences within both products. The iPad’s A10 Fusion chip produces very similar 3D effects to what the Surface Go showed off during a recent demonstration.With both the iPad’s A10 and the Intel Pentium Gold inside the Surface Go being relatively low-power processors, the former is rated for 10 hours of battery life while the latter claims just 9 hours.We’ll have to judge all that in a final review of the Surface Go, but Apple may have Microsoft beat on battery life regardless.
Takeaway
For many people looking for a tablet rather than a laptop to do work or school tasks with, this will be a difficult decision. Both tablets offer about the same power for about the same price, in similarly luxurious builds and innovative design.However, one major benefit the Surface Go holds over the iPad is that, even with Windows 10 S, it’s still far more versatile than the iPad. Upgrade that to Windows 10 Pro for free, and it’s almost no competition (assuming the tablet still performs as well with a full operating system).Whether you buy a new iPad or the Surface as your next ‘get stuff done’ tablet will depend heavily upon whether you need a full operating system to get things done. If you need a mouse experience on your tablet, then hit up the Surface Go. If you care more about the ecosystem you’re locked into or vast app support, then by all means check out the new iPad.

Mastercard targets major blockchain breakthrough

Mastercard targets major blockchain breakthrough

Mastercard is looking to make blockchain transactions easier for everyone with a new payments system.The company has applied for a patent concerning a simpler way to tie cryptocurrency payments to real-life accounts.The patent application, which was submitted to the USPTO, covers a, “Method and system for linkage of blockchain-based assets to fiat currency accounts”. Fiat currency concerns legal tender backed by an issuing government, such as dollars, pounds or euros, meaning customers would be able to tie their cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin to their Mastercard account.
Mastercard blockchain
This should mean a more consumer-friendly way to make cryptocurrency payments, greatly speeding up the transaction time, and also providing a significant security boost for the payee.Mastercard notes in the application that blockchain-based transactions often take around ten minutes to be completed, due to the large amounts of computer processing time and resources required to verify and update the blockchain.”Consumers and merchants that are accustomed to fast transaction times are often either forced to wait a significant amount of time for a blockchain transaction to be conducted, or the payee must rely on the payer’s good faith that their transfer will be valid,” the company added.”In such latter instances, the anonymity of the blockchain may leave the payee at a disadvantage, because the inability for the payee to identify the payer may prohibit the payee from utilising various risk or fraud detection methods.”Mastercard also believes that its new system would help dispel security worries around blockchain, leading more merchants to accept transactions via cryptocurrency.”There is a need to improve on the storage and processing of transactions that utilise blockchain currencies,” the company said.”Accordingly, the use of traditional payment networks and payment systems technologies in combination with blockchain currencies may provide consumers and merchants the benefits of the decentralised blockchain while still maintaining security of account information and provide a strong defence against fraud and theft.”
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Nvidia GTX 1080 price cut leads a veritable smorgasbord of PC part deals

Nvidia GTX 1080 price cut leads a veritable smorgasbord of PC part deals

Updated: Out with the old and in with the new, we’ve replaced the our Nvidia GTX 1080 deal with another sub $500 GPU deal.It’s an Amazon Prime Day miracle, there’s actually a deal on a graphics card!Forgive our excitement, but it’s practically been a year and a half since we’ve seen any sort of a discount on a GPU. Heck, it’s almost been two long since we saw a graphics card going for anywhere close to its own suggested retail price thanks to the Bitcoin fever the was sweeping the world until recently.Beyond this big discount on a Nvidia GTX 1080, there are plenty of other deals on processors, motherboards, storage and more. If it weren’t for a lack of sales on RAM, you could pretty much build multiple PCs out of these Amazon Prime Day discounts.Join us as we run down all of the best component deals available for Amazon Prime Day 2018.
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Act fast because these deals are only sticking around until 7/17/18 11:59 pm PST. And if you’re not already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can start your 30-day trial right here.

Amazon Prime Day: the 27 absolute best Prime Day deals so far

Amazon Prime Day: the 27 absolute best Prime Day deals so far

If you’re looking to cut through the noise and zero in on the absolute best Amazon Prime Day deals so far, you’ve come to to the right place.We’ve spent the last 12 hours searching through every single Amazon Prime Day deal to pick out the very best options. If you’re interested in reading our mega deals round-ups with all of the best Prime Day deals in every product category, you can find them here:
US: The best Amazon Prime Day deals in the USAUK: The best Amazon Prime Day deals in the UKBut if you want to just get straight into the very best Prime Day deals this year, you can find our selection of the absolute best options below! At the top you’ll find the best Prime Day deals in the US, and if you’re in the UK you can scroll past the US deals and see our pick for the best deals in the UK.
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Dell EMC’s new DP4400 to offer up to 192TB of storage

Dell EMC’s new DP4400 to offer up to 192TB of storage

Dell EMC this week revealed a data protection appliance targeting mid-sized organizations. The newly announced IDPA DP4400 features enterprise-class capabilities for backup, deduplication, replication and recovery.The IDPA DP4400 aims to make data recovery both affordable as well as streamlined, with built-in cloud readiness features as well as long-term data retention to the cloud.“For years, mid-size organizations haven’t quite had a comprehensive data protection solution that was sized and priced right for them,” said Beth Phalen, President, Data Protection, Dell EMC. “With the IDPA DP4400 there are no compromises. “”We’re delivering a converged data protection solution that’s as simple to use as it is powerful —with support for the largest application ecosystem and expansion to the cloud. The IDPA DP4400 offers the right level of modern features and capabilities for mid-size data centers at the lowest cost to protect.”Key features of the IDPA DP4400 include an easy-to-use HTML5 user interface, the ability to grow up to 96TB in place (up to 192TB in the cloud), as well as easier support for applications such as MySQL and support for multiple hypervisors such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.The IDPA DP4400 is optimized for VMware environments, allowing administrators to perform most common backup and recovery tasks directly from the native vSphere UI. It also provides faster VMware backups and recoveries, and more efficient networking and capacity with its leading deduplication and bandwidth utilization.
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Apple’s new MacBook Pros have a fix for their failing keyboard problems

Apple’s new MacBook Pros have a fix for their failing keyboard problems

Earlier this week Apple surprised us with a bunch of MacBook Pro upgrades, but what most potential buyers wanted to know was whether the refresh fixed the problem Apple has been having with its laptop keyboards. Well, it looks like the answer is: maybe.The diligent tech teardown specialists over at iFixit have taken apart the new keyboard and found a change – a thin, silicone membrane surrounding each of the keys. It seems safe to assume that this is designed to stop dust and other particles from getting under the keys and stopping them from working correctly.In its announcement about the new computers, Apple said the “third-generation” keyboards had been designed to be quieter, but made no mention of the sticky keys problem. The new membrane suggests the issue has been addressed though.
The story so far
If you’ve got no idea what we’re talking about, recent MacBook and MacBook Pro models have reportedly been failing more than usual because of their delicate mechanisms – as soon as any crumb of material gets under a key, it becomes unresponsive.How widespread this issue is remains open to debate, but it’s got serious enough that Apple has promised to replace any affected keyboard for free for a period of four years after the purchase date. That repair program doesn’t cover the new models, which is another sign that Apple is confident about the tweaked design.Since the laptops launched we’ve learned a few extra tidbits about the computers too. The internal SSDs are apparently the fastest that Apple has ever used, according to benchmarks, and the integrated True Tone technology can also work with some external displays.
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Windows Notepad is getting its first overhaul in years

Windows Notepad is getting its first overhaul in years

Since its first release in 1985, when it was bundled in with Windows 1.0, very little has changed about Microsoft’s plain-text editor Notepad, but the software giant has recently announced the first tweaks to the utility in years.While the spartan program has been the go-to for everyday users wanting to take down a quick note, it also often performs an important function for developers wanting to record logs or even code simpler programs.The app update was revealed on the company’s blog as part of the announcement of the just-released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713, which also includes several improvements to Microsoft’s Edge browser.
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When using the find and replace tool in the updated build of Notepad, a new checkbox gives you a new wrap around option, which will continue the search from the top of the document once it’s reached its end.You’ll also be able to zoom your text in and out with the usual keyboard shortcuts (such as holding down Ctrl while scrolling or pressing the plus or minus keys), and via the View menu. When using the word-wrap feature (which allows long lines to flow onto the next one), you’ll now be given an accurate line and column count.Some other minor tweaks include performance boosts for large files and the ability to use the Ctrl + Backspace shortcut to delete the previous word.While these new features are currently only available in the Insider Preview Build (17713), they’ll likely see widespread release later this year in as part of the next major Windows 10 update, which is currently codenamed Windows 10 Redstone 5.
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Apple’s Mac lineup reportedly getting a big update, new Mac mini rumored

Apple’s Mac lineup reportedly getting a big update, new Mac mini rumored

Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for predicting product advancements with a reasonable amount of accuracy, so when he starts talking about what the Cupertino company has in store, it’s generally worth listening.As reported by 9to5Mac, the prolific prognosticator has just published new research notes predicting that Apple plans to shake up the Mac product line this fall in the US (that’s roughly mid-September through to mid-December).Expectedly, the hardware predictions include updates to Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac lineup, which are all said to boast “significant display-performance upgrades”, though what’s more surprising is Kuo’s belief that the tech giant is finally looking to replace its MacBook Air with a new budget laptop option.However, perhaps the most exciting forecast in Kuo’s notes involves a long-awaited refresh to the neglected Mac mini series, which has not seen an update in almost four years. 
Sweet, what else you got?
Along with the updated Mac lineup, Kuo also doubles down on his previous predictions of new iPad Pro models with Face ID technology, and a more affordable notch-bearing iPhone with an LCD display (which may or may not be the iPhone 9). According to Kuo, we should also expect two new Apple Watch models with larger displays this year, with 1.57-inch and 1.78-inch versions that are said to include enhanced heart rate detection features. Apple’s highly anticipated AirPower charging mat is also expected to finally land on shelves later this year (as per our previous report), and it looks like the company’s popular AirPods will be updated, too — although they probably won’t be the noise-canceling ones that have been slated for release in 2019. We’ll have to wait to see if any of these projections are proven accurate, but if even half of them are, we could be looking at another record-breaking year for Apple. 
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