2021-10-20 13:00:00| Wired News: Top Stories
From LG OLEDs to affordable TCL screens, a ton of our favorite models are steeply discounted.
2021-10-18 21:46:01| Engadget
On Monday, Apple held its second and likely last hardware event of the fall. Unleashed saw the company spend about an hour talking about updates to its Mac and Music product lineups. After the by-the-numbers affair that was the iPhone 13 event, Mondays presentation was a more exciting thing to watch, thanks in large part to the first significant refresh to the MacBook Pro in five years. Heres everything the company announced at the event.MacBook ProAppleUnsurprisingly, the redesigned MacBook Pros were the star of the show, and theres a lot to unpack between the two new 14- and 16-inch models. As expected, both laptops represent a return to form for the MacBook Pro line. Apple has replaced the Touch Bar with a standard set of function keys, as well as added MagSafe, an SD card slot and an HDMI port. New to both computers are 120Hz ProMotion displays. The 14-inch model will run its screen at 3,024 x 1,964, while the 16-inch variant has a 3,456 x 2,234 panel. Each also has an iPhone-style camera notch that is likely to be divisive.Additionally, you can configure both models with Apples new, more powerful M1 Pro and Max chips (more on them in a moment). All those new features come at a cost, with the 14-inch base model and 16-inch base model set to start at $1,999 and $2,499 respectively. You can pre-order both computers today, with general availability to follow on October 26th. In the meantime, macOS Monterey will land the day before on October 25th.M1 Pro and M1 MaxAppleAt the heart of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are Apples new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Both feature 5nm 10-core processors made up of eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency units. Where they differ from one another is in terms of potential video and memory performance. The M1 Pro comes with up to 16 GPU cores and can support up to 32GB of RAM with 200 GB/s of bandwidth. The M1 Max, meanwhile, tops out at 32 graphics cores and double the RAM and memory bandwidth. In practice, Apple claims the chips are 70 percent faster than its previous M1 SoC and offer up to 1.7 times faster performance than competing CPUs from Intel and AMD. They should also make short work of the companys updated Final Cut and Logic suites.AirPodsAppleGoing into Mondays event, we were confident Apple would update its basic AirPods. But other than an AirPods Pro-like design, we werent expecting them to get many new features. So what we saw today was a surprise. While you wont find ANC on the updated AirPods, they do include support for Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking and Adaptive EQ. The latter allows the AirPods to adjust the low and mid-range frequencies of audio in real-time. Other notable specs include IPX4 sweat and water resistance and up to 30 hours total of battery life with help from the included charging case.You can pre-order the new AirPods starting today for $179. Theyll begin shipping on October 26th. For those who want to save some money, Apple has discounted the second-generation AirPods to $129.Apple Music Voice PlanAppleAlongside the third-generation AirPods, the company announced a discounted Apple Music plan. It will only set you back $5 per month but the catch is you can only control the service through Siri. Apple pitched the plan as the ideal complement for the HomePod mini. Speaking of Apples diminutive smart speaker, it will be available in three additional colors yellow, orange and blue starting in November.Follow all of the news from Apples Mac event right here.
2021-10-18 11:16:50| Engadget
Sony's WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones received one of Engadget's highest review scores ever thanks to the immersive sound quality, powerful ANC and other features. If the $350 price has given you pause, however, Amazon is now offering them for $248 ($102 off) in black, blue and silver matching the best price we've seen yet on that model. Buy Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones at Amazon - $248The WH-1000XM4s deliver great sound quality with punchy bass, along with ANC that blocks out more noise than rivals across the entire frequency curve. They also offer multi-device connectivity and Speak-to-Chat, which automatically pauses audio when you talk. An update earlier this year brought support for Sony's 360 Reality Audio that offers a similar surround-sound experience to Dolby Atmos. You'll get around 30 hours on a charge and you can eke another five hours from a quick 10-minute charge.If $248 is still a bit much, Amazon has an even better deal on Sony's budget WH-CH710N model. They're now available for $78 in black or blue (57 percent off the regular $180 price), again tying the best deal we've seen on Amazon. Buy Sony WH-CH710N headphones at Amazon - $78These models don't offer the same sound quality and level of noise cancellation as the WH-1000XM4s, of course. However, they made our 2021 top headphone list under the "best budget" category thanks to decent audio range and good clarity. Thanks to the dual noise sensor technology, they also offer enough sound-blocking power to reduce distractions. Other features include an ambient-sound option so you can keep tabs on what's going on around you, plus 35 hours of battery life, a quick charge feature and onboard controls.
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The market is giving high valuations to EV charging stocks, but they may not be worth it.
2021-10-14 15:00:00| Wired News: Top Stories
Before there was Big Tech, there were auto companies that prioritized profits over safetyuntil a leaked memo made it clear regulation was the only cure.