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‘The Reluctant Debut of the A14 Processor’

Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors: But all of those figures compare the A14 in the iPad Air to theA12 processor in the previous model, not the A13 processor foundin the iPhone 11 series. Now, Apple would likely claim that it’sonly fair to make a comparison across devices with similar screensizes and thermal characteristics. But in scrupulously adhering...

Apple Is Already Seeding Developer Betas of iOS 14.2

Juli Clover, MacRumors: Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers, just one day after releasing the iOS 14 update and a few hours after hinting at the iOS 14.2 beta in an Xcode beta update. So where’s 14.1? I think Michael Simmons has the simple explanation: My guess...

Trump Administration to Ban Downloads of TikTok and Block Access to WeChat on Sunday

Steve Kovach, reporting for CNBC: The Commerce Department announced it will ban U.S. businesstransactions with China-owned social apps WeChat and TikTokon Sunday.The announcement sets up two different time frames for WeChatand TikTok, with a full ban on WeChat going into effect Sundayalong with a ban on updates and maintenance to the TikTok app.TikTok...

★ Apple Watch Series 6: Graphite Is the New Black

One of the numerous lamentable aspects of product introductions in the coronavirus era is the lack of any sort of post-keynote hands-on access to the products. Apple’s product photography is nonpareil, but there are some things you need to see in person. Color is one. And for how things feel, well, you obviously need to have whatever it is in hand — or...

Tencent’s Ownership of Gaming Companies Draws U.S. National Security Scrutiny

Owen S. Good, reporting for Polygon: The Trump administration wants to know more about U.S. video game companies’ involvement with China’s Tencent Holdings, whose relationships with American firms includes full ownership of Riot Games, a significant minority stake in Epic Games, and publishing deals with Activision Blizzard. Bloomberg...

The TikTok ‘Acquisition’ Soap Opera Continues

The New York Times: The exact ownership structure of TikTok under the proposed deal isunclear.That simple sentence really says it all when it comes to how bananas this whole saga is. This is supposedly a deal that just needs to be signed, not a preliminary discussion, but the “exact ownership structure” remains unclear? While rushing to secure a deal,...

Ex-Pence Aide Olivia Troye Says She Will Vote for Biden After Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus

Josh Dawsey, reporting for The Washington Post: Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorismand coronavirus adviser to Vice President Pence for two years,said that the administration’s response cost lives and that shewill vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this fallbecause of her experience in the Trump White House.“The...

Yours Truly Talking iOS 14 With Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie: I wanted to do something different with this iOS 14 review. I’ve already posted in-depth explainers and a technical preview. So, this time, I wanted to focus on opinion. Mine, and my special guest’s — John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show fame. We covered a lot of ground here, but somehow we neglected...

The Talk Show: ‘Signing Up to Take Some Vitamins’

Peter Kafka returns to the show to discuss the news from Apple’s “Time Flies” event  —  new Apple Watches, new non-Pro iPads, and particularly the Apple One services bundle. Sponsored by: Linode: Instantly deploy and manage an SSD server in the Linode Cloud. New accounts get a $20 credit with code talkshow20. Mack Weldon: Reinventing men’s...

PlayStation 5: $400, Preorders Start This Week, Disc Drive Version Costs $100 Extra

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for The Verge: Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 will cost $499.99 when it launches on November 12th, alongside the $399.99 Digital Edition. Preorders will begin on September 17th at “select retailers.” The pricing puts Sony squarely up against Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, with the company set...

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