This Week in Tech News

Apple announces new Macs with Home Grown ARM based Chips

Apple's M1 Chip

Episode 1746

This past week at their "One More Thing" event, Apple officially announced three new Macs containing their new in-house Apple Silicon processors. The new M1 processor promises high performance at low power. Apple announced three new models, two laptops and one desktop. The models include a new 13" Mac Air, new 13" Macbook Pro, and a new generation Mac Mini. But this doesn't mean that Apple has completely abandoned the Intel platform.

Leo Gets the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and It's Heavy!

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1745

Leo got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and he says it's HEAVY. It also has a larger screen for plenty of room. The pixels are larger, too, so he gets better low light performance with the three-lens camera. Leo also says that the camera "bump" is pretty prominent, as well. Leo also says that could cause the camera lenses to scratch over time because the phone will rest on the bump.

How is 5G? Leo doesn't know because it isn't available everywhere, and where it is, it's likely the low band 5G, which is about as fast as LTE.

Apple Announces Silicon Macs, but Big Sur has Privacy Concerns

m1

Episode 1745

Apple announced their M1 based Apple Silicon Mac laptops this week, including the 13" Mac Air, 13" Mac Pro, and the Mac Mini. Leo says it's the first generation, and that's causing many to wait. Leo also says that RAM is limited to 16GB because it has been wired into the logic board. Called Unified Memory Architecture, it's known to be faster. So maybe we don't need as much RAM moving forward as we think.

Federal Judge Blocks US Ban of Tik Tok

Tik Tok

Episode 1741

Judge Wendy Bettlestone blocked the federal government's ban of Tik Tok, saying the judge exceeded its authority. Plaintiffs would lose the ability to influence their followers in keeping with their brand deals.

Tech Giants Face Congress In Anti Trust Subpoenas

Big Tech

Episode 1740

Social media leaders and tech giant CEOs are facing congressional testimony this week over talk of anti-trust accusations. And Leo says that while some accusations may be politically motivated, there may be a legitimate point to all the hullabaloo. Google has a controlling interest in search, and both Facebook and Twitter wield tremendous power as well. But what could the remedy be? Can Google be broken up? You have to be careful now that the economy relies more on activity online.

Microsoft Offers Updates to "Seekers" Looking for Them

Windows

Episode 1739

If users go to Microsoft's Windows Update Page, they will be rewarded with the latest updates, rather than having to wait. That's because Microsoft now considers you a "seeker." The most recent update is 20H2. But you'll have to update to the 2004 update before you can do it, otherwise the update could be corrupted and your system damaged. Which Leo says is annoying because 2004 is a minor "feature" update.

5G iPhone 12 Ships

iPhone 12

Episode 1739

Apple's 5G capable iPhone 12 has shipped and people are already complaining about bad battery life. Leo says that's because 5G Millimeter Wave isn't widespread and your phone is spending all its time searching for a 5G tower that isn't near you. 

Leo's waiting for the iPhone 12 Pro Max because of its third camera. That will be available on November 6.