Wanting to offer a neighborhood-based wifi network, Amazon has announced Amazon Sidewalk, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radios to connect everyone from house to house. You can get motion alerts from your security cameras, track your pets if they should run away, and even notifications when the mailman leaves you mail. As long as one device sees the other, it can pass along connectivity with a promised small amount of bandwidth.
This Week in Tech News
Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh has passed away at the age of 46. Having created Link Exchange and Zappos in his 20s, Hsieh transformed e-commerce and made millions with sales to Microsoft and Amazon respectively. Gone too soon.
Leo received the new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, and he says it runs fast, long and quiet. However, there is a bit of disappointment since not every program can run on it through the Rosetta 2 emulator. But Leo also admits that was inevitable. Every time you move to something new, there's always going to be some of your programs that get left behind.
Check out the history of your favorite websites through the Internet Archive, where you can view things such as the history of Adobe Flash as it will be retired and no longer receive updates at the end of 2020.
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 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 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.
Apple is having another event on November 10th, and it will be about laptops centered on its upcoming Apple Silicon design. Based on the ARM processor, Apple has designed their chips to operate at lower power and with a more streamlined instruction set.
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.
Reviews state Android phones have a better camera than the iPhone 12 ... but Leo says that we've reached a point in the quality of mobile phone cameras that it's more a matter of preference than actual quality differences. All mobile devices have great cameras now, it's just a matter of what features each enjoys.