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February 13, 2017

Apple Pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display Due to Major Design Flaw

Following reports of malfunctioning LG UltraFine 5K Displays last month, Apple has officially halted the sale of the monitor from both its website and retail locations.

The monitor’s misbehavior stemmed from a poor EMI shielding design flaw. When placed near a Wi-Fi router, the display would exhibit abnormal flickering or turn off altogether. LG has acknowledged this as being a design issue and advised users to place the display at least a few meters away from their router.

This solution obviously doesn’t work for users with limited office space, sparking outrage from disgruntled customers who paid nearly $1,000 for what they believed would be a [...]

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January 31, 2017

LG UltraFine 5K Display Discovered to Have Issues When Used Near Routers

After Apple decided to drop out of the monitor market after years of selling their beautiful Cinema Displays, the position of its beloved Thunderbolt Display is now being filled by the LG with their new UltraFine 5K display. Sporting a modern design, the LG UltraFine 5K features a IPS panel with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, packing a whopping 14.7 million pixels into the 27-inch display.

While the display is unquestionably one of the most beautiful ever made, it has recently been discovered that there’s a pretty big problem – the display stops working when it’s in close proximity of a router. According to 9to5 Mac, the screen would flicker when [...]

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January 28, 2017

Apple to Move International iTunes Business to Ireland

Apple recently announced to its developers that it will be moving its international iTunes assets including iTunes Store, Apple Music, App Store, and iBooks Store to Ireland starting next month. The move, which is purely a business decision allows Apple to significantly reduce its taxes. Apple has reportedly received “sweetheart” tax deals to move its businesses to Ireland, which lowers Apple’s effective tax rate as low as 0.005%.

Recently, the EU ordered Apple to pay €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in owed taxes to Ireland as they have ruled Ireland’s tax incentives as noncompetitive to other EU countries. Both Apple and Ireland are appealing the [...]

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November 1, 2016

Base 13″ MacBook Pro Benchmarks Reveal Little Performance Gains From Last Year’s Model

As the new base 13″ MacBook Pro without the touch bar has been shipping for several days, benchmarks of the new system has been popping up online and at least when it comes to CPU performance, it looks like it’s not much of an upgrade.

Comparing benchmarks of the new base 13″ MacBook Pro against older 13″ MacBook Pros, we can see that the new base 13″ MacBook Pro scores just 6970 points in GeekBench 4 compared to the early 2015 13″ MacBook Pro which scored between 6497 and 6983 points. As such, CPU performance on the new 13″ MacBook Pro will unfortunately be about the same as last year’s model.

However, [...]

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October 31, 2016

New MacBook Pros Not Offering 32GB RAM Due to Battery Life, According to Apple

For those who missed it, Apple recently launched their new MacBook Pros which is the first time they’ve updated it in the past 4 years. Although Apple has updated quite a bit of internal hardware, one complaint with the new system is that the memory onboard is maxed out at just 16GB rather than 32GB or 64GB. Considering the MacBook Pro is designed for professionals in design and creative applications, the decision to max out at just 16GB seems like it would be an issue especially as we inch closer and closer towards the world of high resolution photography and 4K video editing.

As many customers have been curious as to why Apple decided to max out at 16GB of RAM, [...]

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October 27, 2016

Apple Launches New MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, TouchID

To nobody’s surprise, Apple launched their completely redesigned MacBook Pros today which may not look like much of a complete redesign however, Apple has made some significant changes under the hood.

The centerpiece of Apple’s new MacBook Pro is what they call the Touch Bar, which is a mini Retina display screen that runs across the top of the keyboard replacing the function keys. The Touch Bar will allow you to do a variety of tasks such as shortcuts, tools for various apps, and other functionality based on the application. Of course, you’ll still be able to bring back the function keys on the Touch Bar as well. The Touch Bar also includes [...]

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October 19, 2016

Apple Holding Mac Event October 27, Signals New MacBook Pros May be Incoming

After being rumored for quite some time, Apple has recently sent out invites for an upcoming special event set to go down on October 27 at 10AM PST. As usual for Apple, the invite itself is cryptically titled “hello again” which appears to be a reference to the original Mac which launched with the word “hello” on its screen.

Apple is expected to reveal an entire host of new Mac products as a lack of innovation in the area has caused Apple PC shipment declines of over 13% in 3Q2016. Chief among the expected new products is a complete redesign of the 13.3″ and 15.3″ MacBook Pro which hasn’t seen changes in over 4 years. [...]

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October 1, 2016

Apple Looking to Secure OLED Displays for Next-Gen iPhones

It hasn’t even been a minute since the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launched and rumors of what kind of technology the next iPhone may have is already hitting the interwebs.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is looking for multiple suppliers of OLED displays for their next generation mobile devices. Apple is reportedly already in talks with Sharp to secure OLED displays and an agreement may come depending on Sharp’s production capabilities. Sharp recently announced that they’ll invest an additional 57.4 billion Yen, or approximately $566 million USD into the development and manufacture of OLED displays and expects the new facilities to become [...]

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October 1, 2016

Guy Smashes iPhones, MacBook in French Apple Store with a Metal Ball

Sometimes… you just feel the urge to walk into an Apple store and just smash some iPhones. With a petanque ball, of course.

Case in point. A viral video has been circulating on the interwebs of a guy who literally walked into an Apple store in Dijon, France and started smashing every iPhone he could came across. Every. Single. One. Like a freaking boss. We counted at least 12 iPhones smashed in addition to a MacBook of some sort.

The reason for this assault? Apparently Apple refused to offer him a refund and he claims that Apple has violated his rights as a consumer. Violence solves everything, right kids?

What do you think? Let us know in the [...]

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September 30, 2016

Apple Building $45 Million Hardware Development Facility in China

In a new report from the WSJ, Apple is planning to build a new $45 million research facility in Beijing, China’s new science park in the city’s Wangjing area. The new research facility, which will be Apple’s first in the country, will focus primarily on the development of hardware.

According to the state owned Zhongguancun Science Park Administrative Committee, the new research facility will help boost the Chinese economy and help Apple better compete against Chinese phone makers who have significantly reduced Apple’s dominating smartphone marketshare in recent years. The new research facility is expected to employ 500 employees.

While [...]

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