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Apple has given us its first Mac hardware update for the year, and it has come in the form of a refreshed Retina 12-inch MacBook. First introduced around this time last year, the 12-inch MacBook has certainly not been without controversy since its introduction with Apple heralding it as its vision for the "future of the notebook." What makes the MacBook unique in Apple's Mac lineup is that it is the first all-new MacBook the company has introduced in the past few years, and it takes many of the lessons that Apple has learnt in making its mobile devices, and applied these in making what it believes is the ultimate ultra-portable notebook. The new model continues with the all-new Apple-designed keyboard with butterfly mechanism, and single USB-C port, but has some new Intel silicon in tow. So how does the new one perform? Find out in our review.
The iPhone SE has landed, and it has caused something of a stir. Sure, new iPhone launches often cause a stir, but the latest iPhone is something a little out of the ordinary. It is an iPhone model that sits at the bottom end of Apple's range (the mid-tier of the overall smartphone market), yet it is powered by the latest custom A9 processor found at the heart of the top-of-the-line iPhone 6s. Not only that, but it also includes exactly the same highly-acclaimed 12-megapixel camera found on the rear of the iPhone 6s. Perhaps, to justify its lower pricing, Apple has tucked all its latest tech into a slightly revised body of an iPhone 5. This begs the question: is the iPhone SE the best value -- or even the best -- iPhone ever made? Find out in our review.
Over the last few years, consumer drones have slowly started to grow in popularity. What started as a fairly expensive hobby has grown into a much more competitive market. So much so, that the US government recently began imposing a new law that requires all drones over eight ounces in weight to be properly registered before flight. Walk through any mall, and you will likely find a booth selling relatively cheap quadcopters designed for kids, but as you are likely already aware, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Recently we got our hands on a high-end model: the Chroma Blade drone with a 4K camera. Is this the ultimate aerial hobby camera for you? Find out in our review.
Working out without music isn't fun, but working out with earbuds or headphones that are plugged into your phone can be a complete nightmare. That's where the Urbanears' Hellas come in: they're Bluetooth headphones, so there's no wires to get tangled up in, and they rest gently on your ears, so those of you who don't like earbuds can enjoy them as well. They're clearly designed for workouts in and out of the gym, but are they the best bang for your buck? Check them out in our review.
For part one of my contribution to the Year in Review series, I have decided to look at some of my favorite stories that turned into lasting series. Among the staff here, we have varying opinions and perspectives on pretty much any topic you can throw at us, but this can often be hard to properly communicate to our readers. Extended series, however, give us a chance to zero in on a topic, and provide a more complete look at whatever it is we are discussing.
It's difficult to find a decent Bluetooth speaker without running into a few problems. Potential buyers could go for quality and spend a lot, opt for a cheap but low-quality device, or take their chances with a mid-range device that tries to give decent audio reproduction and build quality in equal measure. The KitSound Hive 2 certainly counts as a mid-ranged speaker aiming for great things, but does it succeed in punching above its weight? Find out in our review.
Do you mind if I pick pieces of my own first? I want to pick my own five favorite articles that I wrote for MacNN this year –– and I want to do that first, because it's easy. It is so much easier than trying to pick a favorite five from everyone's pieces, though I can't postpone choosing those for much longer. In part two, I will be doing exactly that -- so please read this slowly to give me more time to choose.
The iPad Pro, long rumored, is finally here. As can sometimes be the case with Apple's products, it has sparked strong debate and discussion about who it is for, and whether or not it can replace your notebook. Not in a vacuum ourselves, we felt obliged to set straight at least some of the apparent misconceptions about the iPad Pro before we made it to our full review. We have been using the iPad Pro for around a month now, and can report that it is easily the most capable iPad yet. However, is that enough to convince the skeptics that Apple's vision of mobile computing is indeed the future? Find out in our review.
Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a modest tube about the size of your typical energy-drink can, that puts out sufficient volume to provide a wireless soundtrack of music for an intimate gathering, or double as an on-the-fly conference call speaker. Sometimes, however, you need to go large, and for that the company offers the Megaboom, a bigger speaker that offers even more volume for when you need more people to hear the music. How big is too big for a speaker like this? How loud is too loud? We had a listen to the Megaboom and rated its highs and lows in our review.
Back in February, we praised the game Ticket to Ride but apologized to the makers, because we didn't review it so much as review how people reacted to it. Specifically, we gave it to people who play games, and those who do not. We didn't judge them, we weren't "judging" TTR as the cool kids call it, we wanted to see how one game worked for fans and for total newcomers. Now it's been updated to Ticket to Ride 2.0, and we'd like to inform you that the world has changed.
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Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD