New Apple Park footage emerges, shows finishing touches, nighttime construction work

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Fun, News

With Apple set to start moving employees into its new Apple Park campus come May, new drone footage from Duncan Sinfield shows construction workers putting the finishing touches on both the interior and exterior of the building.

The footage also shows progress being made on planting trees and other greenery across the 175 acre Cupertino campus.

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System 7.0.1/early Macintosh emulator now available for download

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 05:29
Category: Fun, News, Software

This is about as true a labor of Mac love and geekiness as it gets.

The cool cats over at the Internet Archive have worked out an in-browser emulation engine for early models of the Apple Macintosh.

While there are certainly predecessors to the computer desktop paradigm, the introduction of the Macintosh brought it to a mass market and in the 30 years since, it has been steadily adapted by every major computing platform and operating system.

The archive itself features a curated set of applications, games and operating systems from 1984 to 1989.

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Enthusiasts combine 2016 MacBook Pro with GTX 1080 Ti card through external enclosure, post impressive results

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Thunderbolt, Touch Bar

Ok, this is pretty darn cool.

A group of enthusiasts have found they were able to boost the video performance of the Radeon Pro 450 found on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro by nearly 400 percent via external GPU attachments.

External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

In a best-case scenario utilizing benchmarks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 450 scores 5822 via the Luxmark 3.1 benchmarking software, with the Radeon Pro 460 scoring 6056.

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Apple offering iPad Air 2 units to some customers looking to repair their iPad fourth-gen units, dwindling stock cited

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Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, News, retail

If you’re looking for a replacement fourth-gen iPad, Apple may send you a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. The company is apparently implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

A leaked company memo offered the following information:

Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.

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California DMV grants Apple permit to test self-driving cars on public streets

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Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Hardware, News, Software

Apple’s self-driving car project is another step closer to completion.

The company has been granted a permit that enables it to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state of California, according to the California DMV website.

Apple was added to the list of permit holders that are allowed to participate in the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in California on Friday, joining companies like Google, Tesla, BMW, Honda, Ford, Nissan, and more.

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T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network spectrum for future infrastructure improvements

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

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Some users report of “popping sound”, possible thermal issues with 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This may not be the happiest news in the world, but if you’re experiencing a “popping sound” issue with your 2016 MacBook Pro, you’re not alone. A growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro.

Users explain that the sound is a popping similar to that of when you “slowly squeeze a plastic bottle.” While some users explain that there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when the popping sound occurs, other say that it seems to happen during more intensive tasks like gaming and video streaming, especially when the MacBook Pro’s fans start to kick in.

Some users have speculated that the issue relates to the ingest on the notebook where heat has caused some glue or plastic mount to lose some of its sturdiness. The issue seems to be more prevalent among 15-inch MacBook Pro users, which makes sense considering the heavier screen panel of the device.

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Apple Park Campus recreated in Minecraft video

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017, 05:43
Category: Apple, Fun, News

While it’s still about a month before Apple starts moving employees into its new Apple Park campus, Minecraft aficionado Alex Westerlund has gone to extraordinary lengths and built a full scale model of the Apple Park campus in Minecraft.

While we saw preliminary takes on this idea earlier this year, Westerlund’s newest video of the project shows the entire campus in its completed state. He explains that the project took him a total of 413 hours of work, first starting as a hobby then turning into a full-time commitment.

Westerlund also cited that because of the spaceship ring design, the model was difficult to recreate with Minecraft cubes.

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Apple drops from first to fifth place in Laptop Mag’s annual survey

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News

In as much as you may love your Apple notebook, Apple’s wares seem to be on the decline according to Laptop Mag.

The publication, which has awarded Apple the top spot in its annual survey since 2010, placed Apple’s notebooks at fifth place alongside Acer but behind Lenovo, Asus, Dell and HP.

The magazine had the following to say about Apple’s recent products:

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Apple posts positions for GPU-based jobs in London following break with Imagination Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Processors

Following the breakup of U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, Apple seems to be ramping up its own GPU division as well as hiring a number of engineers within the London region.

Appearing on the United Kingdom version of Apple’s jobs board over the last month, the company has listed 12 “Hardware Engineering” job postings in London, located within Hanover Street. Spotted by The Telegraph, the listings are for Apple’s “UK Design Centre,” with 11 out of the 12 openings having some connection to GPU design.

A listing for an “Engineering Program Manager” position posted on March 29th mentions a “newly formed graphics design team” that would work on the “definition of the architecture, spec, design, and verification of graphics IP from concept through to silicon.”

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