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Apple Updates iMacs With New Intel Processors And AMD GPUs, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th Gen quad-core i5 processors, and it can be configured with up to six-core processors and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU (with 4GB of memory). The 27-inch iMac can now be configured with up to Intel’s latest 9th Gen 6-core and 8-core i7 processors and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU (with 8GB of memory).

Apple Updates iMac Line With New CPU, GPU Options, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

While the new CPU and GPU options are welcome, they are all that is really new about these machines. They use the same case design, which harkens back to the Late 2012 iMacs. This includes the same cooling system, which worries me.


Then there’s the matter of the T2 chip which is noticeably absent from these machines. That means that all the security benefits it brings are not available on Apple’s most popular desktop models. The iMac doesn’t have the secure boot capabilities and fast (and encrypted!) data access that something like the MacBook Air boasts.

iMac Pro Updated With 256GB RAM And Radeon Pro Vega 64X Graphics Options, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Upgrading to 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory will set you back a steep $5,200, more than the price of the base model iMac Pro itself.

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New York Times Cools On Apple, Whose News Subscription App Looms, by Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

The New York Times has recently cut the number of stories it’s giving to Apple Inc.’s news app, the newspaper publisher’s chief executive officer said, as the iPhone maker prepares to unveil a subscription service for news outlets next week.

“We try to be intelligent in the way we think about our partnerships with these platforms,” New York Times Chief Executive Officer Mark Thompson said Monday at the Oxford Media Convention in England, answering a question about his company’s relationship to tech giants.

Netflix Confirms That It Won't Be Part Of Apple's New Service, by Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg

Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings confirmed that his company won’t be participating in Apple Inc.’s new streaming platform, reflecting new competition between the Silicon Valley giants.

“We want to have people watch our content on our service,” he said at a press conference on Monday. “We’ve chosen not to integrate into their service.”


Apple Updates Events App For Apple TV Ahead Of March 25 'It's Showtime' Event, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today updated its Events app for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV in preparation for the March 25th "Show Time" event that's expected to focus on the company's upcoming TV and Apple News services.

Apple Business Chat Drives In-seat Drink Ordering At Quicken Loans Arena In Cleveland, by Ron Miller, TechCrunch

With LeBron James hundreds of miles west plying his trade for the Los Angeles Lakers these days, Cleveland Cavalier fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about this season — but Aramark (the stadium food and beverage vendor) and the Cavs have teamed up with Apple Business Chat to let fans order drinks right from their seats.

It’s a nifty system, first introduced to Phillies fans last summer. In this iteration, Cleveland fans can access a menu, order drinks and get them delivered directly to their seats using iMessage on their iPhones.

I Tried Apple's Recently Updated Mac Mini — And It's The Way To Go If You're Looking For macOS Desktop On A Budget, by Christian de Looper, Stamford Advocate

Apple has paid very close attention to the efficiency of the computer too. Most of what we used the device for was pretty lightweight — writing articles in Google Docs, some basic image editing, and so on. At times, however, we were able to put the computer through some heavier use.

For example, I do freelance music mixing on the side, and routinely run audio editing programs with sometimes dozens of tracks at once and heavy processing on each of those tracks. The device was easily able to handle that — much more easily than the aging 2012 MacBook Pro I was using for that before getting the Mac mini.

Video Editors For iPhone: Get Creative With The Best Video Editor For Your Handset, by Carrie Marshall, TechRadar

There are lots of video editors for iPhone in the App Store, ranging from simple apps designed for social media sharing to high-end apps that you could easily make entire movies with and specialist apps for specific tasks. Some are cheap, others cheerful, and some are both. Whether you want to amuse your friends or make a masterpiece, these are the apps we think you should consider.

13 Best Text Editors To Speed Up Your Workflow In 2019, by Brian Jackson, Kinsta

A text editor may sound boring to some, but it’s the lifeblood of so many organizations around the world. From development teams to publishers, text and code editors are intertwined with almost everyone’s workflows. Many of us bounce in and out of them all day long. Whether you’re writing PHP, or simply taking notes for a project, there are plenty of great tools to make this task a little easier. Today we’ll outline the absolute best text editor solutions.

Some of the text editors are excellent for experienced developers, while others are more for beginners or writers. You’ll also find some great editors for collaboration, real-time code sharing, and much more.


Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof, by Brian Kerbs, Kerbs On Security

Beyond SIM-swapping attacks, there are a number of ways that phone numbers can get transferred to new owners, Nixon said. The biggest reason is lack of payment for past phone bills. But maybe someone goes through a nasty divorce or separation, and can no longer access their phone or phone accounts. The account is sent to collections and closed, and the phone number gets released back into the general pool for reassignment after a period of time.

The Right Way To Follow Your Passion, by Brad Stulberg, New York Times

Passion can be an energizing, fulfilling force, the stuff upon which businesses are built, works of art are created and Olympic medals are won. However, if you’re not careful, passion can become an equally destructive curse, leading to suffering and distress. Understanding how this happens — and how you can prevent it — is integral to mental well-being and living productively with passion.


I’m So Glad The iPad Mini Isn’t Dead, by Chris Davies, Slashgear

Today’s refresh proves me wrong, and I couldn’t be happier. The new iPad mini punches just as hard as the new iPad Air: the only difference is the size. It’s small enough to drop into a bag alongside your laptop, rather than try to replace it like an iPad Pro might, and if Apple is to be believed, the battery life hasn’t suffered despite the performance boost. In one fell swoop the tiniest tablet in Apple’s line-up has gone from being forgettable to arguably the secret sweet-spot of the range.

Angry Birds AR Is Heading To iPhone. Here's What It's Like To Play, by Scott Stein, CNET

I played the game in AR before, on the Magic Leap. It's also available in VR. The iOS game, Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, is the first mobile version with AR. After getting to play it for a moment, it's a reminder that, in many cases, phone-based AR can be just as good as what you can get on a several thousand-dollar AR headset.