The Extra-Speed Edition Saturday, April 2, 2022

How The New Mac Studio Works For This Content Creator, by Justin Eastzer, CNET

I spent a few days editing on the M1 Max Mac Studio at the CNET office. I opened up a project in Final Cut and deleted all the cache files to see how it would run. Editing with unrendered footage and graphics felt more robust than doing it on my MacBook Pro. Final Cut reacted instantaneously to mouse and keyboard clicks, bringing a smile to my face. I was surprised by how much faster the cut played over multilayered graphics and how much faster exports finished.

For my workflow, I don't see the need for power beyond the M1 Max -- I won't be coming close to editing the 18 streams of 8k video that the M1 Ultra claims to support. The base model would be just fine, and while I don't need the extra speed, it definitely wouldn't hurt. Faster rendering and exports will give me a lot of time back to work on other projects.

Apple iPad Air (2022) Review: Sweet Spot, by Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Apple already put that chip into its iPad Pro devices, which are meant to cross the line from casual use into professional-grade machines. We know how well those work. So the story of this new iPad Air, which is now the most affordable tablet – most affordable device of any kind, that is – to come with the M1 chip, boils down to this: Has Apple watered it down too much, or made compromises that make the iPad Pro a better purchase?

The answer is no.

Our Favorite Language Learning Apps (And A Pocket Translator), by Simon Hill, Wired

Hola, bonjour, konnichiwa, as-salamu alaykum, and hello! Whatever language you are trying to pick up, a learning app can help you build your vocabulary and improve your understanding of a country’s culture and manners. I've tested several apps and courses in my effort to learn Spanish, and while the quality might vary depending on the language you pick, these are my favorites.

The Real Magic Mouse Is Made By Logitech, Not Apple, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

When I want to charge my wireless mouse now, I don’t need to plug in a cord or place it on a dock. In fact, I don’t think about charging at all. It just... does.


These Services Help Kids Shape The Future Through Code, by Suzie Glassman, Wired

“Future generations are going to do things with technology that we can only imagine. The more folks we have at the table as it’s being built, the better chance we have at building something that’s different from what we had before,” says Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.

The good news is that many apps and services, both nonprofit and for-profit, are working hard to inspire all children to love computer science and build diversity into the landscape of what’s to come.

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I hope Apple hasn't totally given up tinnest-and-lightest. I hope there will still be a mini iPhone. I hope there will be a laptop smaller than the MacBook Air, and a Mac nano that is so small for no practical needs except for Apple to boost it has the smallest environment footprint.


Thanks for reading.