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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 22, 2019 at 07:00. 8 comments

Sean Astin Made a Surprise Appearance on Supergirl

Sean Astin Made a Surprise Appearance on Supergirl

Man, Supergirl has been right up my personal alley the last few weeks. There’s been an entire storyline about augmented reality and an entire storyline about how CatCo needs to unionize, plus a kicky new look for the titular character that has me seriously contemplating bangs.

Also, it’s been an extremely gay show, and possibly the gayest on CW on Sunday nights (even taking into account that

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 21, 2019 at 20:00. 14 comments

Microsoft and AMD's Surface Laptop 3 Is Something Special

Microsoft and AMD's Surface Laptop 3 Is Something Special

The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 might be one of the most portable 15-inch devices I’ve ever used. It’s thin, it weighs just 3.4 pounds, it has a big 15-inch display, and somehow it manages to be pretty powerful to boot. I’ve rarely used a laptop this big that feels so small when transported from home to office, or even just around the house. It’s absolutely excellent. It’s also the first premium...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 16, 2019 at 02:30. 15 comments

The Pixelbook Go Walks the Fine Line Between High Design and Great Value

The Pixelbook Go Walks the Fine Line Between High Design and Great Value

The Pixelbook is the best Chromebook you can buy, but it’s also one of the most expensive Chromebooks you can buy. The big pitch for the Pixelbook Go is that it takes a lot of what you like about the Pixelbook and Google’s aesthetic in general, and charges only $650. That’s a damn fine idea, but my limited time with the Pixelbook Go suggests there could be a hefty Google tax for embracing...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 15, 2019. 4 comments

The Pixelbook Go Is a Smaller Cheaper Google-made Chromebook

The Pixelbook Go Is a Smaller Cheaper Google-made Chromebook

We’ve seen plenty of leaks of Google’s latest Pixelbook, but the company finally showed off the actual thing today, a reasonably small Chromebook with a reasonably small price tag for a Google-made product.

Google was remarkably light on details as it rushed through the announcement. The new Pixelbook Go is 13mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and should last up to 12 hours on a charge. We know it...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 08, 2019.

Sony Seems Ridiculously Proud of the PS5’s SSD

Sony Seems Ridiculously Proud of the PS5’s SSD

Wired has yet another exclusive look at the Sony PS5. This morning Wired’s Peter Rubin detailed a recent visit to Sony’s California HQ where he checked out a dev console, played a few demos, and got a few more details on the PS5—including release date and ray tracing facts. But the bulk of the piece—and seemingly the bulk of the message Sony is trying to convey—is that solid-state drives are...

Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 07, 2019.

Intel Finally Seems to Be Taking Hardcore PC Gamers Seriously

Intel Finally Seems to Be Taking Hardcore PC Gamers Seriously

Last week news broke that Intel had a whole new line of X-series processors, and this week the company has performance data, prices, and a shiny new Xeon processor to pile on top of that. All of it combines to suggest that Intel is might be done gouging people who want a processor with a lot of cores.

Okay, perhaps gouging is too strong a word. Intel doesn’t make terrible processors, but it...

Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 03, 2019. 14 comments

Microsoft Doubles Down

Microsoft Doubles Down

I only got a little time with the Duo and Neo, Microsoft’s new dual-display devices, but that little time made one thing clear: Microsoft has a wildly different approach to the collapsible device than just about everyone else.

We’ve seen a surprising number of shapeshifting devices this year. We’ve seen ones that fold like an overstuffed taco and ones that snap in half with a display that...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 02, 2019. 6 comments

The Surface Phone Is Real

The Surface Phone Is Real

No, that is not the just-announced Surface Neo in Panos Panay’s hand. That’s the Surface Duo, the long-rumored Microsoft Surface phone.

Holy shit.

The tiny device will rely on Android for the majority of its work, like phone calls, video calls, and general web browsing. However, the Duo will be infused with Windows in some unspecified way, which means all the usual Microsoft apps like...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 02, 2019. 5 comments

Microsoft Surface Neo: Whoa

Microsoft Surface Neo: Whoa

After years—YEARS—of rumors, Microsoft has finally announced its dual-screen Surface device, the Surface Neo. Panos Panay, chief product officer for Microsoft’s Devices Group, showed off the device at Microsoft’s annual Surface event as well as a whole slew of devices and a brand new version of Windows, Windows 10 X, that the Neo is expected to run on.

Unfortunately, the Neo isn’t coming to a...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 02, 2019. 12 comments

AMD Actually Did It

AMD Actually Did It

Microsoft is making a 15-inch Surface Laptop for people who needed more screen and power than the 13.5-inch version, and beyond being bigger, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 will also offer AMD inside.

This is kind of amazing.

AMD doesn’t really do flagship devices. That’s something we noted when the rumors of an AMD-powered Surface Laptop first appeared. AMD might make high-quality CPUs and...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Oct 02, 2019. 15 comments

A Story About Two Tiny, Fuzzy Photos of a 'PlayStation 5 Prototype'

A Story About Two Tiny, Fuzzy Photos of a 'PlayStation 5 Prototype'

 

Short of the annual iPhone, few future devices get fans chatting like the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Both companies have teased what’s next recently—with Sony revealing some details about the PlayStation 5 in April , and Microsoft showing off a flashy video teasing so-called Project Scarlett at E3 in June . Both consoles are expected to launch by the holidays in...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 27, 2019. 20 comments

The Nintendo Switch Lite Is a Pitch Perfect Remake

The Nintendo Switch Lite Is a Pitch Perfect Remake

It’s fitting that the Nintendo Switch Lite launched the same day as a re-release of one of the best Zelda games of all time. The Switch line of consoles and the Zelda series of games feel inextricably linked. The original Switch is a remarkable and unusual piece of hardware unlike anything before it, and the Zelda game that launched alongside it, Breath of the Wild, is a remarkable and...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 21, 2019. 15 comments

The iPhone 11 Is Legitimately Great

The iPhone 11 Is Legitimately Great

The iPhone 11 is good. Some of its most touted features might feel more like gimmicks, and I definitely miss a few features limited to the pricier Pro. Still, with its brilliant camera and a handful of other new bits, this is a phone you can upgrade to with little of the usual guilt.

This year Apple did away with the confusing branding that marked the last two generations of phones. There’s no...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 21, 2019. 7 comments

The Next Surface Laptop Might Have a Powerful Surprise

The Next Surface Laptop Might Have a Powerful Surprise

German website Winfuture is claiming that the next generation of Surface Laptop could be using AMD processors instead of the Intel CPUs found in every other Surface device. If true that’d be a big boon for AMD and a bit of an embarrassment for Intel.

On October 2 Microsoft is holding an event in New York City where it is expected to launch a whole new slew of Surface devices. We’ve heard...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 16, 2019. 20 comments

Okay, Apple Arcade Is Probably Going to Be Good

Okay, Apple Arcade Is Probably Going to Be Good

Apple Arcade probably isn’t going to suck. Maybe you already assumed that because you’re an Apple fan, or because you recognize that $5 for a selection of thoughtfully curated games could be a good deal. But questions have lingered about the service since Apple first announced it last spring. After a couple of hours playing through some of the biggest titles for the service ahead of its...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 11, 2019. 17 comments

A First Look at the Triple-Camera iPhone 11 Pro

A First Look at the Triple-Camera iPhone 11 Pro

The bump is big. It’s inescapable. The bump will distract you. And the bump is not that bad. It’s visible on both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro, but the bump on the Pro seems far more visible thanks to the three cameras crammed into the bump, and Apple’s decision to make the glass around it glossy.

You will notice this bump. And you will be viscerally aware of the fact that its calling...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 11, 2019. 22 comments

The Cheapest iPhone 11 Might Be Impossible to Beat

The Cheapest iPhone 11 Might Be Impossible to Beat

The basic iPhone 11 could very well be all you need. That’s what I kept thinking during Apple’s big event, and afterward, when I had the opportunity to try the new device and its big Pro siblings. While the Pro models offer some impressive tech for people hoping for the very most from their photos, for most people, the $700 iPhone 11 offers a whole lot of value.

While the Pro models have three...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 07, 2019. 17 comments

What to Expect From Apple's Big 2019 iPhone Event

What to Expect From Apple's Big 2019 iPhone Event

We’re days away from Apple’s big annual iPhone party . It’s safe to assume we’re about to learn a whole lot more about this year’s models. But what else is there to learn? This Apple event doesn’t have the massive groundswell of hype September Apple events usually do. We know we’ll get phones with a big camera bump that will probably be as divisive as the notch, and we know that Apple is...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 06, 2019. 18 comments

Report: Apple Won't Let Siri Say Feminism

Report: Apple Won't Let Siri Say Feminism

The Guardian is reporting that internal documentation governing Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, was rewritten to specifically avoid the word feminism. The company told the Guardian “[o]ur approach is to be factual with inclusive responses rather than offer opinions.”

The opinion here being... feminism is okay.

Apple Contractors Reportedly Overhear Sensitive Information and Sexy Times Thanks to...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Sep 06, 2019. 9 comments

Apple Music Is In Your Browser Now Because Services Are King

Apple Music Is In Your Browser Now Because Services Are King

Ahead of Apple’s big event next week a new beta has popped up at the URL https://beta.music.apple.com. The beta gives you access to Apple Music, the rebranded, music-focused element of the entity formally known as iTunes.

iTunes is expected to be removed from macOS with the upcoming update to 10.15 Catalina, and already replaced iTunes in iOS back in 2017 with iOS 10. Apple Music, which...

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