2022 MacBook Air with Apple M2 chip price slashed by a cool 13% at Costco - NotebookCheck.net News
Apple increased the price of the entry-level M2 MacBook Air by US$200 over the M1 MacBook Air. To justify the price bump, Apple redesigned the laptop with the second iteration of Cupertino’s in-house silicon at the notebook’s core. The 2022 MacBook Air also has an improved IPS display with a divisive notch.
CostCo advertises a previously-unannounced Surface Go configuration that includes a type cover in the box - NotebookCheck.net Ne
The Surface Go created a bit of a splash when Microsoft announced it two weeks ago. The ultracompact 10-inch 2-in-1 is the spiritual successor to the non-Pro Surface 3, but with the advantage of using a higher spec'd x86 processor for smoother performance. CostCo is now advertising a new configuration that wasn't announced at launch, including the Type Cover at no additional cost.
Costco reveals data breach due to card skimming - NotebookCheck.net News
Costco has alerted customers who recently shopped at one of its locations to a data breach that may have stolen their card payment details. The company sent letters to its members who were probable victims and urged them to observe their recent card transactions closely. The police are currently investigating the incident.
Costco now shipping Apple MacBook Pro 14 and 16 with M1 Pro starting at $1949 USD with lenient 90-day return window - NotebookCh
The retail giant is shaving off just $50 from the original launch prices which feel like almost nothing when said launch prices are upwards of two grand. Even so, users will at least have the peace of mind of Costco warranty should anything go wrong down the line.
Game Boy Advance: Raspberry Pi used to bring PlayStation games to the classic Nintendo handheld - NotebookCheck.net News
A developer has brought PlayStation games to the Game Boy Advance via a Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie. The mod can be built at home without changing your Game Boy Advance, too.
Chinese authorities could soon revise crypto mining ban - NotebookCheck.net News
China's plan to crash the Bitcoin value appears to have backfired as the crypto coin is back to its values recorded before the crypto mining ban. On top of that, most of the Bitcoin hashing power was relocated from China to other states, helping the U.S. become the leading hashrate provider. The Chinese authorities are now issuing a call for public comments on the decision to add crypto mining to the list of "phased-out" industries.
China tightens restrictions on Bitcoin; large-scale mining operations likely to be targetted - NotebookCheck.net News
The Chinese Government has announced that it will further crack down on Bitcoin. The statement doesn't mention any specifics, but we're probably looking at additional restrictions on mining farms and cryptocurrency exchanges.
Obscure Omicron coin named like the COVID-19 variant defies the general crypto market crash - NotebookCheck.net News
An obscure cryptocurrency named Omicron is now surging for obvious reasons, all the while Bitcoin and Ethereum experienced a Black Friday market crash. The Omicron crypto is gaining attention for the simple fact that it shares a name with the latest World Health Organization COVID-19 "variant of concern" designation for the B.1.1.529 mutation first found in Africa. The aptly named OMIC coin price has surged 700% on historically high volume ever since B.1.1.529 became Omicron.
WhatsApp rolls reaction notifications on Android out via a new beta - NotebookCheck.net News
Want to know if your WhatsApp message has attracted one of the platform's new Discord-esque reactions? Unfortunately, if you're on your Android device, you can't. However, the Facebook-owned service is now working on this, and is releasing it to its beta-channel users.
Microsoft's Windows 11-compatible visual refresh of Office is live - NotebookCheck.net News
The new "visual update" of Office is now becoming official. This cosmetic adjustment makes the productivity suite match the new Windows 11 look, although some users still on 10 might also see the update. It mostly functions to add the new rounded corners and dark themes to 4 of Microsoft's classic work-focused apps.
Microsoft envisions what the Xbox would be like in 2042 - NotebookCheck.net News
A new video on Xbox's official YouTube channel imagines the state of gaming consoles in 2042. Among other things, it would use Quantum-powered hardware capable of 1 quintillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS), a holographic UI and a personal AI. Games would be playable at a resolution of 32K, 480 FPS.
ONEXPLAYER mini gameplay video shows One-netbook's more compact handheld in action - NotebookCheck.net News
Not content with the various versions of the ONEXPLAYER that it already sells, One-netbook is also looking to bring an ONEXPLAYER mini to market. A new gameplay video shows what to expect from the 7-inch handheld, which should launch with a 1200p display.
NVIDIA opens GeForce NOW to Xbox consoles with Microsoft Edge support - NotebookCheck.net News
Steam games are now playable on Xbox consoles thanks to GeForce NOW support for the Microsoft Edge browser. Compatability remains in beta, so do not expect the smoothest of experiences for the time being.
NVIDIA to equip the GeForce RTX 3050 in a bid to fend off the Intel Arc A380 and AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT - NotebookCheck.net News
More details about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and Intel Arc A380 have emerged. While the RTX 3050 is tipped to launch with 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the Intel Arc A380 could come in with 6 GB. The Intel Arc A380 is thought to offer GTX 1650 SUPER levels of performance, too.
Anker claims to have become the world's number 1 in mobile charging accessories - NotebookCheck.net News
Anker now reports that it became the "world's No.1 mobile charging brand" in 2020. It also marked its 10th anniversary as such a company in 2021, and attributes much of its success to becoming a leader in USB Power Delivery- (USB-PD) compatible accessories. It also now has a line in MagSafe-compatible products, as well as new type-C devices.
Hackers tweet that India has accepted Bitcoin as official currency from PM Modi's account - NotebookCheck.net News
India is currently working on a comprehensive cryptocurrency legislation to regulate the digital assets market in the country which may lead to an outright Bitcoin ban. The final say will be on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Twitter account was hacked to announce India accepts Bitcoin as legal tender immediately after his comments that India should "jointly shape global norms for emerging technologies like social media and cryptocurrencies so that they are used to empower democracy, not to undermine it
Politician who violated China's cryptomining ban is punished by getting expelled from communist party - NotebookCheck.net News
The Chinese government strictly enforces recent bans in regard to cryptomining and financial transactions involving cryptocurrencies, and it has now caught and punished one of its own officials who allegedly accepted bribes from cryptominers and thereby violated the new laws multiple times.
Dune: Spice Wars is a new strategy game coming to PCs in early 2022 - NotebookCheck.net News
Dune: Spice Wars is a new real-time strategy game with 4X elements coming in early 2022. The game takes place in the Dune universe and will draw heavily from Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel as well as the expanded Dune media. The title will be available for purchase in Early Access next year.
LG 42-inch OLED TVs with 4K and 120 Hz capabilities delayed until 2022 - NotebookCheck.net News
LG has reportedly delayed its first 42-inch OLED panels, extending the wait for smaller OLED TVs. The South Korean company announced that it would manufacture 42-inch OLED panels this year, but this now been delayed until 2022.
GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition: PC version pulled from sale as GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas Remastered are plagued by bugs a
The release of the highly anticipated remastered versions of GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas is a huge disappointment for many fans. Rockstar Games has now even stopped selling the PC version of the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition due to technical issues with the official Rockstar Launcher.
Grand Theft Auto 4 remaster reportedly in the works; will be launched sometime in 2023 - NotebookCheck.net News
An industry insider (RalphsValve) has heard that Rockstar is planning to remaster Grand Theft Auto 4. The game will be launched for all major platforms sometime in 2023. It will be single-player only and include content from the 'Episodes from Liberty City' DLC pack.
The flagship USB DAC/headphone amp HiBy FC5 is now available for purchase - NotebookCheck.net News
The HiRes certified FC5 USB DAC/headphone amp by HiBy supports MQA and features a 4.4 mm balanced output with 125 mW output power. The hardware inside the sleek metal body of the FC5 includes the ES9281 Pro DAC, dual ES9603Q headphone amps, hardware volume controls, as well as RGB lights.
Release date of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 delayed to 2023 - NotebookCheck.net News
The new entries in two of Activision Blizzard's popular franchises will now be released in 2023 at the earliest after changes in personnel have delayed the development of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.
GTA San Andreas - The Definitive Edition is already available for free; GTA III will be free in December - NotebookCheck.net New
Microsoft has quietly brought GTA San Andreas - The Definitive Edition to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on the same day as the US$59.99 trilogy goes on sale. While the game is not free on PlayStation, GTA III will be from early next month.
Modder uses Cheat engine to enable ray tracing in Forza Horizon 5's gameplay sections, with glorious results - NotebookCheck.net
Modder Digital Dreams recently posted a YouTube video showcasing Forza Horizon 5 running with ray-tracing enabled in gameplay sections, via a Cheat Engine tweak. While system specs weren't given, it appears that Digital Dreams is running the gain at a fairly locked 60 FPS.