2021 MacBook Pros compared: how Apple’s laptops stack up

Apple just announced new versions of its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro explicitly designed around their new Arm-based M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs. Both models are configurable with either CPU and can be equipped with up to 8TB of storage. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/19/22733406/macbook-pro-13-14-16-inch-m1-max-air-compare-specs

The top tech deals in Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale

Given all the talk of supply chain issues this year, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see early Black Friday sales hit the internet before November 1. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/best-tech-deals-best-buy-early-black-friday-sale-october-2021-121526669.html

Sony looks set to unveil the A7 IV mirrorless camera on October 21st

Sony has teased the launch of a new Alpha camera on October 21st at 10AM ET, and judging from the YouTube metadata, it appears to be the long-awaited full-frame A7 IV mirrorless model, DPReview has reported. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/sony-is-announcing-a-new-camera-on-october-21st-likely-the-a-7-iv-085021205.html

Apple finally listened to the pros

I nearly bought my first MacBook Pro in 2015. It would have been the first Mac I ever personally owned. But I convinced myself to wait another year for faster Intel chips — and in October 2016, Apple took away almost everything I admired about that Mac in one fell swoop. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22733328/apple-macbook-pro-ports-professional-specs

Apple quietly added a MagSafe charging case to its AirPods Pro, too

Apple just announced its third-generation AirPods with a new charging case that works with its MagSafe magnetic charging system, but the company also quietly announced that, starting today, it’ll also be including the new case with its pricier $250 AirPods Pro model, too. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/18/22733183/apple-magsafe-charging-case-airpods-pro-qi

Disney delays all of Marvel’s 2022 films

Disney has shaken up its movie release calendar, with several Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks being delayed. The revamped schedule, which Variety reports is due to a production-related snowball effect, affects the slate for 2022 and beyond, and it will have a knock-on effect on Disney+. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/disney-marvel-cinematic-universe-indiana-jones-delay-disney-plus-190758945.html

M1 is the first Apple Silicon chip for the Mac

After years of anticipation and a tease at WWDC 2020, Apple’s first ARM-based Mac processor is here. The 5nm M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC) features an 8-core CPU, which the company claims delivers the best performance-per-watt of any processor on the market, and up to 8 GPU cores. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-silicon-m1-mac-181040846.html

Stunning images show how muscles heal themselves after a workout

Exercise leaves muscles riddled with microscopic tears, so after a rigorous workout, the control centers of muscle cells — called nuclei — scoot toward these tiny injuries to help patch them up, scientists recently discovered. In the new study, published Oct. via Technology and News Today https://www.livescience.com/muscle-repair-by-roaming-nuclei

I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model

Wearable gadgets live or die on whether they’re actually comfortable to wear — it’s tough to recommend a fitness tracker that gives me a rash or a headset constantly dragging my head down. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2021/10/14/22726604/htc-vive-flow-wearable-photoshopped-wearable-models-stock-images

PS5 Pro: Release date, price, specs and more rumors

Almost a year after Sony launched its cutting-edge PS5 console, chances are you’re probably still religiously checking Twitter, desperately trying to find one that’s not part of a sure-I’ll-pay-$500-more bundle. (Or an Xbox Series X. No judgments. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnet.com/tech/gaming/ps5-pro-release-date-price-specs-and-more-rumors/

Apple’s October ‘Unleashed’ event: what to expect

Apple has announced an event for October 18th, with a video containing the title “Unleashed.” If you’ve been watching the rumor mill, it won’t come as a surprise — the company still has a lot of products that are expected to come out this year but haven’t shown up in an Apple keynote. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/17/22725365/apple-october-macbook-event-unleashed-rumors-pro-airpods

NASA launches its Lucy spacecraft to study the Jupiter Trojan asteroids

NASA’s Lucy space probe launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday, the beginning of a 12-year mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. The uncrewed spacecraft lifted off at 5:34AM ET aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/16/22729626/nasa-launches-lucy-probe-study-jupiter-trojan-asteroids

US Treasury says ransomware payouts in 2021 could top entire past decade

The ransomware business is booming this year and could be bringing in billions for some of its top players, according to a report released by the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN (via The Record). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/15/22728765/us-treasury-ransomware-payout-numbers-reports-2021-first-half-cybercrime