Some M2 Mac minis and MacBook Pros have slower SSDs than older models

Apple’s newly-released M2 Mac mini and M2 Pro/M2 Max MacBook Pro models have slower SSDs, according to new reports.

In a move that mimics the arrival of the M2 MacBook Air and M2 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has halved the number of NAND storage chips used in the new machines, affecting the speed at which they can transfer data.

The issue was first reported on the YouTube channel Brandon Gigabitbut MacRumors It has since been confirmed.

We confirmed with the Blackmagic Disk Speed ​​Test benchmarking app that SSD read and write speeds for the new 256GB Mac mini are around 1,500 MB/s, which is 30% to 50% slower than previous equivalent read and write speeds. – generation model, although benchmark results and real-world performance may vary.

It’s important to note that this only affects the base storage options of 256GB on the Mac mini and 512GB on the MacBook Pro, so those who specified their machines with more storage won’t be affected by this change.

When asked about Apple’s release of the M2 MacBook Air and M2 13-inch MacBook Pro last year, the company said that “while benchmarks with 256GB SSDs may show differences compared to previous generations, the M2’s performance is more geared toward real-world operations. quickly.”

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Android 14 won’t care for your old apps

Now in private code, it appears Android 14 Will not play nicely with older apps. In what is being reported as a plan to help prevent malware targeting older Android apps, Google may put in very strict requirements for app installation starting with Android 14.

While this is understandable, it is big news in our view because this change could also affect very fundamentals characteristics Android – This is the ability to install any app you want through sideloading. By code, Android 14 can block installation of any app, whether from Google Play or sideloaded, if it doesn’t meet API requirements.

App installation procedures are relatively relaxed now. For example, even if an app is out of date but the user had previously installed it, it is still made available on Google Play as long as it is not pulled from Google’s servers. Same goes for sideloading. At this point, you should have no problem sideloading almost any app you want, but with this change and if your device is running Android 14, it looks like the app will need to target at least Android 6.0+ (Marshmallow). . The code made it clear that Google would be able to increase the limit at any time.

As for me, I don’t go around downloading and sideloading random apps anymore. Those days are long behind me. However, I know there are still plenty of people out there who do, and with that being said, I would ask you to be careful and be sure to only download and install apps from trusted sources.

// 9to5Google

Save $100 on TP-Link’s Deco XE75 Pro Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System

Amazon is now selling the Deco XE75 Pro mesh router for just $399.99, a price that will now save you $100 and 20% off the original asking price of around $500.

At the time of writing, Amazon, unfortunately, is refusing to say when this deal will end, and that means potential buyers will have to be wary of when they’ll receive those orders. Any delay means that this deal is likely to be done Miss out, and no one wants it to happen.

On a positive note, Amazon doesn’t require you to enter a discount code or clip an on-screen coupon, so you can order any other product that way and you’ll get the discount. Assuming you do soon of course.

Buy: TP-Link Deco AXE5400 Tri-Band WiFi 6E Mesh System (Deco XE75 Pro) from Amazon: $399.99 | Original price: $500

Experience the latest WiFi frequencies by eliminating interference from all legacy devices. By default the 6 GHz band acts as a robust dedicated backhaul to ensure stable connectivity between nodes. You can switch it to Wi-Fi network mode and connect your WiFi 6E-compatible devices to the 6GHz network.

At the time of writing, the Deco XE75 Pro Mesh Router has over 130 reviews on Amazon with a combined rating of 4.1 stars out of a possible five. Amazon also labeled the Deco XE75 Pro as its number one new release.

The Deco XE75 Pro Wi-Fi is capable of covering up to 7,200 square feeds and features speeds of up to 5,400Mbps for up to 200 devices at any given moment. If you’ve previously struggled to get Wi-Fi to every corner of your home, this could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Android 13 QPR2 beta 2.1 has been released for Pixel devices

A very minor update labeled as Beta 2.1 for Android 13 QPR2 testers is now available for Pixel devices. Beta 2 was announced a few days ago if you haven’t seen it.

As for what’s new, this seems like a very small bug fixer, but Google is important enough to send this update. Inside, Google lists a cellular connectivity fix as well as a Bluetooth fix. Details are below.

If you own a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, or Pixel 7 or 7 Pro, you can get the latest beta. Comes as build T2B2.221216.008 And comes up with a few notable things.

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1

Release Date: January 20, 2023
Build: T2B2.221216.008
Security patch level: January 2023
Google Play Services: 22.41.13

Below you can see exactly what Google has cooked up inside this latest release.

what’s inside

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented devices from automatically connecting to a 5G network even when it was available. (Issue #265093352)
  • Fixed an issue where devices did not drop or reset an existing, encrypted Bluetooth connection after receiving a command to disable link-layer encryption for that connection.

If you want to pick up the update, the easiest way is through the Android Beta Program. Sign up for that here. If you want to go the other way, you can manually flash the factory image or the OTA files linked below

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 Download: Photo of the factory OTA file

LG Gram 2022 2-In-1 with 2TB SSD 29% off today

Amazon is now selling the LG Gram 2022 2-in-1 laptop with a massive 2TB SSD built in for just $1,496. You don’t need to enter a discount code or clip an on-screen coupon to take advantage of this deal

However, there is still one thing to be aware of – Amazon has not confirmed when this deal will end which means it will happen at any moment. We always recommend placing an order as soon as possible when we don’t know when a deal will end, just to make sure there’s no chance of disappointment or overpaying.

Amazon would normally sell the LG Gram 2022 2-in-1 laptop for around $2,100 so this deal is a 29% discount off the original asking price. Discounts like this don’t crop up very often.

Buy: LG Gram (2022) 16T90Q 2-in-1 Tablet Laptop from Amazon: $1,496 | Original price: $2,100

Connectivity – Connect with confidence: two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, one USB-A 3.2 port, HDMI (USB-C to HDMI adapter), a microSD card reader and a 3.5mm audio jack.

At the time of writing, the LG Gram 2022 2-in-1 laptop has over 55 reviews on Amazon with a combined rating of 4.6 stars and comes with all the features you’d expect. That means you can look forward to an Intel Evo 12th-generation i7 1260P CPU, 16GB of RAM and that big 2TB NVMe SSD. And all for a price that represents a huge discount.

Again, if you want to be absolutely sure of getting the best price available today, be sure to place that order now.

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Another day, another T-Mobile data breach

Starting from January is not very good. T Mobile Another data breach was announced this week, this time affecting nearly 37 million customer accounts. Unlike other data breaches, where customer data is sometimes saved, this time it wasn’t. In this data breach, T-Mobile details that data was accessed, including name, billing address, email, phone number, date of birth, account number and information such as the number of lines on an account and service plan attributes.

T-Mobile tries not to make it so bad that much of this data is already “widely available” through marketing directories and databases. Importantly, the carrier specifically states that “no passwords, payment card information, Social Security numbers, government ID numbers or other financial account information were compromised.”

We are currently in the process of notifying affected customers that after a thorough investigation we have determined that a bad actor used a single application programming interface (or API) to access limited information on their accounts.

As soon as our teams identified the issue, we closed it within 24 hours. Our systems and policies prevent access to the most sensitive types of customer information, and as a result, this event should not put customer accounts and money directly at risk. There is no evidence that a bad actor breached or compromised T-Mobile’s network or systems.

For a little timeline, T-Mobile noted that the activity stopped within 24 hours of being noticed. However, not written in its press release, but filed with the SEC, T-Mobile says it believes “bad actors” began retrieving data through the affected API in November of last year.

In the last part of the SEC filing, T-Mobile says it expects the news not to have a material impact on its operations. Simply put, they don’t expect customers to get too upset and take their business elsewhere.

// T-Mobile | SEC Filings

Add the Fire HD 8 tablet to your Alexa ecosystem for just $59.99

Amazon’s all-new and much-improved Fire HD 8 tablet is currently available to buy with a nice discount applied. For those who snap up this deal right now, the price has been slashed to just $59.99.

Amazon has confirmed that this updated Fire HD 8 tablet comes with improvements in almost all areas of hardware and overall experience. It offers improved performance thanks to the updated hexa-core processor. This includes a more responsive experience for the end-user, making it 30% faster than previous models.

Amazon also took a look at the battery life of the all-new Fire HD 8 tablet. This is an area that is very important considering the appeal to the entire family. Owners should experience an “all-day” battery with up to 13 hours of reading, web browsing, watching videos and listening to music. And if you sit for more than 13 hours using a tablet, you should probably consider taking a brisk nature walk and getting some fresh air.

This model comes with an 8-inch HD display, 32GB onboard storage capacity for games, apps and other files and is designed with portable entertainment in mind. Owners will also have access to the power of the FireOS experience, which offers an app store and an attractive set of apps and other installations that extend the device’s capabilities.

If you’re interested in owning the latest model HD 8 – either for yourself or a loved one – there’s never been a more affordable opportunity.

Hit the direct link below to secure this awesome Fire HD 8 tablet at this equally awesome price. You will not be asked for any discount codes or promotional coupons to achieve the advertised price. Welcome to a whole new world of entertainment for just $59.99.

Buy: All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet from Amazon: $59.99 | Original price: $100

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How much faster is T-Mobile’s 5G than Verizon and AT&T?

It’s not a bad move to start the year and tell yourself you might be ready to find a new wireless carrier. As you probably know, there is a never-ending battle to claim the 5G crown, even though all the 5G promises from 5 years ago never materialized. Still, the US wireless industry is at least starting to give us decent 5G connectivity for the most part, and it’s never a bad idea to see who’s offering what.

In a new 5G report by Okla, we saw that state of 5G in Q4 2022 from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. This report examines overall network download and upload speed, latency, consistency, video performance scores before separating them into 5G-specific categories for speed, availability, etc.

As has been the case in several cases Okla In reports like this, T-Mobile ran away with most categories. In the overall download speed category, they posted an impressive median speed of 151Mbps, while Verizon and AT&T dropped to 69Mbps and 65Mbps, respectively. Other categories were close, such as latency and consistency and video scores, but then T-Mobile pulled itself away in 5G breakout territory.

T-Mobile 5G speed

As for 5G performance, T-Mobile posted a median download speed of 216Mbps, while Verizon and AT&T posted speeds of 127Mbps and 85Mbps. Even for 5G availability, T-Mobile takes the crown at 69%, AT&T close behind at 64% and Verizon in the corner at 34% (?!?).

Are you fed up with those statistics and want to know more about the city or state you live in? cool This report covers all 50 states plus DC and the winner is T-Mobile in 46 of them. The other 5 were either tied or AT&T won. As for cities, the report looked at the 100 most populous cities, and yes, T-Mobile dominated with 86 wins. Verizon took the honors in a single city, and then came close to calling 13 cities.

And for those curious, one of the fastest tests I ran this week in Portland on T-Mobile topped out at 1Gbps download speeds. I got same score last week. In the same location, my Verizon phone could barely hold a “5G” signal

T-Mobile 5G speed

Finally, on a related note, the report shared the devices with the fastest average download speeds and the top two are the Galaxy Fold 4 and Pixel 7 Pro followed by the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

I’m not trying to sell you on T-Mobile, but I’m trying to remind you that the days of people complaining about T-Mobile having a dog**t network are long gone. If you live anywhere near a city, they are probably the best carrier in terms of speed and 5G availability.

YouTube TV’s 4K add-on comes down to an incredible price for something

Over the weekend, many YouTube TV subscribers noticed that a special deal had been flagged for their accounts. For some, the deal seemed almost too good to pass up, especially if they wanted some of the highest quality content possible. I’m talking about the YouTube TV 4K add-on, which has been incredibly overpriced for most of its existence, but has been offered to select subscribers for as low as $4.99 per month.

If you checkout this Reddit thread, you’ll have no problem finding people who have been offered the YouTube TV 4K add-on promo. I can’t say I’m one of them, but many are seeing an offer that includes 24 months of service for $4.99. Others have looked at $6.99/mo or $9.99/mo.

YouTube TV’s 4K content still seems pretty limited, so paying anything more than $5 might not be worth it. The full price of $19.99/mo is not worth spending in my household, if all you get is a few sports events and some Nat Geo or FX content. I think offline viewing can be a big deal to some.

Availability of this $4.99/mo offer is unknown. As I mentioned, people noticed the price earlier in the weekend, but many YouTube TV subscribers (including myself) are only seeing the full price for the 4K add-on. This could be a brief opportunity to drop prices or Google is sick of offering core Crew promos. I’m kidding there because we really have no idea who is being targeted.

If you are offered a decent 4K price, let us know how long you have been a customer

Get Windows 10 Genuine License for just $14, Windows 11 for just $20, for Office

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All you have to do is choose the software as per your requirement, enter the discount code RMPAnd you are good to go!

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It’s important to remember that these prices aren’t likely to last long and that means you should take advantage of these deals now, while you still can. And don’t forget that discount code!

How to activate Windows:

just on the head Start > Settings > System > About Programs > Change Product Key (In this menu you need to enter the key received by email).

The operating system itself, by the way, can be downloaded from the official Microsoft website.

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