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Apple updates iPad line and launches red iPhone 7
Company drops ‘Air’ branding from iPads while launching a new colour in collaboration with Product Red and a new video app, Clips Apple has updated its iPad line, dropping the “Air” branding as it boosts the specs on its mid-tier product. The new hardware launches alongside another colour for the (...)
[The Guardian]

DJkit Launches Pioneer's Latest Premium Mixer for the UK's Lowest Price
DJkit is proud to announce the launch of one of the year's hottest pieces of DJ hardware to date. Continuing its market-leading collection of controllers and accessories for discerning professionals, Pioneer DJ has unleashed the all-new DJM-250Mk2 Rekordbox DVS-Ready 2-Channel Mixer. (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

Making viral art out of hardware – tech podcast
Making viral art out of hardware is a growing trend amongst artists trying to critique and humanise our relationship with technology Ever heard of a “MacBook selfie stick”? How about Tinder VR goggles? What about a salmon phone? These are the innovations of two digital artists Tom Galle and (...)
[The Guardian]

The best hardware to build with Swift is not what you think
Some interesting figures from LinkedIn, who benchmark the compiling times of their Swift-based iOS application. You'd think the Mac Pro would deliver the fastest compiles, but as it turns out - that's not quite true. As you can see, 12-core MacPro is indeed the slowest machine to build our code (...)

AMD Zen and Ryzen reviews and benchmarks
The AMD Zen/Ryzen reviews and benchmarks are hitting the web (Ars has a review and a look at the Zen architecture, Tom's Hardware has a review, and there's bound to be more), but as always, the one you want is AnandTech's (they also have an interview with AMD's CEO): For over two years the (...)

Nintendo Switch review: a brave and fascinating new console
At £280 the Switch is a gamble, but Nintendo has again done its idiosyncratic best to challenge the way we think about games hardware Nintendo remains a puzzling phenomenon for a lot of modern gamers. The company never makes powerful consoles, or cool consoles; it never pushes the processing (...)
[The Guardian]

BlackBerry KEYone released
One other phone I want to highlight out of MWC in Barcelona: a new BlackBerry Android phone! With a proper hardware keyboard! The BlackBerry Priv from 2015 suffered from some performance issues, so I hope they get it right this time. Now that the BlackBerry KEYone is official, that means the (...)

The first official Mac clone: Daydream
A neat piece of computing history - a combination of a hardware dongle and software that lets you run up to System 7 on a NeXT machine (and with some hacking, Mac OS 8). The latest addition to my NeXT/Mac collection, a Daydream ROM box made in about 1993 by Quix Computerware AG. This unit (...)

Finding an alternative to macOS, part 2: adventures with Linux
This is the second in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X. Part 1 was about evaluating 13 alternative operating systems and then choosing one to use full time. The selected OS was elementary OS. The motivation for this change is to get access to better hardware since Apple is (...)

VSI Releases OpenVMS Alpha 8.4-2L1
VMS Software, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the production release of VSI OpenVMS Alpha V8.4-2L1 for the Alpha hardware platform, including Alphas running on x86-based emulators. This OpenVMS Alpha version is based on, and inherits the benefits of, the latest version of VSI (...)
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