Apple TV 4K: Every upgrade coming to the new streaming box

A lot of changes are coming to the Apple TV 4K streaming box.

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It may have taken nearly three years, but Apple is finally giving the Apple TV 4K an upgrade, announced at Apple’s Spring Loaded event. The new streaming box costs $179 (£169, AU$249) with 32GB storage or $199 (£189, AU$279) with 64GB and boasts the company’s A12 Bionic processor. It’s better suited for modern home theaters and handling Apple’s latest services, particularly its Apple TV

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Apple Gives the iPad Hardware Brawn. Now It Needs to Give It Mac Software

Hi, Mark here. Apple Inc. just wrapped up it first product event of the year and the star of the show was the new iPad Pro, a piece of hardware that is so powerful it’s arguably better than some Mac computers. But the iPad’s software is holding it back.

It’s time for Apple to pull off the Band Aid and merge the iPad and Mac—at least their operating systems.

The company seems to have done everything it can to delay the inevitable. Over the past few years, it has danced around the idea of combining the Mac and iPad software

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Microsoft’s DirectStorage Will Support PCIe 3.0, All DX12-Capable Hardware

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Last year, Microsoft announced that DirectStorage would deliver the same benefits of the Xbox Velocity Architecture to the PC side of gaming. The company has shared some details of how DirectStorage can accomplish this goal, and what the required specs for the feature are.

If you want to use DirectStorage, you’ll need a PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD and a GPU that supports DirectX 12, though Microsoft apparently says a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU will provide the best solution. A limited preview of the feature

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Bitcoin’s Value Plummets as Biden Mulls Nearly Doubled Capital Gains Tax

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Bitcoin is falling back to earth. This morning, the cryptocurrency’s price was nearly 25% lower than the all-time high set a few weeks ago, and reports that U.S. President Joe Biden plans to nearly double the capital gains tax might be partly responsible.

The cryptocurrency’s value peaked at nearly $65,000 per coin on April 13 as the Coinbase trading platform prepared to go public. Its per-coin price fell as low as $47,467 this morning, according to Coindesk, before starting to rebound.

It’s possible that Bitcoin’s value would have fallen even without the Bloomberg report Thursday afternoon

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Talking Brains, Hardware, and Privacy With Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth

And then after that, it’s this giant, I’d say like it’s a shrug emoji, what happens to it after that. So ultimately, if someone is using a Facebook Portal, or Facebook, let’s say, the air glasses that may eventually come out, if there are some functions that are happening on-device, but ultimately, there’s still data being sent to the server, how do you actually give a consumer control over what happens after that?

AB: Well, it’s actually quite straightforward. The execution of it is not, but the doing of it is straightforward. On Facebook, you have access to all

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Linus Torvalds Responds to Linux Banning University of Minnesota

Saying the University of Minnesota’s ban from contributing to the Linux kernel has been a popular topic of conversation among the open source community would be an understatement. Now,  Linux creator Linus Torvalds has weighed in on the issue, and his response was milder than one might expect.

Whatever he did seems to have worked. Torvalds reportedly told iTWire that “I don’t really know what to say” about the University of Minnesota ban. “I think the email thread is likely the most relevant information. […] I don’t think it has been a huge deal _technically_, but people are pissed off,

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Crypto Exchange Founder Disappears with $2 Billion

The founder of a popular crypto exchange in Turkey has disappeared, with media reports indicating that he has fled the country with $2 billion as roughly 300,000 frustrated users have suddenly lost access to their accounts.

In Turkey, the national currency lira has been in a secular decline for nine consecutive years, urging people to take some risks in a bid to protect their savings and maybe even earn something. As a result, the recent rise of cryptocurrencies predictably attracted many investors who hoped to protect their money and possibly gain some more. But things did not go well for

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The Witcher: Monster Slayer fans can sign up for early Android access

The Witcher: Monster Slayer is a game similar to Pokémon Go, except instead of dealing with friendly pocket monsters, players face off against a much deadlier and murderous monster variety. Android players can pre-register for the game’s soft launch now on the official Witcher website, which can grant them early access to Monster Slayer.

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Google Maps Receives Several New Updates on Android and Android Auto

As a result, Google Maps has been updated several times on Android and Android Auto in the last few months, and April, in particular, has been pretty busy for Google users.

Google has released no less than 10 different Google Maps updates so far this month for both stable and beta channels, with the most recent builds landing earlier this week.

The most recent version of Google Maps beta is 10.66.1 (up from 10.64.1 beta on March 31), while for those running the stable build, the latest update is Google Maps 10.65.2 (the last March release was version 10.63.0).


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