Weekend tech reading: PRISM privacy controversy, E3 2013 & Apple WWDC rumors

Julio Franco

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Today, a revolution in software technology that allows for the highly automated and instantaneous analysis of enormous volumes of digital information has transformed the N.S.A., turning it into the virtual landlord of the digital assets of Americans and foreigners alike....

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Jad Chaar

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So much stuff happening tomorrow. E3, WWDC, Android 4.3 release /Nexus refresh, Battlefield 4 and Cod Ghost gameplay, etc. So much stuff happening tomorrow!
 

m4a4

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Is it just coincidence that Apple is doing something tomorrow when E3 is supposed to happen? Or did they feel the need to seem important too?
 

Jad Chaar

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Is it just coincidence that Apple is doing something tomorrow when E3 is supposed to happen? Or did they feel the need to seem important too?

WWDC is always held in the beginning of June... but yeah, it is kind of odd how everything is happening tomorrow.
 

VitalyT

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Can't wait for the next week, mostly for the Apple's announcement of the new Macbook Air. I have been using mine from 2011, and it was great in every way, running Mac OS + Windows 8 with Start8.
 

Jad Chaar

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Can't wait for the next week, mostly for the Apple's announcement of the new Macbook Air. I have been using mine from 2011, and it was great in every way, running Mac OS + Windows 8 with Start8.

The new Macbook Air will hopefully have a retina screen and maintain the same price tag. That will further rattle the PC industry. I wonder if Apple will make the current non-retina MBP the old "MacBook" for people who want a MBP, but dont want to pay so much for a Retina version.
 

VitalyT

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The new Macbook Air will hopefully have a retina screen and maintain the same price tag.
Well, this is what I am afraid of, personally. It is great for those who wants to use Mac OS only, but if you need windows as a second OS, retina is a deal breaker, because even in Windows 8 you can't get it to look right. I have Windows 8 Pro as a second OS, and it looks beautiful on my Macbook Air. If they were to just improve the resolution from 1440x900 to 1600x1050, or 1080P, it would be fantastic, but with retina - I will have no use for such machine anymore, I will be better off buying an Ultrabook designed for Windows 8.

In addition, it will do no good to the battery life, all this retina business.
 

Jad Chaar

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Well, this is what I am afraid of, personally. It is great for those who wants to use Mac OS only, but if you need windows as a second OS, retina is a deal breaker, because even in Windows 8 you can't get it to look right. I have Windows 8 Pro as a second OS, and it looks beautiful on my Macbook Air. If they were to just improve the resolution from 1440x900 to 1600x1050, or 1080P, it would be fantastic, but with retina - I will have no use for such machine anymore, I will be better off buying an Ultrabook designed for Windows 8.

In addition, it will do no good to the battery life, all this retina business.

Well, it will be 7-9 hours with the Haswell upgrade.
 

VitalyT

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Well, it will be 7-9 hours with the Haswell upgrade.

That's another thing... If Apple fits in CPU with Iris (HD 5200) into this Retina, then it will be still a good product, because anything less - there is no discrete graphics that can fit into Macbook Air, and the product will be no good.
 

Jad Chaar

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That's another thing... If Apple fits in CPU with Iris (HD 5200) into this Retina, then it will be still a good product, because anything less - there is no discrete graphics that can fit into Macbook Air, and the product will be no good.

The MBP Retina 13 inch runs on Intel HD 4000 graphics fine. It struggles yes, but if you arent gaming, it is fine.
 

VitalyT

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The MBP Retina 13 inch runs on Intel HD 4000 graphics fine. It struggles yes, but if you arent gaming, it is fine.

I don't believe that Apple will do something like this to the new Macbook Air. Before they had little option, and now they have the new Intel HD graphics, which they will use in full, or risk losing their customers. Just a little more to go, and we shall see... :)