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AppleMagazine #352

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7 Min.
5g is coming: the next generation of mobile

5G TECHNOLOGY IS INCOMING We’re using more data than ever before. Gone are the days where we’d spend our evenings in front of the box watching cable television, or using our home phones to call friends to arrange dinner plans. The way in which we consume content and communicate has changed - and it’s primarily thanks to our smartphones and 4G mobile technology. Today, we can use our cellular data plan to order food, book an appointment, and even buy a house, and while LTE speeds have made it easier than ever to stream and download content, speed remains an issue. 5G technology, the next-generation of 4G or LTE cellular data, is set to change the world once more, providing an infrastructure that supports super-fast mobile connections. Streaming movies, downloading videos and…

1 Min.
apple releases update to fix management system throttling performance

Apple provided us with the following statement: “Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we’ve identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems.” Apple internally ran tests using Premiere Pro replicating the workloads used in many of the reports related to the bug. “Customers can expect the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 70% faster, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to be up to 2X faster, as shown in the performance results…

3 Min.
tesla investors again worry about carmaker’s finances

Tesla’s finances rather than its cars were once again in focus this week following a report that the company asked suppliers for refunds to help it turn a profit. A memo provided to The Wall Street Journal showed the electric car maker asked one supplier to return what it calls a meaningful amount of money on its payments since 2016. The memo came from a global supply manager and said the request was essential to Tesla’s continued operations, the Journal said. The report also said it’s not clear how many suppliers received the request. When asked whether the company has requested refunds from suppliers, a Tesla spokesman referred to a company statement, which said Tesla had asked fewer than 10 suppliers for a reduction in total spending on projects that started in 2016…

2 Min.
alphabet’s q2 profit triggers rally, despite $5.1b eu fine

Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported second-quarter earnings that pleased Wall Street, even as it booked a $5.1 billion charge to cover a fine levied by European regulators. The company reported a profit of $3.2 billion for the three months that ended June 30. Google has said it will appeal the European fine but Alphabet accounted for it on its books nonetheless. Excluding that amount, the Mountain View, California, company’s earnings came to $11.75 per share, which topped the $9.45 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research. Alphabet Inc.’s stock jumped 3.6 percent in after-market trading. Europe’s Competition Commission last week accused Google of unfairly forcing handset makers to take its Chrome, Search and Play Store apps when using its free Android mobile system. While Google has said it will appeal, it…

6 Min.
oled: the future of screen tech

When Apple first publicly showed off the iPhone X at a keynote last September, executive Phil Schiller hailed the new handset as “all-screen” and “beautiful to look at”, adding descriptively that “the display fits edge-to-edge, top-to-bottom”. He branded this display “the Super Retina display”, reflecting its improvements upon the Retina displays long featured in Apple devices. In all, he hailed the screen as “the first OLED display greatenough to be in an iPhone.” GREATEST NITS: WHAT MAKES THE PHONE X’S SCREEN SPECIAL Many people who have habitually bought a new smartphone year-after-year for the last decade might wonder why it took so long for Apple to finally integrate OLED technology into its iPhone screens. After all, OLED technology has been included in Samsung phones since 2008. However, it seems in-keeping with Apple’s…

2 Min.
detroit gallery’s exhibit aims to spark stem interest

An exhibit at a downtown Detroit gallery aims to fuse art and science to spark young people’s interest in high-tech, creative careers. The HUSTLE exhibit, which features interactive displays that combine technology and artwork, attracted visitors recently to Science Gallery Lab Detroit that included students from Wayne State University’s K-12 summer engineering camps. Yaw Wiafe-Akenten, the lead instructor for a WSU summer group of 13- to 17-year-olds, brought his students to the exhibit at 1001 Woodward, hoping to show them that engineering and art aren’t mutually exclusive. “We’re bringing them to see the application of science and art,” he told. “There’s a social stigma that divides artists and engineers. But as an engineer, I see no problem with art. We need artists to design products. I want to delete that stigma in the…