2020 put us on the edge of a processor revolution

  • December 30, 2020
In this episode of our explainer show Upscaled, we took a look back at the year in CPUs. From one perspective 2020 feels like the new normal for CPUs. Intel put out another high-end chip, 10th-gen “Comet Lake”, which added a few cores but is still ba…

macOS Big Sur update is bricking some older MacBook Pros

  • November 15, 2020
macOS Big Sur hasn’t been a pleasant update for some users. According to MacRumors, users on Apple’s forums and Reddit are stuck with a black screen when trying to update their late 2013 or mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro models to Big Sur. Nothing appe…

The original Pixelbook is out of stock on the Google Store (updated)

  • September 20, 2020
You might be out of luck if you prefer the original, premium Pixelbook over its lower-cost Pixelbook Go counterpart. The 9to5Google team has discovered that the Google Store lists the Pixelbook as “out of stock” in the US, and “no longer available” i…

Schools might not have enough laptops for students this fall

  • August 16, 2020
It’s no secret that laptops have been hot commodities for students during the pandemic, but that might just lead to a crisis as school resumes. Axios has found evidence of acute laptop shortages going into the back-to-school season, particularly for…

Toshiba officially quits the laptop business

  • August 9, 2020
Toshiba is joining the ranks of Japanese tech giants that have bowed out of the PC industry. Gizmodo reports that Toshiba has quietly sold its remaining 19.9 percent stake in its Dynabook laptop brand to Sharp, officially exiting the laptop business,…

Computer mouse co-inventor William English dies at 91

  • August 3, 2020
One of the pioneers of the modern computer interface has passed away: the New York Times reports that William “Bill” English died on July 26th from respiratory failure at the age of 91. Alongside Douglas Englebart at the Stanford Research Institute,…

Amazon knocks $300 off the price of Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro

  • June 3, 2020
Amazon can’t resist price cuts for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, apparently. The internet retailer is once again selling Apple’s high-end laptop for $2,100 after a discount takes effect at checkout, or about $300 off. You’re getting the base version with…