Apple is reportedly researching a new way of transferring data to the iPhone and its other devices, according to Bloomberg.
The publication noted that in five years’ time, the tech giant could send data to your phone from the Earth’s atmosphere. The article noted that it has hired software, hardware and aerospace engineers for researching new methods.
It is worth adding that the report did not indicate a clear path in terms of how Apple plans to do this only that Apple has a vested interest in it. The extent to which the company has gone include creating internal expectations to reach the goal in five years.
Bloomberg added that “work on the project is still early and could be abandoned.”
9to5Mac reported that a possible outcome would be that Apple would no longer need to have a relationship with a telecom carrier, especially if it were able to use satellites to beam information.
Freedom Mobile is cheapest Canadian carrier for Pixel 6/6 Pro – MobileSyrup
Once again, it looks like Freedom Mobile has one of the best prices for a brand new smartphone.
Like we did with the iPhone 13 back in September, now that Google has announced the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, we’ve calculated the costs of getting these phones at various Canadian carriers. One caveat before we get into the details: several carriers have not published pricing yet.
I don’t expect this will impact the results too much — we’re waiting on Bell, its flanker brand Virgin Mobile and a couple of other regional carriers like Vidéotron. Going by how things shook out with the iPhone 13 pricing, I really only expect Vidéotron will be in the running price-wise, but I’ll be sure to update this post with any new information when it becomes relevant.
One more thing before we get into the carrier pricing: Google charges $799 and $1,179 for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro respectively. Keep those numbers in mind — they’re important.
Now, let’s get into the carrier math. First, it looks like Freedom currently offers the best price on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, unless you live in an area where Shaw Mobile is available (Alberta and B.C.).
For the Pixel 6, Freedom charges a $30/month Tab fee if customers get at least a $50/month plan. $30 a month for 24 months works out to $720 total you pay for the phone, which is a little less than buying it directly from Google. Similarly, the Pixel 6 Pro costs $42/month on a $60 plan at Freedom, which works out to $1,008 for the phone over 24 months.
It’s also worth noting that Freedom’s Tab cost changes depending on the plan. For example, customers who get the Pixel 6 on a $60 plan at Freedom will see their monthly Tab price drop to $25/month. While it may seem like a good offer on the surface, you’d end up paying $5 more per month total.
Consider the monthly plan price, which often makes (or breaks) the deal
Freedom and some other carriers try to strike a balance between plan and phone price, often using the plan price to subsidize the cost of the phone. This is a key thing to pay attention to when comparing prices at different carriers (and is exactly why Shaw Mobile happens to be cheaper than Freedom).
If you live in Alberta or B.C. and have Shaw internet, you can get a significant discount on a Shaw Mobile plan. Shaw charges the same monthly price as Freedom for the Pixel 6 ($30/month), while the Pixel 6 Pro is slightly more expensive than Freedom at $48/month. However, when you factor in the cost of the plan, things shift in Shaw’s favour
Those with a ‘Fibre+ Internet’ plan from Shaw get the Pixel 6 Pro for $48/month on a $45/month Unlimited plan, which works out to be cheaper than Freedom in the long run. Customers with the Fibre+ Gig Internet plan can get the Pixel 6 Pro for $55/month on a $25/month Unlimited plan which, once again, works out to be a little cheaper in the long run.
The comparison goes the other way when looking at offers from other carriers like Rogers or Telus. Using Rogers as an example since it’s the cheaper of the two, with the carrier’s current “discounted” offer customers would pay $1,179.12 for the Pixel 6 Pro over two years. That doesn’t include the minimum $80/month plan you’d need to get with the phone, which makes it way more than Freedom or Shaw. Plus, when Rogers’ promotional discount ends, you’ll end up paying a total of about $1,381 for the 6 Pro over two years (again, not including the $80/month plan).
You’d need to pay $46/mo or less for a smartphone plan to match Freedom’s deal
Finally, to put the pricing in perspective, I calculated how much you’d have to spend on a monthly plan to match Freedom’s pricing if you bought the phone outright from Google. It’s worth considering this since you need a plan to make the most of a phone anyway, and it’s another way to look at the deal.
The total cost of the Pixel 6 from Freedom, including the plan, is $1,920 over two years ($30/month for the phone and $50/month for the plan over 24 months). Buying the Pixel 6 outright costs $799, leaving you with $1,121 to spend on a plan over 24 months, or about $46.71 per month.
For the Pixel 6 Pro, you’re looking at $2,448 total ($42/month for the phone plus $60/month for the plan over 24 months). Buying the Pixel 6 Pro outright costs $1,179, which leaves you with $1,269 to spend on a plan over two years, or about $52.88/month.
Of course, pricing will likely change going forward. It’s possible another carrier will get cheaper with promotions, such as Black Friday deals. And typically carriers offer discounts on phones as they get older. For now though, barring any surprise pricing changes, Freedom’s one of the cheapest ways to get the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro with a carrier.
Geekbench shows M1 Max offers up to 181% faster graphics than previous 16-inch MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac
Apple this week unveiled the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, which are powered by Apple Silicon M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. An early benchmark already revealed that the M1 Max CPU delivers twice the performance of the M1 chip, and now a Metal score from Geekbench 5 shows that the M1 Max offers up to 181% faster graphics than the GPUs found in the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Another benchmark test run with the new MacBook Pro recently uploaded to the Geekbench website shows that the GPU of the M1 Max chip scored 68870 in the Geekbench 5 Metal test. According to the website, the score comes from the high-end version of the M1 Max chip with 64GB of RAM.
Another benchmark test performed with the new MacBook Pro shows that the GPU of the M1 Max chip scored 68870 in the Geekbench 5 Metal test. According to the website, the score comes from the high-end version of the M1 Max chip with 64GB of RAM.
When compared to the AMD Radeon Pro 5300M, which is the GPU found in the base model of the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel processor, the M1 Max chip has 181% faster graphics, as the AMD 5300M scores only 24461 in Geekbench 5. Even compared to the best GPU available for the previous model (which is AMD Radeon Pro 5600M), M1 Max still has 62% more powerful graphics.
This score puts the new MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip on par with the now-discontinued iMac Pro, which had a model equipped with the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU.
While the M1 Pro chip is available with 14-core and 16-core GPU, the M1 Max chip has a 32-core GPU with unified memory, which means it shares the same 32 or 64GB of RAM for graphics. Apple points out that the memory bandwidth speed reaches 400GB/s. This, of course, makes the new MacBook Pro more than ideal for graphics-intensive tasks.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are now available for pre-order, with the first units expected to ship next week.
Enter the Zuckerverse? Social media churns with new names for Facebook
Zuckerverse. Timesuck. Faceplant.
They’re just a few of the suggestions being bandied around online following reports that Facebook plans to rebrand itself with a new group name. The company refused to comment on rumor or speculation, of course, but the Twitterati had no problem.
The debate careered from sensible to screwball to strange.
“Meta” was one of the more sober trending suggestions, referring to Facebook’s reported desire to assume a name that focuses on the metaverse, a virtual environment where users can hang out.
Bookface, Facegram, Facetagram, FreeFace, FreeTalk, World Changer.
On the wilder side, Twitter user Dave Pell drew a comparison with musician Kanye West who recently changed his name to “Ye”.
“It would be awesome if Facebook changes its name to Ye,” he said.
Several humorous suggestions reflected online speculation that the alleged rebrand was driven by founder Mark Zuckerberg’s yearning to make Facebook “cool” once more.
The platform has been deserted by many younger users who have moved to apps like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, and has become increasingly populated by older people.
“Teenage Wasteland”, one wit suggested.
“The Old People’s App because that’s what us younger people call it,” college student Vittoria Esteves told Reuters in Rome.
“Boomerville”, suggested Marco, referring to so-called baby boomers born in the years following World War II.
The online naming feast was sparked by a report on the Verge tech site that a newly named group would act as a parent for all the company’s brands, including Facebook itself, Instagram and WhatsApp, and reflect a focus on virtual and augmented reality.
An announcement is expected next week, according to the report.
Many suggestions however reflected the public’s concern about how the company handles user safety and hate speech. Internal documents leaked by a whistleblower formed the basis for a U.S. Senate hearing last week.
“Fakebook”, for example. Tracebook.
Other people were sceptical whether a name change would be enough to detract from the growing legal and regulatory scrutiny that has tarnished the company’s reputation.
“It’s going to be the Barbra Streisand effect thing going on,” said 20-year old Glasgow student Thomas van der Hoven, referring to the phenomenon where seeking to suppress something inadvertently turbo-charges popular interest in it.
“So they’re going to try and change it, and then that’s just going to put the spotlight on the fact that they’re changing it. Why are they changing this?” he added. “So it’s probably going to spit back in their face at some point.”
(Reporting by Nivedita Balu and Antonio Denti; Additional reporting by Reuters newsrooms; Writing by Josephine Mason; Editing by Pravin Char)
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