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iPad mini-reviews, AT & T boss gets Robocall and more



Apple has just announced the updated iPad Mini and the new Air earlier this week, but reviews are already starting to run. We take a look at this and more in today's news release for March 21, 2019.

Apple News

Apple has announced a new product per day for the first three days of the week, but not today. Instead, we got some reviews for the new iPads.

  • Rene Ritchey from iMore had a good attitude towards the Mini (and also had some thoughts about the new Air). [iMore]
  • Following the replacement of Air's 1
    0.5-inch iPad Pro, Engadget called the new Air "just pro-pro". Nice. [Engadget]
  • The new iPad Mini was also described by Engadget as "great", but described as "not as important as it used to be". Hard but fair. [Engadget]
  • On the opposite side of this coin, Nilay Patel of The Verge loved the Mini. He said he has "no competition" (truth!) And praised the little guy in general. [The Verge]
  • Six Colors, too, seemed to like the Mini and gave the headline "A modern version of a little classic". Sounds right to me. [Six Colors]
  • Finally Wired called it an "old friend" and greeted the Mini with open arms. How sweet. [Wired]
  • News that has nothing to do with the iPad Mini found two new zero-day safari exploits, one of which allows full Mac ownership. Oof. [9to5Mac]

Overall, the reviews for the Mini are not surprisingly positive. Back then I had the second generation (maybe?) Mini, and I loved it. While this new one looks pretty appealing, with the 9.7-inch model, which costs less, I feel it will still be a heavy sale to most users.

Microsoft and Windows News

Like most days, Microsoft was quiet today. But there is one more thing …

  • If you dream of an Xbox One without a disc, you may already be lucky on May 7th. Oh boy. [The Verge]

That's pretty much it. I'm still personally on the fence about my feelings on a disc without a console, but hey, it's worth a try. As long as the manufacturers want to offer both versions for us old Curmudgeons who give up our discs, when you lift them out of our cold, dead hands, I came up with the idea.

Google and Android News

Google Maps The Web is getting prettier, there was an Android vulnerability that was not patched for five years, and Google Podcast got a bit in love.

  • Google Maps on the web looked the same for a while, even though his mobile colleagues found seductive updates. Today, the web version of Maps gets a material makeover. B Battle Time [Androd Police]
  • Regarding Google's web apps, the Google Podcasts app is now available on the web! It's pretty straightforward at the moment, but the Android app also makes sense. [9to5Google]
  • Bad news: An Android vulnerability has not been resolved for five years. It was available in every version of KitKat (4.4) and higher. Good news: It is fixed now. That was close. [Wired]

Apart from the joke, a vulnerability that was not patched for half a decade … is pretty bad. Especially if you consider the scope of the threat: It is a Chromium-based bug, so that several different browsers on Android were affected. Pretty scary stuff, but at least it's fixed now.

Everything Else

Let's talk about something important here: Cuphead. It comes to switch. Likewise! There are some new Dyson things, like a lamp. The hand vacuum cleaner also received a nice little update. The best in this little section, however? The AT & T CEO received a robocall during a presentation. What a time to live. This is also my favorite message from the last 24 hours.

  • Soon you can play Cuphead, which has long been an exclusive Xbox / Windows game, on Switch. There will also be support for Xbox Live. That's pretty nice. [The Verge]
  • AT & T boss Randall Stephenson spoke at an event in Washington DC when he received a phone call. A robocall. Maybe they will start doing something against this crap now? [9to5Mac]
  • Dyson brings out a daylight lantern that matches the light outside. That way, you'll never have to go outside again. [Gizmodo]
  • Dyson has also announced a few updated vacuum cleaners with the usual things: more wicking, better battery life, etc. The coolest part? The high-end model has a battery-powered LCD screen. Welcome in the future. [Engadget]
  • If you use Facebook Messenger for group messaging, you'll soon be able to use a great feature to break your conversations: Threaded Answers. Now convince your friends and family to use it. Godspeed [Engadget]
  • If you want to work on Square's new coming cryptocurrency and if you really want the company will pay you in Bitcoin. Impressive. [Engadget]
  • The author of Windows Central, Russell Holly, used the new Oculus Rift S, in which he described it as a "modest but critical update". [Windows Central]

I always enjoy talking about light-hearted topics like new vacuum cleaners and future VR headsets. Too often, technical issues seem to be filled with evil and gloom (or worse, FUD), so those topics are refreshing. If you apologize now, I need to make sure that all 14 Android devices are patched from this five-year vulnerability.


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