Apple just announced a refreshed iPad Mini and new Air earlier in the week, but reviews are already starting to surface. We will address these questions and more in today’s news briefing for March 21, 2019.
Apple announced a new product daily for the first three days of the week, but not today. Instead, we received several reviews of the new iPads.
Rene Ritchie of iMore took a good look at the Mini (and also thought about the new Air). [больше]
Continuing to replace the Air with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Engadget called the new Air «Pro Enough». [ Engadget ]
Engadget also got into the hands of the new iPad Mini, calling it «great» but «not as important as it used to be.» Tough but fair. [ Engadget ]
On the opposite side of that coin, The Verge’s Nilay Patel loved the Mini, saying it has «no competition» (really!), and generally just praising the little guy. [ Грани ]
The six colors also seemed to appeal to the Mini, giving it the heading «a modern take on a little classic.» Sounds right to me. [ Шесть Цветов ]
Finally, Wired called him an «old friend» and welcomed the Mini with open arms. How cute. [ Проводной ]
In non-iPad Mini news, a new pair of zero-day Safari exploits have been uncovered, one of which allows a Mac to be completely taken over. Phew. [ 9to5Mac ]
Overall, reviews of the Mini are unsurprisingly positive. I had a second generation (maybe?) Mini in those days and loved it; this new model looks quite attractive, but with the 9.7-inch model being cheaper, I feel it will still be a challenge for most users.
Microsoft and Windows News
Like most days, Microsoft was silent today. But there is one little thing…
If you’re dreaming of an Xbox One without discs, you might be in luck on May 7th. Oh boy. [ Грани ]
That’s quite a lot. I’m still personally on the fence about my feelings on a non-disc console, but hey, it’s worth a shot. As long as the makers want to offer both versions for us old fools who will refuse our CDs when you take them out of our cold, dead hands, I’m in the idea.
Google and Android news
Google Maps on the web is getting prettier, there’s an Android vulnerability that hasn’t been patched for five years, and Google Podcast has gotten some love.
Google Maps on the web has looked the same for a while, even though their mobile counterparts have seen updates to update. The web version of Maps is getting a Makeover today. «Time. [ Полиция Андрода ]
Speaking of Google web apps, the Google Podcasts app is now available on the web! It’s pretty easy now, but an Android app makes sense too. [ 9to5Google ]
The bad news is that the Android vulnerability has not been patched for five years — it was present in all versions of KitKat (4.4) and higher. Good news: it’s fixed. It was close. [ Проводной ]
Joking aside, a vulnerability left unpatched for half a century is… pretty bad. Especially when you consider the severity of the threat: it was a Chromium-based flaw, so it affected several different browsers on Android. Pretty scary stuff, but at least it’s fixed now.
All the rest
Let’s talk about something vital: Cuphead. It fits the Switch. Also! There are some new Dyson items, such as a lamp. The handheld vacuum cleaner also received a small update. However, the best thing about this little section? The CEO of AT&T received a robocall during the presentation. What a time to be alive. Besides, this is my favorite piece of news from the last 24 hours.
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to play Cuphead — a longtime Xbox/Windows exclusive — on Switch. There will also be support for Xbox Live. It’s pretty happy. [ Грани ]
AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson was speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. when he received a call. Robocall. Can they really start doing something about this shit now? [ 9to5Mac ]
Dyson releases a fluorescent lamp that matches the light outside. This way you never have to go outside again. [ Gizmodo ]
Dyson also announced some updated vacuum cleaners with the usual stuff: more suction power, better battery life, etc. The coolest part? The higher model has an LCD screen with a battery indicator. Welcome to the future. [ Engadget ]
If you’re using Facebook Messenger for group messaging, you’ll soon be able to use a great feature to end your conversations: multi-threaded replies. Now just convince your friends and family to use it. godspeed. [ Engadget ]
If a you want to work on the new upcoming Square cryptocurrency, and if you really want it, the company will pay you in bitcoin. Wow. [ Engadget ]
Windows Central writer Russell Holley got his hands on the new Oculus Rift S, where he called it a «modest but critical update.» Judging by the smile on his face in the title, I think he really enjoyed it. [ Windows Central ]
I always like to talk about lighthearted topics like new vacuum cleaners and new VR headsets. Too often, tech topics seem filled with doom and gloom (or worse, FUD), so topics like this are refreshing. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to make sure all 14 of my Android devices are patched with this five year old vulnerability.