🗓️ Welcome to your DGiT Monthly! This is the wrap of November from our tech point of view, with all the news and views, and thoughts on what it all meant.
It's now the festive month for many of us ahead and now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, the tech world tends to last gasp releases, end of year thoughts on bests and worsts, helping out with gift guides for family and friends, and typically, gearing up for CES
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Here's what mattered in November:
There's no question the biggest thing out of November was the new Apple Macs sporting the new Apple Silicon, dubbed the M1 chip.
While the launch event was actually surprisingly quick and muted, with unlabelled graphs and strangeness. But the reaction from the tech world to the devices in real-world testing has been enormous.
The new MacBooks nor the Mac Mini somehow didn't fix the mistakes of the Intel-generation.
But none of that really matters because it's the same as the Intel. It's the chipset that matters for its performance and efficiency.
By now the brief early reviews have been washed over by people who've spent longer with the device. The biggest concerns were for those outside of the Apple ecosystem, who prefer to use Google Chrome, Slack or Teams, Dropbox, 1Password, and Zoom, instead of Safari, and FaceTime. Those apps are not yet native, running emulated x86 code. And still, the M1 Macs are ...fine.
Ars Technica wasn't sent a MacBook laptop to review, so waited until a writer had a chance to buy one and review that.
It's one of the better reviews that didn't rush out as soon as the embargo dropped, and it's not overly technical, just straightforward what it's like to own and use.
That's it. That's the story. Whatever Apple does next, with its Macbook Pro 16-inch size variant, next iMac, next Mac Pro, that's when the gloves will be off. And I think we already know who wins the next few rounds? But the vast expanse of PC land will fight back.
👨💻 A pro-Trump Twitter troll posted fundraising pleas for a child he said had cancer. Debunking-Twitter pounced. A tale of collateral damage in the disinformation age. (Wired).
🐘 An Atlas of the Cosmos: We’ve mapped Mars, the Moon, the solar system, even our own galaxy. Next? The entirety of the cosmos. (Longreads).
🧠 Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies and the geniuses who understand our minds (The Guardian).
🛍 The $2B Mall Rats: How three hedge fund managers went against Wall Street convention, placing a billion-dollar bet on the demise of the American shopping mall (Esquire).
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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