Apple announced the updated iPad Mini and New Air at the beginning of the week, but the reviews are already rolling out. We take a look at them and more in today's press release on March 21, 2019.
Apple has announced a new product per day during the first three days of the week, but not today. Instead, we got a handful of reviews for the new iPads.
- Rene Ritchey from iMore had a good time at the Mini (and threw some thoughts on the new Airen there too). [iMore]
- After Air replaced the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Engadget called the new Air "just Pro enough." Nice. [Engadget]
- Engadget also went hands-on with the new iPad Mini, calling it "good" but "not as important as it used to be." Tough but fair. [Engadget]
- On the opposite side of the coin, The Verge's Nilay Patel Mini loved saying it has "no competition" (truth!) And generally promises only the little guy. [The Verge]
- Six colors also seemed to like the Mini, which gives the title "a modern version of a small classic." Sounds right to me. [Six Colors]
- Finally, Wired called it an "old friend" and welcomed the Mini back with open arms. How cute. [Wired]
- In the news that was not related to the iPad Mini, a new pair of zero day Safari exploits was found, one of which enables a complete takeover of a Mac. Oof. [9to5Mac]
Overall, the reviews for the Mini are incredibly positive. Back in the day I had the second generation (maybe?) Mini, and I loved it; this new looks pretty appealing, but with the 9.7-inch model costing less, it feels like there will still be a tough sale for most users.
Microsoft and Windows News
Like most days, Microsoft has been silent today. But there is one small thing …
- If you dream of a recordless Xbox One, you might be successful on May 7th. Oh yeah. [The Verge]
That's pretty much it. I'm still personally on the fence about my feelings on a disk-free console, but hey, it's worth a shot. As long as manufacturers want to offer both versions for us old curmudgeons that will give up our records when you prey on our cold, dead hands, I go into the idea.
Google and Android News
Google Maps on the Web is getting better, it was an Android vulnerability that went unpainted for five years, and Google Podcast got some love.
- Google Maps on the web has seen the same for a while, even though its mobile counterparts saw to patch updates. Today, the web version of Maps gets a Material Makeover. & # 39; At the time. [Androd Police]
- Talk about Google web apps, the Google Podcasts app is now available on the web! It's pretty basic right now, but it's the Android app, so it makes sense. [9to5Google]
- Bad news: An Android vulnerability went unpunished for five years – it was present in all versions from KitKat (4.4) and over. Good news: it's fixed now. That was close. [Wired]
Everyone jokes aside, a vulnerability left unmatched for half a decade is … pretty bad. Especially when taking into account the scope of the threat: it was a chrome-based error, so it affected several different browsers on Android. Pretty scary things, but at least it's fixed now.
Let's talk about something important here: Cuphead. It comes to Switch. Also! There are some new Dyson things, like a lamp. The handheld vacuum also has a nice little update. The best thing about this little section? AT & T CEO received a robo call during a presentation. What a time to live in. It's also my favorite news from the last 24 hours.
- Almost soon you can play Cuphead – which has long been an Xbox / Windows exclusive game switch. It will also have Xbox Live support. It's pretty row. [The Verge]
- AT & T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke at an event in Washington D.C. when he called. A robocall. Maybe they will actually start doing something about this crap now? [9to5Mac]
- Dyson releases a daylight light bulb that matches the light outside. That way you never have to go out again. [Gizmodo]
- Dyson also announced some updated vacuum cleaners with common things: more suction power, better battery life etc. The coolest part? The higher end model has an LCD screen with battery reading. Welcome to the future. [Engadget]
- If you use Facebook Messenger for group messaging, you will soon be able to use an excellent feature to break up your conversations: threaded answers. Now just convince your friends and family to use it. Godspeed. [Engadget]
- If you want to work on Square's new upcoming crypto competition and if you really want it, the company will pay you in bitcoin. Wow. [Engadget]
- Windows Central author Russell Holly joined the new Oculus Rift S, where he called it a "modest but critical update." Judging by the smile on his face in this header I think he really liked it. [Windows Central]
I always like to talk about lovely subjects like new vacuum cleaners and upcoming VR headsets. Too often technical subjects seem to be filled with stupidity and gloom (or worse, FUD), so substances like these are refreshing. Now if you will excuse me, I have to make sure that all my 14 Android devices are patched from the five-year vulnerability.