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Google has announced that it is shutting down its internal game development division- Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E) to refocus on building Stadia as a technology platform.

In a blog post, Phil Harrison, VP and GM of Google Stadia said, “Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially.”

“Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term…


Apple has steadfastly stuck with a single biometric authentication method on its new iPhones — Face ID. In the era of frantic hand sanitising and wearing face masks daily, though, it can be a hassle having to enter your passcode manually and constantly throughout the day. However, the upcoming iOS 14.5 update (now in developer beta) introduces a new, handy trick to unlock your iPhone — with the condition you own an Apple Watch.

If you remember, Apple changed how Face ID worked with a face mask on in the April release of iOS 13.5. …


Apple has taken the wraps off its first over-ear headphones (Beats by Dre, excluded)-the AirPods Max, previously rumoured to be called AirPods Studio. Uniquely designed, the AirPods Max injects the magic of the best-selling AirPods, including the power of computational audio thanks to powerful H1 chips. The headphones feature Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Transparency mode, and spatial audio. Available in five colours including space grey, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, the AirPods Max delivers up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC and spatial audio enabled.

From the get-go, the AirPods Max looks unique-from the breathable…


It’s officially here. ‘s little M1 chip is a big deal. First, signalling Apple’s baby steps in its two-year transition to ARM-based Apple Silicon. Second, bringing the biggest leap in performance and efficiency ever for the Mac, built on cutting-edge 5nm process technology and packing 16 billion transistors. And this… is just the beginning.

Apple isn’t new to this silicon game, having been designing blazing chips for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This SoC, however, is new to the Mac.

So, what’s inside this fascinating system on a chip?

The clear benefits of a SoC is a greater level…


It’s incredible how much the semiconductor space, specifically in desktop computing, has changed over the past few years. Intel has been a dominant player for the better part until AMD’s Zen and subsequently Zen 2 architecture came into the picture. For the longest time, quad-core processors ruled the roost. Now we’re talking six, eight, ten cores, and more. Most importantly, prices have been driven down to the benefit of consumers.

AMD can be credited for this change. The chipmaker has really pushed the boundaries of late with its Zen 2 architecture and 7nm process. In its product line up, the…


I believe that just like coffee, you can never have too much storage. As it is, I’m already running out of storage on my PC rig which I use for work and gaming. Those Steam installs and 4K video files, they fill up fast. Western Digital Malaysia recently dropped me their mainstream WD Blue SN550 NVMe m.2 SSD for review. It’s super affordable. But is it good? Read on.

I run a combination of NVMe m.2 SSDs, SATA SSDs and regular hard disk drives. I am looking to migrate to a full SSD-based setup though.

Externally, I have a two-bay…


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The rumours are true. Apple is making the massive transition from Intel architecture to its custom-designed chips across all its hardware products. You can expect to see the first Apple Silicon Macs in the market by the end of the year. But guess what, there’s already a Mac mini with an Apple A12Z Bionic chip.

At WWDC20, Apple showcased the ARM chip effortless taking on Final Cut Pro and editing three streams of 4K Pro Res video, on a 6K Pro Display XDR.

The key to making a successful transition is, of course, the availability of native (Universal) apps. Apple…


Mark this date: 23 June 2020. In one of four seismic shifts in its colourful history, Apple announced at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC20) that it will transition the Mac to its own ARM-based silicon. The first Mac with Apple silicon is expected to ship out by end of the year and Apple has quoted a two-year timeline for a full transition. Apple still has new Intel-based Macs in development.

Why transition to ARM and why now?

“Why are we going to do this?” “Didn’t we just get through going from OS 9 to OS X? Isn’t the business great right now? Why do we want another transition…


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I don’t want to wear a face mask because the coronavirus will not infect me.

I don’t want to wear a face mask because the coronavirus can’t infect me.

I don’t want to wear a face mask because I’m going to die some time, some day, anyway.

I don’t want to wear a face mask because I can’t breathe properly in it.

I don’t want to wear a face mask because I’m just going out for five minutes.

I don’t want to wear a face mask because it messes with my hair.

I don’t want to wear a face mask…


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Apple’s 2020 notebook line-up is the strongest it has had in years, headlined by the 16-inch MacBook Pro, flanked by the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Drilling down each model and variants, there are more options than you’ll ever need. Making the right choice can be tricky. As I discovered in my previous 2020 MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro post, the lines are truly blurred and it boils down to what you intend to do with your Mac, and which ultimately, is best for you.

So, here I pit Apple’s best Mac notebook yet — the flagship 16-inch MacBook…

Vernon Chan

Founder/chief editor of Vernonchan.com. A graphic designer by profession with a deep love for technology, cars, gadgets, food, and travel. Tweets too much.

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