Insanely Powerful Intel i9 Chips Might Boost MacBooks This Year

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Intel is continuing to close the gap between notebook and desktop performance with its latest Core chips — some of which could end up in upcoming Mac devices. On Tuesday, the chipmaker unveiled the eighth generation of Core notebook processors based on the Coffee Lake platform. And with the new lineup of chips, Intel seems dead […]
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BreadBot is an insanely over-engineered gadget just for baking loaves of bread

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A machine baked me bread today, and it was delicious. BreadBot attempts to automate bread-making in order to bring fresh loaves to massive grocers, like Walmart and Kroger. The team behind it, Wilkinson Baking Company, has worked on developing a prototype for 10 years, and now, finally, it’s debuting the device at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week.

The bot mixes, kneads, rolls out, and bakes fresh loaves of bread. One loaf takes about 90 minutes from start to finish and the machine rolls out fresh bread throughout the day with the help of loads of sensors. BreadBot can create most breads, except for sticky ones, like cinnamon buns and raisin breads. The company is still working on figuring out sourdough, too. But let me tell you about…

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Porsche unveils its insanely fast Tesla Model X rival

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Porsche continues to target Tesla. After taking a swipe at the Model S, X and 3 maker last week, the German automaker just surprised us in Geneva with the Mission E Cross Turismo SUV (even though Porsche calls it a CUV, a cross utility vehicle). Watc…
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Ehang’s passenger-carrying drones look insanely impressive in first test flights

Two years ago, Chinese drone maker Ehang came to CES in Las Vegas and promised to build a completely autonomous, passenger-carrying quadcopter that would revolutionize mobility. Many of us in the tech community chortled under our breath, wondering if such a thing was even possible, let alone advisable. Today, the company released footage of its first piloted test flights in China — and color us impressed: this thing is no joke.

Ehang’s engineers put the quadcopter, dubbed the Ehang 184, through a battery of tests over the last several months, and with good measure. The company conducted over 1,000 test flights with human passengers, including a 984-foot (300-meter) vertical climb, a weight…

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Apple Begins Shipping the Insanely Powerful 18-Core iMac Pro

Just over six-weeks after pre-orders initially opened up, Apple on Wednesday morning began shipping the first batch of its top-of-the-line 18-core iMac Pro, which should reportedly start showing up on customers’ doorsteps by next Tuesday, February 6, MacRumors confirmed.

According to readers Anthony Berenato, Steve McKinnon, and several others over on the MacRumors iMac Pro discussion forum, Apple allegedly began sending out FedEx shipping notifications on Wednesday.

iMac Pro Specs

Boasting a trove of advanced features and industry firsts, including a powerful Intel Xeon CPU, super-fast ECC RAM, Apple’s T2 chip and more, the iMac Pro was released back in December to much fan-fare.

It’s truly a special — and especially powerful — all-in-one Mac computer, which the company designed to court professionals with demanding workflows, who require maximum precision, speed, and fluidity to conduct their work.

While a base-model iMac Pro with Intel’s 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of super-fast ECC memory, a 1TB SSD and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB memory will set you back a cool $ 4,999 — the model we’re talking about today is of the highly-upgraded configuration boasting Intel’s 2.3GHz 18-Core Xeon CPU, as much as 128GB of ECC memory, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with as much as 16GB of memory.

Here in the U.S., said configuration starts out at the base-price of $ 7,399, and goes all the way up to $ 13,199 for the ‘maxed-out’ model boasting an 18-core Xeon processor, 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

Worth noting is that back when the 18-core iMac Pro configuration first went up for pre-order on Apple’s website, the company quoted shipping estimates of 6-8 weeks; based on today’s notifications, that would put the first deliveries slightly ahead of their anticipated mid-February rollout.

Yes, some 18-core iMac Pro buyers were notified last month that their machines would be shipping by early January — however Apple was quick to notify customers of their false alarm in a follow-up email. Though, it seems today’s shipping updates are in fact the real deal.

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This Insanely Difficult Mod Makes the iPhone X Transparent

What if the iPhone’s casing was see-through? In lieu of the unlikeliness of Apple releasing such a device, some intrepid phone modders have created the next best thing.

To be clear, the process isn’t easy. It involves popping the back case off of an iPhone X. It’s a risky move, seeing as the glass can break and the attached cables are prone to being cut. And that’s not even including the possible damage to the device’s internal components, like the rear camera or the battery.

Once that part is over with, the only thing left to do is painstakingly scratch off the vinyl coating underneath the back glass. That’s even harder if one wants to keep the Apple logo intact.

If we’re being honest, you’re probably not going to try this on your own $ 1,000 device — and we definitely don’t recommend that you do. Luckily, you can see the entire process and the results in a recent video posted by YouTube channel EverythingApplePro.

It’s a neat idea in concept, although judging by the aesthetics of it, it’s probably not worth it. That’s especially true as the process of modifying the back casing itself is arduous, and it’s incredibly easy to irreparably damage a smartphone when doing so. Even if everything goes smoothly and as planned, it’ll still void your warranty and will break the iPhone’s waterproofing measures.

Still, the difficulty and the voided warranty hasn’t deterred niche enthusiasts who have undertaken the process with their own devices — even though the end result is less than impressive, at least on the iPhone X. That’s because of the way the phone is built with its wireless charging and shielding. Instead of seeing all the cool internal components of the device, you’ll just end up seeing a slab of silver metal and a black circular pad in the middle.

Besides, if you’d just like to see the innards of the iPhone X without taking it apart, you could just download these high-resolution wallpapers, courtesy of popular teardown site iFixit.

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Yubico’s new $60 YubiKey 4C Nano is insanely small and uses USB Type-C

We’re putting USB Type-C connectors on everything these days: phones, tablets, laptops, accessories – you name it. The latest USB-C product on the market comes in the form of the YubiKey 4C Nano, an astonishingly tiny authentication key that retails for $ 60. If you’ve got a laptop with a USB-C port and like to have additional security, this is absolutely worth taking a look at.

Yubico already sells a USB-C-equipped key called the YubiKey 4C, but it’s enormous compared to the new Nano, and it doesn’t look like it’d be particularly practical to carry around on something like a laptop.

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HP unveils its insanely upgradeable Z-class workstations

No matter how great your latest PC build is, HP's new Z Workstation lineup can probably top it. The company's latest Z8, Z6 and Z4 desktop workstations are its most powerful and ridiculously upgradeable ever, it says. The top-end Z8 features 24 RAM s…
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This insanely fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper – and kill hundreds of jobs

A robotic sewing system will soon produce hundreds of thousands of shirts for Adidas, which could potentially change textile manufacture. The machine — called a “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was still best-suited to humans with sewing machines. According to Softwear: The machines use a combination of cameras and needles to track the placement of a fabric before sewing the apparel at a reported higher level of accuracy than the human eye. Here’s what the Sewbot looks like in action,…

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