Weekly Digest - 2021.25


Windows 11

Microsoft has announced Windows 11. Here are the most important features:

  • New UI, including new Start Menu,
  • The brand new store and support for Android apps on Windows,
  • Snap Layouts -  allowing to easily arrange multiple windows,
  • Faster and smaller updates,
  • Microsoft Teams and Xbox Game Pass are now built into the system,
  • Windows Widgets is an AI driven personalized feed,
  • Auto HDR adds HDR to DirectX 11 and 12 games,
  • Improved support for stylus and voice commands/dictating,
  • It's a FREE update!

It all looks very good, but there is one catch - the system requirements. Windows 11 will require a 64-bit PC with UEFI firmware that is Secure Boot capable. It also needs a  Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 module. Some versions of Windows also require an Internet connection to complete the setup process.

iPhone rumors

There are some new rumors surrounding the 2022 iPhones:

  • Apple will discontinue the 5.4-inch “mini” size,
  • There will be only 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch size,
  • Both new models will have improved wide-angle camera with 48 megapixels,
  • Apple may include an under the screen Touch ID sensor for some models,
  • Apple also plans to release a new iPhone SE that will support 5G.

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Weekly Digest - 2021.22


Stack Overflow sold

Stack Overflow has been sold for $1.8 billion to the tech investor Prosus. Stack Overflow is the most popular website for developer in the world. Its resources are invaluable and available to everyone for free. Hopefully with new investor nothing will change in that matter

Apple's unrealized plans

The trial battle between Apple and Epic gave us insight into the inner-workings of the Apple. One of the sources of information are internal emails. One email in particular is very interesting because it's an agenda for a Steve Jobs' meeting from August 2007. Back the Apple was working on some unreleased products:

  • 15-inch MacBook Air,
  • Mac tablet,
  • new iPod shuffle.

The 15-inch version of the MacBook Air has never been released or even rumored. The Mac Tablet is probably the iPad, which was released 3 years later. And the last, the iPod shuffle has never actually got an update.

Windows 11 is coming?

It looks like a new version of Windows is on the way. Microsoft announced a Windows event for June 24th. Software giant has been teasing this for a while, and it looks like it will be the biggest update in a decade. Recently Microsoft has been added  small, but cool features to the Windows, so hopefully the new version will follow this pattern.

Weekly Digest - 2021.12


macOS turns 20

20 years ago Apple introduced the Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah. It was, in someways, a limited operating system. But back then, it was just a foundation for things that came later. Apple based MacOS X  on UNIX, which later became a foundation for iOS and the rest is the history. With Cheetah Apple also introduced the classic Aqua interface. Aqua evolved throughout a years, especially in Mac OS 10.5 and recently in Big Sur, but the core functionality remained the same.  And that shows you how good the Cheetah was back then. Last year Apple introduced macOS 11, which will bring us to the new era of the macOS family.

Microsoft buys Discord?

The are rumors that Microsoft plans to buy an online communicator Discord. The accusation is supposedly valued more than $10 billion. This is interesting move from Microsoft because they already have Skype and Teams.  Since last year, Microsoft heavily invested in the latter, where the Skype felt behind. The question is whether Microsoft is going to invest into Discord or will it slowly die because of lack of any development?

Visual overhaul of Windows

Microsoft started refreshing the UI of the Windows. They started with the icons.

This is a first part of the Sun Valley project, that is going to rejuvenate Windows.

Spotify refreshed

Spotify released a new versions of the app for Desktop and the Web. The update brings a new UI that is more consistent and fell more native. Apple should take notes, because their Music app is really bad.


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Weekly Digest - 2020.42


Apple Event

Apple held their second fall event. And this is what has been announced:

iPhone 12 mini:

  • 5.4-inch OLED display (2340 x 1080 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $699

6.1-inch iPhone 12:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $799

iPhone 12 Pro:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $999

iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • 6.7-inch OLED display (2778 x 1284 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $1,099

HomePod mini

Apple also announced a small version of HomePod, called HomePod mini.

It will be available in 2 colors, white and space gray, for $99.

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