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Apple M2 Max leaked benchmark gets us excited for MacBook Pros in 2023

Apple’s M2 Max chip, which will succeed the current M1 Max , has been spotted in leaked benchmarks giving us an idea of how much faster the next-gen variant might be. As Wccftech reports, this comes in the form of Geekbench results picked up by Benchleaks on Twitter, which as always with leaks, we should be suitably cautious around. Apple M2 Max November 30, 2022 See more In Geekbench, the M2 Max racked up a tally of 1,889 points for single-core, and in multi-core pushed ahead to 14,586. Comparing that to the current M1 Max, which hits about 1,750 and 12,200 respectively, meaning that the M2 Max is shaping up to be around 8% quicker for single-core, and 20% more speedy in terms of multi-core performance. Analysis: A tidy potential performance boost It should be no real surprise that the M2 Max takes apparent further strides forward with multi-core performance, given that this chip runs with 12-cores (as shown in the Geekbench

December's PS Plus Essential lineup has leaked – and it includes this top RPG trilogy

Fans of action RPGs might have another reason to celebrate this holiday season as, according to a recent leak, PlayStation Plus's free games lineup for December includes the acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy. The leak comes via French netizen billbil-kun, of business tips forum Dealabs , who has previously accurately leaked PlayStation Plus Essential free games on numerous occasions. If their information stands true, we can expect Biomutant and Divine Knockout to accompany the complete remastered trilogy of Mass Effect (available now as Mass Effect Legendary Edition ) when the PS Plus free games for December land on December 6. A Christmas miracle? (Image credit: EA) While it’s an exciting prospect that Ps Plus subscribers might get their hands on a free copy of one of the most highly-regarded action RPGs of the last two decades, you’d be wise to approach this news with caution until an official announcement is made by Sony. However, there are many reasons to be cautiou

Samsung Galaxy S23 could land in early February with an extremely high price

There’s probably not long to wait now until the Samsung Galaxy S23 series launches, with these phones expected to land in early 2023, and more specifically they might land in February. That’s according to “a Samsung Electronics executive with knowledge of the matter,” speaking to the Korea JoongAng Daily , in a report spotted by The Verge . They reportedly claimed that “the S23 series will be shown during our own Unpacked event in the United States, which will be held in February,” and while they didn’t get more specific than that, the site cited local media outlets as saying that the Galaxy S23 line will be unveiled in San Francisco in the first week of February. So the Samsung Galaxy S23 – along with the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra – might only be around two months away, at the time of writing if this is accurate, but they might also be very expensive. These are high-end handsets, so they’re never cheap, but the Korea JoongAng Daily additionally claims that the Galaxy

Today could be the most fraudulent day of the year

Today could be the most fraudulent day of the year, according to the cybersecurity startup SEON.  Following hot on the heels of Black Friday is Cyber Monday - the day when retailers encourage consumers to shop online, rather than in the store. Since its inception, Cyber Monday has become just as important for the retail industry as its forebear, and one that cybercriminals equally seek to take advantage of - perhaps more so.  Fraud attempts on Cyber Monday far exceed fraud attempts on a “regular” Monday, but this year we could be looking at a record-breaker. In its latest report, SEON predicted a 100% increase in fraud attempts on Cyber Monday, making it a much bigger threat than Black Friday, for which the company anticipated a 57% increase. Bot programs and fake profiles The company bases these claims on proprietary data. Apparently, it processed 26% more transactions on Black Friday, compared to a “normal” Friday, and saw a 57% increase in declined transaction rates.  In contr

Open-source security really shouldn't be this leaky

As businesses become increasingly reliant on free and open source (FOSS) software, unnecessary risks to their security posture are being taken.  That's according to the latest report from software supply chain security firm Sonatype, which paints a dire picture of the types of open-source software that businesses are relying on, perhaps as a means to cut software costs . As per the company's State of the Software Supply Chain Report, now in its eighth year, developers download 1.2 billion vulnerable dependencies every month, and of that number, 96% have had a non-vulnerable alternative. A surge in OSS supply chain attacks Attacking open-source repositories that are later downloaded and integrated into corporate software is a clear example of a supply chain cyberattack.  With some 1,500 dependency changes per application every year, maintaining open-source ecosystems puts a great deal of pressure on developers, and mistakes are always going to be made. Perhaps as a resu

Still looking for a Sony WH-1000XM4 deal? Here's the best one on Cyber Monday

If you're hankering after a set of Sony's excellent WH-1000XM4 over-ear wireless noise-cancellers this Cyber Monday , you're not alone – it's one of the most searched for products of the season. And we're here for it. We have to tell you that briefly (oh, so briefly!) yesterday, they did drop to $193 at Amazon... but that fleeting and euphoric moment passed in the blink of an eye.  However, they can still be found for $228 in blue, at Amazon, and also via a couple of other online retailers, including in both black and silver at Crutchfield (a deal which ends today) and in all colorways (black, blue and silver) for that $228 low price at Best Buy .  In the UK, the best deal is £219 at Amazon (from £350) – although again, we have to tell you that they have in the past dipped to £201.99 (September last year, to be precise) and we haven't seen that this year… We're unlikely to, though – thanks inflation.  US: The best Sony WH-1000XM4 deal Sony

Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti GPU could arrive soon – but at what cost?

Nvidia’s RTX 4070 Ti has been spotted in an online filing of multiple models from Gigabyte, indicating that we might see the graphics card released soon enough, as previous rumors have suggested. Gigabyte filed the various RTX 4070 Ti models with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), as flagged up by @harukaze5719, a regular leaker on Twitter (via VideoCardz ), and this typically happens not long before products are launched. GIGABYTE RTX 4070 TiGV-N407TAORUS M-12GDGV-N407TAORUS E-12GD GV-N407TGAMING OC-12GDGV-N407TGAMING-12GDGV-N407TAERO OC-12GDGV-N407TAERO-12GDGV-N407TEAGLE OC-12GDGV-N407TEAGLE-12GD November 28, 2022 See more The RTX 4070 Ti variants filed are as follows: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Aorus Master (GV-N407TAORUS M-12GD) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Aorus Elite (GV-N407TAORUS E-12GD) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Gaming OC (GV-N407TGAMING OC-12GD) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Gaming (GV-N407TGAMING 12GD)

The Huawei Mate X3 should be arriving soon to take on the Z Fold 4

If you're keen on foldable phones but aren't fully convinced by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 , then there should soon be another of these innovative devices available to buy: the Huawei Mate X3 is apparently now ready for mass production and should show up soon. That's according to tipster Wangzai Knows Everything (via Notebookcheck ), and the word is that it will follow the design aesthetic laid down by Samsung quite closely – as well as potentially cost significantly less than its rival. There may be some compromises along the way, with rumors that the handset will have to make do with 4G rather than 5G. It should come running the latest high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor though. What we know so far We don't actually know much at all about what the Huawei Mate X3 is going to bring with it, though some clues might be offered up by what we've previously seen on the Huawei Mate X2 , which made its debut in February 2021. That's nearly two years

Intel’s faster Raptor Lake flagship CPU spotted at retailer – and it looks pricey

Intel’s incoming Core i9-13900KS, which will be a new version of the Raptor Lake flagship CPU – one capable of boost to 6GHz right out of the box , no overclocking needed – could be over 20% more expensive than the current 13900K. As VideoCardz highlighted, this is going by a tweet from hardware leaker @momomo_us who picked up on the 13900KS – and other inbound Raptor Lake processors – being listed at retailer PC Canada (keep your skeptical head firmly on, naturally). 🤔 November 26, 2022 See more The 13900KS is priced at $927 Canadian Dollars, and comparing that to the price of the existing 13900K at the same retailer, that’s a 22% markup. A bunch of other Raptor Lake processors are listed and priced here, models which have already been leaked previously ( by Microsoft in fact ). They include the Core i3-13100 at the other end of the spectrum from the 13900KS, a quad-core processor marked up at $207 Canadian Dollars (or

Amazon's best-selling standing desk is even cheaper for Cyber Monday

Update: Amazon reduced the price of this standing desk by .... $0.01. Right now, you can save $130 off the FEZIBO electric adjustable height standing desk at Amazon . That brings its price down to just $199.98, making it one of the cheapest standing desk deals we've seen for Cyber Monday. Note that you need to be an Amazon Prime member to access this price as it is a Prime Exclusive. Many of us have shifted to working from home during the last couple of years, and if your home office furniture is starting to show the strain, Cyber Monday 2022 is a great opportunity to upgrade and this standing desk - Amazon's best-selling one - seems to be a no-brainer. An electric desk like this gives you the option to switch between sitting and standing, and pick the perfect height for comfortable working. It's controlled via a convenient keypad on the right-hand side, and you can save three presets for quick access. Oh and don't forget to check out our Cyber Monday office cha

Drop everything: Apple MacBook Air M1 Cyber Monday deal is the cheapest we've ever seen

This MacBook Air M1 deal may be the best Cyber Monday deal we've ever seen, with Amazon cutting the price of the base model to just £829 - the cheapest we've ever seen it. In the US, we've seen a similarly low deal for the M1 MacBook Air for just $734.99 , though this is with a smaller 128GB SSD (the UK model has double at 256GB). The US model is also refurbished. (Not in the UK or US? Scroll down for deals in your region). The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has been our pick for the best laptop in the world since it launched two years ago, only having recently been replaced with the newer M2 model (which is also more expensive). We've seen a couple of MacBook Air M1 deals quickly go out of stock, and none of them are as cheap as this one, and you're not going to find a laptop this good for this cheap anywhere else, as far as we're concerned. Stock is selling out fast, however! Today's best MacBook Air deals MacBook Air (M1, 2020): was £999 now

The iPhone 15 Pro could get solid-state volume and power buttons

The iPhone 15 is still a long way off, but we've already heard numerous rumors about it. New to the pile is an analyst prediction that the Pro models are going to get solid-state, haptic buttons that don't physically move and sit flush with the body of the phones. That's as per Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O'Malley, based in part on comments made by Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth (via MacRumors ). Cirrus Logic already supplies some of the haptic technology that is in the current iPhones. The company has mentioned new components coming to market in the second half of next year, which coincidentally is when Apple is going to be bringing out new iPhones, and... well, you can see why people are joining the dots. Click or twist These buttons use vibrations to simulate the sensation of them being touched, even though they don't actually move – see also the trackpads on newer MacBook models, and the home buttons on the recent iPhone SE phones. This backs

Windows 11 gaming bug has been cured – but not for everyone

Windows 11’s latest version has suffered at the hands of a bug that messes quite badly with gaming performance for some users, leading to the 22H2 update being blocked on those PCs to prevent the problem manifesting – but the good news is that upgrade block has now been partially lifted. In case you missed this one, the Windows 11 22H2 bug in question caused “lower than expected performance” with some games (and indeed other software), including stuttering frame rates (a seriously off-putting phenomenon). This was due to GPU debugging features errantly being used on the affected PCs. As Neowin noticed, Microsoft has not actually fixed this issue – yet – but has added a fresh note to its release health dashboard which states the following: “The safeguard hold with the safeguard ID of 41990091 has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices which have one of the small subset of games and apps which are still affected by this issue.” What this means is that a lot of Windows 11

Black Friday Laptop Deals Under $299

Black Friday is finally here! The massive savings event is upon us and we're here to sift through the clutter and help you snag your next laptop and a bargain price. We're seeing huge savings to be had on laptops of ll kinds, from Chromebooks to 2-in-1 foldables.  Whether you're after a laptop that'll enable you to work on the go or a durable laptop you sling in your backpack and power through your classes there's a deal out there for you. If you're a little unsure of what laptop might be best for you, our best laptop for students and our best business laptops are worth checking out.  With so many deals flooding the market it can be overwhelming to even start your search, but we're here with our list of the best laptop deals under $299 this Black Friday. Check out our list of the Best Black Friday Macbook deals if you're after Apple's premium laptops.   HP 11.6-inch Chromebook: was $98 now $79 at Walmart Laptops don't get mu