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High Sierra

macOS High Sierra Update

High Sierra

Released September 2017

The latest operating system released by Apple is High Sierra. Even though it’s technically a new OS, it’s more of just an upgrade on top of Sierra. Sierra was a very clean system that ran quite smooth so it will be interesting what this new software will bring to the table (the good or the bad).

New Features

A new file system

New video compression standard — (HEVC)

Next-gen graphics processor — (Metal 2)

Updated applications — (Safari, Photos, Mail)

 

Apple File System:

“Your data is under new management”

Apple has decided to change the way their computers store your files. Utilizing flash technology to create a more advanced file system. Available to every Mac with all-flash internal storage.

Benefits:

  • Future proof  using a new 64-bit architecture to be able to utilize the flash technology now while being ready for the next innovation
  • Responsive – Able to speed through tasks at record time
  • Security – Ability to use the built-in encryption, crash-safe protections, and simpler data backups.

 

HEVC

“The new industry standard HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding)”

“Up to 40% better compression than the current standard”

Metal 2

 

This new software allows apps to take full advantage of a systems GPU. Adding new capabilities not thought of for Mac-like, virtual reality, machine learning, and even external GPU support.

 

Is your Mac Compatible?

The following models can run the latest OS version.

MacBook Pro: 2010 and later

MacBook Air: 2010 and later

MacBook: late 2009 and later

iMac: late 2009 and later

Mac Pro: 2010 and later

Mac Mini: 2010 and later

 

 

 

iPhone_X

Apple’s New iPhone X – Built by Samsung

Apple vs Samsung

In the smartphone and tech industry there are no greater rivals than Apple and Samsung. Apple’s new smartphone the iPhone X, (available starting November 3rd), is the latest in the two companies trying to one up each other.

However…

Samsung is actually making quite a profit on each iPhone X sold. This is because Samsung is in contract with Apple to supply the components required to build each phone.

Samsung built components:

  • OLED display -(iPhone X)
  • Batteries -(iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8s)
  • Chipsets and Processors-(iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8s)

Samsung has a contract to supply around 160 million OLED displays to Apple. Originally the contract was for 100 million and was estimated to be worth $2.59 billion.

 

Who’s winning in this smart phone competition?

Since the Steve Jobs era at Apple, it seems like Samsung is taking the lead. This is greatly due to using new and innovative technology in phones as well as their other market sectors, like kitchen appliances. Apple has stuck with using tested and true technology. Meaning you’re not going to get the newest or fastest hardware, but you will get a device that works like you expect it to.

I can feel confident in my decision to switch over to Samsung for my smart phone needs a few years ago. When I look at the new iPhones being pushed out each year I can’t help but say what’s new or different from the last one?

Threadripper 1950x

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x

AMD’s newest processor the Ryzen Threadripper 1950x is their most powerful cpu to compete against rivals Intel.

Threadripper 1950x Specifications

Number of CPU Cores:

16  

Number of Threads:

32

Base Clock Speed:

3.4GHz

Max Turbo Core Speed

4GHz

Total L1 Cache:

1.5MB

Total L2 Cache:

8MB

Total L3 Cache:

32 MB

 

Default TDP/TDP:

180W

Max Temps:

68°C

Cost

$999.99 USD

Performance

Comparing the Threadripper 1950x to the comparable Core i9-7900x from Intel we see the following results.

The 1950x scores much better in Cinebench and is able to encode video at a faster frame rate. However, the Core i9-7900x gets the win in Geekbench and PCMark 8 scores.

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for a new CPU and you do a lot of content creating, then we say to go with the Threadripper. Now if you are more geared toward gaming, then yes Intel’s Core i9-7900x will serve you better. Also, if you are set on getting an 16 or 18 core processor we recommend the Threadripper 1950x due to the $1,000 less price tag then the i9 which won’t give you a big enough increase to justify $2,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library studying

College Tech Tips

Be Ready for College with these Tips!

 

1. How to Save Money for College

Going away to college is expensive! However being a college student with a .edu email address allows you access to a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime Student

This is a great opportunity for those of you who haven’t yet been a member of Prime and want to try.

Living on your own or in a dorm is much easier when you can simply buy just about anything and have it shipped to you for free within 2 days.  

Have time to kill between classes? With Amazon Prime, you have access to Prime video which gives you a collection of movies and TV to watch from all your devices. 

 

2. Decide on what you need to be successful in school

Depending on your major and what your hobbies are will dictate how much tech hardware you will be bringing to school. Students entering into a tech-related major will usually bring more than a student not in a tech major. For example, I was a Computer Information System major and I bought multiple computers both laptops and a desktop. I might have done a little overkill but I liked to have my operating systems on separate machines and when I had to do heavy processing…or when I would play games I’d use my desktop. Students in other fields of study might only need a laptop that can run word processing to create reports. 

 

3. Dorm WiFi

College dorms are notorious for having WiFi issues and slow speeds. You will start to notice that during class hours, the internet is blazing fast. Then when you try to download your course’s syllabus at 7 pm and the download crawls to a finish.

 To be prepared: Bring an Ethernet cable to connect to the wall, this should provide a boost during heavy traffic hours. If your laptop or even phone or tablet doesn’t have an Ethernet port you can buy a Network Adapter to use.

 

SSD

Time to upgrade to an SSD?

Have you not yet upgraded to a SSD in your computer? Does it feel like your computer takes forever and a half to boot? Are you tired of staring at your computer screen waiting for it to load while trying to open a file or application? If so you’re going to want to look at what upgrading your hard drive to a Solid State Drive can do.

SSD:

What is an SSD?

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, which is similar to USB’s or SD cards. There are zero moving parts inside a SSD but instead  microchips are used to store data. Typically they use NAND memory which is non-volatile, which just means when the drive loses power the data isn’t erased and forgotten. When SSD first started to be used in consumer computers there were rumors about the stored data being worn off from use. This myth has been debunked with research showing SSDs working for upwards of 200 years and having read/write Pb worth of data.

Solid State Drive (SSD)

Advantages

  • Faster boot time
  • Read/write speeds up to 3500/2100 MB/s
  • Low heat production due to zero moving parts and lower power consumption

Disadvantages

  • Cost per gigabyte is higher
  • Average capacity is less than 1 terabyte

HDD:

What is an HDD?

Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are mechanical disk drives that rely on multiple moving parts. These parts are the platter which spins at typically 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm using magnets to store the data. A head is used to read/write data to the platter where speed is dependent on how fast it’s spinning at.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Advantages

  • Low cost per gigabyte
  • Storage capacity typically found between 1-10 terabytes

Disadvantages

  • Slow read/write speeds (120MB/s)
  • Produces heat
  • Higher failure rate
  • Magnets can erase/corrupt data on the drive

SSD/HDD Recommendation:

Our recommendation is combining these storage options. Since a SSD cost more we recommend getting a large enough drive to store your operating system and any applications you use regularly. Then add a larger HDD as a secondary drive to store the rest of your data. Doing this will allow you to see the benefit of using an SSD while still having room to store a lot of data.

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