You Can Play Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

You Can Play Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
HIGHLIGHTS
An iOS engineer has made Doom run on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar
Of course this is the original Doom, not the 2016 version
It runs at the Touch Bar’s 2170×60 resolution
The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has elicited a range of responses both lauding and criticising the new addition. Regardless of your stand on the topic, you can play Doom on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

No, not 2016’s stellar reboot of the seminal franchise — that would be too much to ask for. Rather the original Doom is playable on the 2170×60 resolution of the Touch Bar.

(Also see: MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score)

And while we have our reservations on what “playable” means in this case, that hasn’t stopped Adam Bell, an iOS Engineer at Facebook from making it happen.

“Doom runs on pretty much everything… but can it run on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar?” Bell tweeted, linking to a YouTube video of the game running.
(Also see: Touché Lets You Add the Touch Bar to Any Mac for Free)
While Doom’s latest instalment was met with critical acclaim, one of the original game’s creators John Romero made a return to the first-person shooter genre. This started with him designing his first level for it in over 20 years. And then announcing Blackroom — an FPS that has him working with fellow id Software co-founder and artist Adrian Carmack. The game was on Kickstarter and then pulled until a playable demo has been made available.

Although this specific hack, while amusing, may not be entirely useful, other developers have found ways to add a virtual Touch Bar to existing Macs for free.

Tags: Doom, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro 2016, MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Touch Bar

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MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report

MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report

MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Upgradeable SSD Chips, Users Report
HIGHLIGHTS
MacBook Pro With Touch Bar has non-removable SSDs
This means users cannot upgrade their flash memory
Also, if the logic board fails, all data will be lost
The base MacBook Pro variant teardown has been done extensively, and all reports bear good news – the SSD is removable and replaceable. This is important because in the future, if users want to upgrade their SSD, they can do so. However, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar doesn’t follow the same pattern. Apparently, some owners have found that the SSD chips in the Touch Bar variant are soldered to the logic board.

MacRumors readers have discovered that ‘memory chips and controller are soldered, seemingly on both sides of the motherboard’. This is problematic, as users do not have the option to upgrade their storage if they so desire. To put it simply, the amount of storage you choose at the time of purchase, cannot be upgraded later on, and you will be stuck with that much flash storage for the rest of the product’s life.

This soldering of SSD chips is seen for the first time on the MacBook Pro lineup. It is important to reiterate that the new MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has removable SSDs, as per official teardown reports. The only other laptop from Apple to have the memory chip soldered to the logic board is the 12-inch MacBook.

This also puts emphasis on backing up of data that is stored on MacBook Pro, to prevent any data loss due to a logic board failure. The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hasn’t gone through any official teardowns by iFixit and the others, and more clarity on its repairability will be known then.

In the meanwhile, another MacBook Pro with Touch Bar user said that once the laptop was opened up, a large gap was noticed around the batteries – almost as if smaller batteries were used in the slot. Separately, The Verge and Business Insider report that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar units they tested had significantly lower battery life than advertised. While Apple claims a 10-hour battery life, the two publications reported battery life of 5-6 hours and 6-8 hours respectively.

Tags: MacBook Pro, PCs, Laptops, Apple, MacBook Pro 2016, Touch Bar, SSD Chip

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MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India

MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India

MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India
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The non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro is now in stock
Select stores have received their units, while others are still waiting
The MacBook Pro 2016 price in India starts at Rs. 1,29,900
The new and improved MacBook Pro was launched with much fanfare last month; however no availability details for the Indian market were revealed then. Even now, the models are listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Apple website, but Gadgets 360 has learnt that Apple resellers across the country are now receiving stock of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

We checked with a couple of Apple resellers who confirmed they have received stock, while another Mumbai-based retailer said they have not received any units. The 2016 MacBook Pro is not listed on any of the e-commerce websites either, so it’s likely that the stock has only just started trickling in. Just to recap, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar is priced at Rs. 1,29,900.

(Also see:MacBook Pro 2016 Price, Specifications, Features, and Everything That’s New)

The new MacBook Pro is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, and comes integrated with faster Intel Skylake CPUs. The Touch Bar variant has an OLED panel instead of the function keys, and it shows relevant options based on the current application and context. The Touch Bar variant also has an integrated Touch ID sensor for unlocking the laptop and making payments via Apple Pay.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys has no OLED panel or Touch ID sensor. The base model is powered by a 2.0GHz Intel 6th generation ‘Skylake’ Core i5 dual-core processor with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB of storage. The 13-inch model comes with integrated Intel Iris Graphics 540. There’s Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support. It has a 13.3-inch Retina (2560×1600 pixels) LED-backlit display with IPS technology and 227ppi pixel density. For connectivity, there is a 3.5mm audio jack and two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports.

It’s important to reiterate that only the non-Touch Bar variant is being sold in India, and the Touch Bar variants are yet to make an appearance in the Indian market. Whenever they arrive, the 13-inch variant will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900, and the 15-inch variant will be priced starting at Rs. 2,05,900.

Tags: MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro 2016, MacBook Pro India Launch, PCs, Laptops, MacBook Pro Price India, Apple

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13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score

13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score
After Apple launched the much-awaited MacBook Pro, teardown and repair site, iFixit first got its hands on the 13-inch MacBook Pro With Function Keys. And now, it has managed to get its hands on a MacBook Pro With Touch Bar to see just how difficult it is to pull apart and repair – and it appears to be a tedious task.

The teardown reveals that the MacBook Pro With Touch Bar is properly glued together, making it rather difficult to remove certain components like the battery, SSD, and RAM. The internals are organised to make way for the Mac’s most exciting feature, the Touch Bar. The thin OLED strip that replaces the function keys is difficult to replace and scores just 1/10 for iFixit in repairability.

The sapphire-covered Touch ID on the Touch Bar will prevent scratches but fixing it will be tough as it pairs with the Apple T1 chip on the logic board. Interestingly, the speakers are present in the lower half of the Mac while the grilles are present on the top. iFixit also mentions that grille does not go clear through the case. This means that despite the presence of the grilles, the sound from the speakers actually come out from the side vents.

The teardown also revealed vibration-dampening rubber gaskets around the speakers’ screws that keep them from vibrating as the new speakers are larger and more powerful compared to the ones found in the older Macs.

While the most part of the MacBook Pro is solidly stuck together, the trackpad was easily removed and replaceable. The trackpad comes out after removing ten accessible screws. iFixit also reveals that the despite the larger trackpad the component is identical to the 13-inch 2016 laptops, which means finding a replacement will be easier.

After thoroughly disassembling the new MacBook Pro, iFixit found that the main issues lie with the SSD, RAM and processor being soldered to the motherboard – making them all non-upgradeable. This was noticed by a regular user earlier this week. The 5-cell battery is glued down as well, which makes replacing it a task. All that along with a very fragile Touch Bar led to iFixit giving the lowest possible score for the new MacBook Pro – 1/10.

Tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, iFixit, Apple Teardown, MacBook Teardown, Teardown

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Blu Pure XR With 3D Touch Display, Helio P10 SoC Launched

Blu Pure XR With 3D Touch Display, Helio P10 SoC Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone is priced at roughly Rs. 20,200
  • It sports a 3D Touch Display
  • The Blue Pure XR offers 64GB of inbuilt storage

After the Energy XL launch last month, Blu has now launched another smartphone called Pure XR. The unlocked smartphone has gone on sale on Amazon and Best Buy for $299.99 (roughly Rs. 20,200).

The Blu Pure XR smartphone is available in Gold and Grey colour variants. The fingerprint scanner is located inside the home button in the front. The smartphone houses the speaker grille and the 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, on each side of the USB Type-C port. The volume buttons and the power button sit on the right edge of the device. The Blu Pure XR sports a metal unibody, 3D touch sensitivity, thin bezels, and invisible antenna lines.

As for specifications, the Blu Pure XR runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports dual-SIM cards. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super Amoled display with 401ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 octa-core processor with Mali-T860 graphics GPU and 4GB of RAM. It offers 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB).

As for the optics, the Blu Pure XR sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with 6P lens, laser focus, phase detection autofocus, f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, and HD video recording ([email protected]). There’s also an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a wide-angle lens. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery that is claimed to deliver up to 20 days of standby time on one Quick Charge. The company claims that just 10 minutes of Quick Charge powers the device to enable 1 hour of talk time. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, and NextRadio. The dimensions of the Blu Pure XR are 154.3×74.9x7mm, and the smartphone weighs 147 grams. There is no word on when this smartphone will launch in countries outside of the US.

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Blu Pure XR

Blu Pure XR

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2GHz

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1920×1080 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

See full Blu Pure XR specifications
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Tags: Blu, Mobiles, Android, Blu Pure XR, Blu Pure XR launch, Blu Pure XR Features, Blu Pure XR Price,Blu Pure XR Specifications, Amazon, Best Buy

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How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iOS 10 public beta is now available.
  • You can download and install it for free.
  • Be sure to back up your iOS device first.

Apple has made iOS 10 public beta available as a free download. If you want to try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you can do so now. A word of caution – be sure to backup your iOS device before you download and install iOS 10 public beta. Be aware that this isn’t the final version of iOS 10 and that it will have quite a few bugs and that your favourite apps may stop working entirely. We strongly advise that if you’re going to install iOS 10 public beta, don’t do it on your primary iOS device.

Which iOS devices can install iOS 10 public beta?
Apple has announced iOS 10 for the following devices:

iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 4th generation
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch 6th generation

If you have any of these, you can install the iOS 10 public beta. Follow the steps below.

How to download and install iOS 10 public beta

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  1. Open Safari on any of the iOS devices listed above.
  2. Head to Apple’s iOS 10 public beta website.
  3. Tap the blue Sign Up button and sign up for the beta software program.
  4. If you already have signed up, just tap Sign In and key in your your Apple ID and password.
  5. Read the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement and tap Accept.
  6. Tap the iOS tab. Its background becomes blue when selected.
  7. Under Get Started, tap enroll your iOS device.
  8. Scroll down and tap the blue Download profile button.
  9. This will take open an Install Profile screen, asking you to install iOS Beta Software Profile. Tap theInstall button on the top-right.
  10. Enter your passcode, if any.
  11. Read the Consent message from Apple. Tap Install on the top-right.
  12. Tap Install again in the pop-up.
  13. A pop-up will ask you to restart your iOS device to apply changes. Tap Restart.
  14. Once the device has rebooted, head to Settings > General > Software Update.
  15. You will see iOS 10 Public Beta 1 here. Tap Download and Install.
  16. Enter your passcode, if any.
  17. Read Apple’s Terms and Conditions and then tap Agree on the bottom-right.
  18. Now iOS 10 will begin downloading. On our iPhone 5s, it showed up as a 1.6GB download.
  19. Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device.

Even though this process seems long, it is fairly simple. Most people will have no trouble installing iOS 10 public beta. Did you take the plunge and install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device? Do you like it? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How to section.

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