You Can Play Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

You Can Play Doom on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
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


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
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


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
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


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


PS4 Pro Unboxing: What to Expect

PS4 Pro Unboxing: What to ExpectPS4 Pro Unboxing: What to Expect
The PS4 Pro comes with a revamped DualShock 4
Other additions include a headset and an HDMI cable
It will release internationally on November 10
The release date for the PS4 Pro is November 10. In the run up to that some early units have made their way to select reviewers, one of whom was kind enough to let us know what you get when you buy the PS4 Pro.

According to VG247’s Alex Donaldson, there’s an HDMI cable, a power plug that’s similar to what the original Xbox One (not Xbox One S) used, a Micro-USB cable (not USB Type-C) that many Android smartphones ship with, and Sony’s standard headset which in our experience, you should replace with something more substantial.

(Also see: Here Are the PS4 Pro’s Launch Games)
In terms of literature, there’s a Quick Start Guide, and a leaflet for Horizon Zero Dawn. And in case you were wondering, yes, it does ship with the [revamped] DualShock 4 controller we’ve seen with the PS4 Slim. The light bar on it has been modified so you can see what colour is emanating from it while playing without having to tilt it. Also, you can allow for it to relay button presses via USB connection, making it ideal for games that require split second response times, such as Street Fighter V. The new DualShock 4 works with older PS4s as well.
(Also see: The PS4 Pro Won’t Solve the PS4’s Biggest Problem)

As for India, there’s no clarity as to when the PS4 Pro would hit the shelves. Though if we were to take a guess given Sony India’s actions in the past, we’d peg it for a January release at Rs. 39,990. Reason being, it occupies the $399 price – which is what the PS4 was at launch. This translated to a Rs. 39,990 price. It will be interesting to see if foreign exchange fluctuations result in a higher price though.

Are you waiting on the PS4 Pro? Or the PS4 adequate enough? Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: PS4 Pro, PS4 Pro Release Date, PS4 Pro unboxing, PS4 Pro Unboxed, PS4 Pro Price, PS4 Pro India Price


10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

There are plenty of presentation platforms out there for large and small businesses alike. But not all work the same.

Google Slides is a dynamic, cloud-based presentation program that has started to draw in more and more business users. Yet while a vast number of workers are hopping on board in order to give Google Slides a try, very few seem to be making the most of its lengthy list of features.

Here’s a roundup 10 tips to help you defeat mediocrity and start using Google Slides like a pro.

Level Up How You’re Using Google Slides

1. Enhance Text with Drop Shadow

At the end of the day, the devil is always in the detail — and aesthetics matter. One way to draw attention to key text is to insert a drop shadow. By duplicating the content and changing the color of the text or reducing the opacity of an image and then dropping it directly upon the original, a slight shadow emerges. This drastically enhances content headers in particular.

2. Edit Using the Master Slides Tool

If you’re pressed for time, try editing a range of slides at once using the master slides tool. This also comes in handy if you’re keen on changing your entire presentation to fit a particular theme or design, and can save you the headache of changing each slide individually.

3. Use Image Masking

Google Slides includes a range of image masking settings that enable you to change the shape of an embedded photo. This is particularly helpful if sharp, boxy photos don’t complement the overall theme of your work presentation.

4. Bookmark Key Text

Big presentations require a whole lot of scrolling in order to find precisely what you’re looking for. Don’t waste all that time. Instead, you can use the program’s bookmarking hack in order to zoom instantly to various points or passages hidden within your presentation.

5. Dictate Each Slide

Sick of typing out text box after text box? Google Slides has got you covered. By enabling “Voice Typing”, you can verbally dictate text onto new slides. The feature even recognizes punctuation commands to ensure each and every slide turns out precisely the way you want it to.

6. Integrate Other Formats

Just because you’ve upgraded to Google Slides doesn’t mean all of your co-workers will. It can be a real chore co-creating a business presentation with somebody else if they’re using Power Point. Luckily, Google Slides allows you to open and edit Power Point documents without actually needing to convert it to a Google file. First, you’ll probably need to open Google Slides through Chrome and install the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.

7. Undo Changes

If you or a colleague have made some major changes to a presentation, you can always go back to a previous version. Google Slides maintains an extensive revision history that enables you to see all previous changes made to the document. It also tells you which user made the changes, and allows you to instantly restore your presentation to a previous version.

8. Embed On Your Website

If you think consumers or members of the public will be interested in your business presentation, you can easily embed it onto a page of your website. The process works slightly differently for each site — but if you’re hosted on WordPress, you can find detailed instructions on how to embed your Google Slides presentation here.

9. Create a Shared Folder

If various team members are creating Google Slides presentations on your company’s behalf, you can upload company stock images onto Google Drive for shared access. Simply create a new folder on Google Drive and then share with all of the colleagues you’d like to be able to access those images. From there, your whole team can swiftly drag and drop company logos and stock images into presentations without needing to be connected to your intranet.

10. Project Using Chromecast or AirPlay

Once it’s time to present your work, you can turn heads and make life far simpler by going completely wireless. If you’ve got access to your Google Drive on an Apple device, you should be able to project directly onto a compatible television. Likewise, you should be able to project your Google Slides presentation from any Android device using Chromecast.

Those are just a few tips to help you get started. But there are dozens of unique features Google Slides has to offer, and the best way to learn more about them is by diving in head first and playing around with the program itself.

Image: Google


Apple MacBook Pro Event: Everything You Need to Know


  • Apple launched new MacBook Pros on Thursday
  • TouchBar and TouchID are both innovative new features
  • Apple TV is getting the TV app which will bring all your videos together

On Thursday, Apple unveiled its new MacBook Pro lineup in a launch event in Cupertino, California. Aside from revealing its new laptops, Apple also made a number of announcements about Apple TV. Here are all the key details about the Apple MacBook event that you need to know.

1) Smaller, lighter MacBook Pro
As was expected, Apple announced a new MacBook Pro and brought in some much-needed innovation. As expected, the new MacBook Pro comes with an OLED Touch Bar panel and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the former replacing the function keys on top of your keyboard. Touch Bar will provide context sensitive functions for different apps.

The new MacBook Pro will be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, starting at $1,799 and $2,399. The pricing in India was revealed to be Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900 respectively. The 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar is priced starting at $1,499 (or Rs. 1,29,900 in India).

2) Touch Bar and Touch ID
The Touch Bar and Touch ID are definitely the highlight features of the new MacBook Pro, which also features important updates to its internals. The new features could make a real impact on how the laptops are used. Touch Bar is a touchscreen display that runs as a thin strip above your keyboard. The bar displays different options depending on the context of the app you’re in – for example, when you’re in the Photos app, you’ll see image editing tools so you can use the bar to resize the image, or apply filters. Touch Bar can also show you emoji when you’re typing, and you can press the Fn key on the keyboard to show system functions.

Touch ID on the other hand is Apple’s fingerprint authentication system, and its inclusion in the MacBook Pro opens up a number of possibilities. It could be used for quick logins for multiple users on the same machine; it was also shown in use for Apple Pay.

3) TV app for Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone
The new TV app provides a unified hub for all your TV content, which comes from various sources, as expected. Instead of having to go into one app after another to find the videos you want, Apple will now let you search all your sources from a single place.

The new app – which will be free – is coming to users later this year, and will allow you to keep all your different subscription services in one place.

You can use Siri to launch into a video just by its name, or by the name of a channel or service, or even by the name of a sports team. A queue called Up Next will show what you’ve been watching recently, and will automatically sync across devices. Recommendations curated by human agents will also be visible.

4) Minecraft is coming to Apple TV
At the MacBook event, Apple CEO Tim Cook also confirmed that Minecraft will be coming to the platform, by the end of this year. It’s likely that you’ll need a third-party controller to play, since the game was really designed to work with a standard game-controller.

This is a another version of Minecraft and not just the Pocket Edition that is currently available on phones and tablets. That said, Minecraft: Apple TV Edition is not going to be very different from the other editions, obviously.

5) The MacBook Air got sidelined
Apple gave a lot of focus to the MacBook Pro, but didn’t show a new MacBook Air model. The Air lacks the Touch Bar and Touch ID, and it also is actually thicker than the new MacBook Pro, so it doesn’t look like a good option in Apple’s lineup any more. Could Apple be moving past the Air line altogether?

These were some of the highlights from Apple’s MacBook event that took place on Thursday – what caught your eye from all of this? Tell us via the comments.

We discussed everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.


MacBook Pro Can’t Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters

MacBook Pro Can't Connect to Your iPhone, iPad Without Additional Adapters


  • The MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • There is Lightning port on both the 13-inch and 15-inch variants
  • The MacBook Pro starts at Rs. 1,29,900 in India

At its ‘Hello Again’ event in California, Apple finally made the new Macbook Pro official. The laptop comes in 13-inch and 15-inch variants, and sports a Touch Bar and Touch ID on the keyboard. The laptop is touted to be lighter and thinner than the predecessor, not to mention much faster (up to 130 percent faster graphics). Furthermore, the Force Touch trackpad is significantly larger, and two speakers on the edges enable 58 percent more volume. While all of this sounds great, the MacBook Pro has no ports that enable seamless connectivity with its own products.

The MacBook Pro sports four Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and one 3.5mm audio jack (phew), but no Lightning port to connect iPhone and iPad devices with the new MacBook Pro. This means that if iPhones and iPads need to be connected to the MacBook Pro, users will have to buy an additional adapter or cable for it. Same goes for SD cards as well.

This ‘adapter for connectivity’ school of thought that Apple has been adopting this year is quite strange, as one would think that Apple would at least consider the convenience factor for its own ecosystem of products and make it easy for them to interconnect. That clearly is not the case this time, and even the Lightning EarPods released with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have nowhere to connect on the MacBook Pro. Just to recall, Apple even bundled a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this year, to fill the standard audio void.So now, to connect your iPhone or iPad to your MacBook, whether for charging, transfers, or updates, you’ll need a new cable or a new adapter. The USB Type-C to Lightning Cable costs an additional $25 (roughly Rs. 1,700) for 1 metre and $35 (roughly Rs. 2,400) for 2 metre. A USB Type-C to USB adapter costs $19 (roughly Rs. 1,300), and if you buy a MacBook Pro, these cables are an inevitable buy for all iPhone users, at least.

The MacBook Pro availability is not known yet in India, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at Rs. 1,29,900, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900.

Tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Ports, Thunderbolt 3, Lightning Port, USB C Port

Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook Pro

Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook Pro


  • The display sports a resolution of 2880×5120 pixels
  • Affordable option LG UltraFine 4K Display launched at $700
  • Displays available for purchase on Apple store

On Thursday, in one of the rare occurrences at Apple’s event, company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller unveiled a 5K display made by LG, not by Apple, while showcasing the capabilities of company’s new MacBook Pro. Apple usually doesn’t advertise other company’s products at its launch events but Schiller explained the reason for this particular aberration. Schiller said that the 5K display by LG was designed in collaboration with Apple, and keeping the new MacBook Pro in mind. The company also revealed just how many 4K and 5K external displays the new MacBook Pro models could support simultaneously.

The 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display, as the name suggests, comes with a screen resolution of 2880×5120 pixels, sports an IPS panel, and has been priced by the company at $1,300 (roughly Rs. 86,900).

Apart from the impressive screen resolution, the LG UltraFine 5K Display comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and three regular USB Type-C ports. The Thunderbolt 3 cable, which comes with the display, is capable of not just displaying the content from MacBook Pro to the screen, but also charging the laptop simultaneously with 85W of charging power. The display comes with inbuilt stereo speakers, camera, and microphone to provide extra utility options to the user.

People who are interested in a more affordable option can instead opt for LG UltraFine 4K Display, which has been priced at $700 (Rs. 46,800) and was launched by the company on Thursday. Both displays have been made available for purchase on Apple’s own website.As for support for multiple displays, Apple revealed the number of simultaneous external displays the new MacBook Pro models can support. Due to the presence of Thunderbolt 3 ports with DisplayPort interface, the 15-inch new MacBook Pro supports up to four 4K external displays at the same time. Further, the laptop is capable of supporting up to two 5K displays simultaneously. Due to the hardware limitations, the 13-inch version of the MacBook will not be able to support the same number of displays as the 15-inch version of the laptop – it can support up to two 4K displays simultaneously, and one 5K display.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with an Intel Iris GPU, compared with the Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics present on the 15-inch version of the laptop.

Of course, one of the most crucial features when it comes to connection with multiple displays, is that in addition to the external displays, the MacBook Pro provides simultaneous support for the full native resolution of the inbuilt display.

Tags: LG UltraFine 5K display, Laptops, MacBook Pro, Apple, LG Ultrafine 4K Display

Apple Discontinues 11-Inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro With Non-Retina Display

Apple Discontinues 11-Inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro With Non-Retina Display


  • Apple replaced 11-inch MacBook Air with 13-inch model
  • The company also killed dated MacBook Pro model
  • Apple announced new line-up of MacBook models on Thursday

Apple at its Thursday event refreshed its Mac lineup and unveiled the new MacBook Pro models. The company alongside stopped selling the 11-inch MacBook Air – which was one of the cheapest Macs in the company’s lineup. The 11-inch MacBook Air has been replaced by the 13-inch MacBook Air which has been priced at Rs. 80,900. The Cupertino-based giant also stopped selling the dated MacBook Pro that featured non-Retina display and SuperDrive optical.

(Also see: Could MacBook Pro Be the Laptop Everyone’s Been Waiting For?)

Apple is likely to sell its 13-inch MacBook Air laptops till stocks last, however there has been no indication from the company that the Air lineup will get a hardware refresh again. The company may very well discontinue the lineup in favour of the MacBook line.

The discontinuation of the old MacBook models makes sense for Apple as it refreshed the lineup on Thursday and unveiled the new 13-inch and 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro featuring an all-new Touch Bar and Touch ID priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 for the 13-inch model and a starting price of Rs. 2,05,900 for the 15-inch model.(Also see: MacBook Pro With ‘Touch Bar’ Controller, Touch ID, All-New Design Launched)

Some of the common specifications of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro include sixth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 coupled with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. They will come with storage options starting with 256GB SSD. The 13-inch features a screen resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and the 15-inch model features 2880×1800 pixels resolution.

Both the models come with Apple’s all-new Touch Bar feature which replaces the outdated function key capability. The models that come with Touch Bar sport four USB Type-C ports with support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 speeds. Notably, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models that doesn’t sport Touch Bar come with just two ports.

Apple India lists the older MacBook models still, which include 13-inch MacBook Pro at a starting price of Rs. 1,06,900, and 15-inch MacBook Pro at a starting price of Rs. 1,62,900.

We discussed everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.