The throttled MacBook Pro: Discussing the heat problems with Apple’s new laptop

There’s been a lot of talk about the Core i9 processor in the new MacBook Pro, and not in a good way. YouTuber Dave Lee shared his experience with CPU throttling on the Core i9 MacBook Pro, and soon after others shared how they also similar performance hits.

In this video, I talk with Gordon Mah Ung, CPU expert for our sister publication, PCWorld. We talk about the CPU throttling, what could be causing it, and what does it mean for users and anyone thinking about buying a Core i9 laptop.

Regrettably, high-end benchmarking was not part of our review of the Core i9 MacBook Pro. So we’ve started to run several benchmarks for ourselves to see what happens when you push the laptop’s performance.

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First Invader Zim movie footage revealed, looks gloriously weird

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After vague teasers and announcements, Nickelodeon and Jhonen Vasquez have finally taken the wraps off the first Invader Zim made-for-TV movie, which is still currently in production.

The demented brains behind the series appeared at this week’s San Diego Comic Con with a new trailer in hand, which also confirms the film’s full title: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. However, this video footage is still labeled as a “teaser,” since pretty much all of its dialogue and sound effects are silenced in favor of a musical score.

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Disney confirms Guardians director fired over years-old tweets

James Gunn, the sardonic and openly vulgar writer/director behind both successful Guardians of the Galaxy films, has been removed from any future Marvel Studios projects, Disney confirmed on Friday.

The House of Mouse went one further and confirmed why they severed ties with Gunn: Twitter posts dating back as far as 2009.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Disney chairman Alan Horn said in a statement on Friday.

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A Guide to Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

In about two months, we expect the next version of macOS — macOS 10.14 Mojave — to become available. To get you excited about Mojave’s features and capabilities, the Rocket Yard has been offering sneak peeks at some of the features we’re most interested in. Today, we’re highlighting Finder Quick Actions, a new way to quickly edit files without the need to launch the apps associated with them.

Enabling Quick Actions
With a powerful new feature like Quick Actions, it wouldn’t be “Mac-like” if Apple made it hard to use. All you’ll need to do is open a Finder window, then select View > Show Preview (keyboard shortcut: Shift-Command-P). In earlier versions of macOS, Preview displays a sidebar with a small preview of a file along with its size, creation, modification, and last opened dates, and the ability to add tags.

In macOS Mojave, Quick Actions are added below the preview

Quick Actions listed below the Preview at right in this screenshot
The Markup tools available from the Quick Actions for images
The Quick Look window with trimming tools for video
Quick Action is a new Automator workflow type
The settings for this image resizing Quick Action
The Create PDF button changes to "More...", displaying Create PDF and our custom Quick Action

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All of the Changes to Notifications in iOS 12

In iOS 12, Apple has introduced new notification features, providing an expanded set of tools for monitoring and managing notifications in quicker and more intuitive ways.

There have been no changes to the way that Notifications work on the whole, but many of these features make it easier to clear notifications, determine which notifications you want, and make adjustments on the fly.

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Grouped Notifications

iPhone and iPad owners have been asking for the return of grouped notifications for years, and in iOS 12, Apple delivered.

Multiple notifications from the same app will be grouped together on the Lock screen of the iPhone, cutting down on clutter. You can tap a set of notifications from a particular app to expand them to see all of the notifications in the list.



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Microsoft exec: We stopped Russia from hacking 3 congressional campaigns

Microsoft’s Tom Burt talks about phishing attacks detected by Microsoft against political campaigns at the Aspen Security Summit.

In a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute’s Security Summit yesterday, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust Tim Burt said that in the course of hunting for phishing domains targeting Microsoft customers, members of Microsoft’s security team detected a site set up by Russian actors that was being used in an attempt to target congressional candidates.

“Earlier this year,” said Burt, “we did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks, and we saw metadata that suggested those phishing attacks were being directed at three candidates who are all standing for election in the midterm elections.” While Burt would not disclose who the candidates were, he did say that they “were all people who, because of their positions, might have

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Judge says climate issues the purview of federal government, tosses NYC lawsuit

Enlarge / A home at the corner of B 72nd Street and Bayfield Avenue is surrounded by marsh in Averne on the Rockaway peninsula in the Queens borough of New York, US, on Friday, October 10, 2014. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)

On Thursday, a US District judge dismissed a lawsuit from the City of New York against major oil companies BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell. New York City had alleged that the oil majors created a nuisance by actively promoting oil use for decades, even after they were presented with significant and reliable information showing that catastrophic effects from climate change would result. The judge didn’t dispute the effects of climate change, but he did dispute (PDF) that courts exercising state law could remedy the situation.

In the January complaint, NYC demanded that the oil majors pay for the costs of adapting

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Star’s dimming and brightening may indicate it’s eating a planet

Enlarge / An artist’s conception of the star bathed in debris, along with an image of the surge in X-rays (inset). (credit: NASA/Chandra)

Planets don’t sit still. The seemingly stable orbits of our Solar System could easily give the impression that once a planet forms, it tends to stay in orbit where it started. But evidence has piled up that our Solar System probably isn’t as stable as we’d like to think, and many of the exosolar systems we’ve now seen can’t possibly have formed in their current state. In a few cases, we’ve spotted stars that contain elements that were probably delivered by a planet spiraling in.

Now, scientists may have caught the process while it was happening. A star that dimmed for a couple years has somehow ended up with 15 times the iron it had in earlier observations, suggesting it ran into a planet or a

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Sean Murray breaks his silence on No Man’s Sky’s development, launch

Enlarge / Ludicrous speed. (credit: Hello Games)

The last time Hello Games’ Sean Murray spoke to us, or anyone else in the press, he was still in the pre-launch, hype-building phase for the incredibly ambitious, procedurally generated universe exploration simulator No Man’s Sky. Then the game launched. The summer 2016 release drew some critical praise but also loud, sometimes virulent Internet criticism saying the launch version didn’t live up to the pre-release promise.

Murray and Hello Games have gone quiet since, keeping their heads down and focusing on building and releasing numerous updates that have layered plenty of important new features onto the launch version of the game. With the upcoming release of No Man’s Sky‘s multiplayer-focused “NEXT” update, Murray has finally broken the studio’s radio silence, giving wide-ranging interviews to Waypoint, The Guardian, Eurogamer, and GamesRadar about the game’s past, present, and future.

Too

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Grab two Lightning cables for just $10 today

It’s always a good idea to have a couple of extra Lightning cables on hand, but sometimes we get scared away by the insane prices they tend to go for. Today, though, Monoprice is letting you buy two six-foot MFi Certified Lighting Cables (in black or white) for just $10 if you enter the code SDXY at checkout. You can also pick up two black or white 10-foot Lighting cables for just $12 with the code SDYZ.

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Fossil fuel lobbyists grossly outspend “Big Green”

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One of the stranger conspiracy theories against climate science is that corporate interests are pulling all the strings so that “Big Green” can get rich from action against climate change. Of course, it’s no secret that industries related to fossil fuels have lobbied for the exact opposite, pushing to avoid any significant climate policy.

So what do American industries spend to lobby Congress on this issue?

Drexel University’s Robert Brulle used lobbying reporting laws to find out. Not every penny spent on persuading congresspeople has to be reported—and a lot of political activities, like think tank funding, don’t count as lobbying. But spending on lobbying itself has been tracked in the US since a 1995 law mandated it. Brulle was able to sift through climate-related expenditures between 2000 and 2016, sorting the entities into groups.

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