Sony Bets Big on PS5 | Huawei is Cancelled [ No Life Podcast: Ep. 83 ]

https://youtu.be/ujwm43J-MV0



A lot of tech news in this episode where Sony starts to leak info around the Playstation 5, and then in tech we discuss how Trump banned US companies from dealing with Huawei. Check it out!


MordWho? | OnePlus 3a Pro [ No Life Podcast: Ep. 82 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfsqTiGFaD4



In this episode Wayne talks about how he loves to hate and hates to love Mordhau, he rips open Rage 2, and then in tech we look at the impressive One Plus 3a Pro.


Vice City Returns? // Facebook is cool now [No Life: Ep. 81]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwEaki2lLKU



In this episode we talk about how the next GTA may finally return back to Vice City, and in tech, has Zuck redeemed himself? Or only now become even more of a meme? Check it out here and make sure to subscribe for more.


Is the 2019 Macbook Pro the BEST Iteration of the New(Old) Design?

A New Way to Upgrade?

Apple has secretly released ANOTHER incremental update to their latest Macbook Pro line. This time adding 8th & 9th gen Intel processors, Vega graphics, and a slightly tweaked keyboard switch design. There are a few things from this release that really intrigue me. One of the biggest is how Apple has switched to this incremental update circuit. Normally, products would be updated yearly, sometimes every two-years, sometimes every FOUR years as the case with the Mac Mini. I hope this new update pathway means that Apple will constantly update their products with the latest and greatest tech, and this is something to be excited about (hopefully). Unfortunately, this means your products will become obsolete much quicker. I mean, some people just bought their new Vega Macbooks in November, which was a small 6 month period. But to be honest, I much prefer this method, over the long wait of dated hardware. Give me new, and give it to me as much as possible.

If It's Broke, Only Slightly Tweak It...

Next we move onto some of the hardware itself. The BIGGEST upset is that these new Macbooks utilize the same chassis and design. I'm not too upset over it as some others, mainly because I love the design of the Macbook and I believe it's still to date the best on the market. It's an extremely premium built machine. But that also means the same flawed keyboard design that has plagued many before. That's right, they did not change the Butterfly-switch mechanism. What they did do was upgrade the materials. According to iFixit, the keyswitch cover seems to have had their materials upgraded, as well as this tiny metal "snapple cap" dome that impresses when pressed to register the keys. It seems this piece has had just a slight material change.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJJQPY3g8zQ


Performance

Finally, one of the reasons you'd buy these upgraded laptops is for the new performance. So the 13" packs in 8th gen Intel chips, up to Quad Core i7 2.8ghz , Intel 655 iGPU, and 16gb LPDDR3 RAM. And the 15" packs up to a whopping 9th Gen i9-9880H 8 core 2.4ghz chips, Vega 20 graphics, and 32gb DDR4 RAM. The first time the Macbook has had octo-core chips in their bodies. Now the performance of the 13" Macbook will be great for productivity. In fact, it's one of the only times I'm actually considering downsizing and going with that model. According to benchmarks from Apple Insider, it seems like the base model machine is able to just barely edit 4K video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86DMQm1xsl0


But the real draw is the 15" with its big performance improvements. Benchmarks from Geekbench show impressive numbers with a single score of 5879 and multi-core score of 29184. Obviously this doesn't tell nearly the whole picture, but the raw numbers do look good. One of the biggest concerns of using this same tired design is thermals. This design has had its fair share of criticism for essentially throttling performance tremendously, before an update helped clear it up. The previous 2018 Vega update also seemed to address the issue by at least maintaining base clock speed. Well taking a look at the thermals from channel MacDoesStuff, things are looking really impressive, where the machine stays much cooler, under 90c, and sits at a boosted clock of 2.8ghz under load.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6L0N9g-s4


Worth It?

This is really difficult. To get the best performance, you'll need to shell out some big dough. If you're a 4K video editor or power user, we're talking above $3500. Not only that, but it seems like Apple is close to completely redesigning all of their tech, including their iPads and iPhones. It would suck to shell out $4000 and 6 months later a brand new redesign comes out with much better performance and cooling. But then again, you're getting one of the best laptops on the market. No one does build like Apple, MacOS is a pleasure to use, and the size and portability means you're not lugging around some clunky loud beast everywhere you go. That comes with an obvious premium. Personally, I've been leaning more towards the 13" models to hold me over until a complete redesign. I own two very powerful PC's and portable power isn't a necessity. But I'm in the minority. If you're in need of a new computer, and you need the portability of a laptop, with the power of a desktop, the 15" top-end spec is one of only a couple choices to choose from. Maybe the other is an XPS or a Razer, where you'll be paying around the same price, but getting much more performance and thermal overhead, at the sacrifice of MacOS and some thinness. So it's a tough choice. All I'll say is, no one does display better than Apple. If you're in video editing/photo work, I can't recommend anything else at the moment.


The Playstation 5 Has Been Revealed [ NoLife Podcast: Ep. 79 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZICYMx8aGac



Next Gen

On this episode of NoLife Podcast, its all about the new Playstation 5 Rumors. Come check it out. Don't forget, you can also listen by subscribing to No Life on iTunes and any other Podcatcher out there.

 


 


Sekiro is TORTURE [ NoLife Podcast: Ep. 78 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P3DIr0OJAU



Hard and Harder

In this episode of the No Life Podcast, Wayne dives deep into Sekiro, and we discuss what difficulty means in videogames, and most of all, what it means in the 'enjoyment' of a video game. Then in tech we talk a bit about NAB 2019 rumors, like the Canon SL3.

 


 


F@#$ It We're Doing it Live! [ No Life Podcast: Ep. 77 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqxgz-Cr9UE



Now on TWITCH!

In this new episode, we finally bring the show LIVE both to Twitch and YouTube. Make sure to head to https://twitch.tv/NoLifeDigital and click follow to stay updated on our new live streams, and catch No Life podcast live. You can also watch the show live over on our YouTube if that's your platform of choice!

 

 


 


The March 2019 Apple Event (REAL TALK)


Apple has just released a flurry of new services in their new Keynote, and I'm here to tell you what I think of it, as an Apple Fan, and as someone who will cut to the chase. So let's get into the first of the new services...

Apple News+

They started the show by talking about Apple News. In my opinion, this is one of the bigger applications that I'm excited about. As a subscriber to a few online newspapers like NYTimes and Wall St. Journal, my favorite way to read my news is through the Apple App. Unfortunately, it's a bit "unpersonalized", which was one of the reasons why I kept the lesser designed Google News around. Google News just gave me more stories I cared about. But it seems Apple has figured that out by finally implementing a private, on-device machine learner that will serve me better stories, as opposed to Google's invasive web-tracking which served me stories based around my web use. What is also great is their acquisition and implementation of Texture, which was a magazine subscription based app. I was a subscriber to Texture, which served popular and beautiful, easy to use magazines right on the iPad and iPhone. Well, this is now integrated into Apple News+, which will come at the same price of $9.99 for unfettered access. This results in a better deal with over 300 magazines, and the top news publications, for only $10. In my opinion, a fucking steal. I'm already paying $30/mo now. So it'll save me tons, and deliver it beautifully and seamlessly. This is available now with an update.

Apple Card

This is huge. Apple is now getting into credit, all backed by Goldman Sachs and their aim is to keep interest rates as low as possible, be transparent, and private. This to me, is one of the strongest plays Apple can make. And it fits perfectly into the Apple model. First off, privacy is a huge deal with credit. Look at all the leaks that have happened over the last year. Well with Apple's top encryption, as long as your device is safe, your info will be safe.

Details of the card aren't 100% known, as we don't know their exact interest rates, nor approval rates. But they showed off how it works. Detailing purchases in a gorgeous easy to read design, allowing categorization of spending, and working right from the Wallet App. They also talked about "Daily Cash" which gives users 3% cash back on Apple purchases, 2% on everything else, and 1% if using the physical Apple Card. What's this physical card you say? Well, if you can't use your app, they will offer you a Titanium card, void of any markings other than the Apple logo, your name, and the mag-strip on the back. No card number, no CVV, and no signature. It's fucking beautiful. This will be available this summer.

Apple Arcade

This is Apple's new game streaming platform. We don't know pricing, I'm going to assume $9.99, but this will give you complete access to the new "Arcade" tab in the app store, which gives you "real" games made from "real" gaming devs who won't slam your gaming app with in-app purchases and time-gates. This feels a bit unfinished and rushed, maybe as an answer to Google Stadia. But it is needed, as gaming on the App Store has become a joke. Launching with over 100+ new and exclusives titles, no data tracking, family sharing, multi-device including mac access, and the kicker, everything playable offline. It seems kind of cool, considering the price.

Apple TV

Next was some new updates to the TV app, that are much welcomed. So essentially, all of your favorite streaming apps, and cable streaming apps, can be accessed in one place, the TV app, instead of needing to jump from app to app to watch stuff. This already works this way on the TV app, but it's not very fluid, and it doesn't include everything. So that's cool. What's even cooler, you don't need an Apple device to get the app now. Roku, Amazon, and all Smart TV's can access the TV app. Converging all these apps together will be interesting and available this May.

Apple TV+

Last, we have TV+. This was what the entire show centered around, and to me, it's the most disappointing. We saw speakers from Steven Spielberg, to Steven Carrell, all talk about their new shows and movies being released on this new TV+. But...who cares? All G-rated, family friendly content, that you'll need to pay for, and we're talking maybe a dozen different shows. If they went with the Netflix route and just gave creators unlimited creativity, I could've had much more interest. I understand they want "everyone" to tune in, but the same can be said about Apple Music. Imagine if Apple Music only sold "censored" versions of the tracks. No one would really care. And that's how I feel about Apple TV+. Oh yeah, and they ended with Oprah. So that's all you need to know.

Overall Show Score

4 / 10

I think this was a pretty mediocre keynote. I'm excited for the new News+ and Apple Card. I think finance and news are huge markets that needs an overhaul, and I love seeing Apple compete in it. Think about what Apple is doing for the health market, they could do the same in finance and journalism. But it's nothing groundbreaking and really just a way for Apple to suck more out of their customers. I mean, if you subscribe to News+, Music, Arcade, and TV+, you're already paying nearly $50 a month. And that's not including your other subs like Netflix and your TV service. That's a big price to pay, and it will really depend on the type of content that's being produced. And at the end of it, I was already disappointed with TV+ before the keynote even began. Just knowing I won't get shows like Netflix's amazing Death Love and Robots, or House of Cards, cements my position on not signing up for TV+. Then again, I know, and they know, I'm not the demographic. Anyways, I'm still waiting on an A La Carte TV channel providing service. I'm beginning to thing ti'll never happen.

 

 


Stadia is CONTROVERSIAL; Apple's New Updates [ No Life: Ep. 76 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApiwCm4_yrQ



Enter the Stadia

In this episode we talk about the controversial Google game platform, Stadia. Then we dive into Crytek's new "fake" RTX Cryengine trailer. And of course, Apple's new product updates like the Airpods, iMac, and iPad. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, Pocket Casts and any other podcatcher to get the latest episodes of NoLife Digital Podcast.

 

 

 


Devil May Cry 5 RIPS; WTF is USB3.2GEN2x2? [ No Life: Ep. 75 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2RbT4uCrNs



Rock On

In this episode of NoLife Digital, we gush over the new Devil May Cry, chat more about Apex Legends, and talk about what the fuck is going on with USB-C-3.1x2x2.