…the two-year-old A12Z in the Mac mini outperforms Microsoft’s Arm-based Surface Pro X in Geekbench performance, running x86_64 code in emulation faster than the Surface Pro X can run an Arm version natively.
That’s pretty insane. Even running Geekbench under emulation (via Rosetta 2) the Mac Mini still beats out an ARM-native version in Windows RT.
As horrific as any transition phase is going to be Apple look poised to set up their hardware chain very nicely for at least the next decade.
It’s also putting Qualcomm, Intel & AMD on notice in the process!
Source: Apple’s A12Z Under Rosetta Outperforms Microsoft’s Native Arm-Based Surface Pro X – MacRumors
Drive around cities while listening to their local radios
This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen to come out of isolation. Some clever person has mashed together a series of Youtube dashcam videos from major cities around the world and then pulled in their local radio stations.
Now you too can sit back and drive the congested streets of Paris slower than that 90 year old with a walking frame on the sidewalk. Or better yet sit behind a tram and pretend hook turns are normal in Melbourne’s CBD!
Source: Drive & Listen
Microsoft [has] announced it will permanently close its 83 Microsoft Store retail locations. It will instead focus on its online store at Microsoft.com, where customers can go for support, sales, training and more.
Walking into one of these has always felt like going into a library to me, they’re that quiet. No surprises here.
Source: Microsoft to close retail stores
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