Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: Worth a grand?

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January 2008. Steve Jobs wouldn’t stop talking about an amazing computer, which he pulled out of a manila envelope. This was one of Apple’s most jaw-dropping unveilings. The first MacBook Air was a mere 19.3mm (0.76 inches) at its thickest point, something unheard of at the time. Its all-aluminum body made for a timeless design that even modern iterations continue to imitate — and it lives on in the 2020 MacBook Air.

Times have changed and the MacBook Air has plenty of competition. Laptops get more powerful, thinner, and better built every year. Then there are tablets, which are more

Artificial “tongue” for maple syrup weeds out batches with “buddy” off flavors

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Enlarge / A sampling of different brands of Canadian maple syrup. Scientists at the University of Montreal have developed an artificial “tongue” using gold nanoparticles to detect batches with “buddy” off flavors.

Genuine maple syrup is a treat for the taste buds, whether you prefer light golden varieties or robust darker syrups. But sometimes batches can have off-putting flavors. Scientists at the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, have developed an artificial “tongue” using gold nanoparticles that can weed out bad batches early on. It’s not so much an electronic device as a simple, portable chemistry test that detects a

You can no longer subscribe to HBO via Apple TV Channels

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HBO is no longer available as an Apple TV Channel for people who want to subscribe to it though the Apple TV app, according to 9to5Mac). The change follows today’s launch of the new streaming service HBO Max.

Apple TV Channels first launched last year as a way to watch content from many different service providers all in one app, meaning you wouldn’t have to bounce around between different third-party apps to watch different content. Now, though, it seems HBO wants to push users to watch HBO Max content on the HBO Max app instead of through

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