Apple has announced the eighth-generation version of its basic iPad: an update of its entry-level 10.2-inch tablet that upgrades the processor to a faster A12 chipset (last seen in the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini models), while still maintaining the same $329 price point. Education customers will also be able to get the new iPad for a discounted $299.
The A12 chip brings Apple’s “Neural Engine” processing capabilities to its entry-level iPad for the first time, with a promise of twice the graphics performance. Apple says that the new model will still fit existing cases, including its keyboard case and those made by Logitech. It’ll also still work with the first-gen Apple Pencil, like the previous model.
The new iPad will also run iPadOS 14 and offer the new features that Apple had showed off for the upcoming software update, including the new Apple Pencil features like hand-written text input.
Unfortunately, it appears that Apple is still sticking with its proprietary Lightning port on the updated iPad instead of the USB-C port that’s used by Apple’s laptops, iPad Pro, and the just-announced iPad Air. It also features a standard Touch ID home button, something that’s increasingly rare on Apple’s product lineup.
Apple announced a seventh-gen iPad last fall, expanding the 9.7-inch display that had been a staple of the company’s lineup for years into a larger 10.2-inch panel. This year’s update is less dramatic than that, although the extra processing power does seem like a welcome addition.
The new iPad will be available in space gray, silver, and gold colors in both 32GB and 128GB configurations. An LTE configuration will also available (starting at $459). Preorders for the new eighth-generation iPad start today, ahead of a release on September 18th.
HyperJuice’s new stackable GaN charger supports up to 1600W and 48 USB-C ports
Hyper, a gadget maker known best for its small and ultra-fast gallium nitride (GaN) chargers under the HyperJuice brand, is back on Kickstarter with a new plug that’s even more impressive than its last: a stackable GaN charger that can support an eye-popping 1600W of passthrough power. This follows Hyper’s first 100W GaN charger released via Kickstarter last fall and made available for purchase back in July.
The charger, which comes in a 65W option with three plugs (two USB-C and one USB-A) and a 100W option with four plugs (three USB-C and one USB-A), has a built-in plug of its own rated at 1500W, so the charger can be plugged into a second unit to multiply the passthrough power available and double the ports. (Or in the event you just don’t want to lose an outlet.) Hyper says you can actually stack 16 of the 100W model on top of one another for a max of 1600W, 48 USB-C ports, and 16 USB-A ports.
For reference, 100W is enough to power most laptop computers while simultaneously charing a second smartphone or tablet. Take the power-hungry laptop out of the equation and Hyper’s GaN chargers can handily support as many as four devices at once — hence the four plugs on the 100W brick, although the company does advertise its 100W model as capable of charging an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro all at the same time.
The real draw here, however, is the stackable nature of the chargers, allowing you to preserve an outlet when plugging in the HyperJuice charger or stacking multiple together all on one wall outlet to multiply the number of available ports.
9to5Mac got to go hands on with the new HyperJuice to show off its capabilities, and it looks like a seriously impressive and well-designed gadget:
Thanks to GaN, which is a much more efficient charging tech than traditional silicon and therefore allows for smaller and faster chargers, these chargers as as small as a box of mints. The 65W option measures 2.83 inches x 1.42 inches x 1.2 inches. The 100W option is 3.36 inches x 1.77 inches x 1.20 inches.
These products don’t come cheap — the 65W model will retail for $80 some time next year, while the 100W model will cost $100. But pledging to the Kickstarter today will get you in the queue for one starting January 2021 at the Kickstarter special discount of 40 percent off, as the 50 percent early bird discount is unfortunately already over.
Hyper has blown past its initial $100,000 goal with more than $300,000 in orders as of this afternoon, but that company has a rather successful track record on the platform following last year’s campaign. And its past devices are all available on Amazon if you’d rather pick one of those up now while you wait.
You can now lower your AT&T bill with mix-and-match wireless plans
If you’re with any major US phone carrier other than Verizon, you’ll know you couldn’t mix and match phone plans between different lines on your account. Starting today, AT&T is finally allowing customers to mix and match which unlimited plan they choose and potentially save some money on their phone bill each month, with a program it’s calling Unlimited Your Way.
For instance, if previously your parents were looking for more hotspot data or a bundled subscription to HBO Max, they would likely have chosen the Unlimited Elite plan, and pay $50 each for four lines (or $200 a month) for a family of four. With mix and match, those parents can choose an Unlimited Elite plan for themselves and put two kids on the cheaper Unlimited Starter plan, saving $30 a month on their phone bill.
AT&T’s three unlimited wireless plans — Unlimited Elite, Unlimited Extra, and Unlimited Starter — remain the same as last year, including how much they cost, as you can see from the charts below. Each offers unlimited talk, text, and 5G access if your phone is compatible with the network. While similar, the plans differ depending on how much premium data you want and what quality of streaming is available for your phone, with only Elite letting you stream HD video.
Now that AT&T and Verizon both offer mix and match plans, T-Mobile is the odd one out. But even though it doesn’t have a similar program, Magenta and Magenta Plus customers can pay for “PlusUp” if they need more data. It adds up to 20GB of data and unlimited HD streaming at an additional $15 a month for Magenta plans or $10 a month for Magenta Plus plans.
AT&T’s Unlimited Your Way is available starting today.
Suspected ransomware attack hits one of the largest hospital networks in the US
“We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible,” the statement reads. “Patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively.”
NBC News reports some UHS hospitals have had to fall back on filing patient information using pen and paper due to the attack. On Reddit and Twitter, there are also reports of UHS facilities redirecting ambulances to other nearby hospitals. “When the attack happened multiple antivirus programs were disabled by the attack and hard drives just lit up with activity,” says one of those reports.
A UHS employee told Bleeping Computer that they saw files renamed during the attack to include a .ryk extension. That extension is associated with the Ryuk ransomware. Like most other ransomware, Ryuk encrypts files to prevent someone from accessing them until they pay a fee.
If UHS was the victim of a ransomware attack, it wouldn’t be the first time a healthcare provider has been the target of a cyberattack. On September 9th, Düsseldorf University Hospital in Germany sent a patient to a hospital 19 miles away after hackers compromised their IT systems in a ransomware attack. The patient died while doctors tried to transfer her to the other hospital.
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