What’s so “Pro” about the new 13-inch MacBook Pro? Devindra and Cherlynn chat with Laptop Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Sherri L. Smith, about Apple’s confusing new ultraportable. Sure, the M2 chip makes it faster, but why does it have a worse screen and fewer features than the new MacBook Air? Are real professionals better off with the faster (but more expensive) 14-inch MacBook Pro? Also, they dive into the wild new VR headset prototypes from Meta, as well as Twitter’s reinvention of blogging.
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Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 is a strange disappointment – 1:18
Meta’s VR prototypes seek to pass the “visual Turing test” – 22:59
Facebook Pay becomes Meta pay in hopes of becoming the metaverse’s digital wallet – 28:06
Microsoft phases out AI that can detect human emotions – 32:45
Amazon is working on a way to digitize the voice of your dead loved ones – 33:59
Twitter introduces b̶l̶o̶g̶g̶i̶n̶g̶ longform writing feature, Notes – 36:09
Carl Pei’s Nothing phone won’t be coming to the US – 42:22
Working on – 43:28
Pop culture picks – 46:03
Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Guest: Sherri L. Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Laptop Magazine
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O’Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh
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