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TVision Home is Shutting Down in December

T-Mobile is shutting down TVision Home. TVision Home is T-Mobile’s IPTV cable service that utilized technology from its 2017 acquisition of Layer3. The service will officially shut down on December 30th, 2020 at 3AM ET. This information came from an FAQ on the T-Mobile website.

TVision Home shutdown comes shortly after the November 1st launch of the company’s new live TV streaming service. Confusingly, the live TV streaming service also uses the TVision brand. The new TVision works via an app that’s available across many platforms. It also works over a $50 4K Android TV dongle that’s sold by T-Mobile.

Generally, it is a easier way to access content than the TVision Home. Previously, it required a more traditional set-top box. Also, compared to the previous subscription that cost $90 per month, the new TVision offers a number of more affordable bundles of channels. This includes a bundle that costs just $10 per month.

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According to T-Mobile, if you’re currently a subscriber, your subscription will be cancelled automatically at the end of December.

Also, if you’ve been a subscriber for a while (November 1st or earlier), T-Mobile will also offer you free access to two TVision tiers. The free access will be through to June 30th, 2021. The bundle offer; $60 per month TVision Live Zone bundle, which primarily offers news and sports. And the $10 per month TVision Vibe bundle, which has more entertainment-focused channels such as AMC, BET, HDTV, and Discovery. Current TVision Home subscribers can also get a 20 percent discount on certain T-Mobile wireless plans.

About T-Mobile’s Rebranded Layer3 TV

You should know that TVision is currently only available to T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers (not including pre-paid customers), and it won’t be available more widely until sometime in 2021.

TVision Home was unveiled on April 10, 2019 building on its previous Layer3 TV.

Apple Event 2020 – November Edition Announcement

On Tuesday 10th November, tech giants Apple hosted another Apple event 2020. The event was to announce the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models. Here’s a rundown of things at the event.

The November Apple Event 2020 is where Apple announced its first homemade chip for the Mac, the M1.

The company also introduced three new Macs powered by the chip. A new MacBook Air laptop, a new 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop and Mac Mini desktop computer. The designs look nearly identical to the current generation of each computer.

During the November Apple Event 2020, Apple made several claims about the M1′s performance. It also talks about how it’ll contribute to better battery life in the new Macs.

All three computers are available to order now and start shipping next week. The MacBook Air starts at $999; the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 and the Mac Mini starts at $699.

Apple Event 2020 – MacBook Air

Here is a quick look at the specifications of the new MacBook Air: There are two variants: One has the Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine and 256GB storage. The other has Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine and 512GB Storage. Both come with 8GB RAM, 13-inch Retina display with True Tone, Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad and Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports.

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MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro with M1 processor has a 13.3-inch display with 2560-by-1600 native resolution. It comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB and 512GB storage options, though this can be increased to 16GB RAM and up to 2TB respectively. Apple is promising up to 17 hours of browsing and 20 hours of video playback on the new MacBook Pro. The laptop also comes with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 and  USB 3.1 Gen 2. The laptop has also the Magic Keyboard along with a Touch ID sensor and a Touch Bar on top. 

More Details on the M1 Chip

Apple says the M1 is the first personal computer chip built using 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with 16 billion transistors, which represents the most Apple has ever put into a chip. It integrates the CPU, GPU and Neural engine onto a single System-on-Chip (SoC).

Other features of the M1 are: It comes with Apple’s latest image signal processor (ISP), which will ensure higher quality video with better noise reduction, improved auto white balance, etc. It also has the latest Secure Enclave for security. A high-performance storage controller with AES encryption hardware for faster and more secure SSD performance. Better battery performance. It also has an Apple-designed Thunderbolt controller with support for USB 4 with transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.

At another Apple Event 2020, the company had announced its plans to use “Apple Silicon” in its laptops and desktop computers running the MacOS operating system.

Apple has used Intel chips in its Mac computers since 2005. The transition means Apple will start using chips based on the same technology as the chips in iPhones and iPads. It also means Macs will be able to run apps originally developed for iPhones.

The November edition of the Apple event lasted under an hour. Apple ended the event with a cheeky skit bringing back the “I’m a PC” character. It was played by actor, author and comedian John Hodgman, whose ineffectual boasts about Windows’ capabilities are supposed to set up a stronger contrast with Apple.

CEO Tim Cook teased about “more amazing experiences” coming next year