Apple's New M1 Chip is a Big Deal

Amogh Sondur
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TechNews Writer
Nov 30, 2020
Apple recently announced the latest Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air which now runs on Apple’s in-house chip that they call the M1. Since 2006, Apple has been using Intel for its Mac lineup but has been developing their own System on a Chip (SOCs) after the soaring success of their A-series mobile processors used in iPhones and iPads.
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2020 - Spring - Issue 11

Music Review: Album: Fatal Love by Monsta X

Kris Shiflet
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TechNews Writer
Nov 23, 2020
Monsta X first debuted in 2015 with their catchy hit “Hero,” and their popularity grew rapidly from there. They have expanded their fanbase outside of Korea and Asia and into the West, performing on a number of American shows and stages. Monsta X has a very distinct sound, a bit more edgy than other popular K-pop groups such as BTS, which has a very poppy style, and NCT, which has a more experimental style.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10

Music Review: EP: All Out by K/DA

Kris Shiflet
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TechNews Writer
Nov 23, 2020
K/DA took the world by storm in November of 2018 when their debut music video, “POP/STARS,” was released. K/DA is a virtual girl group that mixes K-pop and English and is composed of “League of Legends” (“LoL”) characters, Evelynn (Madison Beer), Akali (Soyeon), Ahri (Miyeon), and Kai’Sa (Jaira Burns). Their music debut sparked increased interest in “LoL,” lots of cosplays, and increasing popularity for K-pop group (G)I-DLE. Even though “POP/STARS” was just supposed to be a one-off, the music was phenomenal, the animation was amazing, and fans around the world clamored for more of K/DA. Well, “LoL” listened, and K/DA recently released an extended play (EP) called “All Out.” There are five songs on the EP, all of them are fantastic, but I will only be reviewing the ones with music videos (as of November 14).
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10

The Great Ace Attorney - Review

Kevin Barrera
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TechNews Writer
Nov 23, 2020
It has been a hot minute since my last “Ace Attorney” review has come out. I wanted to get this article out as soon as possible, but because of school, I couldn’t find the time to play this game. In case you missed the article where I mentioned why “Dai Gyakuten Saiban,” (“The Great Ace Attorney”) or simply “DGS,” won’t be localized any time soon, the answer is that there is no clear answer. Capcom has simply neglected to mention why this game failed to release outside of Japan, though many speculate that it is because of the copyright issues surrounding the Sherlock Holmes franchise. Thankfully “Scarlet Study,” a team of dedicated translators, took it upon themselves to not only translate the game’s text into English, but also the ingame graphics. “Scarlet Study” released two totally free patches for "DGS," one for Android devices, and the other for the Nintendo 3DS. Of course to legally use this patch, one must obtain a copy of "DGS" from either the Japanese Google Play Store or import a copy of the game from Japan. Because of this, most fans of “Ace Attorney” have neglected to play this game, outside of hardcore fans such as myself.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10

iPhone 12- Apple is Back With a Bang

Sundaresh Senguttuvan
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Nov 23, 2020
Every year, Apple's new phone release is one of the most anticipated things all around the world. No matter if you are going to buy it or not, you will still want to look up what Apple has done new.  This curiosity was developed by one of the greatest minds of the last century, Steve Jobs. A few weeks ago, Apple announced its new phone series, the iPhone-12, which is their primary product. This year, Apple has taken a tremendous hit in its manufacturing due to COVID-19, but Apple has arrived with the plan to conquer most of the market segments. They have four variants this year with the price ranging from $600 to $1099 drawing a wide range of customers.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Retro Review ; All My Homies Hate Leandros

Jack Hamilton
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TechNews Writer
Nov 23, 2020
I’m feeling in a Warhammer mood this week. That’s all. I’ve been playing through Obsidian’s “The Outer Worlds” recently, which I have been loving but are far from completion. I needed a game to review this week, and my initial plan was to purchase and get as far through “Hades” as possible, until my friend asked if I wanted to go to Dice Dojo with him this weekend. Dice Dojo is a great local games store for all things tabletop, be it Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) or tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), Magic: The Gathering, or Warhammer 40k. And I haven’t bought new minis in a while, so I decided this would be a good time to reward myself for getting this far in the semester. And while I was deciding that, I said to myself “Hey, you know what’s a surprisingly good game that not a lot people know about? Space Marine” So this week I’m going to be reviewing a game not a whole lot of people outside of entrenched Warhammer fans have heard of, because it’s surprisingly good.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10

Ruminations on the Console Wars

Jack Hamilton
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TechNews Writer
Nov 23, 2020
2020 was a year ravaged by a global pandemic, a divisive election, wildfires, riots and looting, and all out war. But not the lame kind of war with guns, ideological conflicts, and crimes against humanity. No, the real kind of war. The console wars. A name that brings to my mind the fierce battle between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, back when it was actually a competition. The generation before the PlayStation 2 was just the obvious choice, and this past gen was clearly ruled by the PlayStation 4 (PS4). Microsoft really isn’t helping themselves with the naming scheme either. Xbox, a bit on the nose but whatever. Xbox 360, ok fine. Xbox One, why? And now Xbox Series X? At least Sony keeps it straightforward, if boring. It seems only fitting that 2020, the year that has taken so much from us, has the game industry seeking to take yet more, because neither of the next gen consoles are worth your time.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 10