Fully Charged: New MacBook Airs next week, Warhol's Amiga artwork and Sony's new 4K streamer

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New MacBook Airs coming next Tuesday?

Well, we haven’t had any MacBook Air rumours for a while, so how about this one: Apple will announce a new range of 11in and 13in MacBook Airs next week (probably Tuesday).

You’re probably crossing your fingers and toes that said notebooks will have Retina displays – sadly the tipster doesn’t believe that they will, and that these sharper-screened models may be launched later in the year. Next week’s announcement, apparently, will merely be an update of the current line – so expect little more than a spec bump, if anything.

[Source: Cult of Mac]

Andy Warhol’s Commodore Amiga artwork recovered

Andy Warhol was known for using a wide variety of media when creating his pop art – but did you know that he once employed a Commodore Amiga 1000 and tools like GraphiCraft and ProPaint to make images?

Back in 1985, Warhol used the computer as part of a live event to promote its abilities as a multimedia tool – and since then, many of the images he created have sat on floppy disks in the Andy Warhol Museum’s archive, being seen by no-one.

Recently, that changed. The disks were obsolete, but artist Cory Arcangel spurred efforts to extract the data – efforts which have since been documented in a film called Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments. The movie will be available to watch online from 12th May.

[Source: Engadget]

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Sony’s 4K media streamer released for “old” 4K tellies

If you have one of three older Sony 4K TVs (the KD-55X9005A, KD-65X9005A or KDL-84X9005), you may have noticed that it’s not compatible with Netflix’s 4K streaming – and that’s because it can’t decode the HEVC (H.265) standard used to encode the ultra-crisp video.

Newer TVs can, but don’t rush out to buy one just yet, because Sony’s new FMP-X5 4K Media Player can add support. OK, so it costs £350 (S$728) and currently can stream only one 4K show (House of Cards), but both Netflix and Sony are promising more 4K material soon.

Samsung Galaxy Beam 2: a second-gen projector-smartphone

Remember the Galaxy Beam? Samsung’s smartphone-with-built-in-projector was introduced back in 2012, and attracted a fair bit of attention until people realised that squeezing a pico projector into a phone was massively gimmicky.

And now, a couple of years on, Samsung has gone back to the well a second time, launching the Galaxy Beam 2. Like its predecessor, there’s a projector built into the top edge able to throw an image onto a nearby surface. Said image isn’t HD (it’s WVGA) and won’t be especially bright, either – so don’t expect home cinema quality. It’s more for sharing the odd picture or video.

Aside from that, there’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 800 x 480 screen, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 5MP camera and microSD slot. A distinctly average setup, in other words – but currently the Beam 2 seems destined only for the Chinese market, where there are literally millions of people in the market for mid-range Android phones.

[Source: Android Central]

 

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