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Alex Blake

Alex Blake

Computing Writer

In ancient times, people like Alex would have been shunned for their nerdy ways and strange opinions on cheese. Today, he fits right in at Digital Trends, where he writes about all things Apple, from the latest devices to ongoing developments and everything in between. He’s loved tech ever since he realized video games were about as fun as real people, but easier to manage and much cheaper.

He was first drawn to Apple thanks to its combination of beautiful design and aspirational price tags that helped remind him of his place somewhere between grunt and serf. He’s written for brands like TechRadar, GamesRadar and MacFormat, and runs a popular blog dedicated to EA’s FIFA series. They say that if the wind’s just right and you really listen hard enough, you can hear him ranting about FIFA’s career mode from anywhere in the world.

Apple's Craig Federighi presents new features in macOS Sonoma at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

How to downgrade from macOS Sonoma to an older version

If Apple’s macOS Sonoma operating system isn’t quite to your taste, you can downgrade to an older version. Here, we show you three different ways to do it.
Stock photo of MacBook Pro

7 trackpad gestures for Mac that everyone should know

Apple’s macOS operating system is full of great trackpad gestures that bring extra functionality to your Mac. Here are seven handy gestures you can try today.
Logos for Apple's M3 chips.

Apple’s new M3 Pro might come with an unexpected downgrade

Apple’s M3 chips look phenomenal, but there are a couple of ways they might be a downgrade from the M2. What’s going on, and is this actually a problem?
iMac Pro

Everything Apple didn’t announce at its ‘Scary Fast’ launch event

Apple’s October event has come and gone, and plenty of rumored products never made it to the stage. Here’s everything that didn’t appear at the Scary Fast show.
Two Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

Snapdragon X Elite is a showstopper chip arriving at the worst possible time

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X chip could finally challenge Intel and AMD with top performance and low power draw -- but is it arriving at exactly the wrong time?
The WD Black SN850 internal SSD being installed in a PlayStation 5.

My PC died and I nearly lost everything. Here’s what saved me

Backing up your computer can save you from a data destruction disaster. I should know -- I nearly lost everything when my PC died, but my backups rescued me.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU.

Nvidia RTX 4090 prices are skyrocketing as stocks run seriously low

The Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card is in short supply, and that’s causing prices to skyrocket at a range of online stores. Is it the start of a new GPU shortage?
How to play Fortnite on Mac

Apple may have great news for Mac gamers at its ‘Scary Fast’ event

Mac gamers may have a lot to look forward to at Apple’s Scary Fast event on October 30, if a recent analysis by news outlet MacRumors is to be believed.
A dark mystery hand typing on a laptop computer at night.

Hackers targeted 1Password after Okta breach, but your logins are safe

Password manager 1Pasword has just disclosed that hackers gained access to its systems. Luckily, nothing of value was taken, but it’s still a worrying incident.
The Siri activation animation on an iPhone running iOS 14.

Apple may finally beef up Siri with AI smarts next year

Apple’s generative AI might make its debut as soon as next year, a new report claims, bringing new features to a ton of popular Apple apps and services.
Apple Vision Pro being worn by a person while using a keyboard.

Apple is repeating a major mistake from its past with the Vision Pro

Half a decade ago, the HomePod launched with a sky-high price tag and no cheaper option. Now, Apple risks repeating the same mistake with a different product.
A hacker typing on an Apple MacBook laptop, which shows code on its screen.

Hackers are using this incredibly sneaky trick to hide malware

Watch out next time you click a Google Ad, as hackers have a new way to make malware sites almost impossible to spot. Now, a password manager has fallen victim.
OpenAI Dall-E 3 alpha test version image.

OpenAI’s new tool can spot fake AI images, but there’s a catch

AI-generated images can spread misinformation and fool the public, but ChatGPT maker OpenAI says its new tool can root out fake pictures with unerring accuracy.
Man using a 24-inch M1 iMac.

Want a new iMac? It’s just been delayed to 2024, says analyst

Don’t expect a new 24-inch iMac this year, as an analyst has claimed it’ll launch in 2024. Apple will also release a new, larger iMac in 2025, they say.
Intel CEO talking about Meteor Lake

Even Intel’s best chips won’t catch up with Apple, TSMC CEO says

The CEO of chipmaker TSMC says Intel’s Meteor Lake chips will struggle to catch up with Apple and will remain in TSMC’s shadow, despite their innovations.
A person tries on an Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset in an Apple Store, with an Apple employee alongside them.

Apple’s ‘cheaper’ Vision Pro may not be so cheap after all

Rumors claim Apple is making a cut-price Vision Pro headset, but the price could still be sky high. Can Apple justify it with a great-quality product?
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The best MacBook to buy in 2023

With plenty of MacBook models to choose from, which should you buy? Our guide examines performance, battery life, design, and more to find your answer.
The Apple Vision Pro reveals the wearer's eyes on a front-facing display.

Vision Pro 2: everything we expect from the future of Apple’s headsets

Apple will follow up the Vision Pro headset with a new high-end version and a cheaper model. But what will they be like? Here’s everything you need to know.
An Apple iSight webcam mounted on a computer monitor.

15 years ago, Apple killed one of its most beautiful designs

Apple’s stunning iSight webcam was killed off 15 years ago, and I’m still waiting for Apple to make something as pretty. Here’s why it was such a great device.
Apple Sidecar press photo

This genius app turns your iPad into a Mac drawing tablet

There’s a new app that lets you use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your Mac. Can it beat Apple’s Sidecar, and will it become a favorite of digital artists?
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air on a desk, with macOS Sonoma running on its display.

Apple’s first OLED MacBooks are still years away, says report

MacBook Pro displays are some of the best around, but Apple is working to replace them with OLED panels. These are still years away, an analyst has claimed.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air placed on a desk.

Apple’s removable MacBook mouse may be its weirdest idea yet

Apple has explored a lot of peculiar ideas, but few are more bizarre than its latest patent for a removable MacBook key that doubles up as a minuscule mouse.
Google Drive in Chrome on a MacBook.

Google has a great idea to fix your tab chaos in Chrome

The more you use a web browser, the worse your tab overload can become. Thankfully, Google has a great idea to fix the issue in Chrome with a handy automation.
The MacBook Pro on a wooden table.

Your next MacBook Pro may get a major battery boost — here’s why

Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops already offer incredibly battery life, but that could be boosted even further thanks to an intriguing technology improvement.
A MacBook with Google Chrome loaded.

Apple almost rejected Google for this key Safari feature

An ongoing trial has revealed that Apple considered dropping Google in place of DuckDuckGo for Safari’s private browsing tool, with major privacy implications.
Apple's Craig Federighi presents new features in macOS Sonoma at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

Common macOS Sonoma problems and how to fix them

Having trouble with Apple’s macOS Sonoma operating system? We’ve got the fixes to the most common problems, helping you get your Mac back up and running again.
A MacBook Pro running macOS Sonoma at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023.

Apple’s new M3 Macs could launch any day now, leak claims

A fresh leak has claimed Apple’s new Macs outfitted with M3 chips could launch imminently, bringing better power and efficiency to the company’s computers.
A depiction of a hacker breaking into a system via the use of code.

Bing Chat just beat a security check to stop hackers and spammers

CAPTCHA challenges are designed to thwart hackers and spam bots, but someone has just shown that ChatGPT can beat them. That’s worrying news for cybersecurity.
The Cooler Master CMODX Sneaker X PC against a red background.

This weird sneaker PC is on sale for less than you might think

Cooler Master’s bizarre Sneaker X -- a PC shaped like a massive shoe -- has just gone on sale, and the price has been cut massively compared to earlier rumors.
Bing Chat shown on a laptop.

Bing Chat’s ads are sending users to dangerous malware sites

The Bing Chat AI chatbot often serves up adverts to its users, but it turns out these ads can be hijacked by malicious websites containing dangerous malware.
A laptop screen shows the home page for ChatGPT, OpenAI's artificial intelligence chatbot.

This powerful ChatGPT feature is back from the dead — with a few key changes

OpenAI has brought a handy feature back to ChatGPT, but has changed the way it works to make it more reliable. Will it be better this time? We’ll have to see.
Federighi talking about Continuity Camera.

Apple fixed one of my biggest macOS gripes with Sonoma — but I still want more

Continuity Camera is a great tool for video calls, and Apple’s macOS Sonoma fixes some of its worst problems. Despite that, there’s more that could be done.
Apple Vision Pro being worn by a person while using a keyboard.

Apple’s cheaper Vision Pro headset may have been scrapped, report claims

Rumors have claimed Apple is working on a cheaper version of its Vision Pro headset, but a new report says the company may have abandoned the project entirely.
A hand holding the RTX 4090 GPU.

This new GPU connector may finally kill the melting 12VHPWR

The troublesome 12VHPWR GPU connector that killed so many graphics cards could finally be consigned to history, as a new, safer component may soon replace it.