Technological World for January 18, consumer tech: Apple's new MacBook Pros and Mac mini, hi-tech sweaters

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Apple announced new computers yesterday, and an Italian designer has clothes to protect you from the surveillance state.

Apple’s got new MacBook Pro laptops and a new Mac mini coming later this month

On Tuesday, Apple announced the latest MacBook Pro laptops which feature the M2 silicon chips designed by the company.

There are configurations with either the M2 Pro or M2 Max, and in 14- and 16-inch sizes.

The MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chip has a 10- or 12-core CPU and a GPU with up to 19 cores and storage capacity of up to 32 GB.

The M2 Max model uses the 12-core CPU and accommodates a GPU with up to 38 cores and storage of up to 96 GB. This is the machine you want if you’re a video, effects, animation, or graphics professional.

The new laptops boast a battery life of up to 22 hours, too, and have the latest Liquid Retina XDR display. They can run an 8K display thanks to the HDMI 2.1 port.

Also announced were two new Mac mini systems. These are powerful computers that can support multiple displays and are packed with processing power despite their small footprint.

The Mac mini M2 comes with 8 GB, 16 GB or 24 GB of memory and hard drive space that starts at 256 GB and goes up to 2 TB. The Mac mini M2 Pro has 16 GB or 32 GB of memory and storage that ranges from 512 GB to 8 TB.

The new Apple computers are available to order now and will be in stores next week.

The 14-inch MacBook models are priced starting at $2,599 CAD, the 16-inch MacBook models start at $3,199 CAD, and the Mac minis start at $799 CAD for the M2 and $1,699 CAD for the M2 Pro.

Slick sweaters can thwart facial recognition software

Cap_able is a fashion company out of Italy that is creating clothing designed to thwart facial recognition software.

The Manifesto Collection includes knitted pants, hoodies, t-shirts, dresses, and sweaters and each of them are created with surrealistic images of different animals that can capture the attention of the software in surveillance cameras.

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