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Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro With M3 Family Of Chips

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro With M3 Family Of Chips
Oct 31 2023 Share

Apple unveiled a new lineup of MacBook Pro laptops, along with a new iMac model and PC chips in a unique nighttime launch event. These updates aim to rejuvenate Apple’s Mac range, which saw a 7% drop in sales in the previous quarter due to a global slowdown in PC sales. 

The new computers, available next week, maintain the same designs as last year’s models but come equipped with new chips. The iMac had not been refreshed since April 2021, and the MacBook Pro got a chip upgrade earlier in January.

At the Halloween-themed event, Apple highlighted that the new chips offer significant upgrades, including faster speeds, extended battery life, and high-end capabilities for AI applications. 

The company emphasized that the new machines surpass Intel-based Macs, which began to be phased out in 2020.

In addition, Apple reduced the price of the entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro from $1999 to $1599, albeit with a less powerful M3 chip compared to the previous year’s model.

The new MacBook Pro lineup introduces the M3 family of chips: M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. These chips bring enhanced performance and new capabilities to MacBook Pro, catering to various user needs. The laptops come with features like a Liquid Retina XDR display, a built-in 1080p camera, a six-speaker sound system, and versatile connectivity options. 

They offer up to an impressive 22 hours of battery life, ensuring consistent performance whether plugged in or on battery. The lineup is available for order now, with availability starting on November 7.


McDonald’s Is Dropping A CROCS Collaboration

McDonald's Is Dropping A CROCS Collaboration
Oct 31 2023 Share

McDonald’s, known for its collaborations with lifestyle and apparel brands, has recently teamed up with Japanese label graniph for a merchandise collection. Now, they’re unveiling a new collaboration with Crocs, set to launch later this week. This partnership will give the classic Crocs silhouettes a unique twist, incorporating McDonald’s beloved mascots.

The collection features various color options, with the Classic Clog sporting the iconic red, yellow, and white color scheme. These may also come with special McDonald’s Jibbitz like the fries container featuring the “M” branding. 


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Additionally, there’s a “Birdie” version in yellow, a black and white design paying homage to the Hamburglar, and a Cozzzy Slide in regal purple, dedicated to the Grimace. Jibbitz charms of these iconic mascots will be available for purchase, allowing individuals to personalize their McDonald’s x Crocs footwear.

The McDonald’s x Crocs collection is set to be released on November 2, 2023, with prices ranging from $70 to $75 USD. It will be available at select retailers and online on the Crocs website.


Two Youths Arrested For Stealing Car In Ħamrun

Two Youths Arrested For Stealing Car In Ħamrun
Oct 31 2023 Share

Two youths have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole a vehicle in Ħamrun. 

The theft reportedly took place last Sunday, at around 2320hrs. As police officials were carrying out a typical locality surveillance in Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Santa Venera, they noticed a Volkswagen Polo with two suspicious individuals inside. 

The police stopped the car, with the driver resulting in not having a valid driver’s license. 

Further investigations showed that the vehicle had been stolen a few hours prior from Triq Brighella, Ħamrun. 

The two youths were arrested and taken to the Floriana Lock Up for further investigations. The youth are expected to appear in court today at 1100hrs. 


Business Owners Express Concerns Over Malta’s Direction

Oct 31 2023 Share

According to a recent survey conducted by the Chamber of SMEs in Malta, a significant number of small business owners in the country hold a pessimistic view regarding the nation’s current trajectory.

The survey, which garnered 423 responses from businesses employing up to 250 people, was conducted through an online platform by MISCO between October 11 and October 20. 

The results indicate that 80% of respondents believe that Malta is moving in the wrong direction, marking a notable increase of 16 percentage points since the same question was asked in the second quarter of the year.

Among the top concerns expressed by the survey respondents, employee shortages ranked as the most pressing issue, followed closely by increasing inflation and unfair competition. 

When questioned about the most critical issues facing the country that the government should address, nearly 40% of business owners cited corruption levels and the lack of good governance as their primary concerns.

The survey also revealed that concerns about overpopulation were closely linked to perceived abuses within the system.

The survey results pointed to a prevailing sense of uncertainty within the country, which is discouraging business owners from making further investments.

Nearly 60% of respondents expressed uncertainty about the prospects for investment in the coming year, with 35% believing that the environment for investment will remain unfavourable.

Only slightly more than 15% of businesses indicated their willingness to expand their investments.