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GPD WIN Max mini gaming laptop is now official, price still coming

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A few years ago, hearing about an Intel Core i5 processor inside a laptop only 8 inches in screen size would have sounded ridiculous. Today, it still sounds almost ridiculous but not because it’s impossible. GPD, which has spawned a niche market for small-sized gaming handhelds and laptops, is doing exactly just that. No, the ridiculousness of the GPD WIN Max isn’t in its technical capabilities but in its practicality and the price it will most likely be asking for.

It may be called a “mini gaming notebook” but it is only small in relation to normal notebooks for gaming or otherwise. With an 8-inch screen and 1-inch thickness, it is probably the biggest gaming handheld you’ll be able to see and hold. There’s a reason for that size though and it all boils down to the power it needs to run games and the systems it needs to keep that from blowing up.

The GPD WIN Max packs a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 with 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM. We’ll let that sink in a bit. The 8-inch screen does disappoint at 1280×720 pixel but that might be for the best to run games with decent graphics while relying only on an Intel Iris Plus graphics. The 512GB M.2 SSD is replaceable, just like a regular laptop.

If that hasn’t had you scratching your head yet, how about an RJ45 port and analog sticks that press down for L3 and R3 buttons? GPD is also advertising support for eGPUs via the Thunderbolt 3 port but makes no mention of which ones would be compatible with it.

The GPD WIN Max is clearly huge in specs and size and that isn’t always a good thing. In addition to an awkward playing position, the dual fans might still be unable to keep things from being too hot to touch. And then there’s still the unannounced price, which could easily be near the $1,000. At that point, you will probably have to ask yourself if the novelty and portability of such a device are still worth that much.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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