Welcome to HYPERLINKED, where we run you through the biggest stories of the week in the tech space.
MAC OS VENTURA HAS RELEASED
Mac owners can download the latest operating system, MacOS Ventura. This is a significant update that brings a number of new features and updates to Mac devices.
The biggest one is probably Stage Manager which displays an easy way to keep your apps and workspaces that you have open organised without losing focus on the actual thing that you’re working on.
Another big one is Continuity Camera which lets you use your iPhone as a webcam to improve the quality of your video calls as well as take advantage of features such as Center Stage and Studio Light utilising the ultrawide lens of your iPhone. There’s also a nifty new mode called Desk View which uses some wizardry to show you footage of what’s happening on your desk for demoes or unboxings.
In-line with iPhone and iPad, you can now unsend and edit messages as well as recover accidentally deleted messages. You can also now SharePlay over messages and you can handoff Facetime calls from one device to another.
There’s big changes to the settings app, and Safari has a number of big improvements including Shared Tab Groups and Passkeys. You can learn more about MacOS Ventura HERE and update through the settings app on your Mac device.
RODEX IS RODE’S NEW GAMING RANGE
RODE has announced its new gaming range, called RodeX and alongside the brand reveal, the company has also announced its first two RodeX USB microphones that are both out today.
Alongside the two new microphones, RODE has also revealed its new software called UNIFY which is a virtual mixer that lets you pull in up to four USB microphones and six virtual audio sequences to create different mixes for podcast, streams and such. Each of the new microphones comes with a UNIFY subscription otherwise you can purchase a subscription for your existing RODE or other USB microphone.
RODEX XCM-50 MICROPHONE
The RODEX XDM-50 will cost $259 AUD and is a condenser microphone that has been optimised for streaming and gaming. It has headphone output, level control and a mute button as well as an internal pop shield and a capsule shock mount. It also comes with a desktop tripod and features an integrated swing mount. It features signature red branding (great choice) that differentiates it from the rest of the standard RODE range.
RODEX XDM-100 MICROPHONE
The RODEX XDM-100 will cost $439 AUD and is the premium model. It is a professional dynamic USB microphone that delivers broadcast audio ideal for streaming and gaming. It features an ultra low-noise, high-gain preamp and high-resolution 24-bit/48 Khz analog-digital conversions. It has a dynamic capsule and tight cardioid pattern to ensure great audio quality without picking up external noises such as keyboard clicks. It comes with a pop shield and a shock mount and also provides headphone output, zero-latency audio monitoring and level control and microphone mute functionality on the microphone itself. Just like the the XCM-50, it also features the new RODEX signature red branding.
We’ll have more thoughts on the RODEX line shortly, but what we can say now is that just like all other RODE products, these have a premium feel right from the moment you unbox them, and it’s great to see stand/shock mounts included in the box as well.
As of right now, you can now play Resident Evil Village on Mac devices with Apple Silicon including the below devices:
MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)
MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Pro, 2021) / MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Max, 2021)
MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro, 2021) / MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Max, 2021)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
MacBook Air (M2, 2022) / MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)
Mac mini (M1, 2020)
Mac Studio（M1 Max, 2022）/ Mac Studio（M1 Ultra, 2022）
It’s also been confirmed that the Winters Expansion DLC will release on Apple at a later date. In terms of other AAA games you can expect to see on Apple, it’s also been confirmed that No Man’s Sky will also come to Apple devices.
Early reports suggest that the game runs brilliantly on MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip and also decently on the MacBook Air.