Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (High Settings) on MacBook Air 2013

While MacBook Air is not designed for gaming, it is impressive to see that this little machine is able to handle intensive games such as Modern Warfare 3 on high settings smoothly. Thanks to the latest Haswell microarchitecture.

I got 50 fps on average and 30-145 fps minimum and maximum when playing Modern Warfare 3 on MacBook Air 2013 with high settings and 720p resolution. Again, quite impressive for a machine that is equipped with just Intel Core i5-4250U processor, 4GB RAM and Intel HD 5000 IGPU.

Check out the gameplay video below.

MacBook Air 2013 gaming and performance test

As you all know, Apple has released the new MacBook Air this year in June.
The design doesn't seem to change much from the previous MacBook Air models, but there are a few upgrades on the inside.

The new MacBook Air now has a Haswell microarchitecure compared to the previous model which uses Ivy Bridge. It also has a 128GB SSD storage, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 5000 IGPU and Intel Core i5-4250U CPU for the base model.

The Haswell processor in the new Air promises to give better performance along with a better battery life. The base 11-inch Air now can last up to 9 hours compared to the previous model, which can only last up to 5 hours.

On top of that, the Intel HD 5000 IGPU and Intel Core i5-4250U give performance boost around 15-30% on the new base model, a noticeable difference especially in gaming.

As for top clock speed, the 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5-4250U CPU can Turbo Boost itself up to 2.6 GHz if required. Although the Turbo Boost frequency is the same as the previous model (2.6 GHz), it means nothing as having Haswell microarchitecture on-board means it is undoubtedly faster.

So, how well does the new MacBook Air handle gaming with all of these hardware upgrades?
I made some test videos using two video games, Call of Duty 4 and Mirror's Edge to find out. 

Check out the videos that I made below. All the games ran on the MacBook Air with medium to high settings and with 720p resolution.

Nokia PureView commercial thrashes Apple's iPhone

Nokia Lumia is probably best known for its PureView technology and the feature is further enhanced in the latest Lumia flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, which also includes a monstrous 41 megapixel camera.

Now, as you can see in the commercial below, Nokia uses Lumia 925 as a comparison to the iPhone and it mainly highlights the camera quality between these two smartphones.

Although Nokia arguably has the best mobile camera technology in the market today, is that enough to sell Lumia devices and outsell the iPhone ?

Security hole in new Samsung TVs allows hackers to see you easily

Internet access, apps, microphones and cameras are some of the popular features come equipped with most smart televisions nowadays. However, with all these features included, there is one reason why you should worry; hackers attack.

Recently, researchers at ISEC discovered security hole in Samsung Smart TVs that enabled hackers to access the TV's camera without you even noticing. This means, while you are watching your favorite shows, someone probably have been watching you too. They are also able to redirect victims to malicious website to steal information.

Thankfully, the security hole now have been patched by Samsung after researchers at iSEC Partners informed the flaws. Researchers said, "If there's a vulnerability in any application, there's a vulnerability in the entire TV" and although Samsung already push a software update to fix the bugs to all affected TVs, they remain skeptical whether it is perfectly secure because hackers can always find another way in the future.

Of course, when you feel paranoid, you can always cover the camera with duct tape.