I tested Intel’s new overclocking tool, and it does AI all wrong

One of the most interesting features of Intel’s recent Core i9-14900K is its AI-assisted overclocking. Available through the Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), AI Assist is billed as the natural next step of automatic overclocking. It uses AI to push chips further rather than relying on a predetermined list of checks that Intel already offers through XTU.

That’s the pitch, at least. But according to my own testing, AI Assist doesn’t do much of anything.

Not only does it provide minimal benefit by being restricted to the Core i9-14900K, it also shows the dangers of haphazardly adding AI in places where it doesn’t belong. That’s a shame, too, because we’ve seen some clear examples of how AI can enhance performance on PCs. AI Assist doesn’t fit in that mold.

Too little to matter

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Don’t get your hopes up for a big performance boost out of AI Assist. It takes about 45 seconds to run the feature on your PC, and Intel says XTU tests applications during that window to determine the optimal overclocking settings. AI Assist is supposed to go beyond what the automatic overclocking in XTU offers, but it actually produced identical results.

The result: a whopping 100MHz boost across all cores. I ran the overclock through Cinebench R23, which produced a 1.5% improvement in multi-core performance and a 1.6% improvement in single-core performance. When testing a real application, there’s no difference at all. In our Handbrake transcoding benchmark, the AI Assist overclock produced an identical result to a stock Core i9-14900K.

Performance for the AI Assist feature with the Intel Core i9-14900K.
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I’ve never expected huge performance gains out of an automatic overclocking feature, but what’s frustrating is that the automatic overclocking in XTU produced the exact same overclock settings, along with identical performance. It’s not clear what AI is doing here, but from my testing at least, it’s no better than the otherwise limited automatic overclocking already present in XTU.

The application is the problem here, and that’s true on two fronts. First is the Core i9-14900K. This is already a chip pushed to its absolute limits, as it’s essentially a juiced-up version of last-gen’s Core i9-13900K. It doesn’t provide a huge performance lift, as you can read in our Core i9-14900K and Core i9-13900K comparison, so expecting overclocking to do much — AI or otherwise — isn’t a good idea.

It’s also the application of AI to overclocking. You could imagine how AI could be useful for automatic overclocking — train a model on thousands of different PC configurations and their components and use those patterns to figure out optimal settings — but it doesn’t look like Intel is doing much with AI Assist. I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but whatever it is, it doesn’t appear too sophisticated. And based on the final result, that still holds true.

Wrong application

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We’ve seen plenty of examples of AI being applied where it shouldn’t be this year, but the disappointing thing about AI Assist is that it could work. It just doesn’t do much right now with the Core i9-14900K and Intel’s seemingly basic AI implementation.

AI can dramatically improve the power of a PC, and we have a great example of AI doing just that: Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). It started off as just an AI-assisted upscaling tool, but it has grown to apply AI to frame generation and ray tracing denoisers, with all three working to improve performance and the gaming experience on PC.

DLSS and AI Assist aren’t the same thing, but DLSS is a prime example of applying AI to a problem and seeing tangible benefits from it. AI Assist is not. It’s applying AI in a situation where the performance gains are already limited, and doing so in a way that doesn’t do anything to improve the performance or user experience.

Intel has been pushing AI hard, as has the rest of the computing world. Its next-gen Meteor Lake chips come with a dedicated AI processor, despite the fact that the only clear application for one is Windows Studio Effects. We now have AI-assisted overclocking, despite the fact that the days of minor overclocks producing big performance jumps are far behind us. And next month, Intel is launching its next-gen CPUs for laptops with an event titled “AI Everywhere.” I’m not against AI being everywhere, but it needs to make sense.

AI Assist in XTU unfortunately doesn’t. It could be a great feature, particularly for lower-end chips that have some headroom to spare. And it could bring AI into the fold in a place where it matters, given that the model behind the scenes is truly delivering something you can’t get with a one-click overclocking tool. It’s possible we could see that in the future from AI Assist, but it’s not here now.

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We found a laptop that’s $5,470 off in Lenovo’s early Black Friday Sale

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With Black Friday often come some of the best laptop deals of the year, and that’s certainly the case at Lenovo right now. The workstation-class ThinkPad P16 laptop is marked down a massive $5,470 today, bringing its price down from nearly $10,000 to a much more reasonable Black Friday price of $4,469. This laptop is absolutely loaded with specs, surpassing most of the best laptops and even many of the best desktop computers. Free shipping is included with this deal, which isn’t likely to last long, so click over to Lenovo now to save while you can.

Why you should buy the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation

Lenovo has been making quality computers for decades and currently finds itself considered among the best laptop brands. Its ThinkPad lineup is one of its most versatile, offering laptops at a range of price points for different needs. The ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation is going to sit on the upper end of those needs, as it’s packed with specs. It has an Intel i9 processor and a whopping 128GB of RAM, as well as 4TB of internal solid state storage capacity. These are the kind of specs you should be looking for if you’re trying to fit into the workflows of architectures, visual effects, and other professional-level environments that aim to push everyday laptops beyond their limits.

And while the ThinkPad P16 may seem like more than most people need, it’s something you should consider if you’re looking to go long stretches between laptop purchases. Its high-end specs make it much more future-proof, and keep it relevant with lower level computing tasks for a much longer period of time. It’s entirely capable as a super powerful everyday laptop, as it gets great battery life relative to its specs, and it has a 16-inch 4K display. It isn’t overly-sized for all of the power it has to accommodate, allowing it to travel well to both the coffee shop and by airplane. You’ll find plenty daily necessities with this workstation, as including Windows 11 Pro 64 pre-installed.

While the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation would regularly cost almost $10,000, you can take it home with this Black Friday deal for $4,469. Total savings come to $5,470, and free shipping is included.

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This Acer 27-inch QWHD gaming monitor is discounted to $145

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This is it. One of the first great Walmart “early access” Black Friday deals has landed and we’re here to witness it in real time. It’s the Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U, a curved monitor for gaming, and it went on sale at noon Eastern Time on November 8th as part of an official Walmart Black Friday deal. That means that this is the good price and you can buy now. The Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U is usually $259, but with this deal it is just $145, saving you $114. So, tap the button below to grab yours now, while supplies last, or keep reading to see our take.

Why you should buy the Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U

It is easy enough to call this the first of the great gaming monitor deals of the holiday season and call it a day, but why is that so? Stats first, this is a premium monitor in that it has a fantastic WQHD (2560 x 1440p) resolution and quick 170Hz refresh rate. These factors, along with the 1ms response time of the monitor’s pixels, contribute highly to what we look for in a gaming monitor. They mean that you will be able to scrutinize tiny details in the game world as well as perceive that same game world’s reactions to your movements in incredibly fast order.

You’ll also want to consider the Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U’s form factor. When we talked about choosing a monitor, we mentioned how curved monitors (like the Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U) are becoming increasingly common, but were previously on the “fancy” side. If you aren’t super familiar with them yet, a curved monitor can help immerse you in your game (we recommend single player games at first to get used to it) and reduce issues like glare. That’s not to mention getting more screen on less desk space.

To try out the curved Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U at its early Black Friday price, just tap the button below. You’ll find the Acer Nitro 27-inch ED270U for just $145, which is $114 down from the usual $259. If that’s not good enough, or you just want more options, check out these other early Black Friday monitor deals and see if you find something you like more.

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This is the cheapest GPU that’s still worth buying

In a market that’s centered around all of the best graphics cards, it can be deceptively hard to buy a GPU. For those of us who don’t need “the best” and just want “good enough,” it’s a tricky process. Sometimes spending a few more dollars gets you something that’s considerably better, and other times, spending $100 less means a GPU with significantly better value.

Fortunately, there are a few GPUs that are just all-around good picks right now. If you want to get the most GPU power for the least possible money, check out the AMD Radeon RX 6600.

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On the whole, AMD is often cheaper than Nvidia, and that applies both to last-gen and current-gen cards. It has a few noteworthy cards in the $180 to $320 range, not to mention the $500 RX 7800 XT, which is one of the best-value graphics cards in this generation. However, if you want to get the cheapest GPU possible while still retaining decent performance, I recommend the RX 6600.

The RX 6600 belongs to AMD’s RDNA 2 lineup, and it has two slightly more powerful siblings — the RX 6600 XT and the RX 6650 XT. However, due to their similar performance, you might as well go for the cheapest one when you’re on a tighter budget. The RX 6600 can be found for as little as

, and at that price, it’s a good deal.

What kind of performance can you expect from this card? You should be able to play most titles at 1080p without needing to compromise on the settings too much. In our own testing, the RX 6600 was able to tackle Red Dead Redemption 2 and maintain 59 frames per second (fps) on average — and that’s at ultra settings. We’ve also tried it in Fortnite, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Battlefield V, and Civilization VI, and it averaged between 71 fps and 138 fps. Read AMD Radeon RX 6600 review to learn more.

While I recommend this GPU, it’s not a straightforward choice, because AMD has a slew of RX 6000 cards that are in a similar price range and offer slightly better performance. There’s the RX 6600 XT, RX 6650 XT, and the current-gen RX 7600. The latter can be found for around

, and if your budget can stretch that far, it’s money well spent.

When we benchmarked the RX 7600, we found that it averaged 66.3 fps across our 1080p test suite, while the RX 6600 scored 50.9 fps. If you want a steady 60 fps in modern games at 1080p, the RX 7600 is a more straightforward pick; if you don’t mind dropping down to medium settings, go for the RX 6600.

What about Nvidia and Intel?

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If you’re not that into AMD, but still want a cheap GPU, there are a couple of options from Intel and Nvidia that are worth considering: the Intel Arc A750 and the Nvidia RTX 4060.

One thing to be mindful of when buying Intel Arc cards is compatibility. As you can read in our in-depth review of the Arc A750 and the Arc A770, while these GPUs are compatible with older processors, they benefit from the ability to enable Resizable BAR. That means you’ll need a 10th-gen Intel processor or an AMD Ryzen 3000 or newer. Without Resizable BAR, the performance of Arc A750 drops by a large margin.

With that disclaimer out of the way, the Arc A750 is a surprisingly solid GPU for 1080p gameplay, averaging 80 fps at 1080p ultra across our entire test suite. It’s also viable for 1440p, hitting 62 fps on average, while the Arc A770 scored 68 fps.

If you want to try out Intel in your next PC build, the cheapest version of the Arc A750 costs

and comes from Sparkle. Intel’s own version is slightly pricier at $230.

Moving on to Nvidia, as you can read in our review of the RTX 4060, this card comes with a few caveats, but it still has an edge over the competition in that it has access to Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 3) frame generation. While not supported in all too many games, DLSS 3 can help an RTX 4070 outperform an RTX 4090, and it has a similar effect on the RTX 4060. It’s an artificial boost that opens the door to high-end gaming on a tight budget, which is why the RTX 4060 makes sense despite the price tag.

Without the DLSS 3 crutch, the RTX 4060 still performs well enough to handle 1080p gaming with ease. It averaged 78.2 fps in our 1080p test suite at ultra settings. As for DLSS 3, it really does make a difference on a GPU of this caliber — while the 4060 hits 82 fps on average without DLSS 3 in Cyberpunk 2077, it managed a whopping 136 fps with frame generation enabled.

The RTX 4060 starts at around

.

Do you really need a GPU?

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G retail box with processor on white background.
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If you’re trying to build a PC while spending as little as possible, and you’re not a hardcore gamer, one way to save a couple hundred dollars is to not get a graphics card at all.

Integrated graphics often get a bad rep, and rightfully so, but we’ve come a long way in the past few years. In particular, one option that’s viable for daily use (including some gaming) is AMD’s Ryzen 5600G processor, or rather, accelerated processing unit (APU). This is a separate category of processors that combine the CPU and the GPU within a single chip. This integration gives the 5600G more GPU power than most iGPUs.

I’m not going to lie to you — the Ryzen 5600G is no gaming beast. However, as long as you’re content with medium settings and you’re mostly playing older games and indies, it’ll do. It’s also a solid option for day-to-day tasks, be it work or casual browsing. Most of all, it’s highly affordable — it’s priced at around

right now. There’s also the Ryzen 7 5700G, with more cores and slightly better performance. It’s priced at

.

One good way to make the most of this APU is to ensure that you’re using some of the best RAM available in your price range. This is because the Ryzen 5600G doesn’t have its own dedicated video memory (VRAM), which a discrete GPU would normally have. To make up for that, it uses a portion of your system’s RAM to store textures and other graphics-related data. The faster your RAM, the better the performance.

No matter the GPU or APU you pick, don’t be afraid to dip into the previous generation when assembling a budget PC. Some of those options are still pretty excellent and, following several discounts, now offer far more agreeable prices than some of their current-gen counterparts.

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How to turn keyboard lighting on and off

There isn’t just one way to turn on your keyboard lights. It can vary wildly among laptop and peripheral manufacturers and even among different laptop lines from the same brand.

To bring a bit of clarity to the situation, we’ve gathered together seven possible ways to turn your keyboard backlighting on or off. Read on to find the best method for your laptop or desktop keyboard.


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Press the dedicated button for keyboard backlighting

Some keyboards, like the Logitech G Pro desktop keyboard, will actually have a dedicated button that you can press to toggle the keyboard light on or off. In the case of the Logitech G Pro, you’ll want to look for a button stamped with a sun icon with rays in the upper-right corner of the keyboard.

A close up of the backlit keyboard of an Apple MacBook Pro 13 from 2015.

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Press the Increase Brightness button

If you have a MacBook, certain models allow you to turn on the backlighting by pressing the Increase brightness key, which looks like half of the sun with three rays. Press it until you get the desired level of keyboard light brightness. To turn it off, press the Decrease brightness key, which looks like a half-circle outlined in dots (instead of the rays) until the light turns off.

Using the Increase/decrease brightness buttons should work for certain models of Macs that run macOS Sonoma, Ventura, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey.

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Press the assigned Function key

For many Windows laptops, you might need to press a Function key (F1 to F12) to turn on your keyboard’s backlighting. If this is the case, which Function key it is will likely depend on the brand and model of your laptop.

For example, Dell notebook PCs have at least three possible key options: F6, F10, or the right-arrow key. In some cases, F5 is also possible. From these options, you should be able to tell which one controls the backlighting by seeing which one has the Illumination icon (which looks like a half-sun with rays) stamped on it. If you don’t see this icon at all, your Dell PC doesn’t have keyboard backlighting. But if you do see the icon, press the Function key that has it. (You may need to press it in conjunction with the Fn key.) Pressing that key combination – Fn + the function key – should allow you to cycle through various brightness level options for your Dell PC’s keyboard, so keep pressing it until you reach your desired brightness level or until you turn it off.

HP notebook computers work similarly to Dell laptops: You’ll need to press an assigned Function key (which could be F5, F4, or F11) with or without pressing the Fn key as well. You may need to press it multiple times to adjust the brightness or turn it off. There should also be a backlight icon stamped on the assigned Function key for your HP notebook that looks like a row of three dots with rays coming out of the first dot.

The main thing, though, is that if you don’t know the keyboard shortcut or Function key assigned to your keyboard’s backlighting feature, you should look it up in your PC’s manufacturer’s support site or manual to find out.

Apple MacBook top view showing Touch Bar.

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Use the Touch Bar

Certain MacBook models may have you adjust your keyboard lighting via the Touch Bar instead. To do so, tap the Arrow icon on the Touch Bar to expand its Control Strip. To turn on backlighting, tap the Increase brightness button. To turn it off, tap and hold the Decrease brightness button, which looks like a half-circle outlined in dots, not rays.

These instructions should work for MacBooks with Touch Bars that run MacOS Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey, and Big Sur.

Adjust it in Control Center or Windows Mobility Center

Depending on the manufacturer and model of your device, you might be able to turn on and adjust the keyboard light via your PC’s control panel menu.

For certain MacBooks, that means opening Control Center, selecting Keyboard brightness, and then dragging its corresponding slider. This should work for some MacBook models that also run MacOS Monterey or Big Sur.

For some Windows 10 PCs, this means you’ll need to access the Windows Mobility Center, which resides in the Control Panel. To access it, select Control Panel > Hardware and sound > Windows Mobility Center. In the Windows Mobility Center, look for the Keyboard brightness (or Keyboard backlighting) setting, select its corresponding slider, and pull that slider over to the right.

Use the keyboard’s recommended software, if available

Some keyboards have their own specific software or app that can be used to control and customize the settings of your laptop or desktop keyboard. A great example of this is the app used for Razer’s laptops and peripherals: Synapse. The Synapse app can be used to customize the lighting effects of your Razer gaming laptop’s keyboard or your Razer desktop gaming keyboard. And this can include increasing or decreasing the brightness of your keyboard light or adjusting the settings so that the light stays on or off in sleep mode.

Most of the best gaming keyboards have some kind of back-end software that can let you adjust the RGB lighting of individual keys or turn any or all of them on or off at will.

Enable keyboard backlighting in the BIOS

In some cases, if your laptop has the right keyboard light buttons and they still don’t work the way they’re supposed to, it’s possible that you may need to check your device’s BIOS settings and make sure that they’re configured correctly, or your BIOS may need to be updated to the latest version. When doing either of these things, be sure to follow your device manufacturer’s instructions on how to do it carefully. Look up those specific instructions first. Some manufacturers like HP or Dell have posted detailed instructions online on how to check for these issues and/or correct them.

Frequently asked questions

Why won’t my keyboard backlighting turn on?

There are a number of reasons why your keyboard backlighting won’t turn on. Here are a few you may want to consider:

  • Your device may not actually offer a backlit keyboard. Not all laptops or desktop keyboards have keyboard lights. Check with your device’s manufacturer to confirm that the model of your device is supposed to have backlighting. If it is, confirm that you’re using the right keyboard shortcuts, buttons, or settings to turn it on.
  • Some laptops like MacBooks use light sensors for backlighting in low-light situations. It’s important to know where they are on your device and to make sure you’re not blocking them.
  • Is the backlight not working or is the brightness level set too low? If the brightness level of the backlight is set too low, then the light is probably working but you’re just having trouble seeing it. See if you can increase the brightness level using our suggestions above so you can see the light better.
  • You may need to update the BIOS to the latest version, or its settings aren’t configured correctly. If you decide to update the BIOS to the latest version or reconfigure its settings, be sure to follow your device manufacturer’s specific instructions for doing so.

Does keyboard backlighting drain the battery?

Yes, keyboard backlighting can contribute to the drain, as it does need power to function. If you’re concerned about conserving battery power, you can turn off the backlighting or adjust your keyboard lighting settings so that the light automatically turns off when the computer goes to sleep or the display is off.

How do I change the keyboard backlighting color?

First, make sure that your keyboard has the ability to change backlighting colors. If so, you’ll need to consult your device manufacturer’s specific instructions on how to change the backlighting color. Usually, these instructions will involve you opening a manufacturer-recommended desktop app like the HP OMEN Command Center or Razer’s Synapse app and then customizing your lighting settings within that app to add colors to your backlight.

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The MacBook Pro M3 doesn’t have a memory problem — it has a pricing problem

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Apple just upset everyone, claiming that the 8GB of Unified Memory available in the base MacBook Pro M3 is “probably analogous to 16GB on other systems.”

The MacBook Pro M3 has already come under fire for only including 8GB of Unified Memory in its base configuration, which runs $1,600. MacWorld recently ran a story criticizing the 8GB of memory in the MacBook Pro M3, saying, “If 8GB will be a bottleneck for many today, imagine the performance of that non-upgradeable laptop in a few years’ time.”

Apple’s response is that 8GB on a MacBook Pro M3 is probably closer to 16GB on a Windows laptop. In an interview with Lin YilYi, Apple’s Bob Borchers addressed the 8GB of memory in the MacBook Pro M3:

“Comparing our memory to other systems’ memory actually isn’t equivalent, because of the fact that we have such an efficient use of memory, and we use memory compression, and we have a unified memory architecture. Actually, 8GB on an M3 MacBook Pro is probably analogous to 16GB on other systems. We just happen to be able to use it much more efficiently … I think this is a place where people need to see beyond the specs and actually look at the capabilities.”

Borchers has a point. Due to the fact that the MacBook Pro M3 uses a system-on-a-chip (SoC), it’s able to access memory much more efficiently than a standard Windows laptop. Capacity and speed are two sides of the same coin; if you have faster speeds, you don’t need as much capacity, and vice versa.

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In addition, Apple includes a 512GB SSD with the base MacBook Pro M3, which uses two NAND chips. The previous version showed much slower SSD speeds with only a single NAND chip, and due to swap memory being critical in memory-limited situations, the 256GB SSD combined with the 8GB of memory vastly reduced performance. MaxTech’s early testing on the MacBook Pro M2 showed how big of a problem the 8GB of memory combined with the 256GB, single NAND SSD really was.

In real use, that shouldn’t be as big of a problem on the MacBook Pro M3. Unified Memory allows Apple to get away with lower capacity compared to Windows laptops, and the dual-NAND configuration of the SSD keeps things from being too slow when swap memory comes into play. The problem isn’t 8GB of memory, or even that it comes on a $1,600 laptop in 2023. It’s that adding more memory costs so damn much.

You’ll spend an extra $200 for 16GB of memory and an extra $400 for 24GB. Even ignoring the cost of those memory modules — I’ll let you know it’s far less than what Apple’s charging — you can see how big the upcharge really is just from configuration options. In Apple’s mind, each 8GB module of Unified Memory is worth $200. That’s insane.

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If you look at a laptop like the Dell XPS 13 Plus, which comes with 16GB of memory for $1,500, you can upgrade it to 32GB for an extra $150. There’s no issue with Apple selling the MacBook Pro M3 with 8GB of memory, even for $1,600. But it shouldn’t cost an extra $200 just to get to 16GB for users who truly do need that extra capacity.

This really isn’t anything new for MacBooks, though, and it doesn’t just apply to memory. If you look at storage options, you’ll need to spend an extra $200 to upgrade the 512GB SSD to a 1TB SSD, and an extra $600 to upgrade the 512GB SSD to a 2TB SSD. Once again, each 512GB chunk of storage is worth $200 in Apple’s mind, despite the fact that the cost for these components isn’t anywhere remotely near that price.

It could go either way — Apple should have the base MacBook Pro M3 with 8GB of Unified Memory sell for a lower price, or it should make the cost of upgrading to 16GB of RAM much cheaper. It doesn’t really matter if you need that memory or not, either. The upgraded model is the one most people should buy, even if they only occasionally go over capacity.

At the very least, that pricing scenario would be a minor annoyance, with Apple nickel and diming people to get the RAM they need (definitely not uncharacteristic of Apple). As it stands now, with the high base price and huge cost of upgrades, it is hard to say the MacBook Pro M3 truly starts at $1,600 when a critical upgrade is locked behind a $200 paywall.

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Sofia Vergara Posts Makeup-Free Selfie from Her Paris Marble Tub!

Sofia Vergara posts a makeup-free selfie of herself, taken in a visually captivating marble bathtub located in Paris.

The actress’s most recent selfie demonstrates her constant photogenicness.

The 51-year-old actress took some time for herself in a luxurious marble bathtub in Paris on Monday, October 2, and posted a makeup-free selfie on Instagram. Vergara’s hair was pulled back, and she had a clean face in the photo, which was taken when she was in the bathtub. “2 am jet lag planning how to get this bathtub to LA #Paris,” Vergara quipped in the post’s caption.

Earlier on Monday, Vergara posted further photos and videos from her stay in Paris, including a meal she spent with her designer friend and close confidante, Valentina Micchetti. Vergara posted a slideshow on Tuesday, October 3, showing the two of them nibbling on various French desserts. Vergara captioned the Instagram carousel, “The most important step today,” with the phrase.

Vergara wore a sequined jumpsuit with a sweetheart neckline and flared legs for the big night, and everyone took notice. Kate Moss, Mary J. Blige, Heidi Klum, Viola Davis, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Anne Hathaway were among the other celebrities in attendance, and they all stole the show in their sparkling costumes by top designers including Versace, Tony Ward, and Balmain.

Vergara was in New York for the Clooney Foundation’s 2023 Albie Awards before catching a flight to Paris. In a ceremony held on September 28th, the group recognized five “courageous defenders of justice who are at great risk for what they do,” as stated on the event’s official website. George Clooney and Amal Clooney, who started the organization in 2016 to promote justice in the world’s courts, communities, and education, sponsored the event at the New York Public Library.

Earlier this year, in July, Manganiello and Vergara released a joint statement announcing their desire to divorce. “As two people who care deeply for one another, we respectfully request privacy as we begin this next chapter of our lives together.”

Vergara’s latest trips came while the actress was going through a divorce from her husband, Joe Manganiello.

In August, Vergara filed legal paperwork, asking the court to enforce the prenuptial agreement she and Manganiello had signed before they were married. Legal papers reveal that the actress wants to keep earning the same amount she did before and throughout her relationship with Manganiello.

A source told Us Weekly exclusively after the couple’s separation made headlines that Vergara and Manganiello had “been living separate lives for about a year” before they finally decided to end their relationship. She likes to get out with friends, while he prefers to remain in, so the two don’t spend much time together, the source says.

Their wedding took place in November of 2015.

Reba McEntire of The Voice opens up about her complicated connection with her rarely-seen son.

Reba McEntire of The Voice, a prominent figure in the music industry, provides an insightful perspective on her connection with her infrequently-seen son.

Her genuineness, which she attributes to her childhood in rural Tennessee, is evident wherever she goes, from the peaceful fields of her farm to the noisy streets of Los Angeles.

It feels like a loving family is embracing you when you enter Reba McEntire’s house. Feeling more at home than a tourist, you can’t help but pick up on the familiar buzz of Southern friendliness.

The famed voice teacher, who is also a phenomenal singer, shows a softer side while discussing her personal life, notably her relationship with her son Shelby.

Traditions and ideals handed down through the centuries are evident in her home. Reba said in an interview with Better Homes & Gardens, “When a guest comes to your house, the first thing you say is, would you like something to drink?”

A tinge of melancholy crept into her voice as she continued, “That’s the Southern hospitality of ‘have you eaten’—and it’s just good manners, too.”

Reba learned the value of discipline and structure as a child in a low-income family with three siblings. She recalls, “There were four of us kids growing up in a very small house, so if you didn’t pick up your things and get them out of the living room, it got a little cluttered.”

Reba’s life gained new depth and significance with Shelby’s arrival. Shelby, her first child with her husband, Narvel Blackstock, was the center of her universe following her birth in 1990.

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Reba and Narvel were married for 26 years until they divorced in 2015. But her love for her kid has only grown deeper over the years.

She said this of him in an interview with Newscase in 2022: “I’m incredibly proud of him. He’s always working to improve himself. His father also performed an excellent job. She pondered this for a while before continuing, “Shelby is a gift from God to me.” We are quite close to each other. I was a little egotistical until I met Shelby. However, having him in my life redirected my attention to the task of protecting, cherishing, and educating the precious new life I had been given.

The importance her father placed on keeping a clean home was instilled in her. Reba has made it a habit since she was little to start each day with a freshly made bed.

“Daddy made us kids all make our beds when we got out of it in the morning, and that’s what I do still today,” she recalls, highlighting the traditions she is eager to maintain.

And this lesson in consistency and order? In her own words, “It’s very important to make your bed in the morning; that is a standing rule.” She has passed this on to Shelby.

Reba handled her successful music and television career and motherhood with poise and perseverance. Her mystery? Strong backing from others.

Her caregivers were “outstanding,” and she even traveled with her son. What about the tougher days? After each show, I’d fly straight home to spend quality time with Shelby before hitting the road again. Being there for Shelby was and remains my first objective.

Winona Ryder, Owen Wilson, and LaKeith Stanfield Appear in a Deleted Scene from ‘Haunted Mansion’!

Enjoy the stunning performance of Winona Ryder in an exclusive deleted scene from ‘Haunted Mansion’ with esteemed actors Owen Wilson and LaKeith Stanfield.

In Haunted House, Rosario Dawson and Dillon play a mother and son who relocate to a New Orleans house for a fresh start.

After a shaky start to their relocation, she enlists the services of a motley squad of oddball specialists—tour guide Ben Matthias (Stanfield), psychic Harriet (Tiffany Haddish), priest Father Kent (Owen Wilson), and historian Bruce Davis (Danny DeVito)—to rid the estate of its paranormal inhabitants. Ryder and Dan Levy make cameo appearances in the film as well. Jared Leto and Jamie Lee Curtis also feature.

Director Justin Simien has already stated his intention to honor the Disney Parks attraction’s eerie and out-of-the-ordinary qualities by including a cameo from Ryder. Simien, now 40, says she had a feeling the film required someone from the “outset,” and she hoped her short appearance would make viewers feel nostalgic.

For Simien, his summer employment at Disneyland was the “best summer job” he’d ever had, as he told Variety. “During my breaks, I would ride the Haunted Mansion,” the filmmaker recalled. Something about the journey seemed to be written into the screenplay. As a self-proclaimed “nerd,” I wanted to make sure every Easter egg was included.

The filmmaker said to The Hollywood Reporter that “Carmen Cuba, the casting director, myself, and the studio were really enamored with this idea of plugging in classic faces in these cameo roles” and that it “just felt so right” that she would play the role of the tour guide at the conclusion of the film.

A previously unseen deleted clip from the Disney feature starring LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Chase Dillon, and Winona Ryder has been made available exclusively to Newscase.

Haunted Mansion had additional amusements that were not included in the final version.

The planned home video release of the new film will contain deleted scenes, featurettes, and a blooper reel that has not been seen before.

On Wednesday, you may watch Haunted Mansion on digital platforms and Disney+, then purchase it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD the following week. Oct. 17.

The official release date for the online release of Sound of Freedom has been announced.

There is an official release date for the online release of Sound of Freedom.

The faith-based picture featuring Jim Caviezel, which premiered in cinemas on July 4, has garnered significant success at the box office throughout the summer season.

The film narrates the account of Tim Ballard’s Operation Underground Railroad, an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking, and its endeavor to rescue a juvenile female.

During the months of July and August, the newest theatrical release by Angel Studios has seen a significant increase in popularity, resulting in a domestic revenue of $183.2 million. This achievement positions the film as the tenth highest-grossing production of the year 2023. This achievement might be seen as significant, particularly when taking into account the relatively modest production budget of $14.5 million.

How to Stream Sound of Freedom Online

The distributor of the film, Angel Studios, has confirmed that Sound of Freedom will be available for digital purchase (PVOD) online starting on November 3.

Physical copies, including DVDs and Blu-rays, are scheduled to be released on November 14 via the official Angel Studios Shop as well as other prominent retail outlets.

On December 15th, the film “Sound of Freedom” will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) platforms.

Is the film “Sound of Freedom” available for streaming?

Regarding more streaming services like Disney+, Prime Video, Peacock, and others, an August report indicated the possibility of Sound of Freedom being made available for streaming on a prominent platform in the near future.

A source cited by Vulture claims that there has been unexpected competition for acquisition, with the anticipated sale price of the in-question content likely to be in the eight-figure range. This is a noteworthy occurrence since such lucrative deals are normally associated with high-grossing theatrical productions rather than subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) offerings.

The fact that Angel Studios’ movie The Chosen, which focuses on the events that took place during Jesus Christ’s ministry years, is available for streaming on the Peacock platform suggests the possibility of future collaboration between the aforementioned independent studio and a significant media conglomerate.

Currently, enthusiasts eager to extend their support for the picture beyond the confines of the cinema will soon have the opportunity to do so.

It has been revealed that The Angel Guild will begin an exclusive streaming period on Friday, October 13 via the Angel Studios applications before its online availability for purchase.

Is Sound of Freedom scheduled to be available for streaming on the Netflix platform? At present, no formal confirmation has been made, leaving the possibility open for future developments.

The digital purchasing option for Sound of Freedom will be made accessible on November 3rd.