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Upgrade your desktop experience with LG’s 25-inch ultrawide monitor, now $180

Now available on Amazon for just $180, the LG 25-inch ultrawide monitor is a great option for your desktop PC. The wide 21:9 resolution gives you plenty of space for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking, and more.
Computing

Farewell to Microsoft’s Fedora Guy, Hello to Android apps for Chromebooks

In this week's Close To The Metal we discuss Microsoft's layoffs, Android apps coming to all Chromebooks, and an intriguing product patent from Razer.
Computing

Box takes online collaboration to the next level with its new desktop app

If you're looking for a secure web-based storage and collaboration solution, you may want to try Box. The company just added a web app for its file-sharing service and Box Notes, a real-time collaboration tell.
Computing

Why 2017 will be the year of blisteringly fast Wi-Fi

WiGig, aka Wireless AD, made its debut at the CES 2017 technology show in early January. It's not going to render Wireless AC networks obsolete anytime soon, but mesh-based networking solutions should make their presence known this year.
Mobile

Apple, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, others plan to ‘double down’ on artificial intelligence

Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Xioami, and others are hard at work on artificial intelligence software for upcoming smartphones. They and others see machine learning as a sales driver.
Computing

Razer's updated BlackWidow Chroma keyboard gets yellow and a comfy wrist rest

Razer introduced version two of its BlackWidow Chroma mechanical keyboard sporting a third switch option and a comfy wrist rest. That third switch option is Razer's new Yellow switch for silent and quick responses for FPS and MOBA gamers.
Computing

Critical code execution flaw found in Cisco’s WebEx extension

A researcher from Google's Project Zero team has uncovered a potentially ruinous vulnerability in the Chrome extension designed to work with Cisco's WebEx communication and collaboration service.
Computing

Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile head to Google Chromebooks

Following the news from Google that all future Chromebooks would support Android apps, Adobe has announced that six of its Android apps will be receiving the Chromebook treatment, including Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile.
Computing

Touchy subject: Users are complaining about malfunctioning keys on the 12-inch MacBook

Apple might make some very light and thin laptops, but the keyboard keys for the 12-inch MacBooks have had an ongoing problem for the better part of two years. Sticking keys keep affecting models again and again, despite replacements.
Computing

Gaming hardware may be keeping the PC market afloat

Reports provided by Jon Peddie Research show that PC gaming hardware sales broke through the $30 billion mark for the first time in 2016. The Asia Pacific Region saw huge year-over-year growth, but North America fed the high-end hardware…
Web

The Great Firewall in China just got stronger, and is now keeping out VPNs

On Sunday, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it would begin "cleaning up" China's version of the internet and cracking down on VPNs that denizens of the web can use to access blocked sites.
Computing

Microsoft cuts 700 employees, including dynamic presenter Bryan Roper

Microsoft is engaging in another round of layoffs that's likely a part of a reduction of 2,850 employees announced in June 2016. One of those being cut is likely a familiar figure to anyone's who's watched Microsoft's product…