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The Lumina desk, with a monitor and MacBook on the table.

This smart desk’s built-in OLED screen looks like science fiction

Lumina might have made the most thrilling desk announcement ever with its programmable-height smart desk that has a built-in OLED screen.
A statue and building from a virtual university in the metaverse.

‘Metaversities’ let you attend digital twins of real-world college campuses in VR

Metaversities are real college campuses reconstructed in virtual reality and real students can attend via Meta Quest 2 headsets.
Apple's M2 MacBook Air is super thin and light.

This concept reimagines a classic Mac app in desperate need of a revamp

MacOS Ventura brings several updates but the Contacts app looks and works basically the same as it did in 2003. A new concept shows what Apple should have done.
Meta Quest 2 makes virtual reality affordable

VR gaming appears to have hit an all-time high

VR headset usage for gaming seems to have surged to an all-time high with Meta Quest 2, Valve Index, and HTC Vive headsets leading the pack.
Here's what the MacBook Air's login screen looks like.

Forgot your Mac password? Here’s how to reset it

Forgetting your Mac's login is scary and, even with Touch ID, big changes to a MacBook still require a password, so here's what to do to solve this problem.
brain computer interfaces implanted in humans for the first time synchron bci stentrode and io

Brain-computer interfaces have been implanted in humans for the first time

Neuralink might make headlines but Synchron is the first to do human testing of its brain-computer interface in the United States.
Here's what Snapchat looks like when using it on a MacBook Air.

How to use Snapchat on PC and Mac

Here's how to use Snapchat on a Windows PC, a Mac computer, and more so you can keep in touch with friends when your phone is on the charger.
Apple's 24-inch M1 iMac is an all-in-one solution.

This 27-inch iMac Pro reportedly should have launched in 2021

Apple made three 27-inch iMac prototypes in 2021 and while that all-in-one Mac desktop never launched, a similar iMac Pro could still be in progress.
The Huawei Matebook X Pro against a clouded, blue background.

Huawei calls the texture of its new laptop ‘skin-soothing’

A new version of the 2022 Huawei MateBook X Pro has been launched and this time there's a choice of Intel 12th Gen processors and a premium finish option.
Meta's Horizon Worlds lets you create a world and interact with other people in VR

Meta to officially allow 18+ content in its metaverse VR environment

Meta has sent out an email indicating that mature content will be allowed in its VR environment app, Horizon Worlds.
A MacBook Air's gold finish looks great in low light.

How to use Hot Corners on a Mac

Hot Corners is one of the nicest productivity features in MacOS, speeding up navigation. But it's somewhat hidden away in System Preferences.
The Google Pixel 6a is a bit smaller than a Pixel 6 Pro but both have Google's Camera app

How to use Camouflage to hide distractions on your Google Pixel photos

Google Pixel's advanced image processing brings dramatic improvements to smartphone photography. But when a subtler touch is needed, Camouflage saves the day.
Cybersecurity is a constant battle.

Cyberattacks have nearly doubled since last year, report says

Cyberattacks have nearly doubled since the last year and the odds that you'll be affected are increasing rapidly.
MacBook Butterfly Keyboard

Have MacBook keyboard problems? Apple may owe you some money

Apple finally agreed to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit, with payouts reaching as high as $395 for MacBook owners that were most affected.
Apple's M2 MacBook Air is super thin and light.

How a YouTuber fixed the M2 MacBook Air overheating issues for $15

Apple's M2 MacBook Air has been dinged by reviewers for throttling, but a $15 solution helped the modified M2 MacBook Air beat the M2 MacBook Pro in some tests.
Here's what a Snapchat for Web Video Call looks like.

Snapchat is coming to PC, but there’s a big catch

Snap just announced Snapchat for Web, a new way to stay in touch with friends while using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
A Mac can connected to an iPhone with a USB cable.

How to sync content from a Mac to an iPhone or iPad

It's easy to sync Mac content to an iPhone or iPad once you know how and it saves subscription costs compared to uploading everything to iCloud.
The Vivid app has a free split-screen mode that demonstrates double-brightness on half the screen of a 2021 MacBook Pro.

This app can double the brightness of your MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro screen brightness is a hardware control, yet there's an app that unlocks XDR display intensity that would otherwise never be seen.
Chromebooks can multitask and have several windows open.

Chromebooks could soon borrow Window 11’s best multitasking feature

In the near future, Chromebooks could be getting one of Windows' best multitasking features, more versatile split screen options.
MacBook Air with Safari open and showing colored Compact Tabs.

How to disable the colored Safari toolbar in MacOS Monterey

Here's how to fix the cramped, colored toolbar and tab bar in Apple's Safari browser when running MacOS Monterey.
24-inch iMac and Mac Studio lifestyle

Mac Studio vs. iMac vs. Mac Mini: Which is Apple’s best desktop?

Learn how to pick between Apple's three desktop Macs, which are all based on the M1 chip but are quite different in price, specs, and performance.
The Microsoft Edge browser is open on a Surface Book 2 in tablet mode.

Microsoft Edge gets hit with the same serious security bug that plagued Chrome

Microsoft just released an Edge browser update that patches a dangerous flaw that could allow a cleverly designed attack to execute arbitrary code.
A mouse pointer hovering over the CrankWheel Chrome Eextension.

Google Chrome extensions are failing, and $8,000 is on the table for a fix

There seems to be some mysterious problem affecting certain Chrome extensions, but it's intermittent enough that it can't be solved.
Google Chrome app on s8 screen.

Update Google Chrome now to protect yourself from an urgent security bug

Google posted an urgent security update for its Chrome browser that fixes what's known as a zero-day bug. The problem affects Windows, Mac, and Android.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs laughing in a chair.

Steve Jobs’ legacy lives on with the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be honored, posthumously, with the Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Biden for contributions to the United States.
Windows 11 Woman on Laptop Lifestyle

Windows 11 adoption is booming after months of stagnation

It has been nearly 9 months since Windows 11 officially launched and adoption is slow but a new report might signal a turning point.
Watching Apple TV+ Foundation series on a 2020 MacBook Air at a standing desk.

How to use HDR on a MacBook

Many Apple MacBooks can play HDR video content, rendering brighter whites and darker blacks with more subtle variations in between. Here's how to use it.
A woman using a laptop with the Google Hangouts and Google Chat icons.

Google is officially killing yet another chat app

Google Hangouts is finally, really going away for everyone in November of 2022, and Google Chat is ready to step in as a full-featured replacement.
A vision of Meta's metaverse in the work setting.

Meta expects a billion people in the metaverse by 2030

Meta believes that a billion people will be participating in the metaverse by 2030, despite the concept feeling very nebulous at the moment.
A woman wearing a Valve VR headset.

This could be our first look at Valve’s wireless VR headset, Deckard

Valve's wireless VR headset, Deckard, could have been revealed in a recent patent document, showing a new headstrap that allows quick, easy adjustments.
Apple MacBook touchscreen keyboard patent

Future MacBooks could explore morphing, touchscreen keyboards

An Apple document describes a wild-sounding MacBook touchscreen keyboard that can raise portions of the screen to morph into new keyboards.
MacBook Pro on a table.

How to restore files using Time Machine on a Mac

Time Machine can restore Mac files individually and from a particular date and time while presenting the information in a fun, user-friendly way.
A close up of the 2021 MacBook Pro showing its display notch.

This simple app makes brilliant use of the MacBook notch

AirDrop is already one of the coolest features of a MacBook but a new app makes it even easier, with a simple drag and drop to the MacBook notch.
Someone wearing a futuristic VR headset.

Meta just revealed how VR headsets could look in the future

Meta posted some enticing concept videos revealing practical uses for the metaverse, in the near term, and in the future.