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Brace yourself! The age of keyboard-less laptops is upon us

One of the biggest trends at Computex this year was dual-screen laptops -- 2-in-1s that have completely ditched keyboards. With prototypes from Intel and Asus on display, you can expect to see more of these keyboard-less laptops coming in the future.
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Apple’s new privacy features are bad for Facebook, but great for everyone else

At WWDC this year, Apple announced several new privacy and cybersecurity features, specifically in its Safari web browser. Apple didn’t shy away from naming names. It had Facebook right in its crosshairs. Here's how Apple is making a case for its more secure ecosystem, blocking Facebook in the process.
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To save the Mac, the App Store needs more than just a redesign

In its newest version of MacOS, Apple announced a complete revamp of the Mac App Store. But if it wants to revive the Mac, it's going to need more than a fresh coat of paint and some slight changes to its API. In order to truly save the Mac, Apple needs to do the thing it's been insisting it'll never do.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 is made for Windows PCs with ‘innovative form factors’

At Computex 2018, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850, a chipset designed specifically for Windows PCs. Unlike the first generation of Always Connected PCs, these devices will use a chipset designed specifically for the Windows PC experience. In addition, we may see some "innovative" and "aggressive" new designs.
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Can we get an apology? Two big MacBook fails that Apple should fix at WWDC

WWDC is just around the corner, but if you're hoping for a new MacBook Pro, don't hold your breath. Even though it'll probably only be a CPU bump, there are two significant problems with the current MacBook Pro that have been ignored for too long now. Unfortunately, Apple isn't exactly the kind of company that likes to apologize.
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Duck, cover, and reboot your router? Why the FBI’s new warning is no joke

The FBI has discovered up to 500,000 home or office routers could be vulnerable to a dangerous cyberattack. According to experts, there are a couple of important factors that make this malware an unprecedented situation. But can resetting your router really prevent a major cyberattack?
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Apple fans shouldn’t expect new MacBooks at WWDC this year

A number of new MacBooks are in the works, but according to a new report, we won't see them at WWDC. In the past, Apple hasn't been afraid to use its annual developers conference to announce new products, whether in the MacOS or the iOS world. But this year, it looks like it'll be focused on software.
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Apple could be secretly working on an ARM-based, touchscreen computer

A recent report indicates that Apple may be working on an entirely new computer under the codename, Project Star. The supposed device is said to be some kind of a hybrid touchscreen computer that "runs a derivative of iOS," but creates an entirely new family of products. Is it an iOS laptop? A touchscreen MacBook?
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Razer’s Core X and V2 turn your tiny laptop into a monster gaming rig

Most PC gamers end up with two computers: A dedicated gaming PC and a thin-and-light laptop. But what if you could do it all with one device? Razer's external GPU promises a plug-and-play experience that makes that fantasy a reality. The crazy thing is that the experience is almost as magical as it sounds.
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Tomorrow’s laptop will work more like your phone — and you’re going to love it

Thanks to the proliferation of the smartphone, the operating systems we use today couldn’t be more fragmented. But we’ve been reading the tea leaves and see an important event on the horizon, perhaps the most important since the iPhone. A unified operating system is coming.
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5 reasons why the new Razer Blade looks amazing

Razer introduced a new Blade gaming laptop, and it's a huge step up from the previous version. With a 144 Hz display, some top-of-the-line hardware under the hood, and a modernized design, it's hard not to get excited about getting our hands on it. Here are five reasons why we're excited to check it out.
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Razer Blade Stealth (2018) review

Despite the brand, and the looks of it, the Blade Stealth is not a gaming laptop. Instead, Razer has made a thin-and-light laptop that competes with the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pros of the world. But Razer has an ace in its sleeve. The Razer Core external GPU can transform this laptop into a desktop-grade gaming machine.
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Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is everything that’s right with modern laptop design

With tiny bezels and beautiful design, Huawei revealed the MateBook X Pro at the Mobile World Congress. With all the bland laptops on the market, this one has us excited again for the future of laptop design. Now, the MateBook X Pro is available for purchase in the U.S., starting at $1200.
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AMD’s ready to do work with Ryzen Pro Mobile, coming to a laptop near you

AMD has announced a slew of new mobile APUs, which pair a Ryzen CPU and a Radeon Vega GPU on one board. The best news is that Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all supporting the new APUs with laptops coming soon. The companies also announced new desktop systems in both full-size towers and in compact PCs, powered by AMD's APUs.
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There’s a whole world outside Windows, and Microsoft finally gets it

At its annual Build developers conference, Microsoft showed how its no longer walling off its services to Windows PCs. Microsoft 365 is a new cloud-based initiative at Microsoft to bring its platforms to as many devices as possible, regardless of what company makes it. The good news? That's always a good thing for us.
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How Google’s Pixelbook broke the laptop mold with a Swedish design

Most laptops look the same. But the second I first saw the Pixelbook, I knew there something different about it. It felt designed in a way that the sea of silver MacBook clones flooding the store shelves don’t. We sat down with the people who designed it to see how and why it was made.
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The untold story of how the XPS 13 defied odds to become the world’s best laptop

Dell’s XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy today, but it wasn’t created out thin air. A perfect storm of events happened in the late 2000s that made the creation of the forward-thinking laptop possible. Here’s how Dell is being reshaped from within by a small team of risk-takers who aren’t willing to compromise on their vision of the future of laptops.
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Cambridge Analytica’s ex-director wants to fix data privacy. Can we trust her?

Brittany Kaiser, the former director of Cambridge Analytica, is now partnering with a initiative called IOVO, or the Internet of Value Omniledger. She wants to pioneer a new understanding of data privacy, but can someone who abused data in the past really be trusted with the internet's future?
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Dell Inspiron 5680 Gaming Desktop review

If you aren't interested in building your computer, PC gaming can get expensive, but not so with the Dell Inspiron 5680 Gaming Desktop. Starting at just $600, it provides nearly everything you’d want in a cheap gaming PC. It has enough power to play modern games at reasonable framerates without breaking the bank.
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What laptop are you looking forward to most in 2018?

The new MacBook, the Surface Book 3, the HP Spectre x360 15, and more -- which laptop still to come in 2018 are you most excited for? Take our poll and tell us what laptop has you anxious to try out that's still to come in 2018.
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Your ISP can peep on your browsing, so Cloudflare is pulling down the shade

In a world still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Cloudflare has introduced a new privacy-first DNS resolver called 1.1.1.1. It claims to make the internet safer – and faster.
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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review

Dell has a vision of the future of laptops -- and it’s the XPS 15 2-in-1. With an advanced new keyboard and surprisingly good gaming performance, the XPS 15 2-in-1 is a vision of the future.
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Salivating over the new XPS 15 2-in-1? Here’s how you should configure it

The XPS 15 2-in-1 is a laptop we like, despite some of its problems. However, not all the configurations offered are ones you should consider purchasing. The 4K option, for example, is far more trouble than its worth.
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The XPS 15 2-in-1 is Dell’s version of a concept car. Here’s how it was built

The XPS 15 2-in-1 might look a lot like the XPS 15, but on the inside, it’s one of the most experimental laptops Dell has ever made. From its keyboard to its components, this is the story behind how Dell’s forward-thinking laptop came to be.
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Nvidia’s GTC keynote was big on business, but ignored gamers and miners

Both gamers and miners have been anxiously awaiting Nvidia's announcement of the next generation of GPUs. But at the company's keynote at GTC today, they chose to ignore the situation entirely.
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What’s weirder: A Chrome OS tablet or an Android laptop?

The first Chrome OS tablet was announced this morning, alongside news that Google was testing the latest version of Android on Chromebooks. Our poll tells us that people are more confused by the cross-pollination than anything else.
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Facebook was always too busy selling ads to care about your personal data

Ultimately, the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened because Facebook has always cared more about selling ads than protecting your personal data. When you sell four billion dollars in ad revenue each year, it takes some effort to ensure that people’s data is protected.
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Is the HTC Vive Pro too expensive, or the right price for the right hardware?

HTC's new high-resolution VR headset was announced to cost $800 this morning. It's a significant upgrade over the original, but is it way too expensive to justify a purchase?
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Spring is the season to buy a new laptop

For a couple of important reasons, spring is one of the best times to go out and buy a new laptop. Here's why -- and how to ensure you're futureproofing your purchase.
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Cryptojacking turns your PC into a Bitcoin mine, but you won’t see a cent

Cryptojacking is the newest trend in malware, allowing hackers to steal your CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. Here’s how the biggest websites on the internet have been hacked — and what a future dominated by it could look like.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) review

If you like ThinkPads, you’ll love the 6th-gen X1 Carbon. But in spite of the things it does right, there’s still not enough here to win fans from Dell, Apple, or Microsoft.
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The MacBook Air doesn’t need a price cut, it needs a redesign

Reports say that Apple could be launching a cheaper version of the MacBook Air this year. The problem is this: Selling outdated computers at a discount isn't the same as designing an accessible entry-level product.
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How Google’s ‘Project Zero’ task force races hackers to snuff out bugs

They discovered the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws before anyone else, and made sure Intel was staying honest in how it reacted. Unfortunately, the Project Zero crew aren’t the only ones searching for bugs.
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What if Apple replaced the MacBook keyboard with a giant screen?

Apple has patented the idea of a dual-screen MacBook without a keyboard or touchpad. While it's an ambitious idea, is that really the experience we want on a laptop?