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Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

If you take a look around the web, you’ll already find plenty of reviews about the new MacBook Pro. To date, only the non-Touch Bar 13-inch model has been made available, with other models arriving sometime next week (if you ordered early). All told, the reviews are less than glowing, with many likening the computer to a farce foisted on us by Apple. That’s certainly one way to look at it, but there’s probably something a bit more obvious at play.

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In defense of dongles on MacBooks

In defense of dongles on MacBooks

It’s pretty fashionable to hate dongles the past year or so. Since Apple introduced its USB-C reliant MacBook (you know, the 12-inch model), people have been lamenting the existence of cable add-ons. It’s a fair criticism, considering we’d gone so long with the spoils of ports donning the side of our MacBooks Pro and Air, but it’s time to turn the corner. In many ways, dongles are better than ports. No, really.

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Gigabyte Brix mini PCs updated with Intel Kaby Lake processors

Gigabyte Brix mini PCs updated with Intel Kaby Lake processors

Gigabyte has a new array of “Brix” miniature PCs that sport Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, giving consumers a very-small-form-factor way to use the hardware. These Brix units are, as the name suggests, shaped relatively like bricks and they're not much larger at only 4.7″ x 4.4″ x 1.4-inches (starting size). Consumers can choose from the latest Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.

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Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

If there were still any doubt, even among its creators, that the Raspberry Pi was, and still is, a phenomenal success, then let the numbers speak for themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just proudly announced that the little single board computer (SBC) that could have reached another epic milestone: 10 million boards shipped. Considering they only ever envisioned shipping 10,000 such Pis back in 2012, that is in no way a small accomplishment. And like a never-ending story, things are just about to get better.

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Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

One of the rarest examples of an early Apple-1 computer prototype was sold at a charity auction earlier this week. When first announced earlier this summer, the item was expected to reach $1 million or more, but it ended up selling for $815,000, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The reason this Apple-1 model is so unique is because it's a hand-built pre-production version, which was never to sold to customers.

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Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

This morning another entry in the "lets call out Apple for their claims" series has been released by Microsoft. This video spot shows the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 speaking with Cortana to Apple's iPad Pro with its Siri. "I just got a keyboard," says Siri on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pro 4, "I'm a computer now, just like you." The viewer can see where this is going immediately. The iPad Pro is made fun of mercilessly.

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Apple 1 ‘Celebration’ model heads to charity auction, expected to reach $1M

Apple 1 ‘Celebration’ model heads to charity auction, expected to reach $1M

Apple fans and historians take notice, starting this week an incredibly rare Apple 1 model computer is being auctioned for charity, where it is expected to sell for up to $1 million. The original Apple 1 computers were sold by co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak back in 1976, and the model being auctioned by CharityBuzz is one of the 60 or so that are believed to still be in existence.

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Acer TravelMate X3 aims at pros with 10 hours of use per charge

Acer TravelMate X3 aims at pros with 10 hours of use per charge

Acer has a new notebook computer that is aimed at the professional user needing a portable device that has long run time per charge for all day use. The new machine is the TravelMate X349 and it is 18mm thick and weighs in at 3.3 pounds. The machine can run for 10 hours per charge thanks to power miserly hardware under the hood.

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Asus Zenbook Flip notebook lands in the US packing 512GB SSD

Asus Zenbook Flip notebook lands in the US packing 512GB SSD

Asus has taken to making some interesting notebooks that it is aiming directly at Apple and other high-end devices. The latest Asus notebook to launch in the US is the Zenbook Flip convertible notebook computer that can be used as a tablet. Asus has launched the machine in the US with two configurations, though the higher end UX360CA-DBM2T version is the only one in stock directly from Asus right now.

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Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

The idea behind tiny stick computers is very cool, the PC is small enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go and you can connect it directly to an HDMI port to turn any monitor into a PC. The drawback to that small size is that there isn't a lot of space for ports and connectivity options. A Japanese company called Dospara has a new docking station made just for stick computers that will expand your connectivity options.

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Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac has a couple of new PCs-on-a-stick, the ZBOX PI220 and the PI221. Both of the sticks look the same, with only minor exceptions, measuring 5.2 x 1.7 x 0.62-inches in size. The big difference between the models is a fan — one has one, and the other doesn’t — with the latter obviously being ideal for low-demand uses in places where you want quiet operation. Both models feature Intel Cherry Trail processors and more.

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The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

Apple has positioned the iPad Pro, both sizes, to be the tablet that replaces your laptop, ruffling the features of both PC and Mac users. Microsoft has also been singing that song, though less harshly, about its Surface Pro tablets. And a good number of tablet, sometimes even smartphone, users have testified how they're able to not only live but even work out of their mobile devices. All of these different tunes seem to have similar chorus: "The PC is dead". That, however, is quite far from the truth, especially considering we might not really know what the word "PC" means anymore, let alone what qualifies as "dead".

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