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Some Macs are missing updates, and you might never realize

Some Macs are missing updates, and you might never realize

An unexplained Mac issue has left thousands of Apple's computers potentially vulnerable to malware, though the Cupertino firm has downplayed the severity of the flaw. Researchers at Duo Security discovered that, while Apple had been diligent in upgrading macOS and security updates, the EFI - or Extensible Firmware Interface - was in some cases left unchanged. That, they point out, could open the door to those with nefarious intentions using loopholes in outdated firmware to hack a system.

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Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer has a wide array of device updates and refreshes this week, all of which are being shown for the first time at IFA 2017. The three devices I'm rounding up here are the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5, and the Acer Chromebook 15. These devices add to Acer's already-expansive collection of versatile notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible products on the market today.

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AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

It sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it is happening now: artificial intelligence is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen before they take place. The technology is being applied specifically to Chicago's dangerous South Side, where police are given predictions about crime locations via a computer algorithm and digital maps. The same technology is being tested in cities around the nation, including Tacoma, WA, Denver, CO, and Lincoln, NE.

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Acer bolsters Predator line with new notebooks and monitors

Acer bolsters Predator line with new notebooks and monitors

Acer has a lot of equipment coming down the pipeline for its Predator line of gaming hardware. At its next@acer event today in New York, the company unveiled a lot of Predator-branded hardware, including two new notebooks and two new monitors. If you're in the market for a new gaming notebook or a 4K monitor, you might want to have a look at what Acer's offering here.

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D-Wave starts shipping massive 2000Q Quantum Computer

D-Wave starts shipping massive 2000Q Quantum Computer

D-Wave Systems has announced the first sale of its massive 2000Q Quantum Computer, with the buyer being named as Temporal Defense Systems Inc. As well, the company announces that its quantum computing system is now available for commercial purchases and will be shipped out to any new buyers who take the plunge. The quantum computer, says D-Wave, offers 2,000 qubits as well as new control features.

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Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Today Acer unveiled the next entry in its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible notebook that's targeted at commercial customers and students, mostly because of its ruggedness and support for Windows Ink through the included stylus. Of course, ruggedness means compromises in other areas, most notably aesthetics in this case.

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Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

In addition to its new RennSeat Pro gaming station, Velocity Micro has unveiled new desktop computers offering 7th-generation Intel Core processors. The company hawks these desktops as solutions for gamers, as well as being suitable for office and home use, and for use as workstations. Unlike the RennSeat Pro, these new desktops are available to purchase now from Velocity Micro.

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Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba has announced the launch of its very first computer factory, a facility said to be able to produce up to 120,000 tablets and laptops every year. This marks the nation’s latest foray into technology, and will soon give residents a new way to get their hands on personal computing devices. Per a statement from state-run media, this facility will produce tablets and laptops featuring Intel hardware.

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Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Despite some speculation to the contrary, Apple remains committed to the Mac desktop, at least per messages posted by company CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees. “Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops,” Cook posted, saying likewise that Apple has "great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that."

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MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

MacBook Pro 2016 teardown shows fragile Touch Bar, low repairability

Just a couple of weeks after we got an up close and personal look at the 13-inch entry level MacBook Pro, the folks at iFixit are back with their teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The teardown confirms a lot of things about the internals of the new MacBook Pro, and not all of them are good for those who'd like to handle repairs themselves.

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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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Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Remember the somewhat strange ArtPC Pulse computer Samsung teased a few days ago? The computer has surfaced on Amazon, where all the details have been laid bare, including pricing and configurations. Per those listings, two varieties of the ArtPC Pulse will be offered, one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 and one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i7. Both feature the same cylindrical shape and 360-degree omni-directional Harmon Kardon speaker unit.

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