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GPD Win Max is a curious cross between mini laptop and handheld console

GPD Win Max is a curious cross between mini laptop and handheld console

Despite the recorded downward slope in PC sales, the PC market has been quite an exciting one in terms of new technologies and form factors. It isn't just about foldables or dual screen computers either, as a couple of Chinese manufacturers have created and cornered a new market for smaller form computers. Somewhat ironically or perhaps inevitably, these mini laptops are becoming larger and larger and the upcoming GPD Win Max could be the logical and a bit comical next stage in that evolution.

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New Windows 10 Fluent Design icons ditch flat monochrome looks for good

New Windows 10 Fluent Design icons ditch flat monochrome looks for good

Although it hasn't always gone smoothly, Windows is undergoing a period of change. It isn't just the way that Windows 10 is being developed and delivered, broken as that may be, Microsoft is also in the process of changing the operating system's literal image. It developed its new Fluent Design language which has started to appear in bits and pieces of Windows 10 UI. Now the company has started swapping out old its old Windows 8 era icons for something with more color and a little more depth.

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JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

JDI announces LCD screens made specifically for VR headsets

Virtual reality head-mounted displays, at least the ones not powered by smartphones, aren't that easy to make, which is partly why dedicated HMDs are far and few in between, not to mention expensive. In addition to the variety of sensors and cameras required for tracking, the displays used in these headsets are often custom made per VR platform. One way to bring down prices and make VR headsets more common is to commoditize the components which is exactly what Japan Display, Inc. or JDI is doing with what may be one of the few mass-produced displays for VR HMDs.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition made to be rare

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition made to be rare

Today the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition was revealed in full. This GPU was made to "honor the loyalty and dedication of GeForce and Cyberpunk 2077 fans around the world" and won't be cheap - if you ever get the opportunity to buy one. There will be an opportunity to earn one VIA a promotional event online this month - with a message of good will, shared publicly.

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Windows 10 KB4532693 update may be hiding or even deleting files

Windows 10 KB4532693 update may be hiding or even deleting files

Last year's last major Windows 10 update was a relatively small one and, save for a few bugs, was relatively less problematic than previous feature updates. That was as intended since Microsoft wanted to dedicate the 2H19 update to bug fixes and polish. That doesn't mean, however, that showstopping bugs won't pop up in other minor updates, which is precisely the case with update KB4532693. And it isn't just some minor bug or annoyance but one that may even cause users to lose some files for good.

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Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pros are now available

Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pros are now available

The new 16-inch MacBOok Pro is the answer to every MacBook Pro owner's prayer in almost all ways but one. It finally returns the old reliable scissors switches under the new Magic Keyboard moniker and introduced a new 16-inch sweetspot between existing MacBook Pro sizes. The only drawback, however, was the price that started at $2,400. Those who have held off buying one, however, may now have a bit of a reprieve now that Apple is selling refurbished MacBooks just three months after they first launched.

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Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Pixel Live Caption may be coming to the Chrome browser

Google loves showing off its AI chops and especially the speech recognition in Google Assistant. It might simply be frivolous convenience for some while others may even be worried about the privacy implications of things like Duplex and Call Screening. Last year, however, Google revealed an application of these technologies that few will argue isn't helpful to everyone. Fortunately, it seems that this feature won't be limited to Pixel phones and might soon find their way to all of Chrome's incarnations.

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Surface Neo and Duo videos entice developers into a dual-screen world

Surface Neo and Duo videos entice developers into a dual-screen world

It might have been easily overshadowed by Samsung's Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip reveals but Microsoft also had something sizzling for its own developers. At its Developer Day event, the company finally launched the much-awaited and much-needed Windows 10X emulator to get development rolling for the dual-screen Surface Neo. Apparently, it also had a pair of videos to whet developers' appetites about what they can accomplish with more than one screen.

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Mac malware reportedly grew faster than Windows malware in 2019

Mac malware reportedly grew faster than Windows malware in 2019

Windows has had the reputation of being the biggest target of viruses, trojans, and all sorts of malware, particularly because of how easy it has been to get through the OS' defenses. To some extent, that's still true, especially because of the number of potential victims throughout the world. The winds of change are blowing, though, even in the malware industry and it seems that, at least for 2019, Macs have outpaced their Windows counterparts when it comes to the growing number of malware and attacks that threatened Apple's desktops and laptops.

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Windows 10X dual-screen emulator helps you peek at the Surface Neo future

Windows 10X dual-screen emulator helps you peek at the Surface Neo future

Microsoft released a developer-aimed bit of software that'll allow users to develop apps and test apps with Windows 10X. With the Microsoft Emulator and tools update released today, users can get their hands on an emulator that allows changes between different device postures. According to Microsoft, this is an "early preview of the experience", and the suite will work on 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (and/or Windows Insider Preview build 10.0.19555 or later) right this minute.

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Intel Xe graphics card presentation leaks Arctic Sound details

Intel Xe graphics card presentation leaks Arctic Sound details

Details about the anticipated Intel Xe 'Arctic Sound' discrete graphics cards have been leaked from the Intel Data Center Group, according to a new report. The leak involves what is claimed to be an internal presentation from the group that includes specifications for the graphics cards. The information was reportedly accurate as of early last year, but it's unclear what may have changed in the months since.

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Windows 10 Start menu Edge ads are upsetting users

Windows 10 Start menu Edge ads are upsetting users

With Windows 8, Microsoft changed the Windows Start menu so drastically that users were up in arms about it. It never truly backed down from that tile-based design even if it made concessions along the way. With Windows 10 and its successive feature updates, the company is transforming that menu into an advertising dashboard for its apps and services. Unsurprisingly, not a few users are quite peeved by it but, fortunately, it's not that hard to "fix" once and for all.

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