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Acer Swift 7 Review: The impossibly thin ultrabook

Acer Swift 7 Review: The impossibly thin ultrabook

Acer has launched one of the thinnest, lightest laptops available with the new Swift 7 model. This insanely svelte ultrabook sports a 14-inch display, two USB-C ports, and an impossibly slim design that demands attention. The laptop arguably sets a new bar for ultrabooks as far as portability is concerned, but how does it perform as an everyday work and play laptop?

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Samsung 27-inch CRG5 curved gaming monitor hits 240Hz

Samsung 27-inch CRG5 curved gaming monitor hits 240Hz

Samsung has brought its latest gaming monitor to E3 2019, with a 27-inch, 240Hz G-SYNC compatible curved LCD promising silky-smooth gameplay. The Samsung C27RG5 trades resolution for refresh rates: while it tops out at 1920 x 1080 pixels, rather than hitting 4K, the rate at which it can keep those pixels updated is much faster than the average monitor.

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Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

There will always come a time when you wished you could access a computer without actually touching it. And, no, we're not talking about Minority Report. Remote computer access has always been tricky business, requiring some third-party apps, complicated setups, and new account sign-ups. Google's Chrome Remote Desktop has tried to simplify that process and is now making it even simpler by removing the need for any program other than your trusty Chrome browser.

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Quake II RTX shows what NVIDIA’s ray-tracing tech can do for old games

Quake II RTX shows what NVIDIA’s ray-tracing tech can do for old games

When showing off new graphics tech, you'd usually be treated to glorious photorealistic visuals that hint at the complex calculations that both software and hardware go through. In that context, NVIDIA's decision to use id Software's popular Quake II shooter is an odd one. At the same time, however, it is the perfect example of even an old game like Quake II can feel new and modern with NVIDIA's to new fully path-traced ray-tracing technology.

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Google just killed the entry-level Pixel Slate – but there’s good news

Google just killed the entry-level Pixel Slate – but there’s good news

Google has quietly axed its two most affordable Pixel Slate tablets, dropping the entry-level processor options which had come in for widespread criticism for underwhelming performance. Launched in late 2018, the Chrome OS tablet initially came in five different configurations, with an unexpectedly broad range of performance.

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Microsoft Mt. Rogers has you wearing VR headsets in public for productivity

Microsoft Mt. Rogers has you wearing VR headsets in public for productivity

We seem to be a screen-obsessed society these days, be it on phones or on computers. Truth be told, if we could have more screens, we would jump on them without a second thought. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, there are only so many screens you can afford and squeeze in a physical location. One solution would be to have an almost infinite number of virtual windows you can place anywhere in virtual space, which is exactly what Microsoft's Mt. Rogers research project is proposing you do.

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macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

At its WWDC 2019 keynote, Apple made the somewhat surprising revelation of iPadOS along with some features that iOS users have been clamoring for for years. That included mouse support, external USB storage, and, for some, home screen widgets. The latter is something probably few expected will happen but Apple seems to have a lot of surprises in store. Including the almost ironic but unannounced death of macOS' Dashboard feature.

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It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

Apple made a new Mac Pro, but not everybody is happy. The potent new computer is a total reset on its much-derided predecessor, instead reminiscent of the earlier Mac Pro models that developers had begun to reminisce over with rose-tinted glasses. Its replacement, though, has turned out to be a wake-up call.

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Apple wouldn’t let me touch its $999 Pro Display XDR stand

Apple wouldn’t let me touch its $999 Pro Display XDR stand

Sculptural. Elegant. Sinuously crisp. Not typically words you'd expect to hear about a monitor stand, but then again the Apple Pro Display XDR is no ordinary monitor. When Apple decides to make the best screen in the industry, it doesn't hold back, and the accessories are equally excessive.

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New Mac Pro first look: Be careful what you wish for

New Mac Pro first look: Be careful what you wish for

Familiar, and yet new: the new 2019 Mac Pro is about as big a departure, generation to generation, as Apple computers get, but somehow it still feels comfortably familiar. Perhaps it's how it nods back to the old "cheese grater" aesthetic in the days before the trash can, or a more nebulous sense that Apple is finally, again, listening to its most ambitious users.

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macOS Catalina splits up iTunes, adds iPads as secondary displays

macOS Catalina splits up iTunes, adds iPads as secondary displays

WWDC keynotes are, first and foremost, a place to learn about incoming software updates for Apple's various platforms, and macOS is in for a big one with macOS Catalina. As rumored plenty of times in the lead up to WWDC, macOS Catalina will split up iTunes into three different apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. Gone is the bloated and slow single app that iTunes has become over the years and in its place rises three new apps that will hopefully accomplish their tasks much faster.

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2019 Mac Pro modular system in detail

2019 Mac Pro modular system in detail

Apple's newly announced 2019 Mac Pro, the 'most powerful Mac' the company has launched thus far, brings a modular design fulfilling promises the company made in 2017 and 2018. Buyers get a tower-shaped machine resembling the classic Mac Pro systems, though Apple has made its latest model easier to open and upgrade than before.

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