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Autonomous SmartDesk Home Office Review: Standing desk on the cheap?

Autonomous SmartDesk Home Office Review: Standing desk on the cheap?

Over the past few weeks I've been using the Autonomous SmartDesk Hybrid-Edition while I work. This is a standing desk, but can also be used as a sitting desk. It has a control panel on its right side to adjust the heights at which it's able to rest. OF NOTE: This desk was originally called "Hybrid Edition" but is now called "Home Office" - you'll find that reflected on their listing site.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to bring 64 cores to high-end PCs in 2020

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to bring 64 cores to high-end PCs in 2020

The CPU market has always been a numbers game but, until recently, the unchallenged Intel was content in keeping the number of cores low. AMD, however, is turning the tables and is turning the competition in a CPU numbers game once more, offering more cores and threads at the usual lower-than-Intel price tag. Nowhere is that emphasis on cores clearer than in AMD's Ryzen Threadripper processors and sometime next year it will bring its most ambitious 3rd gen processor yet, boasting the market's first 64-core desktop processor to topple Intel.

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IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

To the majority of computer users, the Internet is an almost magical place where you type in human-readable addresses in a browser and then get served with the corresponding web page. Behind the scenes, these web addresses or URLs as they are known actually map to four groups of three digits that serve as the site's machine address. While these addresses may just be numerical and virtual, there is actually a limit to how many of them there can be and Europe has just run out of IPv4 addresses even while the IPv6 successor remains practically ignored.

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Honor View30, MagicWatch 2, MagicBook follow closely in Huawei’s footsteps

Honor View30, MagicWatch 2, MagicBook follow closely in Huawei’s footsteps

Huawei recently announced a Google-less MatePad Pro tablet and two new MateBook D laptops against a backdrop of uncertainty and doubt about its future. Not even 24 hours later, its subsidiary Honor is doing the same, launching admittedly impressive new products that may already be unfairly judged because of their association with the Chinese giant. In the past, Honor seemed to be trying to push an image of an independent yet related brand from Huawei, proving that it could actually carry its parent company on its back. This time, the ties that bind that two are clearer than ever, perhaps unintentionally showing Honor's solidarity with Huawei.

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Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

While foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and, soon, the Motorola Razr remain the dream of phone makers, consumers may be more interested in more practical and less costly solutions. We're still not sure if Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen devices are going to be any of those but, considering their Courier inspiration, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo have unsurprisingly generated a mix of excitement, curiosity, and also some skepticism. In its first public call to app developers, Microsoft is clearing the air by promising that existing apps will work on these unconventional devices but only if they don't want to offer a better experience on dual-screen tablets and phones.

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webOS Open Source Edition 2.0 keeps Palm’s spirit alive in cars and IoT

webOS Open Source Edition 2.0 keeps Palm’s spirit alive in cars and IoT

Palm's name may have recently been revived in a small way, quite literally, with a tiny companion Android phone. Ever since it got bought then sold by HP, however, Palm has been nothing more than a historical footnote in the consumer tech market. That's not to say its legacy doesn't live on today and at least one effort is trying to keep it on life support thanks to version 2.0 of the webOS Open Source Edition.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

That didn't take long. Windows 10 updates have become somewhat of a joke, breaking as many things as it tries to fix, all despite Microsoft's stated goal of making Windows more secure and more stable with its "Windows as a Service" strategy. The company has just started rolling out the latest and last major feature update for the year and while there have been no major file-deleting issues reported so far, smaller issues are starting to pop up just as the newest Windows 10 makes its way into more and more computers.

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Huawei MatePad Pro, MateBook D try to prove everything is fine

Huawei MatePad Pro, MateBook D try to prove everything is fine

Huawei has once again narrowly dodged the bullet for another three months but that only means its ordeal will have no finality in its ordeal with the US government. Of course, it has to keep chugging along in spite of all the uncertainty and prove to the world it can still put out products that will make consumers wish the company wasn't in that much trouble. That is pretty much the setting of the Huawei's multi-product announcement that introduces the MatePad Pro tablet and MateBook D 15 laptop to the world.

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Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

The furor around Facebook and its many privacy transgressions seem to have died down a bit recently. You only hear about Facebook in the news lately whenever CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress or when a scandalous revelation makes headlines again. One example of the latter is an internal app that allowed Facebook employees to use facial recognition on their co-workers. And while the app has supposedly been discontinued and never publicly released, the mere fact that Facebook had such an app might already be enough to raise red flags yet again.

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Microsoft cleared to export mass-market software to Huawei temporarily

Microsoft cleared to export mass-market software to Huawei temporarily

It seems that Huawei may be able to breathe a bit easier even if it keeps on showing an unaffected and nonchalant public face. The company was recently granted another 90-day reprieve and the US Department of Commerce has started to grant or deny applications for temporary licenses to export American products to the embattled Chinese company. While the fate of its mobile business still isn't in the clear despite these developments, Huawei will at least now have access again to Microsoft software, at least until the temporary licenses are revoked again.

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Google Cloud Print will join the graveyard by end of 2020

Google Cloud Print will join the graveyard by end of 2020

Another one bites the dust but at least Google is giving users a little over a year to brace themselves. Google has just "announced" that its Google Cloud Print facility will no longer be in operation come January 1, 2021 and it encourages users and developers to use other means to print stuff, referring to each platform's native printing features. Given what Cloud Print enabled users to do, however, it almost feels like a step back to 2010.

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AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

5G may be the battle cry of network operators and device makers in the mobile industry but it isn't the only revolutionary change as far as wireless connectivity goes. Wi-Fi 6 is slowly but surely making its way to mainstream markets but it is hampered by the lack of products for consumers. That's where Ubiquity's new AmpliFi Alien router comes in, promising to deliver 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Internet in blazing Gigabit speeds wherever you are in the house or even in the building.

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