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macOS update likely splitting up iTunes

macOS update likely splitting up iTunes

New apps like Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV are coming to Apple computers with the next big macOS update this Spring. This would essentially mean the long-awaited breaking-up of the iTunes app, and perhaps the first step toward ending file-based media at Apple altogether - far, far down the road, obviously. Music, TV, Podcasts, and "perhaps" Books apps will be in the mix, and the Apple services machine will be kicked into full gear before school is out.

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Apple W.A.L.T. Telephone Mac from 1993 finally seen in action

Apple W.A.L.T. Telephone Mac from 1993 finally seen in action

MacBook users today who wish their notebooks had touchscreens are probably repeatedly told that Apple just doesn't do touchscreens on a Mac. But more than three decades ago, it almost did. Of course, the technology back then meant it would be a resistive touch screen that required a stylus, ironically, but it was still a huge change of direction for Apple. Sadly, the W.A.L.T., short for "Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone", never came to be. Fortunately, now we a video of a working prototype that reveals Apple's almost prophetic vision.

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Mac data migration is now free for new purchases and repairs

Mac data migration is now free for new purchases and repairs

Buying a new Mac can be a hassle. Transferring your data to that new computer can be even more. Even if you use cloud services like Apple's own iCloud, chances are there will still be some you will need to manually transfer. If you're not confident of your computer skills, you can always pay an authorized representative to do it for you. But now you don't have to as Apple has reportedly waived the usual fee for doing data migrations from old Macs to new.

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Google Pixel Slate successor still coming

Google Pixel Slate successor still coming

Google is known for making products that they practically abandon after one or two iterations. Sometimes they don't even reach store shelves at all. With the company's downsizing of its projects and teams working on laptops and products, there was some speculation that Google was, in effect, deprecating its Chrome OS line of laptops and tablets. At its Cloud Next 19 conference, however, the company hints that the story is far from over.

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Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 aims to upend digital intelligence

Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 aims to upend digital intelligence

Qualcomm is looking to distill some of the magic of the cloud and its Snapdragon processors into an AI processor, and Microsoft and Facebook are already onboard with the new Cloud AI 100. A custom-made chip designed to bring cloud-style AI processing to the data center, the new accelerator promises applications from mixed reality, to gaming, to personalization.

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What the Linux desktop must have to become mainstream

What the Linux desktop must have to become mainstream

Linux runs the computing world. It is by far the most used operating system on servers and perhaps the only OS on supercomputers. It has taken over much of the mobile world thanks to Android and is on the cusp of taking a majority share in education via Chrome OS.

The one area where it has had difficulty expanding year after year is the desktop. Not because it's terrible at it but because it needs a few missing pieces that will stop the Year of the Linux desktop from being a running joke.

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16-inch MacBook Pro with all new design might not come this year

16-inch MacBook Pro with all new design might not come this year

The biggest MacBook Pro prediction this year has just been debunked by the very person who made the prediction. While details are still very thin at the moment, that's definitely what it feels like upon learning that Ming-chi Kuo himself has revised his forecast, saying that the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the one with an all-new design, won't be landing in stores this year. The good news is that it might still be coming after two years.

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Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

One of the first things that new computer users are warned in the age of external USB storage is to "eject" them before removing them. On Windows, that usually means going through the "Safely Remover Hardware" option. While that may have been the advice for generations, it may no longer be technically necessary on Windows. So starting version 1809, Windows 10 will default to a mode that will let you remove USB storage any time you want.

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Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux

Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux

Had enough of Windows 10's hassles? Unless you plan to install Windows 7, which is going to lose support from Microsoft on January 14, 2020, or have the cash to spare for an Apple device, there aren't many other options for a computer operating system except some flavor of Linux.

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The biggest Windows update annoyance is getting fixed

The biggest Windows update annoyance is getting fixed

Windows will finally stop automatically updating - usually just when you needed your PC for something important - and allow users to pause a new software installation, as Microsoft makes the OS a little more user-friendly. Described as offering "additional clarity and control over the update experience," the new extended pause is part of a number of changes Microsoft is making in the Windows 10 May 2019 update.

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Malware can add or remove cancerous nodes in CT scans

Malware can add or remove cancerous nodes in CT scans

Malware, like viruses, adware, or spyware, is often seen as annoyances at best, privacy and security threats at worst. Few will probably even consider them to be life-threatening. That, however, is the frightening reality that two researchers are presenting with a malware that not only modifies CT scan results, it also does them with such realism that it manages to fool professionals into misdiagnosing the presence or absence of cancer.

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Surface Book 2 finally has an 8th gen Intel Core i5 option

Surface Book 2 finally has an 8th gen Intel Core i5 option

April Fools joke this isn't, especially after Microsoft reportedly banned such shenanigans from making it outside of the company. Rumors about a more powerful entry-level Surface Book 2 has been going around for almost a month now so it's no surprise that it's real and finally here. Even better, if you're not a fan of a fan-less quad-core device, you can now grab the old configuration at a lower price as well.

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