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Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Late last month, Apple announced a sorely needed update for the Mac mini. We've gone four years in between models, but you wouldn't be able to tell that simply by looking at 2018's Mac mini, as it shares a familiar aesthetic with its predecessor. Obviously, the internals are a lot different, which begs the question of how easy the new Mac mini will be to repair. As always, iFixit has torn the Mac mini to shreds in pursuit of an answer to that question.

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MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

Today we see inside the MacBook Air 13-inch Retina (late 2018), behind the keyboard, and under the metal. This is the model with a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS "Retina" display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. The version we're looking at here is GOLD - though compared to some of the more standard "yellow" golds, this one's positively rosy. You'll be happy to find that the color of the screws holding this device together are matched with the color of the casing.

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Alexa for PC brings Amazon AI to Windows 10

Alexa for PC brings Amazon AI to Windows 10

Amazon has released Alexa for PC, bringing its smart assistant to Windows 10 and turning your notebook or desktop computer into a smart speaker. The free app brings features familiar from Amazon's Echo line-up to Microsoft's platform, including smart home control.

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Samsung is betting big on AR at SDC

Samsung is betting big on AR at SDC

Its foldable phone, or at least its foldable phone UX, might make the big headlines this week, but that is hardly all that Samsung has planned. It’s probably going to take the backseat for a while, but Samsung’s augmented reality ambitions are just as big. At its Samsung Developers Conference, the Korean tech company has alloted six sessions to AR. And while some of them seem to be devoted to the AR Emojis everyones either loves or loves to hate, Samsung might also have big news planned in the form of an AR cloud platform and even an AR headset prototype.

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PrimeOS brings Android-x86 to older PCs, laptops

PrimeOS brings Android-x86 to older PCs, laptops

One of the perks of an open platform such as Android is that almost anyone, with enough knowledge and time, can put it on any device imaginable. Including devices that Google may have never approved of. Of course, Android does run on devices powered by x86 chips, notably Intel’s, but it hasn’t been something that easily available for anyone to just install on their computers. That’s what the Android-x86 project has been trying to do and a newer project called PrimeOS is building on top of that to bring a better desktop experience to laptops and PCs, especially those with slightly older hardware.

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Dropbox Extensions let you do almost everything inside Dropbox

Dropbox Extensions let you do almost everything inside Dropbox

Like it or not, “the cloud” has become an essential part of modern life. At the very least, more and more people are using cloud storage to hold their files, especially the ones they need on the go or to collaborate with others. Cloud storage, however, really offers just that: storage. To do anything with the files stored in them, you often have to not only launch other apps, you also have to download and re-upload them in the process. That’s why Dropbox has developed a new Extensions system so you can do all of the things you need to do without leaving Dropbox at all.

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Mac mini 2018 review roundup: A no-brainer upgrade

Mac mini 2018 review roundup: A no-brainer upgrade

After years out in the cold, the Mac mini has finally been updated, and the first batch of reviews are in ahead of the compact computer showing up in stores at the end of the week. Of course, since the last update to the Mac mini - all the way back in 2014 - things in the PC space have changed considerably.

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MacBook Air 2018 review roundup: The good, the bad, the Intel

MacBook Air 2018 review roundup: The good, the bad, the Intel

The first new MacBook Air 2018 reviews are out, and if you were expecting a clean sweep of universal acclaim, think again. Apple's more affordable notebook may have addressed many of the complaints users had about the old MacBook Air, but changes in pricing and what your money actually gets you in terms of specifications is prompting some arguments.

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Surface Go Costco exclusive model now available for all

Surface Go Costco exclusive model now available for all

All the news about Apple’s somewhat controversial new iPad Pros and Google’s premium 2-in-1 Chrome OS Pixel Slate may have made consumers forget that there was also a Microsoft tablet that could be all that to some extent. No, it’s not the mildly disappointing Surface Pro 6 but the somewhat divisive Surface Go. Microsoft has just made an almost unnoticed change that could bring the 10-inch tablet back into people’s radars. Previously available only from Costco, Microsoft is now selling a version of the Surface Go that sits cozily between its two existing configurations in both specs and price.

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Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

A smartphone-like device called Cosmo Communicator was revealed today by Planet Computers. This is just the newest in a line of similar devices made by Planet Computers, and it's not the first to run Android. This is just the latest and greatest of the machines the company's made to fill the gaps between smartphone and laptop - and don't call it a tablet, because it most certainly isn't that.

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Intel 48-core Cascade Lake Xeon could upend everything in 2019

Intel 48-core Cascade Lake Xeon could upend everything in 2019

Intel today is bolstering its Xeon line of processors by announcing a new CPU and new class for the Xeon family. The new CPU is the Xeon E-2100, and Intel says that it's a good choice for entry-level servers. Intel is wasting little time getting this new CPU is out of the door, as the Xeon E-2100 is launching in general availability today.

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The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

Apple tested its strategy out on the iPhone, took a risk, and it paid off: now, it’s the turn of the Mac - and specifically the new MacBook Air - to go next. For long-time MacBook Air fans, the late-2018 update to the ultraportable addressed a lot of complaints. Faster processors, more storage, and a Retina display all checked off boxes long-overdue. However there was one change we were hoping not to see.

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