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Microsoft’s cheaper Surface could be right around the corner

Microsoft’s cheaper Surface could be right around the corner

Evidence seems to be mounting for a new, less expensive Surface. Rumors have been swirling for a few months at this point, and now, it seems like we may be closing in on release. Not only did a mysterious Surface device recently make a pass through the FCC, but now Microsoft is possibly prepping retailers for a launch that could be coming up quickly.

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Seagate BarraCuda SSD revealed: Specs, price and speeds

Seagate BarraCuda SSD revealed: Specs, price and speeds

Seagate is adding a new SSD to its line-up, with the BarraCuda SSD targeting PC upgraders who won't compromise on speed but who don't necessarily have sky-high budgets. The new 2.5-inch drive offers up to 2 TB of solid-state storage.

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New Surface tablet makes a pass through the FCC

New Surface tablet makes a pass through the FCC

It seems that Microsoft is indeed working on a new Surface. Of course, many of us probably expected Microsoft to be preparing a new Surface for launch later on in the year, and this appearance at the FCC seemingly confirms those suspicions. After all, gaining FCC certification is usually one of the last steps before launch for new devices.

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Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss. Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year. The Surface Phone and Andromeda OS have been shelved indefinitely and considering this isn’t the first time something like it happened, it is perhaps worthwhile to look into Microsoft’s pattern of dashing its own fans’ hopes and dreams.

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Our Microsoft Andromeda “folding Surface” hopes just got iced

Our Microsoft Andromeda “folding Surface” hopes just got iced

Enthusiasm about the Microsoft Andromeda folding Surface tablet may have been premature, with new whispers suggesting a 2018 release simply isn't going to happen. Chatter around Microsoft's bold new hardware had gained pace over the past few months, with the Windows 10 based device said to be positioned as a disruptor to both the smartphone and laptop segments.

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18 Chromebooks get Linux app support

18 Chromebooks get Linux app support

If you thought Chrome OS was just a boring glorified web browser turned OS, then your impressions are woefully outdated. Next to still unofficial, or even unconfirmed, platforms like Google Fuchsia or Microsoft Andromeda, Chrome OS is shaping up to be one of the most exciting operating systems of late. That is, if you owned a Google Pixelbook or one of the more recent, more powerful, more expensive recent Chromebooks. Worry not because Google has just recently flipped the switch that will give even the cheaper and older ones some powerful features, namely Linux app support.

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Huawei MateBook D with AMD Ryzen now available in US

Huawei MateBook D with AMD Ryzen now available in US

During Computex, Huawei took the wraps off its new MateBook D laptop with an AMD Ryzen processor. That laptop is now available to purchase for buyers located in the United States, the company has announced. Huawei tapped Walmart to sell the laptop both through its online website and in its retail stores. At $629 USD, the new MateBook D has a comfortable price, but is it worth the money?

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macOS Mojave public beta released: Here’s what you get

macOS Mojave public beta released: Here’s what you get

Apple has released the first macOS Mojave public beta, an early taste of its next big software release for Mac. The new OS brings with it tentative support for iOS software, with Apple porting four of its mobile apps over to run on macOS as a precursor to further narrowing the gap between desktop and mobile.

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Computer AI team beats humans at DOTA 2

Computer AI team beats humans at DOTA 2

This week it's happened, a machine beat humans at a complex esports game, and we're all doomed. The game is Dota 2, and the machine goes by the name OpenAI Five. The machine is a set of five neural networks, and they've begun beating amateur human teams at Dota 2 without breaking too much of a digital sweat. In the near future, the machines will attempt to beat the real professionals.

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T-Mobile FamilyMode promises parents better kid internet control

T-Mobile FamilyMode promises parents better kid internet control

T-Mobile has launched a new system for parents looking to manage their kids' online activities, with T-Mobile FamilyMode combining app control and a new gadget to filter or even lock-down the internet. Available this week, the system offers control over what apps, games, and services young users can access, both at home and while outside it.

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MacBook keyboard repair program: What you need to know

MacBook keyboard repair program: What you need to know

The latest MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook have a keyboard problem, and Apple is finally ready to do something about it. While the so-called "butterfly" mechanism debuted to great fanfare back in 2015 on the original 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, the reality has left some notebook owners more frustrated and wowed. Here's what you need to know.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 rumored to be specifically built for PCs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 rumored to be specifically built for PCs

Qualcomm is gradually making its push into the PC processor market, namely with its latest Snapdragon 850, aimed at notebooks. That chip, however, is just a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 845, a processor originally designed for smartphones, which means the 850 still doesn't make the cut in keeping up with Intel's CPUs. The much rumored Snapdragon 1000, however, is expected to be a different story.

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