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Lenovo foldable device could have a Surface Book hinge

Lenovo foldable device could have a Surface Book hinge

Foldable phones have stolen the MWC show in February but those might not be the only kind of foldable devices manufacturers have in mind. After all, when you are not limited by screen space, anything can be folded. The problem, however, is either in the screen, the hinge, or both. Lenovo has patent yet another one of its ideas though, this time, its "connecting assembly", a.k.a. hinge, is something Microsoft will be too familiar with.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) Review

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) Review

Huawei is probably best known for making smartphones primarily as well as networking equipment, two product lines that are at the center of political and legal controversy. A few years ago, however, Huawei started getting its hands into another related business, that of selling laptops. With a product name like the MateBook X Pro and a distinctly familiar design, there is little doubt whose market share Huawei is after.

This year, Huawei has come out with a 2019 model that retains not just the name but a few details as well. We dig in to find out if what has changed is enough to justify the new and higher price tag.

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Office Depot settles with FTC over fake computer repairs

Office Depot settles with FTC over fake computer repairs

It's not that hard to scare people into buying things they may not need, especially in areas they may have little knowledge of. And nothing can be more complex or daunting than a PC. That's why for almost a decade, Office Depot and its software provider and partner in crime Support.com got away with conning users into paying hundreds for a computer repair they never really needed. Now, however, the two will be paying millions to settle the FTC's complaint out of court and refund those customers.

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Apple apologizes for and downplays MacBook keyboard problems

Apple apologizes for and downplays MacBook keyboard problems

This is probably the closest disgruntled MacBook owners will get to a public acknowledgment from Apple. It's close to four years now since the company introduced a brand new keyboard technology that, for just as long, has been causing headaches and heartaches. The third generation MacBook "butterfly" keyboards have supposedly addressed those but, as per Apple's own admission, is still affecting a number of users. It's just that, according to Apple, it's a small number of users.

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ASUS comments on Live Update attack with checkup tools in tow

ASUS comments on Live Update attack with checkup tools in tow

Today ASUS responded to reports of a recent attack on a set of ASUS notebook users by an APT-toting group through the company's Live Update server. Apparently the malicious entity in question targeted the servers ASUS uses to send out Live Update software updates. Once they'd gotten past ASUS' security, they sent out malicious code through said system. The good news is, it's effectively fixed.

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Intel quietly gives up its modular Compute Card dream

Intel quietly gives up its modular Compute Card dream

Intel is quietly discontinuing its Compute Cards, the credit card-sized modular computing platform that it once positioned as the solution to laptop and all-in-one PC upgrades. The Compute Card system was first launched in 2017, each containing a processor, memory, and storage.

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NexDock 2 offers a better lapdock for Samsung and Huawei phones

NexDock 2 offers a better lapdock for Samsung and Huawei phones

Although the idea of a singular convergent smartphone that also acts as your desktop hasn't completely died, it hasn't fully taken off either. Of those attempts, only Samsung's DeX and Huawei's EMUI Easy Projection remain but for all their promise of truly mobile computing, they both have forgotten one essential piece of the puzzle: a portable dock for their phones. That need is mostly being filled by an extremely small number of third-party accessory makers. Now one of the pioneers of that niche market going through crowdfunding again to bring the NexDock 2 to life, just in time for the latest iterations of Samsung's and Huawei's flagships.

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Intel Nervana Spring Crest NNP cards photographed in early state

Intel Nervana Spring Crest NNP cards photographed in early state

Intel Nervana is the company's neural network processor (NNP) brand, relatively newly commercial-facing and already quite powerful. Thus far no Intel Nervana hardware's been widely available - but that ends with the Intel Nervana NNP-L1000, the company's first commercial NNP chip. Today we've got a couple photos of the most basic, but at least basically functional, bits of commercial Nervana in the L1000, codenamed Spring Crest.

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Windows 7 end of support countdown starts with nagging reminders

Windows 7 end of support countdown starts with nagging reminders

They say that all good things must come to an end. What they often fail to say is that what follows may not exactly be better or even just as good. After a disastrous Windows Vista release, Microsoft was able to salvage its reputation with Windows 7. Given how Windows 8, 8.1, and now 10 have substantially changed things, not many users were keen to move on from Windows 7. They soon won't have any choice if they still want to receive critical updates and Microsoft will start repeatedly reminding them of that.

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The Cloud is empowering but it’s also a double-edged sword

The Cloud is empowering but it’s also a double-edged sword

Google just announced its Stradia game streaming service and its perhaps one of the best examples of how far "The Cloud" has come. Online games are nothing new but few aside from text-based games are able to reduce the client side to a "dumb terminal". Cloud computing has undoubtedly changed the way we work, consume content, and interact with services. While it's hard to deny how powerful and liberating the technology can be, it also pays to take a step back to understand that it is far from being the panacea that some advocates would have us believe.

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A maxed-out iMac Pro just got even more ridiculous

A maxed-out iMac Pro just got even more ridiculous

Apple's new iMac (2019) isn't the only all-in-one Mac getting an update today, with the iMac Pro adding some ultra-expensive performance upgrades too. The professional desktop wasn't about to let its mainstream iMac sibling get all the changes, with a hefty 256GB RAM update the pinnacle of the madness.

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Apple updates iMac for 2019 with new CPU, Radeon Pro Vega graphics

Apple updates iMac for 2019 with new CPU, Radeon Pro Vega graphics

It's been a busy couple of days for Apple. Yesterday, the company introduced a new iPad Air and a new iPad mini, opting to forgo the reveal event it typically hosts for product announcements and revealing them instead through a press release. Today, it's doing the same thing once again, but this time around, it's the iMac that's getting a refresh.

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