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New Dell XPS 13 goes white

New Dell XPS 13 goes white

Aside from gaming laptops, which are still predominantly black with some LED lighting highlights, majority of today's laptops that aren’t MacBooks often go with darker shades of colors. This has practical benefits, including making smudges and dirt that accumulate over time not so obvious at first glance. But depending on your tastes, those dark colors might not be fashionable. So this year, Dell is doing something different. This year, it will not only put a fashionable rose gold color on the XPS 13’s back. It will also be painting its insides white.

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Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkVision monitor march towards CES 2018

Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkVision monitor march towards CES 2018

It’s that time of year again. After greeting the changing of the calendar, it’s time to set the pace for what will be the technology trends and products for 2018. CES is just a few days away but, as per tradition, the flood of announcements are starting to pour in. Kicking off the year is Lenovo’s deluge of new ThinkPad laptops for every purpose and in every form, from traditional, no nonsense laptops to flexible convertible Yoga tablets.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Coders and word smiths just love their mechanical keyboards. But just because the mechanisms might be considered “old school” doesn’t mean the design has to be. Then again, there’s no stopping keyboard makers from giving a nod to an even older typing favorite. Lofree, who already successfully crowdfunded a mechanical keyboard in April 2017, is now back with a new and improved model, with colors inspired by the four seasons, a design inspired by typewriters, and functionality inspired by modern Mac keyboards.

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You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

Apple's iMac Pro is now available for walk-in purchase at Apple Stores, with stock of at least one configuration now showing up on shelves. The Space Gray all-in-one is Apple's love-letter to content creators, a Xeon-powered processing monster with the latest and greatest in ports on the back, and a beautiful 5K display on the front.

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Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Things seem to be getting interesting for Chromebooks again. On the heels of Google removing the last remaining Android tablet from its store, clues of improvement of Android apps on Chrome OS have surfaced. And while Google is now pointing buyers to its own Google PixelBook for their Android tablet fix, Samsung might have a better solution coming. Last month saw signs in Chrome OS code of what could the first 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook coming from Samsung, and it might even come with a nifty stylus and a home for it.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Microsoft's Surface Pro with built-in LTE is now available online, one of a rare breed of Windows portables with integrated WWAN connectivity. The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced was confirmed as in the pipeline back in September, a welcome return after Microsoft's last cellularly-equipped Surface was discontinued several years ago.

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Bitcoin price by next month: The BTC Breakdown

Bitcoin price by next month: The BTC Breakdown

Bitcoin prices are going up, and Bitcoin value is going up. Bitcoin value went down earlier this month, but at the start of this month it was more valuable than it ever was before. Bitcoin is not a stock - but it is traded in a way that's similar to how most people think a stock is traded. Bitcoin is like an exchange-traded fund, but it's not traded on any "major" exchange like a stock. Today we're going to give an estimate for how valuable Bitcoin will be by next month.

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Windows 10 on Snapdragon isn’t answering the right questions

Windows 10 on Snapdragon isn’t answering the right questions

Microsoft just recently revealed its play on the ARM platform that has Windows fans both excited and skeptical. On the one hand, it is a return of the operating system to a CPU platform that is hailed for its battery longevity, thermal management, and performance efficiency. On the other hand, it may feel like deja vu. Things do seem to be better this time, with both software and hardware set in place. But Microsoft might be kidding itself if it expect everything to be different and be successful. Because if Microsoft hasn’t learned from its past, it is bound to repeat it. And like the boy who cried wolf, there might not be a next time.

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NVIDIA ending driver support for 32-bit systems

NVIDIA ending driver support for 32-bit systems

The PC world is taking another step towards laying 32-bit systems to their eternal rest. Nvidia has announced that it will soon be making the switch to only supporting 64-bit operating systems, with the upcoming Version 390 of its graphics card drivers being the last to support 32-bit versions of Windows (7, 8/8.1, and 10), Linux, and FreeBSD. While 64-bit systems have been the norm for some time now, this marks a significant move away from legacy support for 32-bit.

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Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

It won’t just be Windows 10 that will be getting the special Qualcomm Snapdragon treatment next year. While there are already at least two Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices slated for the next months, there is one class of devices that may or may not be headed out to the market. Commits to the Chrome OS source code reveals the addition of support for the Snapdragon 845 on Chromebooks. And while it doesn’t immediately mean there’s already a device in the works, it at least means that Chromebooks might finally become a reality after all this time.

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