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Apple discounts MacBook Pro-compatible LG 5K and 4K displays by 25%

Apple discounts MacBook Pro-compatible LG 5K and 4K displays by 25%

On Friday, Apple made a surprise move by cutting the prices of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories and adapters in order to address the growing outcry over the new MacBook Pro's lack of legacy-compatible ports. Turns out, the company has another gift for early adopters of its latest laptops: a big discount on LG's new UltraFine 5K and 4K displays that were announced alongside the MacBook Pros.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

The long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh turned out to also be the perhaps the most controversial. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. While it added the novelty of a Touch Bar, at least for the higher-end model, it practically stripped the MacBook of every other port other than Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. Even worse for the entry-level model that only has two such ports. For those with port anxiety, OWC is offering a fix in the form of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock that offers 13, yes read that, 13, ports just for the price of one port on your MacBook Pro.

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Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

For all the improvements, benefits, and nice things about Windows 10, its rollout has been largely criticized for two major pain points: privacy and, most importantly, its update system. Nagging, intrusive, and gargantuan, Windows 10 updates, specifically those from one major version to another, has soured users’ opinion of the OS. Microsoft promises to address these concerns, and the latest one will arrive in the Creators Update next year, via what it has nicknamed the Unified Update Platform or UUP. Microsoft definitely loves its U’s and P’s.

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EVGA has VBIOS update, thermal pads for overheating GTX cards

EVGA has VBIOS update, thermal pads for overheating GTX cards

There’s just no getting around the laws of physics. The faster you go, the hotter you get. Thanks to Samsung, consumers have become increasingly worried and wary about electronics overheating, and you can’t get any hotter than the behemoth graphics cards inside desktop computers. That is exactly the problem that beset a good number of EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 cards, which has been riddled with reports of overheating and, in some cases, catching fire. To combat that, EVGA is issuing a firmware update that tweaks thermal management to safer levels and is offering free thermal pads for those who still want one.

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Remix IO+ adds more hardware, price to Jide’s Android mini PC

Remix IO+ adds more hardware, price to Jide’s Android mini PC

It has been barely a two weeks since Jide launched yet another Kickstarter campaign to fund what is perhaps its most ambitious Android device. Aiming to be desktop computer, entertainment center, and gaming console “in one” (hence, “IO”), the Remix IO was welcomed not only with overwhelming support but also an incessant request: offer something better. After polling the crowd, Jide has come up with the Remix IO+, with more RAM, more CPU, more storage, and, of course, more costs.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC takes virtual reality gaming on the road

Zotac VR Go backpack PC takes virtual reality gaming on the road

Zotac is mostly known for making small form factor PCs and video cards and it has a nice reputation in those categories. The company has launched something a bit different from what it is known for with a new VR system called the VR Go backpack PC. The machine is at its core a small form factor gaming PC, but it can be fitted into a harness that allows you to carry the system on your back.

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Dell’s new all-in-one PC sure looks a lot like the Surface Studio

Dell’s new all-in-one PC sure looks a lot like the Surface Studio

There isn't much question that Microsoft turned some heads when it revealed its new Surface Studio last week. It would seem, however, that it didn't just catch the attention of consumers, but also competitors. Dell has teased a new all-in-one PC today, and if imitation is a form of flattery, then Microsoft must feel pretty good about itself right now.

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The SD slot had to die, Apple’s Phil Schiller insists: Here’s why

The SD slot had to die, Apple’s Phil Schiller insists: Here’s why

Apple's decision to go all-Thunderbolt 3 with the new MacBook Pro is still, a week after the event, causing controversy, and now Phil Schiller has waded in to make the official argument. The decision to drop USB Type-A, HDMI, and other ports in favor of the multi-functional - but decidedly rarer - Thunderbolt 3 has seen many pro-users up in arms, but it's the absence of the SD card slot that has many truly fuming. According to Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, it's a slot that'd had its day.

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Entry-level late 2016 MacBook Pro not so easy to repair

Entry-level late 2016 MacBook Pro not so easy to repair

The new MacBook Pro, with its “hi-tech” Touch Bar, is undoubtedly the highlight of Apple’s closing months in 2016. But as if to balance out the injustice, the entry-level, 13-inch, late 2016 MacBook Pro, yes the one without that Touch Bar, is also being lavished some attention. A preliminary teardown by OWC already revealed some slightly good news, but now iFixit is giving it the full treatment to see exactly what’s in store for both users as well as repair shops. Suffice it to say, it’s not all peaches and cream.

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EVGA GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards go up in smoke

EVGA GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards go up in smoke

There have been plenty of issues over the years where computers have caught fire, typically the fires were associated with defective batteries. A new issue is plaguing some owners of EVGA branded NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 video cards that causes the cards to catch fire and the computers to die. The issue has cropped up over the last week with several threads with owners reporting the same sort of fire apparently caused by overheating leading to component failure and a MOSFET blow out.

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A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

Courage is a double-edged sword, and while consumers may have taken the death of the iPhone 7 headphone jack in their stride, professionals aren't being so generous with the new MacBook Pro. Apple's decision to ditch almost all the legacy ports on its flagship notebook was done in the name of ushering in widespread adoption of Thunderbolt 3 and enabling a thinner machine. However, while Thunderbolt 3 may undoubtedly be a better connector than the bevy of sockets along the edge of the old MacBook Pro, the Cupertino firm's decision to go slim has frustrated many who have legacy devices to plug in, and who were hoping for a more significant power upgrade.

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Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

As interesting as the Surface Studio is, especially for artists, it is made even more interesting by the Surface Dial accessory. But while the Surface Studio won’t be shipping until December, the Dial will actually be available starting November 10. Why the advance party, you might ask? Because you can actually use it with any Windows 10. But even better, if you already have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you will even be able to use it on those two’s displays.

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