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PCs are on the rise again after six years: here’s why

PCs are on the rise again after six years: here’s why

For years now, prophets of doom have been talking about the death of the PC. To some extent, they are right. The PC of old have gone the way of the dodo and today’s PCs have very little in common with them. Last week, both Gartner and IDC published numbers that, for the first time in six years, showed growth for the steadily shrinking market. And while both market researchers advise cautious optimism, it’s hard to deny the trend that their statistics show: the PC isn’t going anywhere.

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New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown: same old, same old

New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown: same old, same old

Apple just launched its mid-year lineup of MacBook Pros and not without some controversy, specifically around the keyboard. The mid-2018 generation features much-needed upgrades in specs but keeps everything else almost the same. One the one hand, that’s good for repairs since there’s nothing new to trip technicians up. On the other hand, it also means the MacBook Pro retains its low, low repairability score as well, which shouldn’t be news to anyone by now.

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New MacBook Pro True Tone feature works with LG UltraFine, Thunderbolt displays

New MacBook Pro True Tone feature works with LG UltraFine, Thunderbolt displays

New 2018 model MacBook Pros were revealed by Apple this week, and, along the latest processors and RAM upgrades, one of the biggest new features is True Tone display technology. Originally introduced on the iPad Pro, the feature allows the laptops to keep colors consistent regardless of changes in ambient light. While not part of the MacBook Pro's announcement, it was later revealed that the laptops can extend this True Tone technology to several external displays.

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New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

As you may have heard, Apple released new MacBook Pros earlier this week, featuring the usual processor and RAM updates, along with True Tone displays. Less touted, however, was an "improved third-generation keyboard" which only promises to offer a quieter typing experience. Apple didn't say anything about making real changes to the keyboard's butterfly switch mechanism, leaving us wondering if they'd even addressed the recently acknowledged "sticky key" problem. As it turns out, they did.

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Mid-2018 MacBook Pro starts shipping

Mid-2018 MacBook Pro starts shipping

With few exceptions, like the HomePod or, worse, the AirPower wireless charger, you can almost always expect Apple device announcements to be quickly followed by their retail availability. Especially when Apple didn’t really say when. That seems to be the case with the new range of MacBook Pros it just announced just yesterday. If you’re in a rush to get your hands on one, then you’d be happy to know that Apple is shipping them out early, at least if you’re lucky.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Everything you need to know

Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Everything you need to know

Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro range is here, and if you've been holding off a Mac upgrade because you wanted more performance, these could well be the notebooks for you. Intel's latest silicon, display technology borrowed from the iPhone X and iPad Pro, and a blast of extra security all help make these the most powerful Apple laptops ever. Read on for what you need to know.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P330 line gets refreshed with a trio of smaller PCs

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 line gets refreshed with a trio of smaller PCs

Lenovo has just announced a new entry-level trio of ThinkStation PCs, refreshing the P-series with a lineup of P330 machines. As with their predecessors, packing a decent amount of power into as small a package as possible seems to be the main goal of these business-focused PCs, particularly in the new P330 Tiny and SFF (small form factor). In fact, with P330 SFF, Lenovo has managed to reduce its overall footprint by 30% over its predecessor.

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Apple just discontinued the beloved 2015 MacBook Pro

Apple just discontinued the beloved 2015 MacBook Pro

Apple has discontinued the much-loved 2015 MacBook Pro, the last of the old-generation design notebooks. The laptop had built a fierce following despite being several years old, with a vocal section of macOS fans clinging to its full-sized USB-A, HDMI, and other ports.

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Blackmagic eGPU gives new MacBook Pro a graphics boost

Blackmagic eGPU gives new MacBook Pro a graphics boost

If you're picking up a new MacBook Pro today you might want something to plug into one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports, and so Blackmagic has just the external GPU for you. The new Blackmagic eGPU was designed in collaboration with Apple to make perfect use of those high-bandwidth ports, packing a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card and a full suite of ports to be your Mac's desk-side buddy.

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MacBook Pro 2018: New CPUs, True Tone, quieter keyboard

MacBook Pro 2018: New CPUs, True Tone, quieter keyboard

Apple has updated the MacBook Pro, adding new processors, support for more memory, a True Tone display, and making some changes to the controversial keyboard. The company says that altogether it's enough for a huge increase in performance: up to 70-percent faster, in fact, on the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go, its lightest, slimmest, and cheapest Surface tablet yet. Cheapest is relative only to other Surface 2-in-1s and it’s hardly iPad thin or slim. And that 9 hours of battery life doesn’t even hold a candle. With LTE support still coming later, it’s far from being the “always connected” experience Microsoft was singing about last year. It could have tried with a Windows 10 on ARM device but, if the Surface Go is to even make a dent in the market, there was really no other choice than to go with an Intel x86 processor.

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Surface Go official: Lite in more ways than one

Surface Go official: Lite in more ways than one

It’s finally official and there are really no surprises. Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go, it’s smallest, lightest, and cheapest 2-in-1 tablet to date. Of course, hearing those will make you think of the compromises that were necessary to hit those marks. And while they’re undeniably there, you are getting what you pay for. And it’s not exactly all that bad considering you’re getting a modern looking Surface in the most portable package ever.

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