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HP Chromebook x360 14 unveiled with premium convertible design

HP Chromebook x360 14 unveiled with premium convertible design

HP has launched a new premium laptop running Google's Chrome OS, the new HP Chromebook x360 14. This model boasts convertible functionality, what HP calls a premium design, and durability thanks in part to a protective, decorative coating. Unlike many Chromebooks, the Chromebook x360 has a fairly large display at 14-inches, and it also packs 8th-generation Intel Core processors.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update pulled – here’s what you should do

Windows 10 October 2018 Update pulled – here’s what you should do

Some Windows 10 users might be finding themselves in a troubled state this week after the new October 2018 Update has been discovered to be deleting personal files after installation. The problem was noticed almost immediately after Microsoft began rolling out the new Windows 10 version during this week's Surface press event. It's not yet clear how widespread the issue is, but it's significant enough that Microsoft has halted the rollout of the October 2018 Update.

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iMac Pro, MacBook Pro third-party repairs still possible, confirms iFixit

iMac Pro, MacBook Pro third-party repairs still possible, confirms iFixit

Whether it's the need to protect their products' security and integrity, or just a slimy business practice, Apple is one of the most prevalent of modern tech companies that are clamping down on third-party repairs of their devices. Proponents of the "right to repair" were alarmed earlier this week when leaked Apple service documents indicated that the latest MacBook Pros and iMac Pro would be left inoperable after repairs from unauthorized service providers.

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Windows 10 October 2018 update reportedly deleting users’ files

Windows 10 October 2018 update reportedly deleting users’ files

Computers have become such an integral part of both professional and personal life that people have come to expect that software, especially operating systems, will protect and at least keep their hands off their personal files. Apps and systems files may come and go especially during system updates but users’ personal files are considered sacrosanct. Someone at Microsoft, however, may have forgotten that principle because some users are not claiming that files in their Documents and Pictures folders are disappearing after upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version.

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New MacBook Pros rendered inoperative after 3rd party repair

New MacBook Pros rendered inoperative after 3rd party repair

Apple, like many device manufacturers, are dead set against self-repairs or third-party repairs. These companies often cite safety, integrity, and trade secrets as reasons for discouraging those while consumer advocates accuse them of deplorable business strategies. That has never really stopped the third-party repair industry though companies increase their efforts to curb it. The latest from Apple is probably the most radical, making a 2018 MacBook Pro or even an iMac Pro practically useless if it has been repaired by an unauthorized service provider.

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WiFi 6 gives wireless the big upgrade it really needs

WiFi 6 gives wireless the big upgrade it really needs

WiFi is about to get a lot more easy to understand, with the Wi-Fi Alliance announcing WiFi 6, its freshly rebranded push to reduce wireless confusion. WiFi 6 isn't a new technology, in and of itself. Instead, it'll be the consumer name for 802.11ax, the next-generation of WiFi that isn't expected to show up in devices until 2019 at the very earliest.

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Razer Sila is a gaming-grade router for PCs, consoles, mobile

Razer Sila is a gaming-grade router for PCs, consoles, mobile

Gaming is Razer's life blood so it only stands that it would focus on products that empower gamers and improve gaming experience. But while gaming can take different forms on different devices, one thing remains common in modern gaming: an Internet connection. So one of the most immediate and most generic way Razer could push gaming forward would be to launch a product that ensures any gaming-related device will have the best Internet connection possible in the house. And that is exactly what the Razer Sila WiFi router promises.

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Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have some terrible news

Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have some terrible news

Microsoft's big event may make relatively small changes this week in New York City, with its Surface refresh tipped to play it safe - or even disappointing - as it heads into holiday sales season. The software giant has summoned the media to NYC on Tuesday, October 2nd to reveal the latest fruits of its Surface computing team. However, some early leaks have spoiled the surprise a little.

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Intel has bad news for anyone wanting a cheap laptop

Intel has bad news for anyone wanting a cheap laptop

Intel is warning that short supplies of its entry-level processors are likely to continue, as the company's struggles to get its next-generation production online. The processor-maker had pegged its growth in potential on 10nm production, delivering smaller and more efficient chips, but encountered unforeseen levels of difficulty getting yields to satisfactory levels.

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Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

NAS products are almost perfect for today’s average household. Such network-attached storage solutions are not only great for backing up digital files that have become critical to today’s workers and students, they are also great for serving up the growing number of digital content we enjoy. NAS, however, scares the heck out of almost anyone unfamiliar with networks and computers because of their complexity of their setup, their maintenance, and their price. Which is why Synology is bringing out the 1-bay DS119j to address those pain points.

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Lenovo Titanium Enterprise boldy goes where no PC has gone before

Lenovo Titanium Enterprise boldy goes where no PC has gone before

We’ve seen all kinds of desktop PC designs, ranging from the utilitarian to the outlandishly lit. The latter is often the purview of PC gamers but at its Tech World Conference in China, Lenovo is appealing to a different circle of geekdom. The name and shape should probably be familiar to anyone familiar with pop culture of the last we decades. But what some might not be aware of is that the Lenovo Titanium Enterprise NCC-1701A is more than just a faithful, not to mention licensed, replica of the iconic spaceship, it’s also a high-end, not to mention expensive, PC.

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Surface Pro 6 leak is going to disappoint fans

Surface Pro 6 leak is going to disappoint fans

Microsoft’s Ignite event is currently ongoing but it won’t be until next week that it’s expected to make the big Surface product announcements. But if you were waiting for a big splash for the Surface Pro 6, if it will indeed be called that, you might be in for a disappointment. Because based on the first, and probably only, leaked hands-on of Microsoft’s premium 2-in-1 tablet, the Surface Pro 6 isn’t going to be that much different from the Surface Pro 5, a.k.a. the Surface Pro (2017), from last year.

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