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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Considering its release schedule, Chrome OS doesn't get as much media buzz for each new version that gets rolled out. That doesn't make those releases any less substantial. In fact, the latest Chrome OS version 76 is one of the most notable ones, introducing much-needed features to turn the platform into a more proper competitor to the Windows and Macs. But more than just productivity features, Chromebook users can also be more productive in their entertainment activities.

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Vanity license plates have proven traffic ticket systems faulty for four decades

Vanity license plates have proven traffic ticket systems faulty for four decades

A user by the name of "Droogie" (Joseph Tartaro) decided he'd be clever and register a custom license plate with the word NULL. That means blank, empty, the end - it's not a word you hear people use all that often other than to say "null and void" - which, incidentally, was part of Tartaro's plan. He'd intended on getting 2 custom plates, one for himself, the other for his wife, one that said NULL, the other VOID.

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Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

There's probably little debate that AI-powered smart assistants have become very useful. They started out as good fun but without much utility and have sometimes even become the butt of jokes thanks to misheard commands. These days however, the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have become a normal part of modern tech life, with or without smart speakers involved. But for all their usefulness and help, these services may have made people less vigilant about what they say and do and, it turns out, those secret utterances might not be so secret at all.

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Galaxy Note 10 DeX now works in window on your laptop, but why?

Galaxy Note 10 DeX now works in window on your laptop, but why?

Today Samsung got serious about their desktop software DeX with confirmation that they would, indeed, be delivering compatibility software for Windows and Mac computers. If you've got an Apple computer like a MacBook or an iMac, or basically any Windows 10 (or thereabouts) PC, you'll be good to go. The DeX software will load inside a window in your laptop, via USB... but why?

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Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Biometrics, usually fingerprints or faces, are often touted as more secure forms of authentication or at least second-factor authentication. But what if those very same pieces of data have been compromised? And what if it happened through sheer negligence of the security company whose business is to help secure people around the world? That is the nightmarish reality of what befell customers of Suprema's web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock platform and, by extension more than 1 million people across the globe.

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Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

It would seem that the future of the Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack is no more! According to the folks at Minecraft - the official crew - there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack. That update is that the future is dead, and the Super Duper Graphics Pack originally announced back at E3 2017 will no longer be developed. Not in-studio, anyway.

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Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

A rather silent yet steady undercurrent is moving in the PC market thanks to crowdfunding, Three Chinese companies are practically neck to neck in trying to corner a new breed of mini laptops, ultra ultraportables, and whatnot. One Netbook fired the opening salvo but GPD and Chuwi have caught up quickly. With just a week left, Chuwi is sweetening the MiniBook pot by expanding its features beyond the initial spiel, including adding a fingerprint scanner and an active stylus.

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VAIO SX12 lands in US with ports to shame a MacBook Air

VAIO SX12 lands in US with ports to shame a MacBook Air

VAIO's SX12 ultraportable notebook wants to shame every other slimline laptop out there, and if you're currently living the dongle life you may well find yourself cheering it on. Despite being VAIO's smallest model, with a 12.5-inch screen, the company somehow manages to fit in not only the ports you'd hope to find, but some we'd assumed had left notebooks for good.

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Samsung Galaxy Book S boasts 23hr battery from Windows on Snapdragon

Samsung Galaxy Book S boasts 23hr battery from Windows on Snapdragon

Samsung has revealed a new notebook, the Galaxy Book S, a surprise announcement alongside the new Galaxy Note 10. The slender ultraportable laptop runs Windows 10 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chipset, complete with integrated 4G LTE for always-on connectivity and longer battery life.

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Toshiba XFMEXPRESS opens the door for removable SSD cards

Toshiba XFMEXPRESS opens the door for removable SSD cards

The current state of technology is pretty much a compromise when it comes to data storage. HDD's have high capacities and are cheap but sometimes unreliable while SSDs are thinner, more durable, but also more expensive. On smaller devices, PCIe attached NVMe storage offer speeds that even UFS much less eMMC storage can only dream of but users are mostly stuck with what's soldered onboard. Toshiba, however, is saying you don't need to choose with its new XFMEXPRESS form factor that is practically an SSD card not unlike a microSD card.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4K (7th-gen) hands-on review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4K (7th-gen) hands-on review

The last time I laid eyes on the ThinkPad 7th-generation X1 Carbon laptop from Lenovo was at CES in early January. Exactly eight months later, a fully-spec’d out review unit landed on my doorstep. Lenovo allows the buyer to customize the X1 according to their needs and, more importantly, what their budget permits.

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