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macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

macOS Catalina might put an end to the Dashboard and widgets

At its WWDC 2019 keynote, Apple made the somewhat surprising revelation of iPadOS along with some features that iOS users have been clamoring for for years. That included mouse support, external USB storage, and, for some, home screen widgets. The latter is something probably few expected will happen but Apple seems to have a lot of surprises in store. Including the almost ironic but unannounced death of macOS' Dashboard feature.

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It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

It’s time for a Mac Pro Mini

Apple made a new Mac Pro, but not everybody is happy. The potent new computer is a total reset on its much-derided predecessor, instead reminiscent of the earlier Mac Pro models that developers had begun to reminisce over with rose-tinted glasses. Its replacement, though, has turned out to be a wake-up call.

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Apple wouldn’t let me touch its $999 Pro Display XDR stand

Apple wouldn’t let me touch its $999 Pro Display XDR stand

Sculptural. Elegant. Sinuously crisp. Not typically words you'd expect to hear about a monitor stand, but then again the Apple Pro Display XDR is no ordinary monitor. When Apple decides to make the best screen in the industry, it doesn't hold back, and the accessories are equally excessive.

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New Mac Pro first look: Be careful what you wish for

New Mac Pro first look: Be careful what you wish for

Familiar, and yet new: the new 2019 Mac Pro is about as big a departure, generation to generation, as Apple computers get, but somehow it still feels comfortably familiar. Perhaps it's how it nods back to the old "cheese grater" aesthetic in the days before the trash can, or a more nebulous sense that Apple is finally, again, listening to its most ambitious users.

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macOS Catalina splits up iTunes, adds iPads as secondary displays

macOS Catalina splits up iTunes, adds iPads as secondary displays

WWDC keynotes are, first and foremost, a place to learn about incoming software updates for Apple's various platforms, and macOS is in for a big one with macOS Catalina. As rumored plenty of times in the lead up to WWDC, macOS Catalina will split up iTunes into three different apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. Gone is the bloated and slow single app that iTunes has become over the years and in its place rises three new apps that will hopefully accomplish their tasks much faster.

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2019 Mac Pro modular system in detail

2019 Mac Pro modular system in detail

Apple's newly announced 2019 Mac Pro, the 'most powerful Mac' the company has launched thus far, brings a modular design fulfilling promises the company made in 2017 and 2018. Buyers get a tower-shaped machine resembling the classic Mac Pro systems, though Apple has made its latest model easier to open and upgrade than before.

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Apple Pro Display XDR is the perfect Mac Pro monitor

Apple Pro Display XDR is the perfect Mac Pro monitor

With a new Mac Pro on the horizon, Apple has decided that a computer as beefy as that needs an equally beefy display. Right after giving us a few demos of the Mac Pro in action at WWDC today, Apple introduced us to the Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch 6K retina display that's meant to go hand-in-hand with Apple's top-of-the-line desktop. That, of course, means that you're going to paying a significant chunk of change to own one.

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This is the new Mac Pro: Professionally modular, thermally sound

This is the new Mac Pro: Professionally modular, thermally sound

The Mac Pro is back, and it looks like a completely new piece of machinery. This device is both about simple, stark refinement on its outside and high-powered MacOS-based processing on its inside. It's sort of like the cheese grater aesthetic never went away - and it's back now with far more intense elements - and it's all modular! [UPDATE: And by that I mean it's largely modular, not ALL modular.]

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Is this Microsoft’s big bet on a dual-screen Surface?

Is this Microsoft’s big bet on a dual-screen Surface?

Microsoft decided to spill some beans this morning, right as Apple prepares to deliver their 2019 WWDC keynote this afternoon. In a sort of behind-the-scenes peek, Microsoft presented internally a set of prototypes for their next wave of devices. It would seem that a dual-display notebook is... what's next?

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Samsung still wants in on AR and VR market but vague on details

Samsung still wants in on AR and VR market but vague on details

Oculus and Vive may be competing head to head in the VR space but, outside of those two, not much else is happening with other companies. Google has not mentioned Daydream even once at I/O last month and OEMs that have made the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets have mostly fallen silent as well. Despite that, Samsung isn't yet calling it quits and suggests multiple AR and VR products are coming this year, whether you like it or not.

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Samsung Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force take on Apple’s MacBooks

Samsung Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force take on Apple’s MacBooks

There is no shortage of laptop designs in the market but, for some people, Apple's MacBooks represent the gold standard in minimal yet functional aesthetics. That's true not just for some consumers but even for some manufacturers that take inspiration from Apple's notebooks. Despite their innate virtues, Samsung's latest Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force laptops will probably be remembered more for looking like those MacBooks, especially considering how they're so close the Apple's annual WWDC.

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Gmail, Snapchat, Apple services went down due to Google Cloud issues

Gmail, Snapchat, Apple services went down due to Google Cloud issues

The "Cloud" has become the de facto method of delivering Internet services and apps. There are a small number of cloud providers around but the most popular have been Amazon and Google. Even Apple, which has its own cloud services, actually uses Google's backend for some of those. While cloud computing has simplified the way software is delivered, the current state of business means that when one of the major cloud services goes down, it takes a lot of other services down with it as some users have found out this weekend.

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