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MacOS Monterey release date and requirements

MacOS Monterey release date and requirements

Your Apple computer will soon get a significant update to the latest version of macOS, the company's desktop operating system. This latest version is macOS Monterey, and it'll be available for almost every Apple desktop computer all the way back to late 2013. You'll find the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch machines running this software right out of the box next week.

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Apple October Event announced with likely MacBook and AirPods launches

Apple October Event announced with likely MacBook and AirPods launches

Apple just announced a new Apple Event that'll go live on October 18, 2021. This event's official invite features an Apple logo exploding into stars - almost like we're about to head into hyperspace. It is quite likely that we'll see the reveal of several new MacOS computers, MacBook Pro devices in 14 and 16-inch sizes, a new Mac mini Pro, AirPods 3, and some more information on macOS Monterey.

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PC market shipments continue to rise despite all odds

PC market shipments continue to rise despite all odds

PCs, which some have limited to desktops, workstations, and conventional laptops, were once thought to be a dying breed. The proliferation of powerful smartphones and the offloading of computational resources to the cloud are believed to be the cause of the PC market's inevitable but slow demise. And then came 2020 and COVID-19 that almost threw all reason out the window. That was the backdrop that led to this market's revival, and it is now seeing its sixth consecutive quarter of growth, though there are also growing signs of potential problems around the corner.

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YouTube Premium users get experimental video downloads on desktop

YouTube Premium users get experimental video downloads on desktop

If you're a YouTube Premium subscriber, you get access to upcoming (and still experimental) features before the company releases them for everyone. One of the latest additions to the experimental features list is support for video downloads on desktop, offering the same offline playback opportunity that has been available on mobile for quite a while.

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Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot, the company behind hits like League of Legends and Valorant, has announced plans to release its own game launcher. The product, which is called Riot Client, will be available starting next week, making it easier for gamers to access the company's desktop titles by congregating them in one place.

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New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

The latest build for Windows 11 was released this week with features that'll likely appear AFTER the first public version of Windows 11. This version of the operating system can be found in the Windows Insider Program's Dev channel. Microsoft made clear with this release that we're now at the point at which they're sending developers versions of Windows 11 with builds different from those of the Windows 11 experience that'll be released to the public on October 5, 2021.

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Amazon Prime Gaming drops August free games: Lost Horizon 2, Battlefield V, Indiana Jones

Amazon Prime Gaming drops August free games: Lost Horizon 2, Battlefield V, Indiana Jones

A new collection of games was revealed in Amazon Prime's "Free Games with Prime" for August of 2021. Games are available for claim by Amazon Prime members for a limited time, then remain available for use from that time thereafter. The turnover from one month to the other ushers out the game Battlefield 1 and in Battlefield V, making July and August a real decent pair of months for users that've never played Battlefield games before.

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Chrome 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

Chrome 92 released for iOS, Android, Beta beyond desktop

A new version of the Google Chrome web browser is available for Android devices and iOS devices as of this week. If you're using a mobile device right now without the latest version of Chrome, you'll see the Chrome 92 release available in your device's app store in the very near future. Depending on the device you have, you may have a Beta version available, too.

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PC market grew in Q2 2021 despite global chip shortage

PC market grew in Q2 2021 despite global chip shortage

2020 and 2021 have so far been kind to the PC market that previously found itself battling for survival against mobile devices. While desktops and laptops will always have a place in the tech industry, recent changes to working and studying arrangements have cause PC shipments to spike and grow over the last year and a half. Although that growth is starting to slow down, the PC market still managed to grow in the second quarter of 2021, despite the ongoing component supply shortage affecting many industries around the world.

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Cooler Master Orb X GamePod is gloriously weird and unattainable

Cooler Master Orb X GamePod is gloriously weird and unattainable

The Cooler Master Orb X GamePod is a "fully immersive multi-purpose semi-enclosed workstation" intended for both gamers and professional computer users. This piece of hardware has an egg-like shape with a chair at the center, multi-colored light strips on its edges, and the ability to support up to three 27-inch monitors inside. This workstation was designed with "full immersion in mind"

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Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

Instagram users can finally create posts with desktop web browsers

For the average user, snapping a picture with their phone and then uploading it on Instagram using the platform's mobile app is the most convenient sharing method. Instagram is more than just a casual social media platform, however, instead offering artists, brands, and companies the opportunity to share their work with others. In these cases, being restricted to mobile uploads is far more inconvenient.

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Colorful MacBook Air reboot tipped for 2021

Colorful MacBook Air reboot tipped for 2021

A collection of rumors and insider tips about the next MacBook Air revealed over the past several months paint a picture of a colorful piece of hardware. This next device will likely retain the standard MacBook Air brand name, but looks to have a design that takes the hardware out a whole new door. Taking full advantage of newly reorganized innards, this new MacBook Air is rumored to look and act significantly different to a degree that'll spur buys with new customers and legacy MacBook Air users alike.

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