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Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

A Facebook Messenger app was released this week for group chats between Facebook users. Users could've done video chat before now, with Messenger from Facebook, but this app makes the entire process feel a bit more official. This release comes just as the app Zoom sees a massive increase in use thanks to quarantine for global pandemic thanks to COVID-19.*

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Stadia 4K launched in Chrome with screenshot/clip library for desktop

Stadia 4K launched in Chrome with screenshot/clip library for desktop

Stadia just got a big boost for web browsers - just so long as you're using Chrome, of course. This week the streaming video game platform Stadia was boosted to 4K in web browsers, and the rest of the necessary graphics power and hardware. Those requirements include - for starters - a proper internet connection speed.

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Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

It seems that we have gotten past the obsession with dongles that gave rise to small HDMI PC sticks. Thanks to the popularity of set-top and smart TV boxes as well as the revival of the Mac Mini, we're back to being fascinated with small boxes that act as full-blown desktops, sans the discrete graphics card. Comparing Purism's latest product to the Apple Mac Mini probably isn't too far-fetched but the Librem Mini does have the advantage not only in power but in the promise of control, security, and privacy.

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Mouse cursor release leaked for iPad, iPhone

Mouse cursor release leaked for iPad, iPhone

An update to iOS leaked this week indicated the release of mouse cursor support, the likes of which have not yet existed in iOS in any form. Information appears in code for iOS 14, a bit of software not yet released to the public. This release will assist developers in creating cross-platform software experiences, allowing similar apps to exist on both macOS desktop machines and iOS (and iPadOS alike).

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Google Stadia 4K streaming in web browsers and a Review Update

Google Stadia 4K streaming in web browsers and a Review Update

Today we're taking a peek at the newly-released 4K capabilities of Google Stadia in web browsers - and updating you on our ever-evolving review process with the service. It's a slightly less straightforward process, reviewing a service instead of a piece of hardware. Instead of judging the device on its hard-and-fast qualities, we've got to watch what happens with the software over time. As such, and as we're seeing here with Stadia, things can actually get quite a bit better.

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Satechi USB-C Slim Multi-Port Adapter released with gigabit ethernet port

Satechi USB-C Slim Multi-Port Adapter released with gigabit ethernet port

Today the folks at Satechi revealed and released their latest USB-C hub, a device with seven individual ports for connectivity expansion. In the mix are 2x USB-A 3.0 Ports, one USB-C PD (charging), and a full-sized 4K HDMI port. The ethernet port on this hub is capable of delivering gigabit-level internet, and the hub includes both microSD and full-sized SD card readers.

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Avast Antivirus tracks your clicks and views – yes, even those [UPDATE]

Avast Antivirus tracks your clicks and views – yes, even those [UPDATE]

Avast Antivirus monitors and sells "anonymized" user internet usage data to a (subsidy) company called Jumpshot. When a new user installs Avast on their computer, they're asked to agree to a License - that's the part where most users scroll through all the text and don't take the time to read in any depth. In that agreement is a sentence that allows user data to be "anonymized" and shared with third parties "for trend analytics."

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Google Search on desktop design tweaked with new website icons

Google Search on desktop design tweaked with new website icons

As you may have noticed in the last couple of days, Google has introduced icons within its Search results on desktop. These icons were launched in Google Search on mobile devices, helping users distinguish between results so that they could better tell which site they were going to click. The new desktop design tweak also adds in bolded 'Ad' icons to distinguish advertisements from search results.

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Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Today we're taking a peek at the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop. This is a device Razer called "the first truly modular desktop system utilizing the new ultra-compact Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis." The big deal here is the combination of simplicity of industrial design and the complexity of the construction that allows its insides to be seen and easily accessible. This device features a "lock and slide sled mechanism" that'll make the upgrade process super simple.

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HP ENVY 32 AIO, Advanced Docking Monitors promise freedom even on desks

HP ENVY 32 AIO, Advanced Docking Monitors promise freedom even on desks

The new Elite Dragonfly G2 and Spectre x360 15 may bring the promise of freedom from wires and desks but that doesn't mean that those who do need to work at home or in the office have to feel left out. There are other kinds of freedoms and HP is delivering them in two ways. The new ENVY 32 All-in-One computer gives desktop users the freedom to experience and create multimedia content in rich detail thanks to its powerful CPU and GPU combo wile the new E24d G4 and E27d G4 Advanced Docking Monitors free users from the tyranny of multiple cables.

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Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel and ConceptD 700 PC pair style with speed

Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel and ConceptD 700 PC pair style with speed

Acer's Creator PC range is getting two new additions at CES 2020, with the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel notebook and ConceptD 700 workstation promising beefy Intel chips, NVIDIA graphics, and eye-catching designs. First announced in April 2019, the ConceptD line-up targets designers, engineers, and other creators, particularly those who might typically head straight to their nearest Apple Store when they need a new machine.

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Lenovo Creator line adds Yoga 2-in-1, two displays and a desktop PC

Lenovo Creator line adds Yoga 2-in-1, two displays and a desktop PC

Lenovo's media-centric Creator range is getting five new additions at CES 2020, with two notebooks, a pair of displays, and a desktop PC all being added to the line-up. Featuring 10th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA graphics, and USB-C connectivity, the new Windows 10 models also use Lenovo's Q-Control system for better power management without overheating or putting too much of a hit on battery life.

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