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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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MacBook Pro M1X and Mac mini may release Intel from service in 2021

MacBook Pro M1X and Mac mini may release Intel from service in 2021

The release date for a new M1X version of the MacBook Pro from Apple, along with a new Mac mini appear to be headed for a special event. It's been rumored that the most powerful and updated Mac mini with M1X chip inside will be revealed at an event in the forth quarter of this year, 2021. It's also tipped that this device will be revealed at the same time as the latest Apple-made MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 with M1X chip.

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CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

Chrome OS devices have earned the reputation of being low-power and low-cost computers mostly because of how most Chromebooks, especially the first one, were precisely those. These days, however, Google and its OEM partners have been trying to raise the profile of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes by providing beefier hardware components. That, of course, also means raising prices and that combination is perhaps best seen in CTL's newest Chromebox CBx2 which may have the hardware to rival even some gaming computers.

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Acer Predator desktop gaming expands with RTX 30 and massive monitors

Acer Predator desktop gaming expands with RTX 30 and massive monitors

A set of new gigantic monitors and an updated set of gaming desktop machines were announced this week by Acer. In the display department, three new Acer Predator monitors came in at 28-inches (with 155Hz refresh rate overclocked), 37.5-inches (overclocked at 175Hz), and a whopping 42.5-inches. Acer's Predator Orion 3000 and Nitro 50 gaming desktop lines were given a refresh, too, with 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (or AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors) and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs.

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New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

New Mac Mini Pro “M1X” leaked at last

This week the newest in a line of Mac Mini devices appeared with a more high-powered processor and more ports. This new device was leaked with a potential 4x USB4 / Thunderbolt 3 ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, and 2x USB-A. The same leak source suggested that this new device will feature a magnetic power connector for the first time in the history of the Mac Mini.

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M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

M1 iMac iFixit teardown reveals the big changes within

This year's new iMac generation will probably be best remembered for looking like gigantic iPad Pros. Of course, there are changes invisible to the naked eye and we're not just talking about the new Apple M1 chip running the entire show this time. That does entail a lot of internal changes due to the new computing architecture but there are even more to be discovered inside. Thankfully, the experts over at iFixit have started that journey to literally uncover the secrets of the 24-inch Apple M1 iMac, now in purple!

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Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk has a unique cable management system

Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk has a unique cable management system

Desktop computers haven't really gone away and neither have their cables. Even those that live on laptops often have monitors and hubs to connect to at home or that the office. Cable management has always been a problem and yet few computer and gaming desks are designed for that purpose. Singapore-based Secretlab, perhaps better known for its gaming chairs, is taking a stab at that market with its first-ever PC desk that puts magnets to some unique uses.

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Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

Kensington VeriMark fingerprint scanner now available for desktops

A staple on smartphones for a few years now, it has only been recently that personal computers have started embracing fingerprint scanners for security. Actually, the hardware has become more prevalent in laptops but has left desktop PCs out of the party. USB fingerprint scanners do exist but most of them are designed to connect closely to laptops only. Kensington is aiming to change that by bringing a desktop version of VeriMark Fingerprint Key to the market.

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Windows 10 update: To fix printing, or to wait

Windows 10 update: To fix printing, or to wait

Today we're taking a peek at the latest set of updates for Windows 10, both the fix-up version and the next one set for April. The fix-up version, as we're calling it, is a version that repairs the oddity that appeared with the otherwise most-recent version of Windows 10. That version gave some users an error when attempting to use their paper printer.

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