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PC shipments grew in Q2 2020 but it’s too early to celebrate

PC shipments grew in Q2 2020 but it’s too early to celebrate

After years of declining shipment figures, the traditional PC market, made up of desktops, notebooks, and tablet computers that aren't Chromebooks and iPads, have finally seen a tiny bit of growth in the second quarter of the year. Almost tragically, that growth happened only because the world was plunged into a period of uncertainty, change, and a pandemic. But while the world's PC makers may be delighted to finally see some positive numbers, both Gartner and IDC seem to agree that it's not going to last.

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Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

There's a new feature coming to the Chrome web browser from Google that'll drastically cut down on battery drain on multiple platforms. If you're using a Windows PC, Mac (Apple), Linux (on a PC), Chrome OS, Android, or just Android WebView, you've got the potential to increase your device's battery life by a noticeable amount. It all comes down to throttling Javascript timers.

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Purism Librem 14 brings hardware kill switches to a bigger laptop

Purism Librem 14 brings hardware kill switches to a bigger laptop

Recent events have put privacy-conscious people in a dilemma. The need to protect their privacy from both corporations and governments has become even more critical but, at the same time, the use of technologies like computers, smartphones, and the Internet has also become inescapable. Purism is one of the few companies that has put protecting privacy as their actual business and it has now announced the pre-order of its latest Linux-based laptop that boasts of a larger screen and more powerful specs while retaining the same privacy-focused spirit.

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ASUS Zephyrus G14 hits stores with trick dot-matrix LED lid

ASUS Zephyrus G14 hits stores with trick dot-matrix LED lid

ASUS has put its striking Zephyrus G14 laptop up for sale, though unlike most notebooks you might actually want to look at the lid rather than the screen. Announced back at CES 2020, the latest Republic of Gamers model has a dot-matrix display embedded into its outer lid, which can be used to show custom graphics and animations.

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Lenovo dual-screen Yoga laptop might be in the works

Lenovo dual-screen Yoga laptop might be in the works

Fans and dreamers may have been disheartened by the announcement that Microsoft was delaying not just the Windows 10X version of its operating system but also its focus on dual-screen devices, specifically the Surface Neo. Of course, Microsoft doesn't have the monopoly of such ideas and manufacturers may still decide to push through with or without Windows 10X. ASUS has noticeably been silent about its ambitious Project Precog concept but Lenovo might be another one to keep an eye on should its own dual-screen Yoga device ever comes to light.

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Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Dell debuted a few laptops aimed at gamers but it also has one that caters more to users doing some serious work. At least when that work involves maintaining servers, developing software, or simply just using Linux. Continuing their nearly decade-long partnership, Dell and Canonical are putting out yet another Ubuntu-powered laptop, this time the XPS 13 Developer Edition, that's promised to get security updates for up to ten years. Presuming the laptop does last that long, of course.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713 pairs Chrome OS with Project Athena

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 pairs Chrome OS with Project Athena

Acer has revealed its latest Chromebooks, with the Chromebook Spin 713 tapping Intel's Project Athena for maximum performance from Google's OS. Promising a premium twist on Chrome OS, the notebook pairs a tough reinforced aluminum chassis with a 360-degree hinge and 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

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Acer Enduro rugged notebooks and tablets report for work duty

Acer Enduro rugged notebooks and tablets report for work duty

Acer has added a new range of rugged notebooks and tablets to its line-up, with Enduro promising tougher construction for those who can't coddle their computer. Four-strong at launch, the range included two toughened laptops and a pair of tablets, with features long-forgotten from most consumer hardware like easily swappable batteries.

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Acer Predator Helios 700 gives 2020 gaming laptops a beastly flagship

Acer Predator Helios 700 gives 2020 gaming laptops a beastly flagship

Acer has revamped its gaming notebooks, with a quartet of laptops packing Intel 10th Gen Core processors and up to 240 Hz displays. The new Predator Helios 700, Helios 300, Triton 300, and Nitro 7 run the gamut from starting at $2,400 down to under $1,000, with NVIDIA graphics running across the line.

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Surface Laptop 4 could rock new AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs

Surface Laptop 4 could rock new AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs

It seems that CPU giant Intel's empire is once again besieged. From critical hardware flaws to Apple's upcoming ARM-based Macs, Intel is slowly but surely being forced to come to terms with a future where it will be forced to rub shoulders with its rivals from all fronts. Even long-time partner Microsoft is cozying up with long-time rival AMD for the former's Surface line of laptops. It's probably not that surprising considering how popular the AMD Surface Laptop 3 apparently was.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 and new P-Series laptops arrive

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 and new P-Series laptops arrive

Lenovo has launched the new generation of its ThinkPad P-Series laptops, as well as the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme. These laptops are designed for professionals, offering a variety of features, sizes, and hardware configurations to meet a variety of needs. The lineup packs 10th-generation Intel H series mobile processors, an exclusive Ultra Performance Mode, and more.

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Lenovo Flex 5G Ultra Wideband laptop arrives at Verizon this week

Lenovo Flex 5G Ultra Wideband laptop arrives at Verizon this week

During CES 2020, Lenovo took the wraps off its new Flex 5G, a laptop offering the next-generation of mobile connectivity. For buyers in the US, the model is launching in conjunction with Verizon, which will offer the model through its website with a payment plan option. The model will also be arriving in a number of other markets, including the UK and China, with 5G support for various local providers.

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