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The Best of 2018: Personal Computing Edition

The Best of 2018: Personal Computing Edition

What is a computer? What is a PC for that matter? No, we’re not going to to get dragged into that rabbit hole. Not today. Today, we’ll be looking into the best computers for consumers (sorry enterprise folks) that let them get their jobs done and then some. From hulking all-in-ones to gaming laptops to tiny computers, Here are this year’s creme a la creme to get for yourself or your family as soon as the prices start falling down for the holiday season.

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Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

This morning Microsoft confirmed that the rumors were, indeed, true, that they'd be working with the Chromium open source project for Microsoft Edge. "Today we’re announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers," said Microsoft Corporate VP Joe Belfiore.

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Mac mini RAM upgrade kits undercut Apple

Mac mini RAM upgrade kits undercut Apple

It would appear that the Mac mini from late 2018 is quite a bit more versatile, hardware-wise, than most other Apple products. Today the folks at iFixit revealed they'd been working on a set of RAM stick replacements for those delivered with the most recent Mac mini release. They suggested that they'd seen such opportunity when their community-made RAM replacement guide saw tens of thousands of hits in a very short amount of time.

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Final Cut Pro X gets third-party extensions and better noise reduction

Final Cut Pro X gets third-party extensions and better noise reduction

Final Cut Pro X has received an update that brings workflow extensions for popular third-party services and apps, including Shutterstock and Frame.io. The new support brings the extensions to the editing interface with a design that matches, the end result being a tight integration for rapid access to popular tools. In addition, the update adds new features targeted at professional users.

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Now you can order a MacBook Pro with AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega GPU

Now you can order a MacBook Pro with AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega GPU

Apple's MacBook Pro has new graphics card options, with the AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs now being added to the notebook's configurator. Promised earlier this month, alongside the big Mac mini and MacBook Air launch, the new graphics options are targeted at graphics professionals doing tasks like 3D rendering, as well as gamers.

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Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Mac mini 2018 iFixit teardown is one surprise after another

Late last month, Apple announced a sorely needed update for the Mac mini. We've gone four years in between models, but you wouldn't be able to tell that simply by looking at 2018's Mac mini, as it shares a familiar aesthetic with its predecessor. Obviously, the internals are a lot different, which begs the question of how easy the new Mac mini will be to repair. As always, iFixit has torn the Mac mini to shreds in pursuit of an answer to that question.

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Mac mini 2018 review roundup: A no-brainer upgrade

Mac mini 2018 review roundup: A no-brainer upgrade

After years out in the cold, the Mac mini has finally been updated, and the first batch of reviews are in ahead of the compact computer showing up in stores at the end of the week. Of course, since the last update to the Mac mini - all the way back in 2014 - things in the PC space have changed considerably.

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MacBook Air 2018 review roundup: The good, the bad, the Intel

MacBook Air 2018 review roundup: The good, the bad, the Intel

The first new MacBook Air 2018 reviews are out, and if you were expecting a clean sweep of universal acclaim, think again. Apple's more affordable notebook may have addressed many of the complaints users had about the old MacBook Air, but changes in pricing and what your money actually gets you in terms of specifications is prompting some arguments.

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Apple will no longer report Mac, iPhone, and iPad unit sales

Apple will no longer report Mac, iPhone, and iPad unit sales

Apple revealed its fiscal fourth quarter earnings today, as well as a big change in the numbers it will provide going forward. Beginning with the company's December quarter, Apple will no longer report unit sales numbers for the iPhone, Mac, and iPad. The figures are "less relevant" now than ever, according to the company.

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The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

Apple tested its strategy out on the iPhone, took a risk, and it paid off: now, it’s the turn of the Mac - and specifically the new MacBook Air - to go next. For long-time MacBook Air fans, the late-2018 update to the ultraportable addressed a lot of complaints. Faster processors, more storage, and a Retina display all checked off boxes long-overdue. However there was one change we were hoping not to see.

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Blackmagic eGPU Pro makes many Macs more powerful

Blackmagic eGPU Pro makes many Macs more powerful

The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro was revealed today, aiming to lend AMD graphics power to a number of new Apple computers using Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C). This product is unique in its execution and presentation. While it's a Blackmagic-branded device, it was "designed in collaboration with Apple." This eGPU device will be available straight through Apple Stores and Apple dot com.

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A maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculous

A maxed-out Mac mini is kinda ridiculous

Apple announced a new Mac mini desktop at its event today, detailing an updated model that packs more performance and features into the same chassis size. As expected, buyers have multiple configuration options, getting to choose things like storage capacity and processor. Professionals may be tempted to pick up a maxed-out Mac mini, but doing so won't come cheap.

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