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If Apple lets me trash this dongle I’ll be overjoyed

If Apple lets me trash this dongle I’ll be overjoyed

I'm a Mac user, and a macOS fan, and I like Apple's industrial design, but the chatter of a return of the SD card slot to upcoming MacBook Pro laptops has me muttering a silent prayer of thanks. It feels like we've been languishing in dongle hell for many years now, and while Apple wasn't alone in betting on a tech future dominated by a single port, it's certainly been the most stubborn about that.

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Well, I’m addicted to Path of Exile again

Well, I’m addicted to Path of Exile again

On Friday, January 15th, Grinding Gear Games released a new seasonal league for Path of Exile. This latest league, called Ritual League, is unlike most of the seasonal leagues we see Grinding Gear Games release for a couple of reasons. For starters, this league is arriving later than expected. Originally scheduled to launch on December 11th, Grinding Gear Games decided to delay the roll out of this league after Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed to December 10th, as it didn't want to force players to choose between playing the new Path of Exile league and Cyberpunk - one of the most anticipated games in recent memory.

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The way we watch sports is still broken and isn’t getting any better

The way we watch sports is still broken and isn’t getting any better

Back in the late 2000s, when streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were just getting going, I was convinced that those services would change the way we watch TV. Even back then, it wasn't difficult to envision a future where cable wasn't the only way we watched shows. Fast forward to today and things have largely panned out as expected. The streaming market is fragmented as everyone attempts to build out their own streaming services, yes, but these days you can get along just fine with a few streaming subscriptions, which still comes in at less than the cost of a cable package.

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Games like Stardew Valley prove we’re in a gaming golden age

Games like Stardew Valley prove we’re in a gaming golden age

I have a tendency to be pretty negative in my opinion articles about video games, usually because those opinion posts are covering big publishers or the games they put out. If those articles were the only thing you had to go on, I wouldn't blame you for thinking I'm some kind of eternal pessimist who doesn't actually enjoy games despite the fact that he writes about them for a living. On the contrary, I think we're actually in the midst of a gaming golden age, though big publishers and their AAA games have very little to do with it.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is more proof we should stop pre-ordering games

Cyberpunk 2077 is more proof we should stop pre-ordering games

It's been a turbulent few days for the Cyberpunk 2077 community. After years and years of waiting, Cyberpunk 2077 finally launched, with the game going live across different regions and platforms throughout the day yesterday. While you'll find a mix of reactions from the gamers who have been looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 sprinkled across the internet, there's been one glaring blemish with this launch: the console versions.

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Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple may have come out strong with its new Apple M1, the first notebook chipset of its own design, but there's a conspicuous gap in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13: 5G connectivity. In a year where Apple didn't just adopt 5G in iPhone, but embrace it wholeheartedly by including on every new iPhone 12 series device, the fact that it's not to be found in its new notebooks despite the ARM family resemblance seems like a missed opportunity.

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Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

There's no reality distortion field quite like Apple's, or so the thinking goes, and that's even more the case when it comes to a huge architectural shift like the launch of the M1, its debut homegrown chipset for Mac. First of the Apple Silicon line-up to be announced since the company confirmed it would be phasing out Intel and moving to its own SoC design back at WWDC 2020 a few months ago, the M1 will initially be at the heart of a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini.

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It’s time to turn off doom notifications – Here’s how

It’s time to turn off doom notifications – Here’s how

The next week is going to be stressful, to say the very least, and so while as a tech writer I am deeply invested in you being addicted to your gadgets, I also think it's time we turned off our notifications. At least, for a little while. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are ramping up for levels of disinformation the likes of which the US has never seen before, and even if you avoid the hoaxes, even the actual news is stressful enough.

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PS5 UI first look – 5 things I’m excited about

PS5 UI first look – 5 things I’m excited about

Earlier today, we got our very first look at the PlayStation 5 user interface. People have been waiting for this reveal for a long time, and it was one of the final things Sony had left to show off before the PlayStation 5's arrival next month. Sony previewed the PlayStation 5 UI in a video that ran around 11 and a half minutes, and in it, we got a good look at a lot of the UI's features.

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The new iPhone 12 range doesn’t have a sweet-spot

The new iPhone 12 range doesn’t have a sweet-spot

Yesterday, Apple announced four new iPhone 12 models, in the process taking its line-up of handsets in 2020 to seven. That's before you consider the different colors and storage variations of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you're trying to figure out which is the "best" new iPhone 12 to buy, then, you'd be forgiven for feeling confused.

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Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Earlier this week, Microsoft dropped quite possibly the biggest gaming bombshell of all time, announcing that it had entered into an agreement to purchase ZeniMax Media and all of its subsidiaries for $7.5 billion. It’s Microsoft’s biggest gaming purchase ever and it's tied with GitHub as the company's third-biggest acquisition period, behind only LinkedIn and Skype. It made this monumental purchase just to get you to sign up for a $10 per month subscription, too.

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Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon is either brazen, blasé, or oblivious to its privacy reputation, and the result is borderline-creepy products like Ring Always Home Cam and the Echo Show 10. Unveiled today in a product-packed event that was punctuated by monologues about how working-from-home has changed the landscape for what we expect from our devices, on the one hand they're a perhaps logical progression of the smart home devices Amazon has already shown us.

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