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PC market shipments continue to rise despite all odds

PC market shipments continue to rise despite all odds

PCs, which some have limited to desktops, workstations, and conventional laptops, were once thought to be a dying breed. The proliferation of powerful smartphones and the offloading of computational resources to the cloud are believed to be the cause of the PC market's inevitable but slow demise. And then came 2020 and COVID-19 that almost threw all reason out the window. That was the backdrop that led to this market's revival, and it is now seeing its sixth consecutive quarter of growth, though there are also growing signs of potential problems around the corner.

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PC Building Simulator free at Epic Games, for now

PC Building Simulator free at Epic Games, for now

The latest in Epic Games freebies is just about the most nerdy game one can imagine. The Irregular Corporation initially released the game back at the start of the year 2019, and it exists now on multiple platforms. This game was build on the Unity engine and can be played on Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

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Intel PC vs. Mac ad is an unapologetic social experiment

Intel PC vs. Mac ad is an unapologetic social experiment

The war between PCs and Macs has been running for almost ages, and all throughout the battles, Intel has remained mostly silent because it served both camps. With Apple's new Silicon, however, Intel has been forced to finally pick sides and take up the cause on behalf of Windows PCs. Its latest effort to draw the line involves what it clearly labels as a social experiment implying that Apple fans don't really know what they're missing until reality hits them in the face.

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Windows 11 first impressions: 5 features I love, plus 1 I hate

Windows 11 first impressions: 5 features I love, plus 1 I hate

Over the past few weeks we've been testing both early builds and (over the past week) a final public build of Windows 11. During that time, I've set aside 4 features that exemplify the overall positive experience Windows 11 has been in our testing and review process so far. I also have one significant complaint, and it has to do with an element that might just be unavoidable.

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HP ENVY 34 all-in-one serves up a massive display for Windows 11

HP ENVY 34 all-in-one serves up a massive display for Windows 11

With Windows 11 on the horizon, it's no surprise that we're seeing a bunch of manufacturers announce upcoming machines that will support the operating system. Ahead of Microsoft's Windows 11 event tomorrow - in which it will also talk about upcoming Surface devices - HP has revealed some new Windows 11 devices of its own, including a new ENVY all-in-one that will boast a 34-inch display.

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Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

A new music production system by the name of MPC Studio was revealed this week by Akai Professional. This device works with new MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for both PC and Mac computers and rolls with 16 "full-size" pressure and velocity sensitive pads. Each of these pads works with RGB backlighting and aftertouch tech. This device will be made available starting today - straight from the makers of said hardware.

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Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot, the company behind hits like League of Legends and Valorant, has announced plans to release its own game launcher. The product, which is called Riot Client, will be available starting next week, making it easier for gamers to access the company's desktop titles by congregating them in one place.

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Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma gets wild for Xbox Series X, One, and PC

Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma gets wild for Xbox Series X, One, and PC

The Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma was revealed this week in preparation for launch for Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC. This newest version of the original Wolverine works with a new design, a whole bunch of buttons, interchangeable thumbstick caps, and Chroma RGB lights aplenty. This new version of the controller will be made available direct rom Razer, at RazerStores, and at authorized retailers around the world.

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Xbox cloud streaming and remote play are now available on Windows PCs

Xbox cloud streaming and remote play are now available on Windows PCs

Game streaming news has seemingly taken a backseat in the past few months, especially as new consoles and gaming devices popped up to cater to on-device gameplay. But while the likes of Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce NOW seem to have settled down to a regular cadence of announcing new games added to their libraries, Xbox continues to actually expand its technology and its reach. The latest big announcement is actually one that you would have expected to be there early on, as Xbox's streaming functionality finally supports Microsoft's own Windows platform.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro ready to hit Windows 11 upgrade for business

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro ready to hit Windows 11 upgrade for business

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Samsung Galaxy Book will be released as the company's big return to the PC market for businesses. These laptops are the latest in Samsung's "Galaxy mobile computing device" collection made for mobility and flexibility for "today's rapidly changing work environments." Both devices are made to support Windows 10 Pro and will be compatible with Windows 11 Pro when the time comes to upgrade.

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Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming PC was immediately compared to the Nintendo Switch when it was first announced, but that's a rather superficial comparison when it comes down to the details. While both are indeed handheld gaming devices, the Steam Deck is more like the Switch Lite with its nonremovable controls. Another critical difference between the two has just surfaced, revealing that the Steam Deck's performance will be the same whether you hold it in your hands or nest it in a dock with a larger, higher-resolution screen.

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Windows 11 Beta released: How to download and update, and why to wait

Windows 11 Beta released: How to download and update, and why to wait

Right up against the weekend here in late July, 2021, Microsoft released the first official Beta for Windows 11. This release is available to anyone who wishes to join the Windows Insiders program, and the software can be found in the Windows Beta Channel right this minute. As it is with any pre-release software, it's important to run this update ONLY on a machine that does not contain any important data.

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