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Chromebooks and tablets growth in Q2 2021 beat global chip shortage

Chromebooks and tablets growth in Q2 2021 beat global chip shortage

Just when things were starting to look up for consumer computing devices last year, 2021 brought its own big problem that's shaking up more than just the tech industry. PCs, tablets, and Chromebooks enjoyed a surge in interest and sales in 2020 because of new work from home and remote schooling arrangements, but this year's ongoing component shortage threatens to upset those gains. Despite that bleak scenario, tablet shipments managed to grow in Q2 this year, with Chromebooks showing the biggest wins.

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Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Video conferencing services have become the bread and butter of work, school, and even social life for the past year and a half. Each of the contenders has its own idiosyncrasies and preferred ways to access their services. Zoom started out as a standalone app but has enabled a version that runs inside a web browser. Google Meet, on the other hand, starts from the opposite direction and has embraced a browser-only experience on desktops. That's changing now with a dedicated desktop app for desktops, but, as it turns out, it's actually a Progressive Web App version of Meet instead.

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Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Android's fragmentation has long been cited as one of its biggest problems, but, to some extent, it is also a strength. While the majority of today's Android devices run versions of the operating system from at least two to three years ago, there is still a number of those that are able to keep functioning with even older versions. Of course, these can't keep on running forever, and it seems that Google is slowly pulling the plug on these, especially the most ancient versions of Android.

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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak gives a tiny sneak peek of Wear OS 3

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak gives a tiny sneak peek of Wear OS 3

Samsung's Unpacked 2021 event in a few days won't just be about its two new foldable phones, even if they are indeed the highlights. There will be other products to be announced as well, most of them are accessories to go along with the phones. The Galaxy Watch 4 might be the more interesting one because of what it's promised to bring. A new pair of hands-on photos not only show how the Classic version of the smartwatch will look but also how the UI might appear.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen Pro leak hints at a slightly different stylus

Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen Pro leak hints at a slightly different stylus

There are less than two weeks left before Samsung's big Unpacked event, and we may have already had our fill of leaks and rumors regarding the company's upcoming products. Aside from actual prices and availability dates, however, one small detail hasn't been talked about that much. Samsung recently confirmed that it made a special S Pen just for its foldable phones, and a new piece of information about the still-unreleased S Pen Pro could be that promised stylus.

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Behance subscriptions feature offers creators an alternative to Patreon

Behance subscriptions feature offers creators an alternative to Patreon

Behance, a platform for creative individuals to showcase their work and skills, has added a new subscription option that allows creators to earn money from followers in a manner similar to Patreon. Followers have the option of subscribing to a creator, while that creator can make special content available only to their subscribers.

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HBO returns to Dish after three long years and it’s joined by HBO Max

HBO returns to Dish after three long years and it’s joined by HBO Max

Dish Network finally offers HBO again around three years after booting it off its platform. The premium network's return is due to a new deal between Dish and WarnerMedia. There have been some big changes with HBO since the carriage deal between the two companies ran out in October 2018, including the launch of HBO Max and AT&T's decision to spin off WarnerMedia as a standalone entertainment company.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 is on the way – how it compares to Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 3 is on the way – how it compares to Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the most anticipated announcement at the Galaxy Unpacked on August 11, 2021. The foldable phone is touted as the most practical iteration of a foldable smartphone and is expected to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 released last year in September.

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Mastodon has finally released an official app for iPhone

Mastodon has finally released an official app for iPhone

Mastodon, the open source social media platform alternative to bigger platforms like Twitter, has finally launched an official app, but only for the iPhone (for now). Mastodon is very similar in appearance to Twitter, though it also allows users to create their own communities in the same way they can on Reddit.

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Adidas 3D CMPT limited-edition sunglasses are made with 3D printing

Adidas 3D CMPT limited-edition sunglasses are made with 3D printing

Adidas has introduced a new limited-edition pair of sunglasses made using additive manufacturing, the industry's fancy term for 3D printing. The sunglasses have a unique woven appearance and, as you may have guessed given how they were manufactured, they can't be folded. Only 150 units of these sunglasses will be made available, but only certain people will be allowed to buy them.

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Telegram’s latest massive update includes 1,000-viewer group video calls

Telegram’s latest massive update includes 1,000-viewer group video calls

Telegram, the popular messaging app alternative to WhatsApp, has greatly expanded its video calls feature. Among the changes is new support for 1,000-person group video calls, making Telegram a solid alternative to other video chatting apps. In addition, Telegram has also improved video messages, screen sharing, video playback, and more.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2: Troubled by the past, how much will it evolve

Microsoft Surface Duo 2: Troubled by the past, how much will it evolve

Foldable smartphones have come of age in the last two years or so but when they started out, the first iterations of almost all makers fell flat on their faces. This is true to the first Surface Duo as well. It was Microsoft’s premier in the Android market alright, but software integration was far from the biggest glitch. The hardware of the dual-screen phone, when it launched in 2020, was pretty dated; considering the pace with which smartphones update to the latest in hardware tech.

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