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NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service is now live as a free beta. (Source: NVIDIA)

CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs

NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Image: Computerworld.com

Apple devices are already protected against Meltdown without any hit to performance

With the massive vulnerabilities recently discovered in Intel CPUs, the main question on everyone's minds are when affected devices will be updated to guard against possible exploits. Apple is ahead of the game; apparently, the latest versions of their various operating systems protect against Meltdown, and a fix for Spectre is coming to Safari in the next f...
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Apple is contemplating on an unified app development model similar to Microsoft's UWP. (Source: Microsoft)

Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP

Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
The i-Memory AI720 USB drive has a 0.29 inch profile and weighs only 0.38 oz. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices

The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG functionality allows users to save videos and pictures directly on the stick, in order to save up space on their devices.
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Image: Eve

Eve V flash sale going on now

Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
The Promise TD-300 dock is essentially aimed at users who want to transform their laptop into a desktop. (Source: Promise)

Promise releases the TD-300 9-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 dock

Aimed at users who want to ditch the desktop for a laptop, the Promise TD-300 9-in-1 dock extends the connectivity with five USB 3.0 ports for more peripherals like screens and gaming gear. Additionally, there is a GbE connector, an SD 3.0 card reader, an audio combo jack, an HDMI port and another Thunderbolt 3 header.
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Siri has been an iOS exclusive up until now. (Source: Apple)

Apple will add ARM A10 Fusion chip for always-on Siri functionality in iMac Pro and MacBook Pro

While it has been an iOS exclusive for quite some time now, Siri will be coming to macOS starting with the upcoming iMac Pros and MacBook Pro versions. The ARM A10 Fusion chip will enable an always-on functionality that allows Siri to work even when the devices are completely shut off.
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck. (Source: Sonnet)

Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution

Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
In spite of all the Qualcomm lawsuits, Apple is doing well and even managed to sell more products. (Source: Apple)

Apple's Q4 2017 earnings turn out better than expected

Revenues cap at US$52.6 billion and Apple managed to sell more iPhones, iPads and Macs compared to Q4 2016. The iPhone 8/X models are expected to increase revenues by as much as US$35 billion for Q1 2018.
The LandingZone Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has 16 ports. (Source: LandingZone)

LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Since 2015, Apple has one by one changed the keyboards on its Mac-products to the new Butterfly-design, a precess accompanied with much interest but also criticism. The new design helped Apple in their pursuit for thinner and thinner products, but now it seems that the new design has a reliability problem: Some users experience problems with dust and dirt ge...
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch and 13.5-inch (Source: CNET)

The Surface Book 2 13.5-inch stacks up to the MacBook Pro 13-inch with power and oomph

Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 13.5-inch ticks all the right boxes for a capable prosumer laptop while still retaining the platform's unique features. The new notebook is now available in completely fanless variants and features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
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The Google Pixelbook looks set to take on the 12-inch MacBook. (Source: Droid-Life)

Google Pixelbook turns up on reseller site, new mystery 'Google Clips' product as well

It doesn't look like Google will have much left to unveil at its October 4 launch event. In addition to all the Pixel 2 leaks, more details have spilled out about the new Pixelbook and the Google Home Mini intelligent speaker.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

Annoying fan. The MacBook Pro 13 without Touch Bar gets the Kaby Lake update as well. Thanks to the lower price, longer battery runtimes, and function keys, the entry-level model could potentially be the better choice for many users. However, you also get a slightly less powerful processor as well as an annoying fan.
Intel Core i5-7360U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Apple has released the latest version of Mac OS to its users. (Source: Apple)

Mac OS High Sierra goes live, brings VR, HEVC, Metal 2, more

Apple has released the latest version of macOS to its users. Dubbed macOS High Sierra, the new version brings the most significant system changes in decades in some instances.
Refreshed MacBook Pro series with ULV Kaby Lake-R could be coming soon (Source: Geekbench)

Refreshed MacBook Pro series with ULV Kaby Lake-R could be coming soon

New unconfirmed entries point to an upcoming MacBook Pro sporting the latest quad-core Core i5-8250U CPU with 8 GB of RAM.
Bing logo. (Source: Microsoft)

Siri and Spotlight: Bing out, Google in

Apple has announced they are dropping Bing as the provider of search results for Spotlight and Siri searches in favor of Google. Bing will continue to provide the image search results on Siri.
Xiaomi markets the Mi Notebook Pro as a serious alternative for Apple's MacBook Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Mi Notebook Pro line with Intel's gen 8 CPUs

The Mi Notebook Pro line is powered by the latest gen 8 CPUs from Intel and feature a 15.6-inch display. Options include up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB SSDs, and the MX150 GPU from Nvidia. Availability is limited to China for the moment, and prices range from US$859 for the Core i5 / 8GB RAM model to US$1075 for the Core i7 / 16GB RAM model.
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Apple's Siri is vulnerable to ultrasonic voice hacks.

Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands

Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
The CRAFT keyboard can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth and can recharge through a USB Type-C port. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech introduces the wireless CRAFT keyboard with content-specific dial

The dial detects tap, touch and turn gestures and offers compatibility for Adobe's creative software suites, as well as for Microsoft Office programs. Priced at US$199.99, the CRAFT keyboard is expected to be available this October.
The Chuwi LapBook Air 14.1 could visually be mistaken for an Apple product if not for the logo on the back. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi teases a new Lapbook Air which can be mistaken for a Macbook Air

Chuwi have teased a new product which imitates the MacBook Air but with a thin bezel design that allows a 14.1-inch screen. Chuwi claim that the LapBook Air gets as thin as 6 mm, while retaining at least two full sized USB ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Exciting: the MacBook Pro's video playback runs 135 minutes longer in full screen mode - the length of an entire feature film.

Apple MacBook Pro 15: How to get 2 more hours of battery life with this simple trick

(Update) Sometimes, the things our reviewers uncover are downright fascinating: power consumption on the new MacBook Pro 15 is significantly lower in full screen than in regular window mode. Consequently, battery life is improved by a stunning 135 minutes or, in other words, the length of an entire feature film. This does not apply to Windows, though.
New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)

United States airport security could get even slower

Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.
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With the start-up and memory use improvement that "quantum flow" brings we could soon have a more agile fox. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent

A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance impro...
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The iPhone 7 uses an Intel modem for AT&T and T-Mobile variants, while the rest use a Qualcomm part. (Source: Extreme Tech)

Intel paints Qualcomm as anti-competitive bully in public statement to ITC

Intel has weighed in on the Qualcomm vs. Apple suit with a public statement in response to a request for comment by the ITC. In the statement, Intel alleges that Qualcomm is a bully, using the court system to crush competition. Intel claims that the move is orchestrated mainly to replace an Intel modem in the iPhone with a Qualcomm one. Intel has itself face...
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(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Apple's back-to-school sale features its latest and greatest laptops, desktops, and tablets. (Source: Apple)

Buy a Mac, score free Beats: Apple's back-to-school deal is now live

The new school year is still a ways off, but Apple's back-to-school sale is already here. iPads and MacBooks are discounted and most come with a free pair of premium headphones.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

Competitive thanks to Kaby Lake. The updated Apple MacBook Pro 15 gets a modern Kaby Lake processor from Intel and a more powerful GPU by default. Otherwise, however, not a lot has changed. Update: The review is now complete
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 555 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

Early update. Apple already updates the MacBook Pro 13 after around 8 months. Modern Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs are supposed to provide more performance. But did the manufacturer fix some issues of the predecessor?
Update: The review is now complete.
Intel Core i5-7267U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Apple MacBook 12 (2017)

90% Apple MacBook 12 (2017) Laptop Review

What is new? As well as the quietly updated Air 13, the MacBook 12 has also got a new CPU and a faster SSD. With it, Apple aims to be "years ahead". "Compared to whom or what?" you might ask. Probably in comparison to the Air 13, whose essentials are still from 2012? This could be successful; at least in part.
Intel Core m3-7Y32 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12" | 920 g
Apple MacBook Air 13 2017

86% Apple MacBook Air 13 2017 Laptop (1.8 GHz) Review

There's life in the old dog yet. It might be hard to believe, but Apple's MacBook Air 13 (unibody aluminum design, 1.35 kg/~3 lb, 17 mm/~0.7 in, 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900) has just turned 7 years old. Once at the very forefront of the vanguard of Ultrabooks, it has now turned into a beloved grandpa.
Intel Core i5-5350U | Intel HD Graphics 6000 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC in early June but will not be available until December. (Source: Associated Press)

iMac Pro may pack both server-grade Xeon and ARM CPUs

An enthusiast rummaging through firmware files for macOS High Sierra found information suggesting that the upcoming iMac Pro will be powered by server-grade Xeon processors and protected by an ARM chip known as a Security Enclave Processor. The existence of an ARM chip the same as those found in the MacBook Pro with TouchBar sparks speculation that the iMac ...
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StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

The Thunderbolt 3 product line has been expanded to include dual display adapters with 4K and 60Hz functionalities, compatible with the latest Windows and Mac laptops.
A visual simplification of the big.LITTLE platform delegating tasks to different cores. (Source: MS Power User)

Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements

Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
The new two-tone logo etched into the anodized aluminum lid looks much more mature than the glowing green plastic it replaced. (Source: Digital Trends)

Razer finally reduces both bezels and bling on their Razer Blade Stealth

Razer is targeting the boardroom over the livingroom with their new gunmetal grey finish for the Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook, doing away with the RGB backlighting and glowing green logo. Instead of huge bezels with a smallish 12.5-inch screen, the new Stealth will just have regular ones with a 13.3-inch display in both QHD and QHD+ resolutions. The new Ste...
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Complete control over the design of the chips means more powerful and efficient hardware for their devices. (Source: Apple Insider)

Google snatches up veteran Apple chip architect, plans to make own chips

It has been revealed that Google hired one of Apple's key chip architects this past May. According to sources of Variety, Google is seeking to design their own hardware to better power future Pixel phones.
Third-party repair, such as that offered by popular YouTuber Louis Rossmann, is often preferable to having your device wiped and exchanged with a refurbished model by Apple. (Source: YouTube/Louis Rossmann)

Consumer watchdog accuses Apple of misleading customers about repairs

Australia's consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court over allegations that the company lied or misled customers about their rights as consumers under Australian law.
Apple rolled out Kaby Lake and optional 16GB of RAM across the entire MacBook line. (Source: MacRumors)

WWDC 2017 | MacBooks finally see upgrade to Kaby Lake

Apple has updated their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs, optional 16GB of RAM for all models, and improved dedicated graphics for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The base model MacBook Pro 13 also saw a price-drop to US$1299.
Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs

WWDC 2017 | Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs

The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
The Aorus "Gaming Box" is less than half the size of competing external graphics docks. (Source: LaptopMag)

Aorus releases compact eGPU complete with a mini GTX 1070

Gigabyte (via subsidiary Aorus) has released a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics dock that is specifically designed around miniaturized desktop GPUs. Additionally, the US$599 dock beats the competition by coming with a GTX 1070 pre-installed.
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. (Source: Apple)

WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air

The latest information on Apple's upcoming WWDC suggests CPU upgrades for all MacBooks, updated iPads, and possibly the reappearance of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
The XPS 15's design philosophy of a 15-inch laptop in a 14-inch laptop's footprint has put the 14-inch laptop in an awkward place. (Source: Dell)

Opinion: 15 is the new 14

Who doesn't want an extra 1.6 inches? Due to the popularity of small bezels, Editor Douglas Black predicts that 14-inch laptops will lose their niche in the market — at least until there's a breakthrough in heat dissipation.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
According to a promotional video, Microsoft's Surface Book originally sported two USB Type-C ports. (Source: Microsoft)

Promotional video shows Surface Laptop prototype with USB Type-C

Microsoft's own promotional video for their new Surface Laptop reveals that the education-focused device originally sported two USB Type-C ports in addition to the single USB Type-A.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

We review modern USB-C SSDs from Samsung (T3), WD (G|Drive), Angelbird (SSD2go PKT), SanDisk (Extreme 900) and a USB 3.1 USB-C case for M.2-SSDs from DeLock. Which drive is the fastest and how much power do they consume? We will answer these questions in the following article.
The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)

Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X

The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
The current Mac Pro hasn't been updated since 2013. (Source: Apple)

Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro

In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.

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