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Pixelbook begone? Google reportedly reduces in-house computer production

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google’s computer-focused hardware efforts may not be panning out for the company like its smartphone business has, as Business Insider reports it has asked staff on those projects to temporarily find other work within the company.

Anonymous sources have told Business Insider that Google has made these requests to dozens of employees in its Google Create division, which is responsible for products like the Google Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. This team reportedly had a “bunch of stuff in the works,” meaning it’s likely that several hardware projects in development have been shelved as a result.… Read the full article

Nvidia’s study linking hardware to competitiveness is peak PC gamer elitism

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nvidia has published a study in which it links the quality of a PC gamer’s hardware to his or her performance in battle royale games, like Fortnite and Apex Legends.

Using a series of graphs to display data sourced anonymously through its GeForce Experience app, Nvidia posits that, unless you’re using one of its latest GeForce RTX graphics cards and a 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync monitor, you’re playing these games at a disadvantage.

So much so, in fact, that Nvidia directly links higher kill-death ratios – a figure measuring how many times you kill players versus how many times you’re killed – to more powerful (and considerably more expensive) gaming hardware.… Read the full article

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Entry-level Surface Book 2 may receive quad-core power boost

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft will reportedly issue an upgrade to its entry-level, 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 in the middle of its product cycle, according to several leaked retailer listings in the US and Europe.

First picked up by a German outlet, WinFuture, this beefier version will swap out the current model’s 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300U dual-core processor for a new, 8th-generation Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core processor.

At the time of writing, the only way to get quad-core processing in the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 is to undertake a massive, $850 (about £650, AU$1,185) upgrade for more storage and an Intel Core i7 processor you may not need.… Read the full article

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Apple quietly addressed MacBook Pro ‘flexgate’ in 2018 models, iFixit claims

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Tech product teardown website iFixit reports that it has discovered the 2018 MacBook Pro models have quietly addressed the long-running ‘flexgate’ issue affecting thousands of Apple pro laptops from 2016 onward.

If you’re unaware of ‘flexgate’, here's the display issue with MacBook Pro (2016 and later models) in a nutshell: after about two years of regular use opening and closing the laptops, some of their displays begin to produce a sort of “stage light” effect that resulted in too much of the display’s backlight bleeding through the bottom bezel of the panel.… Read the full article

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USB4 catches up to Thunderbolt 3 with 40Gbps data transfer speeds

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Soon, the incredible speeds of Thunderbolt 3 ports in laptops and computers will be available to all future USB Type-C (USB-C) ports, thanks to the brand-new USB4 standard.

Hot on the heels of releasing the USB 3.2 specification – and the abject confusion it’s likely to cause consumers – the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced that the 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps) data transfer rates and multiple 4K display support that are exclusive to Intel’s latest proprietary Thunderbolt 3 port will be made available to generic USB-C ports.… Read the full article

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Huawei MateBook 14 vs Huawei MateBook X Pro: which laptop is best for you?

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

During MWC 2019, Huawei announced not one, but two fresh laptops for 2019: a refresh of the Huawei MateBook X Pro and the brand-new Huawei MateBook 14. However, looking at the two laptops’ spec sheets, they’re nearly identical – save for some key differences.

Naturally, these differences lead to some even more important differences: price. Depending on what you’re looking for from a luxury laptop, you could either get shortchanged by some missing features or end up severely overspending.… Read the full article

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Lenovo teases first 5G laptop powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Lenovo may very well be the first out of the gate with a laptop using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor, the company teased during an MWC 2019 press conference.

The company kept mum about the product in the works beyond the fact that it will use Qualcomm’s new 5G connectivity modem for the 8cx platform, Anandtech reports. Given how premium (and pricey) the projected slate of 5G-supporting phones and other products have been, expect Lenovo's device to be expensive.

And yet, ever since the Snapdragon 8cx's debut in December 2018 during Qualcomm’s Tech Day event in Hawaii, and even following CES 2019, we haven't heard of any Snapdragon 8cx products in the works until this Lenovo device.… Read the full article

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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) first look: MacBook Pro killer gets even better

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

During MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei has pulled the curtain back on a brand new version of MateBook X Pro laptop with updated parts inside.

Essentially speaking, this update is a simple configuration refresh, with minor improvements to the laptop’s processor and graphics options as well as new Thunderbolt 3 support. It seems Huawei hopes to build on the critical acclaim its previous laptops have garnered by doubling down on its winning design.

Upon taking a close look at the Huawei MateBook X Pro, this isn’t the one to upgrade to if you already own last year’s model.… Read the full article

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Huawei MateBook 14 first look: MateBook X Pro power without the panache

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Huawei took the opportunity at MWC 2019 to debut one of its stranger choices for a laptop, at least at first glance: the Huawei MateBook 14.

The MateBook 14 aims to serve as a single step beneath the X Pro for consumers that want the same amount of power without arguably superfluous features.

Just how much better of an alternative will this laptop be for the cash-strapped MateBook X Pro fan? That will be tough to tell without an official price yet, but it’s looking like an impressive laptop nevertheless.… Read the full article

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Apple’s WWDC 2019 set to debut iPad-to-Mac app conversion tools

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple is preparing to enter the first stages of a multi-year initiative to unite the development platforms behind all apps produced for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, Bloomberg reports, with its WWDC 2019 conference slated to kick it all off.

The word, from anonymous sources, is that the company’s mission – codenamed ‘Marzipan’ – will begin with a software development kit (SDK) for developers to more easily bring their iPad apps to the Mac. While this will require two versions of the same app, the underlying source code will be identical, Bloomberg’s sources say.… Read the full article

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