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Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips

Wikipedia Tiny Chinese spy chips were embedded onto Super Micro motherboards that were then sold to companies in the US, including Amazon and Apple, reports Bloomberg. The report has attracted strenuous denials from Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro. Bloomberg claims that the chips were initially and independently discovered by Apple and Amazon in 2015 and that […]

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Alienware m15 laptop sports thinnest Dell gaming design, Nvidia Max-Q GPUs

Dell’s new Alienware m15 laptop. Valentina Palladino It has a full-sized keyboard with number pad that features zone RGB lighting. Valentina Palladino New honeycomb speaker grilles sit at the top of the keyboard. Valentina Palladino Despite its thinner design, the m15 has a slew of ports including three USB Type-A ports. Valentina Palladino The drop-down […]

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Hands-on: HP’s leather-clad laptop might just be the best convertible around

HP Spectre Folio. Valentina Palladino HP Spectre Folio in the Forward position. Valentina Palladino HP Spectre Folio keyboard and touchpad. Valentina Palladino HP Spectre Folio USB Type-C ports. Valentina Palladino HP Spectre Folio SIM slot behind the screen, with a SIM in it. Valentina Palladino HP Spectre Folio exploded into parts. The bottom frame is […]

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Google announces “Project Stream”—a “test” of game streaming in Chrome

Enlarge Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Google just announced “Project Stream,” a “technical test” of a service designed to stream AAA video games à la Playstation Now and GeForce Now. We’ve heard rumors of a “Project Yeti” gaming service for some time now, and this looks to be the first sign of a real “Google Gaming” product. The Project […]

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Apple’s watchOS 5.0.1 addresses bug that may prevent Watches from charging

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Almost two weeks after watchOS 5 came out, Apple has pushed out its first update for the operating system. WatchOS 5.0.1 doesn’t bring any new features to Apple Watches, but it does fix a few problems surrounding exercise minutes, stand credit, and charging that some users may have experienced since upgrading their […]

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Microsoft suspends development of touch-friendly Office apps for Windows

Enlarge Nicole Klauss Microsoft has stopped developing new features for the touch-friendly Office Mobile apps for Windows 10, reports the Verge. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile first made their debut with Windows 8.1. Their significance is twofold: they have a user interface that’s designed to be touch-friendly, and they’re built using Microsoft’s modern […]