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Apple Might Make Future MacBook Keyboards Out of Glass, and I’m Concerned

When I saw that Apple recently filed a patent application for transparent keycaps made of glass, possibly for use in future Bluetooth desktop or MacBook keyboards, I was intrigued. This could be Apple’s solution to making a longer-lasting and more reliable keyboard, something the company has struggled with over the years. Read More >>

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Is Microsoft Going to Axe Control Panel From Windows 10?

Microsoft seems to be getting a kick out of seeing users struggle to find Windows 10 features these days. After moving the Fresh Start feature in the latest version, 2004, and reducing the number of days Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can manually delay updates, the company is now experimenting with moving key Control Panel features, including System information, to Settings, TechRadar spotted. It’s a change that some long-time Windows users might not take to easily. Read More >>

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YouTube Will Let AI Suggest Replies to Video Comments

Google announced Wednesday that it had implemented its SmartReply system for YouTube creators, which will give those users access to suggested replies based on what someone has commented. Unlike the SmartReply system Google currently uses for Gmail, SmartReply on YouTube required some further tweaking because of the way people use language on that platform compared to email – it will even auto-suggest emojis. Read More >>

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I Don’t Care How Great These OneDrive Improvements Are, I’m Not Using It

Microsoft has struggled to convince people to use its cloud storage service, OneDrive, for quite some time. Whether that’s because of the cost or the feature set is unclear – which storage service you choose comes down to your personal needs, and OneDrive may not do it for you, especially if you don’t use Microsoft Office. But Microsoft has put in a lot of work to make OneDrive competitive with the likes of Google Drive and other cloud storage services. The company just rolled out a few new features, including a file detail pane and family and group sharing. These new features are definitely much-needed improvements to OneDrive, but it’s too little, too late for people like me, who have been using these features (and then some) on Google Drive for years now. Read More >>

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YouTube Will Let AI Suggest Replies to Video Comments

Google announced Wednesday that it had implemented its SmartReply system for YouTube creators, which will give those users access to suggested replies based on what someone has commented. Unlike the SmartReply system Google currently uses for Gmail, SmartReply on YouTube required some further tweaking because of the way people us language on that platform compared to email – it will even auto-suggest emojis. Read More >>

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Somehow Crucible is Not the Biggest Amazon Screw Up, But it’s Trying

A month after Amazon released its flagship third-person shooter/MOBA/battle royal/what the heck even is this game, Crucible, the company has unreleased it due to copious amounts of negative feedback. “Starting tomorrow, Crucible is moving to closed beta,” said the Crucible team in a blog yesterday. All current players will automatically be included in the closed beta, and anyone looking to be included has until July 1, 2020, at 5pm BST to get the game. But this isn’t even the biggest screw up Amazon has made. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Pivoting Away From ‘Engaging’ Content In the News Feed

It seems like Facebook is really trying (for real this time, guys!) to get a handle on its fake news problem. Today the company announced a major change to the way it priorities news articles in your feed. Instead of prioritising news content that has the most engagement, the social media giant will now show users more original reporting first. “Original reporting plays an important role in informing people around the world,” said Campbell Brown, VP of Global News Partnerships, and Jon Levin, Product Manager, in a Facebook blog post. Read More >>

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Facebook Has a VR Headset Prototype That Looks Like a Pair of Glasses

Comfortable, good-looking VR headsets might not be available in the near future, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be available at all. According to VentureBeat, Facebook is researching a holographic optics design that would slim down present-day VR headsets from their bulky, brick form to something more like a thick pair of glasses. This echos back to early May 2020 rumours that Facebook’s Oculus division was making a slimmer Quest VR headset, only this glasses-like VR headset prototype is much small and much lighter. Read More >>

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Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review: Big Specs, Big Price

Aside from a couple USB port changes, you might not be able to tell the difference between Microsoft’s latest Surface Book and its past iterations. They look nearly identical side-by-side. Same keyboard layout. Chassis colour. The screen/tablet portion still disconnects from the base. Even the clamshell hinge still has that accordion-look to it. What mainly sets the Surface Book 3 apart from its predecessors is what’s under the hood, and in this case, it’s an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics card – both current-gen parts and more than enough power to see you through your work day and then play some games once the clock hits 5 PM. It’s a dang fine machine, but it’s pricey, and most people probably won’t need or use all the versatility it offers. Read More >>

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A Wild Apple ARM Benchmark Appears

Apple developers have supposedly started receiving their Apple ARM transition kits, and now a few benchmark numbers of those dev kits have also appeared in the wild. Spotted by 9to5Mac, benchmarks for the Developer Transition Kit seemed to have surfaced on Geekbench, despite strict confidentiality clauses in the developer agreement that forbid running benchmarks. Read More >>

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Facebook Will Finally Tell Your Auntie That Article Is From 3 Months Ago

Raise your hand if you sometimes forget to look at the publication date of an article before you breathlessly share it with a friend? It’s okay, you’re only human. After years of promoting old and outdated content, Facebook finally wants to help you remember. According to a recent blog post by John Hegeman, VP of Feed and Stories, the company is rolling out a new app feature that will tell you if an article is over 90 days old. A notification screen will pop up with the options to either continue sharing or cancel. Read More >>

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Microsoft Kills One of Its Best Windows 10 Update Loopholes

As Microsoft continues to roll out its latest Windows 10 version 2004 update to consumers and businesses, it seems like it’s taking away some key perks of having a non-home version of the OS, mainly the ability to delay major updates. First spotted by WindowsTimes, Microsoft has quietly reduced the amount of time Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can manually delay updates, from 365 days to just 35 days, which is the current amount of time Home users have. Read More >>

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So Just How Powerful Are Apple’s New Laptop Chips Gonna Be

Apple officially confirmed in its WWDC keynote yesterday that, yes, it would be using its own processors in its laptops and desktops. Not a terribly surprising announcement considering the rumour mill had been churning for months prior to that, but it’s nice to have Apple formally acknowledge the existence of its A12Z Bionic computer processor. What Apple didn’t reveal, though, were specs. No core count. No clock frequency. No TDP. Just a few, quick demos of 4K videos running side-by-side and Shadow of the Tomb Raider running via Rosetta 2 on Apple’s next macOS, Big Sur. It all looked nice, but nothing pointed to how powerful Apple’s chips will actually be. Read More >>

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One of the Weirdest Gaming Laptops Just Got a Total Upgrade

Acer is giving its line of gaming notebooks the 10th-gen Intel processor treatment, along with updating their graphics cards adding displays with improved screen refresh rate. This follows Acer’s previous updates to its Predator Triton 500 and Nitro 5, which recently become available for purchase. The biggest upgrades are coming to Acer’s largest, and definitely most unique, gaming laptop: the Predator Helios 700. Read More >>

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It’s Official: The Mac Is Transitioning to Apple-Made Silicon

Apple officially announced that it will move away from using Intel processors in its computers to its own custom designed chips, and it says those processors will be faster than Intel’s and consume less power. The company is also designing a family of SoCs for their Mac product line, so there will be a common architecture across all product lines, from iOS to Mac. Read More >>