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What Thunderbolt 4 Means and How It Could Change Computing

Technology standards don’t stay still for very long, whether it’s USB, DisplayPort, or wifi, they’re constantly gaining new abilities and a new number tacked to the end of their names. The latest protocol to edge its way to the consumer masses is Thunderbolt 4. Its arrival is likely to have a big impact on the laptop and desktop computer market, and here’s everything you need to know about it. Read More >>

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Nvidia Might Stop Making Some RTX 20-Series Cards Soon, Which Could Drive Up GPU Prices

Now that we’re getting closer to Nvidia’s anticipated September 2020 release date of its next-generation GeForce RTX 30 ‘Ampere’ graphics cards, rumour has it that the company is already ceasing production of some RTX 20-series cards. Read More >>

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You Should Really Update Your BIOS

The BIOS (or Basic Input/Output System) is what kicks into gear when you turn on your computer: It’s the most fundamental level of software there is on your machine, checking that all the system components are working and in the right place, and loading up the main OS. The BIOS is vital to the smooth running of your PC, which is why it’s also vital that you keep it updated. Read More >>

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How to Use Your Gadgets When They’re Broken

What with everything that’s going on, it might not be all that easy for you to get your gadgets repaired at the moment – but should a keyboard fail, or a screen crack, all might not be lost. There are a number of useful tricks and hacks you can use to keep your hardware operational until you’re able to get it properly fixed. Read More >>

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This Mini Switch Lite Knock-Off is Underpowered But Fun As Hell

Despite looking like a miniaturised clone of Nintendo’s Switch Lite, the Powkiddy Q90 lacks the power needed to play nearly every game released in the past 25 years. Guess there’s something to be said about not judging a book – or a console – based on its cover. The Powkiddy Q90 is, however, a solid and cheap way to enjoy 8- and 16-bit games from the NES, SNES, and Sega era, even if it’s a little overpriced compared to the competition. Read More >>

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An E Ink Monitor Promises to Make Your Work Day Spent Staring at a Screen Easier on Your Eyes

Even with tablets featuring full-colour high-res LCD screens available for less than £100, ereaders, with their black and white electronic paper displays, are more popular than ever because they’re as easy on the eyes as real printed paper. So if you stare at a computer all day, maybe it’s time to consider an E Ink monitor for at least one of your displays. Read More >>

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One of the Rarest Video Game Consoles of All Time Just Sold For £277,000 at Auction

A failed partnership 28 years ago between a pair of gigantic names in gaming has resulted in one of the rarest pieces of hardware in video game history selling at auction today for a staggering $360,000 (£277,000) – and it doesn’t even include a single game. Read More >>

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Someone Talk Me Out of Spending £680 on Some Keyboard Caps

I need your help. When I get anxious, I like to buy things. I’ve been good about it for the last few years. I buy a sofa – because I need a sofa. Or I buy a new computer case because my old one is too big for the space where I’m putting the computer. Sometimes, I’ll blow money on a much pricier and more useless item. Keycaps. I love to spend more money than I should on the caps that go on a keyboard, and right now there’s a set of keycaps I would very much like to own. Read More >>

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Crowd Funding Crew Claims It’s Made the World’s First IPS 240Hz 1440p Monitor

Instead of simply releasing devices and hoping that people like them, Eve relies on its community to help design its products – sourcing feedback and ideas from the company’s forums. A few years ago, Eve used this method to create the V, a Surface Pro clone with interesting specs, and now Eve is back in 2020 to announce the Spectrum, the world’s first crowd-developed monitor. Read More >>

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Apple and Nvidia Are Over

The last vestiges of Nvidia and Apple’s long-term relationship are ending shortly. On Monday Nvidia published the release notes for the next update of its Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) platform and noted that “CUDA 10.2 (Toolkit and NVIDIA driver) is the last release to support macOS for developing and running CUDA applications.” That means all future versions of CUDA will lack support for Apple devices, which could leave a decent share of the pro community, as well as the hackintosh community, without support for the most popular discrete GPUs being made at the moment. Read More >>

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10 Tips and Tricks to Make You a Sonos Master

Sonos speakers have been providing high-fidelity wireless audio streaming hardware for several years now, but in recent times its tech has been evolving fast: We’ve seen portable versions of its speakers, the addition of on-board digital assistants, new support for audio protocols, and more besides. Here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your Sonos speaker in 2019. Read More >>

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All the Ways You Can Try and Fix a Sticky MacBook Keyboard

Since Apple introduced its butterfly keyboard design in 2015, the problems with it have been very well documented – and they’re problems that I’ve experienced as well, with a 2018 MacBook Pro (the one with the third revision of butterfly keyboard, if you’re keeping count). If yours is also acting up, here’s what you can do. Read More >>

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Facebook Just Coughed up Close to $1 Billion For a Company That Makes Brain-Reading Wristbands

Stirring the speculation pot about the company’s long-rumoured smart glasses, yesterday Facebook agreed to acquire the CTRL-Labs startup which has been developing a wristband capable of reading a wearer’s thoughts and using them to control computers and other devices. Read More >>

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New Videos Suggest the Nintendo Switch Lite Might Have a Drift Problem Too

A teardown of the new Nintendo Switch Lite shared on YouTube revealed the new handheld console’s joysticks are very similar to those used on the original Switch, leading many to speculate that joystick drift could still be a problem. But now, just a few days after it hit stores, a Reddit user shared a video of their Switch Lite already exhibiting the dreaded drifting effect. It could be an even bigger issue on the mobile-only device. Read More >>

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Why Nest Accounts are Becoming Google Accounts and What You Can Do About It

It’s official: if you’ve got a Nest account, you can now swap everything over to your Google account. But should you do it right away, if at all? And why is Google asking you to combine accounts anyway? Here’s everything you need to know if you’ve got Nest-branded smart home gear set up. Read More >>