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Review roundup: Framework’s modular, upgradeable, repairable laptop

Laptop computers have gotten thinner, lighter, and more powerful over the years. They’ve also gotten harder to upgrade or repair, as most PC makers have sacrificed user-accessible components to get those thin and light designs. The Framework Laptop is something different. It’s reasonably compact for a notebook with a 13.5 inch display, but it’s designed to […]

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Intel Beast Canyon NUC available for pre-order with up to Core i9-11900KB

Intel’s Beast Canyon NUC is the latest in the company’s line of compact desktop computers designed for gaming or workstation-class computing. With an 8L chassis, it’s larger than most other members of the Intel NUC lineup, but it’s smaller than most gaming desktops – and it’s also the first Intel NUC to support full-length graphics cards. […]

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ARM’s PlasticARM is a flexible microprocessor made from plastic rather than silicon

Most microprocessors are made using silicon. And most are rigid, which means that if you want to put them in flexible devices like folding phones or wearables, they’ll need to be placed in a section that doesn’t bend. ARM has just unveiled a new PlasticARM chip that bucks both trends. It’s a natively flexible processor made […]

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Lilbits: Clubhouse gets a little less clubby (and open to everyone)

When Clubhouse made its debut as an audio-only social app for joining or listening into group conversations, it was an invite-only, iOS-only app released at a time when millions of people were stuck at home and perhaps craving social contact. It was a hit even before the app expanded to Android. And then signups started […]

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A clunky (but useable) method for recording video on a PinePhone

Most smartphones ship with software capable of taking advantage of all the device’s hardware. But the PinePhone isn’t most smartphones. It’s designed to be an open platform for developers and when it first began shipping there was only some very basic software available. Among other things, there was no working camera app. Now there is. […]

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Valve Steam Deck UI will replace Steam’s Big Picture mode (eventually)

Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC will ship with a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS with a user interface designed to put gaming front and center, making the little computer feel more like a game console. But that new UI isn’t just for the Steam Deck. According to Valve, it will also be […]

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Asus Chromebook Flip CX5400 is a premium, fanless convertible with Intel Core i7-1160G7

Chromebooks have a reputation for being cheap laptops with entry-level specs. But we’ve seen premium models with high-end features from time to time, and the new Asus Chromebook Flip CX5400 certainly falls into the latter category. It’s a 14 inch convertible Chromebook with an Intel Core i7-1160G7 low-power processors, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of speedy PCIe […]

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 is a rugged 2-in-1 tablet with a modular design for swappable components

Panasonic’s latest Toughbook computer is a rugged tablet 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard and a modular design. The Panasonic Toughbook G2 has a 10.1 inch display, support for up to a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with vPro, and three modular expansion areas that you can use to customize the computer or swap out components on […]

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Lilbits: Windows Terminal, Chrome, Firefox, Signal on Linux phones, Netflix will be the Netflix for games after all

Microsoft has released a new preview version of the Windows Terminal app that builds on the “quake mode” feature introduced earlier this year, allowing you to open a terminal from any screen using a hotkey. Now when you dismiss that window, it minimizes to the system tray by default. Other changes include an updated Settings […]

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Mini PCs with Ryzen 5900HX chips are on the way

At least two Chinese PC makers are planning to launch compact desktop computers powered by AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, a 45 watt chip designed for high-performance gaming laptops and mobile workstations. The Morefine S500+ will be available for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign soon, and a “coming soon” page gives us some of […]

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CTL Chromebook NL72 with Intel Jasper Lake is up for pre-order for $289

The CTL Chromebook NL72 is a small rugged laptop designed for use in the classroom. It’s a 2.85 pound laptop with an 11.6 inch HD display, at least 4GB of RAM, and an Intel Jasper Lake processor. CTL is taking pre-orders for $289 for a model with an Intel Celeron N4500 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and […]

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ADATA XPG Xenia 14 is a 2.1 pound laptop with Intel Tiger Lake

ADATA has been making memory and storage products for two decades, but over the past year or so the company has started selling computers under the XPG brand, including mini desktops, gaming laptops, and thin and light notebooks. The new XPG Xenia 14 is the company’s most compact notebook to date. It’s laptop with a 14 […]