The Framework Laptop 13 and Framework Laptop 16 both feature a modular Expansion Card system that lets you decide which ports you want the laptop to have, and where they’re positioned (with some limitations).

But the company has also open sourced a reference design for Expansion Cards, which allows anyone to design their own. And hardware hacker LeoDJ has done just that with a “DongleHider+” card that combines a standard USB Type-A port with one of those USB dongles that you can use for a wireless connection to a mouse, keyboard, or other accessory.

In other words, you don’t have to worry about losing your dongle because it’s always inserted into the computer. And you won’t have to use up a USB port because this Expansion Card packs both the wireless dongle and a port into a single unit. There’s even room to solder up to two additional dongles for use with other wireless devices.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

LeoDJ’s DongleHider+ Packs Up to Three Logitech-Style Dongles Into a Single Framework Expansion Card [Hackster]

Framework’s laptops use a USB-C powered Expansion Card system that lets you decide which ports (or other hardware) the laptop has. But it also lets you design your own – like this wireless mouse & keyboard + USB-A card.

Introducing GNOME 46, “Kathmandu” [GNOME]

GNOME 46 released, with the latest version of the desktop environment bringing a new Ctrl+Shift+F shortcut for file search from any screen, the file app has a dynamic progress view, Online Accounts adds OneDrive support, a dedicated remote login option, notification improvements, and much more.

AI-capable PCs forecast to make up 40% of global PC shipments in 2025 [Canalys]

Most PC chip makers are building NPUs into their processors no, and most PC makers have decided to brand models that feature these chips as “AI PCs.” Soon it’ll be hard to find a PC that isn’t an “AI” machine.

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  1. Welcome to the new 2 year pc lifespan and the $15 Big Mac… Big tech’s lovin’ it.

  2. Wasn’t Bluetooth supposed to replace custom wireless dongles? Just use a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and no dongle is needed.

    1. Yeah, but sometimes you might have a driver issue, and pairing is often more of a hassle than plugging things in. Besides, you can attach any dongle about that size into the donglehider if you wanted to, not just keyboards/mice.

    2. Bluetooth isn’t ideal in some cases, like gaming peripherals tend to work better and with less latency over 2.4Ghz (or 5 if you’re ballin’).

  3. Oh yes, it’s truly a rise, the triumphant conquest of a new paradigm shift, and not just a different hardware accelerator baked into all the new CPUs that you don’t really have to use (yet) but is included anyway because Microsoft made a deal with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm.

    Dongle hider is neat though, even if you have to provide your own dongle for the dongle hider and solder it in.