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Samsung reportedly planning five flagship phone models for early 2019

The Galaxy A9, with its four rear cameras. The S10 setup will probably be similar. Samsung The S10 is expected to use the third “hole punch” display pictured here, from Samsung’s developer conference. Android Police We’re rapidly approaching 2019, and that means it will soon be time for Samsung’s yearly Galaxy S flagship launch. The […]

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Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Enlarge Benjamin After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—finally re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it’s the Office team’s turn to release some updates that need to be un-released. On November’s Patch Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its […]

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The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office

Enlarge / A few gadgets we liked using in the home this year. Jeff Dunn The first entry in our holiday gift guide dealt with gear your loved ones could use on the go. In contrast, today’s edition centers all on tech that’s more suited for the house—be it gadgets for improving a desk setup or an […]

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Forget VR treadmills—Google patents motorized, omnidirectional VR sneakers

WHAT ARE THOSE? Google wants to add sneakers to your existing VR setup. USPTO You can just walk forever, and the shoe wheels will keep you in the VR safe zone. Patents always aim for the widest coverage possible, but Google offers up these wheel types as a suggestion. The omnidirectional wheels would be great. […]

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Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price

Intel’s 9th generation Core i9 CPU. Richard Baguley Another view of Intel’s 9th generation Core i9 CPU. Richard Baguley Let’s be honest here: modern processors aren’t exciting. Speed bumps no longer thrill us, and we’ve become blasé about adding more cores. But we are living in a time when computers casually offer amounts of processing […]

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HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1

Enlarge Valentina Palladino It has been 10 years since HP launched the original Elitebook, and the company continues to improve upon this already stellar business notebook family. This year’s Elitebook x360 1030 is the follow-up to last year’s model and will replace the 1020 model in the Elitebook lineup. The new Elitebook has been sprinkled […]

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The mid-range Google Pixel appears in pictures—complete with headphone jack

The mid-range Pixel 3. Rozetked The back has this strange “C” logo. Rozetked A headphone jack! Rozetked These slots on the bottom edge are new. With the missing bottom front speaker grill, at least one of these is probably a speaker. Rozetked A neon power button. Rozetked Rumors of a cheaper mid-range smartphone from Google […]

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Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films

Enlarge Apple Apple has lined up another partnership to boost its video-content offerings. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple signed a deal with A24 studio, a New York-based production company responsible for movies, including the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight. Details of forthcoming projects haven’t been disclosed, but Apple […]

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To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme

Enlarge / The new Windows 10 light theme. Microsoft While end users have been customizing the color schemes of their computers for decades, we’ve lately seen operating system developers follow their users’ lead with built-in, first-party support for dark themes. The dark theme was a big part of the appeal of macOS Mojave, and dark […]

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The Best Target Black Friday Tech Deals

If you plan to spend your Black Friday dollars at Target, there are plenty of deals for the taking. Here are some of the best Black Friday tech deals from Target. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Do you hear that? It’s […]

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Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Back at the start of the year, a set of attacks that leveraged the speculative execution capabilities of modern high-performance processors was revealed. The attacks were named Meltdown and Spectre. Since then, numerous variants of these attacks have been devised. In tandem, a range of mitigation techniques has been […]

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data

Enlarge / This message, shown during Windows upgrades, is going to be salt in the wound. Just over a month since its initial release, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update widely available today. The update was withdrawn shortly after its initial release due to the discovery of a bug causing data loss. […]

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The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP

Enlarge Andy Maguire / Flickr The next version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)—the network protocol that defines how browsers talk to Web servers—is going to make a major break from the versions in use today. Today’s HTTP (versions 1.0, 1.1, and 2) are all layered on top of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). TCP, defined […]