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The New Mac Mini With M2 Is Faster and Cheaper

The Mac Mini is Apple’s least-expensive computer, but it doesn’t get updated too often. Thankfully, Apple has updated it with the newer M2 and M2 Pro, and a lower price tag. The last time Apple released a new Mac Mini was in 2020, when it became one of the company’s first Mac computers with the M1 chip, alongside the M1 MacBook ...

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The New MacBook Pro Has Wi-Fi 6E and up to 96 GB RAM

Apple introduced a new lineup of 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops in 2021, marking the first MacBook redesign since the switch to Apple’s own chips. Now they are getting an upgrade. On the surface, the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros look identical to their 2021 counterparts. They have the same exact design, port selection, and infamous “notch” on ...

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Shazam Just Got a Big Update on Android

The Apple-owned Shazam app is a great resource for getting to know the music that’s blasting around you. But its Android widget has always felt a bit lacking, since it was just a shortcut for the app. Now, it’s much more useful. Version 13.7 of the Shazam app on Android now lets you quickly identify a song playing without needing ...

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Microsoft Teams is Getting Old-School Windows Games

As good as the latest releases of Windows are, the old ones have a charm to them that new versions just can’t quite match. A big part of it is its old games — Minesweeper, Solitaire, you name them. Now, you can play them all over again, thanks to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is adding a brand new feature called ...

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1Password Users Can Now Test the “Passwordless Experience” of 2023

In early 2023, the 1Password manager will gain a password-free login feature called “Passkeys.” It’s an interesting concept that could increase users’ security and convenience, and customers can test a live demo at the 1Password website. While passwordless login may seem like a futuristic idea, it already exists through the FIDO security standard (which is most commonly used in hardware security ...

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Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxis Are Becoming Meteorologists

Among the cavalcade of issues self-driving cars are running into, chief among them is bad weather, not that human drivers are good at dealing with that either. To mitigate this, Waymo is hoping to turn their autonomous robotaxis into mobile weather gauges. The Alphabet company announced that the latest version of the sensor array on its autonomous vehicles — using ...

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Hey, It Looks Like You Need a Microsoft Ugly Sweater

The holidays are a time for tradition, and one of the more recent and fun ones involves slapping on a hideous seasonal sweater. This year, Microsoft’s famously annoying paperclip has popped up again to help you out. Microsoft’s now retired mascot, who was annoying at the time but is coated in a thick layer of nostalgia these days, features on ...

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Windows 11’s Cool New Feature Only Works If You Own the Right Phone

Windows’s new “Instant Hotspot” feature will let users connect their PC or laptop to their cellphone’s internet service with the click of a button. The catch is it only works with one brand of phone. Connecting to a virtual hotspot usually involves several steps. You have to unlock your phone, navigate to the personal hotspot menu, enable the hotspot, find ...

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TerraMaster’s TRAID Technology Arrives on Two Budget NAS Devices

After a long wait, TerraMaster finally offers budget versions of its next-gen NAS devices. The new F2-223 and F4-223 utilize a decent Intel Celeron N4505 CPU, and notably, they support TerraMaster’s TRAID format. While not as powerful as its 423-series devices, these new TerraMaster NAS products should deliver speedy and power-efficient file backups. And their Intel Celeron N4505 processor is powerful enough ...

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Amazon Is Running a Fall “Prime Day” Sale This October

Amazon has held an annual “Prime Day” sale for the past few years, with the most recent event occurring back in July. However, Amazon has now announced another store-wide sale event set for next month. Amazon announced today that it will hold the “Prime Early Access Sale” on October 11-12, exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The sale will be live ...

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