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Mac RumorsApr 24, 2024
Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of macOS 14.5
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.5 update to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the software ahead of its launch. The public beta comes a week after Apple released the second public beta and a day after Apple seeded the beta to developers.


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Washington Post TechApr 24, 2024
Everything TikTok users need to know about a possible ban in the U.S.
What every TikTok user needs to know about a new potential ban of the viral-video app, including when it could disappear and how to save your data.

PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
Meet Snapdragon X Plus: Qualcomm says its slowest CPU still beats Intel

Think of the Snapdragon X Plus as Qualcomm's version of the Intel Core i5: It's based on the same design as the Snapdragon X Elite, the Arm PC processor that Qualcomm has been talking about since last fall. But it's stripped down, with fewer cores, and without the "turbo" characteristics of its more powerful sibling. On the other hand, Qualcomm still believes that it will compete with and surpass Intel's latest processors.

Qualcomm began talking about the Snapdragon X Elite last fall, and has since made waves with a pretty open quasi-testing process where journalists have been able to monitor benchmarks Qualcomm employees have run, along with hands-on gaming opportunities. At the beginning of the month, Qualcomm began comparing the Snapdragon X Elite to the latest Core Ultra processors, and let me have a turn playing the PC games Control and Redout 2. Both games ran above 30fps at 1900×1200 resolution and Low settings.

Now the company is taking Snapdragon performance down a notch… or is it? Qualcomm is claiming that the Snapdragon X Plus will still outperform the Core Ultra 7 155H at the same power levels by a whopping 28 percent in the latest multithreaded Cinebench benchmark, Cinebench 2024. And it's 10 percent faster than the Apple M3, too.



CNET NewsApr 24, 2024
Congress Passes Bill That Could Ban TikTok: What to Know - CNET
The Senate has approved legislation that would effectively ban TikTok. Here's what's next.

PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite branding reads like Elon Musk baby names

Let's face it: Processor naming schemes have become ridiculously complex. AMD launched its with an actual decoder ring, and the names still don't make sense. But Intel began this nonsense more than five years ago, when trying to figure out what the 10th-gen Core chip names meant necessitated its own story.

Now it's Qualcomm's turn. And boy, is it a doozy. (Qualcomm also released a list of the four Snapdragon X Elite and Plus processors, complete with names and clock speeds — which it hasn't done before. Unfortunately, before we list those, we have to explain what the names and numbers mean. We apologize in advance. Take note of the similarity to the name of Elon Musk and singer Grimes' child: X Æ A-12.)

How to talk about the Snapdragon X Series to your teens Let's face it: The Snapdragon X1E-78-100 will never be mentioned in polite society. It will not appear in a sonnet, or in a card you send to your spouse for your anniversary. If it is ever mentioned that evening, it will be in


PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
This killer AVG Ultimate antivirus deal is just $18 for two years

From today until April 28, using coupon code MGTDR23298 at checkout saves you $27 off the 10-device plan, slicing a whopping 60 percent off the normal price of $45. You don't even need to enter the code at checkout; Newegg now appears to apply coupons automatically.

AVG Ultimate bundles together three of AVG's products: AVG Internet Security, which shields your devices from malware, network intrusions, and other threats; AVG Secure VPN, which keeps your internet activity private (and thus safe from prying and possibly shifty eyes); and AVG TuneUp, a collection of PC utilities meant to keep your PC up to date and running optimally.

When we last reviewed Internet Security, we gave it 4 out of 5 stars for its straightforward interface, top-rated antivirus protection, and affordable pricing. The latest test results from AV-Test and AV-Comparatives rank AVG among the highest performing antivirus engines, with a 100 percent block rate for AV-Test's zero-day and widespread malware benchmark. Similarly, we liked AVG Secure VPN for its ease of use, speeds, and ability to


GizmodoApr 24, 2024
How to Turn Off Those Pesky Start Menu Ads in Windows 11
I didn't realize that Microsoft had pushed out the update that brought advertising to the Windows 11 Start menu until I started to read the news. I've had recommendations turned off this entire time. It turns out the same option hides the "curated" Microsoft Store apps currently populating on systems running the KB5036…

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CNET NewsApr 24, 2024
Save $300 on the 15-Inch M2 MacBook Air With Apple Music, Apple TV Plus and More Included - CNET
If you want a larger-screen MacBook that's thin and powerful, grab the 15-inch MacBook Air for just $999 while you still can.

PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
Save $322 on Alienware's OLED ultrawide, the best gaming monitor around

This monitor uses the near-standard 34-inch, 3440×1440 resolution, and 21:9 aspect ratio, a great choice for gamers who want more screen real estate without stepping up to a GPU-punishing 4K resolution. The OLED panel with its vibrant colors and perfect blacks is the big draw, of course, but at 165Hz with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, the AW3423DWF can also handle fast-paced competitive games with aplomb.

Connections include double DisplayPort plus HDMI, so this makes a great pick if you're building a battlestation with multiple PCs or a console on the side. Though the monitor doesn't do USB-C video or rapid laptop charging it does have four USB-C ports for accessories and a pass-through headphone jack, plus a little bit of RGB bling on the rear logos. It's compatible with VESA mounts if you're looking for a clean setup. You can


CNET NewsApr 24, 2024
iPad 2024 Rumors: New iPad Pro and Air Models Arriving on May 7 - CNET
Apple has scheduled a May event where it is expected to unveil new OLED-based iPad Pros and a larger iPad Air.

EngadgetApr 24, 2024
Windows 11 now comes with its own adware
It used to be that you could pay for a retail version of Windows 11 and expect it to be ad-free, but those days are apparently finito. The latest update to Windows 11 (KB5036980) comes out this week and includes ads for apps in the "recommended" section of the Start Menu, one of the most oft-used parts of the OS.

"The Recommended section of the Start menu will show some Microsoft Store apps," according to the release notes. "These apps come from a small set of curated developers." 

The app suggestions are enabled by default, but you can restore your previously pristine Windows experience if you've installed the update, fortunately. To do so, go into Settings and select Personalization Start and switch the "Show recommendations for tips, app promotions and more" toggle to "off."

The new "feature" arrives just weeks after it app


Mac RumorsApr 24, 2024
TikTok Facing Potential US Ban as Congress Passes Bill Requiring Sale
The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that will either ban TikTok from app stores operating in the country or force Chinese company ByteDance to sell the short-form video app.


CNET How ToApr 24, 2024
Bag Apple's MLS Season Pass Free for a Month at Best Buy Today - CNET
Soccer fans can get their hands on a free month's access to Apple's MLS Season Pass right now.

GizmodoApr 24, 2024
iPad Pro OLED: Everything We Know So Far
This guide was updated on April 24 at 2:10 to include new details on the iPad calculator app April 19 at 8:44 a.m. ET to include new rumors from DSCC analyst Ross Young.

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CNET How ToApr 24, 2024
Apple iPhone 17 Plus Could Have a Smaller Screen in 2025 - CNET
The iPhone 16 isn't even a thing and already we're starting to hear rumors about the iPhone 17.

GizmodoApr 24, 2024
Biden Signs TikTok Ban Into Law, but His Campaign Will Continue Using It
President Joe Biden signed the TikTok bill into law on Wednesday morning, officially starting the 270-day clock for TikTok's owner, China-based Bytedance, to sell the social media app or face a ban in American app stores.

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Mac RumorsApr 24, 2024
Best Buy Takes $100 Off M1 iPad Air, Starting at $499.99
Best Buy this week has steep $100 discounts on every M1 iPad Air model, with prices starting at $499.99 for the 64GB Wi-Fi tablet. These deals follow in the wake of Apple's announcement of an event coming in May, which is expected to include refreshed iPad Air models with M2 chips.


PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
Get Corsair's tiny, wireless, $150 hot-swap keyboard for just $64

The Corsair K70 Pro Mini Wireless RGB (hoochimama what a mouthful) packs most of the features you'd expect from a high-end board, including high-quality PBT doubleshot keycaps and dual-mode wireless with 2.4GHz dongle for gaming and Bluetooth for mobile devices. It also has a really satisfying aluminum case, and comes with speedy Cherry MX switches from the famous German switch maker.

RGB and sub-1ms wireless speed are a given for Corsair keyboards at this point. But for my money, the best feature is the hot-swap sockets, which allow you to pop in any MX-compatible switches that you like. That makes the K70 a great platform for customization, both for keycaps with its standard layout and for typing or gaming feel. The only real downer is that Corsair's programming software won't let you move the Fn key, which makes it tricky to get arrow keys in the top layer. You can read my full review of the keyboard here.

At the moment Amazon's deep discount is only available for the white version of the keyboard, and then only with the linear Red switches. But it's still a savings of about a hundred bucks on a design that was prohibitively expensive at launch. If you want a gaming keyboard that can customize


New York Times TechApr 24, 2024
‘Thunder Run': Behind Lawmakers' Secretive Push to Pass the TikTok Bill
A tiny group of lawmakers huddled in private about a year ago, aiming to keep the discussions away from TikTok lobbyists while bulletproofing a bill that could ban the app.

Mac RumorsApr 23, 2024
Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.5 to Developers
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.5 update to developers, with the software coming a week after Apple released the second beta.


EngadgetApr 23, 2024
Elon Musk says it's his turn to have the remote
X just announced a smart TV app for streaming video. Or, more accurately, that it claims it's building one, with absolutely no launch date mentioned. The appropriately-named X TV wants to be "your go-to companion for a high-quality, immersive entertainment experience on a larger screen." By high-quality entertainment, X likely means that one Tucker Carlson video where he's really impressed by grocery carts in Russia. That's not a joke. Carlson is featured prominently in the little teaser video.


PC World Latest NewsApr 23, 2024
Take 35% off Samsung's fast, rugged T7 Shield portable SSD

PCWorld reviewer Jon Jacobi loved the Samsung T7 Shield for its rugged, impact-absorbing body that's also rated for IP65 resistance to water and dust, to say nothing of its 10 gigabit per second speed (when you plug it into a compatible USB 3.0 or newer port). The 1TB version is normally $169.99, but today Amazon is selling it for $109.99.

You can choose between blue, black, or beige colors at that price. Need even more storage? The 2TB drive — which should be as much or more storage as most new laptops sold today — is $179.99, an even deeper discount from the $284.99 retail price. You can


PC World Latest NewsApr 22, 2024
Adios, cheap SSDs? WD and Seagate warn that PC storage prices are going up

According to Taiwan analyst company TrendForce, storage makers Western Digital and now Seagate have sent letters to customers warning them that the companies will be raising prices on hard drives. WD's letter said that it would be raising prices on SSDs, too.

"[D]emand recovery continues across several segments of our business and our reduced manufacturing capacity is limiting our ability to meet all of our customers' demand and is resulting in longer lead times," the letter says, signed by BS Teh, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Seagate. "As a result, we will be implementing price increases effective immediately on new orders and for demand that is over and above previously committed volumes."

WD sent a similar letter earlier this month. In it, WD warned that is seeing "higher than expected demand across its entire flash and hard drive portfolio resulting in supply constraints.



ResearchBuzzApr 20, 2024
Google Messages, Books Unbanned, Netflix, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 20, 2024
TWEAKS AND UPDATES 9to5 Google: Google Messages preps parental controls that can stop users from sending a message. "The Google Messages app, thanks to RCS, has pretty much become Android's default messaging […]

EngadgetApr 18, 2024
Meta rolls out an updated AI assistant, built with the long-awaited Llama 3
Meta just announced a major update for its AI assistant platform, Meta AI, which has been built using the long-awaited open source Llama 3 large language model (LLM). The company says it's "now the most intelligent AI assistant you can use for free." As for use case scenarios, the company touts the ability to help users study for tests, plan dinners and schedule nights out. You know the drill. It's an AI chatbot.

Meta AI, however, has expanded into just about every nook and cranny throughout the company's entire portfolio, after a test run with Instagram DMs last week. It's still available with Instagram, but now users can access it on Messenger, Facebook feeds and Whatsapp. The chatbot also has a dedicated web portal at, wait for it, meta.ai. You don't need a company login to use it this way, though it won't generate images. Those recently-released Ray-Ban smart glasses also integrate with the bot, with Quest headset integration coming soon.

On the topic of image generation, Meta says it's now much faster and will produce images as you type. It also handles custom animated GIFs, which is pretty cool. Hopefully, it can successfully generate images of different races of people. We found that it struggled with this basic concept a couple of


TechCrunchJan 13, 2022
White House will meet execs from Apple, Amazon, IBM to discuss software security
 A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

The White House will meet with executives from major tech companies, including Alphabet-owned Google (GOOGL.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc, , to discuss software security after the United States have suffered several major cyber attacks last year.

 In December, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a letter to CEOs of tech companies after  a se

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