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Chromebook Adaptive Charging aims for big gains in battery life

Chromebook Adaptive Charging aims for big gains in battery life

Chrome OS is specifically designed to cater to users who mainly rely on online tools for getting most of the work done on their PCs. Because of this web-first approach, Chromebooks often suffice with minimal hardware, which helps them achieve exceptional battery life. Now, Chromebooks are expected to receive a feature from Google's Pixel lineup to help them achieve a longer and healthier battery lifespan.

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Beijing Winter Olympics athletes warned to use burner phones: Here’s why

Beijing Winter Olympics athletes warned to use burner phones: Here’s why

China will be hosting the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in its capital Beijing starting February 4, 2022. Ahead of the multi-sport event, the country is taking excessive precautions to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 by tightening restrictions and mass testing of citizens using unusual and uncomfortable methods (via Insider). To curb the spread of COVID-19 through the athletes arriving in the country, the Chinese authorities will use an app called My2022 for COVID monitoring and contact tracing.

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The best Wordle starting words and other expert tips

The best Wordle starting words and other expert tips

Like moths drawn to a flame, Wordle is drawing internet users, especially on Twitter, to itself. The daily word-guessing game kept a lot of us busy during the holidays, but it especially shot to fame after being featured by The New York Times. So if you're wondering, what are the best Wordle starting words, we have some research-based suggestions and other expert tips that will allow you to outwit your friends and family members in the daily word-guessing marathons.

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Redmi Note 11 Pro leaked: Why this one matters

Redmi Note 11 Pro leaked: Why this one matters

The Redmi Note is Xiaomi's most popular smartphone series and certainly has a major contribution in propelling it to the spot of the world's third-largest smartphone brand — even without officially selling in the U.S. The company recently announced on Twitter that it sold a staggering 240 million Redmi Note units worldwide. This announcement was followed by another on Twitter about the global launch of the Redmi Note 11 series, scheduled for January 26th.

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Halo Infinite Cyber Showdown event adds a new game mode

Halo Infinite Cyber Showdown event adds a new game mode

The Halo franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching Halo Infinite, the sixth installment to the series, in December 2021. That makes Halo not only one of the longest-running titles but also one that frequently gets new updates and new modes. Last week, Halo's current developer 343 Industries shared a teaser on Twitter, showing glimpses of a new event, and this week it is going live.

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Safari bug threatens identity theft to all Mac, iPhone, iPad users

Safari bug threatens identity theft to all Mac, iPhone, iPad users

For years, Apple has been heralding privacy as the central theme for its products. Safari, Apple default web browser, comes with a range of privacy features to prevent websites from capturing data related to users' browsing habits and creating personas that can be used serve them ads on other websites and platforms including — but not limited to — Google and Facebook. With Safari 15 that was launched ahead of macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15, Apple strengthened these privacy features including its Intelligent Tracking Prevention to hide users' IP addresses and email addresses from websites.

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Tesla Cybertruck production reportedly pushed back to early 2023

Tesla Cybertruck production reportedly pushed back to early 2023

The Tesla Cybertruck is radical, to say the least. But despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's vision to position it as a futuristic and "insane technology bandwagon" (via Twitter), the Cybertruck has barely moved any closer to actually being out of the post-apocalyptic future and teleporting into the present. Since its announcement in 2019, the Cybertruck has been in the news for facing several production delays, and even two years later, the problems don't seem to see any closure.

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iMessage, RCS, and the curse of green bubbles: iPhone and Android messaging is broken

iMessage, RCS, and the curse of green bubbles: iPhone and Android messaging is broken

Apple's iMessage has been at the center of many public debates for years for its differently-colored message bubbles. If you receive a text message from another Apple device, the iMessage app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac shows the received message in a blue bubble whereas it appears in green color if it is sent from a non-Apple device, like an Android phone. 

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What’s the Difference Between 4K and UHD?

What’s the Difference Between 4K and UHD?

If you've been sitting on the fence for a new TV, monitor, or any other display device online, it's likely you've heard mentions of "4K" and "UHD," or Ultra High Definition — often in the same sentence. Despite being different, the terms 4K and UHD are used interchangeably to market a phenomenal viewing experience on screens or devices such as a projector. 4K is more mainstream than ever, and ads make the buying choices for both even more confusing. As such it's worth knowing the difference between 4K and UHD.

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Terminally ill U.S. man gets a pig’s heart with a successful transplant

Terminally ill U.S. man gets a pig’s heart with a successful transplant

The organ donor crisis has long inspired the medical fraternity to look for feasible donors from other species. This week, doctors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have successfully executed the world's first heterologous heart transplant, placing a genetically-modified pig's heart into a terminally ill human being. Note: This article contains imagery and descriptions of human and animal surgery and xenotransplantation. Some readers may find this content upsetting.

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Canon showing how to bypass its own ink cartridge DRM is pretty ironic

Canon showing how to bypass its own ink cartridge DRM is pretty ironic

The global semiconductor shortage has disrupted production across the board. Although one would expect the impact of this short supply of chips to be limited to only consumer electronics, the crisis has inadvertently affected manufacturing in virtually every product category, from smartphones to automobiles. Now, the chip shortage is a cause of worry for printer companies such as Canon. Besides impeding the production of new and advanced printers, the chip crunch is also making it arduous for Canon to make printer cartridges as it used to earlier.

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Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Sonos beat Google on patents: How Nest speakers will suffer

Google and audio company Sonos have been in a long-standing legal battle over patent infringement. After two years of lawsuits and countersuits and a preliminary ruling in favor of Sonos last year, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has fortified that Google did, indeed, use Sonos's patented audio streaming features and has issued an order that could potentially ban all Google products violating the patents from being imported into and sold in the US (via The New York Times).

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