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Enlarge / Tim Cook begins his announcement of Apple Silicon. Macs with Apple silicon will still support Thunderbolt, according to Apple. The clarification came after Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 announcement led many to speculate that Macs without Intel CPUs would not have Thunderbolt ports. Here’s Apple’s statement, which was provided to The Verge: Over a decade …

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Enlarge / Nobody from IBM is proposing any lawsuits over Google’s addition of Istio to its new Open Usage Commons foundation. But they’re not happy about it. This Wednesday, Google announced a new open source initiative—the Open Usage Commons, a sort of stewardship project for open source trademarks. The move drew immediate criticism from IBM, …

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The new Google Nest smart speaker. This is an official photo from Google. Since there are speakers to the left and right here, this suggests the speakers support stereo mode. Google Japan MIC’s pictures. These were so ugly Google released its own official image. The bottom rubber foot and DC jack. The mute swtich. Part …

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Ars Technica Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a return of the best price we’ve seen on Apple’s AirPods and Qi wireless charging case combo, which is now down to $150 on Amazon. For reference, Apple’s MSRP for this configuration is $199, though we typically see it go for $169 on Amazon. The wireless charging case, meanwhile, …

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Enlarge / Google’s Android adoption chart. Android 10’s “300 day” mark was 10 days ago. Google Google today dropped a blog post detailing its progress on improving the Android ecosystem’s update speed. The company has been hard at work for the past few years modularizing Android, with the hope that making Android easier to update …

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A workstation running Unreal Engine with an iPhone for motion capture. A motion-capture artist wears an iPhone for face capture. Here’s a look at the app’s interface and icon. Unreal Engine developer Epic Games has released Live Link Face, an iPhone app that uses the front-facing 3D sensors in the phone to do live motion …

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The Note 20 Ultra in all its glory. The camera module is very thick. The front has a centered hole-punch camera. YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo used a lot of tape to cover what are probably identifying marks. The Note 20 Ultra versus the Note 10+. The phone on the right was already one of the …

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The branding for Thunderbolt 4. A render of the 8000-series controller chips for Thunderbolt 4. Intel Here’s a chart from Intel’s press deck showing how Thunderbolt 4 differs from Thunderbolt 3. Intel And here’s a list of what’s new, from Intel’s press deck. Intel Thunderbolt 4 accessory families, from Intel’s press deck. Intel Thunderbolt 4 …

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Qualcomm is announcing its midcycle chip upgrade today: the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Like always, these “Plus” chips are higher-clocked versions of the major designs that were released earlier in the year, but new for the 865 Plus specifically is Wi-Fi 6E compatibility. First, the speed increases: Qualcomm is promising a 10-percent faster CPU and GPU, …

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Today, AMD released three new Ryzen 3000 desktop processors—the Ryzen 3000XT line. These new CPU models—the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT—are minor refreshes of the existing Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3800X, and Ryzen 5 3600X models and add a couple hundred MHz extra boost clock speed to the original …