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Want a great PC mouse? Understand these terms

Enlarge (credit: Scharon Harding) You may think of the mouse as one of the most basic PC peripherals. And some mice may be. Point, click, and you're done. But modern mice, especially those in the high-end, gaming, and wireless realms, have come a long way. And if you're looking for a more advanced mouse, you may be surprised by some...

First details leak on Project Iris, Google’s next AR headset

Enlarge / Product photography of the Google Glass wearable. Project Iris won't look like this; it is said to more closely resemble ski goggles than casual glasses. (credit: Google) Google engineers are developing a new augmented reality (AR) headset, according to a report by The Verge citing two people familiar with the project. Google...

Google Pay resets strategy again with new leader, might get into crypto

Enlarge / Google Pay continues to circle the drain. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica) Google is bringing on a new executive who it hopes will turn the beleaguered Google Pay division around. Bloomberg reports that Arnold Goldberg, PayPal's chief product architect, will now run Google Pay after the former payments chief, Caesar...

Developers unearth the bones of an overhauled Task Manager for Windows 11

Enlarge / A look at the Windows 11-style Task Manager, with Mica theming and dark mode support. (credit: FireCubeStudios) Microsoft's piecemeal approach to updating and unifying Windows 11's new look has led to updates for all kinds of old and obscure corners of the operating system, including everything from the volume indicator...

Keychron K14 review: The rare Mac-ready wireless mechanical keyboard

Enlarge / Keychron K14 with no backlight (top) and an RGB backlight (bottom). (credit: Scharon Harding) A common complaint about mechanical keyboards is that they're too expensive. Options are limited further for budget-minded buyers if they want a wireless device, especially if they're looking for a Mac-specific board. But the market...

Google brings Android games to Windows in limited (very limited) beta

Enlarge / Google's Windows Android app store. (credit: Google) As it announced in December, Google is bringing Android games to Windows. The project is simply called "Google Play Games," and the Windows version is now open for beta signups. The catch is that Google Play Games is getting a very limited distribution: you'll need to be...

Google to free G Suite users: Pay up or lose your account

Enlarge / An artist's rendering of Google's current reputation. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Google says the free ride is over for early users of the company's custom domain G Suite service. Google has long offered the ability to use Google apps on a custom domain, allowing you to have a Google email address that ends in your domain instead...

Garmin’s new Fenix 7 maximizes solar power and finally adds a touchscreen

Enlarge (credit: Garmin) Garmin has released two new high-end smartwatches, the Fenix 7 and Epix, less than two weeks after launching the Venus 2 Plus and Vivomove Sport at CES. The Fenix 7 is the latest iteration of the company's robust, multi-sport flagship, while the Epix picks up the torch of a similarly high-end watch that hasn't...

Wi-Fi 7 hardware demos herald next-gen wireless networking

Enlarge (credit: Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images) Wi-Fi 6E products only started arriving in the US last year, but the tech world is always looking toward what's next. Wi-Fi 7 represents the next generation of the wireless network protocol, and today marks the first time someone has claimed to make the technology work. Wi-Fi 7 isn't...

Apple says it never intended iOS 14 security updates to last forever [Updated]

Enlarge / Apple has stopped providing security updates to iOS 14. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Update, 3:30pm: Apple has pointed us a support page, published in September of 2021, that mentions iOS 14 receiving updates for "a period of time" as evidence that iOS 14 security updates were always intended to be a short-term offering. That...

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