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WireGuard for Windows 0.3.1 is the release you’ve been waiting for

Enlarge / I heroically resisted the urge to create a "WireGuard for Workgroups 0.3.1" image for this piece. (credit: Jim Salter) This Monday, WireGuard founder and lead developer Jason Donenfeld announced a new WireGuard release for the Windows platform. The release is something of a godsend for administrators hoping to implement WireGuard as a replacement...

VanMoof X3 ebike review: At $2,000, it’s automatic for (some of) the people

The VanMoof X3, as posed in Seattle's Carkeek Park. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] For some people, a review of the VanMoof S3 electric bicycle can begin and end with its stunning design. The same goes for its eyebrow-raising $1,999 price tag....

AMD laptops have a hidden 10-second performance delay. Here’s why

Enlarge / When it's on battery, your new Ryzen 4000 series laptop doesn't deliver its true performance until about 10 seconds into a full-throttle workload. (credit: Aurich Lawson / AMD) In an embargoed presentation Friday morning, Intel's Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout walked a group of tech journalists through a presentation aimed at...

Abusive add-ons aren’t just a Chrome and Firefox problem. Now it’s Edge’s turn

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) For years, Google and Mozilla have battled to keep abusive or outright malicious browser extensions from infiltrating their official repositories. Now, Microsoft is taking up the fight. Over the past several days, people in website forums have complained of the Google searches being redirected to oksearch[.]com when they...

Apple pushes out iOS 14.2.1, and it’s mostly bug fixes

Enlarge / The iPhone 12 mini. iOS 14.2.1 fixes an issue that affected the lock screen on this phone. (credit: Samuel Axon) Yesterday, Apple released iOS 14.2.1 to fix bugs users have encountered on new iPhones since iOS 14.2 launched on November 5. Unlike many other iOS releases, this release was not accompanied by updates to all of the company's...

“We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

The graphic representing the Apple M1 chip, as presented by Apple at an event earlier this month. Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together. Isolated from others in the company, they took the guts of old MacBook Air laptops and connected them to their own prototype boards with the goal of building the very first...

iFixit teardown of M1 MacBooks gives us our first glimpse at the M1 up close

The M1. The two black boxes on the side are the RAM. [credit: Samuel Axon ] As expected, iFixit has done a teardown of two of Apple's three new M1-based Macs: the MacBook Air and the 2-port, 13-inch MacBook Pro. What they found is somehow...

Google Chrome is available as an Apple M1 native app today

Enlarge / Chrome isn't available in the App Store—you'll need to download it using Safari. When you do, Google will ask you which version you'd like to download. (credit: Jim Salter) The Google Chrome browser is now available as an Apple M1 native application, for those of you lucky enough to have M1 Mac Mini, Macbook Air, or Macbook Pro systems....

Google is testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages

Enlarge / Security padlock in circuit-board background. (credit: Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino) Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service, the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS. Abbreviated as RCS, Rich Communication Service provides a... well, richer user experience...

Mac mini and Apple Silicon M1 review: Not so crazy after all

The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple is crazy, right? The Mac just had its best year of sales ever, and Cupertino is hitting the platform with a shock like it hasn’t had in nearly 15 years—back in a time when the...

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