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The 9 best laptops in 2021 for work, entertainment, and gaming

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Dell's XPS 13 is still our favorite laptop because it expertly balances design and performance. But the MacBook Air with M1 is unmatched when it comes to battery life. Check out our roundup of the best laptop deals here. When it comes to studying, working, or even playing, having one of the best laptops is essential. Although the very best laptops will cost you $1,000 or more, there are laptops to fit every budget in this guide. Whether you're a Window...
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What is software? A guide to all of the different types of programs and applications that tell computers what to do

Software consists of code that dictates how a computer operates. Chalirmpoj Pimpisarn/EyeEm/Getty Images Software is computer code that tells a computer how to perform a specific task. There are many kinds of software, including operating systems, applications, and malware. Software can be distributed for free, as shareware, commercially, or with its source code (which is called open-source). Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Software is a set of instructions, wr...
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The 5 best 2-in-1 laptops in 2021

The best 2-in-1 laptops have sharp displays, good performance, and a classy design. That's why we've chosen the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 as our top pick. Check out our guide to the best laptops for more buying advice. It's not a laptop; it's not a tablet, either. It's both! The 2-in-1 laptop has grown a whole lot better over the past few years, reaching the point where choosing a hybrid device over a traditional laptop has become a no-brainer for many buyers. There are two main t...
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This best laptop deals available now include savings on Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider We've broken down the best laptop deals by price to help you find the best in your budget. Top deals include discounts on laptops from Apple, Asus, and Lenovo among others. We update this list regularly to keep prices current. Check out our guide to the best laptop deals, best laptops, and best cheap laptops. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Finding the right lapt...
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The best times of year to buy a new laptop are back-to-school season and Black Friday

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Hollis Johnson The best times to buy a laptop are during the back-to-school and holiday seasons. That's when you can expect big discounts on laptops of all prices and styles.Check out our guide to the best laptop deals, best laptops, and best cheap laptops.There's a lot to consider when shopping for a new laptop, but making sure you're buying at the right time can make a difference.A laptop s...
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The 5 best desktop computers in 2021 for work, gaming, school, and more

The best desktop computers offer excellent performance, upgradability, and a great selection of ports - which is exactly why we've chosen the Dell XPS 8940 Desktop as our top pick.We've also identified top desktops for other use cases, such as gaming, compact spaces, and for those on a budget. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Laptops have gotten better and better over the years, but the fact remains that size matters when it comes to computers - and with the size afforded by desktop computers,...
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The best laptops in 2021

If you're looking for the best laptop out there, there are a ton of different choices.We've tested and researched a wide range of laptops to narrow down our list of top picks.Whether it's a top-of-the-line Windows laptop, a MacBook, or a more affordable Chromebook, we have a pick for you.After testing, the Dell XPS 13 remains the best laptop we've ever used, expertly balancing performance and high-quality design.Shopping on a budget? Check out our guide to the best affordable laptops. Table of C...
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Infotainment Trends Upwards, Along with Distracted Driving?

The automotive infotainment operating system (OS) market is projected to grow by $247.84 million during 2021-2025, progressing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Automotive infotainment OS’s act as both a differentiator and cost savings, as demand has grown for automotive infotainment in entry-level and mid-segment vehicles. Niche players are driving automotive infotainment OS market […] The post Infotainment Trends Upwards, Along with Distracted Driving? appeared first on The Truth About ...
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Google Is Now Calling on You to Help Develop Its Enigmatic Fuchsia OS

While it’s never been officially called a replacement for Android or Chrome OS, Fuchsia is an operating system Google has been working on for the last five years, and this week, Google announced that now it’s opening up Fuchsia to public contributions. Read more...
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Google, Intel, Zoom and others launch a new alliance to get enterprises to use more Chrome

A group of industry heavyweights, including Google, Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Intel, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMware and Zoom, today announced the launch of the Modern Computing Alliance. The mission for this new alliance is to “drive ‘silicon-to-cloud’ innovation for the benefit of enterprise customers — fueling a differentiated modern computing platform and providing additional choice for integrated business solutions.” Whoever wrote this mission statement was clearly trying to see ho...
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How to turn off autocorrect on a Windows computer and disable its built-in spell check and highlight tools

Windows' autocorrect and highlight features are built-in to all PCs to help you improve your grammar and spelling, but they might be more of a hindrance than a help. Westend61/Getty Images You can turn off autocorrect on a Windows computer by toggling off the "Autocorrect misspelled words" and "Highlight misspelled words" features in the "Typing" menu.  To access the "Typing" menu, you'll first need to launch your Windows computer's "Settings" app.  Autocorrect on Windows automatically...
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The best desktop computers

The best desktop computers offer more power than your average laptop, and in most cases far more storage space as well as better ergonomics. Our current pick for the best overall desktop computer is the Dell XPS Special Edition for its style and myriad internal hardware options for users of all needs. Computer components have gotten smaller, more compact, and more powerful through recent years. Nowadays, you can find people using laptops as their main computer rather than desktops. This doesn'...
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The best laptops for college students

For today's college students, no tech is as essential as a good laptop that's designed for productivity and entertainment. For anyone starting or returning to college and looking for a new laptop, we have five excellent options to choose from. Overall, the best college laptop is the Dell XPS 13 for many of the same reasons it stands as our best laptop altogether, like ease of use and power. Besides tuition, textbooks, and lodging, many college students will need to spend money on a new laptop....
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The best Chromebook deals we're expecting from Amazon Prime Day 2020

Chromebooks are excellent laptops for everyone from back-to-school shopping students to bargain hunters searching for a convenient and affordable computer. During Amazon Prime Day 2020, Prime members will get to save possibly hundreds on Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, and HP among others.  Since Prime Day 2020 deals haven't been released yet, here are some other ways you can save: shop online sales going on today, find coupons for your favorite stores, and browse all the latest ...
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The best 2-in-1 laptops

The best 2-in-1 laptops offer the performance of a laptop and the versatility of a tablet. So far in 2020, the Lenovo Yoga C940 came out on top as the best 2-in-1 laptop for its brilliant balance between power and versatile style. It's not a laptop; it's not a tablet, either. It's both! The 2-in-1 laptop has grown a whole lot better over the past few years, to a point where — in many cases — it's a no-brainer for some buyers over traditional laptops. The two main types of 2-in-1 laptops are th...
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China's leading smartphone manufacturers are teaming up to take on Google Play Store

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Chinese smartphone manufacturers Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have banded together to create the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), a unified app store platform intended to challenge the dominance of Google's Play Store, according to Reuters. The report sugg...
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The best tablets for kids

Fun and educational, tablets can help your children learn and keep them entertained for hours on end. The best kids tablets have the appropriate content safety features and as well as device security measures to protect our children. This is why the best tablets for kids, in our opinion, is the 10.2-inch Apple iPad. It's got the power, support, versatility, and security that kids need today. Tablets have long been the educational tool of choice for children. Even dating back to the times befor...
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Huawei has established its cloud and AI unit as a core business group

Chinese tech company Huawei has established a core cloud and AI business group, signaling a focused effort by the company to hone its AI and build up its cloud business, according to Light Reading. Huawei Cloud is the company's fourth core business group, along with its operator, enterprise, and consumer business groups, indicating the promise it sees in the young unit. Huawei Cloud was first established as a smaller unit in 2017, but has grown quickly, creating over 180 cloud services by mid-2...
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The best Chromebooks

The early generations of Chromebooks were lackluster laptops, but since then, they just keep getting better.  After much research and testing, we found the Google Pixelbook Go to be the best one you can buy. Chromebooks, since their arrival on the shelves of stores and online retailers, have evolved quite a bit. Today, they've become increasingly capable of operating close to that Windows laptops or MacBooks We've used a number of different Chromebooks over the years and conducted lots of rese...
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Developing its own OS will enable Facebook to break free from Google and Android

Facebook is reportedly developing its own operating system (OS), a move that could help the company break free from Google and Android, according to a report from The Information. Currently, Facebook's Oculus VR headsets and Portal smart displays run on a modified version of Android. While details on how exactly Facebook plans to use the OS were sparse, we expect the forthcoming OS will power the company's future VR headsets and smart speakers, as well as its AR glasses that are expected to debu...
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The best laptops

If you're looking for the best laptop out there, there are a ton of different choices. However, the Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop we've ever used — hands down. When it comes to studying, working, or even playing, using one of the best laptops is essential if you want maximum power, efficiency, look and feel, or even value. That's because a laptop that doesn't work well is immediately noticeable, while one that's sufficient for your needs just works. With all of the various makes, models, and ...
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New Catalina update improves Game Center saves for Apple Arcade, more

Apple released a supplemental update for MacOS 10.15 Catalina on Tuesday. Saving Game Center data is now more reliable when playing Apple Arcade games offline.
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Microsoft hints at a new “modern” operating system designed to support different form factors

In a week where AMD, Intel and Qualcomm have already made major announcements, Microsoft’s keynote yesterday at Computex in Taipei was relatively lowkey. Instead of revealing new products, the company hinted at what it wants in a modernized operating system. Intriguingly, Microsoft’s blog post about the keynote does not mention Windows, lending credence to speculation that it is developing a new “super-secure” OS. According to the blog post by Nick Parker, corporate vice president of cons...
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A 90-day reprieve from the US government helps Huawei avert almost certain disaster

In the wake of the US Commerce Department's decision to place Huawei on an "Entity List," which prevents US companies from selling components to the Chinese telecom without a government license, the agency has issued a 90-day "temporary general license" to allow some companies to continue working with Huawei,   according to   CNBC. The new "temporary general license" allows US companies to supply Huawei with the products necessary to perform software updates on existing Huawei devices and those...
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Google has more control over Android than we realize, and right now, companies like Huawei have no other choice but to accept that (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's Android operating system (OS) may be open source, but as we have been reminded this week, the tech giant has complete control over the apps and services that make its platform valuable.  Google's firm grip on the Android ecosystem was on full display Sunday when Reuters reported the company would be revoking its Android license from the Chinese manufacturing-giant, Huawei. That means, as long as Trump's ban remains, Huawei manufactured devices will be allowed to run Android's open s...
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Google Dominates US Paid Search – Can It Be Toppled?

In Q4 2018, Google accounted for 92% of all paid search clicks and 94% of all paid search ad spend in the U.S. for Merkle advertisers. That dominance is even greater on mobile devices, as Google click and spend share on phones amounted to 97% and 98%, respectively, in Q4. Now it’s certainly the case that some advertisers see Bing Ads and Yahoo Gemini ( ) accounting for a greater share of clicks and ad spend than the average Merkle advertiser, but independent parties like indicate a similarly ...
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ScaleFactor fetches $30 mln Series B

Austin and Denver-based ScaleFactor, an intelligent finance and automated accounting platform, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from other investors that included Canaan, Broadhaven Ventures and Firebrand Ventures. PRESS RELEASE AUSTIN, Texas — January 17, 2019—ScaleFactor, an intelligent finance and automated accounting platform, today announced a $30 million Series B round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, one of ...
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A smartphone was just announced with more RAM than a standard laptop — here's why RAM matters on a smartphone

RAM is a super-fast type of memory that stores the apps you've opened since you turned on your phone.  That memory lets you return to an app you've previously used and pick up right where you left off, without delay. Without RAM, apps would close themselves when you switch to another app, causing delays when you revisit one you've previously used. The more RAM your phone has, the more apps it can store for quick access, which results in an overall feeling of your phone working faster. A phone...
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Waymo has finally launched its self-driving taxi service — here are 4 ways it can profit from the program, according to a Wall Street analyst (GOOGL)

Waymo One launched this week, offering a select group of Arizonians the first commercial self-driving taxi rides by the Alphabet subsidiary. Investment bank UBS estimates the service could bring in more than $100 billion in revenue by 2030.  At long last, Waymo officially launched its commercial self-driving taxi program this week. Waymo One, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service in the United States and will initially service the company's 400-pers...
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A new web-based AR platform looks promising for retailers

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. AR solutions provider Vertebrae   launched   a web-based AR commerce platform that enables retailers to build immersive AR shopping experiences for consumers to use on their websites. The platform, dubbed Axis, aims to help retailers transform their websites' existing product catalogs to include customizable 3D ...
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