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The ‘OK’ Computer

The surface of a secretary’s desk isn’t the only — or necessarily the best — possible metaphor for computers. Engelbart’s early ’60s demo introduced many of the core ideas of visual interfaces without it. The Alto itself was built on a concept called the Dynabook, whose creator, Alan Kay, imagined it as an educational computer

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The stage is set for Samsung’s Ultra pep rally

It’s a weird time for in-person tech events. On one hand, companies are just champing at the bit to host them after a few years of lockdown livestreams. Samsung is the latest of them, after OnePlus, Apple, and Google all took their turns last year. But on the other hand, the mobile devices on center

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Apple’s new HomePod plays it safe

Apple’s “all-new” HomePod speaker is more of a do-over than a successor. Unlike when it introduces a new iPhone or Mac, there are zero references to the original HomePod in any of Apple’s marketing materials. That might seem a bit odd, but in context, it makes sense. For as good as it may have sounded,

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Apple’s M1 MacBook Air for $799 is still easy to recommend

Even though Apple’s M1 MacBook Air laptop is well over two years old, we still highly recommend it, especially when stores like Best Buy knock its price down to $799.99 ($200 off its original price that Apple still sells it for). You probably won’t find a faster, more compact, and better-designed machine for that amount

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How to set up a Mac for Google Workspace

Here are five ways to configure your macOS system to work with Gmail, Google Drive and other Google Workspace apps. Illustration: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic More about Cloud Apple’s Mac systems work well with Google Workspace apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. Each of the five options below lets you leverage

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Google’s new AI turns text into music

Google researchers have made an AI that can generate minute-long musical pieces from text prompts, and can even transform a whistled or hummed melody into other instruments, similar to how systems like DALL-E generate images from written prompts (via TechCrunch). The model is called MusicLM, and while you can’t play around with it yourself, the

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