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Why the world is short on computer chips - and why it matters

Why the world is short on computer chips - and why it matters

Carmakers slash production. PlayStations are hard to find in stores. Broadband providers face long delays for internet routers. All of these phenomena had a similar cause: an abrupt and cascading shortage of semiconductors.

  • by Debby Wu, Sohee Kim and Ian King

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Microsoft’s latest Surface strikes a better balance than M1 iPad Pro
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Microsoft’s latest Surface strikes a better balance than M1 iPad Pro

Both devices are laptop-replacing tablets with mystifyingly sold-separate keyboards, but the Surface Pro 8 and iPad Pro are quite different.

  • by Krishan Sharma
Apple may have just transformed the world of computers
Opinion
Opinion

Apple may have just transformed the world of computers

For years, Intel was making muscle cars; Apple’s big innovation was to build the Tesla of computer chips. 

  • by Farhad Manjoo
Apple unveils new powerful MacBooks, less-expensive music subscription

Apple unveils new powerful MacBooks, less-expensive music subscription

The laptops are powered by a new version of Apple’s in-house M1 chip, continuing the company’s move away from Intel.

  • by Tim Biggs
Predictably, the Windows 11 interface is both better and worse
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Microsoft

Predictably, the Windows 11 interface is both better and worse

Windows’ first big overhaul in many years is full of refinements, but it also pushes you towards multitasking modes and Microsoft services you might not like.

  • by Tim Biggs
Microsoft unveils powerful Surface laptops, another two-screen phone

Microsoft unveils powerful Surface laptops, another two-screen phone

The beefiest Surface ever joins a redesigned Surface Pro and second generation smartphone as Microsoft prepares Windows 11.

  • by Tim Biggs
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Pocketable PCs hold their own for work and play

Pocketable PCs hold their own for work and play

The upcoming Panetera Pico PC, and others like it, sit somewhere between a desktop and a laptop but come in at much lower prices.

  • by Tim Biggs
‘Right to repair’: New ratings could help you fix your phone rather than chuck it

‘Right to repair’: New ratings could help you fix your phone rather than chuck it

Smartphones and laptops are often more expensive to repair than they are to replace with new models, but experts say there could be an easy fix.

  • by Tim Biggs
Some Android tablets are true iPad competitors, if you can find them

Some Android tablets are true iPad competitors, if you can find them

Big screen devices running Google’s software are very hard to come by in Australia. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not worth a look.

  • by Tim Biggs
How to tell if you can, and if you should, upgrade to Windows 11

How to tell if you can, and if you should, upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft is launching the major update to its operating system, but that’s likely not when the free upgrade version will arrive.

  • by Alice Clarke
M1 iPad Pro should be a true laptop replacement, but it falls short
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Gadgets

M1 iPad Pro should be a true laptop replacement, but it falls short

A meagre update to iPadOS isn’t enough to bring the tablet to Mac standards, despite its power.

  • by Krishan Sharma