Google’s Chrome OS proves more popular than macOS in 2020

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Move over Mac!
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According to new figures by IDC, 2020 is the first year in which Google’s Chrome OS was found on more new computers sold than macOS.

That’s due to the success of Chromebooks made by the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. While no figures are given, it seems likely that these now outsell Macs.

Mac fan transforms 1997 Toshiba Libretto into tiny Hackintosh

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The Apple portable that never was.
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Long before we all started carrying around powerful computers in our pockets, there was the tiny Toshiba Libretto. A game-changing device when it arrived in the 1990s, the Libretto downsized the entire Windows PC experience into a subnotebook the size of a paperback.

As the world’s smallest commercially available Windows PC, it certainly proved revolutionary. The only problem is the Libretto was … well, a Windows PC.

YouTuber Action Retro recently set out to right that wrong with an awesome Hackintosh project. After transforming the diminutive Libretto into a miniature Mac, he spoke with Cult of Mac about the experience (and his love of vintage Macs).

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Microsoft tries to make Surface Pro X a better iPad Pro rival

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Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s chief rival for the iPad Pro. A new version should offer improved performance.
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Microsoft unveiled a faster version of the Surface Pro X on Thursday. This updated tablet/laptop has an improved version of the Arm-based processor that debuted in the original last autumn. Performance of first-generation model didn’t impress reviewers or power users. Hence the new iteration.

The Surface Pro X competes head-to-head with Apple’s iPad Pro line. Both even use similar processors.

Microsoft’s revolutionary dual-screen laptop/tablet might launch this fall

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Microsoft’s dual-screen concept device might resemble this one Intel demoed at Computex 2019.
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Microsoft might take on the iPad and MacBook simultaneously if a semi-secret folding tablet is unveiled at a press event this fall.

The company just sent out invitations to an October event, and speculation is running high that the dual-screen “Centaurus” will be the star, along with refreshed versions of other Surface computers.

Microsoft takes on macOS Catalina with Windows 1.0

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Windows 1.0 is the operating system you haven’t been waiting for.
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With great fanfare, Microsoft took to Twitter the announce Windows 1.0. Wait… what?

If this leaves you confused, you’re hardly alone. What this company’s plans are for an operating system that launched in 1985 is a complete mystery.

Get One Year Of Parallels Access For iPad [Deals]

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Parallels Inc. is the leader when it comes to allowing you to be able to view your applications across different operation systems. They specialize in delivering an unmatched experience that emphasizes making your personal and work life simpler and in our eyes, simpler is paramount. Parallels Access ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac applications, letting you remotely access and experience them as if they were made for iPad.

And Cult of Mac Deals has one year of Parallels Access for iPad available for 70% off the regular price…just $14.99!

Get Unlimited Storage For One Year With Pogoplug [Deals]

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Running out of space on your phone? Worried about losing those irreplaceable photos and videos? Pogoplug has your back…and your backup.

Through this Cult of Mac Deals offer you’ll get Pogoplug, which gives you unlimited storage on your phone, tablet and computer for one year. That means you’ll have access to your files anytime and anywhere – and all for just $39.

Get Your Life In Gear With The Mac Productivity Bundle 7.0 [Deals]

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It’s time to bring you another amazing bundle – one that’s stacked with 10 useful apps to give your daily grind a boost in efficiency and effectiveness.

The Mac Productivity Bundle 7.0 has something for everyone. With this exclusive promotion, Cult of Mac Deals has sourced 10 of the hottest apps on the market and negotiated the price down from $363 so that you can get the entire package for just $49.99!

Double Your Mac Productivity With The OS X Mavericks Productivity Course [Deals]

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After the holiday season, there are usually a lot of new Mac owners. Many of those new Mac users aren’t familiar with the platform, having switched from a Windows machine. Instead of relying on more seasoned Mac owners, wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to point new users in the right direction? Thanks to Cult of Mac Deals and Mac Dojo, now there is.

The Mac Dojo Productivity Course couldn’t come at a better time in the twilight of the holiday season. There’s a lot of you with new Macs out there, and if you want to get the most out of it – this is the course for you. And you can get it for a limited time for only $25 – a savings of 74%!