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The YouTube Gaming app is shutting down this week

The standalone YouTube Gaming app is shutting down on May 30th. YouTube announced the impending shutdown last year, saying that the spinoff had caused “confusion” among gaming fans. It integrated the service into its main app instead, launching a games-focused hub that has already mostly replaced the old YouTube Gaming. In a help page, YouTube directs any remaining YouTube Gaming fans to this newer hub. It’s also merged YouTube and YouTube Gaming subscriptions, although people will apparently lose the list of games they’ve saved. “We launched YouTube Gaming as a…

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TikTok parent ByteDance is reportedly making a smartphone

ByteDance, the company behind video app TikTok, is reportedly building its own smartphone too. According to two unnamed sources in a Financial Times report, the phone would come preloaded with ByteDance’s many apps — which include the news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, the ubiquitous TikTok, and according to some rumors, an unreleased streaming music service. ByteDance’s smartphone patent acquisitions suddenly make more sense The Financial Times says that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of building a smartphone full of preloaded apps. The Beijing-based company confirmed a deal with phone…

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Asus goes all in on touchscreen trackpads with new ZenBooks and VivoBooks

Last year’s ZenBook Pro wasn’t a very good laptop, but we found ourselves pleasantly surprised with its key selling point. The ScreenPad, a smartphone-like screen that replaced the traditional trackpad, turned out to be less of a gimmick than one might have expected, and so Asus is going all in on the idea for its 2019 lineup of mainstream laptops. Basically, the ScreenPad 2.0 works a lot more like a smartphone. Asus has revamped the interface with Android-style menu buttons and icons, and it’s easier to switch in and out…

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Asus announces 240Hz portable gaming monitor and another with a touchscreen

Asus was one of the first companies to release portable USB-C monitors, and at Computex this year it’s releasing two unique new designs. First up is the ZenScreen Touch (pictured above), a 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen designed to be hooked up to smartphones or laptops. The primary use case demonstrated at an event ahead of Computex Taipei this week was for productivity-focused smartphone apps with complex UIs that are easier to operate on a larger canvas. The ZenScreen Touch has a 7,800mAh battery, comes with a protective case that folds up…

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The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is an extravagant laptop with two 4K screens

Asus always likes to use its hometown trade show of Computex, which also happens to be the world’s biggest computer hardware event, to show off a wide and occasionally wild lineup of new products. And it’s really outdone itself this time — the headline announcement is one of the most decadent laptops ever created. The ZenBook Pro Duo has not one, but two 4K screens. (At least if you’re counting horizontal pixels.) There’s a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel where you’d normally find the display on a laptop, then a 32:9…

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Asus unveils leather and gold laptop to celebrate its 30-year anniversary

Asus is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a special edition laptop. The Asus ZenBook Edition 30 includes a white leather lid cover and an 18-karat rose gold logo that looks a lot like Star Trek’ starfleet insignia. Asus hasn’t gone full leather like HP’s leather Folio tablet / laptop hybrid, but that does mean this latest ZenBook is a traditional laptop through and through. “Every piece of genuine leather is hand selected,” explains Asus chairman Jonney Shih. “Each panel cover is maticulously sewed by a master tailor.” Asus is also…

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Apple could bring dual Bluetooth audio connections to future iPhones

For better or worse, wireless audio is slowly becoming the norm for mobile phones and tablets. This has caused a lot of annoyance, but there are benefits, too. One is the ability to send audio signals to two separate Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Some Samsung phones can already do this, and according to a rumor from Japanese blog Mac Otakara (spotted via Mac Rumors), Apple might be bringing the feature to future iPhones as well. Being able to connect to more than one Bluetooth device can be helpful in a range…

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Nvidia announces RTX Studio laptops aimed at creators

Nvidia has kicked off Computex Taipei by launching a new software-hardware initiative aimed at creators, along with an extensive lineup of laptops to support it. Nvidia Studio is a collection of APIs, SDKs, and drivers for Nvidia RTX GPUs designed to boost performance and efficiency in creative software. Nvidia says its Studio Drivers, which are being renamed from the existing Creator-Ready Drivers, are tested against software from the likes of Adobe, Epic, Autodesk, Unity, and Blackmagic Design. App developers can make use of CUDA-X AI software for automation of certain…

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AMD’s Navi GPU is coming to PCs this July as the Radeon RX 5700 series

Slowly but surely, it feels like AMD is tracking towards building a graphics card that can truly compete with Nvidia for your high-end gaming dollars, and hopes are pinned on Navi — the next-gen graphics architecture that got a substantial vote of confidence when Sony chose it for the upcoming PS5 game console. But Navi is coming to PCs too, and the company has just revealed when and where: a new desktop GPU family called the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series, coming this July. That’s the word from the company’s…

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