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Arif Bacchus

About Arif Bacchus

I have over six years of experience covering Microsoft, Surface, Windows, macOS and ChromeOS news and rumors for sites like Digital Trends and OnMSFT. I also write laptop reviews and how-to guides. I am a Microsoft fan and I have a drawer full of PCs and other devices. You can follow and interact with me on Twitter if you want to chat! I'm always there making new friends!

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Best Surface Pro 9 replacement chargers in 2023

Need a new charger for your Surface Pro 9 or lost your original one? From Surface Connect chargers to USB-C chargers, here are some options.


The Surface Pro 9 is a device that's rated by Microsoft for 15.5 hours of battery life on the Intel-based model, while the 5G model is rated for 19 hours. In reality, though, we got to about between 8 and 10 hours of battery life during our Surface Pro 9 5G review period. So, eventually, when the juice runs dry, you'll need to charge up your new Surface device. Microsoft includes a Surface Connect charger for you in the box, but if you lost it or need a replacement, here are some suggestions for the best Surface Pro 9 replacement chargers.

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Microsoft Loop preview now live to help simplify content creation across Microsoft 365 apps

A public preview of Microsoft Loop is now live. It's a Microsoft experience that unifies Microsoft 365 apps for better collaboration in a single hub.


After many months of being it being exclusive to private preview customers only, Microsoft has officially launched its new Loop app and website in public preview today. The news means anyone with a Microsoft account can now enjoy sharing and working on the content from Microsoft services in a single workspace hub, without worrying about jumping between multiple apps and cutting down on their collaboration speed.

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Best pens for the Surface Pro 9 in 2023

Looking to draw on your Surface Pro 9? You can get an official pen from Microsoft, but only a limited number of third-party pens will work.


The Surface Pro 9 is one best Windows tablets in 2023 and one of the best devices for using a touchscreen on Windows. It supports inking with a Microsoft Surface Pen. Like with other Surface PCs, that means you can draw on the screen, annotate documents, and bring out your inner creativity in Windows apps like Photoshop or Fresh Paint.

The HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook on a desk

Best docking stations for HP Dragonfly Pro in 2023

These docking solutions can give you extra ports for connecting your favorite peripherals to the HP Dragonfly Pro.


Both the HP Dragonfly Pro, which is powered by Windows, and the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, powered by ChromeOS are modern laptops when it comes to port selection. The standard Dragonfly Pro sports two USB 4 40Gbps ports and a USB 3.2 Type-A port, while the Chromebook has four Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports, which is actually a first for any Chromebook device. But if you want to go beyond those basics and connect multiple peripherals like printers or mice to your device, then a docking station is a must.


Bing chat now uses an advanced version of DALL-E to let users create images with words

Microsoft is bringing Bing Image Creator to Bing chat, which is powered by an advanced version of the DALL∙E model


Microsoft has announced two big upgrades for Bing. Now available in the AI-powered Bing chat experience is Bing Image Creator, which is powered by a version of the DALL∙E model to help you generate images with your own words. Also available in the standard Bing search are AI-powered visual stories and knowledge cards.

Lenovo Chromebook with pen and tea.

Best Lenovo Chromebooks in 2023

If you're a big fan of Lenovo, you probably already know that it makes Chromebooks. Here are some of its best options.


Lenovo not only manufactures some of the best Windows laptops but is also behind some of the best Chromebooks, too. It's the number two Chromebook maker in the world, right after HP, and it offers many different kinds of Chromebook devices. You'll find traditional laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets, and even compact mini PCs that run ChromeOS. All that considered, if you're looking for the best Lenovo Chromebook that's right for you, you've come to the right place.

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Does the Acer Swift 14 (2023) have a good warranty?

The Acer Swift 14 (2023). has a standard one-year limited warranty, and protection against manufacturing issues.


The Acer Swift 14 brings some tweaks to its 2023 version, like new 13th-generation Intel CPUs and a new webcam. One thing that hasn't changed about it, though, is the warranty. Like other great Acer laptops, the Acer Swift 14 (2023), comes with a one-year limited warranty that'll cover defects from the factory and offers support. If you need more, though, there are options.

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Best tools for software development on a Chromebook in 2023

Chromebooks work great for software development, too. Here are six development tools that you can use on ChromeOS for any kind of project.


Many developers tend to use the best Windows laptops to code and create apps. However, since the best Chromebooks can run Linux apps without issue, coding and developing on a ChromeOS is also an option. Some development apps and services even work on a great ChromeOS tablet for developers who like to test touch-screen apps or programs. Six tools for software development in particular work well on a Chromebook, and we've listed them all right here for you.

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Microsoft might launch app store on iOS and Android catering exclusively to games

According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft is planning to launch a new app store for games on iOS and Android as soon as next year.


Microsoft could be digging its gaming feet even deeper into rival platforms soon beyond simple web apps that it already has. That's because, Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer recently said in an interview that the company is getting ready to launch a new app store for games on iOS and Android, as soon as 2024 if their acquisition of Activision Blizzard is cleared.

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Acer Swift 14 (2023) vs Aspire 5: Which laptop should you buy?

Are you looking for a higher-end laptop or a budget laptop? Whatever your needs are, we compared the Acer Swift 14 (2023) and Aspire 5 for you to see.


Acer makes some of the best laptops, which is why Acer Swift 14 (2023) looks to be another winner thanks to the 13th-generation Intel CPUs and a boost in the webcam quality. However, it's set to launch for $1,400 later this year, which is where the Acer Aspire 5 comes into play. This laptop is a more budget-friendly device with a sub-$800 cost.

A Surface Pro 9 case in a bag.

Best cases for the Surface Pro 9 in 2023

Buying the Surface Pro 9 is a big investment, so you'll want to protect your new device with a case. Here are some of the best available.


The Surface Pro 9 is the newest flagship 2-in-1 from Microsoft. It keeps the same shape and form factor as last year's Surface Pro 8 but comes with fresher 12th-generation Intel CPUs, a new 5G option powered by the Microsoft SQ3 Processor, and a bunch of new color options. That makes it one of our new favorite Surface PCs and one of the most portable and powerful Windows tablets ever.

Acer Swift 14 on a desk

Best docking stations for Acer Swift 14 (2023)

Want to connect to printers, USB drives, mice, or even a dedicated Ethernet line? These docking stations for the Acer Swift 14 (2023) will help.


The Acer Swift 14 (2023) is a well-connected laptop when you compare it to some of the other best laptops out there. It has a plethora of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI 2.1, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. These ports are enough for most people's needs, but if you need extra ports like Ethernet, or even want to connect to more than two displays when at a desk, you'll want to buy a docking station.

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How to use PowerShell on a Chromebook

Microsoft Powershell is best known for running on Windows, but did you know it also can be installed on a Chromebook for development?


Part of the benefit of owning a great Windows laptop is the ability to run Microsoft PowerShell, a task-based command-line tool often leveraged for system management and task automation. But did you know that if you own a great Chromebook or even an excellent ChromeOS tablet, you can use PowerShell on it, too?

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Does the Acer Swift 14 (2023) have Thunderbolt or USB4?

The Acer Swift 4 features Intel CPUs, and it does indeed have Thunderbolt 4, which supports all USB4 features.


These days, connectivity is quite important when you want to consider buying a great new laptop. Not only do you need to worry about the specifications under the hood of your laptop like the CPU, RAM, and storage, but you also have to consider the port selection.

HP Envy x360 13 in tent mode, seen at a left-side angle with the screen directly facing the sun. THe laptop is standing on a wooden table.

Best HP Envy x360 (2022) accessories in 2023

From monitors to docks, mice, and more, here are a few products that can boost your experience with one of HP's most portable 2-in-1 laptops yet.


The HP Envy x360 (2022) is a solid 2-in-1 for under $1,000, so that means you'll have some extra money to spend on accessories. Perhaps you want to add a second screen to your setup to go beyond the expansive 16:10 aspect ratio display on the device and boost your multitasking. Or maybe you need a case to take your new HP Envy x360 (2022) with you on the go?

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Share the fun: Bing chat now lets you post links to its responses on social media

Microsoft made five tweaks to Bing chat this week, and one of them helps ensure you can share the AI-powered chat bot's responses with your friends


Right on time, Microsoft has shared another one of its weekly updates on the changes made to AI-powered Bing chat over the past week. Not counting the new integration in Microsoft Edge version 111, there were five big changes the company made to the experience between March 9 and March 17. The biggest one is the ability to share chat responses with your friends.

Acer Swift 14 on a desk

Best chargers for Acer Swift 14 (2023)

When the battery on the Acer Swift 14 (2023) runs dry, you'll need one of these chargers to power your new laptop back up.


The new Acer Swift 14 (2023) looks to be an excellent follow-up to the Acer Swift 5 that came before it. Not much has changed on this great Acer laptop other than the new 13th-generation Intel processors and an improved webcam, but minor spec bumps do make a slight difference in performance considering Acer is now using Intel H-series CPUs.

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Microsoft is putting you in control of Windows 11 app defaults, pinning with these upcoming changes

Microsoft is making some tweaks to app default settings and app pinning in Windows 11 to better put you in control of changes apps make on your PC.


Microsoft will soon be making a few tweaks to app defaults mechanisms, as well as app pinning in Windows 11 so that these are both clearer and more concise. The changes will be coming first to Windows Insiders in a Windows 11 Dev Channel release in the coming months.

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