The only things that are unavoidable are death, taxes and new versions of USB. We barely knew USB 3.2 and now USB 4 is confirmed to support the DisplayPort Alternate Mode 2.0 standard, so it seems likely we’ll be plugging in 8K 60Hz HDR monitors with those USB-C cables someday.

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If you’re into specs, this is the news you’ve been waiting for. On high-res displays, DisplayPort 2.0 works over USB by remapping the connector’s pins to push data in one direction, turning a 40Gbps bidirectional connection to 80Gbps. Between DisplayPort and Thunderbolt support, it looks like USB is on its way to becoming the universal standard it’s always promised. Is anyone ready for this?

— Richard

Motorola Edge Plus review

At least it has a sizable 5,000mAh battery.

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Now that Motorola is back in the flagship phone game, the results are… just ok. The Edge Plus specs are fine on paper, but exclusivity and bloatware courtesy of Verizon (the owner of Engadget’s parent company) takes some appeal away, and its Endless Edge display looks better than it feels.

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Apple’s growth stalls as it deals with COVID-19’s impact

But its services reported revenue of $13.3 billion — an all-time high.

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Despite raking in $4.37 billion from its iPad business and $5.35 billion off Mac sales, the company still fell short of the watermark it set this time last year. Since it accounts for the majority of Apple’s business, it’s little surprise Apple’s iPhone business took the brunt of the damage — sales fell from $31 billion in the year-ago quarter to $28.9 billion this time. 

Apple wasn’t the only one to take a hit, as analysts reported the smartphone market worldwide plunged by as much as 17 percent from last year.

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Intel’s flagship 10th-gen desktop CPU arrives with 10 cores

The battle against AMD continues.

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After months of leaks and rumors, Intel has pulled back the curtain on its 10th generation S-series desktop chips, with the Core i9-10900K leading the pack. For around $500, you’ll get a 10-core processor that can reach up to 5.3GHz, with a base speed of 3.7GHz.

While AMD is pushing more cores and better efficiency — its chips are built on a modern 7nm architecture while Intel is still stuck on 14nm with these Comet Lake processors — Intel is leaning on higher clock speeds. Performance-wise, Intel claims the i9-10900K is 10 percent faster than the last-gen 9900K in PUBG and 63 percent faster than the three-year-old i7-7700K (remember, the i9 chips didn’t exist back then). The new processor is also around 18 percent faster at 4K video editing than the last-gen chip and 35 percent faster than the 7700K. 

There’s a redesigned Intel Extreme Tuning Utility that lets you turn off hyperthreading on individual cores — key for reducing heat while overclocking.

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Walmart’s two-hour Express Delivery is coming to thousands of stores

That’s one way to beat Amazon Prime.

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Amazon launched one-hour deliveries with Prime Now back in 2016, but that still isn’t an option in many areas across the country. Now Walmart is ready to roll out a competing option with Express Delivery, which it will feature at around 1,000 locations in early May, and nearly 2,000 “in the following weeks.”

For $10 extra on top of the existing delivery charge — or only the $10 fee for Delivery Unlimited customers — Walmart will send you the order to your door in under two hours.

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