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Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake CPUs show up in leaked Intel Compute Card specs

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:15 -0500

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Intel at CES 2017 announced a new modular computing platform called the Compute Card. Viewed by many as the spiritual successor to its Compute Stick, the Compute Card is a full-blown computer crammed into a card-like form factor that’s roughly as thick as a few credit cards.

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New malware infects over 36.5 million Android devices to generate fraudulent ad revenue

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:00 -0500

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Up to 36.5 million Android devices may have been infected with a newly discovered piece of malware that generated fraudulent ad revenue for its creators. The malicious code was spotted in in 41 apps developed by a Korean company named Kiniwini and registered on Google Play as ENISTUDIO Corp., which...

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Intel is reportedly prepping the 18-core / 36-thread Core i9-7980XE (and other high-end desktop chips)

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00 -0500

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AMD’s resurgence in the high-end desktop scene has apparently sparked a fire under Intel. The chipmaker, which has stood unchallenged atop the performance desktop mountain for years, is reportedly working on a potent lineup for its X299 platform that includes an 18-core monster.

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Concept renders show a slide-out second screen on LG's V30

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00 -0500

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While flagship smartphones are becoming more powerful and feature new display technologies like HDR, there’s often little in the way of design innovation. But with the next version of its V line, LG could introduce a handset that stands out from the pack.

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Asus unveils five new laptops at Computex

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:30 -0500

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In its pre-Computex press briefing earlier today, Asus unveiled a total of five new laptops: three new ZenBooks and a pair of VivoBook devices.

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After beating the world's best player, AlphaGo is retiring from competitive Go

Mon, 29 May 2017 08:00 -0500

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Like a great sportsperson who wants to retire while at the top of their game, Google’s AlphaGo has left the competitive Go scene. After beating the world’s best player of the Chinese board game for the third time, DeepMind announced that the match would be the AI's last. ...

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ARM's new processors will boost future smartphones with better AI, VR, and games

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:15 -0500

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Computex 2017 may not start until tomorrow, but ARM, the UK-based company that designs the architecture for most of the world’s mobile processors, chose yesterday to reveal its latest generation of CPUs and GPUs based on its Dynamiq platform: the Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processors, and the Mali-G72 graphics chip.

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Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

Mon, 29 May 2017 03:00 -0500

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I've recommended every iteration of the Moto G since it first launched four years ago. Motorola consistently nails it, producing excellent budget smartphones year after year. Most new Moto G phones are only minor upgrades on their predecessor, but with little improvements here and there, and an affordable price point,...

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Weekend tech reading: PC could learn something about 4K from PS4 Pro, build your own VPN

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:30 -0500

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Checkerboarding, upscaling, temporal anti-aliasing, dynamic resolution. Let's give credit where it's due: at its best, PlayStation 4 Pro's utilisation of these techniques produces some impressive results for 4K displays - no mean feat considering...

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This is the Prey sequel/reboot I really wanted

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:30 -0500

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It is known that developer Human Head Studios had planned something vastly different for the follow up to the original 2006 sci-fi hit Prey than what we got from Arkane Studios earlier this month.

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Weekend Open Forum: What operating system do you run?

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:45 -0500

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Microsoft revealed earlier this month that Windows 10 is now installed on half a billion active devices around the world. Indeed, some variant of Microsoft’s Windows OS is likely what you’ll find running on the average computer user’s PC...

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'Overwatch' is free to play this holiday weekend

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:45 -0500

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It’s Friday afternoon and you’re staring down the barrel of a long three-day weekend. While many will be spending a portion of their time with family and friends around the grill, others see the extended weekend as an excellent opportunity to try out a new game or two. ...

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How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in Android

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:45 -0500

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It's not the worst thing that can happen to your phone, but if you have a ton of duplicate contacts it can be really inconvenient when you try to communicate with your friends and family, probably sending a message or trying to reach an old number. Let alone trying to...

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Rockstar shares details of upcoming "Gunrunning" update for 'GTA Online'

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00 -0500

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Rockstar Games has shared the first details and screenshots for Gunrunning, a massive new update headed to GTA Online next month. As with earlier updates, this one will of course focus on criminal activity.

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Bug in Windows 7 and 8.1 allows maliciously coded websites to crash the OS

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:00 -0500

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Remember back in the 1990s when you could crash Windows from the web browser by invoking console (con) as a directory, e.g., file:///c:/con/con? In Windows 95 and 98 “con” was a reserved name. You could not name files or directories con because it referenced hardware and was used to call...

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Nvidia updates GeForce GTX Battlebox program with two new configurations

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:15 -0500

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Nvidia a few years back launched a certification-style program for gaming PCs called the GeForce GTX Battlebox. The concept was quite simple. Boutique PC builders could earn the right to outfit their rigs with “Battlebox” branding so long as they adhere to minimum hardware requirements outlined by the graphics card...

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Here's your first look at 'Far Cry 5'

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:00 -0500

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After nearly a week of teasing Ubisoft has published the official announcement trailer for Far Cry 5. As surmised from artwork shared earlier this week, the game’s plot involves a religious-based doomsday cult in a small town in what appears to be modern-day Montana.

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Disney says Pirates of the Caribbean hack was a hoax

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00 -0500

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Last week, Disney boss Bob Iger revealed that cybercriminals had stolen a digital copy of an unreleased movie, assumed to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and were threatening to release it online unless a ransom was paid. But now, Iger claims it was a hoax.

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Raspberry Pi joins forces with CoderDojo to get more young people into computing

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00 -0500

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the organization behind the credit card-sized single-board computers, has announced it is merging with coding network charity CoderDojo, which runs coding clubs across the world for people between the ages of seven and 17.

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Check out this $12,000 hourglass created by one of Apple's designers

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00 -0500

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If you thought Apple’s $300 physical books were testing the limits of what people are willing to buy, take a look at this. While not from the Cupertino company itself, one of its designers, Marc Newson, has teamed up with wristwatch website Hodinkee to create a $12,000 hourglass.

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Silicon Valley renewed for another season, but fan favorite T.J. Miller is leaving the show

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00 -0500

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If you’re enjoying the current season of HBO’s Silicon Valley as much as I am, then here’s some great news: the show has been renewed, with the fifth season set to air in 2018. But fans will be disappointed to hear that arguably its best character, T.J. Miller’s Erlich Bachman,...

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Bosch launches its miniature chainsaw

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:15 -0500

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Have you ever held an enormous, powerful chainsaw in your hands and thought: “This is great, but I wish it was so small that I could fit it in my (admittedly spacious) pocket?" Probably not. But for those who do long for a fun-sized version of Leatherface’s favorite weapon, Bosch...

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AmazonFresh Pickup is now open to Prime members in Seattle

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45 -0500

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Amazon is officially opening up its AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle to Prime members in the area. The service allows shoppers to buy items online and choose a time to collect them at a drive-in Amazon facility, where store employees will deliver them to the car.

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Tesla's Model 3 will reportedly do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:00 -0500

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An alleged sales brochure (or more accurately, an anti-sell document) for Tesla’s upcoming mainstream Model 3 reveals the electric sedan won’t be nearly as zippy as its bigger brother, the Model S.

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Xiaomi's Mi Max 2 releases next month with a 5300mAh battery

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00 -0500

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Are big battery phones going to become a thing? China seems to think so.

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Lyft launches two high-end ride-hailing options, Lux and Lux SUV

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:15 -0500

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Lyft in July resurrected its luxury transportation offering and rebranded it as Lyft Premier. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company expanded its top-tier services with the introduction of Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV.

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T-Mobile's Digits feature launches next week, lets you use your phone number on multiple devices

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30 -0500

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T-Mobile has announced it plans to officially launch its "Digits" program on May 31 after a successful beta that began late last year. The service combines features of services like Google Voice and AT&T NumberSync into a single product, by allowing customers to use their number on multiple devices, as...

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Unreal Engine is all about the eye candy, new version available for download

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00 -0500

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A new version of the Unreal Engine just got released (4.16) full of new features and improvements. As you may recall, UE is free for most to play with. The release notes are extensive, along with a cool video showcasing some of these: low-level clothing simulation, image-based (FFT) convolution for...

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Check out the first teaser for Netflix's animated 'Castlevania' series

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00 -0500

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Netflix quietly announced earlier this year that it was working on an animated series based on Konami’s popular Castlevania franchise. Details were scarce at the time but now we’ve got some new information to share courtesy of the streaming video titan… and a proper teaser trailer. ...

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Sony narrows focus, will phase out its 'Premium Standard' range of smartphones

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:07 -0500

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Sony has confirmed that it’ll soon be pulling its Premium Standard range of smartphones from its portfolio in an effort to focus primarily on better-selling flagship-class models.

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