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ASUS ZenFone 3 will be launched in June

ASUS ZenFone 3 will be launched in June

ASUS will launch the ZenFone 3 in June, the company’s CEO has stated. More than 90-percent of the next-generation ZenFone handsets will feature Qualcomm processors, as well, with the remainder using MediaTek instead. Following the early summer launch, ASUS will start shipping the phones in six countries this upcoming August.

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ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS has launched an interesting addition to its ZenFone lineup: the ZenFone Go TV smartphone with an integrated TV tuner. As expected, the tuner allows users to receive and watch local over-the-air TV channels wherever there is reception, providing an alternative to data-hungry video streaming services like Netflix. The smartphone supports the DTV channels available in 41 countries.

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NComputing Chromebook CX110 offers virtual Windows desktop

NComputing Chromebook CX110 offers virtual Windows desktop

NComputing has introduced the new Chromebook CX110 for its vSpace customers. The Chromebook is being targeted at educational institutions — one of the largest customers for Chrome laptops — and can offer a Windows experience via vSpace Client for Chromebook. Each of the laptops will come with a one-year vSpace license, enabling users to access Windows applications in addition to Chrome and Web apps.

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Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

How do humans make an artificial intelligence system better at conversations? One method-in-testing is a project in which a Google AI was force-fed 2,865 romance books, about 1,500 fantasy books, and more. The work was done by researchers with Google Brain, and involved feeding a total of 11,000 unpublished books to the neural network, then testing whether it could take a couple sentences from the book and create its own corresponding phrases. The results sound like cryptic, dark poems.

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Google makes Parsey McParseface language tool open source

Google makes Parsey McParseface language tool open source

Google has released SyntaxNet, a natural-language neural network framework for helping machines understand natural language, as an open-source offering. Says Google, the open-sourced SyntaxNet include Parsey McParseface, a language parser trained to dissect English, and “all the code needed” for training SyntaxNet with one’s own data. According to Google, this is the most accurate parser in the world.

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Evernote adds Drive integration for easier file access

Evernote adds Drive integration for easier file access

Evernote and Google have teamed to make life easier for both of their respective users — Evernote now allows users to search Google Drive content directly, eliminating the need to toggle away from the app and to a different one. Users can add content from Drive to their Notebooks without leaving Evernote; browsing Drive content is also easier with this new integration.

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Walmart rolls out free two-day shipping in jab at Amazon

Walmart rolls out free two-day shipping in jab at Amazon

Walmart's no stranger to taking on Amazon; last year, for example, the retailer announced a flat-rate unlimited shipping option called ShippingPass that undercut Amazon Prime at $50/year while offering a similar level of convenience. Now the company is stepping up its game, revealing plans to offer free two-day shipping to customers who prefer ordering online rather than visiting a store; a $49/year ShippingPass subscription will be required.

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Leak reveals Facebook’s behind-the-scenes ‘trending’ editorial process

Leak reveals Facebook’s behind-the-scenes ‘trending’ editorial process

Following a recent report suggesting that Facebook suppressed conservative news stories from its Trending Topics box (and the subsequent political fallout), someone has leaked internal company documents that reveal human editors greatly aid in determining what stories you’ll see trending on the site — not just algorithms as Facebook hints. The team is said to be small, and has powers including the ability to “inject” and “blacklist” stories and topics.

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Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung has created a smart surfboard and it's powered, in part, by a Samsung smartphone. The company showcased the surfboard in a new video, demonstrating it and its various connected features in action with professional surfer Gabriel Medina. Before getting your hopes up, know this -- you can't buy one, and there may only be one in existence, as it was made specifically for Medina so that he can better communicate with his coach while on the water.

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FBI: Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t, wiretapped an Amazon Echo

FBI: Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t, wiretapped an Amazon Echo

Take a count of how many microphones are around your right now -- your phone, of course, which is probably always listening, and your laptop most likely. Your TV? Perhaps, if it's new enough. Your wireless speaker probably has a microphone, too, for speakerphone functions. Your smartwatch might have a microphone. There are even smart refrigerators cropping up with integrated microphones (for voice commands, not spying), and, of course, dedicated personal assistants like Amazon Echo and Tap. How many of those microphones has the FBI tapped?

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Ax fragment found in Australia is world’s oldest

Ax fragment found in Australia is world’s oldest

The world’s oldest ax fragment has been discovered in Western Australia, researchers have announced. The fragment is very small, being only about the size of a dime or a fingernail, but it shows a distinct shape and polish that hints at its past life — as a tool used during the Stone Age by humans to make life a bit easier. According to researchers, the tool hints that these newly-arrived humans were technically inclined and able to craft items for use in the rather inhospitable Australian wild.

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Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google is updating Photos with a couple of new features, the most notable of which is the ability to leave comments on shared albums. Shared albums, of course, are photo albums that more than one person have access to; anyone with whom the album was shared can add their own photos to it, making the commenting feature a welcomed addition. As of now, users who are part of the album can leave a comment for the album itself or a specific photograph within it.

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