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Asus Zenbo robot is a connected assistant and playmate

Asus Zenbo robot is a connected assistant and playmate

Another cool device that Asus is highlighting at its Computex 2016 booth is the Zenbo robot. Zenbo is a home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families with the ability to be different things to different family members. Zenbo can move independently and understand spoken commands. The robot is particularly focused on helping the elderly.

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Asus ZenBook 3 aims directly at the MacBook

Asus ZenBook 3 aims directly at the MacBook

Many people buy MacBook computers not because they really love MacBooks, but because there are seen as prestigious to own. Asus has a new version of the ZenBook called the ZenBook 3 that it is showing off at Computex 2016 and it wants you to believe that this is the most prestigious notebook anywhere. While you can't measure prestige, the ZenBook 3 is very slick with an 11.9mm thick chassis and a weight of 910g.

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Asus Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1 PC packs Core i7 and 1TB SSD

Asus Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1 PC packs Core i7 and 1TB SSD

Asus has rolled out some new Transformer notebook computers at Computex starting with the Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1 notebook computer. This little PC looks a lot like a Microsoft Surface 4 Pro, but has more storage space and RAM packed inside. Despite being 9.35mm thick, the machine has a Core i7 processor, 1TB PCIe SSD, and 16 GB of RAM.

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Linksys EA9500 router is first with MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 tech

Linksys EA9500 router is first with MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 tech

Linksys has announced a new wireless router that it claims is the first fully functional MU-MIMO AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Router. The company has also launched an accompanying AC1900 Range Extender and USB adapter. These are said to be the first network solutions in the category to support MU-MIMO, which is Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output, and next-gen 802.11ac Wave 2 technology.

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Paperlike 13.3-inch E Ink monitor is perfect for working outdoors

Paperlike 13.3-inch E Ink monitor is perfect for working outdoors

If you spend all day working on a computer you know that if you get into a location where you can see outside, often that means such bad glare on your computer screen that it can be hard to function. A new computer display has landed on Indiegogo that is designed to be portable and specifically made to function in bright outdoor spaces called Paperlike. The monitor is the first E Ink monitor and has a screen that measures 13.3-inches.

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Acer BM320 32-inch 4K monitor aims at graphics pros

Acer BM320 32-inch 4K monitor aims at graphics pros

Photographer and graphic designers need monitors that will show them colors as accurately as possible on screen. Acer has a new 32-inch display called the BM320 that is specifically made for those types of users. The monitor has a 32-inch screen size and supports 4K resolution up to 3840 x 2160. In addition to the high-resolution support, the display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

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Evidence of Martian ice age discovered

Evidence of Martian ice age discovered

A team of scientists at the Southwest Research Institute have been pouring over data collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and report that they have found evidence of an ice ago in the polar deposits of Mars. The team says that the same forces that drive ice ages here on Earth drive ice ages on Mars. Those forces are long-term cyclical changes in the orbit and tilt of the planet that directly affect how much solar radiation the planet receives at each latitude.

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Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Back in 2014, Twitter launched something called audio cards with iTunes being the first participant in that service. Audio cards allow Twitter users to get 30-second song previews right in the timeline and in Moments. Later the audio card platform also supported SoundCloud and now Twitter has announced support for one of the most popular music services around- Spotify.

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Portal WiFi router aims to shred congestion and kill buffering

Portal WiFi router aims to shred congestion and kill buffering

A new WiFi router is on Kickstarter seeking funding called Portal. This WiFi router claims to use spectrum turbocharger technology inside to bring access to 300% more airwaves than any other router out there. The maker claims that extra airwave coverage brings as much as 300x more range and coverage. If you live in a location that has lots of WiFi signals flying around, portal still claims to improve your performance by 2x.

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Super Mario Maker goes Hello Kitty with new costumes

Super Mario Maker goes Hello Kitty with new costumes

Super Mario Maker is a very cool game that allows fans to design their own Mario levels that look like games played in the classic Nintendo days of yore. One of the cool things about the game is that you can get different costumes that make your on screen character look like characters from other franchises. That means instead of wearing suspenders and a mustache, you can play as someone else and still do all those Mario things like whack floating blocks.

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HP Omen laptops pack advanced graphics in 15.6 or 17.3-inch packages

HP Omen laptops pack advanced graphics in 15.6 or 17.3-inch packages

HP has expanded its Omen gaming line with the announcement of a new Omen desktop and Omen display as well as the unveiling of two new Omen laptops. The laptops include a 15.6-inch unit and a 17.3-inch laptop. The smaller of the duo has full HD resolution and the larger has 4K IPS tech for enhanced visuals. Both models feature a Dragon Red backlit keyboard and dual fans to keep them running cool during extended gaming sessions.

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HP outs latest Omen desktop gaming PC and 32-inch display

HP outs latest Omen desktop gaming PC and 32-inch display

HP has added a new gaming desktop and a new gaming display to its Omen line. The desktop computer is called the Omen Desktop and it is certified for virtual reality and crams some of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards inside. The Omen desktop can be fitted with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 inside as well as other NVIDIA graphics options.

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