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Lenovo N20/N20P Chromebook hands-on

Lenovo N20/N20P Chromebook hands-on

Lenovo has revealed its first consumer Chromebooks, following on from its successful ThinkPad 11e and YOGA 11e for education, the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook. Offering a choice of touch or non-touch 1366 x 768 displays, and up to eight hours of battery life, they're priced from $279. We caught up with Lenovo to take an early look ahead of their summer release.

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Dean Kamen Interview: Tech Bubbles and “Pet Rock” Wearables

Dean Kamen Interview: Tech Bubbles and “Pet Rock” Wearables

Dean Kamen doesn't pull his punches. The creator of the Segway and the founder of FIRST - a charity that aims to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as enticing as sports and entertainment for young people across the world - has no time for gimmicks and refuses to allow "consumer fun" to distract him. I sat down with Kamen on the sidelines of the FIRST Robotics Championship 2014, to talk about the ways innovation has evolved, and why he thinks the current crop of wearables will go down in history alongside the hula-hoop.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

The universe in which this LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 unit exists is not one made for a tiny, limited cross-section of creative children and those that want to see their models move. When you see "10+" on the package for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you’re going to need to understand that this does not mean it’s excellence is relegated to kids. You’re also going to need to recognize immediately that this is not just a toy - it’s a platform.

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Robot Love: Inside Dean Kamen’s FIRST Championship 2014

Robot Love: Inside Dean Kamen’s FIRST Championship 2014

The screaming in the stadium is so loud, I can hardly hear the announcer. Enthusiasm spills from the stands in waves; only gets louder when President Obama appears on the big screen for an unexpected address. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis isn’t playing host to the Rams as usual, however; instead, the seats are filled with row after row of students from K-3 up to high school age, all here for the FIRST Championship 2014. Brainchild of Dean Kamen - better known perhaps for being the father of the Segway - this is no ordinary robotics competition.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: 10 features change everything

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: 10 features change everything

What did I just see? That’s what you’re likely thinking if you’ve already seen the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This trailer appears to be letting the world know that Call of Duty is about to get a major revamp, reacting to the ever-changing environment of First Person Shooters. It’s not like Call of Duty has any direct competition - but it’s night time for a change anyway.

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Post-PC Acer: A world of Hybrids and Chrome OS

Post-PC Acer: A world of Hybrids and Chrome OS

Is the PC dead? Not according to Acer, which brought a range of form-factors - from tiny tablets through to touchscreen all-in-ones - to New York City this morning, including a magnetically-docking Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 and a potent Core i3 Chromebook. I caught up with Acer notebook chief Jerry Kao, to find out how the hybrid tablet is just the start of a new form-factor range for the company, as well as how Google dropped - and will reclaim - the ball in Chrome OS.

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Star Wars 7 cast: who’s who

Star Wars 7 cast: who’s who

Today we’re having a first peek at what the main cast of Star Wars VII (or Star Wars 7, if you prefer) will look like. Below you’ll find each of the main characters listed near images of what they looked like in the original Star Wars films and/or what they look like now - assuming they were in a Star Wars film in the first place. Several cast members were in the original trilogy while several others are completely new to this universe.

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 hands-on: solid and light

Acer Aspire Switch 10 hands-on: solid and light

We’ve got our hands on the Acer Aspire Switch 10 this morning and initial impressions are positive, with this device delivering a much finer connection that past Acer notebooks of the similar caliber. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-011, the model we’re seeing here,) has great viewing angles - scarcely an angle we can’t see - and the picture is both relatively sharp (at 1366 x 768 pixels) and very bright. Coloration on the display is also fine, with not too much brightness in any one hue.

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Nod smart ring hands-on: Is gesture tech finally ready?

Nod smart ring hands-on: Is gesture tech finally ready?

Forget speaking to Siri, or winking at Google Glass; startup Nod Labs wants you to control your digital world with its gesture-responsive Nod smart ring, whether that be your TV, your wearable, your notebook, or your console. Effectively wrapping high-resolution movement sensors around your forefinger, Nod can track multi-finger gestures for everything from virtual keyboards through to gaming. We caught up with the Nod Labs team - which includes former designers and engineers from Apple, Google, Jawbone, and Samsung, among others - to find out more.

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Nokia phone brand dead: Elop clarifies

Nokia phone brand dead: Elop clarifies

In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.

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