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Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

In the future, when you need to store more than what your 100 terabyte storage drive can handle, you wouldn't be looking to the cloud for answers, you'll be looking inside yourself. Sort of. This almost zen-like idea isn't just science fiction anymore. It is very well the future of computing. Or at least Microsoft believes so, to the point that it just purchases 10 million long oligonucleotides, a.k.a. DNA molecules, from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. These DNA molecules will be used in Microsoft's own research into making synthetic DNA a viable commercial data storage solution.

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Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Although there are terabytes of storage space available in large boxes, severs, and contraptions, most consumer computers still come with at most 1 TB of space, especially in laptops and 2-in-1 tablets. Cloud storage services like Dropbox expands that almost infinitely and also solves the problem of collaboration as well. But accessing those files in the cloud is still cumbersome and can pretty much break your flow. With Dropbox Infinite, the most popular cloud provider aims to answer that problem as well, allowing any user full access to their 10 TB online storage as if they were installed on their 1 TB desktop.

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ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

Some products seem meant to be paradoxes. On the one hand, the idea is so ingenious you wonder why no one has thought of it before. On the other hand, it also sounds, more often looks, ridiculous that you wonder if it's just an elaborate and very late April Fools' joke. ZOTAC's newly revealed Mobile VR is one such product. It creatively solves the problem high-powered VR headsets have with wires. But it also does so by simply stuffing a mini PC inside a backpack, shortening the wires needed to connect headset to PC.

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Raspberry Pi gets two new 8MP cameras

Raspberry Pi gets two new 8MP cameras

If you're an enthusiast that loves building new gadgets using the Raspberry Pi, then you've no doubt know about the existence of their 5MP camera board, which has been around since 2013. What you might not know is that the sensor used hasn't been produced since late 2014. And very soon, you won't be able to find it anymore. But not all hope is lost.

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Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Ever wished there was an Android-powered laptop that was a wallet friendly as most Chromebooks are? Well, if there really is a market demand for that kind of device, Allwinner might make your dreams come true. Sort of. The chipmaker was found to have reference designs for at least three low-power laptops that will be running Remix OS, a version of Android that has been designed and tuned for a desktop, or laptop, experience. And how much would these laptops cost? They start at $79, which could make them the cheapest consumer laptops, regardless of OS.

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Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Microsoft is definitely cooking up a lot of delicious treats for Windows 10 users later this summer. Whether you're a fan of the new operating system or not, these changes are designed to not only add new features that could be useful to many users, they also implement much asked for changes and fixes that have marred the Windows 10 experience so far. While the new Windows Ink and Cortana features might delight only a subset of Windows users, the changes to the Start Menu, Action Center, and Taskbar will hopefully resolve some of the gripes uses have been living with since Windows 10 came out last year.

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AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

Computer AI has long been defeating humans in the game of chess, and earlier this year Google's AlphaGo became the first to beat a world champion in the ancient Chinese board game Go, but now it's time to settle the score in a game that really matters: a classic FPS. That's what a group of AI researchers hope to see, with a new challenge inviting computers to face-off in Doom, but playing as humans would.

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Asus VivoBook E403SA notebook has up to 14 hours of battery life

Asus VivoBook E403SA notebook has up to 14 hours of battery life

A very thin and lightweight notebook and a notebook with good battery life don’t always go together. The problem is thin and light machines often can't pack a large enough battery to give an all day runtime with use. The Asus VivoBook E403SA is thin with a profile of 17.9mm and it weighs in at 1.5 kg.

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Xplova X5 cycling computer has integrated video camera

Xplova X5 cycling computer has integrated video camera

Acer has unveiled an interesting product that avid bicyclists will want to check out called the Xplova X5. The X5 is said to be the first cycling computer in the industry that also has video recording capabilities to target cycling clubs, event organizers, and other community members. The wide-angle camera can record scenes from the ride, including perhaps any brushes with road raging drivers that cyclists face.

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Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer Chromebook 14 for Work can survive a lot of spills

Acer has just revealed a slew of new devices, most of them revolving around the Windows 10 OS. There were, however, some exceptions, like an Android smartphoned and tablet, as well as this new Chromebook 14 for Work. If part of that name sounds familiar, you might still remember the Chromebook 14 Acer unveiled just last month. Aside from the name and screen size, however, the two have little else in common, with the Chromebook 14 for Work designed to be powerful, rugged, and yet still presentable. In other words, just the Chromebook you'll want for work.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

Last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation surprised the hobbyist world with its RPi Zero, the smallest incarnation of its popular single-board computer. However, that has nothing on this even smaller incarnation of an Arduino. OK, it's not exactly an Arduino and definitely has less muscle or use than the full thing, but one can't help but marvel at the compactness of this thing. Born from Johan Kanflo's mind, the AAduino, so named because of its size, can, almost, conveniently fit inside a 3x AA battery holder for maximum space footprint efficiency.

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