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IBM A.I. Watson is getting a second home in San Francisco

IBM A.I. Watson is getting a second home in San Francisco

IBM's super smart artificial intelligence system Watson is heading West for a little sun, sand, and startups. IBM says the A.I., which became a Jeopardy champion when it beat humans on the game show in 2011, is getting a new West Coast headquarters in San Francisco next year. While the Watson Group will still keep its headquarters in Manhattan, New York, Watson West is aimed at serving as a hub that can easily reach out to startups in Silicon Valley.

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Three things to know about Lenovo’s LaVie Z laptop

Three things to know about Lenovo’s LaVie Z laptop

Lenovo recently introduced its newest LaVie laptop, the LaVie Z. The LaVie Z is an ultrabook able to meet everyday and most business needs, but with one big perk: it is super lightweight, likely lighter than any laptop you've ever held. We reviewed the laptop in full on Friday (and you should definitely read it all), but in case you missed it, we're back with the top three things you need to know about the model before buying.

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Evodesk gaming desk lets you sit or stand as you frag

Evodesk gaming desk lets you sit or stand as you frag

There are a number of folks that prefer to stand all day while they work on their computers. For these folks there are a bunch of different ergonomic desks that allow you to stand up. Evodesk has now made a convertible gaming desk for PC gamers that can be used when standing or when sitting. To raise or lower the desk, you just hit a button and the desk moves under its own power.

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NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

The present generation is well advised to study computer science as a preparation for their future career prospects, and some school districts are adjusting their curriculums to include the area of study. Back in early 2013, New York City’s former mayor Bloomberg announced the state’s Software Engineering Pilot program would be launched in 20 public schools. Now the city is taking that a step further, with the next decade bringing a big change.

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Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

Historical irony: AMD creates Radeon Technology Group division

In 2005, AMD, then still in a much stronger business and financial position, sought to take both Intel and NVIDIA head on at the same time by acquiring NVIDIA's rival ATI. Today, AMD is forming a new standalone division called Radeon Technology Group that it hopes will help accelerate its progress in the graphics chip market. Short of actually turning this new group into separate subsidiary, a.k.a. ATI Redux, the events seem to be hinting at the company's increasing problems in staying afloat in both chip markets.

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Raspberry Pi digital display launches with 800 x 480 resolution

Raspberry Pi digital display launches with 800 x 480 resolution

The little Raspberry Pi developer board is an item that tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts have been using for a long time to build up all sorts of projects that need electronics to work. One of the things that many fans of the Raspberry Pi have been anxiously waiting for was a display made specifically to support Raspberry Pi projects. That wait is finally over with the official Raspberry Pi touch display going on sale today.

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Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Orange Pi PC trumps the Raspberry Pi in price

Although there have been many development boards before it, like the Arduino and BeagleBoard, the Raspberry Pi undoubtedly started a new trend of offering those same benefits with a more open hardware and, perhaps more importantly, a more affordable price tag. That has spurred a host of other boards, clones even, that try to repeat the magic of the RPi. Like this awesomely (not) named Orange Pi PC, from the makers of the Orange Pi, 1 and 2. They're advantage over the RPi? 20 bucks less.

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21.5-inch iMac with 4K display tipped for October launch

21.5-inch iMac with 4K display tipped for October launch

It seems that Apple is really dreaming it big this year. Aside from the big iPad Pro expected to be revealed in little less than a week, Apple is now also said to be preparing a refresh to the smaller 21.5-inch iMac that bumps up the resolution to 4K, matching the same huge leap that the larger iMac made to 5K resolution. According to sources, this new model will be revealed around the end of October, to coincide with the launch of OS X El Capitan.

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