Computing

Lenovo ThinkStation P410, P510 offer performance for every budget

Lenovo ThinkStation P410, P510 offer performance for every budget

Notebooks and mobile devices are getting more and more powerful every year, but for some use cases, those just aren't enough. Some users, especially businesses, are willing to sacrifice space and portability to be able to squeeze out every bit of performance from their computers. At the same time, however, these users are limited by their financial resources. For this class of consumers, Lenovo is offering the new ThinkStation P410 and ThinkStation P510 that promise to deliver workstation performance but at entry-level prices, at least for workstation prices.

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AMD Radeon RX 470, 460 join VR-ready, budget friendly army

AMD Radeon RX 470, 460 join VR-ready, budget friendly army

Virtual reality is the new black. If that wasn't yet obvious at Computex 2016 earlier this month, then it probably is now at E3. And especially at E3. Following up on its announcement at Computex, AMD is revealing two new additions to its fledgling Radeon RX roster, the Radeon RX 470 and 460. Together with the Radeon RX 480, these three are poised to democratize the VR market with powerful but affordable graphics cards to power those not so affordable rigs and headsets.

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OneCompute Moto Mod gives Moto Z a taste of Continuum and more

OneCompute Moto Mod gives Moto Z a taste of Continuum and more

A projector or very load speakers for your next Lenovo/Moto smartphone might not be the most exciting add-ons, but Moto Mods are definitely more capable than that. That potential is perhaps best demonstrated in the Moto Mod that Motorola still isn't releasing. Called the OneCompute, this mod, which is practically composed of a few different pieces, turns the Moto Z into a desktop computer, almost similar to what Microsoft promises with Continuum. Except Android so more useful and with a bit more potential than Microsoft's current limited implementation.

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Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Smartphones aren't the only ones in dire need of sometimes drastic battery saving features. Even laptops, with their significantly larger batteries, need some power saving loving. That's why when Opera announced that it had a new built-in browser feature that promised to give back 50% more battery life, there was understandably a good amount of interest. Now you can verify that for yourself as Opera just launched version 38 of its desktop web browser that bakes in this battery saver feature.

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University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

The University of Calgary was recently infected by ransomware that has affected the institution’s systems for the past ten days. As with other ransomware attacks, the university found some of its computers encrypted with demands for payment in order to decrypt the data. Though the university has been working on the matter for several days, it has ultimately had to pay approximately $20,000 CDN to get the decryption keys.

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Colorful motherboard embeds an NVIDIA GTX 1070

Colorful motherboard embeds an NVIDIA GTX 1070

In the mobile device world, it isn't unusual for pieces to have its components soldered tight together, like systems-on-chip, which house CPU and GPU, to motherboards. In the PC market, especially desktops, that idea is both unconventional and at times even heretical. One relatively less known motherboard maker is trying to buck the trend, though the exact marketing spiel is still unknown. Colorful, not the adjective but the name of that manufacturer, has one such motherboard that is practically half made up of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

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Microsoft Research reveals more FlashBack VR tech details

Microsoft Research reveals more FlashBack VR tech details

Although today's generation of virtual reality devices and platforms has made technology more accessible, at least compared to its almost sci-fi stature years ago, it hasn't exactly made it accessible to everyone, especially the budget constrained. Things like Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR does significantly lower the barrier to entry, but it still requires an investment in a not so cheap premium smartphone. Although it dabbles more in augmented rather than virtual reality, Microsoft's Research arm may have stumbled on part of the answer that will enable even mid-range smartphones to display VR content at a respectable framerate.

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Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics is a name known to many in the industry as a company specializing in interface controllers, like laptop touchpads and mobile touchscreens. Lately, it has also been raising its profile in the biometrics markets, making such technology more accessible to device manufacturers and, therefore, users. Last February it announced a fingerprint sensor small enough to fit under a smartphone volume button. At Computex last week, it unveiled a fingerprint USB module that can give any desktop or laptop better security features.

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Chromebooks have suddenly become an interesting topic these days, somewhat ironically not because of themselves but becaue of Android. At Google I/O 2016 last month, Google revealed how Android apps would soon be coming in full capacity on Chrome OS via Google Play Store. That has just made Chromebooks nearly worth twice their value in terms of the things you can do on the laptop. It is quite timely, then, that Google makes available two of Acer's latest models, the Chromebook 14 and the 2016 refresh of the Chromebook 11.

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Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

Microsoft HoloLens gets productive with Outlook Mail and Calendar

The common perception of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality is that they mostly cater to fun and games and entertainment. Microsoft, however, wants to banish that prejudice, at least for its brand of mixed reality. On the heels of the first major update to Windows Holographic, its version of Windows 10 for the HoloLens, Microsoft is proudly announcing the arrival of the Outlook Mail and Calendar app on the HoloLens, allowing users to pin their emails and calendars on a wall, almost literally, and have it always within sight.

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Verdict and 10 things to know about Ubuntu bq Aquaris M10

Verdict and 10 things to know about Ubuntu bq Aquaris M10

We have finally come to the end of our long, three-part journey into the relatively unexplored world of Ubuntu Touch devices and the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. We've seen what the hardware is capable of and and we've gotten a glimpse of the future of computing promised by Ubuntu Touch. Now it's time to take stock of it all and answer the most difficult question of all: should you buy this rather piece of equipment that is both unique and ordinary at the same time?

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Apple external display out of stock, replacement tipped for 5k resolution

Apple external display out of stock, replacement tipped for 5k resolution

Apple has been peddling the current external Thunderbolt display for a good long time now and many find the aging product to be lacking compared to other offerings on the market today. Word is that stock of the current external display is getting very low in most locations and there is no sign that stock will be replenished. Often when product stock gets low, it's a very good indication that Apple has a replacement planned.

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