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Lenovo’s Ideapad lineup expands with five new Windows 10 models

Lenovo’s Ideapad lineup expands with five new Windows 10 models

Lenovo has expanded its Ideapad laptop lineup with five new models offering Windows 10. The lineup expansion starts on the low-end of things with the budget friendly Ideapad 100S, a laptop designed to meet the basic needs of users. It goes up from there, with each model offering more features than the last one. In the case of the 500/500S, there's also an AMD-centric hardware configuration for those who prefer it over Intel. The laptops will be arriving for this upcoming holiday shopping season.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E Series targets SMBs and road warriors

Lenovo ThinkPad E Series targets SMBs and road warriors

Kicking off Lenovo’s IFA announcements is its new ThinkPad E Series PCs for small and medium businesses. The laptops, says Lenovo, are for businesses that want to “reduce IT headaches and increase efficiency”, among other things; they're for workers who are on the road and in the office. The new E Series machines include 14 inch and 15.6 inch models, a variety of productivity and security features, and more.

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Intel’s new Compute Stick packs 6th Gen Core M into dongle

Intel’s new Compute Stick packs 6th Gen Core M into dongle

Intel's Compute Stick was the surprise PC of CES 2015, a full computer packed into a TV dongle, and now it's getting a new 6th-gen Core upgrade. Announced today, the new Intel Core M Compute Stick keeps the basic premise of its predecessor - essentially a headless laptop intended to plug straight into an HDTV or monitor - but gives it a Skylake performance boost for serious work and entertainment.

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Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake”: What you need to know

It's the processor revamp gamers have been waiting for, Apple fans have been holding off upgrading over, and video card companies feared. Intel has finally detailed its 6th-generation Core "Skylake" platform, a brand new 14nm architecture putting performance, security, graphics abilities, and power consumption at the forefront, with a sizable nod to Windows 10 in the process.

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Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba has just debuted a handful of new PC storage options in the form of solid state drives (SSD) and traditional SATA hard drives (HDD). The Q300 SSDs are the flagship offerings, boasting of speed and performance improvements. The SATA HDDs are targeted for a number of purposes, including high performance, low energy usage, and mobile laptop users. With the new hard drives available in a number of size configurations, those looking for extra storage for their computer will easily be able to find one that fits their needs.

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Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

It has been a year since we've last seen the Dell's Alienware X51 gaming desktop, back then in its R2 incarnation. And while that classy gaming box didn't exactly sweep us off our feet, this newest one just might. Yes, on the eve of PAX Prime, Dell has announced the new Alienware X51 R3. As you might have expected, this one boasts of the latest and choicest components, which in this case means a 6th gen Intel Skylake processor, support for a Graphics Amplifier, and for the first time ever, liquid cooling.

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Sensel Morph puts Force Touch-style tech into customizable pad: Hands-on

Sensel Morph puts Force Touch-style tech into customizable pad: Hands-on

What the iPhone did for touchscreens, so startup Sensel hopes to do for multitouch with Morph, a pressure-sensing touchpad for artists, gamers, and musicians. Embedding a rechargeable array of more than 20,000 touch- and pressure-sensitive sensors into a flat tablet roughly the size of an iPad, Morph can tell not only where you're touching but how hard each press is, with interchangeable overlays to tailor those touches to different apps.

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Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm has detailed its coprocessor for the Snapdragon 820, a supercharged equivalent of Apple's M7 for low-power motion tracking, media playback, and photography. Dubbed the Hexagon 680 DSP, the new addition to the Snapdragon 820 is more than just Qualcomm's response to chips like the M7, which Apple uses to offset continuous data gathering from the main processor. Instead, it's being positioned as a helping-hand for the CPU that could have broad implications on performance and power.

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Acer puts Windows 10 on its touchscreen iMac rivals

Acer puts Windows 10 on its touchscreen iMac rivals

Acer has revamped its skinny all-in-one PC, slotting Windows 10 and full-touch into the Aspire Z3-710. The 23.8-inch desktop has a Full HD display with 10-finger multitouch, while inside are Intel's processors with up to a Core i5-4590T supported. Meanwhile, Acer offers up to 2TB of storage, though there's no SSD option at this stage.

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Floppy drive orchestra makes music with obsolete tech

Floppy drive orchestra makes music with obsolete tech

Anyone who has been around the tech world long enough to remember floppy drives probably hasn’t used a floppy drive in many years. That doesn't mean you might not have a number of them sitting around on a shelf in the garage or at work where things never seem to be thrown away. One geek who had a bunch of floppy drives lying around decided to put them to use making music.

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DIY overhead control panel would make NASA proud

DIY overhead control panel would make NASA proud

At one point in every geek's life, he or she may have dreamed up of a super sophisticated computer setup that would rival or at least match those of, say, NASA's mission control rooms or other sci-fi props. For some, wishing might be the extent of that dream. Others, however, try to make that dream a reality, even if they have to do it themselves. That is exactly what smashcuts proudly shared on Reddit and imgur. And the best part? He's actually sharing how he did it.

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