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Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Machine Learning is a big scary term for something that can be explained very simply. When you see someone you've seen several times before, you recognize them. In the same way, Google's computers recognize photos of your face because they all look similar. Google's machines are able to learn - that's just one piece of the puzzle. Google has announced a system called TensorFlow, a machine learning system that Google will be using soon (in place of their old system being used today), and they'll be making it open source, too.

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Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

Razer Diamondback Review (2015)

The Razer Diamondback ambidextrous mouse is one of the most well-rounded and beautiful mice I've ever used, in any category. While I'm still all about using a right-handed mouse - since I'm not really a lefty - this piece of equipment is shaped fine enough that I've not noticed a major difference. This is the return of the mouse that worked with the world's first optical gaming sensor - now back for its 4th iteration, the first update to the mouse since 2007.

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Microsoft tells manufacturers to stop selling Windows 7 Pro PCs in Oct 2016

Microsoft tells manufacturers to stop selling Windows 7 Pro PCs in Oct 2016

Microsoft has updated the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet to tell computer makers when they have to stop selling PCs that have Windows 7 installed. The Windows 7 Pro end of sales for PCs with the OS pre-installed is set as October 31, 2016. Not that many people will care, but that is the same time when Windows 8.1 end of sales will start.

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Lenovo’s early 2016 lineup includes Surface rival, Chromebook

Lenovo’s early 2016 lineup includes Surface rival, Chromebook

In less than two months, the year will be over so naturally manufacturers are already lining up their ducks for 2016. Lenovo's calendar for its 2016 ThinkPad catalog has just been leaked and it includes quite a few interesting pieces. There is, for example, another Surface Pro clone, which looks less like a clone, thankfully. And among the plethora of new laptops and hybrids lies a Chromebook, as if once again emphasizing that Chrome OS isn't going away yet. At least not by first quarter next year.

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Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft's latest flagship device, the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid, has just been subjected to the iFixit teardown process. The repair experts clearly detail the device's interesting internal components and the unique layout, but they also reveal why the Surface Book is nearly impossible to repair, and should never be attempted by a user. In the end it was given a repairability score of 1 out of 10, just about the lowest there is.

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Solu pocket-sized, cloud-linked computer automatically saves everything to the cloud

Solu pocket-sized, cloud-linked computer automatically saves everything to the cloud

Solu is a computer that wants to rethink how users interact with their computer. It's described as an advanced cloud-linked computer that takes the worry of storage space, file backups, and software installations off the shoulders of the user. Solu does all that stuff for you and works offline with the ability to sync data as soon as you are back online.

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HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP Chromebook 14 promises over 9 hours of battery life per charge

HP has launched its next generation Chromebook called the Chromebook 14. The new computer is aimed at giving users a premium experience with HD screens and long battery life in a thin computing platform with colorful designs. The machine is offered in turbo silver and sky blue colors and starts at 3.94 pounds making it very portable.

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DJI Manifold computer is meant to control a drone

DJI Manifold computer is meant to control a drone

Aerial drones need some processing power to operate all their embedded systems and a company called DJI has a new computer that is designed specifically for the drone market. The computer is called the Manifold and it is a high-performance embedded computer designed specifically to fly with an aerial drone. The computer is compatible with third-party sensors and can be connected to a variety of devices.

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Gest glove controls computers or phones with hand movements

Gest glove controls computers or phones with hand movements

When you are sitting in the office using your computer, a mouse and keyboard is the ideal interface for most of us. When you are out traveling and try to work from a tablet or smartphone, a mouse and keyboard aren't ideal. This is where the Gest comes in; this device is a glove-like wearable that you place on your hand.

While you are wearing the Gest it allows you to work with your hands in an intuitive way. You can change between apps by twitching your finger or point at your screen to move the mouse around. When working in Photoshop, a twist of the plan will adjust sliders.

3D objects can be rotated by grabbing them and rotating your hand. It sounds like an interesting way to interface with your computer. Users can also program custom gestures and actions into the device. The glove has a section that slips over your palm and four finger pads that you place on your finger.

Gest is on Kickstarter seeking $100,000 and has raised over $63,000 so far with 29 days to go. You can get a Gest for $149 or more with shipping planned for November 2016.

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Kangaroo is a Windows 10 desktop PC the size of a phone

Kangaroo is a Windows 10 desktop PC the size of a phone

While Windows 10 continues to be a hit, seeing continuous installation numbers across the globe, consumers are still shifting away from traditional desktop PCs, whether it's towards hybrid devices like the new Surface Book, smartphones, or the small PC-on-a-stick options that plug into a HDMI port. The new Kangaroo PC, from InFocus, aims to combine the latter with the good things from a desktop PC, resulting in a smartphone-sized Windows 10 machine with its own battery source and connection ports.

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Three things to know about Lenovo’s Ideapad 100S

Three things to know about Lenovo’s Ideapad 100S

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S is small, cheap and just right (for many users). We recently reviewed it in full, and you'll have to check out that full review to get all of the details. Following that, though, we're back with a trio of notable highlights to get you started; things you should know if you're considering grabbing one of these budget laptops.

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Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Ford may have popularized "any color you want as long as it's black," but Microsoft is taking a far more flexible approach to Surface Book sales. Though shipments of the convertible notebook-tablet hybrid aren't expected to begin until Monday, the company has quietly added a new configuration seemingly targeted at those with more ambitious graphical demands but a tighter budget.

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