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Harvard breakthrough may usher in era of optical computing

Harvard breakthrough may usher in era of optical computing

The chips inside our computers today rely on electricity to operate and one of the ways that computers of the future might be significantly faster is by replacing those electrical impulses with light. Light travels much faster than electricity through a copper wire or even a carbon nanotube. Before optical computing can be used in computers and other systems researches have to find a way to make light easier to manipulate at the nanoscale and Harvard scientists think they may have done that.

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Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Autocomplete. That seemingly magical yet sometimes also illogical feature that has saved our fingers and our brains from some of the more tedious parts of typing out a long exposition on a small screen. It has become part and parcel of our smartphone-centric modern lives but some researchers are trying put a whole new spin on the concept. Instead of trying to guess what you will type next, Microsoft Research has an autocomplete system that tries to predict how a hand-drawn image will be animated.

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Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4 Review

It's probably fair to describe the Surface Pro 4 as an evolutionary update over its predecessor. That's not to say the improvements, collectively, aren't impressive: more of the same, or similar, is no bad thing when you're talking about a tablet that in its several generations has built a loyal following.

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Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft told us everything we thought we needed to know about the Surface Book as a laptop, and then turned that on its head with its detachable tablet. It was showmanship worthy of an Apple event, instantly overshadowing the Surface Pro 4 and causing a few MacBook Pro owners to glance at their notebooks with new eyes. Now, though, with the secret out, does the reality of Microsoft's first laptop live up to the initial surprise?

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Lenovo YOGA Home 900 hands-on: Upgrade your table

Lenovo YOGA Home 900 hands-on: Upgrade your table

Is it a big tablet or a portable all-in-one PC? Lenovo doesn't particularly mind which classification the YOGA Home 900 falls into: the important thing is that the 27-inch touchscreen surface finds a spot in your home, no matter what you figure on doing with it.

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Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Clever hinges are in fashion this month, but Lenovo is more confident than most that it has the right way to flip a convertible notebook 360-degrees with the YOGA 900. The latest iteration of the form-factor switching ultraportable, as well as an Intel Skylake upgrade the 1.29kg convertible promises more touchscreen stability as well as greater runtime.

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Lenovo YOGA 900 packs Skylake power in super-thin convertible

Lenovo YOGA 900 packs Skylake power in super-thin convertible

Lenovo has given its eye-catching watchband hinge another outing, with the YOGA 900 offering skinny Windows 10 convertible tableteering with Intel Skylake power. The new notebook - the 13.3-inch touchscreen of which rotates around to turn it into a slate - has a choice of 6th-gen Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 512GB of SSD storage, and up to 16GB of RAM.

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Lenovo YOGA Home 900 puts 3hr battery in 27″ all-in-one

Lenovo YOGA Home 900 puts 3hr battery in 27″ all-in-one

Giant tablet, or wire-free all-in-one PC? Lenovo's new YOGA Home 900 straddles things with a foot in each camp, a 27-inch full Windows 10 PC that's just as comfortable on your desk or kitchen counter as it is being taken outside into the garden courtesy of its three hour battery.

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HP Chromebook 14 offers Chrome OS with 9hr+ battery

HP Chromebook 14 offers Chrome OS with 9hr+ battery

Chrome OS keeps getting more capable, and HP is promising more portability and more color from its new Chromebook 14. The 14-inch notebook promises up to 9 hours 15 minutes battery life and is entirely fanless, using Intel's Celeron N2840 processor and offering a choice of screen resolutions.

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USB Killer 2.0 is a flash drive that kills PCs

USB Killer 2.0 is a flash drive that kills PCs

One of the ways that hackers and nefarious sorts trick people into putting strange USB drives into their computers is by simply leaving them lying around. Curious folks plug the drives into their USB ports out of curiosity of what is on the machine or a desire to try to help return the drive to the owner. Anyone who plugs a drive with USB Killer 2.0 into their USB port will end up with a dead computer.

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New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

Another new Apple product has been released, and that means the repair specialists iFixit have conducted another one of their detailed teardowns. This week it's the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac that was just announced, complete with 4K display. As usual, iFixit spares nothing when it comes to revealing the particulars, but unfortunately due to non-upgradeable parts, the new iMac was given only a 1 out of 10 on their "repairability score."

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Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

It would appear that Apple is heading in a direction that would suggest openness - that is, according to their most recent opening of labs. Working with the folks at Backchannel, Apple has shown off a set of images and details that suggest they (still) take product testing seriously. Above-and-beyond seriously, testing not only the look and feel of the products they create, but the sound. And not just the sound for loudness - they're making certain their mouse hits the right note when it clicks one way or the other.

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