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France goes against the flow, rejects encryption backdoor law

France goes against the flow, rejects encryption backdoor law

While the US, particularly New York, and the UK are on a crusade to legally mandate the creation of backdoors on otherwise tightly secure encrypted systems, the French government is doing the opposite. It has recently rejected a proposed amendment that would practically require companies to install such backdoors and give government the keys in case of a criminal investigation. This rejection is almost ironic considering it was the recent Paris attacks that are being used by other government to justify their push for encryption backdoors.

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Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel is mighty proud of its new generation Skylake Core I processors, and perhaps it has every right to be. But as much as the 6th gen Core i3, i5, and i7 will be the throbbing heart of a new breed of computers, a large, and possibly more lucrative market, remained without its benefits. Until now, that is. Intel has just announced the Core i7 vPro generation, which marries its 6th gen Skylake chips with its vPro brand of features that focuses on putting the silicon to work for businesses and the enterprise.

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AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

Once upon a time, benchmarks have been the favorite "authority" when choosing products. But thanks to a scandal that rocked the mobile world a few years ago and, more recently, the automobile industry, the objectivity and infallibility of such tests are now being put into question. Taking advantage of recent hurts, AMD is once again pointing the finger Intel, as well as the BAPco benchmarking consortium, for unrealistic, misleading, and almost mythical benchmark results that unsuprisingly put Intel ahead of AMD in terms of CPU performance.

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Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

Microsoft HoloLens will be totally wireless, last 5.5 hours

While many companies are investing in virtual reality, Microsoft has taken a more augmented reality approach with the HoloLens. As exciting as the spiel and demos may look, few details are known about the headset. That is, until Microsoft Technical Evangelist Bruce Harris went on stage at an event in Tel Aviv to reveal some juicy tidbits about HoloLens, like how there might not be a wired version of the headset at all. Plus, the possibility that there will be a version 2.0 when all the manufacturing pieces fall in place.

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Airtop small form factor computer offers GeForce GTX 950 graphics

Airtop small form factor computer offers GeForce GTX 950 graphics

Gamers or computer enthusiasts who want a new gaming rig with the power to run games with the power sucking settings on, but want a PC that is not a massive box that sits beside the desk may find the new Airtop to be perfect. This is a compact machine at 12" x 10" x 4" and while you can get PCs that are considerably smaller, those smaller machines lack the power Airtop can bring to the desk.

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Ocean is a phone-size Linux server that runs on batteries

Ocean is a phone-size Linux server that runs on batteries

Servers are typically large machines that take up huge amounts of space on the floor or lots of space in a rack. A new Node.js Linux server has launched for developers who want to be able to write software for Internet of Things applications and other tasks that is very small. The server is called Ocean and it is about the size of a smartphone.

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AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD is best known for its rivalry with Intel in processors, almost all of which are based on the x86 and x64 CPU architecture. But as early as 2012, the chip maker publicly revealed how it was playing around with ARM chips to use in its line of processors for servers. The time for playing is apparently over, as AMD has started shipping the A1100, the first of its ARM-based Opteron A series designed for data centers. And its purpose is no secret either: to undermine Intel's reign in the server market.

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Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

There are tradeoffs for both traditional hard drives and solid-state drives when choosing your computer storage solution. The HDD offers higher capacity and less cost than the SSD. The SSD on the other hand costs more, is much faster, and has smaller capacity than a HDD. The capacity issue is changing with Fixstars rolling out a new 2.5-inch SSD that crams 13TB of storage inside.

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Chrome browser can soon cast content without Cast extension

Chrome browser can soon cast content without Cast extension

Web browsing was, in the beginning, a more personal activity, with users hogging the screen, reading web pages and viewing pictures of cats. As the Web embraced more types of content, it has expanded to become a social, or at least group, experience, from watching videos to giving presentations. It seems appropriate then that web browsers be able to display their content on some external screen or display. Google made that possible in Chrome via the Google Cast extension but soon the ability will come built into the web browser, no additional software needed.

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Remix OS is now ready to run on your PC (or Mac)

Remix OS is now ready to run on your PC (or Mac)

If you've ever wondered what Android would look and feel like as a regular desktop operating system, now you can give your imagination a break. Chinese company Jide has delivered its promised Remix OS 2.0 for PCs, Macs, and practically anything that runs on an x86 chip, which covers both Intel and AMD. Jide has retrofitted Android into a form that more closely resembles a traditional desktop. And while it does succeed in that to some extent and definitely does better than other similar attempts, Remix OS for PC is still marked as Alpha and will have a bug or two or more hiding in some corners.

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Samsung unveils curved gaming monitors at CES 2016

Samsung unveils curved gaming monitors at CES 2016

With plenty of curved TVs on the market, Samsung is now pushing the curved screen goodness to the PC gaming market. At CES 2016 Samsung is showing off curved gaming, monitors include the CF591, CF391, CF390, and CF398. These monitors have the tightest curvature on the market with a radius of 1.8-meters.

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ASUS ZenBeam projector, portable monitor lets you present anywhere

ASUS ZenBeam projector, portable monitor lets you present anywhere

Your office might be mobile and portable, but giving presentations on the spot, whether to a small group or a big audience, isn't. While there are a few portable projection solutions already in existence, ASUS' new ZenBeam projectors really take the cake when it comes to portability. After all, it's just as big as your smartphone. And when you need a better display close up, ASUS' new Portable USB Monitor can give your smartphone a bigger screen in a pinch.

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