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Microsoft HoloLens powered by TSMC holographic processing unit

Microsoft HoloLens powered by TSMC holographic processing unit

If there were questions as to why AR headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens are so expensive and so rare, then this little tidbit might explain things a bit. Although it was already revealed that the headset uses an Intel Atom Cherry Trail for its main processor, that isn’t actually the one doing the heavy lifting. Instead, it is the 28 nm “holographic processing unit” or HPU fabricated by TSMC that does most of the sensor processing required to deliver a fluid, real-time AR experience.

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IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

Laptops are, mostly, designed to be portable, even when they can weigh a ton. But there will come a time, or times, when you’ll wish you had more than just your single screen, keyboard, and touchpad on your desk. Sure, you can plug in all types of cables and peripherals, but that can be unwieldy quite quickly. And when you have a sole USB-C port like the new MacBook, you’re practically out of luck. Not unless you have this new IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station that will make you forget your laptop isn’t a desktop workstation.

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NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

Graphics chip maker NVIDIA may have thrown in the towel as far as commodity smartphones are concerned, but definitely hasn’t given up the fight in the mobile system-on-chip arena. In addition to its Tegra line of mobile chips still powering tablets and embedded devices, it has just revealed Parker, a new, but not completely, ARM-based system-on-chip. You aren’t going to find it in any mobile device, mind you. Unless you consider cars to be literally mobile “devices”. That’s because this Parker chip is the beating heart of NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX 2 computer aimed at powering today’s and tomorrow’s generation of smart cars.

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USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly. So it's not really surprising that not everyone gets it right. And not everyone even tries for that matter. Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past. The USB Implementers Forum, a.k.a. the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.

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HP 2016 OMEN gaming lineup includes an omen-ous cube

HP 2016 OMEN gaming lineup includes an omen-ous cube

Pardon the pun that was just too hard not to make. PC gamers are quite a passionate and sometimes eccentric bunch that loves to give some character to their rigs. From Alienware's out of this world lights to HP's new OMEN X gaming desktop, which you would hardly associate with a desktop, much less a gaming PC, when you look at it. That's because not only is it in the shape of a cube, it is also set up to stand on one of its corners, not on one of its flat faces.

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Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Partly thanks to the hype around Pokemon GO, augmented reality has become a buzzword again (which is somewhat ironic considering some AR enthusiasts don't consider the game as such). Though definitely not alone nor first, Microsoft is one of the biggest proponents of augmented reality technology which, unfortunately, is extremely limited to a select few, not to mention expensive, number of devices and developers. Come 2017, however, that will somewhat change, as Microsoft releases its Windows Holographic platform, as well as its AR shell, to any and all Windows 10 computers.

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Intel Joule is the tiny Maker module for the IoT

Intel Joule is the tiny Maker module for the IoT

Intel has a new embedded microprocessor, Intel Joule, for Makers looking to squeeze a full PC into everything from smart glasses through to smart home gadgets, complete with RealSense. As well as a processor, storage, and connectivity, Joule can be hooked up to a RealSense camera array for depth-sensing and motion tracking.

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Lenovo’s “VR Ready” gaming PC is a potent portable console killer

Lenovo’s “VR Ready” gaming PC is a potent portable console killer

Lenovo's newest gaming PC might look like a Cylon's robot dog best-friend, but the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is actually aimed at gamers looking to take 4K play out with them. Launched today at Gamescon 2016 in Germany, the diminutive desktop has an integrated carry handle for toting it between LAN parties or wherever you might want to demonstrate the latest virtual reality rig like Oculus or HTC Vive.

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Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

At some point in the future just about everything will want to get on your WiFi and connect to the internet. Comcast will love that, since most cheap plans limit the number of devices you can connect to your account at once. A new Linux-powered computer specifically made for the IoT has landed on Kickstarter and it is called the Omega2. This little gizmo has its own integrated WiFi and sells for the princely sum of $5.

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Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

It's 2016 and people have stored more information, a lot of the private, on a public, intangible system more than any other time in the history of mankind. And yet, these very same people protect those pieces of themselves with passwords like "1234" or "password". The increasing rate of hacks don't seem to be enough to shock people into adopting better habits when it comes to their digital lives. Because, let's face it, trying to come up with more than a dozen strong passwords is a tough job, much less remembering all of them. That is why there are such things as Password Managers to do the heavy lifting for us, and still they aren't utilized enough. In the interest of spreading the word, here are our top five picks for Password Managers for this year.

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Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows as a Service. That was one of Microsoft's battle cries for Windows 10. In a nutshell, it compared Windows to web services, like web apps and cloud services, whose software get updated behind the scenes in a rolling basis. Now it is bringing that same paradigm to Windows 10's immediate predecessors, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, with monthly rollup and security-only updates. This new system, promises Microsoft, will ensure higher quality patches and a more consistent update experience for users.

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ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

Earlier this summer, some posts on Reddit surfaced pointing toward a new ASUS Chromebook C301SA model with decent specs and a very nice price tag. ASUS pulled the product page shortly after it drew attention, though, and there’s been no update on it since…until today. Someone has spotted that model Chromebook up for preorder through an online retailer, though it still hasn't reappeared on ASUS' own website.

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