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HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC, HP said to be working on a Vive PC for VR

HTC is entering into the PC market, but not in the way that you might think. According to sources, the company, famous for its smartphones and, more recently, the Vive VR headset, is partnering with HP to sell Vive-branded PCs. This move, both expected and not, is supposedly aimed to spread HTC's virtual reality business to more markets by selling a bundle that includes the headset as well as a PC that is powerful enough to drive a VR experience.

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New NVIDIA Titan X promises even more “irresponsible peformance”

New NVIDIA Titan X promises even more “irresponsible peformance”

Back in early 2015, NVIDIA unveiled what it billed was the biggest jump in supercomputing. But while it poised the Titan X as the world's fastest GPU, it quickly dethroned that itself when it introduced the GTX 1080 a year later. Now the Titan X is back with a vengeance. It still has the same name, albeit with a "new" prepended to it, but now packs even more cores and more transistors than either the GTX 1080 or its predecessor. Naturally, it also packs a higher price tag.

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Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

That went by really quick. Superbook, the "thin" shell that practically converts your Android smartphone into a laptop has zoomed past its crowdfunding goal in less than 12 hours. Unsurprising given its $99 base pledge. Not so small a feat either in comparison to the team's previous crowdfunding attempt with almost the same goals, albeit with a dock limited to certain smartphone models. With funding now secured and more still coming in, all that's left is to see if they will be able to deliver, on time or not, unlike so many other failed similar promises.

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France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

Microsoft is no stranger to being accused or even formally charged for violating consumer privacy protection laws or related regulations. Especially within the European Union, where American companies like Google and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny over citizens' data. This formal notice from France's national data protection agency, or Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), is yet another chapter. But the issues the CNIL brought up also touch at the heart of an ongoing negotiation between the US and EU over the transfer of data across the ocean.

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Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Putting a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge artificial intelligence in charge of your thermostat might not seem an obvious use, but it's helping Google make big savings on its electricity use. The AI in question is DeepMind, which Google acquired back in 2014 for an estimated $600m+, with one of the learning computer's new roles being management of its data centers.

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Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

On the principle that bigger is better, Seagate has rolled out its new line-up of 10TB hard-drives, the Guardian Series, targeting those who refuse to delete things or indeed compromise on speed. Made up of three different ranges, each aiming at a different use-case, the Guardian Series is likely to be of particular interest to PC gamers.

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Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

It has actually been a while since Samsung put out a convertible type of laptop after the ATIV Smart PC (later renamed the ATIV Tab 7). For the first time, however, it is taking on a new form factor. Introduced last month, the Notebook 7 is the company's first laptop that can literally bend over backwards to transform into a rather hefty tablet, in the tradition of the Lenovo YOGA. Although delayed by almost a month, the Samsung Notebook 7 is now available for purchase, but do be prepared to spend quite a sum for it.

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Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi has an even scheduled for later this month, the 27th of July to be exact, to unveil a new product. Although it hasn't exactly revealed what that is yet, it has officially teased something that it is calling a "Redmi Pro". Given how the "Redmi" brand has been used for its more affordable smartphones, it won't be surprising if the Chinese manufacturer does announce such a device. There are, however, numerous leaks that hint that Xiaomi's event might be a more colorful and product packed one than initially expected.

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Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi is getting into a lot of "smart" products these days beyond smart phones and smart tablets. There are smart rice cookers and smart bikes, for example. So why not a smart portable computer, a.k.a. a laptop? It just so happens that the Chinese company is rumored to be doing exactly that. In fact, it has an even scheduled later this month to unveil a new product and, while most of is fans think it will be a new smartphone, sources are claiming it will, instead, be two laptops in the style of the Apple's MacBook Airs.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

A few days ago, Samsung quietly launched a new storage option: the 4TB 850 EVO, a SATA SSD hailed as the highest-capacity SSD available for anyone to buy. It’s a welcomed storage option for those who’ve stuck with their trusty HDD over capacity concerns, though the 850 EVO does come with a substantial price tag: $1,500 USD. On the plus side, the drive comes in a 2.5-inch form factor and it is available to purchase as of this past Friday.

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