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Android-x86 brings Marshmallow softness to Intel, AMD PCs

Android-x86 brings Marshmallow softness to Intel, AMD PCs

Ever wanted to use Android on your spare desktop or laptop, maybe even tablet, but didn’t really care for all the bells and whistles offered by Jide’s Remix OS for PC? If that’s the case, then this latest Android-x86 release might just be the right fit for you. Now at version 6.0-r1, this is the first stable release of Android-x86 based on Android Marshmallow. And while it may not have yet the multi-tasking features of 7.0 Nougat, it does pave the way for that brighter future for Android on PCs.

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NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

When you speak of NVIDIA, you will mostly like first think of high-end graphics cards mostly used to power gaming rigs and hard-core multimedia computers. Of late, however, the company has been putting its processing power at the service not of gamers only but also of car makers. Earlier this year, it unveiled its new DRIVE PX 2 single-board computers that would drive, pun perhaps intended, hi-tech AI systems inside autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. Now it is announcing the DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise, which is basically a DRIVE PX 2 that has been pared down to a single NVIDIA Parker chip.

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MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

Wearable computing might normally mean a smartwatch, but MSI is pretty keen to put a full gaming PC right on your back, and if you're into VR it might be worth strapping on. The company has revealed the MSI VR One, the production version of the virtual reality backpack it teased earlier this year, a roughly eight pound chunk of overclocked computer intended to drive your HTC Vive.

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UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

UpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk Review

This may not come as much of a surprise, but I spend roughly the same amount of time sitting at my desk as I do in bed every night. Most of my work revolves around my computer, and as such, I’m tied to a desk. However, not all desks are created equally, and recently I’ve stopped sitting quite so much.

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Microsoft Surface PC tipped for reveal in October

Microsoft Surface PC tipped for reveal in October

We've been hearing rumors for a while now about Microsoft prepping new Surface hardware for debut this fall, and now the latest news is that an event is being scheduled for sometime next month. What will be the star of the show? A series of new Surface-branded all-in-one (AIO) PCs, with the possibility of a new Surface Book introduction.

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Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Even for only $35 a pop, 10 million units sold is no joking number. Especially for something that’s been going on for four years, where it has had the possibility of going out of fashion or being displaced by something newer or even better. But that is exactly the momentous achievement that the Raspberry Pi is able to brag about today. But what is all the fuss about an electronics board that doesn’t even come with case? And how exactly did the Raspberry Pi gain that much attention, users, and loyalty? We take a look back in time to find out.

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Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

If there were still any doubt, even among its creators, that the Raspberry Pi was, and still is, a phenomenal success, then let the numbers speak for themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just proudly announced that the little single board computer (SBC) that could have reached another epic milestone: 10 million boards shipped. Considering they only ever envisioned shipping 10,000 such Pis back in 2012, that is in no way a small accomplishment. And like a never-ending story, things are just about to get better.

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macOS Sierra launch date revealed, Siri front and center

macOS Sierra launch date revealed, Siri front and center

To say that Siri is the star of the upcoming new macOS release is perhaps an understatement. Even Apple’s macOS Sierra page dedicates no small amount of space to the feature. Of course, that’s not the only new thing in the new OS version and you will soon be able to experience all of those first hand, for free if you already own El Capitan, when you upgrade to Sierra in two weeks’ time.

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Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Google has finally broken its silence and has put out its own “play video until computer dies” timelapse to show just how long its browsers last. But unlike tests from Microsoft or Opera, Google only pitted its Chrome against another Chrome, one from a year in the past. Unsurprisingly, the results do show how much the Chrome browser has improved, adding a little over two hours to “identiical laptops” battery lives. When watching videos on sites like Vimeo at least.

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Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks
are experiencing a revival in market interest, in no small part thanks to Google’s promise to bring Android apps to the platform. Given that renewed uptake, it is probably high time that Chromebook makers update their wares to modern standards. Acer’s new Chromebook R 13, for example, is trying to take on the tablet and convertible laptop market. Based on some commits to Chromium, on which Chrome and Chrome OS are built upon, upcoming Chromebooks could also start supporting stronger security measures, including support for fingerprint scanners.

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Razer teams with Maingear for the gaming PC of your dreams

Razer teams with Maingear for the gaming PC of your dreams

The PC gaming specialists at Razer have been busy over the last few weeks, unveiling a plethora of new products including an iPad keyboard, accessories like mice, headphones, and cameras, and even an update to the Blade gaming laptop. But as the IFA 2016 event draws to a close in Berlin, Razer has one last announcement to make: a new tower rig called the R1 Razer Edition, built in collaboration with gaming PC-makers Maingear.

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Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware has been making gaming notebooks for a long time and it has rolled out its latest models in the form of the Alienware 17, 15, and 13 at PAX West. The new notebooks are the first from the company that are VR ready and the new line also boasts NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs. Those GPUs put desktop level graphics into notebook computers.

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