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Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Most smartphone users don't use their devices while they sleep, unless they've mastered the arcane art of sleeptexting. Those devices sit silently and idly, lying in wait for the next time its owner's touch wakes it up. Now, however, those "wasted" computing power can be put to good use even while we slumber, by lending their processing power to more altruistic causes, studying proteins and helping in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer's, thanks to a new Folding@Home app now available on Sony's Xperia smartphones.

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Acer’s Chromebook 15 is just what Chrome OS needs

Acer’s Chromebook 15 is just what Chrome OS needs

For everyone who has begged for a larger Chromebook, there seems to be several others who can't get their heads around Chrome OS on a bigger than 13-inch display. Acer is wading into that argument head-on, launching the Chromebook 15 at CES this week, and in the process becoming the first manufacturer to offer Google's web-centric platform on a "traditionally" sized notebook. With many seeing Chromebooks as the spiritual successors of netbooks - ultraportable and super-affordable - you can understand the confusion around the Chromebook 15, but it turns out there are several good reasons for its existence.

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Origin EON17-X and EON15-X laptops rock the Intel Z97 chipset

Origin EON17-X and EON15-X laptops rock the Intel Z97 chipset

Origin has announced a pair of new notebook computers that feature desktop class processors and use the Intel Z97 chipset inside. Despite using the latest Intel hardware and Desktop class processors, the new notebooks are still much lighter and thinner than the previous generation of machines. Origin says that the new family of notebooks is 37.5% thinner and 30% lighter than the previous generation.

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Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

With the LaVie Z HZ550, Lenovo brings the heat with what they call the "world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook" with 1.72-lbs of metal, plastic, and glass. The casing for this notebook is made of Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy, allowing it to be strong and light. Lenovo suggests that they've used an exclusive "Forged" case engineering technique to create it. Both the keyboard and the panel are built in, and the entire unit can lay flat - if you'd ever want it to do such a thing.

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Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA adds RealSense to hybrid hinge

Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA adds RealSense to hybrid hinge

Lenovo’s twisting, turning YOGA line of convertible notebooks is getting a grown-up version, with the ThinkPad range adding three of the ultrabook/tablet-hybrids. The Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA 12, 14, and 15, will hit the 12-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch screen sizes as you’d expect, with the smallest of the three having a digitizer option, and touchscreen available across all three. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad YOGA 15 throws a 3D RealSense camera onto the options list, too.

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Lenovo YOGA 3 11 and 14 trim hybrid thickness

Lenovo YOGA 3 11 and 14 trim hybrid thickness

Lenovo can't get enough of its flexing, twisting hinge, and the latest notebook to bear the YOGA name is the new YOGA 3 11 and 14, fresh to CES 2015. Available in 11- and 14-inch sizes, the smaller model is the lightest YOGA so far, at 15.8mm thick and 1.1kg. Its bigger sibling, meanwhile, packs a 14-inch screen into a form-factor more commonly associated with 13-inch models. Small size doesn't mean compromised power, however.

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LG outs 21:9 UltraWide 4K curved displays

LG outs 21:9 UltraWide 4K curved displays

LG already showed us its 4K Ultra HD TV range for CES 2015, and now it's the turn of some eye-catching monitors to get a shot at the limelight. The trio of unusual, 21:9 UltraWide displays are targeting gamers, graphics designers, and even financial traders, with a variety of curved form-factors and stacked stands; they're also joined by a fourth screen, promising greater-than-Ultra-HD resolution that, while a little short on an iMac with Retina Display, still edges ahead of most 4K panels out there.

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GULEEK i8 Windows 8.1 box comes with its own battery

GULEEK i8 Windows 8.1 box comes with its own battery

Pico PC's like Zotac's ZBOX lines may be exactly that, tiny, but they aren't completely portable despite their portable size. They are, at the very least, tethered to a power supply to be even useful. One rather intriguing new product, however, tries to address that limitation. This odd GULEEK i8 "Windows 8.1 Smart Google TV Player" indeed comes with almost everything other pico computers have to offer with just a single but very important difference. It has its own 3,000 mAh battery inside.

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