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Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 1TB models slink into ten more markets

Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 1TB models slink into ten more markets

Microsoft has announced that it has expanded availability for the 1TB Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 tablet to ten additional countries with additional countries gaining availability this summer. Previously these devices were available in the US and Canada. With the expansion of availability fans in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can order both of these devices online via the Microsoft Store and via partners and resellers.

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Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

The idea behind tiny stick computers is very cool, the PC is small enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go and you can connect it directly to an HDMI port to turn any monitor into a PC. The drawback to that small size is that there isn't a lot of space for ports and connectivity options. A Japanese company called Dospara has a new docking station made just for stick computers that will expand your connectivity options.

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Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

The world is full of mysteries, but the question simmering among many is why Apple is still yet to produce a USB-C dock for the Retina MacBook. The port-light ultraportable has demonstrated its commitment to the USB-C spirit with two generations resolutely sticking to the idea that a single port is sufficient, but salvation for those with a handful of things to connect comes from a perhaps unlikely source.

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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Microsoft took the gloves off when it claimed that its Edge web browser outperformed the competition in terms of power efficiency. While Google and Mozilla have yet to make official counterclaims, Opera published a post showing that, at least with Power Saving enabled, its browser actually tops the rest. So which one is telling the truth? PCWorld conducts its own test and discovers that, while Microsoft did have an edge over the others, its results arent's as dramatic as either claim them to be.

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Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor is a 70-inch touchscreen display

Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor is a 70-inch touchscreen display

Dell has taken the wraps off a gigantic touchscreen display, the Dell Interactive Conference Room Monitor (C7017T). The display is a step up from interactive whiteboards, allowing users to draw with their finger or a stylus as well as watch presentations and do other things you’d otherwise need a projector for. The monitor isn't being targeted at the average consumer, though, instead being intended for educational institutions and businesses in need of an Interactive Flatpanel Display.

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TVPRO HD6 is a tiny PC shaped like an ordinary webcam

TVPRO HD6 is a tiny PC shaped like an ordinary webcam

It’s not difficult to find a tiny PC; finding a unique one that isn’t simply another stick-shaped device is more difficult, however. That’s why the newly surfaced TVPRO HD6 stands out so much — at first glance it looks like an ordinary webcam. Give it a second look, though, and you’ll notice that it is in fact an entire PC (a very small one, yes), complete with an array of the ports you need most, as well as a couple of speakers on each end and a camera in the middle.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung has introduced a new laptop designed for multimedia enthusiasts called the Samsung Notebook 7 spin. The notebook is being offered in two different display sizes, one 13.3-inch and the other 15.6-inch. Each brings with it a 360-degree touchscreen, as well as rapid charging that quickly adds hours of battery life without much time being spent tethered to a wall outlet. The features roll on from there, with the Notebook 7 spin expected to be available from June 26.

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Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Raspberry Pi board + Kodi (formerly XBMC) software + official Kodi RPi case from FLIRC. That is the formula that Kodi's developers are now proposing to deliver an almost complete, energy efficient, low footprint home media center built off one of the cheapest single board computers (SBC) available in the market. Of course, an enclosure is an enclosure and the case can be used to house an RPi for any purpose. But for those who want to show their brand loyalties, especially to Kodi, this limited edition is the case to buy.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Ever have a few of them HDMI PC sticks or mini/pico PC boxes lying around and can't think of something new to do with them? Well now you have one more. Geek Till it Hertz, the very same that brought Android TV to the new Raspberry Pi, has now done the same for x86 machines. That practically means that you can now install, unofficially of course, Android TV on any Intel or AMD PC to transform them into specialized multimedia computers, for fun or hacking.

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Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Once upon a time, web browsers competed on the basis of rendering performance and quality. Then they moved on to extensions and add-ons. Now it seems that the next arena will be in power consumption. As users become more battery conscious, thanks to a slowdown in battery tech innovation, they will start looking to programs that eat up more battery than they should. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft boasts that its Edge web browser is the most efficient at power management. And in the same breath, points to Google Chrome as the worst.

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