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Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

If we're post-PC, nobody told Intel: the chip company has higher hopes than ever for the computer - albeit in a range of form-factors - running its new 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Core processors, officially announced today. With headline 7th Gen vs 6th Gen improvements including swifter, less power-intensive media playback and processing, the ability to do serious gaming on the move, and broader support for next-generation interconnects like Thunderbolt and USB-C plus security features like Windows Hello, Intel sees Kaby Lake as more than just a speed bump.

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HacBook Elite is an OS X laptop with upgradable hardware

HacBook Elite is an OS X laptop with upgradable hardware

If you have ever wanted to own a MacBook but can't bring yourself to drop the kind of money Apple wants for its notebooks, here is your chance to own a Mac OS X machine on the very cheap. This will likely be a very short chance too, Apple will beat the HP out of this company with a hammer in short order. We have seen it before so get your wallet out and order expedited shipping. The machine is called the HacBook Elite and it started life as an HP notebook before having OS X installed to make a fully upgradable Mac computer.

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LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

LG also announces an UltraWide curved gaming monitor

Just two days ago, Samsung revealed two curved gaming monitors. Unsurprisingly, LG is now also unveiling its monitor lineup that will debut on the IFA 2016 floor. While both monitors sport the same 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio and curved bodies, LG is particularly proud of the 34UC79G, what it bills, perhaps incorrectly, as the world’s first gaming monitor with such features, trying to bring the marketing usually employed on living room TVs to desktop and gaming setups.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 finally gets its battery fix update

Surface Pro 3 users have been getting pretty tense about the lives of their tablet/laptop hybrids over battery issues that somewhat mysteriously appeared just after the device reached the end of its warranty period. Some even already had theirs shipped for an out-of-warranty replacement, which, of course, costs no small amount of money. Hopefully, they can now breathe a sigh of relief as Microsoft has finally released the firmware update that will fix the issue once and for all. Or at least that’s the promise.

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Surface Book 2 may have surfaced via Microsoft Instagram page

Surface Book 2 may have surfaced via Microsoft Instagram page

Fans of the Microsoft Surface Book are aflutter after an image Microsoft posted to its Instagram page appears to show a new version of the high-end computer. The image appears to show a Surface Book with a different hinge design under the screen and above the keyboard. The first image in the story here is a comparison of the image Microsoft posted that has caused so much stir and the other is the original Surface Book.

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Dexmo exoskeleton VR gloves inches to a final product

Dexmo exoskeleton VR gloves inches to a final product

Back in 2014, before the first commercial VR headsets hit the market, Chinese company Dexta Robotics was already asking the hard questions: how do you implement user input and interaction without breaking the illusion of an immersive virtual reality world. Although its Dexmo Kickstarter was canceled, the company continued working on the idea of exoskeleton gloves for VR. And based on its latest video and PR materials, it seems quite ready to take the new Dexmo into the final phase of an actual, commercial product.

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Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Hungry for some Nougat but don’t really have a Nexus nor plan to buy an LG V20 when it comes out? If you don’t mind not being able to bring along your Android 7.0 with you and have a spare Raspberry Pi 3 lying around, then you’re in for a treat. Peter Yoon, who was responsible for bringing Android TV to the extremely popular single board computer (SBC), has done it again, this time with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of course it’s not yet stable nor is it official, but since “official” will probably never happen, this is a modder’s best bet.

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Anker recalls, refunds USB-C cable over faulty implementation

Anker recalls, refunds USB-C cable over faulty implementation

Things might be getting a bit dangerous in USB-C land as poorly or even wrongly implemented accessories threaten to damage devices. USB-C “Crusader” Benson Leung, with help from Nathan K. exposed one such accessory, Anker’s Powerline 3.1Gen2 USB-C cable, that could damage a smartphone after it was used to charge a higher voltage device like a laptop. To its credit, Anker did the right thing and have issued a recall of the faulty cable as well as a refund to customers who have already purchased the said accessory.

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The Wolfe empowers Macs and MacBooks for gaming, VR

The Wolfe empowers Macs and MacBooks for gaming, VR

Laptops and notebooks are great for portable computing, but when you need the heavy artillery, you hare mostly out of luck. Unless you have one of those high performance gaming laptops that are so heavy and hot (literally) they might as well be desktops. Or you can back this Kickstarter almost ominously named the Wolfe, which gives Macs, MacBooks, or really any computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or 3 port, the graphics processing power to drive games as well as virtual reality experiences.

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E Fun Nextbook 10.1 tablet launches with detachable keyboard

E Fun Nextbook 10.1 tablet launches with detachable keyboard

E Fun has launched a new budget Windows 10 device called the E Fun Nextbook 10.1. This device is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard and is targeted at students who need something cheap and mobile for simple schoolwork. Despite its low price point ($180 USD), it comes with a decent array of specs, including things like Bluetooth, multi-touch support, and a built-in webcam. The tablet is available now exclusively through Target stores and Target's website.

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HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

Depending on what industry you work in, you may be legally required to keep customer or patient data as secure as possible meaning that no unauthorized people can see the information. That can be a challenge if you are working in a public place where anyone can simply look over your shoulder and see what you are doing. HP has a new option on two of its EliteBook notebook computers that integrates a privacy screen that blocks those over the shoulder readers from seeing what you are working on called Sure View.

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CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

Yes, you read that right, but don’t worry (or perhaps be worried), it isn’t as straightforward or as magical as you might think. CodeWeavers, creators of the CrossOver software that lets users run some Windows software and games on Linux and macOS will be starting a tech preview of CrossOver for Android, which will do the same for Android devices and Chromebooks. Of course, there will be rather big limitations to this almost miraculous arrangement, from what devices you can run CrossOver on, to which Windows apps you can run.

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