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Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Augmented reality and virtual reality are hip and cool right now, mostly because they are relatively new to consumers and present a lot of wonderful possibilities. But like any technology, the computers and the Internet, they do come with their own set of dangers, opening them up to abuse by less than conscientious individuals. For now, given how rare and expensive these technologies are, especially augmented reality, the threat level is very, very low. But can you imagine future where synthetic reality takes over real reality? Designer Keiichi Matsuda has and his vision, narrated in the video "Hyper-Reality", is rather frightening.

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Dell 43-inch P4317Q multi-client monitor could make you cry

Dell 43-inch P4317Q multi-client monitor could make you cry

Tears are usually attributed to two emotions, sadness and joy, and you just might experience both with Dell's newly launched computer monitor. At 43 inches, it's quite a space hog, but that's because it can display the equivalent of four 1080p monitors in one single block, without bezels interrupting the seamless view. People who need to work with different machines at the same time, or different views simultaneously, would probably be weeping for joy. Until the see the $1,350 price tag, which will probably turn that joy into regret.

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TP-Link Talon AD7200 is now available – claims to be the fastest Wi-Fi router

TP-Link Talon AD7200 is now available – claims to be the fastest Wi-Fi router

Way back in January we talked a bit about what TP-Links claims is the world's first wireless AD router called the Talon AD7200. In January, the router had been announced and it is now available to purchase online and in some retail outlets. The AD7200 router runs on a 60GHz band that is able to reach much faster speeds than Gigabit Ethernet. It will allow users to download 200 photos in less than a second.

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IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types (three if you count CPU L caches). There's DRAM or RAM, which is fast, expensive, and doesn't retain its data without power. And then there's regular storage, today represented by NAND flash, which has more capacity, retains its data longer, but is slower in comparison. Combining all those benefits, without the drawbacks, has been one of the holy grails of computing. And IBM might have found its version of the answer in its 3-bit phase-change memory.

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DAO organization raises $100m, without CEOs, managers

DAO organization raises $100m, without CEOs, managers

Every employee, at one point in time or another, probably dreamed of working in a company where no one is the boss. While there are indeed some small businesses, especially startups, that follow that culture, every organization has leaders, managers, board members, and what not. Not DAO. Short for "Decentralized Autonomous Organization", the very name itself signifies that it has no such overlords. Instead, everything DAO does is determined through "contracts" and computer code. And despite that somewhat nebulous description, DAO has already managed to raise more than $100 million from investors. At least the real world eqiuvalent of virtual money.

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Raspberry Pi Zero now comes with a camera connector

Raspberry Pi Zero now comes with a camera connector

Almost each and every new Raspberry Pi board has been met with blazing hot reception and quickly depleted stocks. Even so, the success of the Raspberry Pi Zero, their smallest board to date, still took its creators by surprise. Who would have thought that a compute board the size of a HDMI dongle would be so popular. Actually, everyone except perhaps the Raspberry Pi Foundation expected it to be so. But just because the RPi Zero is small doesn't mean it has to be less featured. Case in point: now it comes with a camera connector.

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Windows 10 Anniversary update coming July 29, update twice a year

Windows 10 Anniversary update coming July 29, update twice a year

It seems that a couple of things are set to happen on July 29 in the Windows world. Windows 10 will be officially one year old. Microsoft will stop nagging people to upgrade to Windows 10 and Windows 10 will, once and for all, no longer be a free upgrade. But it seems that Microsoft has also schedule that day to be the RTM (release to market) launch of the Windows 10 Redstone 1 update, a.k.a. the Anniversary update. It makes sense, considering the name, but now there is more or less some confirmation about it.

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HP EliteBook 1030 unveiled with 13hr battery, QHD+ display

HP EliteBook 1030 unveiled with 13hr battery, QHD+ display

HP has taken the wraps off its new EliteBook 1030, an alternative to the EliteBook Folio with a generous battery and display. The laptop will launch sometime this month with a starting price of $1,249 USD, and will bring with it, among other things, a 13.3-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass, a fanless design, and a 13-hour battery life, making for a solid business laptop.

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Windows 10 is about to double the number of ads in your Start Menu

Windows 10 is about to double the number of ads in your Start Menu

When Microsoft first announced that they would be making Windows 10 a free upgrade for a year, we all expected there to be some catches. We weren't wrong. For those that have chosen not to upgrade, they have been hounded constantly to do so. For those that have, you'll find ads in the form of "promoted apps" in your Start menu. And you're about to get even more.

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Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

If you thought getting reminded to upgrade your TV studio's computers to Windows 10, right in the middle of a weather report, was the worst, things are about to get hairier. Good news: you might no longer get a reminder to upgrade before the world ends on July 29. The bad news: that's because Microsoft is now automatically scheduling the upgrade on its own, without the user's knowledge and whether they like it or not. And if they've held out as long as this, chances are, they don't.

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PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

We've all heard the marketing spiels before. "The PC is dead". "This is the device that will replace your PC". Or even "this is the new PC". Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past. And maybe they're right. Maybe these will indeed replace those PCs. Maybe the sudden surge in popularity of 2-in-1's, detachable, and convertibles are going to save the dying PC market. Or maybe it will only for a short time, because what consumers these days are looking for aren't just PC replacement. Ultimately, they're looking for new, modern experiences.

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TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

There are devices that aim to deliver the utmost convenience in our digital lives. Some of them, however, could give security personnel a fit, like bags with hidden pockets for electronics, particularly batteries, and rings that are too large to be innocent. While this TAP wearable is actually made from soft, flexible textile, it might very well look like a knuckle weapon at first glance or from a distance. It may, however, be worth the odd glance or interrogation, as the odd-looking contraption will let you type on smartphones, computers, TVs, and even smartwatches, all without a keyboard.

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