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Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Steve Jobs, and now Tim Cook, might be the biggest personas in Apple, but Steve "Woz" Wozniak isn't that far behind. Co-founder and former Apple employee, Wozniak left the company twice in the 80s, not out of spite as some drama might paint, but in an attempt to live a "normal" life, as normal as forming startups can be. Although long out of the big tech picture, some have come to see Wozniak as some calmer voice close to Apple that, as shown in his Reddit AMA, isn't that shy from sharing what he thinks Apple might be doing wrong.

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The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

Google wants to give you $100,000, and all you have to do is show how insecure its Chromebook is. The company has doubled its top bounty for Chrome OS exploits, having seen no security researchers or experts step forward over the past year to collect the previous prize with a working hack.

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Western Digital’s 314GB drive offers RPi a low-power solution

Western Digital’s 314GB drive offers RPi a low-power solution

The Raspberry Pi, in all its incarnations, have become a darling within the hacker and hobbyist community. That's due to the little board's potential and affordability. The RPi alone, however, isn't capable enough for all the magical things you might want to make it do. That's were all the connectors and accessories and extra storage space comes in. Western Digital, one of the bigger names in the digital storage industry, is trying to woo this growing market of makers and tinkerers and has announced a 314GB PiDrive designed specifically with the Raspberry Pi's constraints in mind.

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AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

AMD Radeon Pro Duo boasts enough muscle to make VR a breeze

Virtual reality is the hottest name in computing today, bleeding even into mobile. However, it is something that isn't easily accessible to everyone. Aside from the hefty price tag of VR "real" headsets themselves (versus mobile contraptions), VR also requires some rather beefy PC specs. And that's not even considering yet the power needed to actually create VR content. At GDC 2016, AMD is claiming that with the new Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, VR content creators no longer need to worry, claimed to be the fastest and most powerful card for both creating as well as consuming VR content.

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Sony demos projector that makes any table interactive

Sony demos projector that makes any table interactive

Although primarily aimed at film, music, and interactive media, SxSW has also become a prime opportunity for some companies to show off products and ideas that lie at the intersection of technology and the arts. Sony has already pre-announced that it would indeed be at the event, showing off some rad prototypes like the "N" from its newly announced Future Lab. Apparently, it wasn't the only head turner from the company, which might have been this "smart projector" that turns any flat surface into an interactive table.

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Tmouse deformable mouse gives you two gripping styles

Tmouse deformable mouse gives you two gripping styles

The mouse has been around for many years now and normally when we are talking about a new mouse, it's basically the same design we always see with similar shape and button placement. A mouse has turned up on Kickstarter called Tmouse that is termed a deformable mouse that gives two grip methods allowing the user to choose what is most comfortable.

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BigScreen puts your PC inside VR to share with others

BigScreen puts your PC inside VR to share with others

Even to today, virtual reality is primarily perceived as an entertainment technology. Interestingly, it isn't even seen as a social one, considering the limitations of what users are able to do socially when wearing those headsets. One company, however, is striving to turn that misconception around. BigScreen, which has a VR product of the same name, will soon be launching what can easily be described as a revolutionary computing experience that transports your computer into the VR world for you, and anyone else you may invite, to use and see.

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Stardock tool to let you mix AMD and NVIDIA cards in one PC

Stardock tool to let you mix AMD and NVIDIA cards in one PC

It isn't ready for the market yet. It doesn't even have a cool name yet. But when Stardock's promised multi-GPU tool does come out, it could very well change the way we build PCs and buy graphics card. In theory, Stardock's still to be christened technology will allow you to mix and match any card to boost your PC's graphics capabilities. While that has always been possible with NVIDIA's SLI and AMD's CrossFire, the key difference here is that you can even mix and match cards from different brands and generations as well.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Google AlphaGo AI loses 4th match against champion, still winning 3-1

Google AlphaGo AI loses 4th match against champion, still winning 3-1

AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google's DeepMind project, has finally had its winning streak against Go world champion Lee Sedol broken. While the AI won its third straight game against Lee yesterday, leaving the player disappointed and prompting an apology for not meeting expectations, 18-time world champion racked up a victory today, marking his first win against the machine out of five total matches.

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Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Dell releases new Linux-powered laptops, including XPS 13

Linux users who've been looking for some new, quality hardware to run their preferred operating system on are in luck, as Dell has just released a handful of new laptop options, starting with the Intel Skylake-featuring XPS 13. The latest developer edition of the laptop keeps the super-thin screen bezels and impressive display, but simply replaces Windows with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 as the standard shipping software.

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Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Samsung may have just recently revealed the world's largest single SSD drive, with a capacity of 16 TB, but Seagate is trying to compete in a different arena. Instead of data capacity, what it is showing off is an SSD drive that is considerably faster than the fastest SSD in the market. With a throughput performance of 10 GB/s, Seagate plans on further expanding its empire with blazingly fast storage solutions to answer the ever growing needs of businesses, especially those running servers and other data services.

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