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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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HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP has announced a voluntary recall for some laptop batteries due to an overheating risk. According to HP, the batteries were included with certain Compaq Presario, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, HP, and HP Pavilion laptops; the batteries were also sold as spare batteries and as separate accessories, and may have been given to consumers as replacement batteries via HP’s support.

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1,000-core “kilo-core” processor built at UC Davis

1,000-core “kilo-core” processor built at UC Davis

When MediaTek announced its deca-core moble processor, it almost seemed insane in a world that's very much settled on octa-cores. The chip maker, however, has nothing on the silicon produced by researchers at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Although it definitely won't fit inside a smartphone, tablet, or even a laptop for that matter, the chip boasts of being the world's first kilo-core processor. That's 1,000 processing cores at your service, making even the beefiest gaming rig cry in shame.

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Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Google just recently pushed out version 53 of the Chrome OS development channel, which, for a select few Chromebook owners, that heralded the arrival of Google Play Store and Android apps on their devices. However, it did raise the question of when, or if, other Chrome devices will also get this juicy feature. Especially the promised 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel as well as the Acer Chromebook R11. Good news is that those two will getting their fair share soon. Even better news, almost all Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, and Chromebases will also have their day in the Android sun. At least eventually.

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Huawei Matebook will launch in North America soon

Huawei Matebook will launch in North America soon

The 2-in-1 Huawei Matebook is destined for a North America launch and it'll be happening in the near future, according to reports that have surfaced. The device was first introduced in February of this year, and is akin to the Surface and other tablet-and-keyboard convertible devices. The Matebook will be offered in various configurations with the entry-level version being priced at $699 USD. As well, Huawei will make some accessories available, such as the Mate Pen.

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Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the mobile world today. The wireless technology is what makes many of the fancy new devices and integrations today possible, from fitness bands to smartwatches to personal home assistants. Just as the Bluetooth 4 standard introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy profile to facilitate development of those types of devices, the upcoming Bluetooth 5 spec will put a focus on increasing Bluetooth's range, speed, and spread in order to further drive the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as "beacons", which are mostly used for serving location-relevant information, a.k.a. ads.

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Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

The creator of Android and former Google exec may have left the company, but that doesn't mean he has parted ways with the same dreams that he and the search giant shared and developed over time. When asked "what's next?" for the computing world, Rubin answered that it will be about masses of data and training artificial intelligence. And this will be facilitated by a switch to quantum computing as the next computing platform that will eventually replace the supercomputers that run the world's servers and computing backbone.

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