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Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Putting a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge artificial intelligence in charge of your thermostat might not seem an obvious use, but it's helping Google make big savings on its electricity use. The AI in question is DeepMind, which Google acquired back in 2014 for an estimated $600m+, with one of the learning computer's new roles being management of its data centers.

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Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

On the principle that bigger is better, Seagate has rolled out its new line-up of 10TB hard-drives, the Guardian Series, targeting those who refuse to delete things or indeed compromise on speed. Made up of three different ranges, each aiming at a different use-case, the Guardian Series is likely to be of particular interest to PC gamers.

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Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

It has actually been a while since Samsung put out a convertible type of laptop after the ATIV Smart PC (later renamed the ATIV Tab 7). For the first time, however, it is taking on a new form factor. Introduced last month, the Notebook 7 is the company's first laptop that can literally bend over backwards to transform into a rather hefty tablet, in the tradition of the Lenovo YOGA. Although delayed by almost a month, the Samsung Notebook 7 is now available for purchase, but do be prepared to spend quite a sum for it.

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Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi has an even scheduled for later this month, the 27th of July to be exact, to unveil a new product. Although it hasn't exactly revealed what that is yet, it has officially teased something that it is calling a "Redmi Pro". Given how the "Redmi" brand has been used for its more affordable smartphones, it won't be surprising if the Chinese manufacturer does announce such a device. There are, however, numerous leaks that hint that Xiaomi's event might be a more colorful and product packed one than initially expected.

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Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi is getting into a lot of "smart" products these days beyond smart phones and smart tablets. There are smart rice cookers and smart bikes, for example. So why not a smart portable computer, a.k.a. a laptop? It just so happens that the Chinese company is rumored to be doing exactly that. In fact, it has an even scheduled later this month to unveil a new product and, while most of is fans think it will be a new smartphone, sources are claiming it will, instead, be two laptops in the style of the Apple's MacBook Airs.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

A few days ago, Samsung quietly launched a new storage option: the 4TB 850 EVO, a SATA SSD hailed as the highest-capacity SSD available for anyone to buy. It’s a welcomed storage option for those who’ve stuck with their trusty HDD over capacity concerns, though the 850 EVO does come with a substantial price tag: $1,500 USD. On the plus side, the drive comes in a 2.5-inch form factor and it is available to purchase as of this past Friday.

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Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

We've seen geeks take old computer hardware and use it to create music before. Last summer the floppy drive orchestra was a much smaller affair that was able to play multiple songs thanks to MIDI files and a myRIO embedded controller. This time out the orchestra is playing that favorite geek tune, the Imperial March from Star Wars and the orchestra is much larger.

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ASUS C301SA Chromebook on pre-order, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

ASUS C301SA Chromebook on pre-order, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

Chromebooks are about to become en vogue again. That is, when Google gets around to rolling out Android app support for all models. Perhaps preparing for that day, ASUS is bringing out a new Chromebook that almost seems designed with that exact scenario in mind. The C301SA Chromebook is a 13.3-inch portable that boasts of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, some of the highest you'll see in this device class and price tier, ready to support a good many Android apps installed from Google Play Store on Chrome OS.

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Microsoft’s CAP takes on IFTTT with more natural language

Microsoft’s CAP takes on IFTTT with more natural language

IFTTT, short for IF-This-Then-That, is one of those "Web 2.0" things that power users love but regular Joes and Janes can't fully grasp. At the same time, it has created a new culture of automation, be it desktops or smartphones, and could even help the fledgling IoT industry to truly take off and expand beyond its limited borders. Microsoft, who already launched its own take on automation with Flow, is taking another stab at it via its Microsoft Research arm. Curiously and tragically named "CAP", short for Conditional Action Programmer", the still experimental platform puts a different twist to the idea by letting users type in their tasks in a more natural English language form.

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Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

What started out as a rather simple, open-ended sandbox and survival game has turned into something more than what creater Markus "Notch" Persson probably imagined. Although Minecraft remains a virtual world where people can let their creativity run wild, it has also become a tool that can be used for the common good. In addition to using Minecraft for educational purposes, Microsoft has also turned it into a research tool. Project Malmo, formerly called Project AIX, uses Minecraft's open world for artificial intelligence research and is now available as open source for everyone to use.

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