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This ‘Chemical Laptop’ will help NASA detect life on other planets

This ‘Chemical Laptop’ will help NASA detect life on other planets

While NASA's rovers are used to explore the surface of other planets, the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has developed a "Chemical Laptop" that could accompany missions and be used to help detect signs of life. NASA describes the Chemical Laptop as akin to a small, portable laboratory capable of analyzing samples to identify materials associated with life, such as amino acids and fatty acids.

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Cook asks why would anyone still buy a PC: here are 5 reasons

Cook asks why would anyone still buy a PC: here are 5 reasons

The iPad Pro is technically a wonderful device, but that might be a bit overshadowed by the biggest question that will hound its existence to the very end. Why buy such a huge tablet? Or to be more precise, why buy such a huge iOS tablet? Days before it launched, Apple chief executive Tim Cook answered this question with another question. Why would anyone still buy a PC, even going as far as explicitly predicting how the iPad Pro will replace desktops and laptops for many people. To stop the "answer a question with another question" pattern, here are 5 reasons why iPad Pro, at least for the moment, isn't going to replace even your laptop just yet.

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Hands-on with HP’s potent ZBook Studio

Hands-on with HP’s potent ZBook Studio

Does a quad core workstation have to be as bulky as it's powerful? HP clearly doesn't believe so, and having spent some time with the new HP ZBook Studio today, I'm inclined to agree. At 18mm thick it classifies as an ultrabook, but HP is courting dissatisfied MacBook Pro users who want the power of a full Intel Core i7 or Xeon processor.

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Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

There are Windows 2-in-1 PCs that morph between tablet and laptop for configurability and there are Windows tablets or laptops that can stand the test of time, the elements, and work hazards. Wouldn't be nice if you could have the best of both worlds at work? Good thing Panasonic thinks so, too. That's why one of world's leaders in rugged computing devices has produced the Toughbook 20, touted to be the world's first detachable 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that also happens to be tough as nails.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro and Spin: 4K laptop, transformer notebook

Samsung has updated their line of ATIV notebooks with a couple of hard-hitting devices made with extremely sharp displays. The ATIV Book 9 Pro works with a 15.6-inch 4K display (that's 3840 x 2160 pixels) with touchscreen abilities. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spin works with a 13.3-inch display with QHD+ resolution (that's 3200 x 1800), touchscreen, and the ability to fold back over itself 360-degrees to achieve several display modes. Both machines will run Windows 10 and will be released very soon.

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Compact Zolt Laptop Charger Plus can also charge mobiles

Compact Zolt Laptop Charger Plus can also charge mobiles

While most laptops are slimming down, the power bricks they come with are going the opposite trend. If you're a road warrior who always works on the go, the irony of the situation isn't lost on you. Realizing this problem and seeing the potential market for a solution, Zolt, with funding from Intel Capital, has come out with the Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, a laptop charger whose ultra compact size belies its power. In fact, it is powerful enough to charge two more USB-connected devices at the same time.

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Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft Surface Book teardown by iFixit gets lowest repairability score

Microsoft's latest flagship device, the Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid, has just been subjected to the iFixit teardown process. The repair experts clearly detail the device's interesting internal components and the unique layout, but they also reveal why the Surface Book is nearly impossible to repair, and should never be attempted by a user. In the end it was given a repairability score of 1 out of 10, just about the lowest there is.

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Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Google says there’s “no plan to phase out Chrome OS”

Last week we spoke about when and where it'll make sense for Google to create a wave of Android notebooks. The rumors were that Chrome OS was eventually going to be folded in to Android, and that Chrome OS would no longer exist - sort of. Today Google has taken to their own Google Chrome Blog to say that there's no such plan at the moment. "there’s been some confusion," said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, "about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android."

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5 reasons to hold off until Surface Book version 2

5 reasons to hold off until Surface Book version 2

Around the water cooler, this author is somewhat known for being a fan of Microsoft's Surface Pro, especially since the Surface Pro 3. By then, the advantages far outweighed the drawbacks, which have also become more bearable than in previous iterations. And you could tell that Microsoft has near perfected the design language it wanted. So when it unveiled the Surface Book to much surprise and fanfare, interest and excitement naturally welled up. But after our own up close and personal encounter with one of Microsoft's finest hardware yet, the verdict sadly tips on the "skip for now" side. Here's why.

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Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Three things to know about the Lenovo Ideapad 100S Chromebook

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S Chromebook is a version of its Ideapad 100S that runs Google's Chrome OS operating system rather than Windows 10. In many ways, the two laptops are the same, but Chromebooks and Windows PCs have some fundamental differences and so not everything is identical. We recently gave the Chromebook version a quick review, and while you should check it out, we're also back with three primary highlights.

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Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Android will battle OS X and Windows: here’s why

Google's Android operating system won't just be for the "mobile" environment forever. Google's Chrome OS hasn't been a failure outright - but eventually it won't be necessary for the company to distribute. Google's latest hardware reveal, the tablet-with-keyboard Pixel C, is proof positive that Google isn't afraid to treat Android like a desktop operating system. With rumors running rampant this week (for the millionth time in the past several years) that Chrome OS will fold into Android soon, I can't help but think that Microsoft and Apple should be on the lookout.

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