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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ drops for PC next month

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ drops for PC next month

The PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider will be arriving some time next month, a new listing has revealed. The date is in line with Square Enix’s previously stated “early 2016” PC release plans, but the company hasn’t confirmed whether the January release is accurate. A specific launch date hasn’t been revealed. This isn’t the first time the PC version of the game has made an appearance, however.

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Fujitsu spins off PC, smartphone businesses

Fujitsu spins off PC, smartphone businesses

In what could be seen as yet another worrying development for the steadily declining PC industry, Fujitsu has announced that it has split its PC, both desktops and notebooks, business and its smartphone business into companies of their own with their own long-winded name. The first part is eerily similar to what fellow Japanese company Sony did with its VAIO business and brand. The second part, on the other hand, could be a portent of things to come for Sony as well as for the Japanese smartphone manufacturing industry as a whole.

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Microsoft delays Surface Hub and hikes price by thousands

Microsoft delays Surface Hub and hikes price by thousands

Microsoft's Surface Hub has been further delayed, with the huge touchscreen video-conferencing systems also climbing in price. The wall-mounted all-in-ones - ranging from 55-inches to a hefty 84-inches in size - went up for preorder back in July, but according to Microsoft the technology not only isn't quite ready to ship, but is in fact worth more than initially pegged.

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Aftermarket Skylake coolers are damaging Intel CPUs

Aftermarket Skylake coolers are damaging Intel CPUs

If you're assembling your own PC, there are a lot of decisions to make. One of which is whether you'll keep the stock CPU cooler, or opt for something a little beefier (and possibly quieter). Unfortunately, if you have an Intel Skylake processor, you're probably going to want to stick with the stock cooler, lest you risk damaging this primary component.

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Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Personal computing has definitely changed a lot these past years. First, what was once an activity tethered to a desk moved over to laps and sometimes even couches and beds. Today, you can take your computing almost anywhere. Even TVs, appliances associated more with entertainment, can now talk serious business too. That's thanks to gadgets like Azulle's Quantum Access PC HDMI stick, which now comes bundled with the new Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus, to turn TVs into devices for both productivity as well as family fun.

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PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

It's amazing to see just how far computers have come in my lifetime. When I was a kid, our computer was that thing that sat in my dad's office, that we were only rarely able to touch. These days, I always have a computer (or two) with me, and three different rooms in my house have dedicated PCs. And now there are complete computers you can buy for less than a meal. And now there's a new competitor in the sub-$20 computer market.

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What Mobile Heat Pipes will be doing in your Samsung Galaxy S7

What Mobile Heat Pipes will be doing in your Samsung Galaxy S7

If you're a hardcore DIY gaming PC maker, you've heard of the newest component rumored to be appearing in Samsung's smartphone hero for 2016: the Galaxy S7. Heat pipes, as they're called, allow you to cool your gaming PC with liquid - the coolness of the liquid runs through your computer and keeps your computer from overheating as said liquid runs through tubes. But what about a smartphone? You don't have nearly as much space within a Samsung smartphone as you do in a PC made for high-end gaming - so what's a manufacturer to do?

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Trio of Major PC makers in Japan consider combining operations

Trio of Major PC makers in Japan consider combining operations

Three major computer makers have announced that they are considering merging their PC operations to create a single company with the largest market share in Japan. The three firms are Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Vaio. Combined the three firms would own 30% of the Japanese PC market.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P50s, ThinkStation P310 launch next year

Lenovo ThinkPad P50s, ThinkStation P310 launch next year

Alongside its newly launched ThinkPad P40 Yoga comes Lenovo’s ThinkPad P50s, a mobile workstation that strikes a compromise between portability, cost and performance, as well as the ThinkStation P310, an entry-level PC with some “high-end workstation” tech. Both of the machines were unveiled at Autodesk University 2015, and will be available starting in Q1 2016 at different price points.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga: the first multimode mobile workstation

At Autodesk University 2015, Lenovo took the wraps off a trio of new machines, the most notable of which is its latest business-grade Yoga machine, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga. The company describes its newest Yoga as a high-performance mobile workstation, and it is targeted at those who need portability without a sacrifice in reliability and computing power. Everyone from those working on “the latest Hollywood blockbuster” to engineers with demanding needs are targeted.

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What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Earlier this year, Lenovo was discovered to have pre-installed a third-party "adware" called Superfish, a scandal that has made many a PC user and security company wary of such OEM tactics. It seems that indeed, Lenovo isn't the only one. To some extent, Dell's mistake might be even worse. The PC maker has now been discovered to be installing a self-signed security certificate on many if not all of its laptops that exposes all of those affected models to hacking which can be done by simply hacking a single vulnerable laptop.

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