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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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HP Elite x2 Review

HP Elite x2 Review

HP has a new Elite tablet, and it is the most striking to date. The HP Elite x2 is a convertible system composed of a tablet with a hinged kickstand and a keyboard that attaches to the tablet using a magnetic connector. Anyone familiar with the Surface Pro, as one example, will be familiar with the design nature of the new Elite tablet. How does HP's offering hold up compared to competing models? Read our full review to find out!

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Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

Acer Aspire S 13 revealed with thin balance

This week the folks at Acer have announced their newest in a series of Aspire S notebooks, all of which are thin. This device works with a 13-inch Full HD display with optional touchscreen capabilities. as well as a 6th Generation Intel Core processor inside. This notebook has a cool 8 GB of LPDDR3 system memory as well, so you won't be wanting for bits to call upon.

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Acer Switch Alpha takes on Microsoft’s Surface with liquid cooling

Acer Switch Alpha takes on Microsoft’s Surface with liquid cooling

Liquid cooling is the sort of thing that you expect to find in an enthusiast gaming desktop. However, Acer doesn't seem to think that those are the only kinds of systems that should be able to take advantage of all that liquid cooling has to offer. Today they announced their new Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 notebook, which features their LiquidLoop technology.

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Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

I spend a majority of my day sitting in front of a computer for work. I tend to get pretty focused, but multitasking is a natural part of my job. As long as everything I'm doing is on the computer, I can keep going pretty steadily, without skipping a beat. However, every time I get a text message that I need to respond to, it stops me dead in my tracks. One solution is to just keep my phone on silent, but Microsoft has another idea that they're wanting to implement into Windows 10.

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LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

LOUD on Planet X Review : Castle Defense in the Music Arena

The folks responsible for LOUD on Planet X have given the music-friendly gaming scene a real kick in the pants. In this game - for multiple platforms - is a new generation of gameplay, taking the best bits of both Plants VS Zombies and Rock Band - or Dance Dance Revolution, if you prefer - combining them into a game that's neigh on impossible to resist once you've played. Even better - some of the most awesome "Indy" bands are here to play along.

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Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds dock, keeps pocket-friendly size

InFocus, maker of the pocket-sized and budget-friendly Kangaroo desktop PCs, is back with a new Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro model, another highly portable model that, in this case, offers support for the new Dock Pro with an array of connectivity options. The computer runs Windows 10 and can be used with any supported display (VGA, HDMI) to serve as an on-the-go computer, home server, school computer, or any number of things.

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The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

Software being abandoned by its developers isn't new, but there are solid reasons why Quicktime for Windows shouldn't just languish in a folder on your PC. That's because it's for more reasons than just good housekeeping that Windows users should uninstall Apple's Quicktime today, given exactly the potential security risks that have been identified by researchers.

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Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

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PC users should uninstall QuickTime for Windows ASAP

PC users should uninstall QuickTime for Windows ASAP

Most Windows users probably gave up on QuickTime as their media player of choice some time ago, but if for some reason you, or, shall we say, those who are less tech-savvy, still have it installed, you need to get rid of it right away. Two critical security flaws have been found in the aging Apple software that put PC users at great risk, so much so that even the Department of Homeland Security is advising people to uninstall the Windows version.

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LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG has announced the launch of its LG gram 15 laptop series, bringing its ultra-slim high-performance laptops to the United States. The series is comprised of two 15-inch models, both said to be “perfect for the everyday user.” Despite having a 15.6-inch display, the laptop weighs only 2.2lbs and measures in at 0.7-inches in thickness. These two laptops join the maker’s 13-inch and 14-inch ultra-lightweight laptops.

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How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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