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AMD Radeon RX 500 Series: AAA and VR gaming on a budget

AMD Radeon RX 500 Series: AAA and VR gaming on a budget

AMD has announced the launch of its new Radeon RX 500 Series, a lineup of graphic cards that, at the highest end, offer buyers AAA and VR gaming at a budget-friendly price. The series is comprised of four graphics cards, the RX550, 560, 570, and 580. According to AMD, the new Radeon RX 500 Series is suitable for '9 out of 10 PC gamers today who are hindered by outdated technology.'

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Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 leaks in new pair of photos

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 leaks in new pair of photos

A handset said to be the upcoming iteration of the Samsung Galaxy J5 has leaked in a pair of phones, one showing the back of the handset and the other showing the rear of the phone with the panel removed. This leak follows the phone's appearance via the Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC, stoking hopes that we'll see the handset make an official appearance in the near future. As with the past iterations of this model, the J5 (2017) phone will target those seeking something cheaper than the S8.

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GarageBand, iWork, and iMovie now free for all iOS and Mac users

GarageBand, iWork, and iMovie now free for all iOS and Mac users

If you've purchased an iOS or Mac device at any point in the relatively recent past, you likely already have access to iMovie, iWork, and GarageBand for free. Those who haven't bought a new product, though, may still be lacking (free) access to the apps, but that changes today. Apple has pushed out updates to all three products that makes them freely available to anyone who has a Mac or an iOS device.

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Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron has announced that its connected lighting systems now work with Google Assistant, enabling users to control their home's lights using voice commands. The new Google Assistant integration works with the company's HomeWork QS, Caseta Wireless, and RadioRA 2; homeowners can control the system using the Google Home device or one of the Android smartphones that offers Google Assistant. The integrations will be fully available by this summer.

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Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google has made its Cloud Speech API generally available to developers following its successful open beta last year. This Automatic Speech Recognition service is built upon the same foundation that powers Google Assistant and Google Now's speech recognition abilities, and it aims to solve the speech-to-text needs of Google Cloud customers, the company says. Joining its general availability are a couple improvements and expanded support.

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Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook has announced a bunch of new and upcoming features for Messenger, arguably chief among them being the ability to share bots directly within group chats via 'Chat Extensions.' Several brands are already available under this feature, including Spotify, which enables users to share a particular thing (a song, in Spotify's case) with an entire chat stream of people. Facebook's messaging app is also getting a new Discover tab, 'Messenger Codes,' and more.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 910 Review: a big, beautiful (and pricey) all-in-one PC

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 910 Review: a big, beautiful (and pricey) all-in-one PC

Lenovo is back with a new all-in-one desktop computer, the IdeaCentre AIO 910. This model is aimed at consumers who want a simple but powerful desktop experience, and it follows in the footsteps of things like the A740. As we'd expect from an all-in-one desktop, this system brings everything someone needs for a proper computing experience: a large monitor, all the desktop hardware built into the monitor/base, plus a wireless keyboard and mouse. With a starting price of $1,799 USD, though, consumers largely have one big question about this AIO: is it worth it? Read our review to find out!

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Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal's OV wireless headset unveiled back in December is now available to purchase, the company has announced. Unlike similar earbuds and headsets, the OV brings Alexa directly to the user, enabling them to ask Amazon's personal assistant for help in various tasks. According to Onvocal, these are the first-ever 'smart headphones' featuring Intelligent Sound Control, enabling the user to control chat, ambient, and voice directly.

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U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

We've seen enough incidents involving e-cigarette batteries to know they can be dangerous. The issues tend to revolve around either poorly constructed 'vaping' devices or users improperly storing the batteries and shorting them out via loose change and key rings. While we've seen these incidents happen at home, in courtrooms, and at convenience stores, the U.S. Navy has seen them elsewhere: on its own ships, where the vaping devices are now banned.

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Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

Samsung has blocked users from remapping the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 handset, upsetting early buyers who weren't planning on using the Korean company's personal assistant. Bixby, for those unfamiliar, is Samsung's new alternative to Siri and Google Assistant, though users shouldn't expect it to be fully functional upon the handset's launch. Industrious early users figured out how to remap this physical button, and Samsung apparently didn't like that.

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You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

NASA, as wonderful as it is, has never made finding content on its website simple. The space agency, which is spread across many centers and entities like the JPL and Johnson Space Center, has made its public photos and videos available across many different parts of its overall website. If you didn't have a list of all the possible places in which the photo may be published, it could be very difficult to find a particular bit of content. All of that, thankfully, has just changed.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 won’t include Season Pass and may nix DLCs

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 won’t include Season Pass and may nix DLCs

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was officially unveiled this weekend following a major leak of the entire teaser trailer. Now that the first round of details have been made official, the smaller, more pertinent info is becoming available, and among it are details about the Season Pass. Namely, the game won't include one. Whether that means the game won't offer DLCs is unclear, but DICE's creative director Bernd Diemer indicates there may be something better in the pipeline.

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