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Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

While majority of the interest for Google's event next week naturally revolves around the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, the event will most likely go beyond that. There's the already leaked Google Home Hub and the recently leaked new Chromecast. And then there's the Google Pixel Slate, the Chromebook believed to be internally called "Nocturne". This tablet-like device is going to be a lot of firsts for Google, including the first time it concedes space with another and rivaling operating system.

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BrainNet can have three brains “talk” to each other

BrainNet can have three brains “talk” to each other

We're probably still centuries away from the evolutionary leap that would awaken our latent psychic abilities, but scientists are tirelessly working on making use of the technology we do have now to make a fraction of science fiction a reality. Researchers from the University of Washington have been working on a brain-to-brain interface since for quite a few years now and they have just announced their new network, BrainNet, which could form the basis of a "social network" of connected brains.

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Minecraft MINECON Earth 2018: Pillagers, pandas, new Dungeons game

Minecraft MINECON Earth 2018: Pillagers, pandas, new Dungeons game

Just like any other hit game, Minecraft's hype has died down a bit over time. But unlike most other hit games, its scope continues to expand, both within the game as well as into other areas developers Mojang may have never imagined it would go. At its annual MINECON gathering, the company announced what's coming next to the beloved voxel-based sandbox survival game. Including one that takes out the sandbox and turns Minecraft into what is probably its most logical next form.

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Galaxy A6 (2018) lands on AT&T a few months too late

Galaxy A6 (2018) lands on AT&T a few months too late

Samsung just announced its most "innovative" A series smartphone last week and is close to revealing its most eccentric one next week. But while all that is happening, AT&T is just now getting a Samsung mid-range phone that seems almost too little too late. While the Galaxy A6 (2018) was indeed just announced last May and became available in the US just last month, in the grander scheme of things, it might as well have launched last year.

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Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

NAS products are almost perfect for today’s average household. Such network-attached storage solutions are not only great for backing up digital files that have become critical to today’s workers and students, they are also great for serving up the growing number of digital content we enjoy. NAS, however, scares the heck out of almost anyone unfamiliar with networks and computers because of their complexity of their setup, their maintenance, and their price. Which is why Synology is bringing out the 1-bay DS119j to address those pain points.

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Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

With a new Google Pixel phone comes a new exclusive Google Pixel Launcher. While Android remains fundamentally open source, it isn’t news that Google likes to add some special sauce exclusive to its Pixel phones. Fortunately, some of those are easy enough to extract and port to other phones and other Android versions. One of the most popular is that Pixel Launcher, which you can now install on any other phone running at least Android 8.0 Oreo to get a very small piece of the Pixel Pie.

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Lenovo foldable phone prototype seen in working condition

Lenovo foldable phone prototype seen in working condition

We’re almost near the end of the year and if Samsung and Huawei make good their “promises”, they would give the world a peek at their foldable smartphone or tablets before 2018 comes to a close. They’re not the only ones playing that game, however. As early as 2016, Lenovo has been showing of prototypes rather than just being all talk. This week, right at the start of its Tech World Conference 2018, yet another prototype was spotted. And yes, it works. Whether it’s usable or ready, however, is still an unanswered question.

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Lenovo Titanium Enterprise boldy goes where no PC has gone before

Lenovo Titanium Enterprise boldy goes where no PC has gone before

We’ve seen all kinds of desktop PC designs, ranging from the utilitarian to the outlandishly lit. The latter is often the purview of PC gamers but at its Tech World Conference in China, Lenovo is appealing to a different circle of geekdom. The name and shape should probably be familiar to anyone familiar with pop culture of the last we decades. But what some might not be aware of is that the Lenovo Titanium Enterprise NCC-1701A is more than just a faithful, not to mention licensed, replica of the iconic spaceship, it’s also a high-end, not to mention expensive, PC.

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Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google Home Hub poses for a family picture, shows a new skill

Google loves having a family of devices. Android, its biggest family, has smartphones, TVs, watches, and an occasional tablet and car dash. Chrome has, of course, browsers but also Chromebook and Chromeboxes. The youngest branch of the Google family is the line of smart speakers, all with the same “Home” brand. Come next month, that family will welcome its newest member, and it might be the oddball that every family is said to have.

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RED Hydrogen One Titanium delayed, free Aluminum for preorders

RED Hydrogen One Titanium delayed, free Aluminum for preorders

If you’re making one of the most technologically advanced smartphones in the market, you’re bound to hit delays. When you’re using a rare and expensive material to make it, you’re bound to hit more than a few snags, too. That’s apparently the case with RED’s first smartphone, the holographic Hydrogen One, in its Titanium form. There’s no telling when it will actually ship so CEO Jim Jannard is offering a compensation that no other smartphone maker would dare make: a free $1,000 phone.

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Pixel 3 XL hands-on leak maintains phone’s notoriety

Pixel 3 XL hands-on leak maintains phone’s notoriety

The Pixel 3 XL is perhaps one of the worst leaked smartphones in recent history that it has almost become a joke in tech circles. It has also cast some suspicion on whether Google is intentionally misleading people through what could be the most elaborate and most convoluted pre-launch marketing stunt in the market’s history. With so many leaked photos and even hands-on videos of the smartphone, what’s the harm in having one more? You asked for it, Russia delivers. With love.

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Lenovo Z5 Pro will finally catch up with smartphone trends

Lenovo Z5 Pro will finally catch up with smartphone trends

Just because it already owns Motorola doesn’t mean Lenovo has stopped making its own smartphones. In some markets (really only in China), Motorola’s name means squat while Lenovo’s brand resonates more loudly. Or perhaps it used to before the age of Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and OnePlus. To prove that it still has what it takes, Lenovo will soon be launching its high-end Lenovo Z5 Pro that will adopt a trendy new design that its compatriots have tried once and then abandoned.

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