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 According to AMD, the new Radeon RX 500 Series is suitable for '9 out of 10 PC gamers today who are hindered by outdated technology.'

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Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is about to get a whole new payment method, with PayPal announcing that it'll soon be an option rather than your credit or debit card. The integration is expected to launch in the US within the next few weeks, initially only for existing balances already in a PayPal account. However, that will be enhanced over the coming months, the payments provider says.

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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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The robot war has started! iRobot’s robo-vac patent war, that is

The robot war has started! iRobot’s robo-vac patent war, that is

It's robot wars, but not quite like the Terminator movies warned it would be. iRobot has launched a salvo of litigation against a whole host of rivals, alleging that collectively they infringe on a total of six patents the company holds around robotic vacuum cleaner technology. While warring robo-vacs might sound comical, the stakes are high.

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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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The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

If all goes according to plan (or, at least, the rumor machine's version of the plan) Apple's anniversary iPhone 8 will be a huge departure in design. After three years of iterative iPhones, the new model - one of three expected to launch later in 2017, alongside updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - will usher in a huge number of changes. Curved glass and OLED displays; reworked dual cameras; and tiny bezels. I'm excited, certainly, but I'm also worried, and I'm not alone.

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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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NES Classic Edition production ends in Europe

NES Classic Edition production ends in Europe

Last week, Nintendo announced that it was discontinuing the immensely popular NES Classic Edition in the US. Today, the company confirmed that the mini console will be discontinued in Europe as well. That probably isn't the most surprising news given its discontinuation in the US, but now we've got official confirmation from Nintendo.

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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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Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes may not have a fully autonomous car in dealerships quite yet, but the automaker has announced an improvement in its driving-assist technologies that will debut on the 2018 S-Class Sedan. The new Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive promises smarter auto-navigation by relying on pre-existing mapping data, while new sensors should give the luxury four-door a better perspective on the world around it. Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel.

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MSI’s Leopard gaming laptops pack in NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs

MSI’s Leopard gaming laptops pack in NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs

MSI has announced a new lineup of gaming laptops today, each one featuring one of NVIDIA's relatively new GTX 10-series graphics cards. As is usually the case with gaming laptops, MSI's goal is to offer powerful hardware in a package that is both light and thin. Of course, these days PC gaming doesn't seem to be complete without RGB components, and these new Leopard laptops have those too.

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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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