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AMD aims to reignite processor war with Zen CPU preview in December

AMD aims to reignite processor war with Zen CPU preview in December

If you have been in the PC gaming or overclocking scene for long enough, you might recall a time many years ago when there was quite the war for performance dominance between Intel and AMD. There came a time where Intel dominated and AMD basically ceded the performance crown to Intel and focused on being less expensive than the Intel offerings. Rumors continue to insist that AMD is looking to stoke the fires of a performance war with Intel via the new AMD Zen processor. AMD plans to offer a preview of the Zen processor at 1 p.m. PST on December 13.

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Meizu Pro 6 Plus debuts to fill the Note 7 void

Meizu Pro 6 Plus debuts to fill the Note 7 void

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has just announced the Pro 6 Plus, a larger, more powerful version of the Pro 6 smartphone that debuted back in April. If you're still suffering from a Galaxy Note 7-shaped hole in your heart (or pocket), this could be what you're looking for. It's not just the fact that both are phablet-sized devices, it's that the Pro 6 Plus has more than a few features that are identical to the now-dead Note 7, including the display, processor, RAM, and storage options.

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2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

To describe the CR-V as a success for Honda is to damn it with faint praise. Since its arrival in 1997, nearly four million have sold in the US. In fact, the CR-V is the country's top-selling SUV, and it helped Honda's truck sales go from little more than a rounding error to almost half of the vehicles moving off dealer forecourts each year.

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ESA ExoMars TGO orbiter snaps first images using onboard instruments

ESA ExoMars TGO orbiter snaps first images using onboard instruments

The ESA Mars orbiter called ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is on station in orbit around the Red Planet and has sent back the first images of Mars taken with its on-board instruments. The TGO is orbiting Mars in an elliptical orbit right now that brings the orbiter between 230 and 310 km above the surface of Mars to a farthest distance of around 98,000 km every 4.2 days. During its last two orbits it has been testing out its instruments and making calibrations as needed.

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Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Things have been a little rough so far this year for Jolla, the Finnish startup behind the open-source Sailfish OS. First its tablet device was confirmed dead after a mere 540 units were shipped, and then it found itself in financial trouble before securing $12 million in funding. But now there's some good news for the future of Sailfish, which is that Russia has certified the OS for official use in both governments and corporations.

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Lego Worlds brings Minecraft gameplay with February launch

Lego Worlds brings Minecraft gameplay with February launch

If Minecraft was inspired by the idea of playing with real-world Legos, then it's time for the influential sandbox building title to do the same for the Lego video game franchise. Warner Bros. has just announced the February release for Lego Worlds, an open-world game that promises to allow players to "build anything, do anything, and go anywhere," on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

A while back, PC-maker Zotac unveiled its VR Go backpack system, a small-form gaming computer that allows users to experience untethered virtual reality when paired with headsets like the Oulus Rift or HTC Vive. The good news is that the PC is available starting today, but the bad news is that it will cost you $2,000 without any customizations, and that's on top of the VR headset you need to already own.

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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

The Google Glass may have gloriously failed, but that's not stopping tech companies from giving the eyeglass camera wearable another shot. Most notable has been the gradual rollout of Snapchat's Spectacles, which features a camera integrated with a pair of simple sunglasses that records brief videos and shares them on the social app. But if you'd prefer to shoot video that's not tied to one app, and use your own glasses, the PogoCam is just what you're looking for.

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Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Some of the very buyers of Microsoft's new Surface Studio all-in-one PC will be receiving their orders soon, and the teardown experts at iFixit were among the first to get their hands on one. They wasted little time in diving beyond that 28-inch touchscreen display in their effort to rate the device's repairability. Like most compact PCs and laptops these days, most components are locked in place, preventing any kind of repairs/modifications by users, but iFixit still came away with a few surprises.

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Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

It's difficult to find a unique mug or drinking glass; there's one for every sports team, one with every witty saving, amusing picture, and pithy platitude. Perhaps that makes the new Nebula Glass Set so special -- these black glasses feature stunning photos of space nebulas, ones that are both beautiful and arguably classy. The set is comprised of four glasses, each featuring a specific nebula spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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