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Mac mini still important to Apple, says Tim Cook

Mac mini still important to Apple, says Tim Cook

Many Apple products have received a significant refresh recently, like the iPhone X, or a pink slip, in the case of the venerable iPod. One member of the Apple hardware lineup, however, had practically been left by the wayside yet not retired either. That is the limbo that current ly faces the Mac mini, Apple's most affordable desktop. Many have mostly accepted the sad fact that the mini desktop will be continued. But in an unofficial email, Tim Cook gave fans a glimmer of hope, which, of course, can still change between now and then.

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Gigabyte Aorus X9 gaming laptop packs two GTX 1070 GPUs

Gigabyte Aorus X9 gaming laptop packs two GTX 1070 GPUs

Gigabyte has announced the Aorus X9, a gaming laptop with a pair of NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPUs, as well as a 7th-generation Intel processor and up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. This Gigabyte model packs a massive high-resolution display, as we'd expect from a powerful gaming laptop, plus a keyboard stylized by RGB backlights. The Aorus X9 doesn't come cheap with a starting price of nearly $1750.

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HP ZBook x2 crams a workstation in 2-in-one form

HP ZBook x2 crams a workstation in 2-in-one form

Microsoft may have just unveiled not one but two new Surface Book 2s, but it’s hardly the only detachable PC game in town anymore. Other OEMs have already followed suit. HP, for example, already has the Elite x2 and the Spectre x2. So what’s the harm in adding one more? While differentiation is usually a concern, it’s no problem for the new HP ZBook x2. That’s because unlike any other 2-in-1 detachable PC in the market, HP boasts that all the power you need is packed inside the tablet half of the contraption.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download now live – Here’s how to get it

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download now live – Here’s how to get it

Today is a big day for Microsoft. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which has been in preview in some form since April, is entering wide release. The update adds a number of new features to Windows 10, and in total, there are three different ways to download the update (including one way for the impatient types among us).

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here, and its a big deal for PC users, especially those wanting to dip a toe into Mixed Reality. Microsoft is releasing the latest upgrade for Windows 10 today, and as the name suggests many of the headline features are all about creating and manipulating content. That's not to say gaming has been ignored either, mind.

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Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

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pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

The Raspberry Pi is a great low-power, low-cost computer for making things and learning STEAM, but its barebones design isn’t always a good fit for some classrooms. Fortunately, there is a whole universe of RPi products and accessories to fill in the gap. The pi-top is one of those, guiding young and old alike in building their own laptop almost from scratch. And on its third birthday, pi-top is introducing a second-generation pi-top that not only makes it more powerful but also more accessible in more ways than one.

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Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Google Neverware investment could see Chrome OS older hardware

Unless you've been keeping close tabs on the Chrome OS world, you might not be familiar with Neverware. Last year, the company made a rather tempting offer, to run Chrome OS on top of existing Windows or Mac computers. And while unofficially supported, it has just gotten the blessing of the big G itself. Neverware just announced that they received some funding from Google to bring that same technology into the enterprise, which nicely coincides with Microsoft's recent push to get Windows 10 S into that same space as well.

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Intel’s new 17-qubit chip marches toward the quantum computing future

Intel’s new 17-qubit chip marches toward the quantum computing future

Two years ago, Intel announced a partnership worth $50 million with a company called QuTech. Together, the two committed to pushing forward with quantum computing research, but ever since then, we haven't heard much about their progress. Today that all changes, with Intel announcing the delivery of a new 17-qubit to QuTech, a move it says "demonstrates the fast progress Intel and QuTech are making in researching and developing a working quantum computing system."

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NVIDIA’s new Pegasus wants the keys to your Level 5 autonomous car

NVIDIA’s new Pegasus wants the keys to your Level 5 autonomous car

Though development on self-driving vehicles seems to be proceeding nicely at a number of different companies, the end goal of creating level 5 autonomous vehicles is still quite a ways off. Prototypes for cars that feature level 5 autonomy already exist, but the amount of computing power those cars need to carry out their tasks is immense, resulting in heavy, power hungry systems. NVIDIA wants to help with that, introducing its third-generation Drive PX platform at GTC Europe 2017 today.

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Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Microsoft just made a big announcement that could change the way we do computing in the future. That is, if it decides to stick to its guns. For many outside Redmond and its close-knit circle of hardware and software partners, "mixed reality" remains little more than a souped up, rebranded virtual reality. On October 17, that could very well change when Windows Mixed Reality launches to the outside world, headsets and all. We joined Microsoft at its Reactor hub in San Francisco to see, no pun intended, for ourselves the vision of the future that Microsoft is trying to promote and, of course, sell.

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Kaspersky may have been involved in biggest NSA security breach

Kaspersky may have been involved in biggest NSA security breach

It is almost ironic that the government body tasked with security itself become the victim of a security breach that could have easily been avoided. Then again, the NSA does have a large target painted on its back, whether it likes it or not. It is almost ironic that a software designed to keep files safe would be the instrument of such a breach. But for those who do believe Kaspersky's ties to the Russian government, that's actually not surprising at all.

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