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Apple iMac Pro launches December 14: Everything we know

Apple iMac Pro launches December 14: Everything we know

Back at WWDC 2017, Apple unveiled the iMac Pro, a new all-in-one Mac that's packing a lot of power under the hood. In the time since that reveal, other Apple devices have taken most of the spotlight for themselves, namely the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X. Apple is drawing focus back to the iMac Pro today, announcing a release date for the iMac Pro at long last.

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AlphaGo Teach returns the favor, teaches humans how to play

AlphaGo Teach returns the favor, teaches humans how to play

When Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI started beating world champions at one of the most ancient board games in history, there were some worries that players and fans of the game would begrudge the victory. Curiously, those players and fans were actually more receptive than outsiders, seeing AlphaGo’s wins as an opportunity to change the way Go has been played and thought of for centuries. Now the Google subsidiary is formalizing and gathering those lessons into a new AlphaGo Teach tool that tries to help humans play like the AI pro.

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Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Although we still have to really see how it performs in the real-world, it was pretty clear that Qualcomm took a big shot at Intel when it introduced the Snapdragon 845 together with Microsoft. It struck at the heart of some of the biggest complaints about Intel’s chips, especially on mobile, like battery life and always-on connectivity. Naturally, Intel isn’t taking it sitting down and has announced its new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron range that addresses those concerns. Or at least one of them.

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NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

Last year, NVIDIA revived the TITAN X, dubbed the new TITAN X, to reclaim the crown from the GTX 1080. Early this year, it announced the TITAN Xp, dubbed its most powerful desktop GPU for Macs. So what follows it? Not the TITAN Xo or even TITAN Y. Yes, its the new TITAN V, which NVIDIA boasts if 9 times more powerful than its predecessor. And, naturally, that makes it the perfect fit for research and machine learning.

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Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

While virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have all, or separately, been hailed as the next wave of computing, the truth is they haven’t taken off outside of a still small minority in the tech industry. One reason is the prohibitive cost of PC-powered VR equipment. The other is that few people find any use of the technologies, especially VR, outside entertainment and a few niche serious applications. Oculus, perhaps the pioneer of this VR renaissance, wants to at least change the latter with the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 release that adds both serious work and a pinch of whimsy to the VR platform.

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Microsoft Store 12 Days of Deals kicks off with a Surface Pro

Microsoft Store 12 Days of Deals kicks off with a Surface Pro

Missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday? No big deal because an even longer list of deals is coming your way. If you have a soft spot for Microsoft, that is. Select Microsoft Stores will be conducting the company’s annual 12 Days of Deals to keep you on your toes each day all the way until the 17th. Better not blink because once the 24 hours are over, they’re gone.

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Microsoft Whiteboard public preview spruces up collaboration

Microsoft Whiteboard public preview spruces up collaboration

Microsoft has fallen in love with ink. Ever since it put out the first Surface tablets, it has worked on making the stylus a first-class citizen in most of its products, both hardware and software. But most of those features have mostly been at the service of the individual. Earlier this year, Microsoft showed off a new Whiteboard app that brings that power to teams, especially those working remotely. After being secluded behind closed doors, Microsoft is making the app available for anyone with a Windows 10 device to try out for their own brainstorming session.

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Qualcomm is preparing for war

Qualcomm is preparing for war

As it unveils the Snapdragon 845 and reveals its Windows on ARM plans, Qualcomm is getting all its friends together, and the omissions are conspicuous by their absence. The chipmaker is paving the way for 2018 with two high-profile launches, targeting not only its typical stomping ground of smartphones and tablets, but looking to finally broach a new and potentially lucrative segment too. That sets it on a collision course with some long-time rivals.

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AMD and Qualcomm team up for always-connected notebooks

AMD and Qualcomm team up for always-connected notebooks

Today we're hearing about a team up that may seem out of left field for some. AMD and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership that will see the two attempting to make a splash in the world of ultra-thin notebooks together. This new partnership was announced when all eyes are on Qualcomm, as the company is hosting its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii.

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Windows 10 on ARM: 4 facts you need to know

Windows 10 on ARM: 4 facts you need to know

In what could possibly be the biggest shake-up to Windows in years, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced the first ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs today, promising all-day battery life and ubiquitous connectivity. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 at their heart, the new ultraportables may look like their Intel and AMD counterparts at first glance, but there are some very good reasons inside why you might want one of these ARM-based models instead. Read on for what you need to know.

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ASUS NovaGo and HP ENVY x2 hands-on: Snapdragon’s Windows stars

ASUS NovaGo and HP ENVY x2 hands-on: Snapdragon’s Windows stars

Welcome to the familiar: I've just spent some time with the first Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices, HP's ENVY x2 and ASUS's NovaGo, and they're both new and old in one. Unveiled today at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit, the two new ultraportables - one a 2-in-1, and the other a detachable tablet - promise a whole new way of working on the move. In your hands, though, they feel much like the Windows 10 machines we've already seen.

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HP ENVY x2 takes on Surface Pro with Snapdragon 835

HP ENVY x2 takes on Surface Pro with Snapdragon 835

Want a Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptop, but prefer a Surface Pro style form-factor? HP has just the answer, the HP ENVY x2, a Snapdragon 835 based Windows detachable. It promises an incredible up to 20 hours of battery life.

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