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Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

We've already seen a few creative uses of the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro; some useful, like a dedicated task-switching app, and some silly, like running the original Doom on the super-narrow OLED touchscreen strip. Now there's another option that falls somewhere in-between: a dedicated piano app.

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4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

The gulf between Apple and Microsoft's strategies for desktop and mobile continues to spread. On the one hand, Apple has iOS on its own ARM-based mobile chips, and macOS on Intel x86 processors. Taking the complete opposite approach, Microsoft is forging ahead with the same Windows 10 across both ecosystems. While there's no single "right answer" there are plenty of reasons why Microsoft's announcement with Qualcomm that full Windows 10 is coming to Snapdragon should get you excited.

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Magic Leap video may have involved more magic than tech

Magic Leap video may have involved more magic than tech

While the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and even Google Daydream are duking it out in the virtual reality space, the Microsoft HoloLens remains almost uncontested in the augmented reality arena. Well, almost. There’s also Magic Leap, which has was already making waves even before the HoloLens landed in the market. But apparently, that was all it was doing, making waves by blowing air. According to The Information’s Reed Albergotti, Magic Leap’s technology and prototype are actually far, far behind than the company is letting on, at least based on its two most-watched videos.

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Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the season of giving is far from done. Especially when you consider that gadgets and accessories are really a year round thing. We usually just need an excuse when to give them to our loved ones. If you're still on the fence what to get such a person, for example, your super mom or super wife, take a gander at your lengthy list to fill stockings this 2016. But, mind you, gadgets are really no one gender's domain, and some non-moms might find something delightful in our season's picks as well.

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What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

YouTube videos stutter, network backups take an age, and every Spotify playlist sounds like trip-hop from all the hiccups and pauses: face it, your WiFi network needs an intervention. Once upon a time that meant switching over to the newest, fastest router, but there's a new technology in town. Mesh networking is the wireless fix of the moment, and there's a good reason for that.

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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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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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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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Pinebook crams ARM CPU and Linux support into an $89 laptop

Pinebook crams ARM CPU and Linux support into an $89 laptop

Last year Pine64 debuted a tiny little Linux computer that packs an Allwinner A64 ARM processor inside a small, clear shell. The big deal with that tiny computer was that it cost only $15 or starters. Pine64 is back and this year it has a new laptop that is impressively cheap called the Pinebook.

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That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even “professional” ones like LinkedIn have become so ingrained in our modern lifestyles that we sometimes take for granted that they aren’t really as secure as real-world, physical social circles. That is a fact that cybercriminals seem to be trying to exploit, taking advantage of users’ propensity to just click on images and files downloaded from social hubs. Unsurprisingly, those images might contain or are themselves malware in disguise, ready to hold users’ data for ransom.

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Japan to build world’s fastest supercomputer for industry research

Japan to build world’s fastest supercomputer for industry research

Japan has announced plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer, doing so to help some industries in the nation perform research vital to growth and expansion. According to the nation’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, this supercomputer will cost the equivalent of about $173 million USD; sources go on to claim that it’ll be able to perform 130 quadrillion calculations every second with the project set to start as early as 2017.

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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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