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TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 Review

TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 Review

The amount of data we generate and accumulate is sometimes too much for our laptops or even desktops to accommodate. Normal external hard drives are veritably just that, hard drives you plug in as needed. Networked Attached Storage or NAS provide some speed, reliability, and power but at the price of complexity. Enter Direct-Attached Storage or DAS like the new TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 that offer the reliability of NAS drives without the hassle nor the latency of networks.

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Intel Pohoiki Beach crams 64 Loihi neuromorphic chips for AI and IoT

Intel Pohoiki Beach crams 64 Loihi neuromorphic chips for AI and IoT

Although Intel is often criticized for failing to scale its chips down to ARM's level of energy efficiency, it still has the edge when it comes to raw processing power when TDP is not much of an issue. That's especially applicable in research fields where the main concern is, to some extent, trying to make computers replicate how the human brain works. It's for that exact purpose that Intel has developed its Loihi "neuromorphic" research chip that it has now put on a specialized system to provide the processing needs of special applications ranging from research to AI to IoT.

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Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from forcing its operating systems on users, including mobile, to a more "services-oriented" tactic that offers apps and platforms for others to build on or use on its competitors' platforms. That seems to be the case even when it has competing products like smart assistants. In fact, in the next Windows 10 update later this year, it will be giving those assistants more control even when the PC is still on its lock screen.

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Snapdragon 855 Plus drops a mid-year upgrade in time for Note 10

Snapdragon 855 Plus drops a mid-year upgrade in time for Note 10

Qualcomm today announced a new version of the Snapdragon 855, aptly named the Snapdragon 855 Plus. As the name suggests, this is less of a generational upgrade and more of an incremental one, but the improvements that are there could give the incoming slate of fall flagships a decent bump up in power nonetheless. Interestingly enough, Qualcomm seems to positioning this as a good SoC for gaming phones.

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Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Windows 10 will now warn users if their version will soon be unsupported

Even before it had a chance to fully roll out, Windows 10 was already lambasted for how it nagged users to upgrade to Microsoft's latest but not so greatest. That may now be in the past but it seems that Redmond has found another way to notify users that the version of Windows 10 they're on will be reaching its end of life. What it doesn't make apparent is that it may automatically update such users to the latest version, whether they like to or not.

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MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 teardown reveals one bright spot

MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 teardown reveals one bright spot

There's a new MacBook Pro in town, and the first teardown has some not-so-great news for those looking to repair or update hardware on their own. The MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 model (with two Thunderbolt Ports) didn't get a particularly great score from iFixit, but there is at least a silver lining to this raincloud. Where previous MacBooks didn't allow easy access to their touchpads (for removal and repair), this unit keeps it a little more real.

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VAIO SX12 ultrabook packs every port you’ll ever need

VAIO SX12 ultrabook packs every port you’ll ever need

VAIO has introduced an incredibly slim, lightweight 12.5-inch laptop that, despite its ultrabook design, features just about every port you're likely to need in various usage scenarios. The VAIO SX12 has a full-size keyboard, weighs less than 2lbs, and comes with the promise of 'full performance' despite the slim notebook design.

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Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Microsoft may have thrown in the towel as far as its own mobile platform goes but it is making up for lost time by connecting Windows 10 more intimately with smartphones. That comes via the Your Phone app which is getting more features at every turn. The latest is the Phone Screen Mirroring function that Microsoft is now rolling out to more Surface devices in the latest Insider Preview for the next version of Windows 10.

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GPD Win Max could be a mini laptop and gaming handheld mashup

GPD Win Max could be a mini laptop and gaming handheld mashup

The netbook renaissance is at hand, that is if you ask at least three Chinese manufacturers. GPD, Chuwi, and One Netbook are currently in a race for the 8-inch mini laptop market but GPD is quite happy to stretch its wings even further. It is already known to be working on a slight refresh of its GPD WIN 2 Windows-based gaming handheld but now it's rumored to be smashing those two worlds together into the GPD Win Max.

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Raspberry Pi 4 won’t work with some USB-C power cables

Raspberry Pi 4 won’t work with some USB-C power cables

There was a great deal of rejoicing in the tech industry when USB-C got approved and even more hurrahs when Apple became its unexpected champion. In the rush to adopt the standard, however, many companies, especially accessory makers, got it wrong, accidentally or otherwise. They became the target of an Internet shame campaign to raise awareness of non-compliant implementations. The latest to join that list is, surprisingly, the Raspberry Pi 4, the new darling of the maker and hacker world.

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Your Galaxy Note 10 may replace all your other gadgets

Your Galaxy Note 10 may replace all your other gadgets

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 just revealed itself as a contender for the longstanding ultimate goal of the smartphone form factor. That ultimate goal is to replace not only mobile phones and landlines, but to replace the home computer. Samsung's been preparing for this accomplishment in incremental feature additions to smartphones each generation since well over a decade ago. Is it time, at last?

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Apple just axed the controversial 12-inch MacBook

Apple just axed the controversial 12-inch MacBook

If you haven't already heard the news, Apple updated its entry-level MacBook lineup today, giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro some new silicon and outfitting with the Touch Bar while updating the MacBook Air with a True Tone display. Apple says that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now its entry-level Pro model, but unfortunately, that designation comes with a casualty, as the 12-inch MacBook has been seemingly discontinued.

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