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HP Elite x2 refresh addresses first gen flaws

HP Elite x2 refresh addresses first gen flaws

The unexpected success of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets gave rise to a new breed of 2-in-1 Windows 10 computers that tried to emulate, if not downright imitate, that formula. Unsurprisingly, some of them didn't get it right. At least not on the first try. The HP Elite x2 tried to mix things up a bit and aimed a tad lower. Unfortunately, it also missed the target by some standards. Rather than scrap the product, HP has apparently returned with a gen 2 model that mostly fixes what was wrong with the first.

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NVIDIA’s Volta GPU platform wants to take the AI world by storm

NVIDIA’s Volta GPU platform wants to take the AI world by storm

NVIDIA had plenty of big announcements to make during its GTC keynote today, but one of the biggest was the reveal of its new Volta GPU platform. More powerful than any GPU platform NVIDIA has released before (obviously), the company envisions Volta has the go-to platform to accelerate AI development and high performance computing. The question now becomes just how much more powerful Volta actually is.

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Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo Yoga 720 Review — a slim, premium laptop with Thunderbolt

Lenovo has updated its Yoga 700 product line with a new model, the Lenovo Yoga 720. This model is best described as sleek, silver and slim, if you'll forgive the alliteration, and it comes with a sub-$1,000 price. There's a lot to like about this laptop, and you can spot some of them upon first glance -- the ultra-slim bezels are a great start, as is the ultra-flexible hinge. Is the latest Yoga model worth the upgrade, though? Read our full review to find out!

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Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft blurs the edges of the cloud as Win 10 hits 500m monthly actives

Microsoft is doubling down on the cloud, using its BUILD 2017 developer event to hammer home the idea that in a mobile- and cloud-first world, data crunching comes first. Hopes of new Surface hardware were dashed at day one of the annual conference, with the software behemoth instead focusing on Cortana, Artificial Intelligence, the IoT, and how best to organize the cloud when the levels of data being generated are growing exponentially.

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AOC unveils 16″ portable USB 3.0 monitor

AOC unveils 16″ portable USB 3.0 monitor

AOC has unveiled a new 16-inch monitor with the model number I1659FWUX. This model is notable because of its portable nature -- the display is powered by and connects to PCs via USB 3.0, making it a relatively hassle-free display for computing needs. The display has a built-in hinged stand that allows it to be stored when not in use and placed on a desk when needed. The stand supports both landscape and portrait orientations.

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Don’t expect Surface Pro 5 anytime soon

Don’t expect Surface Pro 5 anytime soon

With the Surface Pro 4 launching way back in October 2015, there are some who are ready to see a follow up wait a Surface Pro 5. Ahead of Microsoft's education event last week, there were plenty of rumors about such a device, but the event came and went without any official announcements. Instead, Microsoft introduced us to the new Surface Laptop, a premium notebook aimed at college students who usually opt for the more expensive MacBook.

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NVIDIA VRWorks SDKs make stitching 360-degree audio, video easier

NVIDIA VRWorks SDKs make stitching 360-degree audio, video easier

Virtual reality has never before been as accessible as it is today but it still hasn't hit mainstream the way smartphones have. Part of that is due to the exorbitant price tags for equipment and part is due to the lack of noteworthy VR content. The latter, in turn, is due to the lack of tools to create such content. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), NVIDIA, one of the biggest names in the industry, is unveiling two VRWorks SDKs to address exactly that. And, surprisingly enough, the more mature and stable of the two is VRWorks Audio.

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This is how future Surface tablets and pens should work

This is how future Surface tablets and pens should work

Microsoft's Surface tablets and its Surface Pen appealed to artists and creatives but it was lacking in one aspect that these class of people were used to. It left one hand, the non-pen hand, idle and practically useless. Microsoft addressed that with the Surface Dial, but it was yet another accessory that you could drop, break, or lose. Microsoft Researchers,however, have come up with ways to give that hand something to do, by allowing both pen and finger to be used as the same time, with the finger driving some special UI and actions at the side.

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Microsoft has a big Surface surprise in Shanghai

Microsoft has a big Surface surprise in Shanghai

Consumers and geeks who were disappointed by Microsoft's latest product announcements had good reason to be. Windows 10 S is not something end consumers would want to buy and the Surface Laptop is a beautiful but overpriced laptop. Where are the Surface Pros? Where are the Surface Phones? While Microsoft might not exactly have answers to those, especially the latter, it does have something prepared. You'll have to wait later this month and turn your gaze Eastward to find out.

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Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Although initially intended to help teach kids and adults alike the workings of a computer, the Raspberry Pi has long shed off its educational roots. The single-board computer (SBC) is now the most popular cornerstone for all sorts of DIY projects, from gaming emulators to the new Internet of Things. Jumping on that bandwagon, Google has teamed up with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to build RPi-compatible kits that will take users on a journey of AI discovery, starting with a Voice Kit.

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Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Microsoft just made an aggressive and rather daring attempt to reclaim its spot in the education sector. A new class of laptops, with prices ranging from $189 to $2,199, was born, and at the heart of it is Windows 10 S. Call it Secure, Streamlined, or Stunted, this new flavor of Windows 10 S is designed to sing to educators and system administrators. But, almost like a siren's song, it comes at a cost. So before you set your eyes and your heart on it, here are a few hidden traps in Windows 10 S you might want to be aware of.

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Toshiba Portege X30 touts enterprise security, Windows 10 Pro

Toshiba Portege X30 touts enterprise security, Windows 10 Pro

Today might be the worst day to announce a new, "regular" Windows 10 laptop. Given the big event surrounding Windows 10 S and compatible laptops. like the Microsoft Surface Laptop, it is almost too easy to presume that new laptops this week will be all about Microsoft's new education platform. The Toshiba Portégé X30, the company's newest ultra-portable notebook, is anything but an affordable, student-friendly computer. It is, instead, all serious business, with serious specs, and a very serious price tag to match.

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