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Dell unveils giant interactive monitors, laptops for education

Dell unveils giant interactive monitors, laptops for education

Dell has unveiled a new lineup of products designed for educational institutions, including a pair of 55-inch and 86-inch interactive touch monitors, a convertible Chromebook and convertible Latitude, a couple non-convertible netbooks, and even some Dell Mobile Computing carts. The products were unveiled at the BETT Show in London, and will be launching at various price points starting early next month.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer has introduced the new Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T), a convertible laptop with military-grade durability, according to Acer. It seems the company has created its new Chromebook for classroom use, and appropriately it has revealed it at the British Education and Training Technology Show in London. Among the Spin 11’s unique features is a 360-degree hinge and integrated Wacom technology.

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Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 notebook offers durability for students

Today Acer unveiled the next entry in its TravelMate line of notebooks. The TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible notebook that's targeted at commercial customers and students, mostly because of its ruggedness and support for Windows Ink through the included stylus. Of course, ruggedness means compromises in other areas, most notably aesthetics in this case.

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ASUS Tinker is almost a complete Raspberry Pi clone

ASUS Tinker is almost a complete Raspberry Pi clone

There's no denying that the Raspberry Pi has forever left a mark on computing history, making available a palm-sized computer board that, while no race horse, opened the doors to myriads of projects and devices, not to mention learning opportunities and inspiration for future inventions. The RPi has become so popular that it has no shortage of would-be rivals and clones. ASUS' silently launched Tinker Board, however, probably takes the cake for being almost an exact clone of the Raspberry Pi, I/O pin for I/O pin.

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Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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Intel Baby Canyon NUC: Kaby Lake, Thunderbolt 3, Optane-ready

Intel Baby Canyon NUC: Kaby Lake, Thunderbolt 3, Optane-ready

The slim Compute Card may have been the star of Intel's CES 2017 show, but it is hardly the only big thing it revealed back then. For the more traditional computer users, Intel has also unveiled the next generation of its "Next Unit of Computing", or NUC mini PCs. Aside from naturally running on its next processors of computing, namely the 7th gen Kaby Lake Core chips, these NUCs also signal the return of the Thunderbolt on the small boxes as well as heralding the arrival of ultra fast Optane SSDs.

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Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Apple's Logic Pro X has gained Touch Bar support on the latest MacBook Pro, with the music software - and its GarageBand for iOS cousin - getting a big update today. Logic Pro X 10.3 not only embraces the slender touchscreen strip on Apple's latest notebook, but revamps the UI throughout; as for GarageBand for iOS 2.2, that gets a brand new synthesizer and a new interface. Meanwhile, music-makers using both products will be better able to create on the move thanks to new remote access options.

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Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

At CES 2017 earlier this month, Intel unveiled something new yet something also familiar, a nearly complete computer board just a little larger than a credit card. Intel wants its new Compute Card to be the dockable brain of future devices, including smart appliances. NexDock, the people behind a more or less successful crowdfunded device of the same name, is taking that brain and putting it inside its next ambitious project, which, unsurprisingly, is another NexDock.

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Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft to get its own ebook store in Windows 10 update

Microsoft has almost matched its platform rivals Google and Apple in most digital content save for one. While it already does apps, games, videos, and music, it so far hasn’t done digital books yet. That, however, will be changing in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Spotted in an internal build for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft seem to be preparing its own built-in ebook store to complete its digital selection and give Windows 10 users a new way of consuming and buying content without having to resort to Android or iOS platforms.

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Oculus-ZeniMax lawsuit in a suit

There's always a first time for everything. For VR company Oculus, it's probably the first time it has been dragged in a high-profile public trial. For Mark Zuckerberg, it's his first time testifying in a courtroom and one of the extremely rare times you'd see the Facebook CEO out of his now iconic hoodie and jeans attire. Instead, he wears a suit that solemnly declares serious business, because that is exactly the position that game publisher ZeniMax has forced Oculus and Facebook into in its lawsuit over stolen VR technology and intellectual property.

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macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

If there were three things that defined the late 2016 MacBook Pros, they’d be the Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and contentious battery life. Apple has received no small amount of flak, warranted or not, for the not so 10 hours of battery life promised by the company. Apple has taken those criticisms seriously and implemented some measures to refute those claims, or at least make sure that it won’t be blamed for them. Its latest countermeasure was quietly added to the fourth beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.3 which now warns users if their displays are so bright they’re using up those precious battery minutes.

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2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

MacBook Pro owners might have something to really look forward to this year if Ming-Chi Kuo is on the mark. The renowned analyst from KGI is predicting that this year’s generation of MacBook Pros will finally break through the 16 GB RAM limit. While 32 GB on a “professional” computer might seem normal these days, that has actually become a sore topic with the late 2016 models as Apple refused to go any further, sacrificing power for the sake of longer battery life and portability.

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