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Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Don't expect the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5, or even a Surface Phone at Microsoft's event this week, but do expect its answer to Google's Chromebook. Anticipation for what the software giant will do next with its premium Surface range has never been higher, not least because it was a disappointing glitch in an otherwise healthy financial quarter. It looks, though, like we'll have to wait a little longer to see how Microsoft will address that, because the company is too busy going back to school.

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Synology RT2600ac Router Review

Synology RT2600ac Router Review

The days when a household only had one computer connected to the Internet is ancient history. Never mind desktops and laptops, the sheer number of smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs means that we have started needing networks akin to very small home offices or businesses right in our abode. Network routers have evolved to take on the needs of modern-day users and the Synology RT2600ac is the famed NAS maker's second stab at this market that's already crowded with the big players. So how does it fare? Surprisingly well, despite its rather modest and unassuming looks.

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Huawei, Google made an Android dev board ala Raspberry Pi

Huawei, Google made an Android dev board ala Raspberry Pi

Although still primarily associated with smartphones and, sometimes, tablets, Android has long outgrown that limited device category. It can now be found on smartwatches, TVs, PCs, laptops, cars, and, soon, household appliances. This means that the budding Android developer might want to be able to develop apps that aren't constrained to one type of hardware. They will need a reference development hardware. That hardware has now arrived in the form of the HiKey 960, a Raspberry Pi-like board developed, surprisingly, by Huawei, with some help and approval from Google.

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Acer Aspire U27 AiO and Switch 5 2-in-1 feature a liquid cooling system

Acer Aspire U27 AiO and Switch 5 2-in-1 feature a liquid cooling system

Among the gear Acer unveiled today comes a pair of computing products notable for how they're kept cool. The Acer Aspire U27 all-in-one desktop PC and the 2-in-1 convertible Switch 5 are both equipped with LiquidLoop, a liquid cooling system. The Switch 5 is Acer's first 2-in-1 laptop that features its LiquidLoop offering; it, as with the Aspire all-in-one, are ultra-quiet thanks to the elimination of the cooling fan.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft says don’t manually install Windows 10 Creators Update

Now this is a first. It's barely been a month since Microsoft opened the Creators Update floodgates and reception is rather lukewarm. In the past, Microsoft would be very aggressive in getting users to update to the latest version of Windows 10. This time, however, it is taking things slowly. Almost too slowly for some, which has lead those to manually download and install the update themselves. Which, in turn, has led to not a few broken Windows 10 PCs. Now Microsoft director Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery has written a blog post which basically tells users to be patient and wait their turn.

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Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro tipped to switch to Intel Pentium

Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro tipped to switch to Intel Pentium

Spurred by the success of the later Microsoft Surface models, OEMs of all sizes have hopped onto the 2-in-1 tablet market. Not all, however, have Microsoft's money to throw at these devices. Forced to choose their battles, manufacturers like Chuwi have opted to go for lower price tags and mass market appeal by opting for a cheaper, and also less powerful, processor. It seems that this strategy is reaching even major companies, with Acer's soon to be launched Aspire Switch 3 Pro said to run on an Intel Pentium instead of the usual Intel Core processor.

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Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

One of the biggest hurdles to virtual and augmented reality today isn't really the display. We've pretty much gotten that down. What breaks the illusion of the made-up worlds is, in fact, our input methods. While our eyes and ears are deceived into believing the immersion, our hands aren't. While the likes of Oculus and Vive are grappling with coming up with new handheld controllers, Samsung's Creative Lab, a.k.a. C-Lab s looking at another possible way to control and navigate VR experiences: your face.

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Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Android apps on Chrome OS is a long time coming. Probably too long. It has been months since Google officially announced the arrival of Google Play Store on Chrome devices but it has yet to make any significant headway into that promise. Performance has not been rated well and its rollout is still pretty dismal. To better reflect that disappointing state of affair, Google has updated its list of Chrome OS devices eligible for Play Store support. And it's not all good news.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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HP DreamColor monitors welcome Z31x, Z24x G2 to the family

HP DreamColor monitors welcome Z31x, Z24x G2 to the family

4K is practically done being the buzzword darling of the video entertainment industry. These days, it's all about HDR, be it HDR10, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision. But just as with hi-res images and videos, you'll need someone to create content with accurate and vibrant colors. That's where HP's DreamColor displays come in, promising color accuracy and automatic calibration for professionals. And with the new Z31x Studio and Z24x G2, the DreamColor range can appeal to every artist and creator, no matter the budget.

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Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Windows 10 Cloud specs leak alongside details of Chromebook rival

Microsoft's upcoming May 2nd event is only a few weeks away, and while we already know it will focus on education, new information has emerged that hints we'll finally see the debut of Windows 10 Cloud, a scaled-back version of the operating system designed to compete with Chrome OS on low-spec hardware. Among the new details are a list of minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud, revealing how such devices running the OS would compare to Google’s Chromebooks.

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