Computing

HP debuts new Pavilion lineup at Coachella

HP debuts new Pavilion lineup at Coachella

HP is back today with a new round of Pavilion laptops, but where it chose to reveal these notebooks may come as something of a surprise. Instead of announcing them at some technology trade show, HP instead chose to bring them to Coachella, the annual music and arts festival that goes down in the Colorado Desert. The desert may seem like a bad place to set up a stand and show off your delicate computing hardware, but HP actually has a pretty good marketing idea behind this decision.

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Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

The new MacBooks, especially the new MacBook Pros, are probably the most controversial MacBooks yet. The smaller models ditched all but one USB-C port while the Pros ditched all ports in favor of all Thunderbolt 3's. That said, the decision had one positive side effect on the computing industry as a whole. More and more accessory and peripheral makers are jumping on the USB-C train to become compatible with the new MacBooks. Like this G-technology G-DRIVE USB-C device from Western Digital that brings not only external storage but also power to the MacBook.

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Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but not everyone is confident they can even paint a picture at all. Almost all, however, would concede they can at least draw stick figures and shapes. The problem is that they don't think they represent the real thing they wanted to draw. Just as we "google" things we don't know these days, we can now also "google" scribbles and sketches. That's thanks to Google's new AutoDraw website and a whole lot of machine learning.

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You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

AMD fans and gamers and streamers thirsting for something new can finally quench their processor thirst. Making good on its promise last month, AMD is finally making its more affordable Ryzen 5 processors available for purchase for desktop owners. Built on the same Zen architecture that AMD has been singing about since December last year, the Ryzen 5 line offers a more affordable alternative to the monstrous Ryzen 7 flagships, but with the matching "more efficient" power management.

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Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Windows 10 Creators Update is now officially rolling out

Let a thousand updates bloom! Microsoft has just finally fired off the release engines to bring the latest major update of Windows 10 to the general public. Of course, it's not as big a jump as Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 considering Microsoft's new found path of rolling updates, but it's a significant one nonetheless. Microsoft has already been teasing and revealing what users can expect so there are very few surprises. At least the positive ones. So far, the rollout hasn't yet been met with botched updates and broken systems, so we'll keep our fingers crossed.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Imagine pulling a laptop out of its box for the first time, only to worry that it may not include a battery due to its insanely light weight. That was my first thought when I retrieved the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th generation) from its box. It's hard to imagine that this laptop is powered by anything other than thin air, mostly because it's hard to imagine there's an entire set of hardware -- including a battery, of course -- inside this thin and light body. What kind of sacrifices had to be made to produce such a svelte laptop? Surprisingly few, it turns out.

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mintyPi hides a gaming device inside Altoid tins

mintyPi hides a gaming device inside Altoid tins

Although it has long been in existence, the Nintendo Switch has caused a resurgence of interest in portable gaming handhelds. Particularly of the DIY kind. Naturally, the Raspberry Pi is the crowd-favorite when it comes to a single board computer (SBC) that will serve as the brains of such a project. With the launch of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, it was an auspicious time to make or remake such a project. And that is exactly what Warner Skoch, a.k.a. sudomod, did. Behold the mintyPi 2.0 in all its tiny, Atloid glory.

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LaptopMag says Apple no longer the top brand

LaptopMag says Apple no longer the top brand

Purchasing Apple devices has always been as much about lifestyle choices as it is a technical one. Even when there might be better alternatives available, consumers still flock to Apple partly because of the strength of its brand. That holding power, however, might be fading in the laptop market. At least if LaptopMag is to be believed. According to its Best and Worst Laptops of 2017, Apple is no longer the top laptop, having fallen from grace from #1 to #5.

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Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 offers a Retina display on a budget

Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 offers a Retina display on a budget

There is no shortage of affordable laptops aiming for consumers with more constrained budgets. Computing devices of that kind usually come with compromises, and one of the first to go, aside from the processor, is the display. More often than not, "cheap" laptops mean Full HD, sometimes even just HD, displays. Chuwi wants to be different, or at least that's the goal. While price details have yet to be released, the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 is unabashedly mid-range but still manages so squeeze in a 2736x1824 "Retina" display.

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Google says AlphaGo AI helps humans become better players

Google says AlphaGo AI helps humans become better players

Although they have always been a source of fantasy as well as nightmares, robots and artificial intelligence have taken the spotlight in the recent years, even in mainstream media. One recurring theme has always been about how these technologies will soon replace humans, mostly in the work place. Those fears were perhaps magnified when AlphaGo, from Google-owned DeepMind, defeated legendary Go player Lee Sedol. Google perhaps expected some level of outrage but it says it was surprised to instead see some contemplation as human players try to learn the never before seen moves that the AI made.

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Dallas hack sets of 156 warning sirens for 90 minutes

Dallas hack sets of 156 warning sirens for 90 minutes

Some computer hacking incidents are frightening, like those that play with your personal information. Some seem like playful, but still illegal, antics of children. Then there are those in the middle, bordering on being a nuisance, but with potentially disastrous results. Such was the situation the residents of Dallas found themselves in when, in the dead of night, the city's 156 emergency sirens blared loudly for 90 minutes, causing not just a ruckus but a growing distrust of the warning system.

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“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

The personal assistant war has long moved from smartphones to smart homes the day Amazon launched its Echo speaker and introduced Alexa to the world. Pretty soon, Google followed with its Home (not Gnome) and Google Assistant and soon, Microsoft will do likewise with Cortana. That device has already been teased before to bear Harman Kardon's brand but very little else. Now some more details are falling into place courtesy of leaks, including a rather unusual but still totally generic name: Invoke.

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