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Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Rumors of Intel Atom's death have been greatly exaggerated. And Intel has only itself to blame for that. Now it seems that the company is clarifying, or further muddling, its plans for its low-power processor line. Intel is, indeed, axing the Atom but that is true only as far as mobile devices, laptops, and even wearables go. It still has Atoms planned, newer ones based on its Apollo Lake architecture. Those, however, will be heading towards smart cars and smart appliances as Intel tries to make a grab for the IoT market instead.

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Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

Microsoft Secure Boot key leak shows why backdoors are bad

There is an oft quoted adage called "Murphy's Law" (not to be confused with Moore's Law) that, simplified, goes like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Well, that proverbial thing may have just hit the fan, as far as Microsoft's operating system and devices are concerned. The "golden key", that is, a key to a hallowed backdoor, to Microsoft's Secure Boot implementation has just been leaked. It's a double-edged sword that allows power users to install operating systems and software on previously locked down devices but also gives unsavory characters the power to install malware such as rootkits and bootkits.

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Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

Dlodlo V1 VR “sunglasses” tries to be portable, coming soon

A virtual reality headset that won't make you look like a chap from an 80's sci-fi bomb movie and one that will really let you take the VR experience anywhere. That is probably what some VR fans are dreaming of at the moment. Luckily for them, A Chinese company by the name of Dlodlo ("dwo-dwo") is about ready to make that dream come true. First revealed in April, the Dlodlo V1 headset looks pretty much like somewhat larger sunglasses and it will be shipping to developers later this year. But while it does look like the epitome of a truly lightweight and portable VR headset, when it comes to virtual reality, looks can really be deceiving.

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HP gives fanless Stream notebooks a sub-$250 refresh

HP gives fanless Stream notebooks a sub-$250 refresh

HP has outed a fresh batch of its Stream notebooks, targeting back-to-school shoppers and bargain hunters with sub-$250 budgets. The new HP Stream 11 will be one of the cheapest notebooks in the company's 2016 line-up, with a $199 sticker when it hits shelves on August 24. That gets you an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor.

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Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Microsoft is testing a trio of Surface All-in-One desktops as well as a new Surface Book design that could address the original notebook's most controversial feature, according to the latest leaks. Chatter of a Surface AIO broke back in July, with rumors of a new, large-screen PC developed by Microsoft's in-house team and intended for the living room.

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Google Daydream Labs tackle virtual reality’s social problems

Google Daydream Labs tackle virtual reality’s social problems

As hot or cool virtual reality may be right now, it is still primarily a solitary experience, especially considering how it visually and physically isolates your from everyone and everything else. Of course, there are attempts at making VR a more social experience, but, as the Internet has proven time again, adding more, sometimes anonymous, humans in a virtual space can spell trouble. That's why Google's VR-focused Daydream Labs has taken upon itself to delve into the virtual social problems of virtual reality, and suffice it to say, the answers are far from clear yet.

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NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

It's not really that unusual to hear of successfully crowdfunded projects that failed to deliver, though they are thankfully still the exception rather than the norm. For a time, it seemed that NexDock was going to be one of those tragically doomed Indiegogo promises, despite the publicity it garnered. Fortunately, for the company and its backers, the docks that turn your smartphone into a laptop have started shipping to already disappointed backers, with (almost) all rewards expected to be sent out by the end of the month.

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Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

It seems that Google's gift of Android apps to Chromebooks has resulted in more than just Android apps. Whether a secret, silent feature or an unintended side effect, Chromebook owners will soon find that they will be able to locate, lock, or even wipe their device from a web browser. All thanks to the Android Device Manager framework that is now available on Chromebooks as well, and not just the ones that are configured for enterprise or schools.

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HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

One of the biggest problems of road warriors, other than a consistent Internet connection everywhere, is the rapidly decreasing meter on their batteries. Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are easier to deal with, but when you really need to get work done, a laptop is your Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, and this new HP backpack. Unassumingly stylish, the HP Powerup Backpack actually stores a large 22,400 mAh 84 Wh battery pack that can keep even your laptop sufficiently juiced up when power outlets are as rare as a Mewtwo.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

The last week has been a big one for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The OS officially turned one year old, bringing an end to the free upgrade period for Windows 7 and 8 users, and shortly after Microsoft began rolling out the highly anticipated Anniversary Update, which introduces a number of new features and cross compatibility with the Xbox One. However, it seems Microsoft also quietly mentioned that it already has planned for two large updates to see release in 2017.

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Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

When it comes to desktop keyboards, there are generally two types to choose from. There are those with the typical rubber-dome keys, and those that use mechanical switches. Gamers tend to gravitate toward the latter for many reasons, and the latest keyboard from Steelseries takes a different approach to the mechanical keyboard.

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PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

WiFi doesn't always work when it comes to getting connectivity for all your computers and gadgets around your home. The problem is that some areas can be hard to reach or unreachable depending on interferences in and around the home or business. In instances where WiFi isn't cutting it for some reason, a good alternative is power line networking and D-Link has a new PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough Starter Kit that is good for up to 2000Mbps speeds.

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