Computing

Drobo 5N2 brings enterprise-level NAS to home, small offices

Drobo 5N2 brings enterprise-level NAS to home, small offices

People produce and amass a staggering amount of files these days, and we're not talking about those who create media files for a living. From office documents to personal projects to family home videos, homes, and especially small to medium businesses, have a greater need for a secure and reliable way to store and access those files. The Drobo 5N2 was designed just for that very purpose, giving home users and SMBs the same peace of mind as professional NAS solutions, but in a smaller and more affordable form.

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ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

Although in existence for decades, artificial intelligence and machine learning have only recently hit mainstream, becoming the hottest thing in the tech industry. But for all the capabilities and ambitions of AI and ML, they are practically limited by the computing power that runs those algorithms and data processing tasks. In other words, advancement in AI requires not just more powerful but also more efficient computing processors. Which is why ARM Holdings is announcing the next evolution of its ARM chip design which it calls DynamIQ.

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Qbo One desktop robot heads to Indiegogo later this year

Qbo One desktop robot heads to Indiegogo later this year

Back in 2012, the original Qbo robot caught quite a bit of attention. Today, we're being introduced Thecorpora's next generation Qbo robot, appropriately named the Qbo One. Unlike its predecessor, Qbo One won't be zipping around on its own - instead, it's meant to sit atop your desk and interact with you from there.

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Intel Optane SSD finally launches, for enterprise only

Intel Optane SSD finally launches, for enterprise only

For all the leaps that computing technology has made of late, data storage remains the bottleneck of performance and hasn’t evolved significantly of late. Sure, SSDs are faster than HDDs, but it seems we’re stuck on those. Two years ago, Intel and Micron said “not anymore”, and the first consumable fruits of that labor has finally landed. Introducing the Intel Optane SSD DC 4800X, the first commercially available “3D XPoint” SSD. Sadly, it’s not something you can buy off shelves, unless you happen to be a well-financed business.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

If you were planning on someday trading in your Surface Book for its successor, better hang on to that 2-in-1 computer. It might become a piece of history now. Although the quirky notebook has its fair share of critics, the Microsoft Surface Book was still generally received with thumbs up. It, however, didn’t exactly sell as well because of its high price tag. And so Microsoft will supposedly cut down costs with the Surface Book 2 and it does so by cutting out the device’s most distinctive feature.

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AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD has always been Intel’s biggest rival in the PC market though, depending on where you stand, you might think that AMD has lost that battle recently. With the announcement of its new Zen-based Ryzen line of processors, however, AMD is pushing back hard. The first line of the series, the Ryzen 7, was squarely aimed at hard-core gamers and professionals. The Ryzen 5 line, on the other hand, is targeting the mainstream, bringing the same key features of the Zen architecture, but with lower clock speeds and a matching lower price tag.

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Chrome 57 promises to be less power-hungry, throttles JS timers

Chrome 57 promises to be less power-hungry, throttles JS timers

There recently was a mini browser war between Microsoft and Opera that revolved around power consumption. While the two naturally didn’t see eye to eye on who used up less power, they seem to implicitly agree on who was the worst offender: Google Chrome. Unsurprisingly, Google fired off its own retort but it also admits there’s still work to be done. In version 57 of Chrome, part of that work has been implemented by taking down abusive Javascript timers down a notch.

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AMD absolves Windows 10 of Ryzen CPU performance criticism

AMD absolves Windows 10 of Ryzen CPU performance criticism

AMD's Ryzen CPU launched to a lot of excitement a couple of weeks back, but in the time since then, some complaints about performance have started to appear. A portion of users suspected that some of the problems they were experiencing were the fault of Windows. A new blog post from AMD, however, suggests that may not be the case.

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Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Thanks to some historic events in space science, being an astronaut has once again become a “cool” career path. Of course, that chances of actually being chosen for a space mission are very slim. The next best thing? Getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work as an astronaut, made possible with virtual reality. That is exactly the “close enough” experience that Oculus is offering with Mission:ISS, which will let you at least see if you have what it takes to live among the stars.

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Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google has priced up its Jamboard, and by the standard of virtual whiteboards it's actually fairly affordable. Announced last year, Jamboard followed products like Microsoft's Surface Hub in turning a big, touchscreen display into a cloud-connected collaboration tool. However, our hopes that this might also be a great way to corral an unruly household together seems to have been over-ambitious.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Browser-based games are nothing new, from Farmville to Plants vs. Zombies to Candy Crush Saga. Back then, smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous or as accessible as they are now. Browser games have since then taken a backseat, held back by limitations of web technologies and languages. Not anymore, promises Mozilla. With Firefox 52.0 and its fancy new WebAssembly feature, gaming on web browsers need no longer be limited to simplistic, usually 2D games. They can, and will, run more complex 3D games, without requiring a plugin.

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