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MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI has announced that its cool backpack PC for VR gaming has now hit the market for gamers to purchase. The PC is called the MSI VR One and it is the most powerful backpack gaming PC on the market today according to MSI. The machine is available right now in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, China, and Taiwan. It will be available for purchase in more markets soon.

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Eve V 2-in-1 tries to beat the Surface Pro at its own game

Eve V 2-in-1 tries to beat the Surface Pro at its own game

It’s hard to deny the effect that Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets have had on the computing landscape. Despite a rocky start, the “tablet that can replace your laptop” has created a new category that now everyone is trying to emulate or compete with, including, to some extent, Apple. There is, however, always room for something better, which is what Finnish startup Eve Tech is proposing with the Eve V. And, unlike Microsoft, the Eve V was designed right from the start with consumers on the co-pilot seat.

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Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Apple’s MacBooks, be they the Pro, normal, or Air variety, have always been praised for their slim and light designs, relatively speaking. But as computing hardware gets more powerful, something will eventually have to give. In this year’s case, apparently that is the MacBook Pro’s RAM that was the scapegoat. Apple has taken flak for the laptop’s 16 GB RAM limit, which power users have analyzed and criticized to no end. This has lead Apple SVP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller to take the mic to defend the decision, which basically boils down to compromising for better battery life.

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Windows 10 Mobile might be able to emulate x86 apps

Windows 10 Mobile might be able to emulate x86 apps

Windows 10’s Continuum for Phones feature promises us a rather colorful future of computing, but it falls short in one critical aspect. It can’t run the desktop apps that majority of users expect and still use on their desktops. That, however, might change by late 2017. A combination of speculation and sources would have us believe that Microsoft might be rolling out its x86 emulation for ARM64 systems. In a nutshell, that means that Windows 10 Mobile phones and tablet might gain the ability to run “regular” win32 desktop apps by then.

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Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

It is both a running joke as well as a tradition within the programming and gaming communities that a computer is really only a computer if it can run Doom. The first one, mind you. Well, now you can probably consider the fancy new Touch Bar introduced in the late 2016 MacBook Pros to be computers in their own right. Because, yes, someone has gotten Doom to run on that Touch Bar. No, not use the Touch Bar for controls but actually run on the Touch Bar, display and all.

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GPD WIN Review: Mobile Windows 10 for gaming

GPD WIN Review: Mobile Windows 10 for gaming

Windows has indeed changed, partly thanks to some strategic licensing changes. Previously only seen in desktops and laptops, Microsoft's operating system can now be found in all sorts of devices, even those not blessed by Redmond. Those range from cheap 2-in-1 tablets to mini PCs to project to, well, gaming handhelds.

GPD, short for GamePad, has made gaming devices before, but all of those ran on Android and exploited emulators, probably the easiest thing to do. With GPD WIN, however, the China-based company decided to try its hand at delivering the same experience with a very big twist. This review dives into one of the first attempts at a portable, full Windows 10 machine intended for gaming.

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Can Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad convince you on the Touch Bar?

Can Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad convince you on the Touch Bar?

Apple didn't quite get the reception it was expecting for the new MacBook Pro, particularly when it comes to the contentious Touch Bar. Now, it's turning to a new advert to try to hammer the message home that its slim strip of customizable buttons above the keyboard on the new notebook is more dramatic an innovation than, say, the full touchscreen you might find on a Windows 10 machine. To do so, it's going on a memory trip through old breakthroughs.

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AKiTiO Node external graphics enclosure upgrades notebooks, AIOs, or SFF PCs

AKiTiO Node external graphics enclosure upgrades notebooks, AIOs, or SFF PCs

AKiTiO has rolled out a new external graphics enclosure that is designed for users of AIO, notebook, and SFF computer systems who want a graphics upgrade. The device is called Node and it connects to your computer or other device via a Thunderbolt 3 port and inside the Node enclosure is a discrete graphics card. The enclosure is large enough to support video cards that have very large cooling solutions.

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Wacom Cintiq Pro hits back at Surface Studio with better pens

Wacom Cintiq Pro hits back at Surface Studio with better pens

Microsoft’s unveiling of the Surface Studio undoubtedly made an impression on Wacom, and maybe not in a good way. Microsoft has clearly been aiming at Wacom’s target audience ever since the Surface Pro tablets, but using N-Trig, a rival technology that Microsoft now owns. Still, Wacom has had a long head start in this market and is the household name when it comes to creativity devices. Now it wants to remind everyone about that with its new Cintiq Pro line, bringing pen and display in a somewhat more portable package.

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SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

Despite serving the biggest user base of PC gamers, Valve’s Gabe Newell has never been a big fan of putting all his eggs in the Windows basket. After all, that’s how the Steam OS and Steam Machines were born. So it isn’t exactly surprising to hear that Valve is working on making its SteamVR available on macOS and Linux as well. At least according to Valve developer Joe Ludwig, who says that such support might be due in just a few months. At least in beta form.

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MSI Trident is a tiny VR ready gaming rig packing GeForce GTX 1060 graphics

MSI Trident is a tiny VR ready gaming rig packing GeForce GTX 1060 graphics

MSI has rolled out a new VR ready gaming computer that it claims to be the world's smallest VR ready gaming PC called the MSI Trident. The Trident has a customized MSI GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card inside along with the latest Intel Core processors making or a powerful, but small gaming rig. To keep noise levels down, MSI also uses a special thermal management system called Silent Storm 2 cooling.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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