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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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Windows Insider Program now available for business users

Windows Insider Program now available for business users

One of the biggest changes to come from Microsoft alongside the debut of Windows 10 was the launch of its Insider Program, offering millions of users the chance to try out beta versions of its latest operating system. This program has continued to be successful over the last few years, giving users early access to new additions like the Creators Update, but it has had one major limitation: users have only been able to sign up with their personal Microsoft accounts.

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Lenovo Yoga Book with Chrome OS might be no more

Lenovo Yoga Book with Chrome OS might be no more

The rather innovative and daring Lenovo Yoga Book was somewhat great as a Windows 2-in-1 tablet and OK as an Android slate. It seemed, however, perfect for that other hybrid operating system, Chrome OS. Part desktop OS and soon part Android desktop, there have been signs that this other Google OS might be coming to the Lenovo Yoga Book soon. All those hopes, however, may have been dashed by a source code change that hints, but doesn't confirm, that a Chromebook Yoga Book is, for all intents and purposes, dead.

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My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

Amongst the few brands that are making the jump - at least in one product - to USB-C for portable storage is WD. They've confirmed the creation of the "My Passport SSD", their first WD Portable SSD product. This device looks tough, can handle some drop damage, and connects to USB-C devices with swiftness.

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NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA's latest graphics card is the NVIDIA TITAN Xp, a GPU with more cores, faster clocks, faster memory, and more TFLOPS than the TITAN X that came before it. This graphics card is being delivered to users direct from NVIDIA through NVIDIA's online store. It'll be available to be used by both PC users and Apple computer users - though the latter requires a bit more work - for now.

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Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

One of the biggest criticisms about Windows 10 was on how Microsoft handled privacy settings, which, in a nutshell, was done rather poorly. This was complicated by a subsequent update that, unknown to the user, suddenly changed previously set privacy settings. After receiving no small amount of backlash, not to mention government scrutiny, Microsoft has been more careful and more public about its privacy settings for Windows 10, something that fortunately continues to the Creators Update coming next week.

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Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google is seeking a new way to make neural networking work efficiently - starting with the TPU. The TPU is a Tensor Processing Unit - to be compared to Intel's CPU or NVIDIA's GPU, made for processing data. Google's news here is their first-ever study published on how well their TPU works - compared, appropriately enough, to Intel's CPU and NVIDIA's GPU whilst neural networking.

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Apple still can’t accept iMac pro users might want touch

Apple still can’t accept iMac pro users might want touch

Don't tell Microsoft Surface Studio owners, but Apple still doesn't think touch has any place on computers targeting pro users. The Cupertino firm confirmed today that it's working on new iMac all-in-ones that will specifically target the high-performance requirements of professional users. However, the machines still won't cede any ground on Apple's long-standing refusal to countenance touch displays in anything other than its iOS line-up.

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Apple “completely rethinking” modular Mac Pro plus Apple displays

Apple “completely rethinking” modular Mac Pro plus Apple displays

The fears aren't true: Apple hasn't given up on pro users and the Mac Pro. It just made a mistake. After months - maybe years - of speculation, Apple has confirmed today that a new Mac Pro desktop is being worked on. No mere update to the existing, trash can-shaped model that has proved so controversial. This is a completely new machine.

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