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Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Being a savior of anything is probably the last thing you will think of when talking about Microsoft. In fact, history would prove it has destroyed more things, dreams included, than saved anything. But if this latest patent filed by Redmond becomes reality, it might just end up turning the losing battle in the headphone jack’s favor. That is, if it can indeed implement a 3.5 mm port that can change its shape as needed and require very little electrical contacts to work.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

The Surface line of 2-in-1 tablets have changed over the years, but two things have remained constant: it’s hinge design and its lack of cellular connectivity. One of those changes today as Microsoft finally announces the launch of is long-awaited LTE-enabled Surface Pro model. In fact, it actually comes with LTE Advanced, a.k.a. LTE-A. But before you go scrambling for your credit card, you should probably know two things. One, it won’t be available until December. Two, Microsoft is aiming it at its business customers only for now.

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Chuwi CoreBook grows out of its Surface roots

Chuwi CoreBook grows out of its Surface roots

Chuwi has quite a number of tablets and laptops, and some of them might easily be accused of aping designs from Microsoft and Apple. Its latest success story, the SurBook, and the upcoming SurBook Mini, all too easily call to mind Microsoft’s Surface line in both name and form. Coming on its heels, however, is a new CoreBook 2-in-1, soon to appear on Indiegogo, that not only learns from hard-earned lessons but also dares to break free of the shackles of the familiar past.

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Sundar Pichai vows to fix cheeseburger emoji cheese order

Sundar Pichai vows to fix cheeseburger emoji cheese order

Stop the presses! Or in this case, drop all work at Google on Monday in order to address one of the most critical issues plaguing the company. This is the tongue-in-cheek promise that Google CEO Sundar Pichai made on Twitter, responding to the noise that netizens have been making over what is possibly the most controversial emoji-related scandal to come after The Emoji Movie: the proper placement of the cheese in the cheeseburger emoji.

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Intel’s Optane consumer SSDs make rip-roaring speed mainstream

Intel’s Optane consumer SSDs make rip-roaring speed mainstream

Intel's first Optane SSD has hit shelves, and if you're all about super-speed storage then your mouth might be watering. The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series stores up to 280 GB in its 2.5-inch format, or more if you've space in your PC for a half-height add-in card. More importantly than raw capacity, however, is how quickly that storage is accessed.

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These Chromebooks now fully support Google Play Store

These Chromebooks now fully support Google Play Store

The speculation around Google’s unified operating system for Android and Chrome OS have mostly died down again, just as the fervor around Android apps on Chrome has similarly lost steam. That doesn’t mean, however, that Google has forgotten about its promise, though. With the launch of its new Pixelbook Chromebook, questions about the versatility of these devices come up again. And by happenstance, Google seems to have gotten the ball rolling again, enabling full and stable Android app support for 17 more Chromebooks.

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Synology DS218play, DS218j, DS118 launched for homes, small offices

Synology DS218play, DS218j, DS118 launched for homes, small offices

The amount of data we produce and consume each day is staggering. And that’s not just in our regular lines of work but even with just the photos and videos we take day in, day out, with our smartphones. Storing those at home has become more than just a chore and not everyone subscribes to the sales pitch of the cloud. Why not have a cloud right at home? That’s practically what Synology is suggesting with the launch of the DS218play, DS218j, and DS118 NAS boxes to take care of your personal data storage needs at home or even that of your small office at home or elsewhere.

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AMD Ryzen mobile processors launch to take on Intel

AMD Ryzen mobile processors launch to take on Intel

While Intel and AMD trade blows often when it comes to desktop PCs, it seems that Intel has a lock when it comes to notebooks. AMD is looking to change that today with introduction of two new Ryzen mobile processors made specifically for notebooks. The processors being announced today were previously codenamed "Raven Ridge" APUs (Advanced Processing Unit), a name enthusiasts have been following for a couple of months now.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti specs, release date, price

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti specs, release date, price

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card with Pascal GPU technology inside. This graphics card is meant to be "sliding in between" the GTX 1080 and 1070 GPU cards already on the market, said NVIDIA today. This graphics card will be released first in an NVIDIA Founder's Edition through NVIDIA stores in participating countries, available on reserve basically immediately.

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Chuwi SurBook Mini to fill the Surface-shaped hole in your heart

Chuwi SurBook Mini to fill the Surface-shaped hole in your heart

There were rumors that Microsoft would soon be axing the Surface line, which were debunked by the unveiling of the Surface Book 2. But for one line of Surface devices, the end came quite some time ago. The non-Pro Surface 2-in-1 tablet never got a version 4, even while the Surface Pro now has its 5th “not Surface Pro 5” generation. It’s unlikely Microsoft will ever go down that road ever again, but if you’re really looking for Surface 3 successor, then you might want to consider Chuwi’s SurBook successor, the unsurprisingly named SurBook Mini.

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Mac mini still important to Apple, says Tim Cook

Mac mini still important to Apple, says Tim Cook

Many Apple products have received a significant refresh recently, like the iPhone X, or a pink slip, in the case of the venerable iPod. One member of the Apple hardware lineup, however, had practically been left by the wayside yet not retired either. That is the limbo that current ly faces the Mac mini, Apple's most affordable desktop. Many have mostly accepted the sad fact that the mini desktop will be continued. But in an unofficial email, Tim Cook gave fans a glimmer of hope, which, of course, can still change between now and then.

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Gigabyte Aorus X9 gaming laptop packs two GTX 1070 GPUs

Gigabyte Aorus X9 gaming laptop packs two GTX 1070 GPUs

Gigabyte has announced the Aorus X9, a gaming laptop with a pair of NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPUs, as well as a 7th-generation Intel processor and up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. This Gigabyte model packs a massive high-resolution display, as we'd expect from a powerful gaming laptop, plus a keyboard stylized by RGB backlights. The Aorus X9 doesn't come cheap with a starting price of nearly $1750.

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