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Intel 10nm roadblock delays Cannon Lake again

Intel 10nm roadblock delays Cannon Lake again

Intel's much-anticipated "Cannon Lake" processors have been delayed, with the chip-maker confirming that its next-generation CPUs now won't be hitting volume production this year. The new chips rely on Intel's equally-new 10 nanometer production process, which the company has been particularly upbeat about, but which itself has experienced some significant delays.

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AirPort alternatives: Our top 4 Mesh WiFi systems

AirPort alternatives: Our top 4 Mesh WiFi systems

Apple may be killing its AirPort router family, but there are some great mesh networking replacements that promise just as much convenience but even more speed. Rather than focusing on a single box to which every WiFi device in your home is connected, mesh routers use two or more units in different locations, spreading coverage in the name of keeping performance at its best. Read on for our top four picks.

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Controlling Microsoft’s Andromeda folding tablet could hinge on this

Controlling Microsoft’s Andromeda folding tablet could hinge on this

Ongoing rumors of a folding Microsoft device, codenamed Andromeda, continue to gain pace, with a newly-revealed patent application outlining just what you could do with a hinge in the middle of your screen. A descendent of Microsoft's original Courier concept, Andromeda is believed to be a connected folding tablet that would straddle the definitions of phone and slate.

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Intel just poached Tesla’s Autopilot and AI expert

Intel just poached Tesla’s Autopilot and AI expert

Intel has snagged Tesla's Autopilot expert, poaching Jim Keller to lead the chip-mailer's silicon engineering team. The news will see Keller made Intel's latest senior vice president, taking the helm when it comes to system-on-chip development and integration.

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ASUS Chromebox 3 desktops with Chrome OS now available to preorder

ASUS Chromebox 3 desktops with Chrome OS now available to preorder

In early January, ASUS introduced multiple products including the Chromebox 3, a miniature desktop that runs Google's Chrome OS. Chromebox 3 is the latest model in ASUS's Chromebox lineup; this one features an 8th-generation Intel Core processor, among other things. Now, four months later and only a couple weeks after Acer launched its own alternative, ASUS has officially started taking preorders.

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NVIDIA neural network reconstructs images with missing parts

NVIDIA neural network reconstructs images with missing parts

Advancements in machine learning and computer imaging are making impressive but impossible scenes in crime drama shows finally possible. Like the infamous "zoom in, enhance" CSI method. The latest achievement comes from NVIDIA, who has been aggressively pushing its silicon, like the Tesla V100 GPU as the processor of machine learning research. Unlike the aforementioned enhancing technique, this deep learning technique is instead able to fill in holes and missing parts in images with something else that looks deceptively part of the original.

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Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

A lot of tech marketing puts the spotlight on CPU cores and clock speeds but professionals know that data storage can make or break a workflow just as much. Unlike with CPUs, however, advancement in storage technology hasn't exactly made great leaps and we're pretty much still tied to decades-old tech. Samsung, however, wants to tell you that you don't have to compromise. With its new 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe SSDs, you are promised six times faster speeds than equivalent SATA-based SSDs. With a price to match, of course.

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Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

If you thought Microsoft's change in tone over Windows 10 S, now Windows 10 with S Mode, marks the end of its obsession over software editions, then you don't the company that well. Popping up out of nowhere, yet another Windows 10 SKU seems ready to make OEMs, consumers, and fans alike scratch their heads in bewilderment. That's Windows 10 Lean and it's leaner than Windows 10 in just one aspect: installer size.

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Chrome OS Terminal app hints at upcoming Linux support

Chrome OS Terminal app hints at upcoming Linux support

Who needs a combined Android and Chrome OS when Chrome OS can pretty much run it all. There's native Chrome OS, of course, and official Android support via Google Play Store. There's even preliminary Windows support via WINE for Android on Chrome OS. And, soon, Chromebooks might be able to run Linux programs as well. That possibility already was hinted at last February but might be coming really soon with the appearance of the Terminal app in Chrome OS' dev channel.

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Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

AI assistants may be called "personal" but they definitely aren't personable. Never mind their obviously fake personalities, these intelligent chatbots are really intelligent in only the factual sense. Huawei, however wants AI assistants to grow beyond that to become something more relatable, more approachable, more human-like. In other words, it wants to make its AI have some EI, emotional intelligence, as well to help identify human emotions and, if needed, console their users. Considering what Huawei is going through, it might be in need of some of that emotional support itself.

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Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Owners of Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro model will want to take notice of a new servicing program the company launched on Friday: certain models of the laptop qualify for a free battery replacement after Apple discovered an issue that can result in the device's battery to expand, a problem sometimes seen in phones and smartwatches. Fortunately only a small number of MacBook Pros are affected, specifically the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar.

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Windows Hello wants to replace passwords with keys, fingerprints

Windows Hello wants to replace passwords with keys, fingerprints

Passwords have become practically useless, even dangerous, thanks to human frailty. That is why tech companies keep on trying to kill the password with two-factor authentication, fingerprints, faces, and even security keys. Working with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) alliance, Microsoft is updating its Windows Hello security framework to work with the newly ratified FIDO2 security keys. This means that, in the future, Windows computers can be unlocked with a fingerprint tapped on a removable USB key.

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