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Intel brings Optane Memory storage to desktops with a caveat

Intel brings Optane Memory storage to desktops with a caveat

If you're a desktop user still green with envy from Intel's big Optane announcement last week, you can now revert to your regular color just a wee bit. Intel is now bringing that same ultra fast memory technology to the desktop, but not in the way you might think. Last week's announcement was about bringing Intel Optane SSDs to servers and workstations. This week, Intel is bringing Optane Memory to desktops in limited capacities of 16 and 32 GB not to replace your SSD or HDD but to supplement it.

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Quark VR teases wireless HTC Vive prototype

Quark VR teases wireless HTC Vive prototype

One of the biggest problems with modern VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive is mobility. Never mind not being able to use it outside, the cables that connect your headset to mostly stationary computers also keep you from walking too far away. They also present a safety hazard. That is why some companies, notably chip makers like Intel and Qualcomm, are developing standalone headsets. Valve, however, is going by a different route and its newest partner, Quark VR, is now showing off that path.

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Microsoft Docs.com sharing site “accidentally” exposed files

Microsoft Docs.com sharing site “accidentally” exposed files

Uploading files and documents to cloud services is so common these days that users don't give a second thought about the process. They presume a level of security and privacy that these services offer. Sometimes, however, those presumptions can be proven terribly wrong, as what users of Microsoft's document sharing service, Docs.com, found out the hard way. Apparently, it was possible to use Docs.com's own search feature to get access to users' presumed private files. And Microsoft's response? Temporarily disable the search function.

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Dell UltraSharp 8K monitor can now be yours if you can afford it

Dell UltraSharp 8K monitor can now be yours if you can afford it

At the beginning of the year, Dell unveiled a rather imposing monitor. Standing at 31.5 inches, diagonally, of course, the newest member of its UltraSharp line boasted of an 8K resolution never before seen on a consumer computer monitor. And, as promised, the Dell UltraSharp 32 8K UP3218K Monitor is now ready for shipping. But also as promised, the monitor is not something most users will probably be able to afford, which could severely limit the reach of this super hi-res computer screen.

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Corsair One gaming PC unveiled with four models: pre-orders are live

Corsair One gaming PC unveiled with four models: pre-orders are live

Corsair has taken the wraps off its new Corsair One desktop gaming PC, a product that is being offered in four different models with hardware to meet just about any need. The desktop features a futuristic design thanks to its angular chassis and glowing blue LED light strips. Despite the power it packs, Corsair promises its offering is ‘extremely quiet’ thanks to an integrated liquid-cooling system.

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Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Live streaming is the in thing in social networking these days. In yesteryears, it was mostly a space dominated by gamers and the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv. Nowadays, everyone with a smartphone and a good connection can start flooding the Interwebs with their personal streams. Almost coming full circle, live streaming is making a comeback to desktops and laptop. Facebook has just announced that its Live streaming function is now available on more traditional computing devices, giving streamers a bit more power and flexibility in exchange for the loss of mobility.

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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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