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Notebooks are about to get interesting again

Notebooks are about to get interesting again

There's an ebb and flow to every segment in tech, and it looks like notebooks and 2-in-1s are about to get very interesting again. Just as smartphone fans are bemoaning the relatively humdrum pace of development in handsets, now come signs of acceleration in larger mobile devices. That could mean a big shake-up for what's inside your next notebook.

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II packs a big display into a small package

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II packs a big display into a small package

ASUS Republic of Gamers has announced a new gaming laptop, and this one has an interesting angle to it. Though the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) boasts a 17.3-inch display, ROG says that it's managed to pack that into a 15.7-inch chassis. The idea, of course, is to offer a big display with a smaller footprint than what would usually be required.

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Intel’s NUC mini PCs just got a serious upgrade

Intel’s NUC mini PCs just got a serious upgrade

Intel's NUC mini PCs are getting more potent, with the chip-maker's tiny desktop computers and kits getting an 8th Gen Core upgrade. The NUC - or "Next Unit of Computing" - started out as a hobby machine, but over eight generations has developed into a legitimate gaming, multimedia, or smart home controller.

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Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm is laying down the gauntlet to Intel, revealing a roadmap of chips that it thinks can oust the Core i5 from your laptop. The chip designer is best known for its mobile CPUs, the architecture of which dominates the smartphone chip world. However, Arm also has ambitions to be a player in larger devices.

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Faxploit turns archaic technology into a security risk

Faxploit turns archaic technology into a security risk

The combined might of email, scanners, and computers should have made the venerable fax machine obsolete right? Millennials might laugh at it and presume it went the way of the floppy disk but it might shock them to know that more 300 million fax numbers still exist. That may not mean that all of those are in use but it at suggests that some may be active and may even be connected to some network, be it local or the Internet. And that is one gaping security hole waiting for some enterprising hacker to get through.

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Intel discrete graphics card still coming in 2020

Intel discrete graphics card still coming in 2020

Chip maker giant Intel has seen its kingdom slowly shrinking from the combined onslaught of ARM on the mobile side and AMD’s resurrection on the PC side. While it still has some things to boast about over its long-time rival, the one thing can’t claim is having a superior graphics solution the way AMD has ATI. At SIGGRAPH, Intel is reminding PC makers and users that it won’t be the status quo for too long. It also inadvertently reminded them that it’s not the first time Intel tried to come up with a discrete GPU of its own.

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Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM is already in trouble

Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM is already in trouble

While the idea definitely had lots of appeal, Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon, fell flat on its face during its first generation. It was largely attributed to performance problems which was, in turn, attributed to the not-so-recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 used in that first batch. Back in June, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 that would fix that mistake. Benchmark sightings, however, aren’t exactly encouraging.

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Foreshadow breaks into Intel SGX security enclave to pilfer data

Foreshadow breaks into Intel SGX security enclave to pilfer data

Intel’s new processor generation can’t come soon enough. Just when you thought the computing world was more or less over the Meltdown and Spectre scare, a new relative pops up. The name this time is less frightening but more ominous: Foreshadow. It’s related to Meltdown in that it exploits speculative execution to illegally read data stored in memory. The difference, and the irony, is that Foreshadow breaks into Intel’s SGX, the very feature that’s meant to protect data even from wayward operating systems and software.

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Why NVIDIA’s Turing matters to you: Better looking movies

Why NVIDIA’s Turing matters to you: Better looking movies

At last, NVIDIA revealed their Turing architecture for next-generation graphics processing. At Siggraph 2018, NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang announced not only the company's 8th-generation GPU architecture, but the first ray-tracing GPU, a list of top-name graphics software companies adopting this new technology, and a brand new NVIDIA Open Sources Material Definition Language SDK. But why does this matter to you, the everyday average SlashGear reader? Let's talk about movies.

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Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

After years of being ignored, if not ridiculed, Chromebooks are slowly becoming more interesting and more appealing. Chrome OS, combined with Android and Linux, is transforming into a platform that can make both Microsoft and Apple worry. All of that, however, might be for naught. Because come October, Chromebooks might be declared dead or at least on their way to becoming pointless. And that will be thanks to an admittedly appealing feature that will be introduced by none other than Google itself.

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NVIDIA Quadro RTX bring Turing architecture real-time ray tracing

NVIDIA Quadro RTX bring Turing architecture real-time ray tracing

As technology evolves, so do users’ tastes and expectations. No longer are they satisfied with crude digital approximations of real-world objects and demand convincing and photorealistic renderings more than what current computing technology can provide. Unless they happen to have one of NVIDIA’s three new GPUs. Boasting to have brought technology that wasn’t expected until at least 2023, NVIDIA is announcing its newest Turing graphics architecture that mixes raw processing power and AI to provide real-time ray tracing capabilities.

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MSI’s Core i9 mobile workstation proves power needn’t be ugly

MSI’s Core i9 mobile workstation proves power needn’t be ugly

MSI brought a number of new products to Siggraph this year, but unquestionably the star of its lineup is the WS65 mobile workstation. If you've used MSI's GS65 Stealth Twin, then this new laptop will probably look familiar, as the company has outfitted it with a similar black chassis. While the laptop certainly looks sleek, it's what's on the inside that really makes it earn its "workstation" designation.

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