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In-development Windows 10 builds accidentally released to Insiders on PC, mobile

In-development Windows 10 builds accidentally released to Insiders on PC, mobile

If you're a member of Microsoft's Windows Insiders program and you installed a new build on Thursday evening, you'll want to pay attention to this: the company has revealed that an internal build of Windows 10 (16212) still in development was accidentally released to users for both PC and mobile devices. Fortunately Microsoft was quick to catch the error and only a small number of people downloaded the updates, however, the mobile build is leaving devices in a bricked state.

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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ASUS unloads a new set of gaming monitors at Computex 2017

ASUS unloads a new set of gaming monitors at Computex 2017

Gaming laptops, especially very thin ones, are undoubtedly the talk of the Computex town this year. Not every gamer, however, will want to be limited by the screens that come with their laptops, as powerful as their laptops might be. Be it for a gaming desktop or a gaming laptop, ASUS' Republic of Gamers has some new monitors, unsurprisingly mostly curved, designed to appeal to gamers both from within and from without.

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First ever Dell Inspiron gaming desktop breaks cover

First ever Dell Inspiron gaming desktop breaks cover

While the theme at Computex 2017 seems to be decreasing sizes of gaming computers, Dell is going in the opposite direction. A brand more associated with laptops, the Inspiron line is getting its first ever gaming desktop powered by Windows 10 and, surprisingly, AMD's Ryzen CPUs. Also breaking the mold is an Inspiron all-in-one which crams enough power inside to make it a stylish virtual reality home station.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus aims for world’s thinnest gaming laptop crown

ASUS ROG Zephyrus aims for world’s thinnest gaming laptop crown

If there was a pervading theme at this year's Computex, it would be that gaming laptops can be powerful and slim too. From NVIDIA's announcement of its Max-Q design to the flood of gaming laptops all claiming to be the world's slimmest, PC gamers will actually have a problem of choice in trying to decide who to believe and which to buy. And here's one more to choose from. ASUS' Republic of Gamers just unveiled the ROG Zephyrus, which indeed be just world's thinnest gaming laptop. At least for now.

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Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Review (2017): Cheap and mostly cheerful

Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Review (2017): Cheap and mostly cheerful

Lenovo has released the second-generation version of its ThinkPad 13, a business ultrabook with the same no-nonsense style we've come to know and love. Unlike some ultrabooks, the ThinkPad 13 packs a bunch of ports that (most likely can) cover all of your workday needs, tossing other features on top including a fingerprint sensor and customizable hardware. Is the latest version worth the upgrade? Read on to find out!

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro adds S Pen to Windows 10 convertible

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro adds S Pen to Windows 10 convertible

Samsung is bringing the S Pen to its notebooks, with the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro packing both digital stylus support and a 360-degree hinge. Helping tide us over between now and the Galaxy Note 8 expected to be released later in the year, the new convertible will be offered in two sizes, 13.3-inches and 15-inches. Either way, it packs some of the advanced pen features we tested out on the Galaxy Book earlier this month.

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Intel Compute Card puts a tiny modular PC in your pocket

Intel Compute Card puts a tiny modular PC in your pocket

Intel wants to put a Core i5 processor into your pants pocket, but don't worry, it's not making another attempt at the smartphone chip market. Instead, the company has detailed the Intel Compute Card at Computex 2017 this week, effectively a full Windows PC squeezed into something the size of a credit card. Intel is betting on it igniting a new age of modular computing.

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Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel knows you're obsessed with speed, so please feel free to add the Intel Core i9 and the Core X-series processors to your List of Gadgetry to Covet. Unveiled at Computex 2017 this week, the new chips are part of what Intel says is recognition that no, not all PC users are created equal. Indeed, when it comes to gamers, content creators, and people dealing in compute-intense segments like virtual reality, the needs are higher than the current Core i3, i5, and i7 range can deliver.

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Samsung teases its stretchable OLED display

Samsung teases its stretchable OLED display

Is Samsung over its foldable display obsession? Well, yes and no. It has more or less mastered that, pending coming out with an actual device that takes advantage of that. In the meantime, however, it has turned its attention to another kind of deformable display. At the Display Week in Los Angeles, it showed off to a limited audience a 9.1-inch "stretchable" OLED display. And now it is sharing a video for the rest of us to gawk at the screen's elastic properties.

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MSI unveils VR-ready laptops, X299 platform, Infinite desktop

MSI unveils VR-ready laptops, X299 platform, Infinite desktop

Virtual reality is the name of the game in the computing world these days, alongside AI and machine learning, of course, and MSI wants its fans to know that it is more than ready. At Computex 2017, it is bringing its "Next Gaming Dimension", a not so subtle reference to the focus on the virtual 3rd dimension. In practice, this means that the company is revealing new computing products, from gaming notebooks with VR-ready specs to the new X299 gaming motherboard platform.

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Acer Predator Triton 700 laptop with NVIDIA Max-Q is 18.9 mm thin

Acer Predator Triton 700 laptop with NVIDIA Max-Q is 18.9 mm thin

The age of ultrathin gaming notebooks is finally upon us. Or so that's what NVIDIA is promising with its newly announced Max-Q tech that slims gaming laptops down to 18 mm. It's no MacBook Air, but Acer's new Predator Triton 700 comes close at 18.9 mm. This is one of first promises laptops bearing that Max-Q promise that will give gamers less reasons not to take their laptops along with them and play whenever the urge hits them.

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