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Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro opinion isn’t glowing

Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro opinion isn’t glowing

Apple's late-2016 MacBook Pro has come in for some unexpected criticism, with Consumer Reports opting not to recommend the new macOS flagship notebooks. In a report released today, the testing organization praised both performance and display quality for the freshly-released - and much anticipated - machines, but that proved insufficient for them to get the "recommended" rating. Instead, Consumer Reports takes issue with battery life.

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Raspberry Pi PIXEL desktop now available for PCs, Macs

Raspberry Pi PIXEL desktop now available for PCs, Macs

The Raspberry Pi might be best known for producing ultra cheap but highly capable single board computers (SBCs), but the Foundation's dreams of making computing affordable and accessible doesn't end with just the hardware. To make it come true, RPi also had to invest in developing the software to run on the board, culminating in the PIXEL, it's perhaps unfortunately named customized Linux distribution. To bring its computing dream beyond a single class of devices, the Foundation is making PIXEL available on PC and Macs, giving users a Raspberry Pi experience even with a Raspberry Pi.

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Year of the Linux desktop: better luck next time

Year of the Linux desktop: better luck next time

Every upcoming new year has been predicted, or wished rather, to be the year when the Linux operating system in its desktop form would finally explode into the mainstream. That has actually become a thorny subject among Linux advocates and sometimes even a running joke among both believers and skeptics alike. After so many tries, dating back to even before the popular Ubuntu was released, is there still hope for the Linux desktop? Or perhaps the question is whether it still matters at all.

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Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, sounds like Morgan Freeman

Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, sounds like Morgan Freeman

Just recently, Mark Zuckerberg went into some depth to explain how he made his personal AI project possible. Now he's showing off just what "Jarvis", or "Jeffrey" to his parents, can really do. More than just Cortana, Siri, or Alexa, Jarvis can truly anticipate what the user, in this case Mark, needs or wants or even feels, a truly emotional AI. And he/it does so in the smooth, suave voice of Morgan Freeman, which makes it feel like God is talking to you.

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LG UltraFine 5K works with older Macs, needs an adapter

LG UltraFine 5K works with older Macs, needs an adapter

Are you disappointed that Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt displays? Do you own a not so recent Mac or MacBook? If you answered yes to both, then your prayers may have been answered. LG and Apple collaborated to make the UltraFine 5K monitor a stand in for Apple’s deprecated display, with a bit more talent. Even better, the monitors are on a discount until March next year. Even better than better, they’re actually compatible with older Mac models. Provided you have an adapter, of course, and are willing to settle for lower resolutions.

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Acer Aspire C Series all-in-one desktops with ultra-slim bezels launch in US

Acer Aspire C Series all-in-one desktops with ultra-slim bezels launch in US

Acer has announced the launch of its all-in-one desktop line, the Acer Aspire C Series, in the United States. These all-in-one desktops feature ultra-slim bezels measuring only 0.31-inches in width. The series is composed of two models, a 21.5-inch display model and a 23.8-inch display model, both featuring a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. Acer is offering the models with the option of Windows 10, Linpus Simple Linux, and FreeDOS.

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AI needs to be more emotional

AI needs to be more emotional

Smart personal assistants are the new weapon of choice of tech giants, but, idyllic as they may sound, they are currently a misnomer. Smart? Arguably so. Personal? Not quite. These artificially intelligent assistants might be good at analyzing speech patterns, spoken commands, and connecting to Internet services, but they aren’t yet that capable yet when it comes to accurately predicting what we really want, let alone anticipating what we need. But most importantly, these AI lacks a critical element that would make these personal assistants truly relatable, but is also the most difficult human trait to reproduce: emotion.

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Apple’s 5K display of choice starts shipping as USB-C discount extended

Apple’s 5K display of choice starts shipping as USB-C discount extended

Apple has begun sales of LG's 5K Thunderbolt 3 display, at the same time extending its promotional discount on USB Type-C accessories for several months. The LG UltraFine 5K Display was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar earlier this year as one of the few monitors to support Thunderbolt 3 natively. However, while it appeared - alongside its 4K sibling - on Apple's online store, it was not actually shipping.

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Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘we have great desktops’ planned

Despite some speculation to the contrary, Apple remains committed to the Mac desktop, at least per messages posted by company CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees. “Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops,” Cook posted, saying likewise that Apple has "great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that."

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Review: Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC

Review: Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC

Lenovo's latest 2-in-1 PC is, like others before it, composed of two parts: a tablet portion and a detachable keyboard. When connected together, the sum total of parts that is the Miix 510 form a quasi-laptop; when separated, though, you have a highly portable tablet packing Windows 10. It's the best of both worlds, but is the Miix 510 the best among 2-in-1 laptops? Read our full review to find out!

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Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

At the beginning of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg set out to build an AI system for his home, likening such a system to Jarvis from the Iron Man movies and comic books. Now that we're just two weeks out from the end of the year, Zuckerberg has delivered another update on his system, announcing that it's been almost fully realized. In a lengthy Facebook note, Zuckerberg walks us through everything he needed to do and what his AI system is capable of after a year of work.

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VR trends to look out for in 2017

VR trends to look out for in 2017

Virtual reality, or VR for short, is already being hailed as the next wave in computing, but it’s still a few iterations away from becoming as commonplace as mobile devices, which is the current wave of computing. That said, proponents and advocates of VR continue to push the envelop in order to drive this fledgling market. Though delayed by a few months, VR was off to a great start this year. In 2017, we expect it to get over its teething pains and present a more mature image to consumers. Just how that’s going to happen has been laid out by our crystal ball, and here’s how it goes.

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