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Samsung 256 GB SATA SSD boasts 100+ V-NAND layers

Samsung 256 GB SATA SSD boasts 100+ V-NAND layers

Throughout all of Samsung's troubles in terms of smartphone revenues, its silicon and data storage businesses have always brought in the dough. There is news that those are now also in peril, which is why it is now boasting of its sixth gen V-NAND data storage that crams more than a hundred layers in a single stack of 3D memory.

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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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Intel 10th gen “Ice Lake” start with 11 processors for laptops, 2-in-1s

Intel 10th gen “Ice Lake” start with 11 processors for laptops, 2-in-1s

Intel has definitely seen better days. While it is arguably still the king of x86/x64 CPUs, it is losing ground in other markets and segments. It has yielded the mobile market to the ARM architecture and has recently sold off its modem business to Apple. While that may be seen as a sign of weakness, it could also free Intel to do what it does best. The true test of that will be the launch of its "Ice Lake" tenth generation processors which will power mobile computers later this year.

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Razer Viper mouse boasts optical mouse switches for faster response

Razer Viper mouse boasts optical mouse switches for faster response

In competitive gaming, the difference between victory and defeat is a matter of speed. Not just in the speed of the computer or the speed of reaction. It's also about the speed of the input. That's especially true in PC gaming where mouse clicks need to be fast and precise. It's exactly for that purpose that Razer is launching the Viper mouse, touting its first optical switches for mice to reduce latency and increase precision.

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Google Titan Security Key brings 2FA on a dongle to more markets

Google Titan Security Key brings 2FA on a dongle to more markets

Passwords have long been considered by experts to be ineffective security measures but stronger alternatives are harder to come by. Phones and tablets and even some laptops may benefit from biometrics like fingerprints and faces but most computers today don't have the hardware nor the software to support those. Enter Google's Titan Security Key, which is basically a second key you can use to log into Google accounts. Now Google is spreading those keys outside the US to bring that same 2FA peace of mind to users in a few countries around the world.

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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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Lenovo has three new Chromebooks coming soon

Lenovo has three new Chromebooks coming soon

Much of the attention in the tech industry has been lavished on smartphones, despite what market analysts claim to be a slowly shrinking market. Other devices just aren't cutting it, especially Android tablets. For a time, it seemed that Google's Chrome OS was on the road to a huge resurgence but then things went silent again. Despite that, Google's hardware partners are still keeping the faith and Lenovo in particular seems to have three new Chromebooks that may be ready to break cover soon.

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Galaxy Tab S6 price and details launch pre-Note 10

Galaxy Tab S6 price and details launch pre-Note 10

This morning the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 was revealed by Samsung in several colors and configurations. This machine comes in Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue and Rose Blush, and will be rolling first in a standard Wi-Fi-only edition. The launch date for this machine is August 23, 2019 on Samsung online - but only for pre-order.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 (2019) Review: Budget laptop with premium design

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 (2019) Review: Budget laptop with premium design

Lenovo is best known for its legendary business notebooks, but the company also offers a number of more casual devices for consumers with modest needs and budgets. One of the newest models among these more modest offerings is the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 (2019), a budget laptop with a starting price of $450 USD and the flexibility of a Yoga notebook.

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NVIDIA brings 10 new RTX Studio laptops to SIGGRAPH 2019

NVIDIA brings 10 new RTX Studio laptops to SIGGRAPH 2019

Back at Computex 2019, NVIDIA announced the RTX Studio program. The basic premise was to team up with OEMs to release a series of Studio-branded laptops aimed squarely at creators and artists who could leverage the capabilities of an RTX graphics card. Fast forward to today, as SIGGRAPH 2019 is getting underway, and NVIDIA is announcing a 10 new RTX Studio laptops, bringing the grand total of available models up to 27.

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Surface Hub with Salamander tilting stand could resurrect an old dream

Surface Hub with Salamander tilting stand could resurrect an old dream

While Google is probably guilty of killing no small amount of apps and services, Microsoft may be notorious for killing popular dreams. That happened recently with the Windows 10 Mobile and, less recently, the Courier tablet concept. But long before these two, Microsoft was already making tech lovers drool with the Surface table. Microsoft didn't kill the Surface name but used it instead for tablets with a "T". Now it might be coming back full circle with a partnership that turns the biggest Surface into a makeshift but very expensive Surface Table.

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Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Virtual reality is great for videos, games, and new experiences but if the technology is to be practical for the next wave of computing, platforms need to offer applications that let users also be productive. While office suites might be out of the question, web browsing is fortunately in a position to bridge the gap between entertainment and productivity. And fortunately for users of the new Oculus Quest, Mozilla just made Firefox Reality available for them.

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