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Acer Swift 5 slims down, gets bigger display for 2018

Acer Swift 5 slims down, gets bigger display for 2018

Acer announced a ton of new Chromebooks during its New York press conference today, but if you weren't swayed by those, then you might want to have a look at the new Swift 5 notebook. Developed with portability in mind, the Swift 5 might be a better choice than one of Acer's new Chromebooks if you're looking for something with a little more power.

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Here are all of Acer’s 2018 Chromebooks

Here are all of Acer’s 2018 Chromebooks

During the next@Acer press conference today, the company announced its 2018 lineup of Chromebooks. The line includes four new Chromebooks in all; two with 13-inch displays and two with 15-inch displays. As you'd probably expect, a couple of these Chromebooks are convertibles, including one of the 15-inch models, which is a first for Acer.

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NVIDIA GTX 1050 3GB is an unexpected new budget option

NVIDIA GTX 1050 3GB is an unexpected new budget option

Despite the growing threat from AMD's Radeon Vega, NVIDIA continues to enjoy a period of popularity in no small part thanks to its aggressive push in the machine learning market. Of course it hasn't forgotten about regular consumers and, in fact, has a new graphics card for them. That said, there is nothing really groundbreaking with the new GTX 1050 3GB. In fact, there's nothing entirely new about it either. It's a surprising new low-end card that comes at a time when NVIDIA is just about to wrap up its Ge-Force 10 chapter.

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Variant 4 vulnerability: Spectre continues to haunt Intel, AMD, ARM

Variant 4 vulnerability: Spectre continues to haunt Intel, AMD, ARM

2018 immediately started off on the wrong foot for Intel and, consequently, the computing industry at large. Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities plagued modern processors, mostly from Intel but also from its rivals, even on some ARM chips. They can never be fully fixed without an entirely new CPU architecture, so all we're left with are mitigations to lessen the probability of an exploit. Even so, new variants still arise and a fourth one based on Spectre has just been found. Fortunately, at least for now, Intel says there's little reason to panic.

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The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

Huawei's MateBook X Pro, the MacBook-rivaling ultraportable notebook that proves the company can make some seriously impressive design, is now available in the US. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, the 13.9-inch notebook gets a 3K resolution touchscreen with minimal bezels, along with a clever way to hide its webcam for both aesthetic and security reasons.

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Acer Spin 3, 5 start Alexa’s notebook debut, more coming

Acer Spin 3, 5 start Alexa’s notebook debut, more coming

HP may have dibs on putting Alexa inside an all-in-one PC, but Acer is making Amazon's highly popular smart assistant mobile. Acer and Alexa doing what Google has been, for months, rumored to be preparing: putting an AI-driven smart assistant inside a notebook computer. With Alexa inside the Acer Spin 3, Spin 5, and, soon Nitro 5 Spin, Amazon's domination of the voice-controlled AI assistant space is nearly complete.

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NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have come a long way and have become buzzwords in many tech products today. Impressive as they are, however, their methods of learning are still mostly, well, artificial. NVIDIA researchers are developing a new way to train AI for industrial robots that almost closely mimics the way we ourselves learn. And that's by watching how another, more experienced human perform a task and then trying to repeat it.

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Snapdragon PC owners get free LTE from Sprint

Snapdragon PC owners get free LTE from Sprint

One of the most promising features of recent PCs running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors is Microsoft's "Always Connected" Windows experience. That is, as long as a data connection is available. That's about to become much easier, and cheaper, thanks to a new Sprint promotion that offers free unlimited 4G LTE through the rest of 2018.

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Chrome’s Secure site flag is retiring this September

Chrome’s Secure site flag is retiring this September

Google plans to change how it flags secure sites in Chrome, retiring its "Secure" indicator in favor of highlighting which pages don't support HTTPS. The decision, which will take affect in a later release of Chrome, flips the current system on its head.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 gets Core i9 upgrade and high-end screen

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 gets Core i9 upgrade and high-end screen

ASUS has quietly launched a new performance laptop, the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15, squeezing a six-core Core i9 processor into a super-slim chassis. Latest of the 15.6-inch notebooks to bear the ZenBook Pro 15 name, the new laptop also finds space - and battery power - for a discrete NVIDIA GPU.

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Pomera e-ink ultra-portable typewriter targets the US market

Pomera e-ink ultra-portable typewriter targets the US market

A Japanese company is hoping to launch an e-ink portable typewriter in the US market, a model called Pomera. The typewriter resembles a folding keyboard, but with a twist: a 6-inch e-ink display appears alongside the keyboard, enabling users to type out a document without carrying around a full-size laptop or a large battery. The company is seeking funding on Kickstarter.

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Intel’s first Cannon Lake 10nm processor revealed

Intel’s first Cannon Lake 10nm processor revealed

Intel has finally begun shipping a 10nm processor, though this first Cannon Lake Core i3 is a tidbit ahead of what will be the main event next year. The chip-maker has been struggling to meet its own 10nm manufacturing promises, discovering that transitioning to the new architecture was trickier than it initially expected.

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