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Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

You wait for one premium 2-in-1 Windows 10 hybrid, and along come a whole selection at once. Samsung is hoping the Galaxy Book 12-inch will catch your eye out of a growing market, promising the latest in digital S Pen technology plus more processing power than you might expect from such a skinny slate. Question is, does the Galaxy Book do enough to warrant its $1,129.99 price tag?

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This is the New Microsoft Surface Pro

This is the New Microsoft Surface Pro

As expected, Microsoft didn't announce a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 at its Shanghai event. It, instead, announce "The New Surface Pro". No number this time, perhaps to hide the fact that this Surface Pro might not be worthy of a bump in digit. That said, with the refinements that Microsoft bestowed on this New Unnumbered Surface Pro, it still deserves to be given a deeper look, especially for those upgrading from a much older Surface Pro model.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro launch date confirmed, Nougat expected

Samsung Chromebook Pro launch date confirmed, Nougat expected

Mark your calendars if you're anything of a Chromebook fan. Even better if you're a fan of both Chrome OS and Android. Samsung has formally confirmed what has been leaked by Amazon. The Chromebook Pro, perhaps the Chromebook flagship of 2017, is finally landing in stores on Sunday. And if the latest round of rumors do come to pass, it's going to be the Chromebook to beat this year. Or a huge letdown.

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HP’s ENVY 13 aims to eclipse Surface Laptop and MacBook Air

HP’s ENVY 13 aims to eclipse Surface Laptop and MacBook Air

Microsoft may have made some waves with its Surface Laptop announcement, but a new challenger has entered the ring. HP has unveiled new models in its ENVY line - at Cannes Film Festival no less - and these new notebooks seem to be positioned for competition with Microsoft's latest notebook. In all, HP has introduced three new notebooks in the ENVY line today: the ENVY 13, ENVY 17, and ENVY x360 15.

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The HP Spectre x2 wants to solve your Surface Pro frustrations

The HP Spectre x2 wants to solve your Surface Pro frustrations

Microsoft has left the Surface Pro to languish, unloved, and HP isn't going to let an opportunity like that pass it by. Welcome, then, the HP Spectre X2, the latest in the laptop company's range of touchscreen 2-in-1s. With the body of a tablet - and a 12.3-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 resolution one at that - and the flexibility of a magnetically-attached keyboard, HP is hoping you'll forget all about your Surface Pro dreams.

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Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Microsoft Research holographic display can fit in eyeglasses

Of the three major "synthetic" reality platforms, Microsoft's HoloLens comes closest to the dream of overlaying digital objects on top of real world ones and interact with both of them in the same way. However, it shares the same limitations as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in terms of the bulk of the headset required for it to function. That is why Microsoft Research teams have been working on a prototype that brings a "true" holographic display to near-eye devices that almost look no different from your regular pair o eyeglasses.

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Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S won’t be able to run Linux distros

Windows 10 S might prove to be the perfect operating system for some people, but those people almost certainly won't be Linux fans. Microsoft has revealed that Linux distros won't run on Windows 10 S, which might strike some as a strange announcement to make. After all, Microsoft also recently announced that those same Linux distros will soon be coming to the Windows Store.

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Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic's line of rugged Toughbook computers isn't exactly new. It isn't the first time it put out a 2-in-1 detachable laptop form factor either. But Panasonic still has some things to be proud of in its latest Toughbook 33. For one, it sports the latest 7th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. For another, Panasonic boasts that this is the first 2-in-1 Toughbook to use a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, which it bills to be an even better fit for its industry customers.

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Lenovo tweaks mainstream IdeaPad lineup with 320S, 720S

Lenovo tweaks mainstream IdeaPad lineup with 320S, 720S

Laptops are certainly a diverse group these days, with 2-in-1s and convertibles often dominating advertising. If you don't have time for any of that and would rather stick with the traditional clamshell design, Lenovo has you covered with its refreshed line of mainstream IdeaPads. There are three IdeaPads being introduced today: the 320, 320S, and 720S.

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Western Digital WD Red brings 10TB helium drives to NAS

Western Digital WD Red brings 10TB helium drives to NAS

SSDs may have the advantage of reliability, but the costs of production keep them from becoming the go to solution for large scale storage, like NAS drives. Hard drives, on the other hand, can reach oodles of terabytes but have relatively shorter lifespans. That's why hard drive makers have turned to helium-based designs to bridge the gap. Like the new WD Read and WD Red Pro drives that offer reliable 10 TB of storage perfect for NAS systems.

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Say goodbye to Google’s gumdrop blob emojis

Say goodbye to Google’s gumdrop blob emojis

Some things are amusing the first few times you see them but become grating the longer you think about them. Or sometimes, such things are immediately unpleasant to others. Such is the case for many artistic products and is definitely the case with Google's emojis. After a journey of half a decade, Google has finally decided to be less liberal in its interpretation of emojis. Starting Android O later this year, Google's emojis will mostly sport the same circular face we all know and love.

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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier goes after NVIDIA in machine learning

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier goes after NVIDIA in machine learning

AMD's latest line of Ryzen CPUs is a clear attempt to fight Intel's higher end Cores at its own game. Even the core (no pun intended) numbers match! Now AMD is training its guns on its other big rival in the desktop computing space: NVIDIA and its graphics cards. The company has finally announced the high-end graphics monsters its fans have been clamoring for. But more than just trying to appeal to the usual gaming and creator crowds, AMD is aiming for one of NVIDIA's new favorite audience: machine learning enthusiasts.

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