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Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Samsung ArtPC Pulse pricing and details surface ahead of launch

Remember the somewhat strange ArtPC Pulse computer Samsung teased a few days ago? The computer has surfaced on Amazon, where all the details have been laid bare, including pricing and configurations. Per those listings, two varieties of the ArtPC Pulse will be offered, one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 and one with a 6th-gen Intel Core i7. Both feature the same cylindrical shape and 360-degree omni-directional Harmon Kardon speaker unit.

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Samsung slaps Tizen on standalone, premium signage displays

Samsung slaps Tizen on standalone, premium signage displays

Samsung already has Tizen running on almost all its “smart” consumer electronics, from smartwatches, to smartphones, to Smart TVs. But it could always do with more, which is why it has decided to inject the web-based OS into signage. It has just announced new members of its Samsung SMART Signage Platform, or SSSP, composed of large, premium screens that are meant to weather outdoor environments as well as operate without an external computer or “brain”, because it already has a Tizen-powered one inside.

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Microsoft Surface Phone might still be MIA in October event

Microsoft Surface Phone might still be MIA in October event

Microsoft has scheduled a press event in New York City later this month, and three guesses as to what the event will be about. Well, Microsoft does practically say it’ll be about Windows 10, but they’re not fooling anyone. Considering the timing and place, it is almost a given that the company is expected to unveil a new Surface hardware there. For those who have been painfully waiting for a Surface Phone for years now, however, might still be disappointed, as only a Surface AIO is speculated to be the only one.

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Gigabyte Brix mini PCs updated with Intel Kaby Lake processors

Gigabyte Brix mini PCs updated with Intel Kaby Lake processors

Gigabyte has a new array of “Brix” miniature PCs that sport Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, giving consumers a very-small-form-factor way to use the hardware. These Brix units are, as the name suggests, shaped relatively like bricks and they're not much larger at only 4.7″ x 4.4″ x 1.4-inches (starting size). Consumers can choose from the latest Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

At press time, Google's Noto encompasses 800 languages and 100 written scripts, all in a single typeface. The company has been working on this font for the past 5 years - in relative secret - with type company Monotype. The name Noto is short for No Tofu, and it's aim is to effectively rid the world of those little blocks (as shown in our lead image) that appear when a device sees a character it doesn't recognize. With Noto, no device will ever need show these blocks again.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro Windows 10 tablets have 3D cameras

Wacom MobileStudio Pro Windows 10 tablets have 3D cameras

The launch of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil ignited a debate in the graphics community: has Wacom lost its luster? Trying to make up for lost time, fame, and probably customers, Wacom has launched a new series of Windows 10 tablets that put artists and creatives at the very center. Like Wacom’s other Windows tablets, the new MobileStudio Pro line combines display, computing power, and stylus in one large slab. But unlike those older models, some of the newer tablets are not only “3D Ready”, some even have 3D cameras.

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Samsung buys Viv, the smart assistant from Siri’s creators

Samsung buys Viv, the smart assistant from Siri’s creators

Google just took the virtual personal assistant wars to the next chapter when it made Google Assistant the star of its recent press event. Not to be outdone, Samsung has just made an announcement that it, too, is getting into the game. No, it isn’t simply just evolving its perhaps mostly unused S Voice feature. Instead, it has acquired Viv Labs, developers of the AI bot of the same name. It is an interesting and somewhat strategic purchase, too, as Viv was created by the very same people behind the now iconic Siri.

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Samsung teases a strange “Art PC PULSE”

Samsung teases a strange “Art PC PULSE”

Although Samsung is probably most known for smartphones these days, especially exploding ones, its wide range of consumer electronics products also happen to include PCs.Not the conventional desktop variety, of course, but more along the lines of laptops and some rare Windows tablets. That’s why when the company teased a certain “Art PC Pulse” as a new desktop experience, our curiosity is naturally piqued. But all we have, for now, is a colorful glow of a video teaser.

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Drobo 5C USB-C RAID storage manages itself without your help

Drobo 5C USB-C RAID storage manages itself without your help

Despite the prevalence of cloud storage, not everything can be safely tucked away on the nebulous Internet. Sooner or later, hard, local storage will be needed. The problem with these is that most don’t offer the same resilience and reliability that professional cloud storage services offer. Of course, there are RAID storage solutions, but those are commonly difficult to setup, much less expand. Not so Drobo’s newest product, the Drobo 5C, which does all the heavy lifting and worrying about setups and maintenance so that you won’t have to.

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macOS Sierra starts automatic downloads, not automatic install

macOS Sierra starts automatic downloads, not automatic install

No, there’s no need to sharpen those pitchforks or light up the torches. While it may sound like Apple is doing a Microsoft, it’s really only doing a half. Apparently, starting this week, Apple will automatically download macOS 10.12, a.k.a. Sierra, on compatible Macs and MacBooks. While it might indeed feel like Apple is aggressively pushing Sierra out to more users, it is steering clear from the PR mess that was Windows 10. In other words, Apple is, at least, not installing the new macOS version automatically.

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USB Audio over USB-C could spell trouble for headphone jacks

USB Audio over USB-C could spell trouble for headphone jacks

Although USB has long been able to ferry digital audio data, recent events in the mobile world have put that capability under a microscope. Specifically, the prophesied death of the 3.5 mm audio jack. As if putting the proverbial nail on that decades-old connector’s coffin, the USB Implementers Forum has just announced a new USB Audio Device Class 3.0 standard that, well, standardizes digital audio output via the young USB Type-C connector. And even in its announcement, the USB-IF mentions how the new feature could help OEMs remove the 3.5 mm hole from their devices.

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