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AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD revealed details surrounding their Ryzen Summit Ridge CPUs, including pricing - ready to take on their biggest competitors. This release includes the Ryzen 7 in models 1800X, 1700X, and 1700. These three cards are aimed at out-performing and under-pricing Intel Core processors across the board.

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Remix Singularity is Jide’s Android answer to Windows Continuum

Remix Singularity is Jide’s Android answer to Windows Continuum

Our smartphones have become so powerful and their apps so sophisticated that they could even be used to power basic desktop computing activities. There have, in fact, a few attempts at actually making that a formal thing, like Microsoft’s Continuum, Ubuntu’s Convergence, and the Andromium, now called Sentio, Superbook. Most of these, however, have sometimes arbitrary limitations on what users can do. Remix Singularity, however, promises to be different, giving users the exact same apps and familiar Android experience, just in different forms depending on what the phone is attached to.

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Samsung Galaxy Book might be a Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet

Samsung Galaxy Book might be a Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet

Yes, Samsung seems to be definitely all about tablets this coming MWC 2017. Even though the company won’t yet explicitly name it (unlike LG), the Galaxy Tab S3 is pretty much in the bag. However, it might not be the only tablet lined up, not even the only OS. There have been rumors circulating about a Galaxy TabPro S successor, but, based on an app that popped up at the Windows Store, it won’t be called a Galaxy TabPro S2. Instead, it might be called a Galaxy Book.

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SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

SteamVR is getting a smaller, cheaper base station

Virtual reality equipment, especially the big, standalone ones, is no small matter, both in size as well as in price. The headset kit alone, which usually comes with controllers and sensors, costs upwards of thousands of dollars. That’s still not counting a VR-ready PC rig, if you don’t have one yet. That is partly why VR is pretty much still an exclusive club that very few can afford. Reducing the build costs of equipment goes a long way in making such equipment more accessible. Which is why Valve is working on a next gen base station for its SteamVR platform that will not only be smaller but also cheaper.

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Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Microsoft HoloLens tipped to magically leap to v3, skip v2

Impressive as it may be, the HoloLens you currently see right now is still just version 1, which is to say it’s a very expensive prototype. The next version of HoloLens, which might be more fit for public consumption and budgets, will be version 3. Did Microsoft suddenly forget to count? Hardly. However, it is eschewing conventional development wisdom and will leap frog over v2 right into v3. And that’s mostly because it remains uncontested in this still nascent market.

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ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

ASUS standalone VR headset, ZenFlip hero coming soon

There are currently two competing implementations of virtual reality available in the market. One makes use of a powerful but relatively immobile computer, be it a PC, laptop, or even gaming console. The other uses a smartphone to trade power for portability. ASUS already has the latter, with the just announced ZenFone AR. According to leaked internal documents, however, the manufacturer is also eying the former. ASUS is reportedly working on a standalone VR headset, but its "AIO" name leaves the door open to something slightly different.

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Chuwi Hi13 challenges the Surface Book with Apollo Lake CPU

Chuwi Hi13 challenges the Surface Book with Apollo Lake CPU

While the Microsoft Surface Pro spurred a new generation of tablets, the Surface Book inspired laptop makers to try their hand at the detachable category. In the case of Chuwi, however, it inspired the tablet maker to reach for the laptop skies. The product of that is the Chuwi Hi13, a 13.5-inch detachable 2-in-1 that’s trying to take on the Surface Book on one end and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on the other end. But while it’s considerably cheaper than both, it comes at the price of having an Intel Celeron CPU.

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GPD Pocket is a 7-inch Windows 10, Ubuntu “laptop”

GPD Pocket is a 7-inch Windows 10, Ubuntu “laptop”

GPD, short for GamePad Digital, is a strange beast. More known, in small circles, for its Android-based gaming handhelds, the China-based company last year dabbled in crowdfunding to get GPD WIN, a Nintendo DS-like Windows 10 handheld, out the door. That campaign, those successfully funded and, to some extent, delivered, the campaign received mixed reactions, some of them very vocal, in a negative sense. That hasn’t stopped GPD from trying again and dreaming bigger, this time with the GPD Pocket that’s aimed at more “fashionable” serious workers.

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VR Desktop offers macOS users a virtual workspace

VR Desktop offers macOS users a virtual workspace

Mac users might be proud of their platform being the go-to for much creative work, but there is one party it hasn’t been officially invited to yet. The rush of virtual and augmented reality technologies have so far catered only to the Windows crowd, leaving macOS patiently waiting for better days. Some, however, have taken it up themselves to do the heavy lifting that VR makers don’t seem to be interested in. Like this VR Desktop from Cindori which uses an Oculus Rift DK2 to give Mac users a foretaste of what a VR office would look and feel like.

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Lenovo Miix 320 leaked, next in affordable detachable line

Lenovo Miix 320 leaked, next in affordable detachable line

It is almost exactly a year since Lenovo put out the Miix 310, a detachable 2-in-1 Windows tablet that aimed for the lower tiers of the computing market. Just as it did last year, Lenovo is expected to unveil a new Miix 320 at MWC 2017 this month. The number will tell you that it's an upgrade to last year's model and, while that might be true, it isn't as huge a jump as it might sound.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus goes on pre-order

Samsung Chromebook Plus goes on pre-order

Chromebooks are definitely enjoying some publicity of late. Starting with the announcement of full support for Google Play Store, in other words Android, apps, the device class has gotten a fresh round of new devices, some more exceptional than others. The Samsung Chromebook Plus is definitely one of those. Announced at CES 2017 last month, the pen-toting, high-end convertible computer is now available for pre-orders, with a shipping schedule slated for a few weeks later.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre X1 All-in-One Windows 10 PC Review

Lenovo ThinkCentre X1 All-in-One Windows 10 PC Review

Lenovo’s popular X1 lineup has grown substantially over the years, and one of the newest products to flesh out its wares is the ThinkCentre X1, an all-in-one Windows desktop PC comprised of a single thin, lightweight display. This monitor, despite its slim profile, packs a bunch of hardware, including a 6th-gen Intel processor and a pair of 5W stereo speakers. The model's quite attractive upon first look, but does it maintain its appeal over the long haul?

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