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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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Google could unveil standalone VR headset at I/O 2017

Google could unveil standalone VR headset at I/O 2017

Google is no stranger to having multiple projects related to the exact same technology, though not all of them survives. So when rumor broke out that Google is making yet another VR headset, there wasn't really much of a surprise. This headset, however, could turn the VR market on its head. If the rumors are true, the headset that Google will supposedly unveil at Google I/O this week would be one of the most advanced equipment in hat market. And it won't even need a smartphone.

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Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Today we're running down what's coming to Google IO 2017, the company's annual software conference aimed at developers. This event takes place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th of May - that's Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. We'll be at the event series to get up-close-and-personal photos, video, and any hands-on bits that can be had. For everything else, there's streaming video.

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Working Cortana hologram concept brings fantasy to life

Working Cortana hologram concept brings fantasy to life

The advantage of basing your AI-powered personal assistant off an existing fictional character is that you have a ready-made visual representation of the assistant. When said fictional character takes the form of a hologram, it is almost begging to be given a real-world form. In that sense, it's almost surprising that there are so few implementations of Microsoft's Cortana as a fully functional hologram that, of course, can tell you the weather as well.

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