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Pinebook crams ARM CPU and Linux support into an $89 laptop

Pinebook crams ARM CPU and Linux support into an $89 laptop

Last year Pine64 debuted a tiny little Linux computer that packs an Allwinner A64 ARM processor inside a small, clear shell. The big deal with that tiny computer was that it cost only $15 or starters. Pine64 is back and this year it has a new laptop that is impressively cheap called the Pinebook.

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That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even “professional” ones like LinkedIn have become so ingrained in our modern lifestyles that we sometimes take for granted that they aren’t really as secure as real-world, physical social circles. That is a fact that cybercriminals seem to be trying to exploit, taking advantage of users’ propensity to just click on images and files downloaded from social hubs. Unsurprisingly, those images might contain or are themselves malware in disguise, ready to hold users’ data for ransom.

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Japan to build world’s fastest supercomputer for industry research

Japan to build world’s fastest supercomputer for industry research

Japan has announced plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer, doing so to help some industries in the nation perform research vital to growth and expansion. According to the nation’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, this supercomputer will cost the equivalent of about $173 million USD; sources go on to claim that it’ll be able to perform 130 quadrillion calculations every second with the project set to start as early as 2017.

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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

After a brief period of hype brought about by official Android apps support, it seems that discussions around Chrome OS and Chromebooks have once again been reduced to murmurs. Things, however, might pick up again if the speculation presented by Chrome Unboxed turns comes to pass. Some code sleuthing revealed that at least one upcoming Chromebook could get an always-listening “OK Google” feature, just like on smartphones. But more than just the feature itself, it is hinted that it could be paving the way for the arrival of Google Assistant on Chrome OS.

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This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

Apple promised it'd be third-party developers who demonstrated just why the Touch Bar was the right way to make the new MacBook Pro finger-friendly, and now those devs are wading in. Microsoft is expected to push out a Touch Bar enabled version of Office later in the year, and Adobe is readying a Touch Bar Photoshop upgrade too. However, there are equally interesting things coming out of smaller coding studios as well, as the potential for the OLED touchscreen strip is explored.

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Lenovo Miix 520 leaked, still looks like a Surface tablet

Lenovo Miix 520 leaked, still looks like a Surface tablet

Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets definitely inspired not a few of its hardware partners to follow its trail, not just in concept but, in some cases, even in design. WinFuture has just gotten word of such a 2-in-1 tablet coming from Lenovo, said to be the Miix 520. If that looks familiar, aside from a Surface Pro deja vu, of course, you might have caught a glimpse of the Lenovo Miix 510 unveiled not long ago. You wouldn’t be off the mark, as this Miix 520 is practically a refresh, with beefier specs and presumably higher price tag.

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MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI VR One backpack PC now available, packs with Core i7 and 90 min battery life

MSI has announced that its cool backpack PC for VR gaming has now hit the market for gamers to purchase. The PC is called the MSI VR One and it is the most powerful backpack gaming PC on the market today according to MSI. The machine is available right now in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, China, and Taiwan. It will be available for purchase in more markets soon.

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Eve V 2-in-1 tries to beat the Surface Pro at its own game

Eve V 2-in-1 tries to beat the Surface Pro at its own game

It’s hard to deny the effect that Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets have had on the computing landscape. Despite a rocky start, the “tablet that can replace your laptop” has created a new category that now everyone is trying to emulate or compete with, including, to some extent, Apple. There is, however, always room for something better, which is what Finnish startup Eve Tech is proposing with the Eve V. And, unlike Microsoft, the Eve V was designed right from the start with consumers on the co-pilot seat.

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Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Late 2016 MacBook Pro capped at 16GB RAM because batteries

Apple’s MacBooks, be they the Pro, normal, or Air variety, have always been praised for their slim and light designs, relatively speaking. But as computing hardware gets more powerful, something will eventually have to give. In this year’s case, apparently that is the MacBook Pro’s RAM that was the scapegoat. Apple has taken flak for the laptop’s 16 GB RAM limit, which power users have analyzed and criticized to no end. This has lead Apple SVP for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller to take the mic to defend the decision, which basically boils down to compromising for better battery life.

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Windows 10 Mobile might be able to emulate x86 apps

Windows 10 Mobile might be able to emulate x86 apps

Windows 10’s Continuum for Phones feature promises us a rather colorful future of computing, but it falls short in one critical aspect. It can’t run the desktop apps that majority of users expect and still use on their desktops. That, however, might change by late 2017. A combination of speculation and sources would have us believe that Microsoft might be rolling out its x86 emulation for ARM64 systems. In a nutshell, that means that Windows 10 Mobile phones and tablet might gain the ability to run “regular” win32 desktop apps by then.

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Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

It is both a running joke as well as a tradition within the programming and gaming communities that a computer is really only a computer if it can run Doom. The first one, mind you. Well, now you can probably consider the fancy new Touch Bar introduced in the late 2016 MacBook Pros to be computers in their own right. Because, yes, someone has gotten Doom to run on that Touch Bar. No, not use the Touch Bar for controls but actually run on the Touch Bar, display and all.

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