Computing

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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Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Microsoft is no stranger to design changes that incite an angry mob, from the new Start menu in Windows 7 to the Ribbon UI in Office to the Metro/Modern UI in from Windows Phone to Windows 8 to present. While it won’t be introducing anything as drastic as those, the so-called Project NEON design change could still ruffle a few feathers, confuse not a small amount of people, and question Microsoft’s usability principles.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 could be a mixed bag

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 could be a mixed bag

It seems that Samsung's theme for MWC this year will be tablets, though it will most likely insert a reference or two to the Galaxy S8. In addition to the Galaxy Tab S2, which is poised to be one of the most high-end Android tablets this half of the year, Samsung is also expected to unveil the Galaxy TabPro S2, the successor to its new Windows 10 tablet line. But while the first model last year impressed with its specs and design, this year's tablet might earn mixed reactions to its mixed specs.

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If you owned a DVD drive in the past decade, you could get $10

If you owned a DVD drive in the past decade, you could get $10

Lawsuits can drag on for years and years, sometimes even decades. When and if the long arm of the law reaches the culprits, sometimes it may no longer matter, which is why delaying tactics are often employed in cases. Such as this antitrust class action lawsuit against certain makers of optical disk drives or ODDs, a.k.a. DVD drives. After more than 7 years, the defendants finally settled the matter, but it might be a tad too late for consumers to dig out their decades-old receipts to claim their $10 share of the settlement.

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Google Brain algorithm makes “zoom in, enhance” almost real

Google Brain algorithm makes “zoom in, enhance” almost real

Anyone who has followed crime procedural TV shows, particularly the likes of CSI, will probably be familiar with the "zoom in, enhance" method of pulling evidence out of thin air, so to speak. It has become so common an occurrence that it has transformed both into a trope but also into a sort of holy grail for computer scientists. The latter bunch at the Google Brain deep learning lab might have come across a process that almost comes close to fiction. Well, almost.

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“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

The Renogy Phoenix is revealed as a solar-powered generator that's fit in a carry-friendly suitcase size. This device looks quite like a briefcase from the outside - not a standard-looking suitcase, mind you, but a briefcase nonetheless. Inside it has an array of solar panels, and on its side it has a collection of ports through which power can flow to the user's devices.

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Samsung Chromebook Pro could have insane 8 or 16 GB RAM

Samsung Chromebook Pro could have insane 8 or 16 GB RAM

It seems that Samsung will be shattering preconceived notions of what a Chromebook is. Back at CES last month, Samsung unveiled two Chromebook models, the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro, that defied the usual definition, sporting rather high end specs and, for the first time in the device category, a stylus. Now it seems that the Chromebook Pro, which has yet to get a launch date, might take things even higher. A source code change in Chromium lays the foundations for a Chromebook Pro with 8 or even 16 GB of RAM in the near future.

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