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HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

The folks at HP have revealed a new Chromebook x360 with a set of specs that make it a true contender for Chrome OS supremacy. This device doesn't have the most high-end hardware in the universe, but for this price point, it's pretty gosh-darned good. Along with a set of rugged-ready features, this Chromebook rolls with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card reader too.

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Synology has a new DiskStation NAS for every need

Synology has a new DiskStation NAS for every need

Once a tool for hardcore computer users only, network attached storage solutions or NAS have now become critical even for some households. That’s because these boxes come with storage reliability and easy access from multiple devices, without the hassle of setting up complex networks and computers. But not everyone needs the same kind of NAS hardware, and not everyone can definitely afford it. That is why Synology is introducing five new DiskStation NAS products that covers every need and every users, from the enterprising business owner to the tech savvy home owner.

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2.27m users installed malware with tainted CCleaner download

2.27m users installed malware with tainted CCleaner download

In the grand annuls of software irony, apps that explicitly promise to make your computer more stable being used to secretly distribute malware are top of the list, especially when they happen to be owned by anti-virus specialists. It's a cluster of coincidences that makes news that CCleaner, the free system tune-up tool offered by Avast, was unwittingly used to load a backdoor in users' PCs. During the period it was compromised, 2.27m people installed the infected app.

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Ryzen 5 2500U benchmark hints at AMD’s laptop play

Ryzen 5 2500U benchmark hints at AMD’s laptop play

AMD is really hitting Intel hard, even in places where Intel might not have a firm grasp on. So far, however, AMD’s new Ryzen line of processors remains absent from one crucial segment: mobile computers, a.k.a. laptops or notebooks. That could very well change really soon as AMD readies its Ryzen chips design for lower power consumption. Starting with the Ryzen 5 2500U which has been spotted at benchmarks standing shoulder to shoulder with Intel’s 7th gen notebook processors.

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This is what the Lenovo Retro ThinkPad looks like

This is what the Lenovo Retro ThinkPad looks like

Games aren’t the only ones going retro these days. Vinyl is back, for example. And so is the ThinkPad. While the ThinkPad has, of course, never really vanished, the design that has made the brand an icon (or point of ridicule, depending on who you ask) has given way to the ultra slim notebooks of today. That said, there’s always money to be made for an homage to the classics, and the new old Lenovo ThinkPad is probably going to be a hit. Especially because its looks will be proverbially deceiving.

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BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

Bluetooth is one of the most common and oldest wireless protocols used in the market. With the growing number of smartphones as well as smart home devices, there are estimated to be more than 8.2 billion devices using Bluetooth in one way or another. Now all of them are open to attack simply by just being there and being enabled, allowing hackers to easily take control of a device and, consequently, of other devices connected to it. All because of a few dangerous assumptions that developers and engineers have made regarding Bluetooth.

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iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 launch dates announced

iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 launch dates announced

The announcement of the iPhone X, perhaps the most anticipated smartphone this year, has definitely hogged the spotlight that almost all other Apple announcements paled in comparison. That said, not everyone has been enamored by the bezel-less iPhone and some are more interested in seeing Apple show some love for their relatively older devices. Worry not, because Apple also confirmed the dates for when its trio of iOS, watchOS, and macOS updates will be coming this month.

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Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

If you haven’t heard of WiGig yet, don’t fret. It might not matter anymore anyway. Advertised by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year as the future of Wi-Fi and the IoT industry, WiGig just lost one of its biggest supporters. Well, somewhat. Intel has just told partners that it will be discontinuing controllers and cards for what is formally known as 802.11ad Wi-FI. That said, what it isn’t saying, formally or otherwise, is that it may still plan to use WiGig for making wireless VR headsets not only possible but also usable.

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Google privacy dashboards gets mobile-friendly

Google privacy dashboards gets mobile-friendly

It’s hard, but not impossible, to escape Google these days. From Android phones, to the Chrome browser, to Google Search, to Gmail, almost everything that comes into our digital lives has a trace of Google, one way or another. That also means that it is ultimately harder to escape Google’s tracking systems, especially when it’s hard to see what Google is tracking, much less stop it. Google released a variety of functionality on its Google Dashboard for that very purpose (and to fend off complaints and lawsuits), and it is now making it even easier to use that Dashboard on mobile devices.

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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro takes aim at Apple again

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro takes aim at Apple again

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is unmistakably the highlight of Xiaomi’s recent press event, but it started the show with another head turner. Following the Mi Notebook Air, the Chinese OEM is taking another shot at Apple. This time, however, it is going after the power users with its Mi Notebook Pro, whose name is an obvious reference to the MacBook Pro.

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Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

The Google Drive desktop client is dead. Long live Google Drive File Stream! Actually, also long live Google Backup & Sync! Google has just announced the general availability of its new Drive File Stream desktop application for all G Suite users. But even if you aren’t such a customer, you might also need to pay heed, because with Drive File Stream’s availability comes the deprecation and, soon, shut down of the old Google Drive client for PCs and Macs.

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Philips 276E8FJAB QHD 27-inch monitor: slim bezels and bright colors

Philips 276E8FJAB QHD 27-inch monitor: slim bezels and bright colors

Philips has taken the wraps off its latest display, the 276E8FJAB. This 27-inch monitor features a QHD resolution and an IPS panel, as well as the maker's own Ultra Wide-Color tech. Philips promises that its monitor provides a combination of 'crisp images' and vivid colors, making it suitable for graphic designers, photographers, and anyone who is selective about the quality of their work display.

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