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Expect 24 Nvidia Max-Q Gaming Laptops This Year

Until last year, opting to buy a gaming laptop meant accepting the extra weight, much more audible fan noise, and an all-round bulkier case to fit the required cooling inside. However, in June 2017, Nvidia launched Max-Q, which promised to drastically increase the performance of gaming laptops while keeping them as thin as a MacBook […]

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review

Research Center: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 The XPS 15 2-in-1 looks like any other laptop in the XPS family. In fact, you may not be able to tell it apart from its older brother, the XPS 15. Outside of the new hinge, it has all the hallmarks of the XPS laptops we’ve come to know […]

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Apple’s latest hire should see Siri get seriously smarter

John Giannandrea speaking in 2017. TechCrunch A day after news broke of John Giannandrea’s departure from Google, it’s emerged that the artificial intelligence (A.I.) and search specialist has gone to Apple in what is widely seen as a coup for the tech giant. The 53-year-old Scot will head up Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” […]

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Samsung goes on a gaming Odyssey with new Core i7 CPU, GTX 1060 graphics

Now that’s Intel’s latest eighth-generation CPU batch is finally out in the open, Samsung revealed a new laptop built for gamers: The Notebook Odyssey Z. It is based on a new Intel Core i7 processor packing six cores and 12 threads along with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics processor with 6GB of dedicated graphics memory. […]

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (starts at $ 1,799; $ 1,999 as tested) is the first laptop with the eighth-generation “Coffee Lake” processor to pass through our labs. Built with Nvidia’s Max-Q technology to fit a tuned-down GTX 1070 graphics card into a thin chassis, it’s a solid HD gaming laptop with a long-lasting battery. […]

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Apple is reportedly planning to abandon Intel hardware by 2020

Apple’s Mac lineup is reportedly gearing up for a major hardware shift that could end up leaving some users out in the cold. According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to abandon Intel chips as early as 2020, bringing Apple’s own A-series processors to Mac hardware. The report is a little thin, but this is huge news […]

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What is cloud computing?

Ask people what cloud computing is, and you’re likely to get a dozen different explanations, which probably doesn’t help you understand any better. The truth is, cloud computing has so many different applications it can be tough to define it on the spot. For that, you deserve a more complete explanation. Here’s everything you need […]

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Hands On With the Intel 'Hades Canyon' Mini Gaming PC

What do you get when Intel and AMD join forces? A mini-PC that can punch above its weight. The companies fit some impressive gaming power inside a 2.5-pound machine with the latest product from Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) line. The upcoming models, codenamed Hades Canyon, are heftier than the square-ish mini-PCs from before. […]

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Nvidia CEO maintains that cryptocurrency mining “is not their business”

With interest in cryptocurrency and crypto mining at an all time high, some were surprised that NVIDIA didn’t focus on that segment at its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The company has had a rocky relationship with crypto-miners, who have in recent years intensified demand for NVIDIA’s GPUs. While this is good for the bottom […]

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Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower (starts at $ 809.99; $ 1,079.99 as tested) is a simple and affordable gaming desktop with modest components backed up by an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. While it’s not as powerful as the Editors’ Choice Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930), our testing shows that it’s more than up […]

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First Spectre, now BranchScope — another vulnerability in Intel processors

Researchers from four universities discovered a new vulnerability in Intel’s processors dubbed as BranchScope. The problem resides in the method a processor uses to predict where its current computational task will end, aka speculative execution. By exploiting this flaw, hackers with access to the PC could pull data stored from memory that’s otherwise inaccessible to all […]

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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 ($ 1,249) is a detachable Windows tablet that’s so light it can actually be held comfortably with one hand. Like most higher-end detachable tablets, though, the Miix 720’s expense makes it a relatively poor value compared with both conventional laptops and devices like the Apple iPad Pro. If that doesn’t […]

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Zotac's 'Smaller Than an SSD' PC

Long gone are the days where a desktop PC consisted of a very large box sat on your desk that sounded like a plane taking off when turned on. Computers continue to get smaller, with Intel’s NUC range demonstrating what’s possible without compromising on performance. You can go smaller though, much smaller in fact, as […]

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Nvidia hits the brakes on public autonomous tests after fatal Uber crash

Nvidia is now halting all tests regarding autonomous vehicle driving on public roads. The company formerly tested its driver-free technology in California, New Jersey, Japan, and Germany. But the fatal crash in Arizona involving one of Uber’s self-driving cars pushed Nvidia into re-thinking its strategy. Just one error can be devastating. “The accident was tragic. It’s […]

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Extremely Compact MintBox Mini 2 Linux PC Launches June

Linux needs as many “it just works” systems as it can get if we want more people using the Windows 10 alternative. Dell is offering that for mobile users by selling laptops running Ubuntu. Linux Mint is catering to desktop users with the MintBox Mini, and the much-improved MintBox Mini 2 launches in June. The […]