Reviews of the week: Dell's latest Chromebook, Parallels Desktop 13, and more

Reviews of the week: Dell
The latest version of Parallels Desktop, which allows Mac users to run Windows apps within a virtual machine, is here. While the new features in this version are relatively minor, it's still the virtualisation software to beat.Read the full review here.…
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Does Microsoft's brass still believe it has a chance in the phone market?

Does Microsoft
A New York Post report that one of Microsoft's more celebrated U.S. business customers for Windows Phones is dumping the platform raises some interesting questions about Redmond's future mobility plans. Credit: CNET The Post reported on August 28 that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is going to scrap the 36,000 Nokia phones running the Windows Phone OS that it h…
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Intel unveils AI-focused Movidius VPU chip

Intel unveils AI-focused Movidius VPU chip
The Movidius Myriad X VPU. Intel Corporation Intel on Monday announced its next-generation Movidius vision processing unit with improved processing capabilities for edge devices such as drones, VR headsets, smart cameras, wearables, and robots. Movidius, an Intel subsidiary acquired by the chip giant back in September, develops sight capabilities for mach…
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Dell updates Inspiron, XPS 13 laptops with Intel Kaby Lake processors

Dell updates Inspiron, XPS 13 laptops with Intel Kaby Lake processors
Dell's new Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptop Dell is wasting no time in announcing that it's updating some of its laptops with the latest Intel Core processors, which were launched last week. The 8th-generation Core CPUs, code-named "Kaby Lake," currently entail a handful of quad-core i5 and i7 chips that Intel claims perform up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation.In particular, Dell is refreshing its Inspiron l…
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​Fitbit tips data, services strategy with coaching, health program app

​Fitbit tips data, services strategy with coaching, health program app
Fitbit's new smartwatch, Ionic, up close: Is it an Apple Watch killer?Fitbit rolled out a series of products including a smartwatch called Ionic that'll compete with Apple Watch, but the future of the company may ride with a guidance and coaching service. The company is widely known for its hardware and fitness trackers. The Ionic features a bevy of improvements and CNET's Scott Stein noted that the smartwatch is "a giant fitness-watch moonshot to co…
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Storz & Bickel's Bluetooth-enabled vape: There's an app for that

Storz & Bickel
Getty Images/iStockphoto I'm not an expert on vapes, but I have a friend who is. He's spent thousands of dollars on vapes in the last five years, and closely analyzed their performance and utility. He's found that some highly touted vapes are almost useless due to crippling design flaws.His favorite vapes come from a Swiss firm, Storz …
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Video Roundup: New at Samsung

Video Roundup: New at Samsung
60 seconds with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8Samsung eyes IoT prize with monetizing service rolloutSamsung to recycle and reuse all recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphonesChinese counterfeiters in love with Samsung smartphones, report findsSamsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition Includes Bixby …
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Samsung's quest to reinvent the TV in the age of convergence

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Samsung's Park with the latest QLED TV model. The company believes rivals in the so-called OLED camp will eventually follow their technology.Eleven years ago, a year before Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, Samsung Electronics swept past then arch-rival Sony to become number one in liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs. At the time, the company was known more in the business world as an enterprise memory chip supplier, an underappreciated commodity …
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Vava Moov 28 review: Inexpensive, yet impressive wireless headphones

Vava Moov 28 review: Inexpensive, yet impressive wireless headphones
There's something about using Bluetooth headphones that is liberating -- for the simple fact of never have to worry where to place your phone and cord management as you workout.The only downside to Bluetooth headphones, typically, is the cost. For the past couple of weeks, I've been testing a pair of Moov 28 wireless headphones, and I have come away rather impressed, especially when I consider the $30 price tag.Design …
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Bluetooth speakers to really pump up the bass

Bluetooth speakers to really pump up the bass
The Willnorn Soundplus speaker is small at 142 x 53 x 43 and weights only 14.4 ounces. It has two 4W speakers and a passive subwoofer. It also has a mini SD card to play music directly from the speaker. It does not have the bass range that the Archeer, Vava Voom, and Nekteck has. It cannot be paired with another speaker.…
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