Dell's new high-end all-in-one PC offers Ubuntu Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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If you know where to look you can find many great Linux-powered laptops. Besides Dell's XPS 13, Dell also offers several other blazing-fast, Ubuntu-Linux powered laptops. System76 specializes in great Ubuntu laptops and ZaReason offers a variety of Linux distributions on laptops and desktops. A top-of-the-line, all-in-one desktop PC? That's much harder to find. Now, Dell is offering a no-compromises all-in-one called the Precision Workstation AIO 57…
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 copycats run riot: Samsung, Dell, HP and others offer better options

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 copycats run riot: Samsung, Dell, HP and others offer better options
Samsung rolled out pre-order sales of its Galaxy Book 12 with Windows 10 Pro, a 2-in-1 device that rhymes with Microsoft's Surface Pro. The hybrid hits an increasingly familiar theme: The imitators are better choices than the original.The Galaxy Book 12 comes with an S Pen and Keyboard Case and is designed for enterprise use. The price tag: $1,429 with pre-orders starting April 21. Shipments start May 23. According to Samsung, there's demand for 2-in…
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Apple's big $1,000+ iPhone gamble

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The days of Apple being able to push hardware out of the door with crazy price tags on it are at an end, and that makes the $1,000+ iPhone a massive gamble. Will it pay off, or will it be a flop?Must read: How to put an end to Wi-Fi frustrations All the current evidence - ranging from the more reliable supply chain chatter and analyst prognostications to the far flimsier pundit wild dreams - suggests that Apple is planning some…
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Lenovo Miix 510 review: An affordable homage to the Surface Pro 4

Lenovo Miix 510 review: An affordable homage to the Surface Pro 4
Lenovo's Miix series sits in its Ideapad line, and so might not be a professional's first port of call when looking for a laptop. But these 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids come in three sizes, and may well be worth checking out. The 12.2-inch Miix 510 is the mid-range offering, flanked by the 10-inch Miix 310 and the high-end 12-inch Miix 700.If imitation is the greatest form of flattery then Lenovo is flattering Microsoft's Surface devices with the Miix 510, whose design is very re…
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Crowdfunded Mirabook is latest attempt at a laptop dock for smartphones

Crowdfunded Mirabook is latest attempt at a laptop dock for smartphones
The Mirabook is the latest crowdfunded attempt at a laptop dock for smartphones. As the processing prowess of smartphones continues to increase, a commercially viable dock to turn them into full-fledged computers has become a bit of a Holy Grail for a number of companies. HP is trying its hand at such a device with its Elite x3 Windows phone and Lap Dock combination, and even Apple has submitted a patent application for a laptop powered by the iPhon…
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Five things I learned building a new Wi-Fi network

Five things I learned building a new Wi-Fi network
Getting a Wi-Fi network up and running is easy, but putting in place frustration-free Wi-Fi takes thought, planning, and new hardware.Must read: How to put an end to Wi-Fi frustrations Regular readers will know that I've been busy kitting out the PC Doc HQ with a new Wi-Fi system. The old one was old, tired, and kludgy, with too much of it fabri-cobbled together using old gear, with routers hooked up to routers, and a mish-mash…
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 does DeX: Is it a Chromebook challenger or virtual desktop play?

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The reviews for Samsung's Galaxy S8 have landed and the device is making a good showing with strong preorder demand. But one of the major business features of the Samsung Galaxy S8--the DeX virtual desktop--will take time to develop a core market.Samsung's DeX feature allows you to plug in your phone--via a dock--and create a desktop. Android and Web apps are available with a mouse, monitor and keyboard simply via the USB and HDMI ports on the Galaxy…
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How to set up a new Windows 10 PC perfectly in one hour or less

How to set up a new Windows 10 PC perfectly in one hour or less
For every Windows expert, the clean install is a time-honored ritual, a way to wipe out years of accumulated cruft and restore an old PC to new life. I went through this process with a four-year-old PC last week, a Dell XPS 18 whose performance was dragging. It had 8 GB of memory, more than enough for basic productivity tasks, but the vintage 5400 RPM hard disk had become a serious bottleneck.Fortunately, the prices of solid-st…
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Netgear Arlo Pro, First Take: Pricey, but plenty of options

Netgear Arlo Pro, First Take: Pricey, but plenty of options
The latest version of Netgear's clever little security camera, Arlo Pro, adds a rechargeable battery and higher video quality (720p), plus two-way audio and a siren. This lets you talk to the courier trying to deliver a parcel, or shout at the intruder Arlo alerts you about.The camera comes in bafflingly secure packaging, but once you've fought your way through the tabs and flaps what you get is a slightly chunkier version of the traditional Arlo shape, with one button to press t…
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UPS, Zebra customize beacons to cut package loading errors

UPS, Zebra customize beacons to cut package loading errors
UPS said it is implementing custom beacons with Zebra Technologies to prevent errors in delivery and "misloaded" packages.The initiative, called Preload Smart Scan, uses Bluetooth beacons that connect to package scanning devices worn by UPS employees loading packages. Here's how the beacons work:The scanner, programmed to know where packages belong on a vehicle, read labels.Beacons send signals unique to certain vehicles and position within it.Scanne…
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