Galaxy S8 Bixby assistant will be expanded to all Samsung devices

Galaxy S8 Bixby assistant will be expanded to all Samsung devices
Samsung's Injong Rhee: Bixby is fundamentally different from other voice agents or assistants. Shara Tibken/CNET Samsung Electronics' upcoming voice assistant Bixby, soon to make its debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone, will be applied to all of its other devices, the head of research and development at the firm has said.Writing on the company's official blog post, Injo…
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'Redox flow' batteries simultaneously cool and power chips

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ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich Researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have built a new type of tiny redox flow battery that will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce.Must read: Build a high-performance $2,200 AMD Ryzen 7 PCThe redox flow battery is only 1.5 millimetres thick and would all…
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Optane SSD fast enough to be used as memory extender: Intel

Optane SSD fast enough to be used as memory extender: Intel
(Image: Intel) Intel has taken the wraps off its first Optane 3D XPoint storage product, the SSD DC P4800X, which the company claims can make database transactions up to 10 times faster. Optane will first be available from today to select early customers as a 375GB add-in card, and during the second half of the year will also be available in 750GB, 1.5TB sized car…
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Video Roundup: New in data breaches

Video Roundup: New in data breaches
Revealed: New York airport's wave of security lapses US and UK intelligence allegedly hacked smart TVs for surveillance purposes Easily hacked IoT devices can turn a university's network against itself Major US cities are plagued by millions of exposed IoT devices New malware uses browser to destroy European hard drives What you need to know about the Yahoo breach …
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Acer Swift 5 review: A decent ultrabook at an affordable price

Acer Swift 5 review: A decent ultrabook at an affordable price
Given the distinctly MacBook-like look and feel of many Windows ultraportables, we were pleased to see that Acer's new Swift 5 manages to make a more individual design statement -- while still keeping its prices attractively competitive. Even better is the fact that the Swift 5 pulls off the difficult balancing act of delivering affordable ultrabook functionality -- including good performance and portability -- without making too many compromises.Acer's 14-inch Swift 5 weighs …
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Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware

Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware
It's the end of the line for Windows 7 on the latest PC designs.Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.Instead of receiving the latest security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, those customers saw an error message instead. Unsupported HardwareYour PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive u…
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How VR will drive storage -- or the reverse

How VR will drive storage -- or the reverse
VR headsets are storage hogs. Who knew?The key to an immersive and non-sickening VR experience are graphics that are detailed and smooth. Today's 1080p systems are OK, but far from ideal. For ideal we have to go to 4k since the displays are so close to our eyes, with none of the frame dropouts or tearing that make people sick. While 4k content requires 4x the storage capacity of 2k (1080) content, it is storage bandwidth that will force costly sys…
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Snapdragon 200-tier chips to become Qualcomm Mobile

Snapdragon 200-tier chips to become Qualcomm Mobile
Qualcomm has announced that its Snapdragon branding will now apply only to premium processors, while those in the 200 tier will be relabelled under the new "Qualcomm Mobile" brand in an effort to differentiate their value -- with the chip giant also moving away from processor branding towards "platforms". "Moving forward, only premium mobile platforms will retain the Snapdragon brand, while processors in the 200 tier will fall under the new Qualcomm …
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Brazilian tablet market continues to decline

Brazilian tablet market continues to decline
For the second consecutive year, the Brazilian market for tablets has seen a sharp decline, according to analyst firm IDC.In 2016, approximately 4 million units were sold, 32 percent less than in 2015, when about 5.8 million devices were sold, says the IDC Brazil Tablet Tracker study for the fourth quarter of last year. Of the total amount of tablets sold in 2016, 26,500 were notebooks with detachable screens, according to the study. …
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Trackballs that I have known and loved: A history in hardware

Trackballs that I have known and loved: A history in hardware
My trackball collection. Image: J.A. Watson I have had a preference for trackballs over mice as pointing devices for a very long time. When I recently made an attempt to clean out a storage room in my house, I was confronted with evidence of just how long and how strong that preference has been. I kept pulling more and more old trackballs out, which triggered mor…
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