Our Surface computers don't break after a couple of years, insists Microsoft

Our Surface computers don
Even though the survey only covered Surface devices sold between 2014 and early 2017, it stopped recommending the latest devices, including the new Surface Pro. Image: Sarah Tew/CNET Microsoft says its Surface hardware is "significantly" more reliable than Consumer Reports' finding that 25 percent of the devices would fail within two years.Consumer Reports (CR) yester…
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Consumer Reports pulls recommended ratings on Microsoft Surface laptops based on reliability scores

Consumer Reports pulls recommended ratings on Microsoft Surface laptops based on reliability scores
Video: Just look at all these Microsoft Surface Pro clones Consumer Reports has pulled its recommended rating from Microsoft laptops based on reliability ratings from surveys.The ratings service found that 25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tables will give owners problems by the end of the second year of ownership. Consumer Reports pulled its recommended rating on the Surface Laptop (128G and 256GB versions) and the S…
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are out

AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are out
AMD Ryzen Threadripper AMD has released three highly-anticipated Ryzen Threadripper high-end desktop processors. See also : Is a massive iPhone price drop incoming? Here are the three processors reelased:Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: 16-Core, 32-Thread, 3.4/4.0 GHz, $999 Ryzen Threadripper 1920X: 12-Core, 24-Thread, 3.5/4.0 GHz, $799 Ryzen Threadripper 1900X: 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.8/4.0 GHz, $549 (on shelves August 31) These prices are substanti…
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Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box, First Take: A GPU upgrade path for your Mac

Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box, First Take: A GPU upgrade path for your Mac
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference was unusually bountiful this year, offering an assortment of hardware and software updates, as well as previews of forthcoming products such as the HomePod smart speaker and iMac Pro. Somewhat overlooked was the announcement that Metal 2 -- Apple's updated graphics API, due to appear with macOS High Sierra (10.13) later this year -- would support the use of external graphics cards via a Thunderbolt 3 interface.Macs are often criticized for …
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​LG V30 to have f/1.6 aperture lens for dual-camera

​LG V30 to have f/1.6 aperture lens for dual-camera
Conventional plastic lens, top, receives less light than V30's glass, bottom, LG said. Image: LG LG Electronics' upcoming V30 smartphone will have an f/1.6 aperture lens for one of its dual cameras on the back, the company has confirmed.Its predecessor, the V20, has an f/1.8 aperture lens. The lower the number, the more light the sensor can receive, so the V30's lens …
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Next Apple Watch faces the long road to mass smartwatch appeal

Next Apple Watch faces the long road to mass smartwatch appeal
Even though we have seen significant progress on many fronts since the first Android Wear watches, we remain a long way from where the smartwatch can replace the phone.When I wrote last month that Apple had outgrown Apple, I noted the company's challenge in one-upping the smartphone as a ubiquitous device. In theory, the smartwatch could be that device. Moore's Law dictates that its computing core should become far sma…
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Fire closes Flash Memory Summit show

Fire closes Flash Memory Summit show
(Image: iStockphoto) A fire yesterday at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, has forced the closure of the show floor. The fire started about Tuesday morning in the Santa Clara convention center. An overhead sprinkler contained the blaze. According to a worker for the show floor infrastructure provider, the sprinkler ran for about an hour before worke…
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Stratasys delivers solid Q2, sees demand for its workplace 3D prototype system

Stratasys delivers solid Q2, sees demand for its workplace 3D prototype system
Stratasys reported better-than-expected second quarter results, reiterated its outlook for 2017 and said it is seeing strong interest in its F123 3D printing system.The company reported a second quarter net loss of $6 million, or 11 cents a share, on revenue of $170 million, down from $172.1 million a year ago. Stratasys' non-GAAP second quarter profit was 17 cents a share, a dime better than Wall Street estimates. CEO Ilan Levin said Stratasys was c…
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Anker unveils $35 Alexa-powered Eufy Genie smart speaker

Anker unveils $35 Alexa-powered Eufy Genie smart speaker
Anker, a name that most associate with mobile charging, has today announced the launch of their first Alexa-powered smart speaker. See also : iPhone 8: What we think we know Called the Eufy Genie, this device brings the power and hands-free convenience of Alexa to users at the lowest price yet - only $34.99. This is $15 cheaper that Amazon's Echo Dot. "Eufy Genie users will be able to enjoy the majority of benefits Alexa offers at an accessibl…
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8: The big questions ahead of launch

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Rumored specs and features Samsung will launch its Galaxy Note 8 Aug. 23 with hopes of driving its own upgrade cycle to fend off Apple's latest iPhone and put 2016's Galaxy Note 7 debacle in the rear view mirror. Ahead of the launch, here's a look at the key questions to ponder. Rest assured that the Galaxy Note 8 will be a critical launch for Samsung. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ was the first installme…
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