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Intel's modular Compute Card puts a PC in your pocket

Intel is making good on a CES promise to launch a computer that?s small enough to fit inside your wallet or purse.

At Computex in Taipei on Tuesday, it showed off the first systems that will support its Compute Card?an ambitious attempt to popularize modular PCs. The card will begin shipping in August, but Intel hasn?t yet announced pricing.

Most of the first wave of hardware will come from contract PC makers, but Intel said three big brand names are also working on devices:Dell, HP and Lenovo.

The devices could range from laptop-like machines to tablets, displays and even digital whiteboards. Each will have a slot for Compute Card, and users will be able to plug the card into each device to use it.

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi lighting review: No hub needed, but too few features

Leviton is the latest connected lighting company to loosen its dependence on the hub, and it's about time.

Leviton's Decora Smart Wi-Fi dimmers and switches connect directly to your wireless network, letting you control the lights with a smartphone app or with a digital assistant (the Amazon Echo and Google Home are both supported). By sticking with plain old Wi-Fi instead of smart home-specific protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, Leviton's in-wall and plug-in modules eliminate the need for a hub or bridge.

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AMD's 'TR4' Threadripper CPU socket is gigantic

Not much is known about AMD?s monster Threadripper chips at this point except that they?ll appear this summer with up to 16 cores.You can now add another factoid to the fire though: The socket for the new CPU is called TR4?and it?s freaking giant.

Asus officials gave the world a preview of just how ridiculously large the TR4 socket is during a motherboard workshop at Computex 2017 in Taipei.Asus will use the new socket in its first Ryzen Threadripper motherboard, called the Zenith Extreme. The X399-based motherboard will feature eight DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM, four x16 PCI-E gen. 3 slots, a U.2 slot, three M.2 slots, and 12 USB 3.1 ports. The Zenith Extreme will also come with a ROG Areion 10GbE card and 802.11 ad Wi-Fi.

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HTC's wireless Vive VR headset will replace cumbersome cables with WiGig

HTC will launch a wireless version of the Vive virtual reality headset in early 2018.

A prototype of the new headset was unveiled and demonstrated at Computex in Taipei on Tuesday during a keynote by Intel, which said it's working closely with HTC to realize the system.

The wireless HTC Vive looked similar to today's cabled model with the addition of a box of electronics worn on the head of the user. Intel didn't provide any details about the system, but that's presumably where the electronics and radios are fitted to make wireless VR possible.

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Master Gmail for Android with these tips and tricks
Gmail is still king

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One of the primary draws to Android for me was Gmail. This was back when a dedicated Gmail app was an Android exclusive and it was fabulous for my productivity.

Fast forward to today, and Gmail is still essential. Even though Google makes a version for rival Apple's iOS, you still have a ton of capabiliites that work better on Android. Outside of the pain of typing on a mobile device, you can do just about anything with Gmail on Androidas on the desktkop.

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Dell?s Inspiron 27 7000 is the first Ryzen All-in-One PC, and it's upgradable...

Dell?s Inspiron 27 7000 may be just the thing to convince some PC enthusiasts to give up their traditional desktop systems. Announced Tuesday at Computex in Taipei, this All-in-One PC sheds the form factor?s watered-down, locked-down reputation with powerful all-AMD hardware?including Ryzen CPUs, a first for AiOs. Surprisingly, it?s ready to be upgraded in the future, too.

It?s been years since we?ve seen an-all AMD system from OEM vendors. Ryzen?s buzz in the DIY space and Polaris?s rock-steady performance have made it a reality once again.

Inspiron 27 7000 prices start at $1,000 for a 4-core Ryzen 5 1400 processor and a 4GB Radeon RX 560 GPU. The graphics are basic, but you could expect to play most AAA games at 30 fps on High or at 60 fps on Medium with this set of hardware.

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Intel's massive 18-core Core i9 chip starts a bloody battle for enthusiast PCs

With Core i9, the Intel vs. AMD battle rages anew. Announced Tuesday at Computex in Taipei, Intel?s answer toAMD?s 16-core, 32-thread Threadripperis an 18-core, 36-thread monster microprocessor of its own, tailor-made for elite PC enthusiasts.

The Core i9 Extreme Edition i9-7980XE, what Intel calls the first teraflop desktop PC processor ever, will be priced at (gulp!) $1,999 when it ships later this year. In a slightly lower tier will be the meat of the Core i9 family: Core i9 X-series chipsin 16-core, 14-core, 12-core, and 10-core versions, with prices climbing from $999 to $1,699. All of these new Skylake-based parts will offer improvements over their older Broadwell-E counterparts: 15 percent faster in single-threaded apps and 10 percent faster in multithreaded tasks, Intel says.

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In Win's Winbot is a wild, bubble-like PC built to take robotic selfies

In Win?s Winbot, the company's latest PC case mod, is a futuristic orb that?s robotically controlled by its owner?s movements.In Win says Winbot is inspired by a spaceship, but it looks more like an oversized prize that you'd fish out of an arcade game with a mechanical crane.

And what a prize it would be! Shownat Computex in Taipei on Tuesday, the clear-plastic Winbot encloses an In Win liquid-cooled PC case. Inside, an Asus ROG Strix Z270E gaming motherboard rocksan Intel Core i7 7700K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX Strix 1070 graphics card, a 240GB SSD, and an In Win 1,250-watt power supply.

Fitted to the front of the Winbot case is a stereo camera that scans the area in front of it and recognizes individual users. As it moves from left to right, blue lights in the case switch to green once it?s recognized someone.

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Nvidia's Max-Q finally gives you GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in a thin-and-ligh...

Nvidia?s Max-Q is arguably the most groundbreaking mobile graphics initiative in a generation, enabling gaming laptops to be built three times thinner with three times the performance (according to Nvidia) over previous designs.

Named after NASA?s initiative to put man into space, Nvidia said the technology is based on its current Pascal architecture which, when combined with ground-up designs from OEMs, puts unheard-of performance in super-thin laptops.?The results: a high-performance gaming platform, that is as small as 18mm thick?as thin as a MacBook Air ?with up to 70 percent more gaming performance than what is currently available,? the company said in a release.

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Power surge at British Airways data center causes flight chaos

A major British Airways crash has highlighted the importance for businesses of testing backup systems and disaster recovery procedures to ensure that they work as planned.

The airline experienced what CEO Alex Cruz described as "a major IT systems failure" that, he said, affected all check-in and operational systems.

The failure on Saturday, May 27, resulted in the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London's Heathrow Airport on a holiday weekend. Things were still not back to normal two days later.

Cruz described the cause of the failure as "a power supply issue," without going into detail.

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Optane Memory will boost the Asus VivoBook Pro 15

Budget laptops and plastic parts go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Asus? new VivoBook lineup looks to add some premium finish to its new machines.

The first of two new VivoBooks unleashed Monday is the VivoBook S15. Featuring a 15.6-inch screen, GeForce 940MX graphics and dual-core Kaby Lake CPUs ranging from from Core i3 to Core i7, the VivoBook S15 gives you something the vast majority of budget laptops don?t: aluminum.


The budget VivoBook S15 gives you a 15.6-inch screen, GeForce 940MX graphics, Kaby Lake dual-core and an aluminum lid and top deck for $500.

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The Asus ZenBook Flip S is the world's thinnest laptop

The AsusZenBook Flip S is the thinnest convertible laptop in the world--at least for now. Announced Monday at Computex in Taipei, the ZenBook Flip S is the latest to snatch the trophy as vendors wage an eternal battle to shave down their portable PCs. The 10.9-millimeter profile of the ZenBook Flip S currently takes the record. The laptop will be available later this year at prices starting at $1,099. Read more about it below, and also two other slender notebooks Asus announced at its Monday event at Computex in Taipei.

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Nerd alert! Inside Taipei's PC and gadget shopping paradise
Welcome to Guanghua 3C Shopping Mall

Image by Martyn Williams/IDG

Guanghua 3C mall is worth a visit for any techie on a trip to Taipei. It?s located in the center of the city, and can be accessed on the MRT (from Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station ? ???????) or by taxi. It?s a good idea to have the mall?s Chinese name (????) written down in case you need help finding it.And if you?re feeling adventuresome, hit the mall?s Chinese-language websiteto do aproduct searchbefore you visit.

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Huawei Watch 2 Classic Review: Good watch but a missed opportunity for Wear 2.0

Barely three months into its official release, Android Wear 2.0 should still be enjoying its honeymoon period. But the truth is, it never really had one. Despite a high-profile launch and pent-up anticipation among Android enthusiasts, the roll-out has been less-than-stellar, with few manufacturers supporting it with new models, and most older watches unable to take advantage of the best features.

And the Huawei Watch 2 doesn?t do too much to change that narrative. The model I tested, the Classic, is the classier of the two models, with stainless steel accents, a buttery-smooth leather band, and a posh gray face. But even in an extremely small pool of Android Wear 2.0 watches?the LG Sport and Style are the only new 2.0 models?the latest Huawei Watch just doesn?t do enough to stand out.

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Far Cry 5's first trailer reveals religious cults and explosions in picturesq...

Dim the lights, blast the dubstep, and throw on some Aisha Tyler interviews in the background?Ubisoft just kicked off its E3 press conference three weeks before the event with the first-ever trailer for Far Cry 5.

Like every year, this early look has left me wondering ?Why not just wait until the show itself??, but I guess spoiling all the surprises in May is the new normal.In any case, here?s the trailer in question:

As revealed in teasers earlier this week, the game takes place in Hope County, Montana?yes, within the United States, which is a surprisingly rare move. And in shades of Outlast 2, the region?s been overrun by the religious cult Eden?s Gate, which will be your primary enemy in the game. ?Religious cult? is the general wording Ubisoft uses, though all the imagery and the church architecture shown is not-so-ambiguously Christian in influence.

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