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Cortana takes the fight to Alexa with the Microsoft Home Hub
— 9:16 AM on December 5, 2016

Until now, Microsoft has been relegated to bit player status in the emerging digital home assistant sector, with the lion's share of attention going to...

Type: News story Tags: Windows Personal tech

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I made my dumb appliances smarter with the Internet of Things
— 2:58 PM on December 2, 2016

Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking

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Seagate Duet portable drive reaches for the clouds
— 1:16 PM on December 2, 2016

Between the proliferation of cheap eMMC storage devices, crazy-fast NVMe SSDs, and cloud backup services, users' interactions with platters of spinning rust is...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Networking

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Panasonic develops an IPS panel with a million-to-one contrast ratio
— 10:36 AM on December 2, 2016

Japanese technology industry giant Panasonic has developed a new type of IPS LCD panel that the company says is capable of a contrast ratio...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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ASRock Beebox-S reports for HTPC duty
— 9:01 AM on December 2, 2016

Every shake of the magic eight-ball seems to deliver the same conclusions regarding Intel's Kaby Lake seventh-generation Core CPUs: a little extra battery life...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Systems

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Gigabyte's XH300 headset hits all the right notes
— 9:00 AM on December 1, 2016

Gigabyte announced the fancy-looking XH300 headset at CES earlier this year, and it seems it's headed for an imminent release. The headset is displayed prominently...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Gaming

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AOC P2779VC monitor juices up phones without the wires
— 10:30 AM on November 30, 2016

Once upon a time, LCD monitors with accurate colors and wide viewing angles were the exclusive purview of professionals and nerds. These days, there's not...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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AOC Agon AG251FZ syncs freely at up to 240Hz
— 9:04 AM on November 28, 2016

Everyone loves the wide viewing angles and vivid colors of IPS and VA LCD panels. The TN panel technology has been all but abandoned in...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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Netflix 4K coming to a select few PCs
— 12:00 PM on November 22, 2016

Microsoft has announced that Netflix 4K support is coming to a small number of Windows PCs over on its Windows Blog. Owners of 4K...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Multimedia Windows

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Microsoft's Windows 10 VR headsets won't require a high-end rig
— 9:02 AM on November 22, 2016

Microsoft announced a partnership earlier this fall with companies like Asus, Lenovo, and HP to bring cheaper virtual reality headsets to the market, along...

Type: News story Tags: Personal tech

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Cray XC50 supercomputer can probably run Crysis
— 4:26 PM on November 14, 2016

Cray isn't a name you hear about every day. For the unitiated, the company has been making supercomputers ever since "computers" were a...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Networking Servers

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Acer BE270U monitor is all business
— 9:00 AM on November 9, 2016

Acer released a new 27" display this week aimed at the non-gaming crowd. The BE270U arrives with a focus on color reproduction and comfort...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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AOC Agon AG352QCX takes a VA panel and drives it to 200Hz
— 11:00 AM on November 8, 2016

Monitor manufacturer AOC is expanding its range of its range of FreeSync-enabled monitors with the alphabet-soup-inspired Agon AG352QCX. The monitor is built around a...

Type: News story Tags: Displays Gaming

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Philips BDM3270QP2 offers rich hues in 32" size
— 9:00 AM on November 8, 2016

Philips' enterprise branch EPI announced this week a new 32" display aimed primarily at the business market, the BDM3270QP2. This 2560x1440, 92-PPI display stands...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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BenQ Zowie XL2540 monitor spits out frames at 240Hz
— 10:18 AM on November 7, 2016

BenQ acquired eSports fanatics Zowie last year, and has been busy stamping the name on its gaming monitors. The latest display bearing the Zowie...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays are the new Apple monitors
— 11:00 AM on October 28, 2016

In case you weren't aware, Apple tends to release new monitors to go along with new devices. The refreshed MacBook Pro announcement yesterday didn't...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

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Google's Jamboard takes the whiteboard into the cloud
— 10:32 AM on October 27, 2016

Google had a big hardware event a couple weeks ago, but the search giant didn't show all of its physical devices then. The company...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Displays Input devices

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Apple puts its AirPods in the oven a little longer
— 9:00 AM on October 27, 2016

There's less than a week left before Apple is set to ship its AirPods, the company's upcoming wireless earbuds. Our friends over at

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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