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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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Gigabyte's GA-X99-Designare EX motherboard reviewed
— 6:39 PM on November 22, 2016

Broadwell-E CPUs brought a new wave of X99 motherboards to go with them at price points both high and low. The GA-X99-Designare EX shows what's...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards

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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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Youtube now lets users watch cat videos in glorious HDR
— 2:51 PM on November 7, 2016

Youtube announced support for streaming HDR video in its blog today, along with a short playlist of sample videos. The streaming site supports...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Internet

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Dell teases a Surface Studio competitor
— 2:01 PM on November 2, 2016

Microsoft made a splash last week with its creator-focused Surface Studio all-in-one desktop PC. Windows Central reports that Dell is throwing its hat...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Windows

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1
— 2:57 PM on November 1, 2016

Microsoft is really serious about the adoption of Windows 10. The company has used free upgrade promotions and obtrusive advertisements built into Windows...

Type: News story Tags: Software Operating systems Windows

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Windows Store games are now playable offline with a bit of work
— 9:00 AM on November 1, 2016

While game services like Origin, Steam, and GOG allow for playing their games offline, Microsoft's Windows Store has lagged behind its competitors in this respect...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming Windows

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Gigabyte lets loose a flurry of BIOS updates with Kaby Lake support
— 3:42 PM on October 28, 2016

And then there were none. On the heels of Asus and MSI, Gigabyte has now announced BIOS updates for its existing LGA...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Motherboards

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Microsoft Surface Book i7 packs a bigger punch and more batteries
— 11:24 AM on October 26, 2016

Microsoft has refreshed part of its Surface Book lineup. The company announced the Surface Book i7, an updated model packing new graphics hardware and Intel...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Mobile computing Windows

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Asrock preps 21 motherboards for a dip into Kaby Lake
— 11:00 AM on October 12, 2016

Asus spinoff ASRock has followed its progenitor company in releasing BIOS updates adding support for the upcoming Kaby Lake CPUs. Firmware updates for 21...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Motherboards

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Asus preps 87 motherboards for next-gen Intel CPUs
— 12:41 PM on October 6, 2016

Kaby Lake isn't coming to desktop systems until sometime next year, but Asus has already released UEFI BIOS updates for 87 of its...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Motherboards

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Samsung goes to the AI assistant party with Viv
— 12:00 PM on October 6, 2016

Samsung has decided to join the AI assistant party with its purchase of California-based Viv Labs, whose staff includes members of the team that...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Internet Personal tech

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MSI 100-series BIOS updates show next-gen CPUs drop into LGA 1151
— 10:01 AM on September 30, 2016

Today MSI announced that it's issuing BIOS updates for all of its Intel 100-series motherboards to add support for the company's next-gen CPUs....

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Motherboards

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Amazon powers up Fire TV Stick with quad-core SoC
— 12:59 PM on September 29, 2016

E-retailer and cloud hosting juggernaut Amazon has refreshed its Fire TV Stick streaming media player with a new quad-core SoC and support for...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Internet

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BIO-key fingerprint readers let users get in touch with Microsoft Hello
— 10:30 AM on September 29, 2016

Three new fingerprint readers compatible with the Windows Hello biometric login management technology baked into Windows 10's Anniversary Update are now available from...

Type: News story Tags: Input devices Mobile computing Windows

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Google Translate gets a boost from deep neural networks
— 9:30 AM on September 29, 2016

Many of the technological nightmares we bring to life on film revolve around artificial intelligence gone wrong, usually somewhere around the year 2000. 2016 is...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

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Microsoft catapults datacenter performance with FPGAs
— 11:30 AM on September 28, 2016

Gamers and content creators are not alone in their frustration with the last decade's slowing increases in CPU performance. Massive datacenter operators like Microsoft...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Systems Internet Servers

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Asus J3455M-E mobo sails out with Apollo Lake SoC aboard
— 10:30 AM on September 28, 2016

Apollo Lake is out, and Asus has the first motherboard we've seen equipped with one of the low-power SoCs. The appropriately-named J3455M-E includes a...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

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