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Intel launches major new processor range

PC News - 8 hours 56 min ago

Intel launched a new family of mainstream processors on Wednesday -- an important step for the company which has had trouble keeping up in a marketplace that is increasing defined by mobile devices.

The chips were previously known by their "Skylake" code-name but with their launch are now called the sixth-generation Intel Core processors.

They are the product of four years of development at Intel and will begin appearing in new desktop, laptop and tablet PCs before the end of the year. They come just after Microsoft launched its new Windows 10 operating system and the PC industry is hoping that will drive consumers to buy new machines.

Martyn Williams

A sixth-generation Intel Core processor, shown without its mounting package at the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 2, 2014

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Simple self-driving golf carts point the way for autonomous cars

PC News - 9 hours 43 min ago

One of the obstacles to deploying autonomous vehicles is the high cost of some components, but researchers are experimenting with self-driving golf carts that use minimal and relatively cheap gear. 

The scientists from MIT and Singaporean universities deployed two modified Yamaha electric golf carts in the Southeast Asian city-state. They envision the self-driving vehicles being used in a shared transportation system, as rental bicycles are used in many cities. 

As seen in a YouTube video, the carts transported 500 people along winding paths in public gardens in Singapore while autonomously navigating and watching for obstacles such as pedestrians and animals. 

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Barclays helps put contactless payments in a £150 jacket

EnGadget - 9 hours 52 min ago
Want a stylish way to make contactless payments in the UK, but can't afford an Apple Watch? Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott has developed a jacket with Barclays' bPay technology in the cuff. For £150, you'll get a snazzy coat and the...

Toshiba's swanky Satellite Radius 12 laptop is brimming with cutting-edge features

PC News - 9 hours 53 min ago

The best thing about new PCs that come out during major technology transitions is they can be absolutely overflowing with the latest features. Toshiba’s new Satellite Radius 12 announced Wednesday is a perfect example of that. This 12.5-inch convertible is a slick, feature-stuffed laptop designed to turn heads and encourage envy among your techy friends.

The first drool factor is the screen, which is a 12.5-inch IPS touchscreen display with 3840-by-2160 “4K” resolution. That’s four times the number of pixels in a 1080p display. At this point I’d like to direct all audio/visual purists to the comment section below to vent over whether an UltraHD display is worth it on a screen this size.

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The Best Cheap Mini Laptop Just Got Some Competition

Gizmodo - 9 hours 53 min ago

If you’re looking for a cheap, no-frills laptop to carry everywhere, the $200 HP Stream 11 is the one we’d recommend. But soon, there may be an alternative pick: the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S.


A 4K Screen On a Convertible Laptop Is Wonderful, Beautiful Overkill

Gizmodo - 9 hours 53 min ago

Toshiba is not a company normally known for pushing the bounds of laptop innovation and design. But change is afoot — first, with a surprisingly good full HD Chromebook , then a cheap-and-quite-cheerful Windows convertible , and now a fantastically bonkers 12.5-inch convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display.


Lenovo's Surface Pro Alternative Looks Like One Sweet Tablet

Gizmodo - 9 hours 53 min ago

The new Lenovo Miix 700 is pretty much a straight-up clone of the Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. Same size, same weight, same idea. I don’t care. The Surface was pretty great —minus a bunch of annoying flaws—and I can’t wait for someone to perfect it.


A Supercapacitor Stylus Is The Best Thing About Lenovo's New Laptops

Gizmodo - 9 hours 53 min ago

Lenovo has announced a couple new Thinkpad Yoga convertible laptops at IFA. Mostly, they’ve got the kind of upgrades you’d expect: thinner, faster, lighter. But as it happens, the most exciting thing is the decades-old tech powering the Yoga’s new Wacom stylus.


A Nixie-Powered Wall Clock Is the Ultimate Hipster Timepiece

Gizmodo - 9 hours 53 min ago

Before dot-matrix displays took over the known world, Nixie tubes — glass lightbulbs containing light-up tubes for the digits 0-9 — were the best way of displaying changing numbers. One designer had the bright idea of taking the Nixie tube technology (and bulbs), and building a surprisingly beautiful analog clock.


The Miix 700 is Lenovo's Surface killer

EnGadget - 9 hours 53 min ago
Lenovo has arguably done more than any other PC maker to blur the line between tablets and laptops -- but its new Ideapad Miix 700 convertible tablet is clearly aimed at one particular competitor: Microsoft's Surface. Like that machine, the Miix 70...

Toshiba unveils a 12-inch convertible laptop with a 4K display

EnGadget - 9 hours 53 min ago
Toshiba may have been, er, less than original when it unveiled its Yoga-like Satellite Radius series, but the latest model in its laptop-slash-tablet line does quite a lot to stand on its own merits. The newly launched Satellite Radius 12 packs a 1...

Lenovo's new PCs include a $189 Windows laptop

EnGadget - 9 hours 53 min ago
Today marks the start of IFA, Europe's largest consumer tech show, and Lenovo is kicking things off with a slew of product announcements. In addition to some new ThinkPad Yogas, the company just unveiled a handful of laptops in a variety of sizes a...

Lenovo's new ThinkPad Yogas are thinner, lighter and... silverier

EnGadget - 9 hours 53 min ago
The black, boxy ThinkPad design is so iconic, so predictable, that even a simple color change is enough to make us do a double-take. That was our first reaction to Lenovo's new ThinkPad 260 and 460, both of which are arriving this fall with a silve...

MSI embraces Skylake and Thunderbolt 3.0 for new gaming laptops

PC News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:58

If a single M.2 drive is too pathetic with its 1GBps read speed, then MSI has your number: The company said its updated Skylake gaming laptop will feature “Super RAID 4,” which combines two PCIe NVMe M.2 drives into RAID 0.

The result is a read speed pushing roughly 2GBps. Super RAID 4 will be featured in the company’s updated Skylake-based laptops, announced Wednesday at IFA in Berlin. 

Gordon Mah Ung

MSI’s latest Skylake laptops have Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

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Samsung, Apple patent dispute heads for retrial on damages

PC News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:18

A patent dispute between Apple and Samsung Electronics in a California court is headed for a retrial next year, after an appeals court vacated and sent back to the lower court for further proceedings a part of the damages award by a jury.

The retrial with eight jurors is now scheduled for March or April next year, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division proposed Tuesday.

The judge indicated that she was acting on the mandate just received from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The lawsuit has dragged in the district court since 2011 alongside another suit also for patent infringement.

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Ashley Madison Source Code Shows Evidence They Created Bots To Message Men

SlashDot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15
An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. "The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager." The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison's engineers had to solve: "randomizing start time so engagers don't all pop up at the same time" and "for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager." The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.

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The Snap Is a Polaroid-Branded Camera That Prints Out Real Pictures 

Gizmodo - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:00

Polaroid proper is no more, but its brand-name and identity are still around in various reanimated forms—and today at IFA in Berlin, the company that owns those assets is releasing a new rendition of the old Polaroid’s classic instant camera.


Polaroid's latest instamatic doesn't use ink to print photos

EnGadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:00
Cubes, unwieldy squares, bulky cameras of yore. Regardless of form factor, when the Polaroid name is on a camera it means you're getting instant photos. With the company's latest shooter, the Snap, you're getting what looks like a pocketable device...

The music of bronze-age Celts revealed through 3D printing

CNET News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:51
A bronze artefact previously thought to have been the butt of a spear has been revealed to be the mouthpiece of an ancient horn.

Intel Launches Onslaught of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick

SlashDot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:13
MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.

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