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EASY FIXES FOR SIX COMMON LAPTOP PROBLEMS

We live and work in a cold, cruel world where our laptops can take a lot of abuse. Regardless of how gentle we try to be, our notebooks will probably be dropped, spilled upon or worse—sooner, if not later. But if you think that all notebook damage can be repaired only by the manufacturer or a computer shop, think again. Many problems can be inexpensively and easily fixed with common tools, spare parts, and a little effort. Some repairs are…

MICROSOFT OPENS PREORDERS FOR WINDOWS MIXED REALITY HEADSETS

On Monday, Microsoft kicked off preorders for the Windows mixed reality devices that will hook in to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. A new Samsung Odyssey head-mounted display (HMD) joins the existing stock from Acer, Dell, and others. Microsoft also announced two new mixed-reality services: the virtual-reality social network AltspaceVR, which Microsoft recently acquired, and a new VR experience from Halo developer 343 Industries, called Halo: Recruit. Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft and creator of the company’s HoloLens HDM, gave…

CORE I7-8700K REVIEW: INTEL’S RESPONSE TO RYZEN IS FASTER AND CHEAPER THAN EVER

Intel’s 6-core 8th generation Core i7-8700K CPU is the reality check to high-performance, high-priced CPUs like the $2,000 Core i9 and $1,000 AMD Ryzen Threadripper. The real battle for the desktop and consumer’s wallets is with this amazingly affordable (for Intel anyway) $359 CPU, code-named Coffee Lake. In fact, the Core i7-8700K is Intel’s first real response to AMD’s breakthrough series of Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs, and a viable alternative to the Zen-based CPUs. But just how fast is it, and which CPU should you…

WINDOWS 10: A GUIDE TO THE UPDATES

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Creators Updateisn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features. Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update since the Creators Update, with the most recent on top. For each build, we’ve included the date…

Closing tabs is the only way to keep Tabagotchi alive

I’m terrible at managing my browser tabs, and I blame partly on the nature of my job, and partly on my inability to banish distractions at work. If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried a tab management tool or two, like those that made our list. I’m ashamed to report that I’ve thus far failed on that front – but I’m not giving up. In fact, I’m enlisting a friend to help me kick my tab addiction. Meet Tabagotchi. Mimicking the electronic…

Google’s giving us some new search upgrades to book cheap travel plans

Google is making it way easier for travelers with flexible schedules to save money. The search giant announced today that it's updating both the Flight and Hotel search tools to make it easier for people to find deals. Now, both tools offer you a chance to find cheaper alternatives by switching your departure and arrival dates by just a couple days. You'll also be able to automatically compare multiple airports and accommodations around your destination to help find the best deal. This service isn't too far…

Lenovo’s newest Yoga 920 is pretty, but is it worth the price?

It's thin, light and almost bezel-less. But is Lenovo's new hybrid laptop worth the price? From the copper body, to the Yoga's signature 360 degree "watchband" hinge, there's no doubt Lenovo's Yoga 920 ticks all the boxes aesthetically. The Lenovo 920, which launched on Thursday at IFA, has managed to make the most of its 13.9 inch screen, which stretches to cover nearly the entire lid. And if you're thinking of watching a couple of movies on the 4K screen,…

A sleek, rotating dock for your Apple Watch recharges your device while you sleep

So you shelled out some money for an Apple Watch — a sleek, super cool gadget that's worth showing off. And while the charger that comes standard issue from Apple is fine, the watch really deserves it's own special pedestal. The graphite, silicone, and aluminum on this rotating smartwatch charging dock bring out the modern design of your watch, so you can pretty much think of this object as home decoration too. The dock also comes in three different colors (slate, gold, and rose gold)…

A neat way to protect your webcam and mic from hackers

At my desk, as I write this, I can count two cameras and two microphones pointing at me. They’re not in use 99% of the day, and yet there they are: just waiting to be hijacked. And while I don’t doubt that most hackers have more interesting things to do than watching me 24 hours per day like a Poundland Truman Show, the risk is real. If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg feels the need to cover his webcam, it’s probably worth…

How to install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

The built-in app store on the Amazon Fire TV Stick is convenient but limited. If you want to expand your choice, you can install the Google Play Store onto the device. It doesn't offer all the apps available on the main Google Play Store but will increase the number of VPNs, for example, or file managers at your disposal on the Fire Stick. Install Google Play on an Amazon Fire TV Stick Go to Settings on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and…

What is the TalkTalk Kids TV Remote and how does it work?

What is the TalkTalk Kids TV Remote, what does it actually do and how do I get one here in the UK? Here's our explainer guide for TalkTalk's new mini remote control made especially for children, including a run-down of the excellent parental controls. This next generation of mini humans is clearly switched on when it comes to tech, but are they clever enough to design our gadgets? TalkTalk seems to think so as it's used a bunch of lovable moppets to develop…

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Revealed in Leaked Press Images

We may finally know exactly what the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will look like, thanks to a substantial leak that shows off the phone from basically all angles. The leak appears to be a series of official press images depicting the upcoming Samsung phablet in a variety of colors and from basically all sides. The pictures were posted to Twitter by noted phone leaker Evan Blass, who has a great track record of disseminating accurate information about upcoming devices. You…

H2O.ai’s Driverless AI automates machine learning for businesses

Driverless AI is the latest product from H2O.ai aimed at lowering the barrier to making data science work in a corporate context. The tool assists non-technical employees with preparing data, calibrating parameters and determining the optimal algorithms for tackling specific business problems with machine learning. At the research level, machine learning problems are complex and unpredictable — combining GANs and reinforcement learning in a never before seen use case takes finesse. But the reality is that a lot of corporates today use machine…

Sony’s Playstation Now streaming service now includes PS4 games

Game subscription services now look like they’re here to stay, and Sony’s Playstation Now just got an exciting update: The first PS4 games on the service are now available to play. The debut list includes 24 games that originally came out on PS4, bringing PS Now to the contemporary console era of games releases for the first time. The games list includes quite a few smaller releases and some remasters, like God of War 3 Remastered, but though it may be…

As Uber’s value slips on the secondary market, Lyft’s is rising

It’s been happening for months. The value of Uber’s shares has been falling on the secondary market, hammered by a barrage of press attention paid to its real and perceived misdeeds. That slip is widely seen as the reason Uber investors strong-armed CEO Travis Kalanick out of his role as CEO on Tuesday night. As numerous sources confirmed to us yesterday (and The Information first reported in late April), Uber is right now valued at roughly $50 billion by secondary shareholders — a far cry…

Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund

About a month ago, word spread that Google had quietly launched a new fund for investing into AI companies. Now this fund has made its first (or at least its first public) investment. Led by Google’s VP of engineering for AI, Anna Patterson, this new fund is leading a $10.5 million Series A into Algorithmia, a marketplace and enterprise solution that allows developers to easily tap into its catalog of 3,500 algorithms, functions and machine-learning models. Other participants in this round include new…