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Google Tone sings to share with nearby devices

Tools like email and instant messaging have made it easy for us to share information with people around the world. It can still be overly complicated to share something with people in the same room as us though. Google Tone allows users to share URLs with computers that are within earshot.Read More

The $9 CHIP is real computing in a tiny form

From the company that brought us Otto, the gif-capturing camera, comes CHIP, the US$9 computer. Its endowments of 1 gig processing, 4 gig storage, and 512 MB of RAM would only be average, were it not for the price, and the fact that it's ready-to-go despite its svelte stature – small enough to fit on a Post-It note. As with Otto, the company is seeking funding on Kickstarter and is also offering PocketCHIP, an enclosure to turn CHIP into an affordable smart device with touchscreen and keyboard.

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Microsoft makes Office 2016 Preview available for download

Microsoft today launched Office 2016 Preview, making it available to download for users who want to get an early look at the latest iteration of the company's productivity suite. This new version includes several new features for home and business users, and is designed to work seamlessly across a wide range of devices, including Apple's iPad, Mac OS X, and Android tablets.Read More

Tips & tricks for using Spotify on desktop and mobile

Now with up to 60 million active users, Spotify continues on its mission to change the face of digital music. Whether you're a paid-up premium subscriber or using the ad-supported version of the service, here are some tips and tricks to turn you into a Spotify power user in no time at all.Read More

Sharetable "desktop" computer puts a PC and a second screen inside your desk

Sharetable is all about simplifying interactions around a computer. Instead of having two people grappling for control, with awkward exchanges of mouse and keyboard and adjustments of screen position, it's designed to let two people work together more elegantly. Its approach is, in essence, to mirror or extend the screen across two displays on the same desk. But there's more to it. For starters, the computer is embedded in the desk. And so is one of the screens.Read More

CyberPower Trinity gaming PC offers distinctive "blade" design

CyberPower's latest gaming rig, known as the Trinity, is one of the most unusual systems we've seen, offering a design that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi blockbuster. The system features three "blades", placing the processor, graphics card and storage components in their own separate sections of the enclosure. Read More

Dutch firm heats homes for free using cloud server power

You've probably noticed how hot a computer can get if it's doing something taxing, like playing a game, for example. The same thing happens with server farms, but on a larger scale. Dutch startup Nerdalize aims to ditch the usual server farm setup and put internet-connected servers in people's homes, using the excess heat to warm the homes free-of-charge. Read More

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