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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

IBM's Watson does some culinary computing for its first cookbook

These days, it seems like every celebrity comes out with a cookbook at some point, and IBM's Watson supercomputer is no exception. The newly released Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson includes 65 recipes, developed with the help of what's billed as "the world’s first cognitive cooking system", is the result of a three-year collaboration between IBM Research and chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Read More

IBM sets new tape storage record

For many people, tape memory is a dead technology found only on reel-to-reel computers in old 1960s movies. However, it’s still a major storage medium and a new breakthrough by IBM Research and Fuji Film has produced a low-cost particulate magnetic tape with a record density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch, which represents 88 times more capacity than 2012's LTO-6 tape cartridge.Read More

Beats is out, B&O is in for HP laptops and tablets

Your next HP laptop will have premium audio powered by Bang & Olufsen rather than Beats, after the electronics giant drew its existing partnership to a close. The end to the HP/Beats deal, which has been in place since 2009, was widely predicted after Apple purchased Dr. Dre's music company for US$3 billion last May.Read More

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