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Samsung's latest Chromebook 2 model provides Intel internals and better battery life

If you're keyed up on Google’s rapidly growing Chrome OS platform, then you’ll likely be aware of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 range, announced back in March. The company has today revealed a new, 11.6-inch addition to the line that’s powered by an Intel chip.  Read More

The Ubi computer waking up to the phrase 'OK Ubi' (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

A project to create an always-on connected computer that interacts with its user by voice first kicked off in August 2012. Following its successful crowdfunding bid, the still in prototype Ubi went up for pre-order 2 months later, but it wasn't until earlier this year that the first beta units were ready for early bird testers and developers. Gizmag managed to get on the beta program and found the hardware pretty much ready for prime time, but the user experience still needing some attention. Ubi's creators have been busying themselves ever since and have now announced that consumer-ready computers are available to buy.  Read More

Apple's latest iMac offers an impressive 5K display and overhauled internals

Apple has taken the wraps off the latest version of its popular desktop machine. The new 27-inch iMac is the company’s top tier all-in-one offering, packing in an impressive 5K display and improved energy efficiency.  Read More

Here's how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview and explore some new built-in features

Microsoft recently released the first iteration of its new operating system to the public in the form of Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here's a look at how to install it as well as check out the current new features you can expect when the final version is released.  Read More

Google's new Hangouts app is designed to work outside the browser

Google has launched a new app for Chrome OS and Windows that gives users direct access to their Hangouts conversations right on the desktop. The app continues a trend we’ve seen with Chrome, giving users more functionality outside of the browser.  Read More

Nvidia's new graphics solutions close the gap between desktop and notebook graphics

Nvidia has announced two new notebook graphics cards that provide close to desktop levels of performance on the move. The new Maxwell GPUs don’t just narrow the gap between desktop and laptop graphics, but also provide improved efficiency and dynamic resolution rendering.  Read More

The SecureDrives Autothysis128t SSD has the ability to self-destruct when triggered via te...

A misplaced storage device could lead to the leaking of a few embarrassing photos for some, while for those dealing in confidential information there might be a whole lot more at stake. Enter these self-destructing hard drives from London-based data security specialists SecureDrives, which appear ordinary storage devices on the surface but are capable of destroying onboard data when triggered by a simple SMS message.  Read More

Microsoft demonstrated impressive new research based on grip sensors in styluses and table...

If you own a Galaxy Note or Surface Pro, then you probably already know how useful a stylus can be. Much more than a faux finger, a digital pen can give you a sense of precision and control that your meathooks just can't replicate. But based on the work going on in Microsoft Research, the stylus still isn't close to reaching its full potential.  Read More

LocName allows users to share place location information via a URL and mobile app, as well...

Repeatedly typing out addresses to share via email can be time-consuming, especially if they are written in a foreign language. A new service wants to make the need to type out addresses a thing of the past. LocName allows users to create a URL for an address that can then be easily shared.  Read More

Amelia can learn from existing business manuals

The sinking feeling of calling a help line and discovering that there’s a robot at the other end may not be as sinky in the future. IPsoft’s "virtual service-desk employee" Amelia is designed to bring advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to help desks and other interactive operations by engaging callers in more intuitive and natural conversations.  Read More

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