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Intel unleashes 10-core CPU for 4K and VR gaming

Intel announced a new line of high-end CPUs at Computex in Taiwan this week, including its first 10-core processor for desktops. Under the Core i7 processor Extreme Edition banner is a family of four different models designed for 4K and virtual reality (VR) gaming, as well as performance-hungry content creation like editing 4K or 360-degree videos.Read More

Asus goes MacBook hunting with new ZenBook 3

Laptops have come a long way from their bulky beginnings. Apple slashed the number of ports on its latest MacBook, resulting is a device that's just 13.1 mm (0.52 in) thick. HP decided to rework its hinges, giving us the 10.4-mm (0.41-in) thick Spectre. Asus is also getting "thin" on the act, with the new ultra-thin ZenBook 3 that slots in between the two.Read More

Mouse/keyboard hybrid provides fast single-finger typing

A new crowdfunding campaign is looking to change how we interact with our PCs and other smart devices, providing users with an all-in-one solution that combines keyboard and mouse. The peripheral, known as the Nydeum Sense, lets users trace out letters on a contoured touch surface, while providing a more conventional touch experience on its second side. Read More

Wearable keyboard lets users Tap to type

The decline of desktop computing and the proliferation of other devices that require text input mean that alternatives to the traditional keyboard are now needed. The Tap Strap wearable keyboard is one such alternative that works with Bluetooth devices and lets users tap on any surface to type.Read More

Keyboard shortcut tech keeps an eye on your fingers

If you're finding that there just aren't enough shortcuts on your computer's keyboard, an experimental new system from Canada's University of Waterloo may be what you need. It accesses different functions assigned to the same key, based on which finger you use to press it.Read More

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Game changers: Do clever machines add up to AI?‚Äč

In March, a computer achieved what many thought impossible when it won a best of five series against world-class go champion Lee Sedol. The victory by the DeepMind computer was the most significant milestone in artificial intelligence since Deep Blue beat chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, and once again sparked many predictable headlines about humans being knocked off our IQ perch. The question is, what do such human versus computer matches tell us about AI? Is it the harbinger of a machine-led future or are computers just very good at playing board games? To see how this might play out, we first need to look to the past.
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Head-tracking mouse designed for people with disabilities

Technology is intended to make life easier, but our most popular devices are based on the assumption that users have full control of their hands. For those with disabilities who are unable to use a mouse or a touchscreen, mass-produced devices can become more of a hindrance than a help. This is why a Turkish designer says he came up with GlassOuse, which puts the capabilities of a mouse on a pair of glasses.Read More

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