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Google said to unveil new phones, 4K Chromecast next month – CNET

The tech giant is also expected to detail its Daydream VR and Google Home plans, according to Android Police.
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Google reportedly puts its Project Ara modular phone on hold – CNET

Ambitious project was expected to have detachable hardware components that could be swapped out according to users’ needs.
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Apple releases OS X patch for spyware exploit – CNET

The desktop vulnerability is the same found last week targeting iOS on a prominent Arab activist’s iPhone.
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Next health wearable? Your home – CNET

Sensors for convenience and security find a higher calling in health and wellness.
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Samsung reportedly planning recall for Galaxy Note 7 – CNET

Electronics giant planning unprecedented global recall amid reports of the handsets’ batteries exploding, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
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See watermelon survive a 14-story fall thanks to spray-on coating – CNET

Let it ripen on the vine, coat with the same stuff that goes on truck beds and then abuse it. It’s the most extreme fruit salad recipe you’ve ever seen.
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Lawsuit calls foul on Golden State Warriors' app – CNET

Lawsuit claims the NBA team’s app secretly uses smartphones’ microphone to listen in and record users’ conversations.
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Apple may launch new Beats headphones alongside the iPhone 7 – CNET

An invitation to Apple’s upcoming event reportedly mentions that new Beats headphones will be unveiled the same day.
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Chef eats world's hottest noodles, says he went deaf – CNET

Technically Incorrect: A British chef decides to test himself. The results are troubling.
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Hands-on review: Dell Precision 5510

Hands-on review: Dell Precision 5510

Dell’s XPS 15 has been one of the true highlights in the 15-inch laptop space during 2016. It features the company’s space-saving InfinityEdge tech, which slims down the chassis size by shrinking the display’s bezels to mere millimeters.

It looks great and is practical to boot, allowing the machine to be slipped into a bag for easy transportation, so it was only a matter of time before Dell launched a version that’s geared toward business. Step up the Precision 5510, which puts the "work" into workstation.

Dell Precision 5510

Essentially an XPS 15 that’s had a workstation-style makeover, it swaps Windows 10 for the much more business-friendly Windows 7. And when it comes to specs, Dell has stripped away unnecessary features from the XPS 15 to bring the cost down. You won’t find an SSD here, nor gaming-grade graphics.

There are two configurations on sale, the first starting at £1,170 (around £1,550 or AUS$2,034) alongside a higher spec model costing £1,286. (around US$1,567 or AUS$). The latter ships with a slightly weaker processor but superior dedicated workstation graphics.

Dell Precision 5510

The Precision 5510 is every bit the looker the XPS 15 is. Its two-tone silver and black design gives off an "Oreo" effect that appears elegant and premium. It’s an exercise in minimalism for the most part, with nothing on the lid except for Dell’s dark logo. The less-is-more approach is only broken on the keyboard base, where Intel and Windows 7 stickers have been lazily applied by hand. There’s superb build quality at every angle, with the magnesium-alloy body standing up well to knocks and scrapes.

Dell Precision 5510

Whichever 5510 configuration you opt for, both machines will weigh the same 3.9 pounds. That’s the exact same weight as the version of the XPS 15 that comes without the dedicated GTX 960M graphics card, and it’s pleasingly light considering the machine’s size. It’s just about light enough to lift with one hand, and you can flip open the lid with a finger too.

Speaking of the display, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better looking screen on a 15-inch laptop. There are multiple wins here – from the display’s crisp Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 1,440) to its impressive color saturation, wide viewing angles and high color accuracy thanks to 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Photographers and multimedia workers can feel at ease working with this panel.

Dell Precision 5510

The XPS 15 was already geared toward professionals thanks to these qualities, so Dell hasn’t had to tweak anything in this department. The display remains plenty bright, rated at 400 nits, making the Precision 5510’s bold and vibrant display excellent for outdoor use.

Dell Precision 5510

There’s ample room to snap applications to each half of the display, and you can have multiple legacy applications open while having room on the desktop to spare. Note that the some legacy business programs might not play nicely on the 4K display if they’re optimized, and Windows 7 is also a strange environment to prod and poke at the touchscreen.

Dell Precision 5510

Productivity is a breeze on the Precision 5510 thanks to the computing muscle under the hood. Our review sample came with an Intel Xeon CPU E3-1505M v5 clocked at 2.8GHz, backed up by 16GB of RAM. Apps load instantly, and boot times are swift.

Whether you’re running demanding applications or multiple legacy apps, this laptop will be able to handle them without a hitch. We would’ve liked more ports, however, with including HDMI, USB 3.1 (Type-C), two USB 3.1 ports and a microSD slot being the only ones to be found.

Dell Precision 5510

Unfortunately the keyboard, one of the less impressive aspects of the XPS 15, remains unchanged on the Precision 5510. It suffers from a lack of key travel, with each keypress leaving more to be satisfied. It’s absolutely fine, serviceable even, for typing shorter documents, but wrist cramp begins to set in once the word count reaches into the thousands.

On the plus side it’s backlit so you can see what you’re typing up in the dark, and it’s twinned with an excellent Dell Precision clickpad that’s as good as any on a Mac – a rarity for a Windows machine.

Benchmarks

  • Cinebench R15: OpenGL: 55.67 fps; CPU: 621 points
  • Geekbench (Single-Core): 3,810 points; (Multi-Core) 14,059 points
  • Battery test (1080p looped video streamed over Wi-Fi in Edge, 50% brightness): 3 hours 3 minutes

The Precision 5510 gave out some impressive benchmark scores in our early testing, with the best result coming from Geekbench’s Multi-Core CPU test – 14,059 points. The Xeon CPU E3-1505M inside is truly designed for heavy lifting and even scores higher than the XPS 15’s Intel Core i7-6700HQ that achieved 12,449 points in the same benchmark.

The 5510’s graphics performance was only slightly behind the XPS 15, scoring 55.67 points in Cinebench’s graphics test, versus the 69.46 fps achieved by the GTX 960M in the XPS 15.

Dell Precision 5510

Early verdict

It must have been easy for Dell to convert the XPS 15 into a workstation, such was its initial qualities. The Precision 15 5000 is solidly-built, surprisingly compact and lightweight for its size and comes with a fantastic display. We suspect that, like the XPS 15, the Precision 15 5000 will only seriously suffer in the department of battery life due to the power-sucking 4K screen. Still, for business users looking for a capable laptop that ships with the familiar surroundings of Windows 7, the Precision 5510 should rank highly.

Source: Tech Radar

Romanian hacker Guccifer sentenced to 52 months in U.S. prison

A Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has been sentenced to 52 months in prison after breaking into internet accounts of about 100 U.S. citizens, including government officials.

The 44-year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar was sentenced on Thursday. He was extradited from Romania and brought to court in the United States, where he pleaded guilty to the hacking-related charges in May.

From Oct. 2012 to Jan. 2014, Lazar targeted the email and social media accounts of his U.S.-based victims as a way to steal their personal information and email messages. That included hacking a family member of two former U.S. presidents and several former U.S. officials.  

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​Apple will start scrubbing old and broken apps App Store next week – CNET

The iPhone maker will try to rid the service of apps that don’t work on modern devices or that try naming shenanigans to place better in search results.
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More people using drones to spy on cheating lovers – CNET

Technically Incorrect: A family lawyer says that the suspicious and hurt are turning to the latest technology to catch their lovers red-handed.
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SpaceX rocket explosion blows up Facebook's satellite plans – CNET

Things go very wrong during the test-firing of a Falcon 9 rocket set to launch a satellite that would have beamed Wi-Fi to Africa, courtesy of Facebook.
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Alexa moving beyond the Echo as Amazon talks to PC maker Lenovo – CNET

Amazon is talking with Lenovo about putting the voice assistant on PCs. Meanwhile, Space X hits another setback after its Falcon 9 rocket explodes.
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Qualcomm's VR headset lets you walk in a digital world (pictures) – CNET

The reference design is unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
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S-s-s-sham! Viral video of hawk dropping snake on family barbecue was a hoax – CNET

Alert your friends who shared it on Facebook. The popular video was all a stunt by an Australian sports team.
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Qualcomm's wild VR headset gives you freedom of motion — without wires – CNET

Sadly, the Qualcomm unit is a reference design created to help other companies build their own affordable VR headsets. It will go to manufacturing partners in the fourth quarter.
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Amazon Alexa's new home: Your PC? – CNET

Lenovo reveals it talked to Amazon about using Alexa in its computers, offering a hint on the voice assistant’s next big expansion area.
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Star Trek exhibit takes fans on a voyage through the iconic sci-fi universe – CNET

Gawk at Capt. Kirk’s chair, scream like you’ve suffered the wrath of Khan, and get beamed up to the Enterprise at EMP Museum’s ode to all things Star Trek.
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Hands-on review: IFA 2016: XMG Walker

Hands-on review: IFA 2016: XMG Walker

Virtual reality (VR) has inspired a ton of exciting, new PC designs, but the coolest development has to be the backpack PC. We’ve tried out several already from likes of HP, MSI and even Zotac, but none of them are available yet or have a release date in sight.

Now, the big leaguers have some catching up to do. XMG, a German custom PC builder (owned by Schenker) similar to Origin in the US and Overclockers in the UK, has made the first VR backpack PC available right now, dubbed the XMG Walker, and it’s looking to be the best of the lot yet.

That’s why it pains us greatly to report that it’s only available in Europe for the foreseeable future, not to mention it asks for a lofty €4,799 (about $5,371, £4,040, AU$7,115). But, for the cash-flush European or importer out there, it might be worth the premium.

XMG walker

A lightweight (and cool) design

When we tried on the HP Omen VR Backpack PC a little while back, we commended it for its lightweight feel. That was before we tried on the XMG Walker.

The Walker weighs less than 3kg (6.6 pounds). That’s almost half the weight of HP’s 10-pound solution, and it’s all thanks to a couple factors.

First, XMG opted to mill the Walker out of just one sheet of metal, which is what separates the internals from the detachable padding that holds the straps. The rest of the device is framed in a lightweight plastic.

XMG Walker

Second, the Walker likely doesn’t last as long as its competitors. Whereas the HP Omen can last up to an hour on a charge, the Walker taps out in just 45 minutes on average.

However, the Walker can house not one, but two 99.36 Watt-hour lithium-ion batteries at once, allowing players to hot swap indefinitely with a third or fourth battery. (The unit comes with two batteries in the box, plus the charging cradle, and you can buy more separately for an undisclosed price.)

The way XMG sees it, we’re told, is who is going to game in mobile VR – HTC Vive only, natch – for longer than an hour or so? For those that will, they have the option to hot swap to their heart’s content, as the batteries charge in less than 90 minutes.

XMG Walker

While playing a game of HoloPoint using the XMG Walker, it felt even lighter than the bag we’re lugging around the IFA 2016 show floor. But, better yet, it felt much cooler to the touch than, say, HP Omen device that nearly singed us recently. (Oh, and the GTX 1070 inside worked beautifully, unsurprisingly.)

That might have to do with the Walker’s capacious output vents on both of its sides.

What’s inside of it?

XMG equipped the Walker with an Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics chip and an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 250GB SSD. If you want more memory or storage than that, the Walker can support up to twice as much RAM and up to 4TB of SSD storage via two DIMMS and two M.2 slots, respectively.

XMG Walker

On the connectivity front, the Walker houses three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB-C port, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, a Gigabit Ethernet port. Meanwhile, wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac and a Bluetooth 4.2 radio.

And, just like HP’s own VR backpack PC, the Walker can be removed from its straps and used like any other PC with high-end gaming laptop-grade power.

Early verdict

XMG may have beaten several of its rivals not only to the punch with the Walker, but also in terms of design. The lighter and cooler the better is the name of this little game in the VR space, and the Walker has got plenty of it.

XMG Walker

However, it’s mighty expensive, so much so that, while XMG is offering the Walker to anyone willing to shell out for it, the company has VR game developers squarely in mind with this product. If this is indicative of what its rivals might charge for their backpack PCs, mobile high-end VR will be the most enthusiast piece of gaming hardware you can find.

Still, the Walker’s lightweight design and smart strategy surrounding battery life has us chomping at the bit to test it out fully.

Source: Tech Radar

In the US, refugees find phones a basic necessity – CNET

For the 85,000 refugees who will resettle in the US this year, mobile phones have become as essential to their daily lives as a safe, clean place to live and a steady job.
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Major explosion at SpaceX launch site – CNET

Multiple blasts were reported during a pre-launch test of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that was set to launch a satellite on Saturday.
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Acer built a massive $5,000-plus gaming laptop because why not? – CNET

The Predator 21x isn’t just a flagship product, it’s Acer’s bid to generate some excitement in a tough PC business.
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Plex adds cord cutter friendly over-the-air DVR – CNET

The popular video playback software launches a new feature to Plex Pass subscribers that allows recording and playback of free TV shows received over an antenna.
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