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Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o join 'Black Panther' cast – CNET

Jordan, Nyong’o and Danai Gurira join Marvel’s “Black Panther” cast alongside Chadwick Boseman. Learn more about their characters in a new featurette. Plus, a new logo.
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Star Trek's William Shatner on Leonard Nimoy: 'He was my brother' – CNET

At San Diego Comic-Con, the man who played Capt. Kirk opens up about his friendship with the man who played Mr. Spock.
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I was Harley in 'Suicide Squad' thanks to VR – CNET

Warner Bros. and Samsung Electronics tap virtual reality to immerse you in the set of the highly anticipated DC film.
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Two new Sonic games seek to recapture the glory days – CNET

Sonic Mania, announced at Comic-Con, focuses on reimagining classic levels, while a new Sonic adventure features both retro and modern versions of Sonic.
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Congress looks lovely in new 'Fantastic Beasts' trailer – CNET

We get our first decent look at the Magical Congress in the latest “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trailer.
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First 'Kong: Skull Island' trailer is chilling in the best way – CNET

Explosions, gun fights and tears break out on this “joyride.”
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Star Trek unveils the USS Discovery at its 50th anniversary Comic-Con panel – CNET

The next voyage in the Star Trek universe will feature the new ship, and the title of the 2017 CBS series will be “Star Trek: Discovery.”
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'Legends of the Hidden Temple' TV-movie trailer debuts at Comic-Con – CNET

Nickelodeon’s ’90s game show turned TV movie features all kinds of reimagined nods to its source material, including scary temple guards, the Steps of Knowledge and the infamously difficult Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
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New 'Justice League' teaser debuts — and it's almost funny? – CNET

Our first official look at the team inspires more confidence, but it still doesn’t show off the big guy(s).
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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is bringing the fiery Ghost Rider to life – CNET

At Comic-Con, showrunners unveil the newest cast member, discuss season 4 developments and share some of the show’s lighthearted moments.
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'Wonder Woman' gets a badass official trailer – CNET

Finally! Women are kicking ass and taking names in the first full-length trailer for the 2017 DC film.
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'Wonder Woman' movie costumes on display at SDCC 2016 – CNET

The DC Comics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 features an up close and personal preview of the costumes that we’ll see in the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie. Plus, the heroine’s original costume and concept art from the 1970s “Wonder Woman” TV show with Lynda Carter are also featured.
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Cancel your weekend plans and go watch 'Stranger Things' – CNET

The new Netflix series blends classic King and Spielberg to create masterful contemporary television.
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Pokemon No: All the ways you shouldn't play the latest app craze – CNET

It’s easy to find tips about how to catch the best Pokemon. But what you won’t find is a list of all the hazardous ways people are playing Pokemon Go. Yes, there are wrong ways — unfortunately.
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Review: Download review: AIMP review

Review: Download review: AIMP review

Calling AIMP a music player would be doing it a disservice. As well as playing music, the program also acts as an audio organizer, making it easy to change MP3 tags and create playlists.

Download AIMP freePlaylists are an interesting feature here because as well as curating them by hand, you can also take advantage of the smart playlist option to create something to match a mood with less effort. On top of this, the program can be used to listen to streaming internet radio stations. AIMP can function as an alarm clock, audio converter and more.

AIMP advanced features

User experience

This all good media players, AIMP has a unique look – this is certainly not your typical Windows program. It looks almost like a blend between a Mac and Linux app, and while this might sound off-putting, it works.

Once you have music playing, chances are you won’t want to sit and look at the program (but if you do, you can enjoy a selection of visualizations) and AIMP has an interesting way of minimizing out of view. Rather than disappearing into a taskbar button, the program window disappears completely and can be accessed through a tiny tab that appears at the left of the screen when the mouse is moved near to it. This can be a little confusing if you’re used to Alt-tabbing through applications, as AIMP disappears from view and can only be access via the side-of-the-screen menu.

Because AIMP has something of a different look to other programs, you might feel that it would be confusing to use, but that idea quickly evaporates. Basic playback options and playlisting are easy to use, and the audio converter — which handles a highly impressive number of formats — is a breeze to get into. For diehard keyboard users, there are plenty of hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts to ensure that program control and navigation can be achieved without ever having to lift your fingers from the keys.

AIMP playlists

We liked

In addition to the regular application, there’s also a portable version that can be installed on a USB drive and easily moved from one computer to another.

That’s extremely handy, but what’s most impressive about AIMP is the level of control it gives you over your music – and not just in terms of organization. The DSP Manager includes an impressive 18-band graphic equalizer, and there’s a range of sound effects that can be applied to music during playback.

You can also tinker with speed, tempo and pitch settings. The timed shutdown and alarm clock function are very welcome additions too, as is support for an almost unparalleled number of audio formats.

It’s not limited to your PC, either – the addition of an Android app means that you can enjoy much the same experience on your smartphone as on your computer.

AIMP Equalizer

We disliked

There’s not really much to dislike about AIMP. If there is any criticism to be levelled at it, it would be that the Options screen is something of a mess. There’s a huge number of options and preference that you can configure, and the means having to work through an awful lot of sections. Things could perhaps have been better organized.

Final verdict

You might think that you’re happy with your current media player, but that’s probably just because you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Give AIMP a whirl.

Specifications

Developer: Artem Izmaylov

License: Freeware

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Processor: N/A
  • RAM: N/A
  • Disk space: 37MB

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Hands-on review: MSI WT72 6QN

Hands-on review: MSI WT72 6QN

Virtual reality is coming of age with hardware like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift providing ideal devices for creative minds and gamers alike.

It doesn’t come as a surprise therefore that at least one top-tier laptop vendor saw an opportunity to repackage its gaming products for a more lucrative audience: creative professionals.

That vendor, MSI, sent us the WT72 6QN, otherwise known as the first Nvidia VR-ready professional mobile workstation, one which was launched only a few months ago.

MSI WT72 6QN top

What sets it apart from its other siblings is the presence of a new GPU, the Quadro M5500, which has 2,048 CUDA cores and offers, according to Nvidia, a third more power compared to the previous generation. More on that later.

So, this is a gaming laptop that has had a brain swap to transform it into a professional workstation – which means that there are still a lot of small features that betray its original status.

Note that this laptop is not available for sale in the UK. The WT72 6QN costs a staggering $4,599 in the US and while you may be able to buy it from the States, the shipping costs and added taxes mean that you’re looking at a £4,000 bill, at least (that’s around AU$7,000).

MSI WT72 6QN front

Those who have dealt with large gaming laptops will recognise the form factor embraced by MSI. Let’s cut to the chase: the WT72 6QN is not the Studio G3. It’s big, blunt and boisterous, just like the Octane II Pro from PC Specialist which we reviewed recently.

It weighs a chunky 3.8kg and is 48mm at its thickest point, while its footprint is roughly equivalent to an A3 sheet. Add another 1kg for the power adaptor which is as heavy as the Apple MacBook.

The chassis is massive but a bit too ‘plastic’ for our taste. We can easily envision it becoming slippery with sweaty palms after a few hours. There are five keys on the left of the keyboard: Power, GPU toggle, Turbo Fan, Keyboard Lights and a programmable one.

MSI WT72 6QN profile

The device’s big selling point is the Quadro M5500 GPU from Nvidia and to date, it remains the only one shipping with this graphics solution. Since this is a professional chip, its drivers have been certified and optimised by ISVs such as Dassault Systemes, PTC, Autodesk and Adobe, which all but guarantees that there won’t be any artefacts or discrepancies in final production pieces.

Its non-certified, consumer equivalent, is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M, which therefore shares a number of features with it. That includes the 2048 shader cores (clocked at 1.14GHz), 8GB of GDDR5 memory (clocked at 6.6GHz and delivering 211GBps of available bandwidth) and the Maxwell architecture.

MSI WT72 6QN side

Nvidia says that its power consumption tops 150W, which makes it more convenient for larger form factors (probably why MSI included it in a 17.3-inch laptop).

Sadly, MSI engineers didn’t pair that chip with the fastest Intel CPU around – as PC Specialist did with the Octane II Pro – but there’s a very good reason behind that.

MSI WT72 6QN profile 2

The combined TDP of the Core i7-6700K and the M5500 would have hit a staggering 241W, while the i7-6920HQ powering the WT72 brings that down to a more manageable 195W, with the heat being kept down by a dual fan system.

MSI also offers the i7-6700HQ which has a lower base frequency (2.6GHz compared to 2.9GHz) and, unlike the 6920HQ, doesn’t support vPro, TE technology and TSX-NI. Alternatively, another option is the Xeon E3-1505M v5 which is clocked at 2.8GHz and offers ECC memory support.

MSI WT72 6QN power brick

One thing that users of this laptop can’t complain about is the sheer volume of ports and connectivity options, as having acres of real estate helps tremendously on this front.

So there are six USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port which doubles as a Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Mini DP, a Killer-powered Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 (thanks to Intel), an SD card reader and a full set of audio connectors.

MSI WT72 6QN rear

The model that was shipped to us incorporated 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory (expandable to 64GB), a full HD webcam, a Blu-ray drive, a 9-cell 84Whr battery, Windows 10 Pro and a pair of 3W speakers with an accompanying subwoofer, all driven by DynAudio technology.

Also under the hood were an HGST 1TB 7200rpm hard disk drive coupled with a pair of 128GB NVMe PCI-E Gen.3 x4 SSDs in RAID-0 setup, allowing this array to reach read speeds of 3,300MBps. You can add two more cards but we wonder whether RAID-1 might have been a better option since reliability is paramount on a workstation. The ability to run four SSDs also paves the way for RAID 0+1/1+0 as well.

MSI WT72 6QN angle

The 17.3-inch display is available either with a full HD resolution or a 4K one, both in an IPS flavour and equipped with MSI’s own True Colour Technology which, according to the vendor, delivers a near-100% sRGB gamut, a claim we haven’t checked.

Ours came with the 4K screen and performed admirably during our short test, delivering punchy, vibrant colours with great viewing angles.

MSI WT72 6QN keyboard

MSI’s extensive experience in gaming peripherals also shone with the WT72. It borrows from the SteelSeries keyboard range with silver-lining print to reduce eye strain with three colour zones.

MSI WT72 6QN close up

We found that rather distracting, but fortunately, you can switch it off. Since keyboards are often a matter of taste, let’s just say that this one was a tad too soft/mushy for our liking with some strange key placements (e.g. Windows key on the right) but with a good return.

MSI WT72 6QN touchpad

As for the touchpad, it suffers from one flaw. It doesn’t have any physical borders – the palm rest and the surface of the touchpad are on the same level which makes false positives (i.e. when your palm accidentally causes the mouse cursor to move) a far more frequent occurrence.

We took the WT72 6QN for a short benchmarking ride using CPU-Z, Intel XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) and Maxon Cinebench R15. Not surprisingly, this is a beast hitting 1995/8445 points for the first benchmark, 1090 marks for the second and 97.53fps/646GB on the last test.

One last note with regards to bundled software. MSI saw fit to throw in WinZip, Norton AV, CyberLink and Magix Suite, all of which seem to be coming straight from an early 2000s cover disc. Definitely not what one would expect to see on a four-grand laptop.

MSI WT72 6QN vents

Early verdict

This is a massive workstation (although a lightweight affair compared to yesteryear’s desktop replacement models) with an equally massive price tag. We’re disappointed by the warranty which, standing at only 24 months, is far too short for a laptop costing that much.

This aspect is especially telling compared to established players like Dell, Lenovo or HP who have workstations that would score worse on the value-for-money front, but end up getting the sale because of the ability to provide far longer (up to five years) and more responsive aftersales service.

Still, despite the shortcomings, the WT72 6QN remains the only choice if VR is your priority. It remains the only workstation – at the time of writing – that comes with the Quadro M5500 GPU out of the box. That said, the warranty may well be the deal-breaker.

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Kaine you even? Tim Kaine could be the punniest VP pick ever – CNET

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Hillary Clinton announces VP pick Tim Kaine on Twitter – CNET

The Democratic party’s presumptive nominee for president of the United States says via a tweet late Friday that she picked Sen. Tim Kaine, underscoring the continued importance of social media in the campaign.
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Make Witcher 3 more like Skyrim with this first-person mod – CNET

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Dinklage, Clark get tongue-tied in new 'Game of Thrones' blooper reel – CNET

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Cosplay at Comic-Con 2016: From Stormtroopers to Sansa Stark – CNET

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RNC tweets spike Thursday night – CNET

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