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by Ahmed Dubai
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Apple’s new MacBook Pro has helped shore up total sales of the company’s Macs, boosting the firm in the face of an overall PC slump which is still very much ongoing.

This is according to figures on PC shipments which have emerged from two major analyst firms, Gartner and IDC; and we’ll start with the latter.

by Ahmed Dubai
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It’s difficult to disconnect. At home, at work, in the meeting room, even in the bathroom — our smartphones are always on and always with us.

But the creators of a small container called Pause want to effectively shut your smartphone down, and they don’t think you have the willpower to do it alone.

And let’s face it, they’re probably right.

Your Instagram will never be as cool as Pete Souza’s. He travels the world with the president—shooting candids of Angela Merkel (in virtual-reality goggles) and Steph Curry (cringing in board-game defeat as Obama cheers). His globe-trotting job is 24/7. For the ever-shifting circumstances, he has the ultimate stripped-down kit, shown above, to perform in every condition. Even if you’re not POTUS-worthy, you would do well to shoot with these.

Ask any enthusiast with a competent desktop PC tower and they’ll tell you that one of the best advantages of a traditional rig is the easy upgradeability. 

Indeed, there truly is no pleasure greater than that which results from popping a spare SATA cable onto a brand-new SSD or hard drive. Unfortunately, the thrill often stops there. 

As you begin to install new apps, divvying up folders between multiple drives, seemingly basic tasks become obstructive challenges. Once you run out of storage for your overwhelming archive or Steam games, the question arises: should you move something from your current Steam folder to the Recycle Bin or start a brand-new one on a secondary drive?

#AI, #AMD, #Intel, #Nvidia
by Amanda's
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Intel is the king of a shrinking kingdom. Every traditional desktop or laptop PC runs on the Santa Clara company’s processors, but that tradition is fast being eroded by more mobile, ARM-powered alternatives. Apple’s most important personal computers now run iOS, Google’s flagship Chromebook has an ARM flavor, and Microsoft just announced Windows for ARM. And what’s more, the burden of processing tasks is shifting away from the personal device and distributed out to networks of server farms up in the proverbial cloud, leaving Intel with a big portfolio of chips and no obvious customer to sell millions of them to.

Nokia's much-anticipated comeback smartphone, the Nokia 6, was unveiled earlier this month without much fanfare. The smartphone will be going on sale next week in China. The company confirmed the news in a Facebook post.

"Get ready! The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26th... Save the date!", the post said.

by Matar Khalifa
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The European Southern Observatory — an international research organization that champions ground-based astronomy — plans to turn one of its giant telescopes into an even more superior planet hunter. Specifically, the organization’s Very Large Telescope, or VLT, in northern Chile is getting a hardware upgrade, so that it can better search for planets around the stars of Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth. Located just over 4 billion light-years away, the triple-star Alpha Centauri system could be home to unseen, habitable planets — the closest possible places for life to exist outside our Solar System. If such worlds exist, ESO believes that VLT will be able to directly image them, by enhancing one of the telescope’s main instruments.

by Paulite
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The app market is bigger than it's ever been and, while it seems there's a lean towards free apps as opposed to paid-for products, there's still plenty of money to be made in the market. 

We'll come into this article assuming you have a little pre-existing knowledge of coding and can work your way around a portable language like Xcode or Unity – it's a little outside our scope to teach you how to program the things.

Instead, we're looking at ways you can exploit your skills, get yourself in the right places, and bring in some cash from the potentially lucrative handheld software market.

Two acres of land is enough to farm a sustainable food supply for as many as 150 people, and now a San Francisco startup is making it even easier to get that farm growing. Farm From a Box is a shipping container kit that holds all the essentials for setting up a two-acre farm (except the land, of course). Founders Brandi DeCarli and Scott Thompson got the idea after working on a youth center in Kenya where shipping containers were being used to substitute where infrastructure lacked. That project didn’t address food insecurity, though, which led DeCarli and Thompson to found their own venture specifically for that purpose.

by Tom-Link
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It’s almost a year since the iPad Pro 9.7 launched, so it’s about time we got a new one. The latest rumors suggest we’re going to get not one, but three and they’ll land between April and June.

In a note obtained by Apple Insider, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is building an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a brand new 10 to 10.5-inch model with a narrow bezel, both of which will have an A10X chipset, which should make them more powerful than the iPhone 7.