Technology 

Why Apple could buck the trend as Windows 10 PC sales struggle

As more of us turn to our smartphones and tablets it’s a tough time for the makers of desktop and laptop PCs. A new report from IDC and Gartner suggests 2017 was a torrid year for computer sales with many of the world’s biggest manufacturers struggling to sell their latest devices. However, one company that appears to be shrugging off the problems is Apple with sales of its Macs actually up from the year before. According to these new figures, sales of Macs were up almost six per cent on…

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Laptop team-ups power new PCs at CES 2018 – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET In the midst of CES 2018, the slate of new computers on display, including laptops, 2-in-1 hybrids, desktops and tablets, felt a little dry. There were few revolutionary new designs, and only a handful of brand-new products — most were modest internal or external updates to existing lines from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others. But looking a little deeper, I realized this was a year of partnerships and team-ups, where how the elements inside new computers worked together was more important than what they looked like on the…

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Science 

The 5 Best Laptops We Saw at CES 2018

Over the past several years, CES — formerly the Consumer Electronics Show — has shifted its focus from “traditional” consumer tech towards self-driving cars and Internet-connected kitchen appliances. Despite that, PC makes still showed up in droves to this year’s CES to flaunt their latest laptops, 2-in-1s, and more. Here’s a look at the five best laptops we saw at CES 2018. Dell XPS 13 Release Date: Available nowPrice: Starts at $999.99 The XPS 13’s nearly edge-to-edge screen and elegant design already made it one of our favorite Windows laptops.…

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Recycled guns give these headphones heft and a cause – CNET

Yevo’s Bluetooth headphones. Ian Sherr/CNET A Swedish company, Yevo Labs, is building its latest headphones with material from an improbable source: guns. The headphones themselves are pretty standard Bluetooth earbuds, based on the company’s previously released Yevo 1 design. It’s around the edges that things get interesting. The accent metal is less polished than the mirror-finish chrome-like plating you’d find on its onyx-, ivory- or jet black-colored $249 headphones. The carrying case, which also doubles as a battery-powered charger, is heavy. Like a power tool. And the metal it’s made…

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How To 

10 tips for your new Fitbit – CNET

Welcome to the wonderful and compulsive world of counting steps. If you are starting the New Year off with a new Fitbit, then here’s your guide for getting up and moving with your fitness tracker. 1. Set up Fitbit with Fitbit app Before you can start counting steps, you first need to connect your Fitbit to the Fitbit app for iOS or Android (or use the Fitbit Connect app on your computer). And before you do that for the first time, you’ll probably need to charge your new Fitbit a…

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Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET It’s a hybrid inside a hybrid. That’s the best way to think about the new XPS 15 two-in-one from Dell. This big-screen laptop has a 360-degree hinge, so it folds all the way back to form a tablet — we’ve seen that plenty of times before, but never in Dell’s high-end XPS 15 line. Inside, it has a new CPU package that’s part of Intel’s eighth generation of Core i-series chips. But this is also a hybrid part. It’s one of the very first examples we’ve seen of…

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Gaming 

Esports get serious: Alienware, top team partner on training sites – CNET

Esports is becoming a big business. Here is the stage at the League of Legends championships in Beijing. Getty Images It takes more than lightning reflexes to become the best gamer on the planet. Just like other competitors, esports players need regular exercise, constant training and even the occasional scrimmage against other teams. That’s why Dell gaming devices brand Alienware is partnering with Team Liquid, one of the top gaming teams in the world, to outfit an 8,000 square-foot building in Los Angeles they’ve named the Alienware eSports Training Facility.…

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Intel and AMD ally to shrink your next gaming laptop. A lot. – CNET

Intel’s new mini gaming PC kit based on the eighth-gen Intel Core i7-with Radeon RX Vega M GH (NUC), formerly codenamed “Hades Canyon.” It really needs to keep that name. Intel In fall 2017, chipmaking rivals Intel and AMD made a splash when they announced a low(er)-power processor combining Intel’s eighth-generation series of Core i H-series CPUs with AMD Radeon RX Vega M discrete graphics. They didn’t offer much in the way of details at the time, and at CES 2018 Intel followed up with specifics and more. The new…

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D-Link DCH-212KT Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

This is D-Link’s DCH-212KT Wire-free Full HD Indoor/Outdoor Camera Kit. D-Link D-Link announced the DCH-212KT Wire-free Full HD Indoor/Outdoor Camera Kit at CES 2018. Available in Q2, D-Link’s upcoming connected security cam ($199.00 at Dell Home) kit will cost $350 (roughly £260/AU$450 converted). For your money, you get two rechargeable-battery-powered indoor/outdoor cameras and a hub with local internal storage.  A one-camera kit will also be sold for $250; additional cameras will cost $220 each.  Here’s an overview of the DCH-212KT’s main features: 1080p HD resolution Indoor/outdoor rated Night vision Person…

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CES 2017: Where are they now? – CNET

Razer’s gaming laptop with three screens LG’s W7 “wallpaper” OLED TV Willow Breast Pump Lenovo’s take on the Amazon Echo Acer Predator 21 X Mattel Aristotle by Nabi Kerastase Hair Coach Super Retro Boy LG Gram 14 Sony Xperia Touch Projector Hushme Kingston’s seriously huge 2TB flash drive HP’s curved all-in-one PC Monster Airlinks Elements LG’s affordable OLED TV, the B7A Samsung’s QLED TVs Mangoslab Nemonic sticky note printer Doppler Labs Here One Griffin Technology Connected Toaster Samsung FlexWash Dell’s UP3218K 8K monitor Mohu Airwave LG CordZero A9 Stick vacuum…

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