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Renault buys 40 percent stake in French car news publisher – Roadshow

Autonomous vehicles promise a future where you can peacefully read on your morning commute, and Renault wants a say in what you’re consuming. Renault has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Challenges Group, a French publishing concern known for its coverage of the automotive industry. The goal is to provide future owners of autonomous cars with an array of editorial content. This investment goes hand-in-hand with Renault’s recent efforts to develop a functional self-driving vehicle, which is slated to hit public roads by 2021. “This project is totally in…

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Apple iMac Pro Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

I admit it: I didn’t think it could be done.  When I heard the specs for the new iMac Pro, my immediate reaction was, “that’s going to need liquid-nitrogen cooling for the 18-core model.” After all, the 16-core AMD Threadripper I’ve been testing has been known to hit as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) when maxing out all cores on a 3D render, and that’s in a roomy Alienware Area-51 desktop with plenty of airflow. So when Apple’s 10-core Xeon W model didn’t break a sweat on a…

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The 25 best battery life laptops for 2017 – CNET

Anyone considering a new laptop purchase for themselves or as a gift should keep in mind that while speed and design very important, a lot of people care about battery life above all else. After all, there’s nothing worse than having your laptop shut down in the middle of an big meeting, while writing an important email or halfway through streaming the latest binge-worthy Netflix series. The good news is that laptops and two-in-one hybrids with 10 hours or more of battery life are now easy to find. That’s thanks…

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Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch, 2018) Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Samsung Samsung’s Notebook 9 was one of the thinnest and lightest 15-inch laptops we tested in 2017 and it had one of the longest battery run-times at more than 12 hours. For 2018, it looks like more of the same (great!), but with more power and performance (even better!).  Like the 2017 model, the Notebook 9 (not to be confused with the Notebook 9 Pro) is wrapped in metal, though this time Samsung used a magnesium-aluminum alloy called Metal12 to keep it light, yet durable, weighing at most 2.84 pounds…

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Samsung The laptop market is steadily shifting from traditional clamshell models to two-in-one PCs that let you flip the screen 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Many of them, like Samsung’s new Notebook 9 Pen, are going the extra step and supporting pen input, too.  For Samsung’s part, the 2.2-pound premium 13.3-inch full HD-resolution two-in-one includes a built-in and battery-free S Pen that recognizes 4,096 levels of pressure. Its fine 0.7mm tip has tilt detection as well, so you can use it just as you’d use a real…

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iMac Pro available Dec. 14 – CNET

The new iMac Pro on display at WWDC 2017.  James Martin/CNET First announced in June, the new iMac Pro will drop later this week. Apple’s website was updated Tuesday to give a release date: Dec. 14.  “Pros love iMac,” Apple says. “So when they asked us to build them a killer iMac, we went all in. And then we went way, way beyond, creating an iMac packed with the most staggeringly powerful collection of workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory and I/O of any Mac ever.” Specifically, the $4,999 all-in-one desktop…

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Is Apple bringing back the iPhone with a metal back? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 113) – CNET

Subscribe to the Extra Crunchy Podcast iTunes MP3 | RSS MP3 | FeedBurner MP3 Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn iTunes video | RSS video | FeedBurner video YouTube | Livestream | Periscope Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 113 Your browser does not support the audio element. Now Playing: Watch this: Is Apple bringing back the iPhone with a metal back?… THE APPLE BYTE EXTRA CRUNCHY SHOW NOTES: APPLE TV NEWS: Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV [Update: TV App Supported] Apple and Amazon Confirm Amazon Prime Video on…

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Registering C-band dishes a costly, cumbersome task for customers, SES says

WASHINGTON — If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants a more accurate database of C-band satellite dishes, it should make the process of registering those dishes less expensive and time-consuming, fleet operator SES said Dec. 6. In a letter recounting a Dec. 4, meeting between Luxembourg-based SES and representatives of the FCC, SES argued that its C-band customers have little incentive to register their dishes, since registration is a voluntary process that can cost over $1,000 per site. The FCC is pushing for an updated registry of C-band users to…

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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (2017) review – CNET

What’s the most important element of a laptop? To me, it’s not necessarily the speed, although that’s important too. It’s how using the laptop feels. Starting at $879 (AU$1,799, UK £899), Dell’s Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 isn’t quite a budget laptop, but it’s not priced like a premium one either. For that midrange cost, you’ll get a machine that just feels right, thanks to its stellar trackpad and keyboard, which is an area some other hybrids skimp on. But after using the laptop for a while, as in just a few…

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What Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip may mean for Galaxy S9 – CNET

Your next Android smartphone is about to get a lot smarter.  Qualcomm on Wednesday detailed its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, which will likely power most high-end Android phones launching in 2018. The chip boasts improved image- and video-capture abilities, smarter artificial intelligence features, “lightning-fast connectivity,” “vault-like security,” and better performance and power efficiency. In other words, the rumored Galaxy S9 could let you shoot more true-to-life video and photos, use a smart assistant to analyze the images, upload them quickly and keep them secure on your phone. You’ll be able to…

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