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Intel claims storage speed record with first large-capacity Optane SSD

Intel says large-capacity Optane drives with up to 1.5TB of storage are on their way.

Lose yourself in the Infinity Room, a mixed-media art project at SXSW

This piece by artist Refik Anadol takes it to infinity.

Visa's payment-enabled sunglasses are ready for the beach

Visa's latest prototype shows off just how easy tap-to-pay can be—letting you buy stuff with a pair of sunglasses.

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Hands-on with Visa's NFC sunglasses

Yes, Visa's latest prototype lets you pay for stuff with a pair of sunglasses.

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How Wadjet Eye's Unavowed weaves modern design into a gritty point-and-click adventure

With Unavowed, Wadjet Eye's Dave Gilbert has managed to fold elements of Bioware's RPGs into a traditional point-and-click adventure—using Adventure Game Studio.

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Meet SwapBots, an augmented-reality toy that pairs with the iPad

These cute robot toys are unique on their own, but they pack a secret.

Watch SwapBots spring to life thanks to augmented reality

Build a robot, pair it with your smartphone or tablet, and watch it come to life.

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Some HTTPS inspection tools might weaken security

Companies that use security products to inspect HTTPS traffic might inadvertently make their users' encrypted connections less secure and expose them to man-in-the-middle attacks, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns.

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Sony's Wow Factory, complete with virtual reality suit, is why people go to SXSW

South by Southwest isn't CES, and that's a good thing. It's all about bringing bizarre prototypes and big ideas to life, like Sony did with its Wow Factory.

Sony's SXSW Wow Factory is a virtual-reality playground full of wild demos

We got a glimpse of Sony's future—a world full of augmented- and virtual-reality experiences that let you leave the headset behind.

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DARPA's latest idea could put today's Turing-era computers at risk

DARPA has come up with crazy ideas in the past, and its latest is to come up with computers that are always learning, much like humans.

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Minnesota police seek data on who Googled a victim's name

Local police in Minnesota are trying to solve a bank fraud scheme by demanding Google give up data on people who looked up key search terms that may be related to crime.

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Microsoft says it's blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on latest AMD, Intel chips

Microsoft takes the rather harsh step of blocking Windows updates to those who try to run Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen chips.

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Android O details begin trickling in, with notification syncing, badges reportedly on tap

The first rumors about Android O point to new notifications, app badges, picture-in-picture, and smart text selection.

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This week in games: Quake Champions, funky Mass Effect faces, and a Civilization VI demo

Plus: A collection of Capcom's licensed NES Disney titles, more free content for Planet Coaster, a Teslagrad follow-up, and more. This is gaming news for March 13 to 17.

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Best Buy is selling the base model of the Lenovo Yoga 710 for $430

If you need a basic laptop that looks good and works for everyday tasks, this Yoga 710 is worth a look.

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String of fileless malware attacks possibly tied to single hacker group

Several attacks observed over the past few months that rely heavily on PowerShell, open-source tools and fileless malware techniques, might be the work of a single group of hackers.

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How Bumble is becoming the connection queen of the App Store

What began as a dating app is now a place for women to make friends and meet possible business connections. Founder Whitney Wolfe outlined the app's next steps at SXSW.

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Slack channel names can be written in more languages

Slack’s international customers are now able to set channel names in their native tongue, thanks to an update the group chat service rolled out Thursday.