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$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" contain some hidden gems, including $1,000 off selected PCs, discounts on Groove Music and Xbox Live Gold, as well as sweet stocking stuffers. Here, we tell you what to buy and what to skip.

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No courage: Microsoft still requires audio jack port in Windows phones

Apple said it took "courage" to remove the audio jack port from the iPhone 7 and replace it with wireless audio. Microsoft hasn't yet mustered the courage to cut the aging port.

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The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked

Users have praised the performance of Apple's A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7, but its underlying graphics architecture may not be so new after all.

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Here's what your hardware needs for the AWS Greengrass IoT service

Amazon is bringing a bit of AWS magic to devices and board computers with the Greengrass IoT service, which will help boost offline data collection and analysis.

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Amazon will literally truck your data into its cloud

Amazon is aiming to speed up large data transfer jobs with a truck. The Snowmobile is a big, white semi trailer that can hold 100PB of data that will then get driven to an Amazon endpoint and loaded into its public cloud storage.

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New supercomputer will unite x86, Power9 and ARM chips

For once, there will be a cease-fire in the war between major chip architectures x86, ARM and Power9, all of which will be in a supercomputer being built in Barcelona.

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Raspberry Pi 3 snags LTE support with help of new add-on chip

Raspberry Pi 3 today has only Wi-Fi connectivity, but you'll be able to add low-throughput cellular connectivity in the future.

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A year after separation, HP and HP Enterprise are still trying to shed rust

Five years ago, then Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker was derided for an abrupt plan to spin off the PC division from the mothership. It happened anyway in 2015, when the idea seemed more logical.

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AMD will sneak-peek its high-end Zen CPU in December, starting a new CPU war

AMD's Zen chips are supposed to be as fast as Intel's fastest, and they may also be a lot cheaper. If the rumors come true, Intel will finally have some competition in high-end gaming CPUs.

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Intel races to put autonomous cars on streets with new driving group

As the PC market levels out, Intel believes it has a big future in autonomous cars.

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5 burning questions about AMD's next-gen Zen processors

AMD's Zen chip is just around the corner; it'll first come to gaming systems any day now. There's a lot of excitement about Zen, which AMD believes is its most important chip this decade.

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This may be the most expensive 'free' computer you've ever seen

Raptor Engineering hopes to build a nonproprietary motherboard that'll fit in ATX cases—and it just got cheaper thanks to the U.S. presidential election.

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Open-source hardware makers unite to start certifying products

In recent weeks, OSHWA also met one of its initial goals: to start certifying open-source hardware. The goal behind certification is to clearly identify open-source hardware from the mish-mash of other hardware products, which could benefits buyers and makers.

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Tesla powers an entire U.S. island with solar energy

Tesla and SolarCity constructed a microgrid on the Island of Ta’u in American Samoa that will supply 1.4 megawatts of solar power backed up by six megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks.

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HP's EliteBook 705 laptops pack AMD's new Pro APUs

AMD's been dodgy about the release of Zen chips for laptops, and HP is providing a bridge with new laptops based on chips code-named Bristol Ridge.