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Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

Google is launching the developer's preview of a new Google Assistant ASK, which will bring the AI chatbot to a slew of new products.

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Acer's Nitro 5 is a laptop that lets casual gamers get reckless

Acer's Nitro 5 is a laptop designed for casual gamers, with one distinctive feature: You can adjust the fan speed yourself. Adjusting thermals can be tricky, so it'll be interesting to see how this goes.

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Newegg has lowered the price of HP's Stream 11 Pro G2 to $180

The HP Stream 11 Pro G2 won't win any awards for innovation or excitement, but it'll do as a travel laptop.

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Acer's Predator X27 G-Sync HDR monitor is infused with every feature you could ask for

The 4K Acer Predator X27 is one of the first G-Sync HDR displays, and one of the most impressive monitors ever announced.

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How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update's hidden desktop themes

The Windows Store has nearly 175 desktop themes for Windows 10 Creators Update users, but don't start by opening the Store to find them.

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Google Trips update reminds us Google has another travel app, and it's actually pretty great

An update to the Trips app brings automatic bus and train reservation detection, manual entering, and itinerary sharing to Google's other travel app.

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AMD updates Ryzen drivers with a new power profile and the promise of better performance

AMD's Balanced Power Plan is packaged with driver 17.10 WHQL for PC users rocking Ryzen on Windows 10 64-bit.

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BlackBerry's keyboard-equipped KeyOne Android phone will launch in May

The BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone with a hardware keyboard, will be available in the U.S. and Canada from May 31, the phone's maker said Thursday.

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Galaxy Note 8 inbound: Samsung confirms a new flagship phone is coming later this year

Samsung Electronics said Thursday it was planning to launch in the second half of this year a new flagship phone, leading to speculation that the company is planning an alternative to the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 phablet that had to be recalled last year.

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I dumped all of Google's messaging apps for Pulse. Here's how (and why) I did it

I'm tired of waiting for Google to figure out what it wants to do with its suite of messaging apps, so I dumped them all for Pulse. And I've never been happier.

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3 cool features in Ubuntu 17.04

The latest version of Ubuntu doesn't have a long list of upgrades for the desktop, but these three features are worth checking out.

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Dell XPS 15 vs. MacBook Pro 15: Fight!

We pit Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro 15 against Dell's upgraded XPS 15 to see which of these quad-core workhorses is the best. The answer may not surprise you.

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Local channels in streaming bundles: Why they're hard to get, and how that's changing

More details on local stations coming to streaming bundles like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue.

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How HP reclaimed the title of world's top PC maker from Lenovo

In late 2015, HP was reborn as a PC maker following a split of the parent organization, Hewlett-Packard. At the time, HP was a lost cause, and its double-digit decline in PC shipments was a main reason for the split.

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The average ransomware payment has skyrocketed to over $1,000

The hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average fee to free computers hit with the notorious infection rose to $1077, about five times higher than in 2016, Symantec found.