Computing

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It's CES, and every laptop manufacturer is taking the opportunity to refresh its product lines with Intel's latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPUs and Nvidia's Pascal GPUs — both of them much more efficient than their predecessors. That combo means gaming laptops that can actually game away from a power point, and Gigabyte's new machines are no different.

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Google knows who I want to email before I email them. It knows what I want to type before I type it. It even knows where I want to drive to before I drive. So it was only a matter of time before Google figured out what I wanted to write with my pen before I finished my pen stroke. And now Google's showing off this newest feat of machine learning in Samsung's next major Chrome OS laptops: The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro.

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Over the last few days, an unknown Go player named "Master" has won 60 of 61 online matches against some of the best players in the world. Google has now fessed-up, admitting that "Master" is actually the AlphaGo AI, and that it has been secretly playing humans in order to test an improved version.

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The biggest problem with Chromebooks was that they had no apps. Not really, anyway. Sure, there were a few decent ChromeOS apps, but it made no sense that they couldn't run the zillions of apps that Google's own Android mobile OS enjoyed. That problem is finally sorted.

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Right in time for CES, Lenovo has announced a suite of changes to their ThinkPad series of laptops. But while a bunch of USB ports, fingerprint sensors and Kaby Lake processors are all well and good, perhaps the biggest addition announced was the inclusion of Windows 10 Signature Edition images for the entire ThinkPad product lineup.

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Ahead of CES 2017 Lenovo has quietly refreshed its entire ThinkPad line with an update to the slightly faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel. Besides new version of laptops that have honest-to-god DVD players (ThinkPad L570) and VGA ports (ThinkPad L470) installed, Lenovo also saw all those beautiful gadgets that exploded this year and decided that it would maybe make sure its own laptops don't go poof like so many Note7s and Chromebooks. So for next year Lenovo has equipped its refreshed line of ThinkPads with a chip to keep them from exploding due to a bad USB-C connection.