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This evening, Netflix is airing a four part Gilmore Girls special. I have no shame in admitting that, at some point, I'll be supremely keen on watching it.

And with good reason: it's a good show. But if you were hoping to watch it in 4K — since Netflix does that sort of thing now — Microsoft has some crappy news for you.

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Buying a laptop with Intel on the inside often boils down to two choices. Do you go with the potent Core i processor like the i5 or i7, or do you save some money (and battery life) and grab the super low powered Core M processor usually reserved for tiny tablets? Core i and Core M, despite both coming from Intel, are very different families of processors and provide very different services to a computer user. So it's kind of bullshit that Intel, with the release of Kaby Lake, has quietly changed the name of two Core M processors (the m5 and m7) and is now calling them i5 and i7 processors.

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It's been about a year since Intel launched its sixth generation of Core CPUs for desktop and laptop PCs; you might have already heard of them as the Skylake family. Today, Skylake is being succeeded by Kaby Lake — the seventh iteration of Core, with a bunch of optimisations to future-proof PCs of today for the 4K video and computing of tomorrow. First off the blocks are new energy-efficient mobile chips, with desktop and performance CPUs due in January of next year.

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30 centimetres, by 30 centimetres, by 10 centimetres. That's how big this 4K-friendly, Intel Core i7-toting, dual SSD-booting, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI-ing gaming rig is. The only problem? The case itself cost more than the $US3500 of high-end PC components inside. Built for an Australian hardcore PC enthusiast and engineer, it's a prototype for what could well be the smallest 4K gaming PC that money can buy.

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What part can drones play in Australian society? Last week Intel hosted a 'Drones For Good' panel as part of Vivid Sydney, inviting the likes of one of the 'Innovation Partners' behind Australia Post's drone trial, Dirk Van Lammeren; Aussie company Ninox Robotics' Managing Director Marcus Ehrlich, and even Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop to weigh in on the potential of drone technology in Australia.

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Intel announced back in May that it would be temporarily exiting the the smartphone market, cancelling plans for its Broxton and SoFIA CPUs.

Now there is news of Intel re-entering the market with a bang, as the supplier of modems in some models of Apple's next iPhone.

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So while I don't typically have any issues with virtual reality, one demo at Computex this year left me heavily, heavily nauseous. But that's OK. Maybe it's a once-off; maybe the calibration was bad. Maybe something else was to blame. It hasn't soured me on VR one iota.

That said, this next experience can bugger right off.

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During Intel's keynote for Computex 2016, the chip manufacturer showcased a multiplayer VR experience called Raw Data. The game was playable at Intel's booth for the annual tech show, so naturally I had a go.

What I didn't expect to get was a nausea and queasiness that lasted for hours. What I expected even less was the fact that I enjoyed the game so much that I'd give it another go.

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I'd been sitting down for about fifteen minutes listening to a presentation. It was the first morning of Computex proper, and it was about the Internet of Things and the power of The Internet of Things. Intel was telling attendees about the power of IoT devices, with small low-power chips, that can change the way we do everyday things.

I'm a hardcore gamer, and so it's not a topic that I get naturally excited about. But then the presentation ended and we were given the chance to talk to some of the inventors, entrepreneurs and students trying to create real world solutions. And then I saw a pouch.

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Deep learning, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality. They were already some of the biggest themes of this year's Computex, and during their keynote conference Intel continued to hammer home the importance of all three.

But perhaps the biggest element of the chip manufacturer's keynote was the battlegrounds they outlined for the future, battlegrounds that further highlight the company's transition away from just being a PC company.

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To kick off the first day of Computex, Intel held a "Meet the Makers" event showing off some prototypes and proof of concepts showing some of the ways their chips are being used in devices that could one day improve society.

At this event, there was a pillow. And it scares the shit out of me.