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If you're running out the door to a meeting, or if you're getting ready to jump on a plane to go on holiday, the last thing you want to be doing is waiting for your movies and TV shows to transfer. Then, when you're travelling, what happens if your laptop runs out of juice? Samsung's newest portable SSD can move your files around faster — and crucially, you can use it with your Android phone or tablet.

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Microsoft is in full-on damage control mode after Consumer Reports removed its recommendation of Surface laptop and tablet products last week. According to a purportedly leaked internal memo, the company acknowledges the issues that its Surface products have had, but executives say the main criticisms have been resolved.

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I blame Adobe for this. Ulysses, one of the best writing tools available right now, is going subscription only. If you previously purchased Ulysses for Mac or iOS (it works seamlessly across Macs, iPhones, and iPads) you are now going to have to pony up $US5 a month or $US40 a year in order to enjoy any new features the development team might roll out for the software.

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Consumer Reports is a US-based not for profit service that gives people recommendations on whether consumer products are worth buying and live up to vendor claims. Getting a tick from them is a big deal, especially in US markets. And a black mark can be a massive cause for concern which is why there will be a bunch of people at Microsoft HQ panicking at Consumer Reports' dumping the Surface from its recommended product list.

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2017 is turning out to be a bit of a busy year for hardware. Nintendo put out a new console in March and they're releasing a mini one in September. Xbox has their offering in November. Atari's got their own box on the go. And to top it off, there's a new Amiga.

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If you were shopping in a big-box retail store for an off-the-shelf PC, would having a concrete, comparative performance figure help your buying decision? Futuremark, maker of 3DMark and PCMark, has teamed up with Elkjøp Nordic — one of the largest computer chains in northern Europe — to benchmark its brand new PCs and organise them into categories for buyers to choose from.

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Bitcoin power brokers were unable to come behind a single solution that would have preserved a unified cryptocurrency by Tuesday morning's deadline.

As such, the digital currency has split in two: bitcoin and bitcoin cash.

"There seems to be some technical issues that might be slowing it down, but yes, the fork has happened," Peter Borovykh of Blockchain Global, a blockchain technology company, told Business Insider.

"Bitcoin cash is here."

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After kicking the Vega can down the road at Computex earlier this year, AMD finally unveiled its Vega series of GPUs at the SIGGRAPH event in Los Angeles. Three cards were unveiled: the Radeon RX Vega 56, an air cooled GPU available for $US399, as well as air cooled and water cooled iterations of the Radeon RX Vega 64.