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Best Windows Alternative To A Chromebook

  • For similar money to the top of the line Chromebook you could get the excellent Acer Spin 5.
  • Throw in a 1080p touchscreen, large hard drive and, you know, Windows 10, into a sleek convertible body that costs under $500, and you've got a perfect reason to ignore Chromebooks forever.
  • Bottom line: Similar money to the best Chromebooks, but better in virtually every way.
  • Why spend $500 on a high-end Chromebook when you can have an excellent Windows laptop instead?
  • The $500 top line was placed, in part, down to our colleagues at Android Central and their choice for best Chromebook.
Richard Devine / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 10:16 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
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Pittsburgh Is Falling Out Of Love With Uber’s Self-driving Cars

  • Uber responded to the criticism, telling the Times that it has created 675 jobs in the greater Pittsburgh area and has contributed to local organizations.
/ Engadget | May 22, 2017, 1:43 pm
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How To Reduce The Brightness Of Your HTC Vive Display

  • Looking back, every kid was told to keep his distance from the television at a young age.
  • A feature within SteamVR now allows you to reduce the brightness of the HTC Vive display, while also outputting a warmer image.
  • This will automatically reduce the brightness and color temperature of your HTC Vive's display accordingly.
  • Although only a subtle change in temperature, the feature currently does an effective job at creating a less intense environment within virtual reality.
Matt Brown / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 12:36 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:30 pm
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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War: Bludgeoned To Death By Orcs

  • LOS ANGELES—Having played a fair amount of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, I thought I knew what I was in for with its upcoming sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
  • At recent Shadow of War preview events, the series' developers at Monolith have loudly hinted at one of the game's major new concepts: leadership.
  • But only last week did Monolith let a particular cat (or orc?) out of the bag: how bleedin' hard this Lord of the Rings adventure game's sequel will be.
  • Enlarge / Into battle we go.WB Interactive / MonolithAfter watching the game's few official trailers thus far, you'd call that description crazy.
  • Monolith emphasised these assumptions by demonstrating another Shadow of War fortress-siege battle for assembled press in Los Angeles, in which a game producer chewed through foes and emerged triumphant.
Sam Machkovech / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 10:06 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:20 pm
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Richard Oakes Google Doodle Honors Activist Who Championed Rights Of The American Indian

  • Today’s Google doodle honors American Indian rights activist Richard Oakes.
  • The illustration spotlights Oakes among three US locations that impacted his life — the Akwesasne reservation on the Canada-New York border where Oakes grew up; Alcatraz Island where he organized his most powerful protest; and Pit River, where he helped the Pit River Tribe fight for their land in Northern California.
  • “Over his time as an activist, he fought peacefully for freedom, justice, and the right of American Indians to have control over their lands,” writes the Google doodle team on its blog.
  • Google notes Oakes’ activism and “passion for empowerment through education” was a catalyst for one of the first American Indian studies programs in the US.
  • The doodle leads to a search for “Richard Oakes activist” and includes the usual sharing icon to post the image on social pages or send via email.
Amy Gesenhues / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 9:54 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:10 pm
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Steam Spotlight: Faeria Blends Collectible Card Battles And Strategy So Very Well

  • Welcome to another installment of Steam Spotlight, our weekly look at interesting Steam games for your Windows PC.
  • Faeria is a free to play card game that mixes traditional collectible card game elements with an actual playing field that players build before pitting their monsters against each other.
  • Faeria shares many basic elements with Magic: The Gathering and other collectible card games, so anyone with genre experience should be able to pick it up right away.
  • The big difference here is that each player, referred to as a god, resides at one end of a battlefield.
  • During your turn, you have the choice of laying down two neutral lands, laying one colored land, drawing a card, or drawing a unit of Faeria.
Paul Acevedo / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 1:22 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
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Kubic, A Mind-boggling Escher-inspired Puzzler For Windows 10

  • Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Kubic delivers a host of mind-boggling puzzles inspired by M.C.
  • The free game is a great option for times you have just a few minutes to spare for gaming or feel the need to be challenged by a brain twister of a puzzle.
  • Kubic greets you with a minimalist layout that highlights your puzzle progress, the number of hints available, and the option to jump into a game.
  • The concept of Kubic has a goal or target configuration positioned at the top of the screen and an assortment of puzzle pieces scattered along the bottom of the display.
  • Puzzle levels are separated into six groups, each with a distinct geometric style.
George Ponder / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 1:10 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
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Best Apps For College Graduates

  • You did it: you earned your college degree and graduated with a diploma in-hand.
  • Have no fear though, these apps can help to ensure you hit the ground running!
  • Once you've graduated and are figuring out what comes next, the first step ought to be starting to look for a position in your field.
  • Using Indeed you can upload your profile information, which is how prospective employers will find you.
  • You can search a specific area, or look for your new home with specific parameters in mind.
Jen Karner / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 9:40 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
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Lawsuit Accuses Apple & Visa Of Stealing Ideas Behind Apple Pay As Apple Teases New Tech

  • A lawsuit launched this week accuses Apple and Visa of patent infringement via Apple Pay, in fact suggesting that one or both of the companies stole core ideas behind the platform.The suit filed by Universal Secure Registry notes that its CEO —Kenneth Weiss —holds 13 patents on concepts used in Apple Pay, including smartphone authentication, biometric identification, and one-time payment tokens, according to The New York Times.
/ Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 9:17 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 1:55 pm
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Sayspring Raises $1.5M For Software That Lets Designers Prototype And Test Voice Apps Without Coding

  • Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today.
  • The startup is filling a gaping void in the still nascent world of voice computing.
  • While visual designers today use software to create and visualize their applications ahead of launch, as well as to create prototypes, and run user tests, those tasked with building voice applications don’t have similar resources.
  • The end result is that many of today’s voice applications have effectively been created by developers, not designers – and they have the feel of those who have approached the project with an engineering-first mindset, rather than a fuller understanding of what a voice app’s interface, interactions, and overall flow should be like in order to better engage the app’s users.
  • The idea for the startup comes from founder Mark Webster, who previously sold his prior company, a marketplace for activities called SideTour to Groupon, where he worked for a couple of years before leaving to create Sayspring.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch | May 22, 2017, 12:48 pm
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Nike's Latest Apple Watch Bands Match Your VaporMax Shoes

  • The bands will be available on Nike's website on June 1st, when the shoes are available, for the same $49 as you'd pay for one of Nike's less vibrant bands (we've asked about international availability).
/ Engadget | May 22, 2017, 12:09 pm
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Jaya Baloo On WannaCry And Defending Against Advanced Attacks

  • Jaya Baloo, CISO of KPN, the Netherlands’ leading telecommunications provider, talks to Mike Mimoso about the WannaCry ransomware outbreak and how large network providers and enterprises must contend with advanced attacks.
  • Baloo will be speaking at the upcoming Borderless Cyber USA conference in New York.
  • Download: Jaya_Baloo_on_WannaCry_and_Defending_Against_Advanced_Attacks.mp3
  • "Distrust and caution are the parents of security" - Benjamin Franklin
Chris Brook / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 9:04 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
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In Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, Fortress Assaults Feel Like The Battle Of Helm’s Deep

  • “It's three to four times bigger,” said Monolith Production’s vice president of creative, Michael de Plater.
  • Developer Monolith already told us how Shadow of War leverages the best parts of the “nemesis system,” creating dynamic storylines within every battle.
  • While there were many times fewer combatants on the map compared to the movie franchise’s signature battle, the combat itself easily rivaled Helm’s Deep.
  • Battle begins with the blowing of horns, the beating of drums and the thunder of running feet.Monolith Productions/Warner Bros.
  • In the lead-up to the assault, players will roam the open world uncovering the identity of a fortress’ ruler and his allies.
Charlie Hall / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 8:53 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
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What To Expect From Microsoft's Hardware Event In China This Week

  • New Surface PC, accessories, speakers, and features — we expect all of these things to be talked about at this week's hardware event in China.
  • Microsoft is holding yet another event this week, this time in China, to announce some new hardware and possibly other interesting things coming soon and later this year.
  • Based on rumors and reports, here's what we're expecting Microsoft to announce in China this week.
  • Panos Panay will be at the event in China, so it's highly likely we'll see some kind of new Surface device announced.
  • From the leaked renders, it doesn't appear the new Surface Pro will change much in the design category.
Zac Bowden / Tech News Feed-Copy | May 22, 2017, 1:51 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | May 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Huawei Watch Stainless Steel From $170, Sony Xperia XZ $330, Logitech K480 Keyboard $23, More

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