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Q&A Video: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)?

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Q&A Video: Accessing UEFI (BIOS) setting on Windows 8

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More people read news online

"More people now access their news via the Internet as by the traditional route of reading a printed newspaper. UK media regulator Ofcom said that in its News Consumption in the UK report that 41 per cent of the public accesses news via the web and mobile apps, compared to 40 per cent who read printed newspapers. To be fair newspaper publishers will take comfort from the fact that the percentage of print readers has remained stable over the past year but the proportion accessing news digitally has increased sharply from 32 per cent in the last 12 months." [Read More]

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Microsoft Smartband Coming in October with 11 Sensors, Open APIs, and Cross-platform Compatibility

"This week has been all about the smartwatch. Google officially launched two of them at Google I/O and released the Android Wear SDK to developers. Not long after, someone with knowledge of Asus' plans let slip the fact that Asus has its own watch in the works and that it would be out in September. Now we're hearing a few more details about Microsoft's smartwatch plans from one of our own sources." [Read More]

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Quick Note: YouTube Bringing in 60 FPS, Fan Funding for Channels

"We'll see it in the coming months. YouTube has announced a list of improvements for users who create and post video to its site, such as playback rates of 60 frames per second. According to the YouTube Creators blog, the video service is rolling out support for 48 and 60 frames per second in the coming months..."

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Intel PC knows if you are having a bad day

"Intel has been talking about RealSense for a while, and even launched a dedicated YouTube channel it. But what looked like an Xbox Kinect for desktops is slowly changing. Intel showed it off to the press and it looks like the RealSense 3D cameras will be able to sense basic human emotions like happiness, sadness, and even frustration and exhaustion, by analyzing the shape of lips, eyes, and cheeks."

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Steam Summer sale kicks off!

"It's that time of year again. Valve kicked off the Steam Summer Sale today, offering its usual spate of deep discounts on semi-recent PC games and indies. It will run through June 30, with daily sales, flash sales community choice votes." Check out the Steam Store for the full listings. [Watch Video]

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Elon Musk's SolarCity Buys Silevo, Plans New York Gigafactory for 2016

"Panels are ~50% more efficient than SolarCity's current supplier's, a third better than the market leader. SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), America's largest solar power systems firm, made a bold step forward this week into the realm of panel manufacturing, announcing it has come to terms to acquire top startup Silevo, Inc.  If SolarCity can make good on Silevo's bold claims, which both it and national laboratory scientists claim are as good as they sound, it could be sitting on a veritable gold mine..." [Read More]

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AMD wants Mantle on Linux

"AMD is planning to bring its new Mantle API to Linux in the near future. Although Linux is not a big gaming platform at the moment, SteamOS could change all that starting next year. AMD’s Richard Huddy says the decision was prompted by requests from developers who would like to see Mantle on Linux. However, he stopped short of specifying a launch date. Huddy confirmed that AMD plans to dedicate resources to bringing Mantle to Linux, but other than that we don’t have much to go on." [Read More]

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Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

"The D-Wave computer, marketed as a groundbreaking quantum machine that runs circles around conventional computers, solves problems no faster than an ordinary rival, a new test shows. Some researchers call the test of the controversial device, described in Science, the fairest comparison yet." [Read More]

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Eyes full of Fireflies: Our first look at the Amazon Fire Phone

"After officially unveiling the Amazon Fire Phone, the Seattle company invited us to its headquarters down the road, where they let us go hands-on with new, unique features like Dynamic Perspective and Firefly. We took the opportunity to fill our camera's memory card with photos of the phone and its UI. So in addition to some thoughts from our time using the device (coming soon), this gave us an opportunity to provide a quick visual tour." [Pictures Here]

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Video Review #1621: GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Speaker System

The GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 might not rumble the house or shatter glasses, but it's a great sounding and affordable 2.1 speaker system. Total system power is 45W, sub is 29W and each satellite is 8W, which is enough punch for most. The styling is bold and the build quality is decent, but this product falls in the budget category.

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