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Best cheap phones in the US for 2017

Best cheap phones in the US for 2017

Update: There's a new winner among the best cheap phones in America and it's the newest version of an old favorite from Motorola. Here's our top 10 list.  The best cheap phone in the US is a complicated find in 2017, as carriers want to lock you into contracts even at budget prices. You want to pay less money, not more, right? That's why we've harnessed our cheap smartphone expertise and tested hundreds of inexpensive phones to rank the best…

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A closer look at the Internet of Things 2.0 – and why it’s inevitable

A closer look at the Internet of Things 2.0 – and why it’s inevitable

Once 46 billion devices, sensors and actuators are connected by 2021 – according to Juniper – we'll be well on the way to a bigger, more powerful and much more settled Internet of Things (IoT). So what will an IoT 2.0 look like? Interoperability and open ecosystems One of the key characteristics of the IoT 2.0 will be common standards. The IoT umbrella is vast, and the many industries it covers – from factories and automotive through to building automation…

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Here’s how Elon Musk’s tunnels will put an end to traffic jams

Here’s how Elon Musk’s tunnels will put an end to traffic jams

If you've been catching the little hints Elon Musk's been dropping this year about revolutionizing traffic flow with a massive network of underground tunnels, you're probably eager to hear more details about it – and we just got a few. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO first announced his plans to set up a new tunnel boring company at the end of last year, and four months later we now have a website and a concept video to pore over. The…

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Wait – have we all been wrong about Bixby?

Wait – have we all been wrong about Bixby?

I’ve spent a while reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S8, and I still feel like I’m missing something, like there’s a locked door I’ve not been able to knock through. It’s enough to drive a phone reviewer crazy. All we want to do is explain a possible purchase for you in the clearest terms possible, but with Samsung I feel like there’s an unanswered question swirling around inside: what on earth is going on with Bixby? Why put something so seemingly…

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Flash sale: Blu R1 Plus is a $109 Android phone for the next 24 hours

Flash sale: Blu R1 Plus is a $109 Android phone for the next 24 hours

The Blu R1 Plus is one of the cheapest Android phones we have ever reviewed, and right now it's even cheaper thanks to a temporary Amazon discount. It's on sale today for just $109 at Amazon. This is a $50 discount on the 5.5-inch HD phone that has a metal design and runs Android Marshmallow. This makes the Blu R1 Plus about 1/8th the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, one of the most expensive smartphones we've reviewed. That's…

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Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

 Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, according to The Information. The company has long had a core office in Palo Alto, but this will be its first major machine intelligence R&D effort in the country. Earlier this week Tencent announced that it would open its first data center in Silicon Valley.  Yu Dong, formally of Microsoft Research,… Read More Read More…

Inside the extreme science Logitech uses to build gaming mice

Inside the extreme science Logitech uses to build gaming mice

Logitech is one of those names you’ll probably find all over your house. Whether it’s a mouse or keyboard, your universal remote, computer speakers or a webcam – Logitech makes a lot of things. However, one of the company’s biggest divisions is gaming, which produces many of the peripherals you’ll find in eSports today. Beyond making gaming gear for professional players, though, there’s a far richer history and and development process behind every device Logitech G produces.   Logitech first…

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Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuation

Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuation

 Rubrik, a startup that provides data backup and recovery services for enterprises across both cloud and on-premises environments, has closed a $180 million round of funding that values the company at $1.3 billion. The news confirms a report we ran earlier this week noting that the company was raising between $150 million and $200 million. IVP (as we noted sources told us might be the case) led… Read More Read More…

The 10 best gaming keyboards of 2017

The 10 best gaming keyboards of 2017

You might think a gaming keyboard is a gaming keyboard is a gaming keyboard, but you would be dead wrong for believing that. Not all gaming keyboards are created equally, and that’s evidenced by not only the overwhelming variety of LED-backlit lighting arrangements out there, but also by how many different types of key switches exist. There’s absolutely no standard that can objectively determine which is the best gaming keyboard, either. Most keyboards meant for gaming are mechanical rather than…

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The best graphics cards of 2017

The best graphics cards of 2017

Take one look at the guts of one of the best gaming PCs, and you’ll quickly discover that the graphics card – or the GPU, as it’s often abbreviated – is at the heart of it all. Usually one of the beefier components housed in your computer’s chassis (if it has one at all), the best GPUs are powerful and discrete. It has its own set of memory (VRAM), stream processors, video ports and even its own cooler whose quality…

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