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LeEco collapse continues as CEO cedes control; 85% of US workforce to be cut

Enlarge LeEco, often called the “Netflix of China,” is in the news again, and again it’s because another disaster has befallen the company. After announcing a $2 billion merger with TV maker Vizio and then cancelling it , as well as purchasing a Silicon Valley property from Yahoo and then selling it , LeEco’s rapid expansion to…

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Google’s AlphaGo AI beats world’s best human Go player

Enlarge / China’s 19-year-old Go player Ke Jie (L) prepares to make a move during the first match against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province on May 23, 2017. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images) DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI has defeated Ke Jie in the first round of a best-of-three Go match in China….

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Huawei goes after Apple’s MacBook with new thin-and-light Matebook X

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Huawei has only been making PCs for a few years now, but the company has been paying attention to its competition. Today, Huawei announced a new laptop, the Matebook X, which looks like Apple’s MacBook with its slim profile, light metal body, and fanless design. The Matebook X…

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Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

Microsoft Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro—no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration—and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that’s about all…

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Flagship Samsung Chromebook Pro finally gets a release date: May 28

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) The Samsung Chromebook Pro is finally going to be a real device. Lost in the hubbub of Google I/O Friday, Samsung quietly dropped a press release pegging the device for a May 28 release date. With the Chromebook Pixel off the market, the all-aluminum, touch-and-pen enabled, Android app-packing Samsung “Chromebook” models were immediately…

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HP gives Envy laptops an edgier look, updates Spectre x2 with Kaby Lake CPUs

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) HP announced a slew of updates to its Envy laptop line today, in addition to a mildly revamped Spectre x2. Many of these changes focus on elevating overall design, but in a practical way that doesn’t impede the power and efficiency of each device. Slimmer bezels, bold edges, and USB Type-C abound, giving…

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LG Gram review: Amazingly light laptop either needs to be cheaper or better

Andrew Cunningham We live in uncertain times, but when it comes to laptops, we’re actually pretty spoiled these days. The low-end still has plenty of junky machines, but buying good, thoughtfully designed computers for $700 and up is also easier than ever. That means that sweating the details is more important than ever. A thin-and-light…

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Review: Running or not, you’ll want the Polar M430 on your wrist

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Polar continues to improve on its existing running watches with the new M430 tracker. It’s an upgrade to the M400 in many subtle ways, including an improved accelerometer, longer battery life, and the inclusion of Polar’s own optical heart-rate monitor. Although it’s positioned as a runner’s watch, you…

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New Surface Pro: No USB-C port, minor design refresh revealed in leaked images

Evleaks Images of the next Surface Pro leaked out yesterday—and it seems Surface chief Panos Panay wasn’t lying when he said “there’s no such thing as the Surface Pro 5 “: Microsoft’s next lappable tablet will simply be called Surface Pro without a descriptive numeral. The Surface Pro images leaked by @evleaks show a device that…