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Windows 10 Build 10565 Adds More Cortana

Cortana gets new features in Windows 10 Build 10565, currently seeded to Windows Insider testers, including a load of new features and enhancements—one of which is a way to make it easier to message your friends. WInBeta has found the new build will give Cortana the ability to send text messages via SMS. You can send texts either by speaking them to Cortana on your PC or by typing them, and it seems easy enough to do. This feature has been available on Windows Phone 8.1 for some time now (and from experience with my Lumia 830, it works quite well).  Cortana’s new SMS capabilities join a …
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Intel Introduces a Non-Barebones NUC

Currently the NUC is the ‘default’ (to the regular consumer) mini-PC on the market, the Intel Next Unit of Computing has added yet another family member to it’s lineup. Yet this one is different – it isn’t a barebones unit like it’s brethren. Featuring the Intel Pentium N3700, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB of storage, and Windows 10 preinstalled, the NUC5PGYH is ready to go, out of the box. The soldered down (not upgradeable) Pentium CPU is the N3700, a Braswell based quad-core running at 1.6GHz, with burst up to 2.4GHz. This processor has a TDP of 6 watts, …
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Spire Launches New Fan Range

PC cooling manufacturer Spire has introduced a new line of cooling fans – the ‘CLEARSTAR’ series. This product line adds to Spire’s large existing range of fan models. Spire’s proprietary Nano-Tech bearing is featured in this line, which they claim is quieter than traditional sleeve or ball bearing fans. Specially designed blades have been shaped and balanced to move more air and reduce noise, as well as produce more air pressure. Two models are available at launch, the SP14025NTL3-B-LED is equipped with 4 bright blue LED’s, and the SP14025NTL3/4 which does not include LEDs. Both models are 140mm in diameter. All the new …
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ASUS announces the ROG Maximus VIII Impact

Today, ASUS is officially showing off the new ROG Maximus VIII Impact, their enthusiast Mini-ITX offering for the Z170 platform. Some of the highlights of the new model include updated aesthetics to match the other Z170 ROG boards, 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, USB 3.1 in type-A and C, a PCIe 3.0 x4 “U.2” connector, SupremeFX Impact III audio card with a nice-looking shield, 2x DDR4 slots, and an included fan extension card for 3 extra fan headers. The full specifications list can be found here. I put U.2 in quotation marks because it seems ASUS has taken it upon themselves to call the …
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AMD’s Dual Fiji Card Could Be Named Gemini

Thanks to India’s relatively transparent Customs agency, we may have our first hint as to the name for the upcoming AMD dual-Fiji card. As an engineering sample of the new card passed through India, someone spotted the shipping manifest, which read “FIJIGEMINI”. The Gemini name makes sense, as the single GPU card is known as the ‘Fury’ – a reference to the ‘Furies’ (Erinyes)- female deities of vengeance. This new card may be named after Greek-Roman mythological figures and twins Castor and Pollux. These two are sometimes referred to as the “Gemini twins.” The same manifest also mentions that the sample had its …
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Shuttle Launches Budget XPC Nano SFF PC

Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., today announced its XPC Nano line of barebone computers, including the NC01UBING, a fully configured system with Windows Bing 8.1 pre-installed, designed for commercial applications. Marty Lash, director sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group states “These small, sophisticated beauties fit everywhere, and our new pre-configured NC01UBING comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD and Windows Bing 8.1 at an ESP of $299. It’s a killer product.” The new line of Nano SFF computers boast low price points and an absolutely tiny, 0.5 liter, design. Available with Intel’s Ultra Low-Power CPUs, embedded processor choices include Celeron, and Core …
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Samsung announces the 950 Pro, a consumer M.2 SSD with NVMe and V-NAND

Samsung’s SSD Global Summit is currently happening in Seoul, Korea and the big announcement is the upcoming release of the Samsung 950 Pro SSD. AnandTech has a great overview of the new features. It is the first consumer SSD in the M.2 form factor to feature the NVMe interface combined with 3D NAND. It will initially release in 256GB and 512GB models, with a 1TB model coming early 2016. Performance is on par with the OEM SM951, with the 512GB 950 Pro rated at 2500MB/s read and 1500MB/s write for sequential. The 256GB comes in a little slower, at 2200MB/s and …
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SilverStone releases the TD02-Slim and TD03-Slim

SilverStone is launching two SFF-oriented water cooling solutions, the TD02-Slim (240mm) and the TD03-Slim (120mm). By combining slim 22mm thick radiators with 120mm x 15mm fans, they are able to deliver a liquid cooling system that’s only 37mm thick for rad+fan. Presumably with the decreased radiator surface area and slim fans the performance won’t be quite as good as normal CLC’s, but the slim profile could make it feasible to fit water cooling in cases that weren’t suited to it before. I’m thinking this is aimed at slim cases like the ML07. The block appears to be identical to the TD02-Lite and …