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A New York city becomes first in the U.S. to temporarily ban Bitcoin mining

The Plattsburgh, New York city council voted unanimously to introduce an 18-month ban on commercial bitcoin mining operations within the city.

Apple’s latest touchscreen keyboard patent suggests a squishy, keyless future

A new patent filing from Apple gives us a sneak peek at how a touchscreen keyboard could work -- and why it could be revolutionary. 
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HP’s first Qualcomm-powered PC, the HP Envy X2, suffers a slight delay

Among the first of Qualcomm's new Always Connected PCs, the HP Envy X2 is now available for pre-order, but can it live up to Qualcomm's lofty promises?
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Yep, mining for cryptocurrency can now heat your home

French startup Quarnot just unveiled a space heater that could potentially pay for itself. Someday. It uses two GPUs to mine cryptocurrency and use the excess heat to keep you toasty during the winter.

Apple files patent for a crumb-resistant MacBook keyboard

Apple could be developing a new MacBook keyboard designed to prevent crumbs and dust from getting those super-shallow MacBook keys stuck. 
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Japan to crack down on cryptocurrency exchanges after high-profile hacks

Japan's financial regulatory agencies are gearing up to slap punishments on cryptocurrency exchanges whose lax security measures may have cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars.
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‘Bitcoin Tycoon’ lets anyone experience the joyless grind of crypto mining

Remember Rollercoaster Tycoon? Imagine a game like that, but instead of building a theme park full of thrilling rollercoasters, you decorate a basement and fill it with Bitcoin mining equipment.
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Google wants to push quantum computing mainstream with ‘Bristlecone’ chip

Google's Quantum AI Lab recently revealed a new quantum processor that may pave the way for quantum computing to go mainstream.
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The PC port of Final Fantasy XV is gorgeous, if your hardware can handle it

Finding a balance between visual quality and performance is a bit of a chore, but we have a few tips that should help you get the most out of Final Fantasy XV.
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AMD gains ground on Nvidia thanks to cryptocurrency miners

Cryptocurrency miners continue to change the landscape of the GPU market, and it looks like they may have even pushed AMD's GPU sales to record highs.
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Is the MateBook X Pro’s hidden webcam innovative or just unnecessary?

As we pointed out in our hands-on with the new Huawei MateBook X Pro, the upcoming laptop has a bizarre feature: Its webcam is concealed beneath one of the keys on the keyboard, but does it need to be there?
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Patent filings suggest Microsoft could be gearing up for a Surface Pen revamp

The trusty Surface Pen is overdue for an update, and it looks like Microsoft knows that, according to some recent patent filings.
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Did I do that? Intel is going to make a killing fixing its own Meltdown

Intel dropped the ball on Meltdown and Spectre. Now, it’s poised to profit off of its decision to sell critically flawed products to an unwitting populace.
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Pricing leaks for Intel’s upcoming 8th-generation processors

A few online retailers have leaked pricing and specifications for some of Intel's upcoming 8th-generation processors, and it looks like the mid-range chips are losing a popular feature.

Qualcomm’s ‘Always On’ PCs are coming to T-Mobile and AT&T

Qualcomm's forthcoming LTE-enabled PCs are coming to a new set of U.S. phone carriers, adding Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T to a growing list of vendors.
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Crypto-mining malware nets hacker group $3.4 million worth of Monero coins

Israeli security firm Check Point uncovered a possibly the largest illicit cryptocurrency mining operation to date, which exploited Jenkins servers rather than personal computers in order to stay hidden.

Amid cryptocurrency frenzy, South Korea affirms support for ‘normal’ trading

The South Korean government enacted regulations that will require all cryptocurrency accounts to be associated with real identities.
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Google found another critical security flaw in Microsoft Edge

Google disclosed a software vulnerability in Microsoft's Edge browser this weekend, after Microsoft failed to patch the issue when it was first brought to the company's attention in November.
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1TB Samsung 860 Evo review

A good hard drive is usually forgettable. The only time it catches your attention is when it’s doing something very wrong, or very right. In the case of the Samsung 860 Evo, let’s just say it’s anything but forgettable.
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No, AMD’s new Vega-powered APUs don’t make sense for PC builders

AMD's latest Ryzen APUs are quick enough to run Overwatch and Battlefield 1 on Low settings with some serious caveats, but as a PC component they don't fill any particular niche, and that's a problem.
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AMD Ryzen CPUs With Vega Graphics Review

AMD claims its latest ‘APUs’ are powerful enough to run with entry-level GPUs. That’s a tall order for a couple budget processors. Can they deliver, or are budget PC gamers in a bad spot?
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Dell Inspiron 5675 gaming desktop review

It’s tough to find a desktop that can run the latest games without breaking the bank. But the Dell Inspiron 5675 just might fit the bill.
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Intel’s Vaunt glasses are the first, most important step toward the AR revolution

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses are important. They're probably the most important AR wearable we've ever seen, and there's a simple reason for that: They're actually wearable.
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Intel’s ‘Vaunt’ smartglasses could be the iPhone of augmented reality

Google Glass gave AR smartglasses a bad name, but Intel aims to change all that with its recently unveiled Vaunt smartglasses. 
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Microsoft is secretly building Polaris, a slimmer, more modern version of Windows

Microsoft's latest internal project is reportedly a pared-down version of Windows codenamed Polaris. This new version of Windows isn't a successor to Windows 10, not in the traditional sense. Here's why.
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Google wants to peer into your past to predict your future browsing habits

In a patent filing revealed on February 1, Google outlined a system that aims to shave precious seconds off of your everyday web browsing -- by peering into your past.
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New Microsoft patent hints at potential design of Surface Phone

In a patent application revealed today, Microsoft may have just tipped its hand and shown us what we can expect from the long-rumored Surface Phone -- or some next-generation Surface device.
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Samsung confirms it’s working on chips for cryptocurrency mining

Just like everyone else on the planet, it looks like Samsung is getting in on the cryptocurrency business, by manufacturing ASIC chips designed specifically for mining up those precious bitcoins.

Apple plans to bring iOS apps to MacOS later this year

Despite reportedly pushing some iOS features down the road, it looks like Mac users might see some cross-compatible iOS apps show up in the Mac App Store before long.

Facebook bans advertisements for cryptocurrency exchanges

Facebook brought the hammer down on "misleading financial products" today by effectively banning any and all advertisements for cryptocurrency exchanges.
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The MacBook Air was revolutionary. Here’s what we want from its replacement

If it were up to us, what would we like to see out of the rumored entry-level MacBook? Well, we asked around the office, and there was no shortage of opinions on the matter.

Japan’s Coincheck will refund $400 million in stolen cryptocurrency tokens

Coincheck, one of Japan's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has reported that about $400 million worth of NEM tokens, a cryptocurrency, were stolen by hackers. However, the company has announced that it will reimburse its customers.
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Is your browser mining bitcoin? ‘Malvertisements’ are hijacking Google Ads

As if invasive ads weren't bad enough, Trend Micro has uncovered a particularly sinister batch of 'malvertisements' that aim to exploit Google's DoubleClick ad service to serve you ads containing hidden cryptocurrency mining software. 
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Microsoft rolls out new ‘font store’ in latest Windows Insider Update

The latest build rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring aims to completely revamp how you discover, manage, and customize the fonts on your PC.