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The Full Nerd Episode 1: GeForce GTX 1070 and Intel's Skull Canyon NUC

This week Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Alaina Yee poke Intel's new "game-ready" Skull Canyon NUC and ponder GeForce GTX 1070 vs. GTX 1080.

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PCWorld Show Episode 18: Microsoft trickery, WinPhone woes, and Twitter upgrades

Jon, Brad and Gordon rage about Microsoft's decision to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10, Twitter tries to make its service usable and Windows Phone dies a little more.

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Shoot an atom into silicon, and you may have the beginnings of a quantum computer

Take one atom of the element antimony, use an ion beam to shoot it into a silicon substrate, and you just may be on your way to building a working quantum computer.

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After blaze, world’s largest solar power plant offline for up to three weeks

A fire at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating plant in California was caused when mirrors focusing the sun’s rays on a water boiler tower locked in place and instead set the tower on fire.

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Mingis on Tech: 4D printing -- really? And mystery gadget guy arrives

You've likely heard of 3D printing, but some in the industry are now talking up 4D. Executive News Editor Ken Mingis explores the topic with Senior Writer Lucas Mearian and both puzzle over the mystery gadget guy's mystery gadget.

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Mingis on Tech: 4D printing arrives -- and so does the mystery gadget guy

You've already heard of 3D printing, but what about 4D? Executive News Editor Ken Mingis gets the details from Senior Writer Lucas Mearian and they both puzzle over the mystery gadget guy's mystery gadget.

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This autonomous boat is attempting to cross an ocean using only solar power

The "Seacharger" hopes to become the first unmanned vehicle to cross an ocean using only solar energy during its month-long voyage from California to Hawaii.

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Arduino targets the Internet of Things with Primo board

Arduino, the Italian company that has powered the "maker" movement with a series of small computing boards that can be programmed and configured for different tasks, is introducing a board targeted at the Internet of Things.

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Microsoft breaks own design rules in dupe-the-user Windows 10 upgrade tactic

Microsoft's interpretation of the "Close" button in a notification of an impending Windows 10 upgrade is contrary to its own design guidelines.

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55% off Rugged Geek Portable Power Supply and Vehicle Jump Starter - Deal Alert

Father's day alert? This gadget has enough power to boost most passenger vehicles on the road today, as well as mobile devices and laptops.

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Some U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1 and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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Hardcore Hardware: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is irresponsibly fast

Seven point two billion transistors. State-of-the-art 16nm process. And nothing but absolutely pure bad-assery.

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Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully autonomous vehicles

Only about 1 in 6 respondents to a new survey from the University of Michigan said they'd be interested in owning a fully self-driving vehicle, and women were even more likely to avoid autonomous cars.

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76% off Intel Compute Stick - Deal Alert

The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny device the size of a pack of gum that can transform any HDMI TV or display into a complete computer. It's regular list price of $490 on Amazon has been dramatically reduced to just $115.90.

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Microsoft has been conning Windows users for two months

Microsoft has been using a deceptive tactic to dupe Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users into upgrading to Windows 10 for at least two months.

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'Delayed' MacBook Pro 2016 to be thinner (says bored analyst)

The MacBook Pro 2016 line will be thinner and lighter. Shocking, I know -- but they'll also have Touch ID and a bunch of OLED soft keys, atop the keyboard...

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Cray wants to light a fire under your big data

Cray's new supercomputer aims to help speed up big-data apps.

Heck, we're just happy it didn't burst into flames

User marches up to this IT pilot fish's desk with a piece of equipment in her hand -- and she's clearly not happy. Can this possibly end well?

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