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Best Deals of the Week - Deal Alert

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

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The phenomenon of old tech guilty pleasures

Only time will tell what hardware and software transcends peak functionality in the hearts of its operators. But, one thing’s for sure, no amount of shaming is going to stop us from indulging in old tech guilty pleasures.

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Mars rover uses A.I. to decide what to zap with a laser

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity now has the ability to decide what targets it wants to capture with a camera or hit with its laser all on its own. No humans needed.

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Solar module prices hit all-time low as inventories pile up

Suffering from a marked downtick in demand and oversupply, the prices of photovoltaic modules are expected to drop from now into the fourth quarter of the year.

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Intel experiments with 3D Xpoint as it ships SSDs to testers

Intel's groundbreaking 3D Xpoint technology is poised to shake up computer memory and storage with its blazing fast speed and high capacity, but the chipmaker is still trying to figure out the best fits for the technology.

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Chromebook shipments explode, but they're not replacing PCs

Chromebook shipments will grow in double digits this year, but not as Windows PC replacements, which is what Google had hoped for.

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Tesla wants to end fossil fuel use, make self-driving cars 10X safer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's plans for his company's future, spelled out today, include integrating solar power and battery storage, expanding Tesla vehicles to new markets and making self-driving vehicles 10X safer than other vehicles.

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This trick will stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates, but be careful

A little white lie could save Windows 10 Home users from automatic updates, but it comes with big responsibilities. Watch for the full details.

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Southwest Airlines delays flights after computer issues

Southwest Airlines in Dallas said Wednesday that performance issues with its technology systems had led to flight delays.

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Intel ships Kaby Lake chips, pointing to PC availability in a few months

Tablets and laptops with Intel's new 7th Generation Core chips code-named Kaby Lake should become available by holiday season.

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Intel profit slides on costs of recent layoffs

Intel's profit dropped sharply last quarter due to heavy costs from a restructuring announced in April, though sales were up thanks to the company's powerful data center group.

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Windows revenue ticks up slightly in June quarter

Second-quarter revenue for Microsoft's More Personal Computing division was down 4%, even though Windows revenue was up over the prior year.

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Samsung files artificial muscle patent for use in flexible smartphones

Samsung has registered two U.S. patents for technology that would connect tiny plates with ‘robotic muscles’ in a matrix to enable Smartphones to be bent and retain virtually any shape.

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Virtual Superman: Six Flags adds thrills to its top coaster

Network World's Keith Shaw and Brandon Butler get a first-hand look at the new virtual reality experience on the Superman roller coaster at Six Flags New England. The coaster recently debuted the VR experience, in which riders can...

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Nvidia to detail its next-gen Tegra mobile chip in August

From smartphones to self-driving, Nvidia's Tegra chips have been used in many ways. And the next-generation Tegra is just around the corner.

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Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets

Federal authorities have shut down several alleged tech support scammers working out of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Canada, freezing their assets and seizing control of their businesses.

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Review: 4 mini-PCs give you full power in a very small package

We review four mini-PCs that give you complete Windows computing power in extremely small form factors.

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Microsoft steps up legal pressure against Windows 10 pirates

Microsoft last week filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows and Office.

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