HP Made a Laptop Slightly Thicker To Add 3 Hours of Battery Life

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 1:00pm
When a technology company like Apple releases a new product, chances are it's going to be thinner than its predecessor -- even if may be slightly worse off for it. HP is taking a different approach with its new 15.6-inch Spectre x360 laptop, which was recently announced at CES. The machine is slightly thicker than its predecessor, and HP claims it features three hours of additional battery life. The Verge reports: The difference between the new x360 and the old x360, in terms of thickness, is minimal, from 15.9mm to 17.8mm. (For reference, the 2015 MacBook Pro was 18mm thick.) It's an increase of 1.9mm for the Spectre, but HP says it's now including a battery that's 23 percent larger in exchange. At the same time, the laptop is also getting narrower, with its body shrinking from 14.8 inches wide to 14 inches wide. Unfortunately, the claimed three hours of additional battery life aren't meant to make this laptop into some long-lasting wonder -- they're really just meant to normalize its battery life. HP will only be selling the 15.6-inch x360 with a 4K display this year, and that requires a lot more power. By increasing the laptop's battery capacity, HP is able to push the machine's battery life from the 9.5 hours it estimated for the 4K version of its 2016 model to about 12 hours and 45 minutes for this model. So it is adding three hours of battery life, but in doing so, it's merely matching the battery life of last year's 1080p model. The x360 is also being updated to include Intel's Kaby Lake processors. It includes options that max out at an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. It's supposed to be released February 26th, with pricing starting at $1,278 for an entry-level model.

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China’s Sinuous ‘Lucky Knot’ Bridge Has No Beginning and No End

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Its steely, 600-foot spine swoops into an infinite loop. The post China’s Sinuous 'Lucky Knot' Bridge Has No Beginning and No End appeared first on WIRED.
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The 11 Best Gadgets We’ve Seen at CES So Far

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
So many things we want! The post The 11 Best Gadgets We've Seen at CES So Far appeared first on WIRED.
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Take a Spin in Hyundai’s Ioniq, the Driverless Car for the Masses

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Cheaper sensors and less computing power add up to an autonomous car you might call affordable---if Hyundai ever builds it. The post Take a Spin in Hyundai's Ioniq, the Driverless Car for the Masses appeared first on WIRED.
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With Hidden Figures, the World Finally Hears an Untold NASA Saga

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
How African-American women played pivotal roles in the Apollo missions—and why their stories weren't told until now. The post With Hidden Figures, the World Finally Hears an Untold NASA Saga appeared first on WIRED.
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We’re at CES, Touching All the Gadgets You’ll Buy This Year

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Follow our liveblog from CES in Las Vegas, which kicks off with a day of press previews. Get an early look at all of 2017's hot products. The post We're at CES, Touching All the Gadgets You'll Buy This Year appeared first on WIRED.
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Buckle Up for a Perilous Drive on a Frozen Siberian River

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
Better hope your driver knows how to swerve around that truck-sized hole in the ice. The post Buckle Up for a Perilous Drive on a Frozen Siberian River appeared first on WIRED.
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Cement Is Stronger When Its Molecules Are Busted

Wired News - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00pm
New research shows that molecular imperfections make cement more resilient to shock. The post Cement Is Stronger When Its Molecules Are Busted appeared first on WIRED.
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China's Busy Space Launch Schedule Rivaled the U.S. in 2016

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 11:19am
Last year, China equaled the number of orbital launches by the U.S. and, for the first time, overshadowed Russia.
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Spectacular Clouds of Orion Hide Massive Star Nursery (Photos, Video)

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 11:00am
Astronomers just uncovered the most detailed view yet of a massive stellar nursery, and the photos are absolutely stunning.
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Orion Nebula Is Stunning In Near-Infrared Light | Video

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 11:00am
A mosaic of the Orion A molecular cloud (home to the Orion Nebula) has been created using the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.
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Sunsets, Clouds Spin Past in Astronaut's Stunning Video of Earth from Space

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 11:00am
A stunning new video captures sunsets, cloud formations and other beautiful Earth vistas from orbit. Wielding the camera was Jeff Williams, who has looked down on the planet for 534 days across several space missions, longer than any other American.
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The Biggest Space Missions to Watch in 2017

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 11:00am
Here's Space.com's guide to spaceflight in 2017, from the end of NASA's venerable Cassini Saturn mission to the debut launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.
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Spacecraft 'Sees' the Mysteries Buried Under the Polar Ice Caps of Mars

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 10:45am
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has used its radar to reveal previously unknown structures hidden below the Red Planet's polar ice.
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Scientists Turn Memory Chips Into Processors To Speed Up Computing Tasks

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. This new computing circuit was developed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in collaboration with Germany's RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Juelich, one of the largest interdisciplinary research centers in Europe. It is built using state-of-the-art memory chips known as Redox-based resistive switching random access memory (ReRAM). Developed by global chipmakers such as SanDisk and Panasonic, this type of chip is one of the fastest memory modules that will soon be available commercially. However, instead of storing information, NTU Assistant Professor Anupam Chattopadhyay in collaboration with Professor Rainer Waser from RWTH Aachen University and Dr Vikas Rana from Forschungszentrum Juelich showed how ReRAM can also be used to process data. This discovery was published recently in Scientific Reports. By making the memory chip perform computing tasks, space can be saved by eliminating the processor, leading to thinner, smaller and lighter electronics. The discovery could also lead to new design possibilities for consumer electronics and wearable technology.

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NASA Books More Astronaut Flights from SpaceX, Boeing

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 8:46am
NASA has booked more astronaut flights to the International Space Station aboard private spacecraft.
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NASA Unveils 2 New Missions to Study Truly Strange Asteroids

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 8:09am
NASA's next low-cost planetary missions will attempt to unravel the mysteries of some odd asteroids.
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NASA's Mission to Metal Asteroid Psyche (Images)

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 8:00am
Scientists are mapping out a mission to the huge metal asteroid Psyche, which is thought to be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in 2023.
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NASA Just Picked These Astronauts to Fly in Space in 2018

Space.com - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 7:21am
Two American astronauts, one a spaceflight veteran and the other a rookie, will launch to the International Space Station in 2018, NASA announced today (Jan. 4). Andrew Feustel and Jeanette Epps will launch in March and May 2018, respectively.
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Intel's New Mini PCs Have New Chips, an Updated Design, and Thunderbolt 3

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2017 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the last four or five years, Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) hardware has evolved from interesting experiments to pace cars for the rest of the mini desktop business. Mini PCs represent one of the few segments of the desktop computing business that actually has growth left in it, and every year the NUC has added new features that make it work for a wider audience. This year's models, introduced alongside the rest of Intel's new "Kaby Lake" processor lineup at CES, include new processors with new integrated GPUs, but that's probably the least interesting thing about them. Thanks to the demise of Intel's "tick-tock" strategy, the processing updates are minor. Kaby Lake chips include smaller performance and architectural improvements than past generations, and the year-over-year improvements have been mild over the last few years. The big news is in all the ways you can get bytes into and out of these machines. There are two Core i3 models (NUC7i3BNK and NUC7i3BNH), two Core i5 models (NUC7i5BNK and NUC7i5BNH), and one Core i7 model (NUC7i7BNH) -- that last one is intended to replace the older dual-core Broadwell i7 NUC and not the recent quad-core "Skull Canyon" model. The Core i3 and i5 versions come in both "short" and "tall" cases, the latter of which offers space for a 2.5-inch laptop-sized SATA hard drive or SSD. The i7 version only comes in a "tall" version. Like past NUCs, all five models offer two laptop-sized DDR4 RAM slots and an M.2 slot for SATA and PCI Express SSDs (up to four lanes of PCIe 3.0 bandwidth is available). Bluetooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi is built-in. As for the rest of the NUCs' features, Intel has drawn a line between the Core i3 model and the i5/i7 models. All of the boxes include four USB 3.0 ports (two on the front, two on the back), a headphone jack, an IR receiver, an HDMI 2.0 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a microSD card slot, a dedicated power jack, and a new USB-C port that can be used for data or DisplayPort output (the dedicated DisplayPort is gone, and this port can't be used to power the NUCs). In the i5 and i7 models, the USB-C port is also a full-fledged Thunderbolt 3 port, the first time any of the smaller dual-core NUCs have included Thunderbolt since the old Ivy Bridge model back in 2012.

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