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Full HD laptop for under $400!
The Asus VivoBook E403SA combines a premium design, long battery life and a full-HD display for a very affordable price.
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This is the VR headset that I would buy.
The HTC Vive delivers an unrivaled virtual-reality experience with crisp graphics, accurate room tracking and intuitive touch-enabled controllers, but you'll need lots of space.
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Is going to get to a point that you can't by anything
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The Best Time to Buy a Laptop. Avoid buyer's remorse by purchasing during optimal months for innovation and price. http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/when-to-buy-a-laptop
Nobody wants to buy a new laptop only to see its price drop sharply or a newer model released. Here’s a guide to timing your purchase.
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Just got a PR pitch for "Road Warrior Solutions." Think they mean iron masks, hood-mounted gun turrets or flaming guitars?
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In Planet Licker, the controller itself contains three ice pops, which you must physically lick to control the on-screen action.
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From Facebook's new chatbots that allow you to order flowers to Microsoft's always-chatty Cortana helping you book a hotel room, it seems like all the major tech companies want to provide you witty virtual concierges. However, shopping or searching with these AIs is much less efficient than using standard web tools. Even worse, it flips the human-machine relationship on its head.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/chatbots-waste-our-time,news-22562.html
Tech companies are building more witty bots like Siri and Cortana, but these anthropomorphic programs waste our time and give us a false sense of our own importance.
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You can find a great gaming laptop for under $1,000. http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/sub-1000-gaming-laptops
Looking for a gaming laptop, but don't want to bust your budget? Check out our top sub-$1,000 systems.
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From what I can see here, the three major platform vendors - Microsoft, Apple and Google are running a proxy war against web publishing. None of the three is willing to dirty its hands by building ad blocking into its browser, but is more than happy to allow third-party software like Ad Block Plus to harm ad-supported content sites (99.9% of all content sites). 

Want to make money from content? Build an app or use one of our publishing platforms (ex: Apple News), which we get a cut from.

Now, if Microsoft were to build ad blocking directly into Edge Browser as a default and Google / Apple followed suit, the damage to the free web would be so immediate and dramatic, that everyone would take notice of this practice overnight. However, by supporting ad blockers without building its own, the companies can claim that they're just giving the users what they want while publishers are slowly pushed out of the open web and into walled gardens like app stores and Facebook / Apple news.
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I'm shocked that Microsoft didn't build in filters to prevent the chatbot from saying bad things. One time, I asked the Ikea.com assistant where I could buy "an extra screw" for my furniture and it told me that it's not allowed to discuss adult content. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/24/tay-microsofts-ai-chatbot-gets-a-crash-course-in-racism-from-twitter
Attempt to engage millennials with artificial intelligence backfires hours after launch, with TayTweets account citing Hitler and supporting Donald Trump
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The ThinkPad T460 empowers workers with a great typing experience, long battery life, strong build quality and solid performance.
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So, with this, you'd be able to rent a movie the day that comes out in the theater, but it would cost $50. You could argue, as Mark Spoonauer does, that $50 is about what it costs to take a family of four to the movies these days (more with pop corn). However, you could also just tell the kids "wait 5 months and we'll rent it for $5 from Amazon."

When you think about it, if you wait until the movie officially comes out on video, it's like you're being paid $45 to wait 6 months (often less). Would you take $45 to NOT see a movie?

If all we're getting from the movie theater experience is the instant gratification of seeing a movie right when it comes out, the movie theater business is doomed.
A new startup wants to charge $50 for new flicks to stream directly to your TV on the first day of theatrical release.
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