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Samsung Soundbars on Amazon and Newegg: go back to school with proper audio for your TV

Going back to school can be a stressful time, and after hectic days rushing from class to class, it’s nice to sit back and relax to your favorite movies and shows. If you’re current TV or monitor setup isn’t cutting it on the sound front, a soundbar offers a simple way to upgrade. Whether you’re looking for a simple boost to your audio or want to create an immersive theatre with surround sound, there are several Samsung soundbars that will accomplish the task. And right now, they’re on sale, making it that much easier to pick one up after the expensive of books and school supplies.Check out these Samsung soundbar deals to find your back-to-school home theatre upgrade
Samsung 2.1 channel 200-watt wireless soundbar – $50 off
On the cheap end of the spectrum, Samsung’s HW-M360/ZA soundbar comes in at $149 after a price cut from its list price of $199. Samsung is also offering this soundbar on sale for $149. This soundbar comes with a 130-watt wireless subwoofer for  2.1 channel audio and a powerful bass boost that’s easy to set up. With some TVs, this Samsung soundbar can even be connected via Bluetooth. It also has analog and optical audio inputs.For those looking for a simple upgrade to their TV setup, this soundbar offers a good price and has favorable reviews on Best Buy’s website. Factor in the easy setup with wireless connectivity and the potential to upgrade down the line by adding more satellite speakers to the setup, and you’ve got a nice, low-cost way to start your home theatre before going back to school.
See the deal on Newegg here If you want to go back to school with a more complete audio upgrade, check out Samsung’s 4.1 channel soundbar that’s essentially an expanded version of the one listed above. The Samsung HW-K370 soundbar is normally priced at $299, but Amazon has it on sale for $197 right now.This model also features bluetooth connectivity, a wireless subwoofer, and connect to the TV with optical or analog inputs if needed. The bonus is the two satellite speakers that bump up the surround sound and also connect to the main soundbar wirelessly, saving you from long wire runs between speakers. If you’re hoping for a larger theatre setup so you can invite classmates over to smash through all the episodes of Marvel’s Defenders, check this soundbar out while it’s still on sale. 
Check out this deal on AmazonSamsung 3.1.2 channel 350-watt wireless soundbar – upto $416 off used, open box, and refurbished
Looking to go all out on your sound system? Amazon has some serious price cuts going on the Samsung HW-K850 soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo. This soundbar has 11 speakers built into it, and features Dolby Atmos support plus Samsung’s own Sound Expansion Plus that converts audio for more immersive sound. With 350 watts of power, the system should be able to fill a larger room and annoy neighbors.This soundbar can connect via bluetooth, WiFi, or sit between multiple HDMI devices and the TV for easy switching between sources. Once again, the subwoofer included is wireless, making for easy setup. This deal might not last long on Amazon, as the best prices are coming from third-party seller, but for a soundbar that would normally be $999, a starting price of $583 is a killer deal.
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Lenovo expands its legion of gaming desktops

Earlier this year, Lenovo refreshed its gaming laptop lineup under a new Legion banner and now the desktops are getting the same treatment.Lenovo’s flagship gaming tower, the IdeaCenter Y900 has been succeeded by the Legion Y920 Tower. The company’s top of the line gaming rig has been updated with an Intel Core i7-7700K processor and overclockable Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory. Paired with an Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB for graphics, users will be able to boost the frequency on all their main gaming components.Not much has changed about the Legion Y920 externally, but the new model at the very least comes with customizable RGB lighting whereas the older IdeaCentre would only light up red. The Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower ships this October with an $1,999 (about £1,550, AU$2,521) starting price, which definitely seems steep so we’ll have to see how much memory and storage comes with the system.
The other guys
The mid-range Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower has seen a similar upgrade from the IdeaCentre Y700 with new Intel Kaby Lake CPUs and up to an Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB GPU. Users can also add on an optional 16GB Optane memory upgrade that’s sure to boost the responsiveness of an all hard drive setup. Also arriving this October, the Lenovo Legion Y720  Tower starts at $999 (about £775, AU$1,260).Last but not least, the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower is a new entry-level model that features up to a 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 processor and Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card – perfect for getting into virtual reality on the ground floor. Like Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptops, the Y520 comes preloaded with Lenovo Entertainment Hub software that upscales certain first-person shooter games into VR experiences. The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower releases this Oct ober for $899 (about £700, AU$1,130).
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Microsoft’s sharper speech recognition tech should supercharge Cortana

Microsoft is making big efforts in the field of voice technology, and is boasting about having honed its speech recognition AI to an even greater extent, with a system that apparently now rivals the accuracy of multiple human transcribers.Nearly a year ago Microsoft revealed that it had bested IBM by hitting a word error rate (WER) of 6.3% (in the industry-standard Switchboard speech recognition benchmark), dropping that to 5.9% just a month later – and at the weekend the firm announced that it’s now achieved a WER of 5.1%.While the WER of 5.9% matched the ability of a professional human transcriber, the new 5.1% score is on a par with a multi-transcriber process – i.e. multiple humans working together, and listening to the material several times.In a blog post, Microsoft explains that this is a “new industry milestone, substantially surpassing the accuracy we achieved last year”.
Neural net gains
The company noted that it managed to reduce its error rate by 12% compared to last year, mainly through improvements to its neural net-based acoustic and language models.What does all this mean for the average user? In short, more accurate speech recognition for Cortana across desktop PCs and mobiles, although Microsoft also uses voice recognition elsewhere – in Office and Microsoft Cognitive Services, while even Windows has its own built-in speech recognition (which is better than you might think these days).The ultimate aim for Microsoft is to be able to improve Cortana to a level where it’s possible to hold a natural conversation in which it feels like you’re talking to a human being as opposed to a digital assistant.Along with voice recognition, Microsoft Translator is also much improved of late, having made our list of the best translation software of 2017.Via: TechCrunch
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