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Intel’s pocket-sized Compute Card PC ships in August

Intel’s Compute Card will ship beginning in August, with nearly a dozen partners at the ready to develop compatible products for the ultra-small PC.Designed as a kind of interchangeable “guts” for devices like digital signage, kiosks, smart TVs, and even 2-in-1 computers, the Compute Card is functionally a complete computer that’s still small enough to fit inside a wallet.Inside the Compute Card’s 55mm x 94.5mm x 5mm form factor is not just graphics and on-board storage, but also 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel-branded processor, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Originally shown off at CES 2017, Intel has four models of the Compute Card planned for release. You can take a gander at how each model’s specifications match up to one another in the graphic below:

Additionally, Intel announced that early partners such as LG, Sharp, and Foxconn are already working on Compute Card-compatible products. LG and Sharp are currently slated to make smart monitors and digital signage, respectively, while Foxconn (as well as companies like ECS, Seneca and NexDoc) are developing miniature desktops and all-in-one PCs that can be easily upgraded by swapping out Compute Cards.Other partners like Dell, Lenovo, HP and Pasuntech were also announced, but have yet to declare any products they intend to make using the Compute Card.It’s uncertain yet if Intel’s standardized plug-ins will take off, (pricing details are being saved for a later date) but we’re definitely intrigued by the concept and will keep an eye on where Intel’s micro-PCs take it next.
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Here’s one more sign a new MacBook Pro could be announced next week

It’s looking more likely that a newer version of the MacBook Pro is on the way, as Apple seemingly hints via its online store that prospective buyers should wait until after its big keynote before committing to the current model.Shipping dates for the 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) on Apple’s website have been pushed up, offering free delivery for those willing to wait until June 6-8 — smack in the middle of Apple’s WWDC 2017 conference — before making the purchase .Though we won’t learn for sure until Apple takes the stage next week, this could be a sign that the tech giant is planning to release an updated version of its top-shelf laptop, encouraging customers to wait before potentially buying an outdated version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Wait and see (and save)
By contrast, both the 13-inch and Touch Bar-less 15-inch MacBook Pro can currently be delivered to a US doorstep for free just 24 hours after placing an order. At this time, only the 15-inch MacBook Pros have their free shipping dates stretched out.That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple refreshes its entire MacBook line at WWDC, as a Bloomberg report from earlier this month claims that not just a new MacBook Pro — but also a new 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Air — are expected to make their debut at Apple’s big keynote event.Will Apple be reinvigorating its laptop line following a tough bout of competition from the likes of Microsoft’s Surface line? Fingers crossed we’ll know exactly what’s on Apple’s mind come next week.
Via MacRumors
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This little device will solve those Wi-Fi black spot problems in your home

Home broadband can be expensive, so it feels like an insult when you can’t get the best Wi-Fi signal in particular spots around your home, especially if you are signed up to super-fast broadband.However, there is a way to solve it– the GigaGate is a Wi-Fi bridge to help you get the best connection possible in hard to reach areas of your home, even when it’s really far away from the main router.
The devolo GigaGate is capable of reaching speeds of up to 2 Gbps and is perfect for that corner of your living room that’s full of internet connected devices.If you’ve got a games console, smart TV or PC in a corner where it’s hard for the connection to reach, this little device may be the best way to solve the problem.It uses new 4×4 quantenna chip technology to make sure your devices will be able to get the best available  internet your home broadband provider supplies.You won’t need to replace your home router either. You can plug one part of the GigaGate into the router itself and then place the second device near to the other devices you want to get a super charged connection.

One of the best parts of GigaGate is you won’t need to stress about setting it up either.You need to connect the base into the router then find a location for the satellite. The rest is done by the GigaGate itself, which is already configured. After two minutes it is ready to start.The satellite unit also features one gigabit port and four fast Ethernet ports for any wired devices you may have to give you even more connectivity options.  This means that you’ll be able to connect a games console, TV, a smart home speaker system and even have one spare for when you’re using your laptop in that part of the house.There’s also 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as well that offer speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

By using the GigaGate, you can ensure you get the best connection for when you’re gaming online so you won’t be kicked off an online match at the worst time possible plus you can be sure you’ll get the top buffering speeds while streaming TV from Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and even more apps.You can solve most of your Wi-Fi woes around your home with the GigaGate for only £219.99. That includes both the base unit and a satellite to use in another part of your home.More satellite units are then available for £129.99, which will make sure you have better connections all around the house no matter how big your home is. Soon your connection woes can disappear entirely with the help of GigaGate.You can buy the GigaGate here ((ADD LINK)) from devolo’s website. devolo also produce a range of Powerline adapters, designed to boost internet signal as well as Home Control, a smart home system designed to improve comfort levels, energy savings and safety.

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