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These days, it often seems like technology becomes obsolete within days. This year’s powerhouse video card may be sufficient now, but they might not be able run next year’s killer apps with much in the way of gusto. So if you want to stay current, you’re going to end up having to upgrade your hardware or even your entire rig on a regular basis. But what to do with all your outdated components?

You likely don’t have a lot of storage space, and it’s only a matter of time before all those old graphics cards and desktop towers start bursting out of your closets.

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PC shipments will continue to decline in 2016, according to a new IDC forecast, but the drop will be slightly lower than previously expected. What’s more, things will improve even more in 2017.

IDC expects PC vendors to ship a total of 258.2 million units this year, a figure which would be 6.4 percent lower than last year. The previous estimate was a 7.2 percent fall, which IDC announced in August. Growth will still be negative in 2017, but shipments are expected to decrease by just 2.6 percent compared to this year.

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WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) is Microsoft’s string of conferences designed to get hardware developers jazzed about developing for the Windows platform. Microsoft’s goal, like anyone with an ecosystem, is to get their fair share of resources committed to their platform.

At this year’s WinHEC 2016 in Shenzhen today, Microsoft laid out what could possibly be the biggest look into the future of the personal computing platform we have seen in a while.

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A subset of users who purchased a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar claim to be experiencing shorter than expected battery life.

In particular, some users claim to be getting as little as 3 to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, or between 30% and 60% of the up to 10 hours advertised.

Reddit user Azr-79 yesterday claimed his new base model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar received only 3 hours and 45 minutes of battery life on a single charge, despite what he described as “normal usage” in the form of web browsing, watching YouTube videos, and software development.

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In recent years, literature has been getting attention from an unusual quarter: mathematics.

Alongside statistical physicists analyzing the connections between characters in the Icelandic sagas, and computer scientists exploring the life and death of words in English fiction, a team of mathematicians at the University of Vermont have now looked at more than 1,000 texts to see if they could automatically extract their emotional arcs.

And their results show something interesting, not just about narratives, but also about using this approach to study literature.

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The Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive is one of the fastest hard drives we tested, with a read speed of 150.7 megabytes per second and a write speed of 135.3 MB/s. It’s less expensive per terabyte than most of the competition, and the 4 TB model is a better value than the 3 TB version (the only other capacity available).

Seagate also includes handy backup software and 200 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years. If you need a larger drive, check out our pick with more storage.

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The recently unveiled MacBook Pro (2016) complete with its Touch Bar has been praised and criticized in just about equal measure. One of the biggest criticisms levelled at Apple is that RAM is limited to 16GB. Why such a cap on a professional device?

Apple has revealed that the reason for the limit is nothing to do with — as some may have suspected — keeping costs down (as if!), but rather due to concerns about battery life. The reasoning may be fairly sound, but the full explanation may not be enough to silence critics completely.

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Nvidia DGX Saturn V is a pack of 125 DGX-1 machines which Nvidia touted in April as an “AI supercomputer in a box“. DGX Saturn V may not be the most powerful supercomputer out there but it definitely helps in cutting the electricity bills.

Top500’s November 2016 list, released last week, features DGX Saturn V as the most energy-efficient supercomputer. However, in terms of performance, it stands on the 28th position.

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Until now, Silicon is the material that powers most of the microelectronic devices. It’s omnipresent and its existence is so prominent that the Silicon Valley has been named after the material.

All of the fastest microprocessor chips out there feature millions of closely packed Silicon-based tiny transistors. But the fact that Silicon is a semiconductor material–having conductivity between metals and insulators–which puts a limit on a device’s conductivity and, eventually, on the processing power.

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Nvidia’s newest Pascal architecture has been quite popular since its release, offering significant performance gains at relatively reasonable prices. The GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 GPUs, in particular, have become the choice of gamers at all price points.

All of the major GPU OEMs have adopted the Pascal line with a slew of different options, including highly overclocked versions meant to squeeze out the most performance. As it happens, not every OEM design has been without its issues, as manufacturer EVGA’s GTX 1080 and 1070 cards have been suffering from some serious overheating, Wccftech reports.

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