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Intel Optane Memory has a mission: Make hard drives faster than SSDs

Intel’s Optane Memory could be the most revolutionary letdown in storage history. Announced Monday morning, these first consumer Optane-based devices will be available April 24 in two M.2 trims: A 16GB model for $44 and a 32GB Optane Memory device for $77. Both are rated for crazy-fast read speeds of 1.2GBps and writes of 280MBps.

If you’re wondering how you can install Windows 10 on one of these, you can’t. The first two Optane Memory devices instead are meant to be used primarily as cache drives for a traditional hard drive, using a technique similar to the Smart Response Technology Intel introduced in 2011.

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Samsung plans to refurbish, resell some Note 7 phones that didn't explode

Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see someone using a Galaxy Note 7 over the summer. Ahead of this week’s Galaxy S8 unveiling, Samsung has announced a three-point program for recycling of its failed phablets, and some of them will eventually make their way back into consumers’ hands.

The press release doesn’t specify how many of the phones will be returned to the wild, but Samsung confirms it will be using some returned devices as “refurbished phones or rental phones.” Samsung offers a leasing program that lets you upgrade to a new device after a year of payments, but Samsung doesn’t say whether it would be selling refurbished Note 7 phones to these customers.

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Apple releases MacOS Sierra 10.12.4: What’s new in the update

The new revision of MacOS Sierra has just been released by Apple. MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 is now available for Mac users, but before you install it, here’s the lowdown on the new features.

It’s not a major update, so there’s no need to rush to install it. When you do decide to do so, be sure you back up your Mac’s data first.

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The major new feature in MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 is Night Shift, which made its debut in iOS 9.3. Night Shift is available on the following Macs:

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Microsoft Store adds new Oculus Rift VR demos powered by Windows 10

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Microsoft Store continues to make it easier than ever for customers to experience virtual reality by rolling out four new VR game demos on Oculus Rift, powered by Windows 10, this week. Customers can try new demos including one of the biggest exclusive games for Oculus Rift, Rock Band VR, as well as Fruit Ninja VR, Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal and Robo Recall.

Rift and Windows 10 make it easy to step into new worlds and experience VR gaming like never before, while Oculus Touch motion controllers feel as natural as your own hands. Whether you’re rocking out onstage or mowing down waves of rogue robots, experience how powerful and interactive hands-on virtual reality can be. Microsoft Store is the destination to try these experiences before you buy, empowering you to find the game and hardware that’s right for you.

Check out the following Oculus Rift demo experiences available in select Microsoft Stores this week. Demos are free, with no appointment needed.*

Rock Band VR

Channel your inner rock star and let Rock Band VR transport you onstage to perform in front of a sold-out crowd. Interact with bandmates and shred on the stage with a Fender® Stratocaster® wireless guitar controller so you can craft unforgettable solos. Get Rock Band VR for free with purchase of Oculus Touch on microsoftstore.com, valid until April 5, 2017, or while supplies last.

Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal

Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal

Disney fans rejoice! Explore the fantastic world of Beauty and the Beast with Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal— an interactive VR experience that puts you in the dining room of Beast’s enchanted castle as Lumiere prepares for a special feast in Belle’s honor.

Fruit Ninja VR

The Fruit Ninja phenomenon continues in a VR dojo.

The Fruit Ninja phenomenon continues in a VR dojo. Take your ninja skills to the next level by slicing, juggling and skewering fruit from all angles.

Robo Recall

Built from the ground up for Rift and Touch by Epic Games, Robo Recall is a brilliant, action-packed adventure with over-the-top arcade action.

Built from the ground up for Rift and Touch by Epic Games, Robo Recall is a brilliant, action-packed adventure with over-the-top arcade action.

Visit your local Microsoft Store today to get in on the new VR action! All games require an Oculus Rift headset, compatible PC and Oculus Touch controllers, available for purchase at Microsoft Store.

*Customers 18 years of age or older can participate in the experience. Customers ages 13 and older can participate with parent or guardian consent.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you privately share your Live Location for an hour

 Facebook Messenger wants to be an offline social gathering tool, not just an online chat app. Today it’s adding a new Live Location feature that lets you share your real-time location on a map for an hour within a private direct or group message thread. The recipients can then see an estimate of how long it would take you to reach them by car. “Live Location is super helpful… Read More

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Microsoft brings Cortana to the Android lock screen

 Following a series of beta trials, Microsoft officially announced this morning that it’s bringing its virtual assistant Cortana to the lock screen of Android devices. Initially, Microsoft had tested putting an overview of your day on the lock screen – offering information like the day’s weather, commute times, flight or meeting information, and more – where it could be… Read More

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The guy who started Android just teased the new phone he's building

Andy Rubin, the founder of Android who sold the smartphone operating system to Google, teased a new smartphone he’s working on through his stealthy startup on Twitter Monday.

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Rubin, who left Google in 2014, is now the CEO of Essential, a startup that sources have told Business Insider plans to release a new high-end smartphone to compete with the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy phones. The Essential phone is expected to launch this spring or summer.

Essential has also gathered a roster of notable executives from the smartphone world, from companies like Apple, Magic Leap, Samsung, and HTC. The company was expected to announce a major round of funding soon, but The Wall Street Journal reported last week that SoftBank backed out of a deal to invest $100 million.

SEE ALSO: Samsung plans to sell the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 again

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GameStop exec says the Nintendo Switch will have supply issues until 2018

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If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch, you may have to wait a whole lot longer.

Despite Nintendo reportedly doubling production from 8 million to 16 million over the next financial year, video game retailer GameStop has said it expects supply shortages until at least 2018. 

The retailer’s COO Tony Bartel explained during the company’s Q4 earnings call that they are struggling to keep stock on the shelves. 

“There’s tremendous demand for [the Switch] and we just don’t know how high it is because every time we get it out in our stores it’s literally gone,” Bartel said. 

He added that he anticipates GameStop will be “chasing supply this entire year,” including throughout the holiday season. 

For now, it seems like the only sure-fire way to get your hands on a Switch is by emptying your wallet on eBay, where sellers are fetching nearly twice the console’s MSRP. 

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The world's top 10 companies, ranked by reputation

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The luxury watch brand Rolex is the most reputable company in the world, according to the Reputation Institute’s annual rankings.

The Reputation Institute ranks companies according to the public’s perception of their success in seven areas: products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership, and performance.

The Swiss watchmaker topped the list in North America and Asia, while Lego came first in Europe and the Middle East, while Google was top in Latin America.

To compile the rankings, the Reputation Institute collected more than 240,000 ratings from 15 countries.

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SEE ALSO: How these 23 brands are using colors in their logos to influence their customers

10. Adidas. RepTrack Points: 77.3

2016 proved to be a good year for the German sportswear company, which beat earnings expectations to report net income of more than $1 billion.

The year was the first in its 2020 strategic plan, which put in place by CEO Kasper Rorsted, who wants the company to boost ecommerce sales, increase efficiency, and focus on company culture.

Adidas launched collaborations with celebrities including Kanye West, Pharrell, and Rita Ora to boost awareness of its brand.

9. Rolls-Royce Aerospace. RepTrack points: 77.7

Rolls-Royce is one of the few traditional manufacturing B2B companies in the ranking.

The company produces the engines for a number of commercial airliners, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787.

The company is keen to work on new technologies too. This March it announced plans to invest in a R&D center in Finland to develop technology for autonomous shipping.

8. Intel. RepTrack points: 77.7

Intel became a staple in the technology industry as the leading manufacturer of chipsets for desktop and laptop computers.

Despite missing the mobile phone revolution, Intel is getting back on track. It was rumored Intel powered the iPhone 7. CEO Brian Krzanich has also said the company would be investing further in 5G and connectivity. The company kicked off 2017 with the $15.3 billion acquisition of the autonomous-driving company Mobileye.

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Skype for Business admins get tool to diagnose call problems

IT administrators who manage a fleet of Skype for Business users will have an easier time of diagnosing and fixing problems that may arise for them. Microsoft unveiled the beta of a new Call Analytics Dashboard on Monday, which is supposed to provide admins with a diagnosis of issues that users are having on a call.

There are several different issues that could arise and cause a degradation in call quality, which is why these analytics are helpful. If a user complains about a call only working intermittently, it can be hard to diagnose whether that’s an issue with their network connection, headset, Microsoft’s infrastructure, or something else.

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