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12 things you'll get in PCs with Intel's new Kaby Lake chips

Amazingly thin Windows 10 laptops and tablets will soon become available with Intel’s new Kaby Lake chips, which were announced at CES. These chips, called 7th Generation Core, will extend laptop battery life to new highs, and bring new capabilities like 4K video. You’ll also enjoy VR by connecting headsets to Kaby Lake laptops or tablets. There’s a lot more to Kaby Lake, and here’s what you can expect from PCs:

Thinner and lighter laptops

Laptops and tablets with Kaby Lake are so thin and light that their weight in a backpack is not noticeable, unless it’s a fully loaded gaming PC. Samsung’s new 13.3-inch Notebook 9 weighs an amazing 816 grams, but offers only seven hours of battery life. Low-power Kaby Lake chips will also be in laptops and 2-in-1 devices from Lenovo, HP, Acer and Dell that weigh 1 to 1.5 kilograms.

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Acer's Chromebook 11 N7 is tough as nails, but runs on old tech

Do you have the nasty habit of knocking your laptop around? Meet Acer’s tough-as-nails Chromebook 11 N7, designed to withstand a serious beating.

The Chromebook 11 N7 has an 11.6-inch screen and is fortified with layers of protection to withstand drops. Acer has been so meticulous in ruggedizing the laptop that it’s even difficult to remove key caps from the keyboard — whether by accident or on purpose.

Why did Acer construct such a Chromebook? It’s targeted at educational institutions that issue laptops to students, who may be clumsy with PCs. The Chromebook 11 N7 is certainly more durable than the iPad, which has been given to students and can crack easily if mishandled.

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CES 2017: Toshiba debuts new Portégé X20W 2-in-1 convertible with Windows 10

Ahead of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Toshiba announced the new Portégé X20W, a premium 2-in-1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro. The New Portégé X20W features a 360-degree, dual-action hinge that allows this device to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display. Measuring 15.4mm thin and weighing less than 2.5 pounds, the Portégé X20W has a battery life of up to 16 hours and is designed for mobile professionals, educators and students.

The Portégé X20W is designed to take advantage of the best of Windows 10 and includes multi-directional microphones to support Cortana, a pair of IR cameras to allow you to login easily and securely with your face or fingerprint using Windows Hello and a touchscreen for digital inking with Windows Ink or marking up webpages in Microsoft Edge.

Here’s a closer look at the Portégé X20W:

To meet the demands of the modern workplace, the Portégé X20W encompasses a 7th Generation Intel Core Processor, Windows 10 Pro, 12.5-inch diagonal Full HD multi-touch wide viewing angle display, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a solid state drive all inside its durable magnesium casing.

A sturdy 360-degree dual-action hinge enables smooth transitions into five core viewing modes—Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation and Audience. Tackle the day with a slim, high-performance laptop, flip the screen to conduct presentations or create through an engaging tablet and digital inking experience. When changing modes, the laptop smartly switches system settings and uses a smart-locking feature to protect the keyboard and prevent mishaps.

Other features of the Portégé X20W include:

  • Premium audio experience via Harman Kardon stereo speakers and DTS Sound software. Toshiba’s exclusive custom-tuned speakers adapt to the rotational view of the display, delivering a robust, crisp and natural audio from every angle
  • A USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 port and headphone/mic combo port. As the industry’s new universal standard, the USB Type-C port on the Portégé X20W features reversible plug orientation and supports Display, Power Delivery and Thunderbolt 3 with speeds up to 40Gbps
  • All-new Corning Gorilla Glass 4, offering higher levels of damage resistance as it’s better able to withstand the shock of accidental bumps
  • A 12.5-inch diagonal, Full HD (1920 x 1080), multi-touch wide viewing angle display packs over 2 million pixels onto the screen
  • Included TruPen using Wacom Feel technology, which can detect 2,048 levels of pressure, perfect for taking notes, drawing on webpages in Microsoft Edge and using Windows Ink
  • Compatibility with two advanced docking solutions– the Toshiba WiGig Dock and Toshiba Thunderbolt 3 Dock, which will be available later his quarter

Pricing and Availability: The pre-configured Portégé X20W (Slate Gray) will be available soon at Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com.

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*Cortana available in select markets

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CES 2017: Acer announces new PCs for gaming, immersive 4K entertainment and virtual reality

Ahead of CES 2017, Acer announced an impressive new lineup of Windows 10 PCs focused on performance and entertainment. These new devices feature stunning 4K screens, optional Tobii eye tracking for a more immersive gaming experience and facial recognition cameras that unlock Windows Hello.

The new devices Acer announced today include three new Aspire Series devices, comprised of two high performance laptops the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition and the Aspire VX 15, and one desktop the Aspire GX, as well as the highly-anticipated, curved-screen notebook, the Predator 21 X gaming laptop, shipping early this year!

Here’s a closer look at what Acer announced:

The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition & Aspire VX powered by Windows 10

Both the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition and the Aspire VX come with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor that is designed to bring incredible performance and responsiveness, immersive 4K entertainment and longer battery life. The chipset is the perfect match for the notebooks’ equally impressive GPUs, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050 graphics. Whether a movie buff or a gamer, you will be able to fully enjoy the latest movie releases in the Windows Store and Xbox games like Xbox Play Anywhere titles without compromise.

The sleek Aspire V Nitro Black Edition is the ideal device for those seeking high-quality entertainment on a notebook. Under the aluminum cover, Acer combined 7th Generation Intel Core processors to drive performance and the latest NVIDIA technologies, starting with up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM and up to 16GB of DDR4 system memory, upgradable to 32GB using two soDIMM modules. A built-in finger print reader also comes with the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition that enables Windows Hello for a more secure, password free sign in. It also comes with a NVMe PCIe Gen 3 or SATA SSD for fast, solid-state storage, and a HDD of up to 2TB capacity for additional storage.

The Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition is available with an optional Tobii eye-tracking module that makes the device more responsive through the use of eye movements. Combined with the Precision Touchpad, it enhances productivity, allowing you to more quickly and conveniently navigate across apps and programs with a simple glance. Gaming is also enhanced with eye tracking, creating deeper immersion and allowing you to aim, shoot and explore freely using your eyes.

The Aspire VX 15 features large cooling vents and an edgy red chassis, clearly showing its determination for gaming. The iron red backlit keyboard makes sure gamers are always striking the right notes during gameplay.

The 5.5lbs (2.5kg) Aspire VX 15 also comes with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, offering significant improvements in performance over preceding generation processors, all the while providing lower battery consumption. The notebook also comes with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with GDDR5 VRAM (delivering up to 32GB/s bandwidth). Speed is also a notable attribute of the memory system, offering up to 16GB DDR4 memory out of the box and can be user-upgradeable to a maximum of 32GB. Storage is provided by a 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD.

Pricing and Availability:
The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition will be available in North America in February starting at $1,199; in EMEA in February with prices starting at €1,299; and in China in February starting at ¥8,999.
The Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition will be available in North America in February starting at $1,399; in EMEA in February with prices starting at €1,299; and in China in February starting at ¥8,999.
The Acer Aspire VX 15 will be available in North America in January starting at $799; in EMEA in January with prices starting at €899; and in China in January starting at ¥5,499.

The Aspire GX desktop PC Series powered by Windows 10


For those seeking out additional capabilities that only a desktop model can offer, Acer created the Aspire GX series desktop PC. These VR-ready PCs come equipped with up to 7th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, making them powerful enough for demanding VR applications. What’s more, they’re capable of delivering stunning 4K resolution visuals and support up to four displays at once for maximized gaming experiences.

Pricing and Availability: The Aspire GX series will be available in EMEA in February with prices starting at €799; and in China in February starting at ¥5,999.

The Predator 21 X gaming laptop powered by Windows 10

The highly anticipated, curved-screen Predator 21 X gaming laptop features Windows 10 and was designed for ultimate gaming enthusiasts who only want the best.

The Predator 21 X features the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 5 cooling fans and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI for unmatched graphics performance. It offers a curved 21-inch IPS display and delivers a truly immersive gaming experience, especially when combined with the notebook’s Tobii eye-tracking technology. The curved screen also features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, ensuring smooth and sharp gameplay.

The Predator 21 X’s Tobii eye-tracking camera works with Windows Hello, supporting secure and password-free sign-in by recognizing your face. Skype for Business Certification ensures you can communicate with crisp and lag-free quality, and also allows for clearer, higher quality audio and a great Cortana with Voice experience.

Other features include:

  • Full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX Brown switches, with individually programmable backlit keys, offering 16.7 million color options. A unique numeric keypad allows it to be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.
  • A new 3-way (tweeter, midrange, woofer) audio design which produces Hi-Fi quality sound and is powered by 4 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 midrange) and 2 subwoofers to produce a full spectrum of sound.
  • Making each Predator 21 X unique, Acer lets customers add a design, flag and laser engraved name to the notebook’s maintenance panel
  • Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps.
  • Advanced cooling architecture of 5 system fans, 9 heat pipes and Acer Dust Defender

Pricing and Availability: The Predator 21 X will be available in North America in February with prices starting at $8,999; and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €9,999.

Predator 17 X with Windows 10 gets an upgrade with higher performing CPU and GPU

The Acer Predator 17 X gaming notebook also received both a CPU and GPU upgrade, and will now include models with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8G GDDR5X video memory. Featuring overclocking, desktop grade components, a custom triple-fan cooling system with front air intake and a server-class vapor chamber, it is ideal for the most demanding games and running virtual reality (VR) devices.

Its overclocking lets gamers experience turbo speeds of up to 4.3GHz for the CPU; up to 1732MHz for the GPU; and up to 5.4GHz for VRAM. Immersive game play is delivered with buttery smooth visuals via the notebook’s 17.3-inch G-SYNC Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080) or UHD IPS (4K 3840 x 2160) display. It features a Precision Touchpad supporting Windows 10 gestures and also Skype for Business certification for crystal-clear audio communications.

Pricing and Availability: The refreshed Predator 17 X will be available in the North America in January with prices starting at $2,599; in EMEA in January with prices starting at €2,999; and in China in February with prices starting at ¥39,999.

Acer’s announcements today are truly exciting to see as their new devices offer great gaming experiences on Windows 10! To learn more about today’s news from Acer, head over to Acer.com. Be sure to keep it right here on the Windows Blog for more news coming out of CES 2017!

*Cortana available in select markets

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CES 2017: HP announces redesigned Sprout Pro, 4K PCs and curved gaming display

Ahead of CES 2017, HP announced exciting new PC innovations built for Windows 10 that will change the way people interact with their PCs, including the next-generation Sprout Pro by HP that boasts a new sleek and streamlined design with new hardware and software such as Windows 10 Pro to power 3D experiences. In addition, HP’s latest updates to its premium portfolio celebrates ingenuity and power in beautifully crafted designs, while a new curved gaming display takes game play to the next level. These new devices will start to become available for pre-order as early as today.

Here’s a closer look at what HP announced:

The new Sprout Pro by HP powered by Windows 10

The new Sprout Pro by HP, the second-generation, immersive all-in-one PC now incorporates advanced technologies and new features that empower you to create highly visual content and interactive experiences by blending the physical and digital worlds. HP has evolved Sprout Pro’s software to make it easy to interact between Windows 10 Pro and Sprout’s unique HD resolution projector, touch mat and 2D/3D cameras. The touch mat is a secondary horizontal display and enables a more natural interaction with the Sprout system.  HP has made it easier to interact with Windows 10 Pro and developed streamlined software that gives easy access to Sprout’s key features, including faster 2D scanning and — for the first time — high-precision 3D scanning. You can simply hold and rotate a physical object beneath the camera for a much more intuitive experience. HP also added more powerful graphics capabilities to drive visualization apps for interactive 3D, making creations come to life.

Sprout Pro now features a hefty Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of SSHD storage, up to 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics for faster 3D scanning and Windows 10 Pro with its innovative and secure experience.

Pricing and availability: Sprout Pro by HP pricing and availability for commercial consumers is expected in March 2017 in select countries.

Redesigned premium PCs powered by Windows 10

For work, home or on the go, HP premium PCs raise the bar to exceed expectations for what can be done on a PC. New premium products debuting today include:

HP EliteBook x360 is an extremely thin business convertible at just 14.9mm thin. It combines HP Spectre’s powerful thin and light design, HP EliteBook Folio’s collaboration capabilities and HP Elite enterprise security and durability with Windows 10 Pro. It features an incredibly long battery life for a convertible, at up to 16 hours and 30 minutes. Its integrated collaboration capabilities enhance productivity and bring new life to meetings with dedicated conferencing keys, powerful audio and an optional 13.3” diagonal 4K UHD display. Its  IR camera  enables easy and secure login with Windows Hello and the touchscreen with pen support is perfect for Windows Ink. It also protects the office of the future with HP WorkWise, the most advanced Smartphone App for PC Management and first to offer Tamper Protection.

Pricing and Availability: The HP Elitebook x360 is expected to be available at the end of January 2017 in the US.

HP Spectre x360, following the global success of HP’s 13.3” diagonal model, the second generation of HP’s 15.6” diagonal revolutionary x360 is the most powerful in the Spectre portfolio. A bigger battery allows for up to 12 hours while powering a micro-edge 4K display, maintaining close to the same battery life compared to last year’s Full HD model. It features the latest Intel Core processors, high performance NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, adds two new front facing speakers expertly tuned by Bang & Olufsen for a great audio experience and an IR camera that enables fast and secure login with Windows Hello.

Pricing and Availability: The HP Spectre x360 15.6” is expected to be available for pre-order in the US starting on Jan. 3, 2017 and purchase on Jan. 15, 2017 via BestBuy.com starting at $1,499. The HP Spectre x360 15.6” is expected to be available via HP.com in the US on February 26, 2017 starting at $1,279.99.


HP ENVY Curve AIO 34 the next edition of HP’s award winning and wide curved all-in-one, now adds more computing power for immersive media experiences. The new curved all-in-one features a 34” diagonal Technicolor Color Certified Ultra WQHD micro-edge display that floats over an integrated four speaker sound bar tuned by Bang & Olufsen. For evening use, the display can easily switch to a low blue light mode for improved eye comfort and a better night’s sleep.

This device also includes 7th Generation Intel CoreTM i5 and i7 desktop processors, the HP Privacy Camera with IR support for Windows Hello and a microphone that is hidden when not in use. It offers wireless charging support for mobile devices and optional NVIDIA GFX discrete graphics and storage options up to 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD.

Pricing and Availability: The HP ENVY Curved All-In-One 34 is expected to be available on HP.com on January 11, 2017 and select retailers on February 26, 2017 starting at $1,729.99

The new OMEN X 35 Curved Display

First launched in August, OMEN X by HP is now bringing gamers closer to their respective virtual worlds with the immersive experience of the new OMEN X 35 Curved Display. As the first OMEN display with NVIDIA G-Sync technology, you don’t need to worry about stutter and lag when paired with a NVIDIA compatible GPU, providing higher refresh rates that result in a more natural, realistic, true-to-life gaming experience. HP continues to expand the OMEN by HP portfolio to meet the need of gamers everywhere. The latest addition of a 35-inch diagonal curved display to the OMEN lineup adds a whole new level of immersion for gamers engaging enemies on the battlefield or maneuvering against the competition on the racetrack.

Pricing and Availability: The OMEN X 35 Display is expected to be available on HP.com and select retailers in March 2017 starting at $1,299.99.

It’s exciting to see HP deliver these incredible new devices that will unlock new innovations and experiences powered by Windows 10. Be sure to keep it right here on the Windows Blog for all the hardware news coming out of CES, and head over here to learn more about HP’s news.

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9 mind-blowing comparisons that put huge numbers into perspective


“Mindblowing” has become a shorthand for “pretty cool,” but the science suggests it’s true: There are plenty of tasks that are simply too overwhelming for the human brain to handle.

Comprehending size is one of them.

Sure, the Empire State Building is big, but so are the Earth and the solar system. And all of those things are big at wildly different magnitudes.

That’s where scale models come in handy.

Sometimes the only way to understand the world at its extremes is to put it in terms we use every day.

SEE ALSO: 22 Charts That Put All Of Time Into Perspective




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Doing a detox is possibly the worst way to start the New Year

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Ever wished there was an easy, quick way to cleanse your body of all those 2016 toxins?

Turns out you’re already equipped with everything you need. They’re called your liver and kidneys.

Together, these two toxin-bashing organs act as a super-efficient system for filtering out the vast majority of the harmful substances we eat and drink.

In other words, you never need to detox. Not for New Year’s Day. Not after too much Thanksgiving turkey. Not even because you spent most of last year subsisting on greasy take-out from the C-rated “restaurant” next door.

Here’s how it works: While our kidneys filter our blood and remove any waste from our diet, our liver processes medications and detoxifies any chemicals we ingest. Paired together, these organs make our bodies natural cleansing powerhouses.

“Unless there’s a blockage in one of these organs that [cleanse our bodies] day and night, there’s absolutely no need to help the body get rid of toxins,” family physician Ranit Mishori of the Georgetown University School of Medicine told NPR. Mishori has spent years reviewing the medical literature on cleanses.

If detoxing is bogus, where did the idea come from?

lemons lemon juiceThe original detox diet, called “The Master Cleanse,” was thought up in the 1940s by Stanley Burroughs as a “natural” way to treat stomach ulcers. The method was never substantiated by any research.

He published a book describing it called “The Master Cleanser.” The cleanse consists of a daily regimen of six to 12 glasses of water mixed with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup, plus a laxative at bedtime.


Cleanse proponents like Peter Glickman, who helped resurrect the cleanse in 2004 with a book called “Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days: Take Charge of Your Health with the Master Cleanse,” say dieters begin to feel “euphoric” and “serene” after about a week of not eating.

We could think of better words to describe the sensations of incipient starvation.

Ok, so the lemon detox is out. What about a juice cleanse?

Other less-extreme alternatives to Burroughs’ and Glickman’s self-deprivation plans exist, from swapping a few meals a day for a $12 pre-packaged bottle of green liquid to juicing up a few bags of fresh produce at home each day.

Unlike the Master Cleanse, a juice diet won’t totally starve your body, but it will drain your wallet, and the benefits are dubious at best.

For starters, you have to practically buy out your grocery store’s produce department for just a few days of juicing. Take the list of ingredients for this recently posted three-day juice cleanse from the Dr. Oz show: four carrots, four apples (type not specified), two golden delicious apples, two 1-inch pieces of ginger, three cucumbers, six celery stalks, 14 kale leaves, half a lemon, one lime, four plum tomatoes, two red bell peppers, one-fourth of a small red onion, two cups parsley, one large sweet potato, two large red beets, one orange, eight Swiss chard leaves, and six clementines. Disclaimer: this list is only for one day on the three-day cleanse. ($40 at our local grocery store, multiplied by three days = $120.)

Or you can buy the premade version: Suja offers a bottle of its cold-pressed “Green Supreme” kale, apple, and lemon juice for $9 a pop. (Three days of three bottles of Suja each day = $81.)

Juicing removes some of the healthiest parts of fresh produce

When you juice fresh fruits and veggies, you remove all of their fiber, the key ingredient that keeps you feeling full and satisfied until your next meal. What you keep is the natural sugar in the produce (a bottle of Suja’s “Green Supreme,” for example, has more sugar than a can of Coke).

The immediate effects of a high-sugar and low-protein, low-fiber diet, are felt almost immediately: You’re constantly hungry because there’s no fiber to fill you up. Meanwhile, the sugar you’re consuming is temporarily raising your blood sugar, but with no protein to stabilize it, you’re on a roller-coaster ride of high and low energy. The long-term effects are more severe: a lack of protein, when prolonged for even a few days, can cause you to lose muscle rather than fat, because protein is what your muscles feed on for energy.

But there’s another reason juicing isn’t the best idea for some people that goes beyond depleting your body of muscle, and it has to do with behavior.

Cleanses can mimic other dangerous eating habits

Cleanse advocates describe their plans as quick fixes that clean up the mess of processed carbs, sugar, and booze we throw in our bodies each day. In reality, though, this type of eating pretty closely mimics the dangerous binge-and-purge style of eating recognized globally as indicative of an eating disorder.

For people who are prone to disordered eating, juice cleanses could serve as a gateway to bigger problems.

At one eating-disorder treatment clinic in New York City, more than half the patients report having tried a juice cleanse, Marie Claire reports. “Maybe a patient tried it and became obsessed, or maybe the eating disorder was already there and the juicing became part of it,” the clinic’s director of nutrition services Debbie Westerling told the magazine.

Eating nothing but juice for several days can also cause eating problems from the past to resurface, writes registered dietitian Megan Holt in a post about cleansing on her clinic’s website. “I tend to discourage fasting because it can reactivate disordered eating behaviors,” Holt writes, “whether that’s restriction or feeling out of control with food or feeling disconnected from hunger and fullness cues when one does start to eat again.”

In other words, you can’t simply drink your way to health — hundreds of dollars’ worth of freshly liquefied produce or not.

READ MORE: The sugar industry is quietly funding one of the biggest misconceptions in modern nutrition

SEE ALSO: 14 seemingly harmless things you eat, drink, and use all the time that could kill you

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Ford spikes plans for a $1.6 billion Mexico plant — and says it'll undertake a massive electric-car expansion instead (F)

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On Tuesday, Ford CEO Mark Fields announced that the carmaker will cancel plans to invest $1.6 billion to build a new factory in Mexico.

Instead, the company will undertake a $4.5 billion investment to rollout 13 electric vehicles over the next five years, Fields said.

A total of $700 million will be spent to expand and upgrade Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, with 700 new jobs added.

Fields’ announcement occurred against the backdrop of a war of words between president-elect Donald Trump and the US auto industry about expanding production in Mexico. Trump targeted Ford in particular during the Presidential campaign.

“Ford today announced it is cancelling plans for the new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico,” the carmaker said in a statement.

“It also announced that, to improve company profitability and ensure the financial as well as commercial success of this vehicle, the next-generation Focus will be built at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. This will make way for two new iconic products at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, where Focus is manufactured today – safeguarding approximately 3,500 U.S. jobs.”

Ford is a global automaker, Fields said, but “our home is right here in Michigan.”

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Lenovo primes to take on Microsoft's next Surface tablet with Miix 720

The world is waiting for Microsoft’s next Surface tablet, but when it ships, it’ll have to contend with Lenovo’s new Miix 720, a 12-inch Windows tablet loaded with cutting-edge features.

The Miix 720 will start at $999 and will ship in April. That’s about $100 more than the starting price of the Surface Pro 4, but the Miix 720 has superior features.

But the Surface could catch up with the Miix 720 soon. A new Surface Pro 5 could be out as soon as early this year and have features like faster processors and a higher resolution screen that could on par or better than the Miix 720. That’s when the competition will get interesting.

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Data breaches through wearables put target squarely on IoT in 2017

Forrester predicts that more than 500,000 internet of things (IoT) devices will suffer a compromise in 2017, dwarfing Heartbleed. Drop the mic—enough said.

With the sheer velocity of how the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks spread through common household items such as DVR players, makes this sector scary from a security standpoint.

“Today, firms are developing IoT firmware with open source components in a rush to market. Unfortunately, many are delivering these IoT solutions without good plans for updates, leaving them open to not only vulnerabilities but vulnerabilities security teams cannot remediate quickly,” write Forrester analysts.

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