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Cisco and Microsoft team up on Internet of Things solutions

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Cisco has made a couple of interesting announcements in its IoT space, including a new hardware platform and a collaboration with Microsoft on hybrid IoT solutions.

There are three new components to the Cisco IoT Operations Platform: Connection Management at Scale, Fog Computing and Data Delivery.

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Security providers should consider offering DDoS protection as a service

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Need a new business idea? How about you start offering DDoS protection as a service? What, you think it wouldn't work? Think again.

A new report by Corero Network Security says it could work out nicely.

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How to migrate your passwords from LastPass to 1Password

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EasyBCD developer NeoSmart Technologies has released LastPass to 1Password, a simple automated tool for converting exported LastPass CSV files to the 1PIF format used by 1Password.

If you’re wondering why, check out the official method for transferring data from LastPass: export from Firefox (other browser export options don’t work properly), install Strawberry Perl, run custom Perl commands to export individual data types, manually import each exported file later...

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Google celebrates the Muslim holy month of Ramadan رمضان مبارك

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We are currently in the the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (May 26 - June 24). This is an important time for Muslims all over the world. They will be fasting during daylight -- a very arduous task indeed. In fact, not only do Muslims abstain from food during these hours, but beverages too -- including water! To our Muslim readers, we say Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem!

To mark this wonderful time in the Islamic community, Google is offering some special websites and notifications in its services. This includes Maps, YouTube, Google Play, and more.

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HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory kits available with up to 128GB capacity and 4GHz speed

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Buying RAM for a desktop PC build should be an easy affair, but sadly, it is sometimes a bit confusing. Not only do you have to pick a brand and the correct type (DDR3 or DDR4), but compatibility with your motherboard can vary. Yeah, you can stick to the RAM tested as compatible by your board's manufacturer (your safest bet), but that could omit working RAM that the company did not get to test.

Today, HyperX (a sub-brand of Kingston) announces that its famed Predator DDR4 Memory kits now come in up to 128GB capacity and 4GHz (4,000MHz) speed -- holy moly! These sticks are designed to work with overclocking on both AMD and Intel platforms, but compatibility can still vary from board to board.

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Split and join MP4 videos with MP4Tools

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MP4Tools is a cross-platform collection of tools for the lossless splitting and joining of MP4 files.

The package is the project of Alex Thuering, the developer behind DVD authoring application DVDStyler.

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mStream Express is a music server you can set up in seconds

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MStream Express is an open-source Chrome-based music server.

The program is built for simplicity and can be set up in seconds, without having to install anything.

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ASUS Blue Cave doesn't look like your typical AC2600 Wi-Fi router

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I like routers that look the part, but not everyone is fond of the traditional design. A plastic box that lights up and has a bunch of cables and antennas sticking out is not exactly what you might call pretty. However, there are some attractive options out there. ASUS's new Blue Cave, which was just announced today at Computex 2017, is one of them.

Actually, save for the bottom part of the rear panel which houses the ports, I believe that the Blue Cave does not look like a router at all. Yes, it is a big plastic box too, but it has a big hole in the middle and no visible antennas. Looking at it, you might be inclined to believe that it is something else entirely. But, a sleek design is not all that it has, as its specs are pretty attractive as well.

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Startech USB-C to HDMI and VGA presentation adapters [Review]

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USB Type-C dongles are a dime a dozen nowadays. Thanks to Apple MacBook laptops that only leverage USB-C, many manufacturers quickly jumped on the bandwagon, producing many adapters, dongles, and other accessories.

As the owner of a 2016 MacBook Pro, I am very familiar with dongles -- I own several. While you might think they are all the same, you'd be mistaken. Not only are they of varying quality, but the features are not the same either. Case in point, the Startech USB-C to HDMI and VGA presentation adapters. They may look like your typical HDMI and VGA dongles, but they have a special feature.

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PC market could return to growth in 2019

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The success of Windows 10 and the reception Microsoft's latest operating system has had from consumers could mean that the PC market will grow again in 2019.

IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker has offered new insight as to why the firm believes the PC market is set for a growth period a few years from now.

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ASUS' new ZenBook Pro features 4K display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics

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At Computex 2017, ASUS just unveiled what is probably the most impressive 15-inch laptop today. It's called the ZenBook Pro and it comes with everything that you can expect in a premium offering in this segment right now.

What are the standout features? Well, there are several, but the 15.6-inch UHD display, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and the Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor are likely to impress consumers the most.

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ASUS' ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the world's thinnest 14-inch laptop

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ASUS announced a whole suite of new products today at Computex 2017, and one of the most interesting to debut is the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, which the company says is the thinnest 14-inch laptop in the world.

This is not the first "world's thinnest" product that ASUS unveiled today, as the company also introduced the world's thinnest two-in-one convertible laptop, called the ZenBook Flip S.

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Huawei Honor 8: Impressive, but lacks appeal [Review]

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The Honor 8 Pro is the latest premium smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, best known as an offshoot of tech titan Huawei.

The company has grown hugely in the past few years as it looks to offer customers an alternative to the typical Apple or Samsung handsets, offering powerful hardware at a more affordable price.

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ASUS ZenBook Flip S with NanoEdge is the world's thinnest 2-in-1 convertible laptop

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At Computex 2017 in Taiwan today, ASUS unveiled several new devices including the convertible ZenBook Flip S. Measuring just 10.9mm thick, the 2-in-1 is heralded as the thinnest in the world, and, weighing in at just 1.1kg, it's light as well.

The laptop has a 13-inch screen which features a 360-degree ErgoLift hinge which allows for conversion into a tablet. Starting at $1,099, this is a premium offering from ASUS, and the specifications do not disappoint.

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US may extend laptop ban to all international flights

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The US is considering extending its laptop ban to all international flights to and from the country. Speaking on Fox News Sunday this weekend, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said there was a "sophisticated" terrorist threat which could see and expansion of the ban on devices larger than smartphones.

Back in March, citing a threat from terrorists "smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items," the Trump administration introduced an electronics ban on flights from a number of countries. If the ban was to be expanded, there would likely be a backlash from the increased number of people no longer able to take their laptops on flights as carry-on items.

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