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Switch from Windows 11 to Linux this Memorial Day with Ultramarine 40

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people might be considering a fresh start with their tech. For those looking to switch to Linux, Ultramarine 40 (available here) offers a compelling option. With its new features and improvements, this release could be the perfect way to dive into the world of Linux during the long weekend.

Ultramarine 40 introduces a new codename scheme, aiming to bring a fresh and engaging approach to its releases. The core team will rotate the responsibility of choosing codenames. This release, named after "Lost Umbrella" by inabakumori, marks the first under this new system.

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G.SKILL's glitzy Trident Z5 Royal DDR5 memory would make even Donald Trump blush

G.SKILL has unveiled the Trident Z5 Royal series DDR5 memory—a line so opulent it could adorn Trump Tower. With its gold or silver mirrored-finish heatspreaders and dazzling crystalline light bar, this gaudy yet powerful RAM is designed for those who want their PCs to sparkle with luxury.

Trident Z5 Royal marks the return of the popular luxury-class design to the new generation of DDR5 memory under the Trident Z5 design, inheriting from its DDR4 predecessor the lustrous mirrored-finish heatspreader in gold or silver color and a crystalline light bar design for a magnificent display of RGB lighting. Each heatspreader is CNC-cut from aluminum and electroplated for a stunning design befitting its Royal name.

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AiDot launches Linkind SL5 Smart Solar Spotlight for your yard or garden

AiDot, known for its smart home technology, has launched the Linkind SL5 Smart Solar Spotlight. This product combines convenience, intelligence, and eco-friendliness in an easy-to-install device, making it a suitable option for any lawn or garden. Users can benefit from its smart features, solar technology, and straightforward installation along with adjustability and access to 16 million colors.

The SL5 is the first smart solar spotlight to offer group control functionality without the need for hubs or wires. Users can link multiple SL5s and control them simultaneously through the AiDot app, where they can manage color, temperature, brightness, and on-off timing. Additionally, the SL5 can synchronize with music, creating dynamic lighting effects for outdoor events.

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TUXEDO Stellaris Slim 15 Linux ultrabook is powered by AMD or Intel

TUXEDO Computers has unveiled the 6th generation of its Stellaris line with the introduction of the TUXEDO Stellaris Slim 15, a fashionable thin and light gaming ultrabook that prioritizes high performance in a slim and stylish form. This ultrabook is the second of three new releases in the Stellaris Gen6 series.

Weighing just 2.1 kg and boasting a 15.3-inch format, the Stellaris Slim 15 features a high-quality aluminum chassis. Despite its compact footprint of 34.2 x 24.5 cm and a thickness of just 2.2 cm, this Linux laptop integrates upper-class to high-end tier processors from AMD or Intel, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 or 4070 GPUs, up to 64GB (Intel) or 96GB (AMD) of DDR5-5600 RAM, and a maximum capacity 99Wh battery.

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BlueAnt Soundblade under monitor soundbar available now

BlueAnt's Soundblade desktop soundbar, first showcased at CES 2024, is now available for $199.99 from Amazon. Designed to combat the often subpar audio quality of monitor and laptop speakers, the Soundblade promises a convenient and powerful audio solution for desktop setups.

This under-monitor soundbar offers an elegant, space-saving design that integrates seamlessly with any monitor setup. Whether you're gaming, watching movies, streaming YouTube videos, or on conference calls, the Soundblade delivers high-definition, immersive sound with 120 watts of peak power, 2.1 channel sound, and a built-in 80mm neodymium subwoofer.

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HMD Vibe Android 14 smartphone launches for just $150

HMD Global has launched its latest budget-friendly smartphone in the USA, the HMD Vibe, priced at an attractive $149.99. This new entrant in the budget segment looks like a great value -- if its lack of 5G isn’t a dealbreaker.

The HMD Vibe sports a sleek design and is available in a stylish Charcoal color. Measuring 6.45 inches in height, 2.96 inches in width, and 0.33 inches in depth, and weighing just 0.41 pounds, the phone is designed to be both comfortable and easy to handle. Its 6.56-inch display offers a 720 x 1612 resolution with a 20:9 aspect ratio, protected by toughened glass to ensure durability.

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Enhance your ASUS ROG Ally with the SABRENT HB-ROAY USB Type-C 3-Port Gaming Hub

When it comes to portable gaming, the ASUS ROG Ally is a powerhouse. But what if you could make it even better? Enter the Sabrent USB Type-C 3-Port Gaming Hub (HB-ROAY). This sleek, form-fitted accessory is designed specifically for the ASUS ROG Ally, offering a perfect blend of functionality and portability.

The Sabrent Gaming Hub is a plug-and-play device, meaning no drivers are needed. Simply attach it to your ASUS ROG Ally and enjoy immediate access to multiple ports. This hub features two USB-A ports, ideal for connecting portable storage, keyboards, mice, and more. Additionally, it includes an upstream USB-C port that connects directly to the Ally, providing high-speed data transfer at up to 5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1x1).

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Sonos Ace: The headphones of your dreams are now a reality

Sonos has announced the launch of its first-ever headphones, the Sonos Ace. Known for its developments in sound technology, Sonos is now expanding its audio expertise to headphones. Sonos fans are surely quite excited to finally have headphones from the company, as this has been a long-awaited addition to its product lineup.

The Sonos Ace is an over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone featuring lossless and spatial audio, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and Aware Mode. The headphones also offer a home theater experience with Sonos’ new TrueCinema technology.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 7th Edition and Surface Pro 11th Edition Copilot+ PCs running Windows 11

Microsoft has introduced two new Copilot+ PCs, the Surface Laptop 7th Edition and Surface Pro 11th Edition, designed primarily for business customers. Equipped with Snapdragon X Elite and Plus processors and running Windows 11 Pro, these devices promise faster performance and improved AI capabilities compared to the MacBook Air. The new Copilot+ PCs feature integrated NPUs, offering AI-driven tools like Recall, Live Captions with Translations, and Windows Studio Effects, which streamline daily tasks and improve collaboration.

The Surface Laptop 7th Edition offers impressive features such as brighter displays with thin bezels, enhanced connectivity with Wi-Fi 7, up to 22 hours of battery life, and multiple port options. Available in 13.8” and 15” sizes, it combines visual clarity with portability. The Surface Studio Camera and AI-powered Windows Studio Effects ensure clear and confident video calls, while the Omnisonic Speakers and AI-enhanced Studio Mics improve audio quality.

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BenQ launches W5800 4K home theater projector with HDR-Pro for $5,999

BenQ has launched its latest 4K home theater projector, the W5800. This new model showcases BenQ's exclusive CinematicColor and advanced HDR-Pro technology, providing a true 4K UHD experience with 8.3 million pixels. It stands out as the only 4K home cinema projector to achieve 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy, making it an essential upgrade for home theater enthusiasts.

The W5800 comes with individual factory calibration reports that ensure 100% Rec. 709 Delta E<2 and optimized DCI-P3 color table, delivering true Hollywood colors. The projector's HDR-Pro technology enhances dynamic contrast, featuring Blue Laser Dimming and Dynamic Black Technology to improve light and dark scenes in HDR mode. The Local Contrast Enhancer adjusts gamma for each scene, while HDR10+ technology optimizes each frame with dynamic metadata.

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Lenovo reveals AI-powered Yoga Slim 7x and ThinkPad T14s Gen 6 Windows 11 Copilot+ PCs with Snapdragon X Elite

Today, Lenovo announces the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x and Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 6, marking the debut of its next-generation AI PCs powered by the Snapdragon X Elite processor. As the PC industry transitions into the artificial intelligence era, Lenovo aims to redefine personalization in personal computing with these new offerings. These NGAIPCs combine intelligent software-powered local processing, increased productivity, creativity, and security to deliver an enhanced user experience.

The Yoga Slim 7x and ThinkPad T14s Gen 6 are equipped with Qualcomm Technologies’ new Snapdragon X Elite processor, which features the 12-core Qualcomm Oryon CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, and a dedicated Qualcomm Hexagon NPU (neural processing unit). This combination promises leading PC performance per watt and up to 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS) in AI NPU processing. Users can now access Large Language Model (LLM) capabilities even offline, enhancing productivity and creativity without relying on an internet connection.

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Acer unveils Swift 14 AI Windows 11 Copilot+ PC powered by Snapdragon

Acer has launched its first Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI laptop, marking a new era of AI-enhanced computing. Encased in a thin-and-light aluminum chassis, the Swift 14 AI features optimized AI capabilities for productivity and mobility.

The laptop is powered by Snapdragon X Series platforms, featuring an integrated NPU capable of 45 Trillions of Operations Per Second (TOPS). This supercharges the Swift 14 AI to deliver a significant leap in performance, all-day battery life, and advanced AI experiences. Running on Windows 11, the Swift 14 AI supports next-generation AI features including Recall, Cocreator, Live Captions, new Windows Studio Effects, and Auto Super Resolution.

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MX Linux 23.3 Libretto: Why you should switch from Microsoft Windows 11

MX Linux has released version 23.3 "Libretto," a fresh update to its MX-23 series (download here). For those already running MX-23, there's no need for a complete reinstall, as all updates are available through the regular update channels. This third refresh brings a host of bug fixes, kernel updates, and application enhancements, making it a compelling choice for users considering a switch from Windows 11.

MX-23.3 is based on Debian 12.5 "bookworm," ensuring a stable and reliable foundation. Among the notable updates, the inclusion of the "build-essential" packages stands out. This feature, previously available in MX-23.2, is crucial for users needing to compile drivers without internet access.

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TerraMaster D8 Hybrid lets you easily add tons of storage to Windows, macOS, and Linux computers

TerraMaster has launched an exciting Kickstarter campaign for its D8 Hybrid, a versatile 8-bay storage solution designed for professionals needing massive data capacity and speed. Best of all, you can score one for under $200 if you act fast!

The D8 Hybrid supports both 3.5-inch SATA drives and M.2 NVMe SSDs, offering a perfect blend of high storage volume and fast data transfer. With Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, it promises rapid access and impressive performance, making it an ideal choice for video editors, photographers, and other creative professionals.

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Winamp goes open source

Winamp, the iconic music player that defined a generation, is opening its source code, inviting developers worldwide to contribute to its evolution. This could mean a new era for the beloved software, fostering global collaboration to enhance and innovate its features.

On September 24, 2024, Winamp's source code will become available to developers globally. This move will enable the entire community to participate in its development, allowing experts and enthusiasts to bring their ideas and passion to the table. By opening its code, Winamp aims to build on its rich legacy, transforming from a simple music player into a digital culture icon.

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