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Lenovo is excited about the company’s annual Tech World event in Beijing, and has spilled the beans early on a few of the new offerings that will be available soon. Among the offerings are two new media workstations, the Z41 and Z51, and a new budget laptop, the IdeaPad 100.

With a base price of $499, there’s some really solid value to be had from the Lenovo Z41 and Z51. Both systems are available with 5th generation Intel Core i7 processors and Windows 8.1, with the capacity for up to 16GB of RAM. You have a wide array of storage options, with up to one terabyte in either mechanical or solid state drives.

The main difference between the Z41 and Z51 is the display size, with the Z41 sporting a 14-inch display, and the Z51 offering an extra inch. Both displays have a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. The Z51 also can power the display with an upgrade to an AMD R9-M375, while the Z41 tops out at the R7-M360.

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The inaugural Lenovo Tech World event is set to kick off on May 28 in Beijing. Lenovo aims to use the event to show off its vision for how computing technology will develop over the next five years, but the company also has some more immediate announcements to share.

Lenovo has revealed a few limited details for three new low-cost consumer notebooks: the entry-level Ideapad 100, the 14-inch Z41 and the larger size Z51 with optional 3D camera. The new notebooks are aimed at giving a boost to Lenovo's lead in the global PC market, which shrank slightly in the fourth quarter to 19.5 percent from 20 percent in the previous quarter.

ideapad-100-15.jpgThe 15-inch Ideapad 100. Lenovo

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Inside The DigitalFocus Spring Technology Showcase

Cox and TiVo have been making noise about joining forces and making the cable provider's extensive Video-On-Demand catalog available on retail TiVo set-tops for nearly five years now. Following a recent post by ZatzNotFunny, however, Cox confirmed earlier today that the integration will finally be taking place in "early July." But don't get excited just yet -- the initial rollout will only be available to specific IP-connected customers in Orange County, California.

Specifically, Cox spokesman Todd Smith states that the service will initially be offered to digital TiVo customers who subscribe to Cox's video digital or "Essential" high-speed internet tiers and higher. The service is expected to continue rolling out nationwide shortly thereafter. TiVo, which recently announced ongoing VOD agreements with both Virgin Media and Vodaphone, is also reportedly working to add Cox VOD support to its Premiere and Roamio set-top models. Those boxes will offer Cox's VOD in the same manner as other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

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Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference on Tuesday, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the ephemeral messaging firm is tossing around the idea of ditching its familiar hold-to-view user interface, a change that could help pave the way for an Apple Watch app version.

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When asked about a Snapchat app for Watch, Spiegel said he considered developing a lightweight version for launch alongside the device, but ultimately held off on development, Re/code reports.

"It has to be a totally unique experience," Spiegel said.

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When a startup’s $10 million in funding is followed two months later by a further $41 million, it’s safe to say they’re tapping into a trend. In the case of Rubrik, that trend is enterprise data management.

Promising an all-in-one approach to enterprise backup and recovery, Rubrik announced its Converged Data Management platform in late March along with its initial funding. Introduced at the time via an early-access program, Rubrik’s technology aims to “eliminate backup software” by fusing enterprise data management with Web-scale IT.

On Tuesday, Rubrik announced the $41 million Series B portion of its funding along with the general availability of its r300 Series hybrid cloud appliance. The Rubrik r300, a 2U unit containing up to four x86 nodes, comes pre-configured with the Rubrik Converged Data Management software.

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Snapchat considering changing or eliminating push-to-view feature.

Snapchat is one of tech’s most-talked-about startups — it’s serving up content, it’s popular with the teens, and it’s finally making some money (which is good since Snapchat also appears to be taking investor money hand over fist).

At Snapchat’s helm is 24-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel, who’s opening Re/code‘s annual Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

What’s new with Snapchat? What’s the deal with Discover? And why has the company had difficulty holding onto some of its top executives? Re/code Co-Executive Editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg are about to sit down with Spiegel to find out.

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The Battle Room Workspace

Today’s featured workspace comes to us from the battlestations subreddit, but this is no ordinary battlestation. It’s more like a battle room or a shrine to all things gaming and geeky.

Redditor rykker’s battlestation takes up one corner of the basement. Look at the other side of it (with gaming table and arcade):

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"Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal law."

Que patents on minig asteroids in 3, 2, 1...

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After the Flood, around 4,300 years ago, the remnant of the land animals, including dinosaurs, came off the Ark and lived in the present world, along with people. Because of sin, the judgments of the Curse and the Flood have greatly changed earth. Post-Flood climatic change, lack of food, disease, and manâ(TM)s activities caused many types of animals to become extinct. The dinosaurs, like many other creatures, died out. Why the big mystery about dinosaurs?

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David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson seem as psyched that X-Files is returning as the series' superfans. Actually, maybe they are the show's biggest superfans.

First the pair staged a very public kiss, now David Duchovny has admitted that reading the new script made him very emotional.

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The US Air Force has certified SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch military and spy satellites, according to Reuters. Currently, the control of those launches is dominated by the United Launch Alliance, a Boeing and Lockheed Martin consortium.

Elon Musk and SpaceX spent two years and more than $60 million to acquire the certification. The company will now compete for about one-third of these launches, as it will apparently won't be able to launch the largest satellites until its bigger rocket — the Falcon Heavy — is built, tested, and certified on its own.

The heated battle between SpaceX and the ULA gets hotter

The battle between SpaceX and the ULA was heated long before today's certification. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, criticized the cost of the ULA's launches in front of Congress in March. "I don’t know how to build a $400 million rocket," she said. "Rather than [ask] how am I less expensive than ULA, I don’t understand how ULA is as expensive as they are." In January, SpaceX settled a lawsuit against the Air Force that argued the ULA held a monopoly on the market.

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According to the Associated Press, the IRS has disclosed a hack where blackhats "used an online service provided by the agency" to access data for more than 100,000 taxpayers.

The IRS issued a statement today saying the compromised system was "Get Transcript." The AP reports thieves were able to bypass the security screen requiring user information such as SSN, date of birth, and street address. The IRS has shut down the service currently, and it claims "Get Transcript" was targeted for more than two months between February and mid-May.

Thus far, neither the AP nor the IRS has detailed exactly what information was obtained by hackers ("tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS," according to the AP). Precisely how the attackers were able to bypass the necessary login screen has not been revealed at this time either.

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Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision today, bringing the company’s expertise on recreating real-time 3D representations of the outside world into virtualized environments. This means making things like virtual telepresence possible, letting you “be there” without actually being there.

Based on info shared by Surreal Vision regarding the acquisition, it sounds like this will help fuel Oculus’ foray into mixed reality. Mixed reality combines live, real-world content with virtualized additions, as is perhaps most notably demonstrated by Microsoft’s HoloLens project.

Since the Oculus Rift presents a completely enclosed headset with an entirely virtualized environment, the conditions required to make this perfectly emulate the outside real world are more stringent than with Microsoft’s system, where you’re literally seeing your surroundings at the same time an overlay is projected on top. Surreal Vision’s goal at Oculus is to perfectly, continuously capture and reconstruct the outside world in the virtual environment, to the extent that a user wouldn’t be able to distinguish between the two experiences.

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Comcast’s plan to acquire Time Warner Cable is dead. But the march towards consolidation continues thanks to broadband company Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $78 billion in cash and stock, well over the $45.2 billion Comcast offered.

The deal, along with Charter’s planned acquisition of smaller cable provider Bright House Networks, could create the second largest broadband Internet provider in the country. The combined companies will be renamed New Charter, announced in a press release today. Charter CEO Tom Rutledge will be CEO and president of New Charter, if the deals are approved.

Today Charter is the third-largest cable Internet provider in the country, according to the non-profit organization BroadbandNow. Time Warner Cable is the second largest, and Bright House is the sixth. Based on data published by research firm Leichtman Research Group, New Charter would have around 18 million internet subscribers, putting it behind Comcast’s 22 million but ahead of AT&T’s 16 million subscribers. A merged Time Warner and Charter wouldn’t top Comcast, but their combined heft could set the stage for something resembling a true rivalry, although they still wouldn’t compete directly in that many markets.

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And Now IKEA Is Making Sofas Out of Paper

This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that’s made out of paper. That’s right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be molded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.

We’re not just talking about bookshelves for college dorm rooms. In two years, IKEA plans to launch a line of paper-made furniture that includes a sofa, a chair, tables, and some zany stools. And yes, there are some bookshelves, too. I recently saw—and sat on—prototypes for several of the pieces at IKEA’s headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden. The company was hosting its second ever Democratic Design Day and had set up a bazaar of sorts to show off its favorite projects for a group of international journalists. While some of the items we’d seen that day were headed to stores later this summer, these projects had longer runways. Some wouldn’t be seen by the public for years. And, of course, there was always the chance that IKEA would decide to abandon the designs altogether.

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Forget about a 10-year reunion, Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series is taking the prequel approach to the surreal 2001 camp comedy. Officially called Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode series takes place when the name suggests, whereas the original movie took place on the last day of camp.

If you’re trying to figure out exactly how that all works chronologically, co-creator and director of the original film David Wain broke it down. “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a prequel to the original movie,” he said. “In real life we’re 15 years older but in the show we’re playing two months younger. The movie took place on the last day of camp in the summer of 1981. The show takes place on the first day.”

Returning cast members include Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Zack Orth, AD Miles, Marisa Ryan, Judah Friedlander, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Lo Truglio and Kevin Sussman. They will be joined be newcomers like Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Wiig, Jayma Mays, Randall Park, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel.

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D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is a wonderfully strange detective game with a twist: There's a bullet lodged in your skull that allows you to touch certain objects and travel back in their timelines, to places and events pivotal to their existence. As a hardened Boston investigator, you're searching for the people who brutally killed your wife a few years ago, and along the way you run into a foul, potentially supernatural criminal organization. When D4 launched in 2014, it was exclusive to Xbox One and was a surprisingly successful Kinect game, using voice and motion controls in fun and immersive ways. Now, it's heading to PC on June 5th, priced at $15 on Steam, GOG, Playism and the Humble Store.

D4 creator Hidetaka Suehiro, who goes by "Swery," announced the PC version back in April, but provided few details at the time. Now, we know that D4 will hit PC with a lineup of changes, including all Xbox DLC, the option to play at 60FPS, and no more motion and voice controls. See the full change list below, provided by developer Access Games, and prepare yourself for mind-melting wackiness.

Kinect control functionality has been removed. Instead, the entire game can be played using only the mouse.
  ・Hand Cursor movement/selecting
  ・Grab controls
  ・Push controls
  ・Direction changes
  ・Posture changes
  ・Selecting/canceling
  ・Interactions

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With only 137 examples of the Shelby GT350 and only 37 units of the hotter GT350R built for the 2015 model year, interested buyers have been anxiously awaiting the 2016 model year and its pricing for a better chance to scoop up the most track-capable production Mustang ever.

Pricing information for the 2016 GT350’s has been leaked ahead of an official announcement thanks to a popular Mustang forum. There will only be a few options for both the GT350 and the “R” variant, and they won’t come cheap.

The 2016 Shelby GT350 will start at $48,695 including destination (but not the gas guzzler tax). The more track-focused GT350R will be an additional $13,500, bringing the MSRP to $62,195.

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Could Google roll out two new successors to the Nexus 6 this year? CNET

Google may roll out two Nexus phones this year -- but no Nexus tablet.

Made by LG, one new Nexus phone codenamed the LG Angler would offer a 5.2-inch screen, according to Android Police. The other phone, manufactured by Chinese vendor Huawei and given a code name of Bullhead, would reportedly sport a 5.7-inch display.

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