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January 3, 2017, 12:45 PM

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Lenovo launches VR-ready Legion gaming notebooks and the $129 Alexa-powered Smart Assistant speaker, updates Thinkpad X1 workstations and Miix detachables  —  Channeling its inner gamer who simultaneously wants a smarter home.  —  LAS VEGAS—Lenovo prepared a few surprises for its CES lineup.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
ASUS updates its ZenBook models, Transformer Pro 2-in-1, three new versions of its Zen AiO all-in-one desktop, and more with Intel's Kaby Lake chips  —  Asus today announced updates to most of its major laptop, 2-in-1, and desktop product lines, incorporating Intel's latest Kaby Lake processor …
Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:
Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: minimal upgrades mean high-end desktop CPU performance remains at a standstill  —  With identical performance to Skylake, Intel brings desktop performance to a standstill.  —  The Intel Core i7-7700K is what happens when a chip company stops trying.
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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Qualcomm inadvertently reveals ASUS ZenFone AR, Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready, and powered by Snapdragon 821  —  Qualcomm has inadvertently published a press release today about the yet-to-be-announced ASUS ZenFone AR.  Billed as the world's first device to be both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready …
Mark Spoonauer / Laptop Mag:
Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at $1K, has compact fanless design, fingerprint reader, support for optional stylus, and decent battery life of about 8.5 hours  —  Pros / Most compact 2-in-1 with 13-inch screen; Comfortable keyboard; Vibrant InfinityEdge display; Impressive audio …
Jemima Kelly / Reuters:
Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years, after a 125% climb during 2016  —  Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016.
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Scribd removes comics from its subscription reading service after adding them in 2015  —  A reader has tipped me to the news that Scribd has quietly removed digital comics from its subscription reading service.  Ten thousand comics had been added in February 2015 when Scribd was still in the upward swing …

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