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Charles Rodriguez 2017-05-30
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On the show floor of Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, I was distracted by flashing lights and magnets.

The source of the luminous nerd catnip was the Allocacoc booth, a Netherlands-based design firm, showing off a wide range of... well, the best word for the varied products is a non-descript "stuff".

They were showing off stuff, ranging from smart, modular power adaptors to wallets to pillows.

The common thread, co-founder Arthur Limpens tells me, is they want to be the new standard in design.

Their name speaks to that (it's "Coca Cola" backwards).

In addition to their own power-based offerings, including the modular Powercube and gesture-controlled lights, they've also launched Designnest, a crowd-funded initiative focused on manufacturing those products that tend to die slow deaths at the hands of reality on Kickstarter.

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Donald Ellison 2016-06-02
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This year was all about power

The 36th Computex has returned with a bang in Taipei, Taiwan, unleashing some of the most powerful desktop PCs and gaming laptops we've ever seen.

Vendors including Nvidia, AMD and Intel have been pushing their next-generation processors and graphics cards, resulting in one of the most interesting events in years.

Need an SSD the size of a fingernail?

How about a backpack to go with your HTC Vive and VR-ready gaming PC?

Computex currently has two of them doing the rounds.

Click or tap on ahead to take a look at some of the best pieces of hardware from the show floor.

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David Erb 2017-10-25
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UK price (as reviewed): £59.99 (inc. VAT)

US price (as reviewed): $79.99 (exc.

While it wasn't the most innovative chassis, it was at least relevant and well made.

As an entry-level mid-tower, the P8 finds itself in a saturated market, but with an attractive £60 price tag, a tempered glass side panel, and three pre-installed white LED 120mm fans, it definitely ranks highly already on the value front.

Attempting to go bold with your design at a price point like this usually results in copious plastic and a disappointing outcome, so we're happy Antec has played it safe aesthetically, as it's better to blend in with the crowd than stand out for the wrong reasons – it looks just like we would expect an entry-level mid-tower in 2017 to look.

Given its price, it's also not bad on the build quality front, with the tempered glass side panel and outer metal coating on the plastic front panel adding rigidity.

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Scott Mayle 2016-06-03
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The first is its modular keyboard called Defiant.

It s called the Morph, and it takes the modular keyboard concept and shoehorns it into a mouse.

The switches and weights are hidden under a panel that s magnetically attached, and doesn t come off too easily even during more intense movements.

Sort this niggle out and you have a fantastic PC gaming accessory.

I hope when it goes on sale there will be an option for a switch with a bit more feedback.

Related: Computex 2016 highlights

I tried one of the switches and I have to say I wasn t completely convinced: there was a fairly large deadzone where nothing happened at all, and then the notches of pressure didn t go up particularly smoothly.

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0
Frederick Jones 2017-05-30
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p Here at Computex 2017, Taiwan is getting a taste of the absolute best the computing world will soon have to offer.

One key theme of the show is undoubtedly thinner and lighter gaming laptops by way of Nvidia’s new Max-Q design, and the Asus ROG Zephyrus seems to be leading the pack.

An 18mm-thin, 15.6-inch gaming laptop rocking an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics chip, the Zephyrus defies expectations through the gaming hardware firm’s new Max-Q design platform.

It also manages to look absolutely gorgeous in an all-metallic frame.

But, don’t take our word for it, Matt Hanson has the full take in our hands-on Asus ROG Zephyrus review.

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Jeanne Hoffman 2017-05-29
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p is kicking off once again in Taipei, Taiwan, and CNET is on the ground, braving the humidity, ready to bring you all the big news.

Unlike CES in Las Vegas, which catches the whole tech industry in its massive net, or next month's E3, which zeroes in on gaming for three days in LA, Computex is all about PCs and peripherals.

That means the show sees big announcements and shiny new gadgets from the likes of Asus, Intel, Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, Nvidia and plenty more, as well as the odd surprise from lesser-known names.

And the world will be watching this week.

With the conventional PC market lagging, the world's big brands need to get you spending and they'll be turning to the enthusiast market and high-end applications to generate buzz.

Taiwan local HTC doesn't have a formal presence at the show, but that doesn't mean we won't see its Vive VR tech on the show floor alongside plenty of other VR demos.

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0
Eddie Waldo 2017-05-29
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p Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year?

Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones.

Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook Flip S and the ZenBook Pro UX550.

Both laptops are very slim and lightweight.

Asus claims the ZenBook Flip S is “the world’s thinnest convertible laptop.” It weighs in at just 1.1kg and is only 10.9mm thick (Asus’ press materials compared it to the HP Spectre x360, which weighs 1.29kg and is 13.8mm thick, and the MacBook Air at 1.35kg and 17mm).

The ZenBook Flip S’s 13.3in 4K touchscreen display can flip 360 degrees, while its specs–an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD–should ensure a fast performance.

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Melvin Bailey 2017-06-01
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Maciel Barreto's cyborg torso with alien pilot is an 80 percent handmade design, on show at the Gigabyte display.

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

collect
0
Robbie Kromer 2016-05-31
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Asus' ROG Avalon concept attempts to improve upon the various modular PC designs that have crashed and burned in the past, but so far has not release date announced.

Asus's Republic of Gamers ROG arm has taken an aggressive stance at this year's Computex show, annoucning a wealth of products including a prototype for what the company describes as a 'motherboard/chassis hybrid.'

Announced by Asus chairperson Jonney Shih, who described himself as being 'incredibly proud of ROG s achievements over its first 10 years,' the ROG Avalon is claimed to be the company's 'first step to our vision of the future of DIY.'

Like several modular designs before it, the Avalon does away with inserting individual circuit boards into a motherboard; instead, the SSD, PSU ,and graphics adapter are housed in modules which connect to a combined motherboard and case.

Based on Intel's Z170 chipset, the machine also includes modular rear input-output for customised connectivity.

While the Avalon was by far the most ambitious product on show, Asus also announced several other devices which will make it to market considerably sooner: the ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, based on Intel's X99 chipset; the ROG G31 Edition 10, described as the world's most powerful compact gaming desktop and featuring the option of dual-Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in two-way SLI; the ROG GX800 gaming laptop, an upgraded GX700 featuring an improved liquid-cooled dociking station and a mechanical keyboard the company calls Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming or MechTAG; the ROG Centurion 7.1-channel gaming headset; the ROG XG Station 2 external graphics dock, which includes four USB 3.0 ports for VR hardware; and a Strix variant of the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

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Peter Garvey 2017-05-31
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p 's next best thing for fast, high-performance gaming could be yours for as little as $1,200 (that roughly converts to £937 or AU$1610).

The company unveiled its new Max-Q technology at Computex in Taipei this week, saying it will bring the "maximum performance at the maximum energy efficiency point" for gaming notebooks.

With all that efficiency Max-Q will make things much, much thinner too.

Best of all, Nvidia says you won't have to break the bank to get those improvements.

Speaking to a small media gathering in Taipei today, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the technology would be "very well priced.

"My expectation is that gaming notebooks [with Max-Q] will have a range anywhere from $1,200 all the way to something north of $2,000," he said.

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William Garza 2017-06-10
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Asus CEO Jerry Shen has told Taiwanese site Digitimes that the first device of the Zenfone 4 family will be unveiled at the end of July.

We had initially been expecting the new devices to make an appearance during Computex 2017, like the Zenfone 3 was last year, but the company reportedly held them back for a last minute “design overhaul and efficiency upgrades”.

The delay will cost Asus in the short term, with Shen expecting an operating loss in the first half of the year.

But the improvements being made will hopefully put the Zenfone 4 in a better position against surging Chinese smartphone competition.

With that in mind, Shen expects Asus to run a profit by the end of the year.

While the vast majority of its specs are still unknown, the 5.5-inch Zenfone 4 will arrive first, followed by other variants in the months to come.

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Charles Janow 2016-06-02
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You re almost guaranteed to experience déjà vu while wandering the halls of Computex.

At times, two or three booths sit side-by-side, keyboards glistening under harsh showfloor lamps.

In his opinion, the PC would soon be replaced by more intuitive devices, like tablets.

Keyboard sales have skyrocketed ever since.

Keyboard magic

Jobs belief in the post-PC era continues to hold sway to this day, and it s true that the volume of PCs sold has gone down in recent years.

Today, a high schooler can put out more text in an hour than a 12th-century monk could in a year.

collect
0
Calvin Muchow 2019-05-30

I’ve seen a whole bunch of keyboards this week at Computex Taipei, but none quite so opulent as this exclusive offering from HyperX.

As part of a collaboration with Swarovski, which it should be noted is far from a newcomer to the whole sticking-crystals-on-random-gadgets thing, the gaming accessory maker has designed a keyboard with bedazzled WASD and number keycaps.

I used the keyboard briefly and I don’t know if I’d say that the crystal glass felt particularly premium, but the jewel-encrusted keycaps did have a nice grip to them, if that’s what you’re into.

If you wanted to experience an even greater rush of superiority after headshotting an opponent in Overwatch, I suppose this might do the job.

HyperX also made a matching headset, as well as one for the PS4:

And there’s also a mouse to go with the keyboard, though I’m not convinced the crystals are located in the most comfortable spot.

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Glenn Vedder 2017-06-20
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This bit of real DIY required an actual adult, so I, of course, asked my dad to come around and help (using beers as a bribe).

But it got me thinking – fences are a rather dumb piece of engineering.

This idea was quickly discarded once I remembered that I actually quite like my neighbours and don’t want to kill them, plus the running costs would have an astronomical effect on my electricity bill.

But what about if I used my fence not to kill and maim, but to better humanity?

Perhaps the posts those panels are attached to could have air quality and pollen sensors built in, along with temperature and weather gauges to help you plan your gardening.

Of course, putting small computers into fence posts will make the already-expensive procedure of putting up a fence even more expensive – even before you budget for bribery beers.

collect
0
William Cutright 2017-05-02
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p Facebook Is In Hot Water - What's An 80% Error Between 'Friends?'

Visitors walk past the Advanced Micro Devices booth at the Computex Taipei 2014 in Taiwan

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su is still in the midst of setting the chipmaker straight.

The first part of her strategy: providing real competition with Intel processors in the PC and server markets.

It kicked things off well earlier this year with the launch of its Ryzen processors for desktop PCs.

Its stock rose rapidly with this renewed focus.

collect
0
Phillip Willis 2017-05-31
img

p HP first announced earlier this month that it would be building a Cortana speaker just days after the Harmon Kardon Invoke was shown off.

At the time, the concept was very under wraps, but at today's keynote address at the Computex conference, Microsoft unveiled some artist renders of the device.

The speaker will serve as an input device for Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant, which looks to be making yet another play for the smart home -- territory firmly held by Amazon's Alexa and Google Home.

Microsoft's party line at the conference was getting Cortana everywhere across a network of connected devices.

Check out more of CNET's Computex 2017 coverage here.

collect
0
Charles Rodriguez 2017-05-30
img

On the show floor of Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, I was distracted by flashing lights and magnets.

The source of the luminous nerd catnip was the Allocacoc booth, a Netherlands-based design firm, showing off a wide range of... well, the best word for the varied products is a non-descript "stuff".

They were showing off stuff, ranging from smart, modular power adaptors to wallets to pillows.

The common thread, co-founder Arthur Limpens tells me, is they want to be the new standard in design.

Their name speaks to that (it's "Coca Cola" backwards).

In addition to their own power-based offerings, including the modular Powercube and gesture-controlled lights, they've also launched Designnest, a crowd-funded initiative focused on manufacturing those products that tend to die slow deaths at the hands of reality on Kickstarter.

David Erb 2017-10-25
img

UK price (as reviewed): £59.99 (inc. VAT)

US price (as reviewed): $79.99 (exc.

While it wasn't the most innovative chassis, it was at least relevant and well made.

As an entry-level mid-tower, the P8 finds itself in a saturated market, but with an attractive £60 price tag, a tempered glass side panel, and three pre-installed white LED 120mm fans, it definitely ranks highly already on the value front.

Attempting to go bold with your design at a price point like this usually results in copious plastic and a disappointing outcome, so we're happy Antec has played it safe aesthetically, as it's better to blend in with the crowd than stand out for the wrong reasons – it looks just like we would expect an entry-level mid-tower in 2017 to look.

Given its price, it's also not bad on the build quality front, with the tempered glass side panel and outer metal coating on the plastic front panel adding rigidity.

Frederick Jones 2017-05-30
img

p Here at Computex 2017, Taiwan is getting a taste of the absolute best the computing world will soon have to offer.

One key theme of the show is undoubtedly thinner and lighter gaming laptops by way of Nvidia’s new Max-Q design, and the Asus ROG Zephyrus seems to be leading the pack.

An 18mm-thin, 15.6-inch gaming laptop rocking an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics chip, the Zephyrus defies expectations through the gaming hardware firm’s new Max-Q design platform.

It also manages to look absolutely gorgeous in an all-metallic frame.

But, don’t take our word for it, Matt Hanson has the full take in our hands-on Asus ROG Zephyrus review.

Eddie Waldo 2017-05-29
img

p Remember Zenbo, the cute humanoid robot that stole the show at Asus’ Computex press conference last year?

Zenbo was absent from the stage this year, as were ZenFones.

Instead, in an unusual departure for the event, which took place today in Taipei, Taiwan, the focus was solely on Asus’ new laptops, with the spotlight shining on the newest additions to its ZenBook line: the ZenBook Flip S and the ZenBook Pro UX550.

Both laptops are very slim and lightweight.

Asus claims the ZenBook Flip S is “the world’s thinnest convertible laptop.” It weighs in at just 1.1kg and is only 10.9mm thick (Asus’ press materials compared it to the HP Spectre x360, which weighs 1.29kg and is 13.8mm thick, and the MacBook Air at 1.35kg and 17mm).

The ZenBook Flip S’s 13.3in 4K touchscreen display can flip 360 degrees, while its specs–an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD–should ensure a fast performance.

Robbie Kromer 2016-05-31
img

Asus' ROG Avalon concept attempts to improve upon the various modular PC designs that have crashed and burned in the past, but so far has not release date announced.

Asus's Republic of Gamers ROG arm has taken an aggressive stance at this year's Computex show, annoucning a wealth of products including a prototype for what the company describes as a 'motherboard/chassis hybrid.'

Announced by Asus chairperson Jonney Shih, who described himself as being 'incredibly proud of ROG s achievements over its first 10 years,' the ROG Avalon is claimed to be the company's 'first step to our vision of the future of DIY.'

Like several modular designs before it, the Avalon does away with inserting individual circuit boards into a motherboard; instead, the SSD, PSU ,and graphics adapter are housed in modules which connect to a combined motherboard and case.

Based on Intel's Z170 chipset, the machine also includes modular rear input-output for customised connectivity.

While the Avalon was by far the most ambitious product on show, Asus also announced several other devices which will make it to market considerably sooner: the ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, based on Intel's X99 chipset; the ROG G31 Edition 10, described as the world's most powerful compact gaming desktop and featuring the option of dual-Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in two-way SLI; the ROG GX800 gaming laptop, an upgraded GX700 featuring an improved liquid-cooled dociking station and a mechanical keyboard the company calls Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming or MechTAG; the ROG Centurion 7.1-channel gaming headset; the ROG XG Station 2 external graphics dock, which includes four USB 3.0 ports for VR hardware; and a Strix variant of the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

William Garza 2017-06-10
img

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has told Taiwanese site Digitimes that the first device of the Zenfone 4 family will be unveiled at the end of July.

We had initially been expecting the new devices to make an appearance during Computex 2017, like the Zenfone 3 was last year, but the company reportedly held them back for a last minute “design overhaul and efficiency upgrades”.

The delay will cost Asus in the short term, with Shen expecting an operating loss in the first half of the year.

But the improvements being made will hopefully put the Zenfone 4 in a better position against surging Chinese smartphone competition.

With that in mind, Shen expects Asus to run a profit by the end of the year.

While the vast majority of its specs are still unknown, the 5.5-inch Zenfone 4 will arrive first, followed by other variants in the months to come.

Calvin Muchow 2019-05-30

I’ve seen a whole bunch of keyboards this week at Computex Taipei, but none quite so opulent as this exclusive offering from HyperX.

As part of a collaboration with Swarovski, which it should be noted is far from a newcomer to the whole sticking-crystals-on-random-gadgets thing, the gaming accessory maker has designed a keyboard with bedazzled WASD and number keycaps.

I used the keyboard briefly and I don’t know if I’d say that the crystal glass felt particularly premium, but the jewel-encrusted keycaps did have a nice grip to them, if that’s what you’re into.

If you wanted to experience an even greater rush of superiority after headshotting an opponent in Overwatch, I suppose this might do the job.

HyperX also made a matching headset, as well as one for the PS4:

And there’s also a mouse to go with the keyboard, though I’m not convinced the crystals are located in the most comfortable spot.

William Cutright 2017-05-02
img

p Facebook Is In Hot Water - What's An 80% Error Between 'Friends?'

Visitors walk past the Advanced Micro Devices booth at the Computex Taipei 2014 in Taiwan

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su is still in the midst of setting the chipmaker straight.

The first part of her strategy: providing real competition with Intel processors in the PC and server markets.

It kicked things off well earlier this year with the launch of its Ryzen processors for desktop PCs.

Its stock rose rapidly with this renewed focus.

Donald Ellison 2016-06-02
img

This year was all about power

The 36th Computex has returned with a bang in Taipei, Taiwan, unleashing some of the most powerful desktop PCs and gaming laptops we've ever seen.

Vendors including Nvidia, AMD and Intel have been pushing their next-generation processors and graphics cards, resulting in one of the most interesting events in years.

Need an SSD the size of a fingernail?

How about a backpack to go with your HTC Vive and VR-ready gaming PC?

Computex currently has two of them doing the rounds.

Click or tap on ahead to take a look at some of the best pieces of hardware from the show floor.

Scott Mayle 2016-06-03
img

The first is its modular keyboard called Defiant.

It s called the Morph, and it takes the modular keyboard concept and shoehorns it into a mouse.

The switches and weights are hidden under a panel that s magnetically attached, and doesn t come off too easily even during more intense movements.

Sort this niggle out and you have a fantastic PC gaming accessory.

I hope when it goes on sale there will be an option for a switch with a bit more feedback.

Related: Computex 2016 highlights

I tried one of the switches and I have to say I wasn t completely convinced: there was a fairly large deadzone where nothing happened at all, and then the notches of pressure didn t go up particularly smoothly.

Jeanne Hoffman 2017-05-29
img

p is kicking off once again in Taipei, Taiwan, and CNET is on the ground, braving the humidity, ready to bring you all the big news.

Unlike CES in Las Vegas, which catches the whole tech industry in its massive net, or next month's E3, which zeroes in on gaming for three days in LA, Computex is all about PCs and peripherals.

That means the show sees big announcements and shiny new gadgets from the likes of Asus, Intel, Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, Nvidia and plenty more, as well as the odd surprise from lesser-known names.

And the world will be watching this week.

With the conventional PC market lagging, the world's big brands need to get you spending and they'll be turning to the enthusiast market and high-end applications to generate buzz.

Taiwan local HTC doesn't have a formal presence at the show, but that doesn't mean we won't see its Vive VR tech on the show floor alongside plenty of other VR demos.

Melvin Bailey 2017-06-01
img

Maciel Barreto's cyborg torso with alien pilot is an 80 percent handmade design, on show at the Gigabyte display.

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Peter Garvey 2017-05-31
img

p 's next best thing for fast, high-performance gaming could be yours for as little as $1,200 (that roughly converts to £937 or AU$1610).

The company unveiled its new Max-Q technology at Computex in Taipei this week, saying it will bring the "maximum performance at the maximum energy efficiency point" for gaming notebooks.

With all that efficiency Max-Q will make things much, much thinner too.

Best of all, Nvidia says you won't have to break the bank to get those improvements.

Speaking to a small media gathering in Taipei today, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the technology would be "very well priced.

"My expectation is that gaming notebooks [with Max-Q] will have a range anywhere from $1,200 all the way to something north of $2,000," he said.

Charles Janow 2016-06-02
img

You re almost guaranteed to experience déjà vu while wandering the halls of Computex.

At times, two or three booths sit side-by-side, keyboards glistening under harsh showfloor lamps.

In his opinion, the PC would soon be replaced by more intuitive devices, like tablets.

Keyboard sales have skyrocketed ever since.

Keyboard magic

Jobs belief in the post-PC era continues to hold sway to this day, and it s true that the volume of PCs sold has gone down in recent years.

Today, a high schooler can put out more text in an hour than a 12th-century monk could in a year.

Glenn Vedder 2017-06-20
img

This bit of real DIY required an actual adult, so I, of course, asked my dad to come around and help (using beers as a bribe).

But it got me thinking – fences are a rather dumb piece of engineering.

This idea was quickly discarded once I remembered that I actually quite like my neighbours and don’t want to kill them, plus the running costs would have an astronomical effect on my electricity bill.

But what about if I used my fence not to kill and maim, but to better humanity?

Perhaps the posts those panels are attached to could have air quality and pollen sensors built in, along with temperature and weather gauges to help you plan your gardening.

Of course, putting small computers into fence posts will make the already-expensive procedure of putting up a fence even more expensive – even before you budget for bribery beers.

Phillip Willis 2017-05-31
img

p HP first announced earlier this month that it would be building a Cortana speaker just days after the Harmon Kardon Invoke was shown off.

At the time, the concept was very under wraps, but at today's keynote address at the Computex conference, Microsoft unveiled some artist renders of the device.

The speaker will serve as an input device for Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant, which looks to be making yet another play for the smart home -- territory firmly held by Amazon's Alexa and Google Home.

Microsoft's party line at the conference was getting Cortana everywhere across a network of connected devices.

Check out more of CNET's Computex 2017 coverage here.