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What can you expect from Windows 10 S

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During the #MicrosoftEDU event, May 2, 2017, the Redmond-based tech giant revealed its first PC running Windows 10 S, a scaled-back version of its operating system aimed primarily at students. Other compatible devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba are expected soon at highly competitive prices. So what does Windows 10 S have to offer users on a budget. Windows 10 S is a specific, pared-down version of the Windows 10 Pro operating system. This OS only supports applications available via the Windows Store. Anyone needing to use professional tools or non-Store software will need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Note that Edge is the default internet browser. This streamlined OS promises security and performance and adds to new option to the range previously comprising only Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, the area around a star where water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.

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Is Microsoft back in the game again?

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Is Microsoft back in the game again?

We ask ourselves this question once every year, laugh and then go back to whatever else is worth the hype. The only exception is probably the Surface by Microsoft; which is a godsend. The Surface Studio launched on 26 October and our jaws dropped. The sleek design, the alluring curves, a 28-inch touch display – are certainly enticing. And the Surface Dial, which is albeit slightly gimmicky, might just have some application in the creative industry. It's a breath of fresh air in a market that's trying to sell matte black as an innovation.

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Patients greeted by robot at Belgian hospital

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New recruit

A Belgian hospital has just welcomed its newest staff member: Pepper, a humanoid robot that speaks 19 languages. Developed to improve social and health care by the Belgian company Zora Bots, Pepper joined the medical team as a receptionist at Ostend hospital AZ Damiaan. Pepper will introduce visitors to the hospital, provide information and guide visitors and patients to the correct floor and room. With a speed of just 3 km/h (1.8 mph), Pepper is also able to guide slower patients. Fully charged, it can work for up to 20 hours on its own.

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Stephen Hawking seems to be of two minds about alien life

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Is Stephen Hawking having trouble settling on whether we should try to make contact with extraterrestrial life? The celebrated physicist -- whose life was the subject of the 2014 Oscar-winning movie, "The Theory of Everything" -- has long warned of the dangers of letting aliens know we're here. In a recent interview with the Spanish news site El Pais, Hawking once again addressed the topic of why we shouldn't try to contact aliens. "If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," he said. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

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