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In pictures: Wearables at the Rio 2016 Olympics

See the gadgets athletes are using at the Rio Olympics

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The 2016 Rio Olympics is finally getting underway, and there’ll be no shortage of tech at this year’s event. Athletes use all kinds of gadgets to help them train and stay fit, from heads-up displays used by cyclists to jump trackers worn by the volleyball team. Here are a few of the gadgets that have made it to Rio.

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HP turns to Windows 10 for mobile devices, cutting reliance on Android

HP has dabbled in many operating systems over the last few years, but the company always seems to come back to Windows.

The company is building a mobile device strategy around Windows 10 Mobile and is slowly cutting its reliance on Android, once high on the company’s list for tablets and PCs.

HP has discontinued low-cost Android tablets, and two remaining enterprise tablets feature aging hardware and an old version of the OS. Company executives have said future mobile devices will be built around Windows 10 unless there’s significant new demand for Android.

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Millions of Volkswagens can be broken into with a wireless hack

Millions of Volkswagens built over the past 20 years can be broken into with a hack that exploits the cars’ remote control key systems, security researchers have found.

Most VWs built since 1995 use one of a handful of electronic “master keys” to remotely open and lock the doors, and those keys can be extracted by reverse engineering the firmware, the researchers wrote in a new paper

That alone isn’t enough to break into a car — the master key has to be combined with a unique code generated by each remote key device. But the researchers also devised a way to do that, assembling a piece of radio hardware costing around $40.

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AMD turns back to x86 for server reboot as it downgrades ARM

AMD’s move three years ago to rely on ARM for server chips is turning out to be a big mistake.

The company is putting its faith back in x86 chips as it seeks a reboot in servers, a market in which the company was once a big player. Riddled with chip delays and abandoned projects, AMD has downgraded ARM in its server strategy.

Instead of ARM-based servers, AMD is relying again on x86 chips, this time based on the promising Zen architecture, to take market share from Intel.

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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM’s Watson

Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM’s Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.

R is an open-source language that’s widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications. Previously, data scientists would have had to exit R to tap Watson’s capabilities, coding the calls to Watson’s APIs in another language, such as Java or Python.

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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM’s Watson

Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM’s Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.

R is an open-source language that’s widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications. Previously, data scientists would have had to exit R to tap Watson’s capabilities, coding the calls to Watson’s APIs in another language, such as Java or Python.

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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM’s Watson

Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM’s Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.

R is an open-source language that’s widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications. Previously, data scientists would have had to exit R to tap Watson’s capabilities, coding the calls to Watson’s APIs in another language, such as Java or Python.

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Google nixes Flash, embraces HTML5 in Chrome browser

Adobe’s Flash Player, a stalwart technology for rich Internet media applications for years, continues to lose its prominence, with Google set to designate HTML5 as the preferred option in its Chrome browser.

In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the browser’s default experience, except with sites that only support Flash. Google says that HTML5, often seen as the industry-standard replacement for proprietary technology like Flash, will give performance benefits.

“Today, more than 90 percent of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it,” the Google Chrome team said in a bulletin this week. “HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites.”

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CoreOS updates Kubernetes stack for enterprises

Tectonic, CoreOS’s soup-to-nuts infrastructure platform for running containers, is getting upgraded with a revamped management console and improved scaling.

With Tectonic, CoreOS provides an enterprise CoreOS Linux and Kubernetes container management stack featuring a management console, SSO integration, and the Quay container registry. Tectonic 1.3, released Thursday, features an upgraded console for managing users, groups, and LDAP directories. The Tectonic look and feel has been enhanced overall, said Brandon Philips, CoreOS CTO. Increased scaling for clusters and role-based access control are featured as well.

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HP looks toward AR at work with its Elite x3 phone and HoloLens

HP wants to add augmented reality to its Elite x3 smartphone, and it’s looking at Microsoft’s HoloLens as one way to do it.

The Elite x3, which runs Windows 10 Mobile, was scheduled to ship last month starting at $699.99 but has been delayed. HP believes the smartphone has the horsepower to be a PC in a pinch. It might also become an AR device that could be used in enterprises.

Universal Windows applications made for the HoloLens AR headset will work on smartphones, and they could be used on the Elite x3, said Michael Park, vice president and general manager of mobility at HP.

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