Asus’ new tablet has swappable backs that add surround speakers or battery life

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Asus isn’t one to shy away from wild ideas (remember the dual-OS Transformer Book Trio?), and at Computex this year it looks like the company has another crazy tablet up its sleeve. The company’s new ZenPad 8 Z380C tablet has interchangeable back plates that don’t just let you change how the tablet looks — they add features.

One back plate that makes some sense adds an extra battery, giving you a total of 14 hours worth of juice. Another, called the Audio Cover, makes less sense. It adds six — yes, six! — speakers to the back of your tablet. With the audio cover snapped on, you’ll get DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound, supposedly. To our great dismay, Asus hasn’t provided us any photos of this thing, but we’re guessing that the speakers…

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Asus’ new Transformer Book comes with Windows 10, USB Type-C, and 14 hours of battery life

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Among an avalanche of products revealed today at Computex Taipei, Asus has announced the Transformer Book T100HA, the follow-up to its inexpensive T100 Windows 8 2-in-1 device. The new model will come preloaded with Windows 10 and feature the smaller, reversible USB Type-C port seen in Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. The 8.45mm-thick, 580g tablet chassis is available in four colors, and the screen is 10.1 inches at 1280 x 800.

Asus hasn’t said how much the T100HA will cost, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it fall in the same range as its $349 predecessor. Its low resolution might be a deal-breaker for some, although the screen is otherwise decent, and the build is very much on the plasticky side. Still, the keyboard doesn’t feel too bad…

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Asus announces ZenWatch 2 with a choices of sizes and a metal crown

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The only way for Computex, Asia’s foremost tech exhibition, to get going is with a deluge of announcements from local powerhouse Asus, and this year’s show is no different. The headline new device from Asus is the ZenWatch 2, its second Android Wear smartwatch, which appears to borrow a great deal from the Apple Watch, both in its form and new functionality.

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US says it will help Japan defend against cyberattacks

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The US government this week announced that it will expand its cybersecurity partnership with Japan, amid growing concerns over potential attacks against military bases and other infrastructure on the island nation. As Reuters reports, both countries are looking to strengthen their ties to counter threats from China and North Korea. A partnership established in 2013 will integrate the missile defense systems of the US and Japan, while giving Japan a greater security role in the region.

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$200,000 Apple 1 computer thrown in the trash by mysterious Californian woman

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A California woman in the process of clearing out her garage has thrown away $200,000 of computing history. The unidentified woman left an intact Apple 1 desktop, one of around 200 built by Apple founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne, at Clean Bay Area recycling center in April. Concealed inside boxes filled with electronics owned by her recently deceased husband, the machine was only discovered by Clean Bay Area staff a few weeks after the woman dropped it off.

The recycling center — which swiftly sold the rare computer to a collector for almost a quarter of a million dollars — is now trying to find her to give her a 50 percent cut of the profits as per its policy. Victor Gichun, vice president of the center, said he could…

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Will Silicon Valley Or Hollywood Solve Wall Street’s Churn Problem?

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hollywood-0-1 In this year’s annual letter to shareholders, JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon warned that “Silicon Valley is coming.” From investing to payments and lending, the rise of fintech has left many of the big banks and brokerages worried. In a March research report, Goldman Sachs estimated that 7 percent of annual bank profits ($11 billion-plus) may be at risk to non-banking… Read More

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