We’re now firmly into day two of IFA, Europe’s biggest tech show, and I suspect at least one of the newly announced PCs with Intel’s Skylake inside has caught your attention. And while upgrading your PC and CPU isn’t required for Windows 10, it sure is tempting isn’t it?
Already, we have a wide variety of form-factors to choose from. Asus showed up with a ridiculous water-cooled GX700 gaming laptop and its handsome Zen all-in-one desktop PC. Acer, meanwhile, arrived in Berlin with its hilariously aggressive Predator lineup of gaming PCs and tablets, as well as a truly lust-worthy Revo modular PC that can be expanded with Lego-like "blocks." And don’t forget Lenovo’s clone of the Microsoft Surface or Toshiba’s lovely Radius 12 convertible with 4K display.
And this is all before Microsoft’s big event scheduled for tomorrow at 3PM Berlin time (9AM ET) where we hope to see what companies like HP and Dell will have to offer for the holidays.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves because there’s a lot to love already.
Five stories to start your day
The Asus GX700 is the water-cooled laptop of your nightmarish dreams
Gaming is a big theme of IFA 2015. Acer's unleashing a whole new line of Predators and Lenovo is taking on the challenge with a new range of gaming PCs of its own. But as aggressive and hungry for hype as both have been, neither is going quite as far as Asus, which today introduced the world's first water-cooled laptop.
Google has a new trick
In what seems to be a new feature for the search engine, when you type in "fun facts," you'll see a dynamic answer box that pulls random tidbits from the millions of websites that Google can search. Hit the "Ask Another Question" button at the bottom of the box — causing the query to switch to "I'm feeling curious" — and it'll automatically pull up an answer to another random question.
Samsung unveils its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player
Samsung is going beyond Blu-ray, unveiling its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player at the IFA tech convention in Berlin. The company says the player can provide up to four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray devices, as well as 64 times "higher color expression." The player can upscale content to "provide UHD resolution for any disc," and is compatible with 4K streaming services as well as supporting high dynamic range (HDR) video.
A lot of US children are being diagnosed with ADHD improperly
A lot of children are being diagnosed with ADHD in the US — but improperly. One in five are diagnosed based on information provided by family members alone, in violation of the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As if that weren’t enough, a third of children are diagnosed before the age of six — an age at which a lot of diagnostic tools don’t work.
Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will have 'an evening of fun' together this November
Stephen Colbert is going to interview J.J. Abrams in Newark as part of a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival — and if you want in on the action, you'll have to move fast. Colbert and Abrams' conversation — which is being branded a "celebrity nerd-off" — is supposed to be "a wide-ranging, on-stage look at their influences, ideas, and creative work," and it's a discussion that'll take place at an exciting time for both men.