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Notebooks That Seem Like Tablets

Asustek’s upcoming offering is a hybrid that could alter how notebook computers are made

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27 June 2012—Much has been made in the past week about Microsoft’s move into producing its own Windows 8–based tablets with Ultrabook-like features. But just two weeks prior, one of the big hits at Computex Taipei 2012—the largest information and communications trade show in Asia—seemed to show that superslim notebooks may be heading in a more tablet-like direction.

At a press event on 4 June, when Asustek chairman Jonney Shih turned a closed ultrathin notebook computer into a tablet with only a touch on the lid, the audience applauded and cheered. Shih described the Asus Taichi as “the perfect fusion of notebook and tablet” with “the best balance between technologies and aesthetics.”

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

12 min read
Image containing multiple aspects such as instruments and left and right open hands.
Stuart Bradford

Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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