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Netvertibles, Chromebooks, and Xbox consoles turned into laptops. We've seen all of that, but a 3D-printed laptop huddled around a Raspberry Pi? It sounds like nerd heaven, and it's now a reality. The Pi-Top is very likely the world's first 3D-pri ted, Raspberry Pi-powered laptop, and rather than just being a one-off project, it's one that you can enjoy yourself. The Pi-Top's creator is offering DIY kits up for sale, with a price point that's actually fairly accessible for the average (okay, maybe skewing hardcore) hobbyist If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print the shell on your own and embed the Raspberry Pi afterwards. If you're still lacking a 3D printer, you can buy the cast directly... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Microsoft issuing a second wave of layoffs, Toshiba announced that it too will be handing out pink slips. The reason? Apparently the consumer PC market is just too damn volatile, so Toshiba plans to accelerate its restructuring effort that will ultimately see a reduced presence in that market and an increased focus on the "profitable B2B field," or business-to-business segment. Toshiba said it plans to expand its range of business PCs, including its workstations and tablet PCs. It will also be more active in promoting the Internet of Things (IoT), a market Toshiba is confident it can compete in due to its strengths and experience in various PC technologies, such as BIOS, security,... Read more...
You've surely heard of 2-in-1 tablets/netvertibles before, but what about a 3-in-1? That's the nomenclature used by MSI to describe its latest contraption, the S100. It's a Windows 8.1-based tablet that ships with a keyboard and protective cover. Underneath the hood, there's an Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, and a dual 2-megapixel camera system. You'll also find 2GB of memory, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and of course, a touch-friendly panel. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI 1.4a and a built-in 1-watt speaker are also included, along with a 7500mAh battery.        Pricing remains a mystery,... Read more...
Today's children are the key to a better tomorrow, and unless you're a curmudgeon, there's a distinct joy in watching little ones grow and blossom into the next generation of decision makers. It can be your own kids, your nieces and nephews, or ones you've met for the first time -- their innocent view of the world is heartwarming and takes us back to when we were their age. By that same token, their brutally honest nature sometimes hits like a gut punch, whether it's pointing out your bad breath (yes, you little demon, we skipped brushing this morning because we were running late, let's not announce it to the world, mmkay?) or making you feel incredibly old by reacting to the technology you grew... Read more...
Who says the PC market is dying a brisk death? While the numbers in some segments may be cause for concern, Lenovo's bucking the trend by announcing better-than-expected figures for its fourth quarter earnings. The company recorded 55 million PC shipments, 50 million smartphone shipments, and 9.2 million tablet shipments in its last full year, with annual revenue coming in at a record $38.7 billion (a 14% increase year-over-year). It pulled in $817 million in full-year earnings (a boost of 29% compared to the prior year), and it also added 2.1 points of market share to its overall #1 position in PCs. What's amazing is that Lenovo has somehow notched 5% year-over-year growth, compared to the industry... Read more...
When you hear DE3815TYKHE, you probably aren't familiar with what it represents. But when you hear Intel NUC, things are likely a little clearer. The first NUC powered by an Intel E3815 Atom processor is now available, boasting a tiny, fanless design, on-board eMMC memory and the space savings of a 4”x 4” motherboard. There's also the ability to directly power an LCD monitor with an onboard eDP connector, and perhaps most impressively, retail pricing for the NUC kit starts at $129, while the NUC board alone is just $99. The vertical design should be solid for not taking up a great deal of space, and there's onboard support for both Linux and Windows Embedded. It's essentially a fancy... Read more...
For every great, long-lasting startup that goes on to revolutionize the world, there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- that never make it beyond the drawing board. In today's world, however, simply "making it" once isn't good enough. Particularly in the rough-and-tumble technology sector, companies have to continue proving themselves time and time again, or else they risk losing all of the ground they've gained to incoming rivals. If you need proof, just look at the market share numbers for Nokia and BlackBerry from 8 years ago, and compare them to now. Similarly, Dell has found itself at the bottom of the pile in recent years. While the name and brand is still one that is recognized, it's... Read more...
One has to wonder how much longer the tried-and-true all-in-one PC will stick around, as the world continues to shift to more mobile form factors and desktops become a thing of the past. That said, there's still a lot of life left in certain markets (storefronts, education, healthcare, etc.), and Acer's new Aspire Z3-600 hopes to hit as many of those sectors as possible. The new machine offers up a 21.5" Full HD display, a built-in carry handle, Harman Kardon speakers, and a 10-point capacitive touchscreen. Crazier still, this AIO actually boasts a built-in battery, which can last for up to 2.5 hours off of the AC outlet. Why? Well, it's the perfect party machine, that's why. It can also lay... Read more...
The face of home gaming is changing drastically this year, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both slated to make their U.S. debuts prior to the holidays. But what about the oddball from Xi3? After being teased a few days ago, the company has spilled the beans on the Piston's impending release. The Piston console will be available for purchase beginning on Black Friday: November 29, 2013. Why should you mark your calendar? Well, for one, the Piston is going to be even more advanced than what was initially announced. Storage capacity has been doubled, and its Ethernet controller has been optimized for gameplay traffic. It'll also ship with pre-loaded titles to get you gaming right away. Built... Read more...
Stumbled upon a bit of free cash? Looking to replace that aging gaming PC? Not up to building a DIY rig yourself? If you've managed to answer "yes" to all three, Steiger Dynamics has a machine that you should ponder. The custom PC builder has just unleashed the LEET Monochrome, a limited edition gaming / home theater PC, and it's a looker. Black and white interior components, such as radiators, a Blu-ray drive, pump, fittings, etc., set things off quite nicely. There's a white sleeved power supply and SATA cables, and honestly, the whole thing looks so classy that we'd be hard-pressed to ever cover it up. Those who buy in will receive the latest NVIDIA bundle game (though specifics aren't listed),... Read more...
This isn't your average all-in-one PC. Launching this week at IFA in Berlin, Germany is the DA241HL: the first Android-based all-in-one PC that's capable of multi-tasking, web browsing, gaming, and video playback. It's a new unit from Acer, and it's powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It's boasting a 24-inch Full HD (1080p) display, as well as the latest and greatest rendition of Android -- version 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Thanks to MHL connectivity, the DA241HL can easily transmit smartphone content to a larger display for more comfortable viewing. It can also connect to any PC with Windows 8 via an HDMI port or USB cable becoming a 2-point Touch Display -- a nice extra that makes this... Read more...
Historically, hardware makers in the technology space have had it fairly tough. Entry costs are extremely high, finding a manufacturing facility that meets high standards is tough, and judging just how interested a consumer base is in advance is nearly impossible to nail. But when it comes to the Raspberry Pi, that's one product that has seemingly caught fire. Of course, the open source base and the ultra-cheap pricing probably has helped tremendously, but either way, we're glad that it's living to see yet another day. Element14 has just unveiled a new 8GB Raspberry Pi Bundle, which will ship for $40. The new pack incorporates a Raspberry Pi B Board and an 8GB SD card with the all six of the... Read more...
The all-in-one desktop market certainly isn't as flush with new machines as it once was, and the desktop market as a whole has been slipping as notebooks and tablets begin to serve as the only computer one needs. That said, Acer has popped out a new one for consideration, the Z3-605. It's a fairly stylish rig, offering up a 23" Full HD display, a 10-point touch panel, optional hand recognition software, and a frame that tilts from 10 to 30 degrees plus an adjustable HD webcam. The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand... Read more...
Most days, we're content just hearing about a new operating system or tablet. But when you really think about it, it's raw science that delivers that kind of stuff to consumers. Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are digging deep into that science, and have developed a new biological computer. Specifically, they've engineered an "advanced biological transducer, a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codes, and using the output as new input for subsequent computations." The trick? They're using only biomolecules such as DNA and enzymes. "Our results show a novel, synthetic designed computing machine that computes iteratively and produces biologically relevant... Read more...
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