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Is Linux finally ready to take the world by storm? Probably not, but on the same day that Microsoft is promising the next major look at Windows 8, RS Components will be offering up the most highly-anticipating Linux-based product in years. The Raspberry Pi $35 computer went on pre-order today to those in the UK, with servers being initially crushed by traffic and demand. It's a credit card sized single-board computer, and was said to be created for educators, programmers, developers and IT enthusiasts. Clearly, all of those are interested. RS was selected as a distribution partner for Raspberry Pi because, in the eyes of the Foundation, it connects with engineers across the globe throughout their... Read more...
Packard Bell still makes PCs. Shocker, right? Not so much in some regions, and those very regions will soon be able to snag the company's slimmest ever all-in-one PC. It's the revamped PC oneTwo, an oddly-titled machine that'll ship in November with a 65% slimmer body than the prior edition. The new PB oneTwo is a cinema, digital TV, sound system, photo gallery, meeting point, monitor, DVD player/recorder (including Blu-Ray playback) and more, in just one, super-sleek design. he PB oneTwo is the new interactive hub for the home and the window to your digital world - a place to have fun, play games, listen to music, watch TV, share experiences, video chat and so much more. 2nd Generation Intel... Read more...
Perhaps it's not a major surprise that Meg Whitman is making a stamp on the future of HP by not acting impulsively, but still, pulling the company's massive personal computing devision back from the brink is newsworthy in the finest sense of the word. While it's not quite as jarring as the thought of reviving webOS, HP has today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company. Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer, offered the following comments: "HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after... Read more...
New ways to touch your PC? Sign us up! Touch is very clearly "in" these days, and Lenovo's grabbing that bull by the horns. The C325 all-in-one desktop is amongst the sleekest in the sector, and it's aimed at college dorm rooms and other places where space is a premium. It boasts a 20" LED-backlit display, optional multi-touch support, a DVD player / optional burner, built-in webcam, HDMI port and IdeaTouch, a package of touch-optimized multimedia applications that allows consumers to easily tap and flick through photos, music and more. The AIO includes high-speed memory, optional USB 3.0 port, large storage and expansion capabilities, and Lenovo’s Rescue System which helps to combat data... Read more...
Despite what PC fatalists would have you believe, there's still a market for desktop and notebook systems. Sure, the PC market isn't growing like gangbusters at the moment, but it is growing nonetheless. That's saying something when the whole world seems preoccupied with tablets, smartphones, handheld games systems, and other non-PC devices. The number crunchers over at Gartner tallied worldwide PC shipments at 91.8 million units for the third quarter of 2011, which represents a 3.2 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago. That wasn't quite up to Gartner's expectations, which predicted the market would grow by 5.1 percent, but at least PCs are still moving in the right direction.... Read more...
Could there be a better way to end the work week than with a little smack talk? Well, sure, the problem is most of the ideas we can come up with are illegal or immoral, many of them both. Instead, we'll go into the weekend relishing in the fact that Lenovo's big mouth is writing a check it will attempt to cash against Dell. Lenovo didn't go all Jen Hsun-Huang on Dell and promise to open a can of whoop-ass like the Nvidia CEO once famously said his company would do in its fight with Intel. But Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi did tell the Chinese media it expects to leapfrog over Dell to become the world's second largest PC vendor by the end of 2011, according to Network World. Here's looking at you,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and our resident ¼ Geek Apprentice Michael (Dave's son) build a custom, high-end Gaming System for the winner of our totally awesome Dads and Grads sweepstakes! Enjoy this bad boy, Lamar! And a BIG thanks for entering the sweepstakes everyone! We’ll be announcing the next one soon! (Be sure to watch all the way to the very end--if you can handle the cuteness!)... Read more...
At Google I/O earlier this month, Google introduced (briefly) a Samsung-labeled Chrome desktop box. But while it looked a lot like the Mac Mini, there still aren't any true details to show people what it may be capable of. Google also stated that they'd continue to push Chromium for those who want a taste of Chrome on a non-sanctioned machine, and it looks like Xi3 is jumping on that notion to make a timely announcement. The Xi3 Computer isn't new; those following desktops will likely recognize the form factor here. But there's a new twist to this -- the ChromiumPC computer is a cube-like, small form factor, low-power (20Watts) dual-core modular computer that can be adapted to run other operating... Read more...
Earlier in the month, HP announced a number of new business and consumer notebooks. Now, it's time for the company's desktop line to get a bump of their own. This evening, HP has revealed a newly refreshed line of desktop PCs, including redesigned Pavilion consumer desktops that have seriously stepped up in the style department. These machines have a glossy, black front panel layered over a metallic base, not to mention sliding front panels to hide ports, and select models have a valet tray integrated into the top and equipped with USB ports. You'll also find Beats Audio and HP LinkUp on select models, and of course, Intel's newest Core CPUs are here. The Pavilion p7 series is the bargain choice,... Read more...
You can now rest easy, gentlemen and ladies. President Barack Obama owns a computer. Phew! Oh, and he owns an iPad, too! Double phew! As if there was any question about the man who owns a $3,000, specialized BlackBerry owning a computer, let us put that to rest. During a brief trip to South America, Obama admitted on Univision that he owns both a computer and an iPad, with the latter being the most interesting new addition. He also confirmed the reports back in Washington, and now, all of the tech-heads in the universe can finally go about their day. But here's the real question: does he also own a Galaxy Tab?... Read more...
Computers have reached the point where they can beat chess champions. So is it hard to believe that a chess champion might cheat by using a chess program and an elaborate scheme using text messages? That's what happened last year in Siberia, during the 2010 chess Olympiad. At least, that is what authorities believe happened last year in a scandal that involved up-and-coming French chess grandmaster Sebastian Feller, 20; Cyril Marzolo, 32; and French captain Arnaud Hauchard, 39. All have been suspended by the French national chess federation. How did it work? Marzolo watched Feller's match from a livestream online. He then enter the moves into Firebird, open-source chess software developed by... Read more...
Monopoly is going 21st century. Soon, there will be a computer managing all the transactions in the game, which will make all the clever alterations to the game's rules that people inevitably use as part of the fun a thing of the past. Monopoly Live, as it is called, was shown off at last week's Toy Fair in New York. Instead of that huge center space in the board, where players used to throw money, put the Community Chest and Chance cards, and roll the dice, is an infrared tower with a speaker. It's the HAL 9000 for your Monopoly board, and it issues commands, er, instructions, keeps track of the money and makes sure players stick to the rules. There's no confusion here. It even makes sure you... Read more...
It's sort of funny to think about how IBM has changed over the years. Remember when you either had an "IBM-compatible" PC or an Apple? Remember when ThinkPad meant IBM? The company has transformed a lot over the decades, and lately, they've really been on a supercomputer kick. IBM's Watson supercomputer will be on Jeopardy later in the month, representing a huge leap forward in artificial intelligence and speech technology. And now, IBM has landed a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory to use IBM's next-generation Blue Gene supercomputer to "enable significant advances in areas such as designing ultra-efficient electric car batteries, understanding global... Read more...
We're already familiar with phone/PC hybrids -- they're called smartphones, and these days nearly everyone has one. But Speakal's just-announced BTS8 is a phone/PC hybrid of a completely different sort. It's an office telephone and miniature computer all rolled into one, and you won't be stuffing this into your pants pocket. The BTS8 comes with a 5-inch LCD screen above the numerical buttons and runs Windows 7. Speakal says the OS is your gateway to manage and record phone conversations, fire off emails, and even video chat with the integrated webcam using Skype. Other abilities include fax receiving, text messaging, rock out to groovy tunes or load up a video using the media player, contacts... Read more...
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