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Once a revered giant in the tech world, HP has floundered in recent years. With a new CEO in Meg Whitman, though, the company has taken steps to reassert itself in various marketplaces, but no effort is as bold or as risky as its current endeavor: HP is trying to completely revolutionize computing from the ground up with something it’s calling “The Machine”. When we say “ground up”, we mean that HP is working on a different operating system than currently exists and new memory and data transfer technologies, according to Businessweek. HP CTO Martin Fink holding the memory module (Credit: HP via Business Insider)   Instead of the DRAM we know today, HP is working... Read more...
The 3D printing market is a growing yet nebulous one, populated by a many different types of printers of varying quality. There are lots of players already, but it’s still a wide open market as each manufacturer looks to find that special sauce that entices the most users. Formlabs is updating its offering, the Form1, a 3D printer that uses laser stereolithography technology. Now you can get the Form 1+, and Formlabs says that among the upgrades is up to 50% faster performance. The Form 1+ also features a higher-power second-gen laser; greater precision and accuracy thanks to a new galvanometer; a new resin tank for better print consistency; and overall more durable mechanical components.... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook toured an Austin, TX facility that manufactures the new Mac Pro, and his crew predictably used the visit as a photo op, snapping an image of Cook peering over the shoulder of a worker soldering something and posting it on Twitter. “Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday,thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise,” reads the Twitter post. However, a number of people noticed something humorously off about the photo: The computers in the background appear to be running Windows. Thus, it would seem that Apple is using Windows software to help create its Mac Pro machines. It’s more of a simple PR gaff than anything else, but it’s... Read more...
Small form factor PCs are all the rage these days, and the boutique builders are no exception. Increasingly, companies are looking for ways to push the envelope in terms of what they offer in a compact rig, and to that end Maingear built a liquid-cooled system called the Epic Torq. The system offers closed-loop liquid cooling on both the CPU and GPU. The system runs up to an Intel Core i7-4790K (4/4.4GHz, overclocked up to 5GHz) with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z (12GB GDDR5) or AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB GDDR5) GPU. It supports up to 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 (2x8GB) memory, up to three internal storage drives (up to 1TB SSD and 4TB HDD), and onboard Gigabit Ethernet... Read more...
Intel has been busy with announcements this week, but one that was somewhat overlooked is rather interesting on its own: The chipmaker is building a fanless 2-in-1 mobile PC reference design powered by a new class of processor. The device is powered by Intel’s next-gen 14nm Broadwell processors--called the Intel Core M processor--that have been “purpose-built” for the 2-in-1 form factor. Intel is calling the Core M the most efficient processor in its history, and they’ll underpin a wave of fanless, fast, and incredibly thin laptops. The reference device sports a 12.5-inch display, weighs 670g, and measures just 7.2mm thick. There’s a media dock that accompanies the... Read more...
ASUS’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been around for a while, and ASUS has rolled out some solid pieces of ROG-branded hardware to go along with them, but the company has taken things to a whole new level by launching an entire lineup of ROG-branded gaming machines that includes a desktop, a console, a gaming notebook, a graphics card, and a monitor. G20 The ROG G20 gaming desktop is a SFF rig with no visible exhaust vents--it relies on a hidden airflow tunnel and natural convection for cooling--and ASUS claims it offers near-silent performance. Under the hood it rocks a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and it’s designed in part to run... Read more...
Zotac is busy on the mini PC front, and the company has a quartet of the little buggers to show off at Computex. The four fanless systems all bear the C-Series moniker and run either AMD A6 APUs or Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 chips. “Many users demand a completely silent PC for audio production, video and audio editing, content playback and other tasks,” said senior director of Zotac International Carsten Berger. “After many years of engineering to fine tune power and heat requirements, ZOTAC is able to deliver passive cooled mini-PCs.” The C-Series ZBOX nano machines have a honeycomb chassis design with a large internal heatsink for maximum heat dissipation. The regular... Read more...
Tablets aren’t the only goodies Dell has in store at Computex this year. The company is rolling out new Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 notebooks and an Inspiron AIO, too. The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 features quad-core Intel Pentium (N3530) or Celeron (N2830) processors and 500GB of storage (plus 20GB of Dropbox storage) with battery life over 8 hours. It has Waves MAXXAudio technology on board, and the 360-degree hinge offers a variety of positions. The device offers a 10-point multitouch display and facial recognition software for more secure online password use. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 It also has 4GB of DDR3L-1333MHz RAM; an optional DVD+/-RW optical drive; 720p HD webcam; and HDMI,... Read more...
Days ago, we wrote about a rumor that Apple will unveil some sort of “smart home” system at its upcoming WWDC, and now there’s more grist for the rumor mill: There’s a Smart Home remote coming. According to CNET, a PR person for a universal remote app sent out a message that let slip “Next week Apple will be announcing its iPhone Smart Home remote which will be available sometime in the future." There’s no reason to have a Smart Home Remote if there’s no Smart Home to control, so it would seem that the first rumor is true. Whether that’s an app on the iPhone or a standalone device remains to be seen. The connected car a harbinger for the connected... Read more...
We've all heard the phrase "Go big or go home," but how about "Go wide or go home?" The latter is the message Lenovo is sending with its B750 All-in-One Desktop PC, which offers a spacious and brilliant 29-inch super-widescreen In-Plane Switching (IPS) display to play with. It has a Full HD 2560x1080 resolution, which works out to a 21:9 aspect ratio with copious horizontal screen estate to maneuver your documents and windows. It's also adept at watching movies, as the aspect ratio is very close to the true value of 64:27, allowing for little or no discernible black bars.  Oddly enough, Lenovo opted against touch support, an increasingly rare decision in the Windows 8/8.1 era. Touch enthusiasts... Read more...
We've all heard the phrase "Go big or go home," but how about "Go wide or go home?" The latter is the message Lenovo is sending with its B750 All-in-One Desktop PC, which offers a spacious and brilliant 29-inch super-widescreen In-Plane Switching (IPS) display to play with. It has a Full HD 2560x1080 resolution, which works out to a 21:9 aspect ratio with copious horizontal screen estate to maneuver your documents and windows. It's also adept at watching movies, as the aspect ratio is very close to the true value of 64:27, allowing for little or no discernible black bars. Oddly enough, Lenovo opted against touch support, an increasingly rare decision in the Windows 8/8.1 era. Touch enthusiasts... Read more...
A company called New Matter has developed an inexpensive 3D printer called the MOD-t that aims to bring 3D printing into the average home. It will cost just $249--although if you snag an Indiegogo bundle you could pay as little as $149 or $199--and it’s designed so that you have to do essentially zero calibration on your own. However, New Matter has bigger aims than simply a cheap 3D printer; the company is trying to build an end-to-end vertical integration ecosystem around its MOD-t. The paradigm it’s using looks very much like what Apple did with the iPhone and App Store years ago. There will be a curated library of apps, and designers and artists can add their work and make money... Read more...
China is a curious market for game consoles, but Sony is about to dive in and try to make its bones in the populous country by selling its PlayStation there. According to the New York Times, Sony and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group are setting up two ventures to sell Sony’s hardware and software, respectively, in China. The NYT noted that consoles have been banned in mainland China since 2000, but the country lifted the ban in January. As a result, although there’s a certain amount of piracy of consoles, many Chinese gamers prefer PC and mobile games. Obviously, Sony is hoping to change that, and it’s not hard to imagine that gamers could be swayed by a sudden surge of (legal)... Read more...
There are lots of SFF PCs floating around these days, but the Zbox Sphere from Zotac is an odd duck among them. Instead of a tall and slim chassis or a tiny square-ish thing like a NUC, this PC is a sphere. (Er, hence the name.) It’s not just a gimmick to hear Zotac tell it, either; in a press release, Zotac actually calls it a “sphere form factor” which would indicate that the company views the Sphere series as a whole new way of making SFF rigs. From a marketing perspective, it’s certainly a wise idea. The sphere shape is distinctive and could help Zotac’s products stand out from NUCs and Brix PCs, and it’s too obvious to try and copy it. (That said, there’s... Read more...
MakerBot has a whole new line of 3D printers, and the littlest sibling in the bunch, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D, is now shipping. “As soon as we announced the MakerBot Replicator Mini, we received calls and orders from customers who couldn’t wait to purchase this easy and affordable 3D printer,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, in a press release. “We see the MakerBot Replicator Mini as a turning point in the 3D printing industry.” Specifically, Pettis sees the Mini Compact 3D as a true home 3D printer instead of the larger devices that are better-suited for the office or workshop. The Mini Compact 3D costs $1,375, and you can get your own from Makerbot’s... Read more...
Microsoft took the wraps off of its new, much-rumored Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York City today, and the key takeaway as far as Microsoft is concerned is that this tablet (when paired with the new Type Cover and pen) is designed to replace your laptop. And, for that matter, your tablet. The Surface Pro 3 offers a relatively large (for the form factor) 12-inch display with a native resolution of 2160x1440 and with what the company claims is the highest contrast ratio in industry. The Surface Pro 3 is just 9.1mm thick and weighs only 800g, and it features a perimeter vent and re-engineered fan that allows it to cool 30% more efficiently than the Surface Pro 2. The Surface Pro 3 comes... Read more...
When Facebook bought Oculus VR, there was an uproar from the community, with serious concerns that the heartless, data-hoarding behemoth run by Mark Zuckerberg would ruin the amazing potential of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Facebook countered by hinting that it had huge plans for the Oculus platform far beyond mere gaming. It’s humorous, then, that one of the first new uses for the virtual reality headset announced since the merger is as a gimmick in a Chuck E. Cheese game. It will be used in that ticket-grabbing booth thing, called the Virtual Ticket Blaster. Lucky kiddos will don the Rift headset, and a cloud of tickets will blow up around them. In this version of the game,... Read more...
Although it’s not the first fanless NUC-ish PC to hit the market, the Gigabyte Brix (GB-BXBT-2807) is the first to offer a dual-core Bay Trail chip with no fan. The unit has been out for a couple of weeks, but Fanless Tech has confirmed that this Brix PC will indeed be fanless. That’s a notable feature for a tiny PC that’s designed to integrate into spaces such as your home theater. Even the relatively quiet whir of a SFF PC’s lone fan is enough to drive you a little nuts when watching a film, especially during those intense quiet scenes. The same holds true for other multimedia such as playing music or games. The Bay Trail edition of the Brix offers a dual-core Intel... Read more...
There are killer chassis and then there are killer chassis, and Thermaltake’s special edition Level 10 Gaming Station is a thing to behold. The unique construction coupled with the fact that it’s made from titanium makes this case a jaw-dropper, but if you want one, you’ll have to be quick--Thermaltake is only making 500 of these babies. The black and silver look is stunning, and Thermaltake says that the titanium construction “not only expresses the quality of durability, light weight, dent- and corrosion resistance, it is also the perfect representation of being able to deliver the passion for visual aesthetics that derived from demanding immersive game play and multimedia... Read more...
You can count Intel among the companies getting behind the self-driving car trend. The company’s investment wing announced that it’s putting money into ZMP Inc., a Japan-based company that’s developing autonomous driving technologies. Intel Capital did not disclose the amount it’s putting forth, but the money is coming from the Intel Capital Connected Car Fund and will be used to help ZMP push forward with its R&D. ZMP’s portfolio includes car robotics platforms, sensor systems, field testing, connected car informatics, as well as aspects of the autonomous driving experience that include entertainment. “Its RoboCar Series helps customers develop autonomous... Read more...
CyberPowerPC isn’t the only boutique gaming PC maker building tiny PCs this week. iBuypower announced a new rig of its own called the HEXA Ultra Compact Performance System, which is available in both Intel and AMD flavors. On the Intel side, the HEXA will come with the Intel Core i7-4770R with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics while the AMD version will rock the AMD (Richland) A8-5557M APU. Expect 8GB of DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM memory and a 500GB (5400 rpm) HDD with Windows 8.1 and WiFi and Bluetooth (via a mini PCIe module) in base configurations. Ports include mini DisplayPort, HDMI, four total USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, a Kensington lock port, and an audio jack. You can add an mSATA... Read more...
Chromebooks are slowly gaining traction in the PC market, and ASUS is pushing the trend with a pair of new models, the 11.6-inch C200 and the 13.3-inch C300 (both 1366x768). Both are powered by Intel Bay Trail-M N28230 (2.42GHz) dual-core processors and boast up to 10 hours of battery life. ASUS C200 Chromebook The C200 weighs just 2.5lbs and measure 0.8 inches thick, while the C300 is 3.1lbs and 0.9 inches thick. They feature a large touchpad with multi-gesture support and hidden hinge for a more svelte look. ASUS designed the stereo speakers with extra large chambers for bigger sound output. ASUS C300 Chromebook These chromebooks also feature a 720p HD front camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of... Read more...
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