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Computers

  • Intel speaks after critical processor exploit found

    The tech world has been inundated with reports after it emerged that there was a major security flaw with Intel's range of processors. The flaw, which could be used to gain access to sensitive data on computers, affects Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This has resulted in platform-holders scrambling to issue patches. Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to...

  • GPD Win 2 specs revealed: what to expect from mini laptop?

    The original GPD Win was a rather unique device, essentially being a Windows laptop in a Nintendo DS-style form factor. It wasn't the most powerful device, featuring an Intel Atom X7 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. But the integrated gamepad and meant it was ideal for emulation and indie titles. Now, the GPD Win 2 specifications have been revealed (as spotted on reddit), looking like a solid step up from the predecessor. The new mini console, expected to hit Indiegogo on 15 January 2018, packs an Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6-inch 720p...

  • How do Intel’s new budget chips compare to Qualcomm laptops?

    Last week saw Qualcomm and partners finally peel the curtain back on Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at the Snapdragon Summit. We saw the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy X2 devices, packing Snapdragon 835 processors, hybrid designs and touting lengthy battery life. This week has seen Intel strike back in a sense, revealing the Pentium Silver and new Celeron chips. But you have to wonder whether these are viable challengers to Qualcomm's laptops just yet. They'll probably be more powerful... To be fair, the Snapdragon laptops are still a largely unknown quantity at this point in the performance department. We spent a bit of...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...

  • Hands-on: HP, Asus reveal two Snapdragon Windows PCs

    HP and Asus have announced two new convertible Windows 10 laptops, powered by Snapdragon 835 processors, and set for 2018 launches. First up, we have the Asus NovaGo, a two-in-one design that packs the Snapdragon 835, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The firm is also claiming up to 22 hours of video playback and over 30 days of "modern standby" time. Otherwise, expect a $599 price tag for the 4GB/64GB entry-level variant, while the 8GB/256GB model packs a $799 price tag. HP also offering device HP also stepped onto Qualcomm's stage, revealing the Envy X2. Inside the 6.9mm...

  • A ton of Chromebooks now support Android apps [List]

    Google has been pushing Chromebooks in the last year or so, bringing Android app support to the platform via the Google Play Store. Buying a Chromebook with Android app support wasn't easy though, as the functionality took its sweet time to arrive on various laptops. But since our last look at compatible Chromebooks, the list has grown in a very big way. So who has stepped up to deliver? We see stable entries from: Acer (R13, 11 N7, C771, C771T, 14, 14 for Work, CB3-532, CB515-1HT), Asus (C101PA, C202SA, C300SA/C301SA, C302), CTL (NL61, J2/J4), Dell (3180, 3380, 3189), eduGear (K Series, M Series), Edxis (Education Chromebook),...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...

  • CrossOver beta lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

    The Chromebook family of laptops has come a long way from merely being glorified Chrome browsers, offering a pretty substantial platform thanks to Android app support. Now, prominent studio CodeWeavers has revealed an open beta for its CrossOver program, allowing you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. The studio says it worked hard over the years to bring Windows apps to Android devices, but the form factor and specs weren't ideal. "With the announcement of support of Android in Chrome OS, suddenly things made a lot more sense. A Chromebook has a big enough screen. And a keyboard and a mouse. And...

  • These are the most popular computer specs on Steam right now

    Every month, Steam conducts its hardware and software survey, revealing the most popular computer specifications being used by its customers. So what can we expect for September? When it comes to the operating system, we see Windows 10 64-bit still enjoying a lead of 45.3%. But it's dropped 4.6 percentage points compared to the previous month, while second place Windows 7 64-bit has gained 6% to hit 41%. As a whole, Windows accounts for 96.6% of surveyed Steam-enabled computers, while Mac OS X and Linux hold 2.74% and 0.60% respectively. As for the CPU department, quad-core (57.9%) and dual-core CPU designs...

  • Mirabook vs Superbook: crowdfunded lapdocks compared

    We've seen lapdocks launching before, way back in 2011. It's a fascinating concept that sees you dock your smartphone into a laptop shell. The resulting fusion means your phone powers a laptop-style experience, complete with larger screen, keyboard and trackpad. Unfortunately for Motorola and its original lapdock, we got a rather underwhelming, laggy experience. But the last 18 months or so has seen a resurgence in this sort of tech as devices get more powerful, with the Mirabook and Superbook being two of the leading third-party solutions. But which one seems better? We look at what each brings to the table...