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Computers

  • AMD reveals laptop CPU details, monster Threadripper CPU

    AMD seems to have got its mojo back in a big way earlier this year with the launch of its Ryzen line of desktop processors. Spanning the Ryzen 7, 5 and 3 range, the product line has been praised for its performance and price. In any event, AMD isn't stopping there, announcing a new processor for the "extreme desktop" market, called Threadripper. The new processor features up to 16 cores and 32 threads, going head to head against Intel's own super-premium consumer chips. Threadripper launches in summer 2017, the chipmaker added. Speaking of chip availability, AMD added that the Ryzen 3 range...

  • Microsoft reveals Surface Laptop, running Windows 10 S

    We've already seen Microsoft reveal Windows 10 S, essentially being its take on Chrome OS. Now, we have a Surface Laptop to go with the platform, being its take on (surprise!) the Chromebook. Well, if your Chromebook had a Core series chip. The laptop features a 13.5-inch screen and tops out with a Core i7 processor, while also featuring a felt-like material (Alcantara fabric) for the keyboard. As for colours, you can expect Burgundy, Graphite Gold, Cobalt and Platinum. Microsoft's Panos Panay has also added that users can expect up to 14.5 hours of battery life from the Surface Laptop. In fact,...

  • Surface laptop with ‘Windows 10 S’ leaked ahead of today’s event

    Microsoft's Surface lineup popularised the idea of laptop/tablet hybrids, resulting in Apple and Google releasing similar products (Pixel C and iPad Pro). Now, it looks like Microsoft is taking a page from the Chromebook... er... book... According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Surface Laptop is on the way, purportedly running a version of Windows dubbed Windows 10 S. Microsoft Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S pic.twitter.com/h42uQfZfT8 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 2, 2017 ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that Windows 10 S is a version of Windows that's meant to only support apps from the Windows Store. In other words, it seems like...

  • Acer reveals new gaming, Aspire laptops

    Acer has held a media event in New York this week, revealing updated Aspire laptops as well as new gaming notebooks. Probably one of the most powerful laptops on the list is the Predator Helios 300, featuring seventh-generation Core i5 or i7 processors and GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics cards. Other specs include up to 16GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), a solid state drive and 1TB hard drive. Otherwise, you can also expect a USB 3.1 Type C port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI 2.0 connection and two USB 2.0 ports. Expecting 1440p or 4K gaming on the go? Well, you're...

  • What should you pay for a laptop on Gumtree?

    We've already seen Gumtree offer a smartphone and car price checker. So a laptop price checker seems like the next obvious step, right? Well, the company has done just that. The laptop price checker tool allows users to figure out whether they're being sold short or getting a great deal. Simply specify a brand and model, with the tool then spitting out a price. The company has also revealed the most popular brands on the service, as well as the cheapest and most expensive. "The three most popular models currently listed on Gumtree are the Dell Latitude, Lenovo ThinkPad, and Acer Aspire,"...

  • AMD Ryzen 5 revealed, to take on Core i5?

    It was just a few weeks ago that AMD revealed the first processors in its new Ryzen family. The Ryzen 7 range is meant to close the gap to Intel's Core i7 family, but at a much cheaper price point than Intel's silicon. Now, the chipmaker has revealed Ryzen 5, being positioned as a rival for the Core i5. The Ryzen 5 starts with the 1400 model, being a quad-core chip running at 3.2Ghz (boosting to 3.4Ghz) and having a suggested price of US$169. Spend US$189 and you get the quad-core 1500X model, upping the ante to 3.5Ghz and 3.7Ghz when...

  • Nvidia launches beefy Jetson TX2 credit-card computer

    Who says that credit card-sized computers have to be a little underpowered and super-cheap? Certainly not Nvidia, having just announced the Jetson TX2 computer board. The Jetson TX2 looks to bring AI computing to the likes of factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras in smart cities, the graphics chip colossus wrote in a statement. "Jetson TX2 brings powerful AI capabilities at the edge, making possible a new class of intelligent machines," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA, in a statement. "These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer,...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...

  • Asus Tinker Board: a 4K-capable rival to Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi's success has been rather phenomenal, but Asus thinks it can get in on the action too with the Tinker Board. Spotted by Hexus and Liliputing, the Asus Tinker Board offers a 32-bit quad-core A17 CPU (Rockchip RK3288), 2GB of RAM and a Mali T764 GPU for graphically demanding tasks. Otherwise, microSD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, 3.5mm audio jack, four USB 2.0 ports and HDMI connectivity round out the package. The card-sized computer also touts support for 192Khz/24-bit audio and 4K video, making it ideal for multimedia on paper. As for operating systems, it doesn't have the...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...