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Computers

  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • CES 2017: Razer’s triple-display laptop prototypes stolen

    One of the coolest products at CES 2017 was Razer's Project Valerie laptop, being a gaming notebook with three displays that automatically fold out. In fact, the three displays are all 4K-quality, giving users a truckload of pixels to play with. The laptop is powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and supports Nvidia's Surround View tech for gaming at 11 520 x 2160. Now, Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan has confirmed that two prototypes were stolen from the show floor. It's unclear whether this was a case of simple theft or espionage, but Razer definitely wants its laptops back "I've just been informed that...

  • Raspberry Pi: 6 reasons to get one of these for Christmas

    The Raspberry Pi revolutionised the affordable computer sector upon its release in 2012, offering a moderately powerful device that can do just about anything. The latest Raspberry Pi 3 offers an exponential leap in power, but still maintains the original device's flexibility. Thinking about buying one for Christmas? Here are a few things you can do with the card-sized computer... Play old games on it Believe it or not, but you can actually run a variety of old games on the Raspberry Pi 3, with RetroPie being the most popular solution. It builds off existing emulation projects, offering a variety of emulators in a Pi-friendly...

  • Orange Pi PC 2: want a cheaper Raspberry Pi?

    Single board computers are all the rage these days, thanks to the wildly popular Raspberry Pi computers. The range has sold ten million units since launching in 2012, in no small part due to the US$35 price tag. The industry has exploded since then, as scores of single-board computers have emerged. Now, the latest Raspberry rival has launched in the form of the Orange Pi PC 2, bringing a competitive price tag as well. Available online for around US$20, the Orange Pi PC 2 delivers an AllWinner quad-core A53 processor, Mali 450 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Other notable specs include three USB ports,...

  • Milestone: Raspberry Pi hits the 10 million sales mark

    The Raspberry Pi has been a revelation in the computing and tinkering space, offering a cheap computer for people around the world. Now, the Raspberry Foundation has announced that they've passed the 10 million units sold mark for the credit card-sized machine. Raspberry Pi founder and Eben Upton explained that they initially expected to sell 10 000 units, if they were lucky. "There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry...

  • Remix Mini Android PC relaunches in SA, but what about tablet?

    It was briefly available via Takealot earlier this year, but Jide's Remix Mini Android computer is now officially coming to South Africa thanks to Pinnacle. The Chinese firm's tiny Android box is branded as a PC, in no small part due to its Remix OS. The Android Lollipop-based OS is heavily inspired by Windows, offering a taskbar, resizeable windows, a start menu of sorts, full keyboard/mouse support and minimise/maximise options for apps. When and where can you get your hands on one though? "The first Remix Mini stock lands during July and will be available through Pinnacle's reseller channels and at all Makro stores...

  • Will Apple’s new monitor deliver an integrated graphics chip?

    It's almost time for Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), so that means plenty of rumours are flying around. The latest one, from 9to5 Mac, suggests that Apple will be refreshing its external display in a big way this month. The website "heard" that stock of the old external Thunderbolt display is running out and that there are seemingly no plans to replenish it. Its own sources have shed light on a successor though, saying it would likely feature a 5K resolution (5120x2880) for starters. This brings it up to the same standard as the iMac 5K, of course. However, the boldest claim is that Apple...

  • Lenovo buffs ThinkPad X1 range with new Tablet, Carbon and Yoga

    Lenovo's been a busy company this past year if its latest trough of new launches is anything to go by. In an event held in Johannesburg last night, the company announced a slew of ultraportables -- one, a tablet taking advantage of modular technology -- and a more planted desktop solution to the South African market. But let's look at the more interesting additions to Lenovo's line first. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Here's a question companies are asking themselves: how can we possibly revive the slumping tablet and mobile computer sales? Lenovo's answer involves modular technology, and it makes a lot of...

  • HP announces Z1 G3 workstation, HP RGS remote session software for Mac

    Announced this week, HP Inc. has released a new version of its HP Z1 Workstation system, a series of computers marketed as the "world's first All-in-One workstation." "The innovative Z1 broke new ground for the industry. We listened to our customers and now are delivering the smaller, lighter low-cost model they want," writes director of commercial and retail solutions at HP, Gwen Coble, in a press release to Gearburn. The HP Z1 G3 is apparently 47% smaller and 51% lighter than the original Z1. It features a 23.6-inch anti-glare 4K display, Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, 64GB of ECC RAM, and an...

  • Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa

    The Remix Mini, a micro-computer built by Jide Technology and running Remix OS, is now available in South Africa. Launching today (7 March), the device will be sold on Takealot for R599 for a limited period. Jide Technology strives to "unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing," according to the company's site. Its chief reflection of this philosophy is Remix OS, which is Android reimagined for the desktop. The OS sports keyboard shortcut support, Windows-like windows management tools and an Android Marshmallow-inspired flat, clean design. The OS, which is a tweaked version of Android Lollipop,...