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Computers

  • 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...

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...

  • IFA 2017: Acer tosses Core i9, 4 Vega graphics cards into beastly PC

    It's IFA 2017 time already, as the world's tech manufacturers descend on Germany for the massive event. Acer has wasted little time in showing off its wares though, headlined by the Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC. The desktop packs an 18-core, 36 thread Intel Core i9 processor, as well as your choice of up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards or two GeForce GTX1080Ti graphics cards. In other words, virtual reality and 8K should be well supported here, Acer claims. The company adds that the new machine also has support for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Acer also revealed the...

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: A PC user’s review diary [Week Two]

    The last Apple Mac I used for any length of time was our tech's G5 machine for editing purposes. That was in 2008 and 2009. My only other notable experience with Apple Mac computers came from using a buddy's Mac G4 well over a decade ago. In other words, I'm essentially a Mac newbie then, having spent the vast majority of my time on Windows (with a few brief forays into Linux territory). So when an iStore representative asked if I'd like to review the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touchbar, mind you), I figured why not? After all, there have...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Google Chromebooks: slow progress on Android app support

    Google's Chromebooks are enjoying brisk sales over the past year or so, offering great battery life and Google's suite of tools in a laptop. The Google Play Store and Android apps have also been making their way to devices, albeit at a much slower rate than consumers would like. So what kind of progress have we seen since our June update of compatible Chromebooks? Not much, actually. We see a new addition from Acer, with its Chromebook 14 for Work CB5-471 hitting the beta channel. Meanwhile, HP's Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE and Lenovo's fourth generation ThinkPad 11e/ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook graduate from...

  • Watch: Ryzen 5 1600 vs Core i7 7800X in 30 game battle

    AMD's Ryzen range of processors might be the computing and general tech story of the year. Coming after years of a virtual monopoly by Intel, AMD's new chips manage to pack great performance in a cost-effective package. Now, YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed as decided to conduct a 30 game comparison of the Ryzen 5 1600 against the Intel Core i7 7800X. It seems like a somewhat unfair comparison at first glance, because surely it should be Ryzen 7 vs Core i7, right? But AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 sports six cores and 12 threads, much like the 7800X. The kicker is in...

  • Intel Neural Compute Stick brings AI-focused hardware to PCs

    Intel's Compute Stick was a pretty cool family of computers on an HDMI-enabled stick, featuring Intel's Atom chipset and a solid variety of features. Now, Intel's Movidius division has launched something similar, but wholly different, in the form of the Neural Compute Stick. As the name suggests, the Neural Compute Stick is "the world's first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence accelerator", as Intel notes in a news release. In plain English, it offers dedicated hardware for AI-related tasks on a USB 3.0 stick, reducing the need to use the cloud. The device, which consumes one watt of power courtesy of its...