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Computers

  • 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...

  • AMD Threadripper priced – it beats Intel Core i9

    AMD has been on a tear this year, revealing its Ryzen series of chips and confirming that its monster Threadripper enthusiast range was in the works. So when Intel launched its Core i9 family earlier this year, most experts were calling on enthusiasts to wait for more Threadripper details. Now, we have them. In a blog post issued today, AMD has confirmed that its 16-core, 32 thread Threadripper processor (1950X) will have a recommended price of US$999. By comparison, Intel's 10-core/20 thread i9 (7900X) has a US$999 price tag, while its 16-core/32 thread variant has a price tag of US$1699. The...

  • Surprise: you can now download Ubuntu from Windows Store

    A few months ago, we saw Microsoft announce that it was bringing Ubuntu and several other Linux distributions to the Windows Store. Now, Canonical has flicked the switch and added Ubuntu to the store. According to The Verge, the installation is sandboxed though, which means that you won't be getting all the functionality of Ubuntu compared to a proper installation. You'll still be getting command line utlities, such as SSH, bash and git however. Linux... on the Windows Store? Yep, Canonical has published Ubuntu on Microsoft's store "To use this feature, one first needs to use 'Turn Windows features on or off' [in...