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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 specs leaked

AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 specs leaked

Keeping up with desktop gaming hardware is a never-ending quest - and it never hurts to take some shortcuts. So rejoice, GPU enthusiasts: an early preview of the next generation of Radeon cards has been posted by EXPreview. The center of the lineup, the HD 7870 and 7850 cards, have been detailed, using the new Pitcairn processor architecture. The cards use the same 28 nanometer fabrication process, but more memory and other slight speed increases.

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MOTHER artificial intelligence forces nerds to do the chores… or else

MOTHER artificial intelligence forces nerds to do the chores… or else

If you've ever been inside a dormitory full of computer science undergraduates, you know what horrors come of young men free of responsibility. To help combat the lack of homemaking skills in nerds everywhere, a group of them banded together to create MOTHER, a combination of home automation, basic artificial intelligence and gentle nagging designed to keep a domicile running at peak efficiency. And also possibly kill an entire crew of space truckers if they should come in contact with a xenomorphic alien - but that code module hasn't been installed yet.

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Razer unveils Mass Effect 3 accessories and iPhone case

Razer unveils Mass Effect 3 accessories and iPhone case

It's hard to make video game aesthetics work in the real world. Halo's segmented green and Starcraft's otherworldly blue end up looking like odd residents when saddled to desktop staples or game consoles. But Bioware's Mass Effect series seems to do well when translated into physical goods, mostly thanks to the subtle red-on-black racing stripe of Commander Shepard's N7 armor. If you feel like you need a little more intergalactic style in your life, Razer's introduced a collection of accessories (both gaming and fashion) to celebrate the upcoming release of Mass Effect 3.

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HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

At HP's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, hardly a word was spoken on their WebOS efforts in 2011. And it's not hard to see why: the few phones and single TouchPad tablet that sprang from the acquisition of Palm bombed so badly that the only wat to recoup losses was a massive fire sale. But surprisingly, HP's new CEO Meg Whitman didn't seem phased: at her keynote this morning, she reiterated HP's commitment to the WebOS platform.

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Ultrabook prices unlikely to drop much until 2013

Ultrabook prices unlikely to drop much until 2013

After the constant bombardment at CES last month, it's hard to deny that Intel's Ultrabook spec hasn't hit its stride. And while most are hitting the $1000 mark (for base models, and with a few exceptions) the valuable perks they add in portability and battery life have made them a few fans - including us. Unfortunately, they aren't likely to budge on the all important sticker price for at least another year: DigiTimes reports that ultrabook hardware suppliers are having a hard time lowering the price of components, and the total cost for the skinny laptops is unlikely to shift significantly until 2013.

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HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP rocked the stripey ties off the high-powered workstation world today when they unveiled the Z1 Workstation, the first all-in-one form factor computer that incorporates workstation-class hardware. This impressive machine targets corporate customers from small graphics shops to medical imaging customers to high-end Hollywood 3D rendering. SlashGear was on-hand to check out the hardware, and we came away with some impressive first looks.

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HP unveils 27-inch all in one Z1 Workstation

HP unveils 27-inch all in one Z1 Workstation

Workstations are some of the most powerful computers you can buy... but man, are they boring. With the possible exception of Apple's Mac Pro, there's really no workstation-class machine that inspires desire, despite the backbone that they provide for high-end work in industry. HP may have just changed that with the unveiling of their Z1, the company's first all-in-one workstation. HP showed off the new hardware at their workstation event in Las Vegas.

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SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

So, fellow Windows users, who among you can't wait to run to your local electronics store this fall and install Windows 8 - on your three-year-old home built benchmark buster? As exciting as a new version of Windows can be, this time the excitement's all about the ARM-based opportunities that an entirely new hardware and software platform can provide. Microsoft's been a little squirrely on Windows 8 for ARM hardware (Which they're referring to as "WOA" for short), but Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows division broke it all down in a massive article at MSDN. If you're a Windows developer it's required reading, but we're breaking it down here for the consumer side of things.

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HP Envy Spectre coming in 15-inch version

HP Envy Spectre coming in 15-inch version

One of the more exciting ultrabooks that we spotted at CES 2012 was the Envy 14 Spectre, HP's high-style and low-weight addition to its ENVY line. The ultrabook made a good impression thanks to is unique Gorilla Glass top, 1600x900 LCD and a compact body that crams a 14-inch screen into a size usually reserved for 13-inch laptops. DigiTimes reports that HP is showing off a 15-inch version of the Spectre in Taiwan, and that means it can't be too long before it shows up in western markets.

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Acer AM3970 Review

Acer AM3970 Review

The mid-range desktop is a dying breed. With most consumers opting for laptops anyway, the primary reasons for choosing a desktop at all are to get below the $500 mark, get maximum performance for gaming or other media applications, or simply to have a semi-permanent installation with a larger screen than you an get while mobile. At $699, the Acer AM3970 represents one of a handful of models caught somewhere in the middle: a better processor and more RAM to get more oomph than budget desktops, but not so much that it's a serious threat to machines closer to the $1000 mark. Let's see how this one stacks up.

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iOS 5.1 rumored for a March 9th public release

iOS 5.1 rumored for a March 9th public release

Developers and other beta testers have had their hands on the first major update for iOS 5 for months now, but according to YourDailyMac, the public release could be coming exactly one month from today. A tipster found operator strings in the latest iOS 5.1 builds pointing towards a March 9th release, which incidentally falls pretty closely to those iPad 3 rumors. Take that for what it's worth. Operator profiles for mobile carriers in Japan, France, Greece, Finland, and Sweden were discovered, pertaining to the iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the third and fourth generations of the iPod Touch and both current iPads.

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Asus unveils massive triple-slot Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP GPU

Asus unveils massive triple-slot Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP GPU

You think your home-built gaming PC is rocking with a dual-slot PCI-E graphics card wedged into your blinged-out case? You haven't seen anything yet. Asus just pulled the curtain off its newest piece of gaming indulgence, the Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP. It's the latest in the manufacturer's series of factory-overclocked cards, which include massive cooling systems designed to keep the GPU running at efficient combinations of speed, heat load and fan noise. This configuration has a new trick up its sleeve: a triple-slot configuration, where the combined circuit board and cooling unit take up the same amount of space as three normal-sized discrete cards

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