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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.

HP adds Intel’s Ivy Bridge to six desktops

HP adds Intel’s Ivy Bridge to six desktops

The last two days have seen a positive rain of new systems using Intel's third generation of Core processors, including an update to HP's well-received Omni 27. They just announced another five models getting the Ivy Bridge update: the 21-inch Omni 220qd and Touchsmart 520xt all-in-ones, the Pavilion HPE h8t and h8xt desktops and the top-of-the-line HPE H9t Phoenix. The Phoenix will be hitting online and brick-and-mortar retailers on April 29th, but the rest of the models including the new Omni 27qd will have to wait until June 24th for retail. They'll be offered on HP's website the same day as the Phoenix.

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HP Omni 27 coming with Ivy Bridge option

HP Omni 27 coming with Ivy Bridge option

If you're a fan of the all-in-one design and aren't up for Lenovo's unconventional A720, then there's good news: HP's mid-range, big-screen Omni 27 will soon get an Ivy Bridge option. The third-generation Intel Core processors will be offered with new Omni 27 units soon. Though HP's website is still showing the older processors, Intel's Ivy Bridge showcase names the model. The update should go live on HP's site in a week or two.

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MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

MSI GT70 gaming laptop with Ivy Bridge available now

If you can't wait to get your hands on Intel's 3rd-generation Core processors for some gaming action, you'll definitely want to check out the MSI GT70. The 17-inch laptop is shipping now from online retailers like ExcaliburPC, complete with Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors and an NVIDIA GTX670M GPU. Pre-configured models start in the $1,500 range and go as high as $2,500 for the more well-equipped versions, depending upon the hardware included. Stock is already running low, so if you want one, get an order in fast!

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Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

A slew of new Ivy Bridge processors isn't the only thing Intel is announcing today. Slipped into the announcement of its third-generation Core architecture was the mention of the HD 4000 series of integrated graphics cards, which will replace the standard graphics currently on a huge assortment of laptops and desktops. According to Intel, the new integrated graphics chips will deliver up to double performance from the 3000 series, an impressive claim and a necessary advancement as Ultrabooks (most of which use Intel's HD graphics) become a more popular PC segment.

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HP Z1 all-in-one workstation now shipping

HP Z1 all-in-one workstation now shipping

If you need a ton of power in an attractive and modular all-in-one, you were previously out of luck. But the HP Z1 Workstation, which wowed onlookers at HP's presentation in February, is now shipping worldwide to fulfill your high-powered needs. The 27-inch all-in-one is the first PC to use workstation-class components in the form factor, and combines with an impressive flip-up design to grant access to its innards. The starting price is $1,899, but you can add Intel Xeon-class processors, NVIDA Quadro graphics, et cetera, to make it go a lot higher.

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Braven Bluetooth speakers offer daisy-chain and mobile charging

Braven Bluetooth speakers offer daisy-chain and mobile charging

There's a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there at the moment, some of them with a surprising amount of fidelity. But if what you want from your mobile speakers is flexibility and power (in more ways than one) the Braven Six series might just be for you. The three brand-new units offer the standard A2DP Bluetooth audio profile for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and just about any other Bluetooth device, with the added ability to act as a speakerphone. In addition you can "daisy chain" the speakers together for more sound, and in a pinch, connect your smartphone to the built-in USB port to charge off of its integrated battery.

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Meizu announces MX Quad-core with Exynos processor

Meizu announces MX Quad-core with Exynos processor

Just five months after the Meizu MX became official, it's getting the quad-core processor that the Chinese superphone was rumored to get in the first place. But this time there's a surprise: the MX Quad-core is using Samsung's Exynos A9 architecture for its system-on-a-chip, something that should make performance junkies ecstatic even without a given clock speed. Meizu announced the new phone today with a planned release in June, claiming a 60% increase in processor performance and a 50% jump in GPU performance over the previous version.

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Constant comet impacts create cosmic light show

Constant comet impacts create cosmic light show

Even casual students of astronomy know that comets ringing a star in semi-stable orbits is a common universal occurrence, even for our own Sol. But European astronomers have found one star that has an astounding number of them: as many as 83 trillion, to the best of the scientists' estimates. This incredible number of orbital bodies creates constant collisions in space, which in turn litters the solar area with massive amounts of ice and dust, the reflections of which can be seen from our own high-powered infrared telescopes 25 light years away. The amount of mass that this dust represents at any given time is about a hundred times that of the Earth.

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Nokia Lumia 900 review

Nokia Lumia 900 review

Over the last year Nokia's had something of a tumultuous time in the mobile industry. While still a power to be feared in the featurephone market, their lack of presence in the smartphone market has been keenly felt. With T-Mobile's Lumia 710 as a prelude, the Finnish giant makes a return in earnest with the Lumia 900 on AT&T's LTE network. Its features and design are immediately attractive, but perhaps more so is the price: just $99 on-contract, or free for new AT&T customers. Can a combination of great design, high-end features and price make a bold statement for Nokia? Let's find out.

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HTC One X caught in the wild

HTC One X caught in the wild

We're just a few days out from the debut of HTC's brand-spanking new One family, but it looks like the folks at HTCHub got a look at the leader of the line early. The HTC One X gets its full reveal courtesy of some French gentlemen, who also managed to find the smaller and sleeker HTC One S for some comparison shots. In China and parts of Europe the phone will be available for unlocked purchase on Monday, April 2nd. The HSPA+ version of the phone will cost a cool 599 Euros - about $800 US Dollars.

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