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ODROID-X trumps Raspberry Pi with quad-core CPU

ODROID-X trumps Raspberry Pi with quad-core CPU

The Raspberry Pi made quite a splash by offering a cheap way of computing to students or developings using a 700Mhz ARM11 processor. Now a Korean company has created a similar board utilizing a much more powerful quad-core Exynos processor from Samsung. The ODROID-X will clock the CPU at 1.4Ghz and come with 1GB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, six USB ports, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot, micro HDMI, and microphone/headphone jacks.

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FBI investigating ZTE over surveillance equipment deal with Iran

FBI investigating ZTE over surveillance equipment deal with Iran

ZTE is fast expanding its portfolio to Europe and the United States, but the Chinese company has now come under scrutiny from the FBI over reports that it sold computer equipment from American companies to Iran. According to a document obtained by The Smoking Gun, ZTE is trying to cover up details of a $130 million transaction with Iran that saw the Chinese company selling sophisticated surveillance equipment.

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PC sales slump with Asian shipments “worst in years”

PC sales slump with Asian shipments “worst in years”

Just when sales for the PC industry were looking up, computer shipments slipped globally in Q2. Analysts were expecting conservative numbers for the PC industry overall in Q2, and the latest report from IDC published this week shows sales were worse than expected. According to IDC, 86.7 million PC units were shipped globally in Q2.

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Acer Aspire 5600U AiO features Ivy Bridge and multitouch

Acer Aspire 5600U AiO features Ivy Bridge and multitouch

Acer has today announced the introduction of its Aspire 5600U All-in-One PC. The company says the slim chassis is around 35mm thick, with the machine featuring a 23-inch screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 5ms response time, 250 nits of brightness, and 10 point multitouch. The PC is powered by Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors, and there’s a discrete NVIDIA GPU too.

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Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Sacked Apple engineer snuck into HQ to complete calculator app

Here’s a pretty incredible story: a contractor working for Apple named Ron Avitzur successfully managed to sneak into Apple headquarters and complete his software project long after it had been cancelled. Avitzur was originally part of a team working on a graphing calculator that would ship with the company’s new PowerPC computer in 1994. Apple scrapped the project and offered Avitzur a place in the company, but he declined, only wishing to work on projects that interested him.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute

Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute

Google is celebrating a milestone birthday of one of the most important people in the world of computing. It's a posthumous celebration, though. Alan Turing, a man who paved the way for what would become the era of computing, was born 100 years ago this month. In addition to creating a special doodle in Turing's honor, Google also wrote a blog post detailing how the man's contributions will not be forgotten.

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Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing to cost around $400

Intel seems to be dabbling in a few different areas right now. The company has the desktop and laptop market locked down pretty tight, and is now attempting to breach the mobile space with Medfield, and may be looking to target miniature computers and HTPCs next. Back in April the company unveiled its “Next Unit of Computing” box, which packed a Sandy Bridge chip, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB all into a 10cm by 10cm box, and now rough pricing has been revealed.

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Gigabyte X11 world’s lightest ultrabook pics leak

Gigabyte X11 world’s lightest ultrabook pics leak

Tomorrow, May 31, the lightest ultrabook ever to be released will have its coming out party in Taipei. But ahead of the anticipated launch, some official product shots have leaked, even though there haven't been any leaked technical specs. However, it looks like it will have an 11.6-inch display and a limited number of connection ports.

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Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed on Windows 7. If OEMs choose that option, it would significantly bolster the number of users for the VOIP platform.

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