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Zotac Zbox R mini PC supports RAID 0 and 1

Zotac Zbox R mini PC supports RAID 0 and 1

There are plenty of tiny mini PCs on the market today for folks that need a PC that takes up as little space as possible. Typically, these tiny PCs have very few features when it comes to connectivity and storage, but that's not the case with Zotac's latest. This machine is the Zotac Zbox R series and it has room inside for a pair of 2.5-inch drives.

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Intel to unveil next generation of Thunderbolt at Computex

Intel to unveil next generation of Thunderbolt at Computex

It looks the next iteration of Thunderbolt will soon be coming down the pipeline, as Intel has teased that it will be making an announcement about the connector type at a press event during the Computex event in Taipei. While Thunderbolt is most associated with Apple, appearing on the side of all MacBooks, the computer-maker decided to use the smaller USB-C port on its new Retina MacBook. But Intel is likely eager to show the next update to Thunderbolt, and reinforce that is has plenty of uses beyond Apple.

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Apple releases 15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch, 5K iMac at $2K

Apple releases 15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch, 5K iMac at $2K

Just as was predicted yesterday, Apple has just released updated models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 27-inch iMac, with available to order online and in-store as of today. The rumors that were reported on turned out to be pretty accurate, as both computer received the upgrades that were expected. Namely, the 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a Force Touch trackpad, and the Retina 5K iMac has received a lower price, which turned out to be better than expected.

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15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch rumored to launch Wednesday

15″ MacBook Pro with Force Touch rumored to launch Wednesday

If you were hoping for Apple to announce a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro or 27-inch iMac at this year's WWDC, your wishes may be coming true, and even sooner than expected. A new report from the fairly reliable French website MacGeneration says that this Wednesday will the release of those two computer models updated with Intel's newest Broadwell processors. The timing plausible, especially for the MacBook Pro, as shipments of the 15-inch model have been dwindling for several weeks now, and the 13-inch model was updated back in March.

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ASRock Beebox mini PC has an Intel Cherry Trail SoC

ASRock Beebox mini PC has an Intel Cherry Trail SoC

There are many reasons that a person might settle for a PC that takes up less space even though the performance of that PC isn't what you would consider powerful. Sometimes a machine that takes up little space is the most important thing. One of the smallest PCs that you can currently get your hands on is the new AS Rock Beebox. The machine uses an Intel Cherry Trial processor under the hood of its tiny 0.6L chassis.

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No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

No free Windows 10 lunch for PC pirates

Microsoft's appetite to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible may have seen it extend an olive branch to those running stolen software, but it won't be a free lunch. The software giant surprised many earlier this year with its promise of a complimentary update in the first year; now, tackling the thorny issue of whether those running "non-genuine" prior versions of Windows will also get the free 10 upgrade, Microsoft's Terry Myerson has confirmed that it won't be so simple.

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Updated Creator CI20: a beefier RPi B+ but MIPS

Updated Creator CI20: a beefier RPi B+ but MIPS

When it comes to hackers and makers, no platform and no development board probably rings louder than ARM and the Raspberry Pi. But they not the only options, not by a long shot. Last year, Imagination Technologies, who makes the PowerVR GPUs among other things, reminded us of that other but less talked about geek darling, the MIPS architecture. It also revealed its own blessed development board, the Creator CI20, which has just been updated to again take on the RPi by taking the fight to the cloud.

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New microbattery can independently power microchips

New microbattery can independently power microchips

As electronic devices keep scaling down, batteries need to find a way to maintain performance under smaller size constraints. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an incredibly thin, high-performance, 3D microbattery, which could be the answer to powering individual microchips apart from any separate power source. The research team printed the tiny power source using a technique combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photo-lithography. The new technique allows for greater control of the electrode's structure; so, the batteries can easily be tailor-made for various applications. The scientists detail the new fabrication technique in their research paper.

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Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

This week the folks behind the kid-aimed Kano computer-building kit have brought an upgraded package to market. The newest version of Kano comes with a Raspberry Pi 2. Along with it comes six times the load speed. Those with the first version of the Kano build-your-own computer kit now have access to the Powerup Kit, an extension pack for Raspberry Pi 1 users that makes the Kano kit faster and able to work with brand new creations. This kit is available from the Kano crew as of this week.

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