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CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

This week a new crowdfunding platform by the name of CrowdedRocket was launched - and not 24-hours later it's become so popular, the site is down. "We are experiencing heavy traffic," says the site at the time of this article's publication, "we are working on scaling up. Please try back later." The site works with startup companies and sets itself aside by creating a vetting process. Instead of allowing just about any sort of project jump onboard, they have a set of "thought leaders and influencers" work to see whether or not said project is worth the jumpstart in the first place.

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Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Although single board computers or SBCs have been existence for a long time, the Raspberry Pi really ushered in a new era by democratizing such boards, making them available at extremely affordable prices. Since then, many have tried to emulate that success and offer hackers, modders, tinkers and all sorts of DIY fans boards of varying power and prices. Hardkernel's new Odroid-C1 is one of those, though it has one clear, but not clearly advertised, advantage: it's input/output pins are compatible with Raspberry Pi's.

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Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

When it comes to "small computers", which covers anything from embedded systems to mobile devices, ARM, and to some extent Intel, are probably the best known names. But that doesn't mean they're the only game in town. The MIPS architecture, which powers an equally big number of embedded systems, including game consoles, is also a contender. Developers for those systems now have their own board to play around and experiment with, now that Imagination has released its own Creator CI20 as part of its programme to hook in more developers and users.

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Woz: Garage was a myth, Jobs wasn’t an early computer believer

Woz: Garage was a myth, Jobs wasn’t an early computer believer

It's been three years since Steve Jobs passed away, but his legacy continues, and so does his origin story. Celebrating the legacy of Apple, and particularly the Apple I and II, Jobs' first partner in crime, Steve Wozniak, gives a bit of insight into the young Steve Jobs back in the 1970's, showing how human the man in the turtleneck was. And apparently, he wasn't as enthusiastic about computers back then before he made a quick U-turn to become the passionate Jobs we all know.

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Swiftpoint GT offers the convenience of a mouse with touch gestures

Swiftpoint GT offers the convenience of a mouse with touch gestures

When it comes to mice there are a huge amount of devices out there that have all sorts of features. You can get normal mice that need a surface to work, track balls that are pointing devices easier on your wrists, and track pads that support gestures. A new product called the Swiftpoint GT has debuted that combines all three of those devices into a pointing device that works with just about any device you have.

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IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

US supercomputers are having to grow up, with a wider set of tasks the machines at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories are being asked to do by the researchers, national security teams, and others given access to them demanding a change in architecture in order to keep them flexible. IBM and NVIDIA are upgrading two supercomputers - Sierra at Lawrence Livermore, and Summit at Oak Ridge - using IBM's support for the open-source OpenPOWER standard, increasing the interconnect speed of the CPU and GPU processors responsible for doing all the heavy-duty crunching. In fact, so the companies claim, there'll be as much as a tenfold cut in processing time for real-world applications.

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This Smart Desk concept is the Dell you actually want

This Smart Desk concept is the Dell you actually want

Dell has cooked up a huge touchscreen "Smart Desk" concept for Dell World this week, its vision of what the digital workspace of the future will look like. Focusing on the sort of tools that digital artists, graphic designers, engineers, analysts, and anyone else wanting to dip their hands into their data, the broad LCD multitouch screen covers the desk like a 21st century blotter, and is paired with a second, equally sizable display, such as Dell's own UltraSharp 27, a 5K display which the company says will ship in December.

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HP Omen gaming notebook rivals Razer for the mainstream

HP Omen gaming notebook rivals Razer for the mainstream

HP may not be the first name you think of when you consider meaty gaming notebooks, but the company is hoping to change all that with the HP Omen. Taking on potent rivals like Razer's Blade and models from Alienware, the Omen seems determined to strike as much of a balance as it can between power and affordability (something we can't always say about the gaming competition). So, there's no outlandish 4K display, but that does help with the price of entry.

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HP Sprout blends 3D scanning with projection-UI all-in-one

HP Sprout blends 3D scanning with projection-UI all-in-one

HP has revealed the HP Sprout, it's new "creativity station" that pairs a Windows 8.1 PC with a new HP Illuminator system blending a projector, high-resolution camera, and Intel's RealSense 3D tracking for capturing digital versions of physical objects. Similar in appearance to a regular all-in-one PC, though with a large, touch-enabled platform where you'd usually expect the keyboard to be, the Sprout is intended to allow "blending reality" for designers and gamers, with its image and motion capture system taking hand movements and 3D scans and digitizing them on the 23-inch Full HD touchscreen.

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