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Forget post-PC: are we already in a post-Desktop era?

Forget post-PC: are we already in a post-Desktop era?

For a couple of years now, we've seen the coined term "post-PC" thrown around like a prophecy of doom, and yet that Armageddon hasn't completely come to pass, though are signs of slow erosion. The PC isn't growing strong, but it's holding on and will most likely do so for a long, long time. But more than a question of the future of the platform, perhaps it is better to ask about the devices that make up this PC market. And when it comes to PCs, there is perhaps no better under dog the the ye ol' faithful desktop.

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First non-Sony VAIO to arrive in US this October

First non-Sony VAIO to arrive in US this October

It was over a year ago that Sony spun off its VAIO PC brand, selling it to Japan Industrial Partners, who chose to limit their products to the Japanese market. But now, the reborn VAIO computers are ready to go international, and the company says it will begin selling them in the US starting in October. The first model will be the VAIO Canvas Z, a "monster tablet" with a detachable keyboard, and it will be available on VAIO's US website and at Microsoft's retail stores starting October 5th.

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Dell Chromebook 13 leads Chrome OS for enterprise attack

Dell Chromebook 13 leads Chrome OS for enterprise attack

Chromebooks have already made a splash in education settings and now Google wants to do the same in businesses, with the new Dell Chromebook 13 leading the charge. The new version of Chrome OS builds on some of the centralized management features that Google introduced for schools, but throws in support for VPNs, virtualization, and playing nicely with existing infrastructure. Poster-child for the new updates is Dell's $399 Chromebook 13.

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Intel to bring Xeon processors to laptops

Intel to bring Xeon processors to laptops

Intel has been making processors in the Xeon line for a very long time and typically those processors are for server and high-end workstations in the business world. These machines are often used by engineers and architects who need serious processing power in their desktop machines. Intel says that more and more folks that use these high-end workstations are seeing the need for similar performance in a portable machine.

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New iMac tipped for Q3 with improved display, new processors

New iMac tipped for Q3 with improved display, new processors

Apple is gearing up to released a refreshed iMac lineup before the end of this quarter, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, the industry analyst with easily the best track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans. Among the improvements of the new iMacs are said to be more powerful processors, along with better display technology, although it's not clear if that includes a new Retina display option for the smaller size 21.5-inch iMac.

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HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

Microsoft's HoloLens head-worn augmented reality computer is expected to begin shipping within the next year, though consumers will still be left waiting. The unusual headset, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, allowing them to be virtually manipulated as if sharing the space of the wearer, will initially be targeted at developers and enterprise users. According to comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, meanwhile, the consumer device journey may take considerably longer.

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Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

When id Software's RAGE video game started flaunting "4K textures" around, there was much debate on the practicality of that amount of data versus what our eyes can distinguish and what our beefiest PCs can handle. And now Intel and Micron, two of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry, wants us thinking about 8K games already? That said, it isn't about the absurdity of the idea but about how its new 3D XPoint memory technology can make it possible, beating the hell out of the popular and steadfast NAND flash storage we have today.

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Windows 10 begins its rollout to 190 countries

Windows 10 begins its rollout to 190 countries

The day has finally arrived. Microsoft has opened the floodgates and started the ball rolling to bring Windows 10 to desktops, laptops, and tablets everywhere. And by everywhere, we mean a whopping 190 countries. Naturally, Microsoft is in a very celebratory mood, though some might think it's a bit too early to party. Nonetheless, there is no stopping the latest version of Windows from making or breaking the company's legacy, setting its tone for the next 10 years or so as Microsoft navigates the waters of a mobile-centric world.

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LEGO computer gets even smaller with micro PC system

LEGO computer gets even smaller with micro PC system

For some people, a PC isn't just a work horse. It's also a way of life. For these people, sprucing up their computers is just as important as beefing them up with specs and features. And what better way to spruce a rather bland, industrial looking box than by encasing them inside LEGO bricks? Yes, Total Geekdom's Mike Schropp is back and this time, he's really gone the distance. He has created what is practically the smallest LEGO computer. But as they say, don't judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, a block.

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