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Stanford computer processor uses moving water drops

Stanford computer processor uses moving water drops

Two things that don’t mix well are computers and water. Spill a glass of water on your notebook and odds are you will be in the market for a new notebook. Normal computers rely on electricity to power all the magic inside the processor to make the computer do what you want it to from playing games to crunching numbers for your budget.

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HP compromises to get groundbreaking Machine to market

HP compromises to get groundbreaking Machine to market

HP expects to have its groundbreaking Machine up and running in 2016, but its ambitious plans for the computer have been tempered from the original promises. Announced last year alongside an aggressive scheme to introduce memristors - chips that straddle volatile RAM and non-volatile storage - commercially, HP Machine was billed as the future of everything from servers to smartphones. Speaking at the HP Discover event this week, however, HP Labs' director Martin Fink conceded that the first-generation Machine won't be quite as revolutionary as initially hoped.

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech has been on a roll with wireless mice lately, resurrecting the MX Master name for its excellent flagship peripheral, and now following that with the MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse for travelers. Buffing the rough edges from the original Wireless Anywhere Mouse, and throwing in support for the gestures common in today’s software, it’s a smaller, cheaper version of the high-end model intended to slip neatly into a bag. Question is, has the shrinking process also reduced the Logitech’s charm?

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Dell’s new Inspiron computers cover all sizes and forms

Dell’s new Inspiron computers cover all sizes and forms

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to computers, which is why Dell is outing not just one, not two, and not even just three products at Computex. Spanning laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, all-in-one desktops, and other computers of different shapes and sizes, Dell is announcing a new line of Inspiron PCs to cater to every need and every want. Going beyond just size and form, Dell's new computers offer multiple choices of processors and configurations, letting consumers customize their purchase even further to fit their work and their lifestyle.

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MSI shows off all-in-one PC’s and more at Computex

MSI shows off all-in-one PC’s and more at Computex

Alongside its cubic camera and gaming laptops, MSI also brought a range of options to the ever-growing AIO (all-in-one PC) market at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. AIO's like Microsoft's Surface series combine features of a laptop and a tablet in one. These AIO's from MSI are, of course, geared towards gaming and feature a choice of i7 or i5 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M or GTX 970M graphics. Both the AG270 3K and Gaming 24GE models feature Nahimic sound which creates not only creates virtual surround sound, but has additional features like noise reduction and voice leveling when channeled through headphones.

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Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel has just introduced Thunderbolt 3, the latest generation of the connector, and did so with a curveball. In order to stay relevant amidst the ongoing popularity of USB and its new, reversible connectors, Thunderbolt 3 will feature both identical connectors and ports as USB Type-C. This means that computers, going forward, can rely on a single port for connecting both USB and Thunderbolt devices/accessories. So if Apple, for example, continues to make its notebooks thinner, they can continue with the trend of a single port that was introduced on the new Retina MacBooks.

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MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek, one of the leading processor manufacturers for mobile device chipsets, is expanding its newest generation processor family, Helio, by introducing the P series chips. The P10 is a slim, 8 core processor. What this means for mobile device manufacturers, is that they have a the new chip to work with for handsets that aren't going to get an expensive 10 core processor, let alone an extreme performance 20 core processor like last month's MediaTek announcement, the Helio X20. Whereas, the X20 has flagship written all over it, the P10 looks like it will be for future mid to upper range handsets.

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Windows 10 available now for Raspberry Pi 2

Windows 10 available now for Raspberry Pi 2

The operating system known as Windows 10 Internet of Things Core Insider Preview becomes available today for Raspberry Pi 2. This system requires that users already have Windows 10 Insider Preview for their standard PC - Windows, not a virtual machine, and that they have a Raspberri Pi 2 - of course. This system needs a 5V micro USB power supply as well as an HDMI cable if display is desired, an ethernet cable, and an 8GB micro SD card - class 10 or better. If you're good here, you're about to be good to go on your Pi 2.

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Windows 10 arrives July 29: How much will you pay?

Windows 10 arrives July 29: How much will you pay?

While the announcement of Windows 10 included word that the upgrade to this OS would be free, not every user will have that opportunity. The opportunity to attain this operating system at no cost is limited. Only those who have Windows 7 or 8.1 "Pro" editions - not those with the "Enterprise" editions - will receive this upgrade for free. This push also only exists within the first year of release of the OS. You'll want to read this fine print before you proceed to the "go" button.

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