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Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

One day the tech world will have embraced the USB-C connector - until then, we’re reliant on devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive to bridge old and new. The double-sided thumb drive sandwiches between 16GB and 64GB of storage in-between a pair of plugs: a regular USB 3.1 on one end, and a USB-C 3.1 on the other. As a new MacBook user, I’m understandably curious about anything that works around the ultraportable’s notorious lack of ports: read on for my review.

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Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

This morning a set of images of the final version of the Oculus Rift consumer version (CV1) were leaked. While at first it appeared that these images were finalized photos of the headset set to be released next year and revealed in full tomorrow, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Reddit to confirm the "placeholder" nature of the images. In short - they look radical, they look great, but they're not what you're going to be buying in 2016. They're close, but no cigar.

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LG 27MU67 4K monitor is first to pack AMD FreeSync tech

LG 27MU67 4K monitor is first to pack AMD FreeSync tech

One of the great things about gaming on a PC is that you have free reign to customize your gaming system to suit your specific needs and wants. As long as you have the cash on hand for the upgrades, you can get graphics customized to you in all of your favorite games. Console gamers on the other hand have very little control over how they see the game on screen because there is no upgrading to be done on a console this side of more storage.

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Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Set-top boxes and smart TVs may have proliferated, but sometimes there's nothing quite like the flexibility to hooking your PC up to the big screen, and now Logitech has the keyboard to completely the pairing. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a relative of the company's original Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, pairing a touchpad with a full QWERTY layout and 33 feet of range.

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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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