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Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

This week we're seeing the next generation in Raspberry Pi technology. For those of you that've never heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's a barebones computer that's made to be exceedingly cheap whilst retaining functionality for do-it-yourself electronics makers. In other words - it's the brain for your next robot. This second major wave release is being put out for the same price as the most recent Raspberry Pi unit, but here you're getting a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with 6x the performance of the previous best board.

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Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

The Raspberry Pi has been quite popular at democratizing the DIY board and reinvigorating the maker culture. Since its launch, however, there have been many rivals that have tried to take a bite out of it, some perhaps more successful than others. RPi, as it is lovingly called, is out for revenge and it will be delivering it through the new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, the successor to the most recent B+ model that kicks things up a notch thanks to a new BCM2836 chip.

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ASUS VivoMini PC with Celeron now available from Newegg

ASUS VivoMini PC with Celeron now available from Newegg

It's been a few months since ASUS revealed its vision for a small PC box in the VivoMini, but now it is starting to turn that vision into reality, albeit in a less impressive and slightly disappointing way. The VivoMini PC that is now for sale on Newegg does indeed bear a 4th generation Intel Haswell chip, but only of the Celeron kind. It also comes with a price tag that, though not significantly much, is just a bit higher than the $150 mark ASUS was aiming for.

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Intel NUC gets its first Core i7 model

Intel NUC gets its first Core i7 model

Mini, and even pico, PCs are not uncommon, but few will probably be aware that Intel has its own special line dedicated to that computing size. The Intel NUC, short for Next Unit of Computing, is the chip maker's own take on how mini PCs should be built, putting the whole computer in a single package rather than as separate components like most desktops. That NUC line is now getting a huge upgrade with the addition of a Core i7 configuration in the roster.

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EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC Review with Benchmarks

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC Review with Benchmarks

This week NVIDIA brings heat with the GTX 960 graphics card family. The unit we're having a peek at today is an EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC, working with clock speeds of 1279MHz Base and 1342MHz Boost, a brand new set of cooling features with ACX 2.0+ Cooling, and the ability to output video to 5 displays at once. This isn't a top tier card, it's meant to attack the middle - extraordinary processing power for a rather inexpensive price. That's the key to hitting the graphics card market from all angles.

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Mouse Box puts a PC inside the mouse

Mouse Box puts a PC inside the mouse

Unless you work from a laptop all the time and like using a track pad, you have a mouse sitting on your desk at home or in the office. Not all mice are considered equal and there is a huge number of different mice out there to suit every need from gaming to working with graphics and more. A new mouse has turned up that is very different from all the others on the market today; the mouse is called the Mouse Box.

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Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to a new place for Windows 10, making certain the public understands that with more than just this one system, your computing service is going to be cross-platform. To do this, Cortana has been shown on the desktop's task bar. This is more like a search bar than anything, replicating what we've seen in the past on Windows Phone 8, here now on the bottom of our screen for desktop machines with Windows 10 - all in cool blue, of course.

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MintBox Mini gives Linux users a pocket-sized PC

MintBox Mini gives Linux users a pocket-sized PC

It seems almost ironic that while are phones seem to be getting bigger, PCs are getting smaller. At least those that aren't hulking beasts constructed for raw power, for gaming and whatnot. Though not as ridiculously small as Xiaomi's Mi Box mini "set top box", if you could still call it that, this new MintBox Mini still tries to deliver a PC that is powerful enough for your basic computing needs yet small enough to fit in your pocket. Presuming, of course, you'd actually keep one in your pocket.

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LG unveils 980g 14-inch Ultra PC

LG unveils 980g 14-inch Ultra PC

LG has unveiled some new computers today and one of them is claimed to be the world's lightest 14-inch Ultra PC. The new machine tips the scales at 980g, which is about the same weight as three apples according to LG. LG claims that the notebook is currently the lightest on the market. Along with the lightweight, the machine features a 14-inch full HD IPS screen.

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Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Most smartphone users don't use their devices while they sleep, unless they've mastered the arcane art of sleeptexting. Those devices sit silently and idly, lying in wait for the next time its owner's touch wakes it up. Now, however, those "wasted" computing power can be put to good use even while we slumber, by lending their processing power to more altruistic causes, studying proteins and helping in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer's, thanks to a new Folding@Home app now available on Sony's Xperia smartphones.

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