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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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HP debuts new consumer desktop computers and x2301 LCD

HP debuts new consumer desktop computers and x2301 LCD

HP has been the leader in PC shipments for a long time. The company ships computers all around the world and is updating and refreshing its offerings all the time. HP has announced some new additions to the consumer desktop line with several new families of computers, including the Pavilion p7, Pavilion Slimline s5, and the HP HPE h8 series machines. The three new desktop lines have different configurations so the buyer can get just what they need.

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Will Crysis 2 ever see DirectX 11

Will Crysis 2 ever see DirectX 11

For those that don't know much about Crysis 2, it is a futuristic first person shooter based in New York City. It is the highly popular sequel to the original Crysis that was released for PC only. For anyone that played it back when it was released the graphics were simply stunning. It brought my powerful quad core and my GTX 260 graphics card and computer to its knees real fast. Most gamers in the PC community were just as excited for Crysis 2 as I was, then we heard it would be launching across all 3 major platforms. This is where the DX11 discussion comes into play.

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PC Market Not Looking Pretty for Q1 2011

PC Market Not Looking Pretty for Q1 2011

Research firms Gartner and IDC have come out with their quarterly look at the PC market in the US and worldwide. With some exceptions, the results are not good. Only three companies, Lenovo, Apple, and to a lesser extent, Toshiba, posted gains for PC sales in Q1. The two reports differ on how large the decline in the total market is, and also on the cause. Is it tablets? Lack of innovation in PCs? Or just a lingering hangover from big Q4 spending? See all the numbers after the cut.

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Trim Slice Tegra 2 ultra-compact desktop gets video demo

Trim Slice Tegra 2 ultra-compact desktop gets video demo

Just when our eyes had glazed over at the Tegra 2 torrent of tablets and smartphones, along came Compulab with its Trim Slice ultra-compact desktop PC using the NVIDIA chipset. Packing the 1080p-capable SoC in a tiny, fanless metal enclosure, complete with HDMI and Dual-Link DVI ports for twin displays, 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and gigabit ethernet, we instantly started imagining places for it under our HDTV or tucked in the corner of our desk. ARMDevices caught up with Compulab this week as they brought the Trim Slice to its first trade show; check out the video demo and more details after the cut.

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Antec rocks us with the rockus 2.1 speaker system

Antec rocks us with the rockus 2.1 speaker system

Antec is a name well known in the computer world for making some nice computer cases, power supplies and other gear that computer enthusiasts know and love. Antec has unveiled a new set of speakers for computer fans called the rockus.

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Samsung Issuing Refunds for PCs with Faulty Intel Chipset

Samsung Issuing Refunds for PCs with Faulty Intel Chipset

Yesterday, Intel stopped shipments of its 6 Series support chip, used in personal computers, because of a design flaw. Today, Samsung announced it will issue refunds or exchange for products containing the chipset. Intel will be paying for the refunds and replacements, so the move will not affect Samsung financially.

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Portal 2 for PS3 to Come with Free Mac and PC Version

Portal 2 for PS3 to Come with Free Mac and PC Version

We're not sure about the Xbox 360 version yet, and it doesn't appear that the PC version will come with any extra functionality to it, but the Playstation 3 version of one of the most cult-classic-great games we've ever played will be coming with both Mac and PC versions attached. This PS3 version of the game comes with full Steam integration which will allow you to continue the game wherever you left of no matter which platform you decide to bring your Portal 2 Blu-Ray disk to.

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Dreamcast Collection Coming to Xbox 360

Dreamcast Collection Coming to Xbox 360

Also coming to your PC, but noone cares about PCs. Never fear, Don Reisinger, your lost love of video games will be revenged (unless I read that article wrong.) On the 22nd of February, 2011, a Dreamcast Collection package will be being released for Xbox 360. Joy unto the mountains, the greatest console gaming system is back in the form of a pack.

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NextComputing Radius PC Puts a Display Into the Tower

NextComputing Radius PC Puts a Display Into the Tower

As far as modifications go, it's usually the most unique, shiny, and ridiculous of the bunch that get the most attention. And while the Radius PC may not look like it's all that much in the shininess department, it's certainly unique enough to be a casemod that someone out there would probably enjoy. After all, sometimes you want to have that tower of yesteryear, so why not update it with a display?

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NZXT bunker locks down your USB gear

NZXT bunker locks down your USB gear

NZXT has all sorts of computer gear and accessories. The company makes some of the cooler computer cases on the market and has a wide range of accessories for computer DIY types as well. The latest accessory from the company is the new Bunker USB Locking Device. This little device helps prevent your USB gear from being stolen at a LAN party or from a public computer.

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HP ENVY 17 3D Review

HP ENVY 17 3D Review

Welcome to a review of the biggest fattest HP 3D desktop replacement notebook you'll ever come across. Not that it's the biggest that'll ever be made, but when you've got this thing sitting on your desk, you'll wonder how you ever got along without such an abundance of screen real-estate on what the world, up until recently, was calling a laptop computer. This is the HP ENVY 17 3D, and not only does it have full 3D capabilities and a width bigger than your humble narrator's torso, it's got a screen so bright it makes the real world seem yellow.

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