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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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Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Parallels Desktop 11 for Windows 10 on Mac: here’s what’s new

Apple computers will soon be able to take advantage of Windows 10 apps with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. This software is the newest in a line of software from Parallels that allows for more functionality between operating systems than Apple's own "Boot Camp" does alone. Here the key is "Coherence" mode, allowing you to open Windows 10 apps the same way you would the same app in a standard Windows 10 environment. This includes Cortana, as you might have already guessed.

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Acer Predator G6-710 gaming desktop revealed at last

Acer Predator G6-710 gaming desktop revealed at last

After weeks without detail from Acer on their newest Predator-brand gaming desktop, Gamescom comes to the rescue. Today Acer revealed the details behind what we saw earlier this year in a room full of gaming machines. This is the Predator G6-710 gaming desktop, rolling with an aesthetic only a gamer with a taste for the extravagant could really, truly appreciate. This machine is one of several gaming-friendly machines coming from Acer this year.

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Lenovo Flex 3 11 highlights: three things to know

Lenovo Flex 3 11 highlights: three things to know

When it comes to budget laptops, you usually have two choices: cheesy design or inadequate features. Lenovo challenges both of those issues with its new Flex 3 11, a small laptop that starts at $299 and looks like it was designed for grown ups. We recently reviewed the laptop, and per usual we’re back with a few highlights that’ll jump start your knowledge about the machine. For all of the details and more pictures, be sure to check out the full review!

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Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Today Windows 10 is released to the bulk of the first wave of users that'll be running Microsoft's next desktop-based OS. It works with a variety of features that aim to make users happy they've decided to purchase a new PC - it'll also be aiming to bring Apple desktop users to the Windows PC environment. But what will Windows 10 do to stem the leaky boat that is user movement from full-time daily desktop to 60% (or more) mobile computer users? Microsoft might by trying to save their share of the desktop PC, but what's left to save?

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4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

Inside the newest build of OS X El Capitan comes mention of Apple's newest desktop device, one with a 21.5-inch 4K display. While we can't be 100% certain this is a display aimed at a new iMac, Apple's desktop and laptop lineup do leave room right this moment for just such a device. This would make way for the current 21.5-inch iMac to be retired while a new version with 4096 x 2304 pixels to come through. This device will likely be revealed by Apple within the next couple of months.

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Apple brings Metal to OS X

Apple brings Metal to OS X

OS X El Capitan is introduced with the iOS developer feature Metal, allowing developers to get "closer to the hardware." This software element allows developers to code in a way that brings potential speed increases and battery performance as well, "up to 40 percent battery performance," has been reported by users after re-coding apps with Metal, according to Apple's Federighi. According to Epic Games, Metal is allowing developers to destroy vehicles 70-percent faster than ever before, on a Mac - onstage at WWDC 2015.

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OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

This morning Apple introduced OS X El Capitan - that's the "S" version of the operating system they revealed last year, OS X Yosemite. As predicted earlier this morning, the images shown on the iMacs onstage at WWDC 2015 show the mountain El Capitan, a vertical rock formation inside Yosemite national park. This indicated that there wouldn't be a whole new, completely different operating system in store, but an upgrade, much in the way Apple released a numbered iPhone every other year, and an upgraded "S" version every year after.

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Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

This week the folks behind the kid-aimed Kano computer-building kit have brought an upgraded package to market. The newest version of Kano comes with a Raspberry Pi 2. Along with it comes six times the load speed. Those with the first version of the Kano build-your-own computer kit now have access to the Powerup Kit, an extension pack for Raspberry Pi 1 users that makes the Kano kit faster and able to work with brand new creations. This kit is available from the Kano crew as of this week.

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Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Those in developing nations have had growing options when it comes to gadgets, and one company has done its part to make sure desktop computers are more accessible to anyone who needs one. The Endless computer, as it is being called, is a unique looking desktop computer designed specifically for developing nations, though arguably anyone could find a use for it, and it was conceived during a trip to India. It brings with it its own simplified custom operating system.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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