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HP launches Compaq LA2405x 24-inch LCD monitor

HP launches Compaq LA2405x 24-inch LCD monitor

If you're anything like me, the rise of 16:9 computer monitors is the bane of your working life - give me the (slightly) older 16:10 standard or nothing. That seems to be HP's reasoning behind the LA2405x, a 24-inch budget business monitor that bucks the trend of wider displays (with lower resolutions). The TN-LCD panel comes with a size-standard resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.

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HP Compaq Elite 8300 and Pro 6300 towers aim for business market

HP Compaq Elite 8300 and Pro 6300 towers aim for business market

As part of Hewlett-Packard's massive spring debut, they're showing off a pair of desktops in the dual-orientation tower form factor. Both are being released under the old Compaq label, but you won't find the familiar red branding here: the desktops look morel ike scaled down versions of HP's Z workstations. Both machines come in full-sized or small form factor versions.

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Maingear to offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

Maingear to offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 690 on Monday, a graphics card that houses two Kepler cores on one single card. It certainly looked very flashy, with lots of chromium-plated aluminium spread across the GPU in order to keep everything cool along with the card’s fan. It commands a pretty penny too: $999. So who’s the first company crazy enough to fit one of these cards into their system? Maingear, of course.

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Ivy Bridge grabs Dell with HighPerformance XPS and Vostro Solutions

Ivy Bridge grabs Dell with HighPerformance XPS and Vostro Solutions

There's a whole new family of Dell computers out there starting early this summer including the 3rd Generation Intel Core set of processors also known as Ivy Bridge onboard. These computers come in both HighPerformance XPS and Vostro brands with families, multimedia professionals, and businesses in mind. Each of these computing families will have the Intel Core i7 processor embedded with in, and several models will have the option to include a lower-powered Core i5 processor instead.

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MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

While the common rumor thus far for the new MacBook Pro 2012 models has been that they'll cut down the size to MacBook Air levels, a new tip today says that's simply not the case. What we've got here instead is a new case with no optical drive and the space that was used up by the optical drive being used for a much more gigantic battery and an SSD boot drive to take down costs for the unit substantially - that SSD being just for the OS. This notion was accompanied by the illustration you see below.

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Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

If you rushed to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the minute it was available, this story probably isn't for you. If you simply went "meh" when it became available and updated your Windows 7 security definitions, then apparently you're in the vast majority. According to the analytics firm Net Applications, just about .11% of Internet users connected from a Windows 8 device last week, showing flat growth numbers from March. When compared with the same numbers during Windows 7's Beta period in 2009, they're at about the 40% mark.

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Maingear customizable Ivy Bridge towers revealed

Maingear customizable Ivy Bridge towers revealed

There are several brand new Maingear desktop computers coming your way, each of them with the new 3rd Generation Intel Core processor line inside, Extreme Edition on-board. This lineup includes three new models, one of them the redesigned F131 chassis with the Ivy Bridge inside, another the Potenza chassis with Maingear's venerated VRTX (Vertical Exhaust) Cooling Technology. Check out the simplicity of these beasts and dive in.

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Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

As the Mac App Store passed 1 year in business earlier this year, so too has the store this month passed the 10,000 applications - with some surprising entries sitting at the top of the charts this week. Some unsurprising entries into each of the three "top" lists on the Mac App Store are Apple-made apps OS X Lion, iPhoto, and Keynote. You'll find several apps you may have never heard of before today as well, especially in the "Top Free" section of the store. This digital app store is distributed with all Mac OS X installs, and takes cues from the iTunes App Store on how the software business is evolving to a click-and-download model as fast as you can say environmentalism.

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Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

The reason why Google Drive will succeed is its instant ties with the rest of Google's heavily branded set of services. That's all I really should have to say in this review, as all Google's web-based applications end up powering through with the brand power of Google (with a few choice examples of apps going the way of the appasaurus rex.) When it was announced that Google would be hosting a cloud-based data storage service, it wasn't because everyone expected they'd somehow be able to store data better than anyone else that there was a lot of excitement, it was because it was Google!

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