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ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

ASUS teases dual-boot Android Windows 8 machine for Computex

This year at Computex we're likely going to be seeing a dual-booting Android / Windows 8 device coming from ASUS, the company that brought you the dual-device PadFone last year at this same event. The device we'll be looking at will likely have much of the same impact of that device - that device having gone through quite a few revisions before hitting the market in the end with just Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than its original Android 3.0 Honeycomb/Gingerbread combination. What we're expecting this time instead of a phone that plugs into a tablet is a tablet that plugs into a notebook - dual-booting Windows 8 and Android 4.0 might mean a whole new generation of ASUS Transformer Pads for the world by the end of the year.

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HP Z420 Workstation review

HP Z420 Workstation review

Workstation computers are strange beasts: it's rare that someone more used to a traditional laptop or desktop will need them, or indeed, will be able to justify the extra expense. But for those who need massive amounts of performance for specific tasks, there's no way to beat them. In contrast with their consumer products, HP's workstations have earned a reputation as some of the best in the business, and we were thrilled to put the new Z420 Workstation through its paces.

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HP t410 (AiO) All-in-One Smart Zero Client official

HP t410 (AiO) All-in-One Smart Zero Client official

An all-new all-in-one HP computer has been revealed this week and sports HP's brand new OneWire technology, requiring no external power supply because of its ability to be powered by Ethernet connection. This machine is therefor able to operate at 13 watts of power, believe it or not, and sports an 18.5-inch display that is indeed powered solely by Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology. This machine is expected to be released sometime this summer and will be blowing your mind then!

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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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