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HP Z230 SFF Workstation Review

HP Z230 SFF Workstation Review

The newest wave of workstations presented by HP carry with them the promise of industry-leading quality and high upgradability - and with the HP Z230 SFF, an especially small form-factor as well. What you're getting here is a beast of a computer that'll sit under a desk and be completely out of the way as it provides the best in power a single-processor workstation can bring - and there are one whole heck of a lot of options for build right out of the box, too. What we've found here is what's easily one of the finest small form factor workstations on the market today.

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iMac 2013 sees iFixit teardown: SSD slot free for upgrade

iMac 2013 sees iFixit teardown: SSD slot free for upgrade

The teardown team at iFixit has taken the time to give a full run-down to the iMac reboot series appearing this week from Apple. What you'll find is a build quite similar to last year's collection of iMac devices, with a few exceptions - beyond that of the obvious upgrades. These models work with new Intel 4th generation Core processors - that's Haswell - along with several display sizes and the ability o work with a Fusion Drive.

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Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

The release of the first big update to Microsoft's desktop operating system Windows 8 is coming on quick, with the first software builds heading to developers today. The first release of this software was made last month, that being the same "RTM" build developers are getting their hands on today. Manufacturers now have Windows 8.1 and are either in testing or prepping machines with the build for release later this month.

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Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome is celebrating its fifth birthday today, and amidst the fan fare is a new announcement: Chrome Apps have gone (near) native on Windows and Chrome OS, gaining a launcher and allowing for use on desktops in the same way apps are used on a tablet or smartphone. The "new breed of Chrome Apps" are available now, with Google promising Linux and Mac support soon.

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HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

With the dawning of the age of touchscreen friendliness with Windows 8 in the PC world, HP has made more than one innovative move in filling every gap that appeared in usability options, this week with the HP ENVY Recline series. The ENVY Recline 23-k030 TouchSmart All-in-one, ENVY Recline 27-k050 TouchSmart All-in-One, and special Beats Audio edition Recline 23 all offer a neck and a base configured uniquely to hold up a touch display for your ever-expanding list of wants and needs in the massive display-toting PC market.

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Mac Pro 2013 3D printed for early side-by-side photographs

Mac Pro 2013 3D printed for early side-by-side photographs

While the 2013 edition of the Mac Pro wont be delivered as a final market-ready consumable until later this year, the folks at Japan-based Mac People magazine have decided they couldn't wait any longer. They've taken what specifications they could gather of the Mac Pro 2013 and have taken to the 3D printing machines they had on-hand, creating what's not exactly the Mac Pro as such, but just about as close as we're going to get until Apple releases the real deal.

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Samsung Developers Conference registration begins: SDC 2013 initiated

Samsung Developers Conference registration begins: SDC 2013 initiated

This year the folks at Samsung have decided to bring about their own developers conference, one made to show the world that they, too, are capable of pulling in masses of users like Apple or Google. This event will be held not at the Moscone Center, as those other two monster brands, but at the San Francisco St. Francis Hotel. While Samsung Dev Con might not be as massive as the Microsoft developers conference "BUILD", but it's certain to generate some buzz over the next couple of months.

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Mac Pro 2013 teaser video suggests launch is near

Mac Pro 2013 teaser video suggests launch is near

The Apple device known as Mac Pro was reintroduced earlier this year with a promise that it'd be delivered before the end of 2013. Today a new video spot for the machine has appeared via Apple affirming the device to be appearing "this Fall". This video trailer also affirms that the device is still small and tube-shaped, with a circle up top that Apple assures viewers represents a ring of fire, the planet Earth, a human eye, a solar eclipse, and a hurricane.

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Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

To make absolute sure you know how advanced Skype has gotten over the past few months, Microsoft has announced this week that Windows 8.1 will come with the app on user start screens right out of the box. This free upgrade to the advanced and essentially remixed bit of operating system will bring about a collection of updates to Microsoft's newest software experience, and now with Skype for Windows 8.1, you'll be presented with a set of apps that's a bit more complete. Or a bit more on-par with Microsoft's vision, you might say.

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