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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers often bringing just one or two devices to headline their entire 12-month market presence. There were also several new totally unexpected releases initiated through the year, with entirely new device categories being created in the process.

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Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they’ve found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit suggests is "the most repairable Apple products we’ve seen all year." While that’s not exactly the same as the most repairable product they’ve seen all year period, it’s still a real positive marker for the company.

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Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

The same service you’ve been using with your smartphone for several months is hitting the desktop world this week with Google+ Auto Backup. This software ships - strangely enough - with the newest version of Picasa, uploading your photos automatically from a certain directory to your Google+ social networking account. This service works with photos that are 2048pixels on their longest end unless you’d like to devote Google Drive space to the effort.

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Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

The 2013 Mac Pro has a removable CPU, Other World Computing has discovered in a teardown. By "removable", we mean the CPU can be pulled out of its socket by anyone. It can be easily replaced with a new one at some later point.

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MiiPC Android kid-friendly desktop review

MiiPC Android kid-friendly desktop review

Kids and computers can be a beautiful mix or a disaster waiting to happen. Education-based applications and popular games are some of the biggest reasons kids get on the computer, and the various dangers of the Internet are one of the biggest reasons parents shy away from granting free-reign access. Such is where the MiiPC comes in. This small desktop PC, which is a cube scarcely larger than a softball, is aimed at families with young children, and offers, among other things, parental controls and runs on Android Jelly Bean. Read our full SlashGear review to find out what all the MiiPC has to offer.

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Final Cut Pro 10.1 update optimizes for the Mac Pro

Final Cut Pro 10.1 update optimizes for the Mac Pro

The Mac Pro has arrived and so has an updated version of Final Cut Pro. Parts of the update deal with 4K, and likely not a coincidence, this update also touched on that newly available Mac Pro. In this case Apple has said the Final Cut Pro 10.1 update has optimized playback and rendering for those using dual GPUs in the new Apple tower.

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Logic Pro X update rolls up alongside new Mac Pro

Logic Pro X update rolls up alongside new Mac Pro

As it to usher in the new machine with a red carpet, Logic Pro X has been given a major update this morning. This update includes the version number 10.0.5 and brings on 3 new Drummers to start the party off right. With 11 new Drum Kit Designer patches to bring up the rear, this update is one you'll certainly want to have a tap on.

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LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG has taken the wraps off the LG Chromebase 22CV241, a new all-in-one desktop running Google's Chrome OS on a 21.5-inch, Full HD display. Running the web-centric platform on Intel's fourth-gen Celeron processor, the Chromebase is seemingly aiming to displace the PC or Mac you might ordinarily put in a kid's room or kitchen, doing everything Windows or OS X might regularly be asked to, but without the maintenance.

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Chrome Apps come to Mac

Chrome Apps come to Mac

Google has announced the release of Chrome Apps for Mac. The platform was initially released in September for Windows and Chrome OS. Chrome Apps work like mobile apps but for the desktop.

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Giada F300 small bare-bones desktop launched with Haswell

Giada F300 small bare-bones desktop launched with Haswell

Giada is known for its small bare-bones desktop computers, the latest of which we saw released back in March. The company is back with a new offering, the Giada F300, bringing with it Intel Haswell and all the perks that come with the processors. This is a big step up from the commonly used Atom processors, and aids in what is said to be a near silent machine.

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Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

For those of you waiting for Microsoft to bring Windows back to Windows 8 with a real-deal return to traditional elements, you may want to grab a drink. It would appear that two rather well-placed sources have agreed on the possibility of the next wave of Windows updates in the form of codename "Threshold" will be appearing in the Spring of 2015 - aka just a bit over a year from the time this article is published. There this release will bring on a variety of changes to the system, with items like "Metro" apps being able to launch inside movable browser windows and the full-on return of the Start Menu.

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HP Leap Motion integration expands to desktops and all-in-ones

HP Leap Motion integration expands to desktops and all-in-ones

Supposing you're in the mood for controlling your computer with a wisp of your hand this upcoming winter season, HP and Leap Motion have today suggested that you're in luck. They've made clear that they're bringing the move beyond their original integration of Leap Motion control in the HP Envy 17 and are moving on up to a massive 11 new devices. These devices include desktop and all-in-one computers as well as a new Leap Motion keyboard.

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