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MacBook Air rigged with NVIDIA GeForce GPU for Thunderbolt super-build

MacBook Air rigged with NVIDIA GeForce GPU for Thunderbolt super-build

It's a frankenstein monster of efforts, this computing rig appearing this afternoon, one that connects a MacBook Air to graphics it has no business running on its own - but certainly has the ability to roll with, it would seem. This amalgamation of bits and pieces starts with a Thunderbolt to Express Card adapter, moving on then to an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, then connecting in the end to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 graphics card. This beast then - after all that - brings what very much appears to be a high-end gaming experience to the Apple notebook.

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Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is long overdue a makeover. Revealed in July 2011, the 27-inch monitor has watched generations of MacBook come and go - and, until this year at least, the Mac Pro stagnate with no compatibility whatsoever - and, despite the iMac aesthetic it originally echoed being significantly upgraded last October, still languishes with its original design. Sometimes, with Apple, you have to be patient. The company has, for the most part, a yearly refresh cycle, but the Thunderbolt Display is (in tech terms) old. Still, that arguably just gives Apple the chance to do something particularly special with the new Thunderbolt Display - so here's my wish list.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 launched with Kepler architecture

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 launched with Kepler architecture

NVIDIA has officially kicked off its GeForce GTX 760 GPU, which is being offered at the budget-friendly price of $249 and harboring Kepler architecture. In gaming benchmarks, the GTX 760 beats out the previous GTX 660 across the board, in some cases quite substantially. NVIDIA hails it as offering power "dramatically" beyond the gaming consoles slated to hit shelves in the coming months.

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NVIDIA GPU neural network makes Google’s cat-spotter look dumb

NVIDIA GPU neural network makes Google’s cat-spotter look dumb

Google's artificial neural network which taught itself to recognize cats in 2012 has been left looking like a dunce, with a new network by NVIDIA and Stanford University packing more than six times the brainpower. The new large-scale neural network uses NVIDIA's GPUs to pack in 6.5x more processing power than Google before it, but in a far smaller footprint. In fact, where Google's system relied on the combined power of 1,000 servers, NVIDIA and Stanford pieced together their alternative with just sixteen.

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AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD has taken the wraps off of its 2013 A-Series "Elite" APUs for desktop, hoping to show Intel that 4th-gen Haswell won't get all the chip attention this year. Building on AMD's integrated CPU/GPU architecture, the new Elite platform consists of a cluster of new quadcore chips, ranging from the relatively power-frugal A8-6500 through to the top-spec A10-6800K running at up to 4.4GHz.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 makes pressure-sensitive stylus technology core-deep

NVIDIA Tegra 4 makes pressure-sensitive stylus technology core-deep

While the stylus-centric abilities NVIDIA is showing off this week at Computex were, up until now, only really available with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note, here the Tegra 4 aims to make line width a GPU thought process. With the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung's specialized S-Pen made - and makes - it possible to write with pressure-sensitive real-time line widths, making digital artwork enter a new age on the hand-held smartphone and tablet. NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor aims to execute a similar set of features, only this time making the processor itself sit at the heart, making it all manufacturer-agnostic.

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ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM has revealed its latest processor, the ARM Cortex-A12, packing 40-percent more performance than a Cortex-A9 but with the same power consumption and in a 30-percent smaller package. The big.LITTLE compatible A12 is a 28nm chip that can be paired with ARM's Cortex-A7 cores, driving the new, more powerful chips when processing grunt is needed, and then turning to the frugal A7's when prolonging battery life is the priority.

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GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

GeForce Experience replaces “NVIDIA Update” as graphics driver standard

NVIDIA's GeForce Experience isn't a baby anymore - several months in and 2.5 million downloads since this system's introduction and eventual public beta release, this game optimizing control center will replace the company's "NVIDIA Update" system as the standard. In each driver package included with a GeForce graphics card, the GeForce Experience will be packaged, starting this week with the R320 GeForce GTX 780 launch driver.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 delivers TITAN die with a “pure gaming focus”

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 delivers TITAN die with a “pure gaming focus”

As NVIDIA continues its journey down the gaming road with software specifics such as the GeForce Experience, so too do they continue to tweak and empower their graphics cards - like the GeForce GTX 780, for instance. This week the GTX 780 has been revealed with much of the same hardware delivered in the GeForce GTX TITAN, but with slight differences that make it just a little bit less expensive and, as NVIDIA has informed us, "more of a pure gaming focus card than TITAN."

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AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD wants to knock Intel and ARM off their mobility perch in 2013, and the new Temash APU is how it expects to do it. Targeting media and performance tablets, as well as keyboard-dockable hybrids and 10- to 13-inch touchscreen ultraportable notebooks, the new A-series of Temash APUs feature Jaguar cores - boasting a 20-percent performance jump over Bobcat - for consumer Windows machines with the perky performance usually associated with an iPad.

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