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Alienware Area-51: The gaming desktop just got wilder

Alienware Area-51: The gaming desktop just got wilder

Alienware has revealed its latest flagship gaming PC, the Area-51, using Intel's new Core i7 Extreme processors in a striking triangular form-factor. Inside, as we found out when we caught up with Alienware to try out the Area-51, there's space for three full-sized, double-width graphics cards too, plus lashings of DDR4 RAM. The Area-51 isn't just about cranking up the level of performance from the top-end of Alienware's range, though, it's also about introducing a whole new aesthetic, this time dubbed "EPIC".

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HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

Your eyes do not deceive you, and no, this isn't a hack or a mock-up. The HTC One M8 with Windows has made its debut, launching today as a Verizon exclusive in the US, and as the name suggests it's the One M8 we're very familiar with, only with Android switched out for Windows Phone. The path to flipping OSes isn't as simple as the HTC HD2 might have led us to believe, however, and so I caught up with HTC to find out what was involved in making the first UltraPixel Windows Phone.

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Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

"Travel is a sensual product, and travel shopping is about as industrial as you get. I think buying a blender on Amazon is probably more sensual than booking travel.” So speaks Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, and a big believer in helping you book your next vacation from whatever device is nearest you. Expedia’s new tablet app won’t hit app stores until this fall, but I grabbed some hands-on time with the latest pre-production version to find out whether Khosrowshahi had actually made booking flights sexy.

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HTC Zoe app hands-on: Can embracing Android save HTC?

HTC Zoe app hands-on: Can embracing Android save HTC?

HTC wants to give the world "Instagram on steroids", and it believes its new HTC Zoe app is the way to do that. Handiwork of the HTC Creative Labs team cooking up software for the company, it's the first time the Zoe photography system has been released for Android phones other than HTC's own, allowing Samsung, LG, and Nexus 5 users to get involved too. I've been playing with the latest beta of the app, which hits Google Play today; read on for some first-impressions.

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Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

Before I tell you about my driving experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, I’m just going to get this off my chest: this is one powerful, fast and, yes, chest-poundingly badass car. Your knee-jerk reaction might be “holy cow, $60k+ is a lot for a Challenger!” While that might be true, for a car even Dodge’s own CEO describes as a “science project”, in many respects the 700 HP Lamborghini Aventador I drove months ago was equally badass, but how many of us have got half-a-mil to drop on a supercar? From that perspective, the Challenger gives you the performance, a great looking car, creature comfort driver-focused cockpit and a decent fuel economy. But that’s now what you care about. You want to hear how the Hellcat roars.

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Alienware 13 slims gaming grunt into thinnest model yet

Alienware 13 slims gaming grunt into thinnest model yet

Gamers love their Alienware notebooks, and the Dell-owned brand is happy to keep delivering them, with the Alienware 13 the latest more portable model to escape the fold. Alienware's thinnest ever notebook, at an inch thick, and tipping the scales at under 4.5 pounds, the Alienware 13 slots in-between last year's Alienware 14 and the missed-by-many Alienware M11x which was killed off the year before.

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