Computing

Eve V back-to-school offer sets the tone for V2 debut

Eve V back-to-school offer sets the tone for V2 debut

The Eve V was ambitious and audacious when it challenged Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets at offering value for price. It was, for all intents and purposes, a wild success and the startup was able to deliver on its promises. It wasn't all fine and dandy, though, as users started complaining about unfulfilled orders. Eve Tech has since cleared the air and is preparing for its next big "Version 2". But before that takes off, the company is giving the original Eve V one last send-off, but one that some might find hard to refuse.

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Windows 10 Preview can automatically restart some apps at startup

Windows 10 Preview can automatically restart some apps at startup

Computers today are super powerful and yet at times they can also be frustratingly simple-minded. Truth be told, you really need to tell them what to do or, at the very least, have software that lets you do so. Sometimes even something as simple as starting up the same apps after you restart the computer is something that doesn't come naturally to some operating systems. Actually just one operating system. Thankfully, it seems that Windows 10 is finally catching up with that in next year's major update.

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New 10th Gen Intel Core ‘Comet Lake’ processors detailed: i3 to i7

New 10th Gen Intel Core ‘Comet Lake’ processors detailed: i3 to i7

A new collection of 10th Gen Intel Core processors were detailed with units from Core i3 all the way up to Core i7. Included this morning in the release from Intel were the Intel Core i7-10710U, i7-10510U, i5-10210U, and i3-10110U all in the "U-Series." Also included were the Y-Series processors Intel Core i3-10110Y, i5-10210Y, i5-10310Y, and i7-10510Y.

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Samsung CRG5 adds 240Hz refresh to a curved monitor

Samsung CRG5 adds 240Hz refresh to a curved monitor

It's Gamescom week and, naturally, companies are using the opportunity to entice gamers with their latest gaming products and peripherals. It may be best known for its smartphones but Samsung has also been making TVs and monitors far longer. This week, it announced three new gaming monitors, one of which boasts of being the first in the market to combine a curved screen and a super fast response rate.

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Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra modular PC hides inside a monitor stand

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra modular PC hides inside a monitor stand

The trend in computers, even among desktop users, has been to shrink the PC and even make it disappear. For desktops, that has usually meant either a mediocre box that sits visibly on your desktop or an all-in-one PC that locks you to a specific configuration or at least a specific screen. Dell, however, may have something a bit ingenious in mind. Its new OptiPlex 7070 is described as a zero-footprint computer and it accomplishes that by hiding its parts inside a monitor stand that can hold any monitor in the market.

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NVIDIA GeForce Gamescom driver boosts performance, adds low latency mode

NVIDIA GeForce Gamescom driver boosts performance, adds low latency mode

NVIDIA has already enjoyed a good start to Gamescom, announcing yesterday that ray tracing will soon be coming to Minecraft. Today, however, the company announced the roll out of a new GeForce Game Ready Driver specifically for Gamescom. The driver adds a lot of features, but perhaps most importantly, it's bringing a performance boost to a number of popular games.

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Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

The current trend in computing has been to reduce the size of components for both space efficiency and manufacturing considerations. All of that while not sacrificing the processing power needed even for the most intensive computing use cases. For AI and machine learning, however, the power needed goes beyond what regular commercial processors can offer given that trend. That is why young company Cerebras has developed a new "AI-first" chip that throws that convention out the window with what is probably the largest chip ever built.

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Alienware Aurora R9 desktop takes a bold gaming gamble

Alienware Aurora R9 desktop takes a bold gaming gamble

This morning Dell's Alienware brand revealed a desktop machine called Alienware Aurora R9. This desktop is made to be a gaming machine, offering a wide variety of options in processors, storage, and memory, and comes stacked with a wholly unique industrial design. This is a bold design whose color options should give you some idea of how intense the designers at that brand have gotten: Lunar Light OR Dark Side of the Moon.

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Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

News in the computing and tech world often highlights the spectacular and, sometimes, the extravagant. While it's understandable that we get attracted by shiny products and powerful devices, not all consumers are swayed by those factors. Some need simpler yet still usable computers that can not only fit their budgets but also fit their aesthetic tastes as well. Those buyers might want to take the Chuwi GBox Pro into consideration. Despite the "Pro" in its name feeling like a letdown, the small box still has a lot to offer those with more constrained budgets.

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It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

This week's been a bad one for Windows updates. A couple of relatively important Windows updates were released, then found to have unexpected effects on some of the computers on which they were loaded. It's extremely unfortunate when this sort of thing happens because it deters users from downloading patches of all sorts - not least of all security patches and Windows Updates from Microsoft. The good news is that negative results seem to have been reported only by a relatively small subset of Windows users.

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Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

When Microsoft launched its own app store back in the Windows 8 and Windows RT days, it was criticized for being a practical ghost town. It has admittedly grown these days but it seems it's on the verge of shrinking again. Some developers seem to be advocating for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, whether or not they are on the Store. The latest one to jump ship is Plex who just announced its shiny new desktop app while also announcing the death of its Windows Store app.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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