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Apple brings Metal to OS X

Apple brings Metal to OS X

OS X El Capitan is introduced with the iOS developer feature Metal, allowing developers to get "closer to the hardware." This software element allows developers to code in a way that brings potential speed increases and battery performance as well, "up to 40 percent battery performance," has been reported by users after re-coding apps with Metal, according to Apple's Federighi. According to Epic Games, Metal is allowing developers to destroy vehicles 70-percent faster than ever before, on a Mac - onstage at WWDC 2015.

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OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

This morning Apple introduced OS X El Capitan - that's the "S" version of the operating system they revealed last year, OS X Yosemite. As predicted earlier this morning, the images shown on the iMacs onstage at WWDC 2015 show the mountain El Capitan, a vertical rock formation inside Yosemite national park. This indicated that there wouldn't be a whole new, completely different operating system in store, but an upgrade, much in the way Apple released a numbered iPhone every other year, and an upgraded "S" version every year after.

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Dell Inspiron Micro puts Windows, Bay Trail in a tiny box

Dell Inspiron Micro puts Windows, Bay Trail in a tiny box

It's amusing to see how desktop computing is becoming smaller and smaller while remaining capable enough for majority of our menial and office-related tasks. Maybe even a bit of multimedia on the side.While mini computers have so far been the territory of lesser known players in the industry, some of the big names are starting to also show their smaller wares. Like Dell's new line of Inspion Micro desktops, designed to sit inconspicuously on your desk while letting you get things done without cluttering up your physical workspace too much.

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Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

This week the folks behind the kid-aimed Kano computer-building kit have brought an upgraded package to market. The newest version of Kano comes with a Raspberry Pi 2. Along with it comes six times the load speed. Those with the first version of the Kano build-your-own computer kit now have access to the Powerup Kit, an extension pack for Raspberry Pi 1 users that makes the Kano kit faster and able to work with brand new creations. This kit is available from the Kano crew as of this week.

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Review: Lenovo A740 — a sleek all-in-one desktop PC

Review: Lenovo A740 — a sleek all-in-one desktop PC

Lenovo has a bunch of laptops and tablets, and we’ve been reviewing them over the months as they roll out (check them out in our Lenovo Hub!). The company also has desktops of all varieties, however, and we’ve got our hands on its A740 all-in-one, a large and dense AiO that brings all the perks of a desktop with the compact and integrated convenience of an all-in-one system. It is many things: large, powerful, and beautiful to behold. Is it the right AiO for you, though? Read our full SlashGear Review to find out!

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Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Endless targets developing nations with unique desktop

Those in developing nations have had growing options when it comes to gadgets, and one company has done its part to make sure desktop computers are more accessible to anyone who needs one. The Endless computer, as it is being called, is a unique looking desktop computer designed specifically for developing nations, though arguably anyone could find a use for it, and it was conceived during a trip to India. It brings with it its own simplified custom operating system.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 10. Just this week, Microsoft has dropped word on various features and interesting tidbits to look forward to in the next major version of Windows. Free upgrades were promised, probably even for pirated copies of the OS, and a summer launch has been mentioned. But just because the upgrade will be free and available doesn't immediately mean your PC or smartphone will be able to get it without a hitch. Again in China, Redmond is sharing what it will take for your PC or mobile to get Windows 10 up and running.

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Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet is great for lots of things, and is especially handy for sending files back and forth between devices. A new update to their Android app might just make Pushbullet much more vital to your daily routine, as the popular cross-platform and browser agnostic service will now support major messaging platforms. Rather than reach for your phone, or have a litany of windows or apps open on the desktop, you can now reply to messages on your desktop, and they’ll scoot away once you send your message.

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to a new place for Windows 10, making certain the public understands that with more than just this one system, your computing service is going to be cross-platform. To do this, Cortana has been shown on the desktop's task bar. This is more like a search bar than anything, replicating what we've seen in the past on Windows Phone 8, here now on the bottom of our screen for desktop machines with Windows 10 - all in cool blue, of course.

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