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PCs are on the rise again after six years: here’s why

PCs are on the rise again after six years: here’s why

For years now, prophets of doom have been talking about the death of the PC. To some extent, they are right. The PC of old have gone the way of the dodo and today’s PCs have very little in common with them. Last week, both Gartner and IDC published numbers that, for the first time in six years, showed growth for the steadily shrinking market. And while both market researchers advise cautious optimism, it’s hard to deny the trend that their statistics show: the PC isn’t going anywhere.

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Mikme now also a USB mic for PCs, Silver version launches

Mikme now also a USB mic for PCs, Silver version launches

Many consumer electronics manufacturers launch products and virtually forget about them. That’s sometimes even more true for startups that launch on Kickstarter. There are, however, a few outstanding exceptions. nura just recently launched their nuraphone G2 firmware update that granted the old headphones new powers. Now Mikme is doing the same with an update that, almost ironically, turns the world’s first wireless for smartphones into a USB mic for PCs and Macs.

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Surprise! PC sales grow for first time since 2012

Surprise! PC sales grow for first time since 2012

For the first time in the last SIX YEARS, PC shipment numbers grew worldwide. This is according to analysts at Gartner, who suggest that this year-over-year growth in global PC shipments is a temporary situation. This is all apparently due to the business world replacing all their old PCs with new Windows 10 PCs in a global trend. This trend will apparently fall off within the next couple of year.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P330 line gets refreshed with a trio of smaller PCs

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 line gets refreshed with a trio of smaller PCs

Lenovo has just announced a new entry-level trio of ThinkStation PCs, refreshing the P-series with a lineup of P330 machines. As with their predecessors, packing a decent amount of power into as small a package as possible seems to be the main goal of these business-focused PCs, particularly in the new P330 Tiny and SFF (small form factor). In fact, with P330 SFF, Lenovo has managed to reduce its overall footprint by 30% over its predecessor.

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The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit launches to pull at hearstrings

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit launches to pull at hearstrings

What better way to build up hype for an upcoming sequel than by launching a “mini game” interlude. That’s almost what Square Enix and developers DONTNOD Entertainment, but that would be an unfair characterization of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. Set in the world of Life is Strange and promised to have ties with Life is Strange 2, the game is pretty much like a demo in length and complexity but hits upon themes that make it worthy of being a standalone masterpiece.

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Put Android Oreo on your PC with Android-x86 8.1 RC1

Put Android Oreo on your PC with Android-x86 8.1 RC1

There is no shortage of ways you can run Android apps on a PC, be it a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. But, as we’ve learned recently, not all of them are that trustworthy after all. Ensure that nothing suspicious creeps completely undetected is one of the benefits of open source. So if you’re looking for an open source option to install Android on your x86 or x64 computer, look no further than the latest Android-x86 release, now based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Chuwi HiGame mini PC challenges the PC gaming status quo

Chuwi HiGame mini PC challenges the PC gaming status quo

When you hear about gaming PCs, you will most likely think about hulking towers with neon LED lights. Thanks to progress in technology and manufacturing, however, size is no longer as big a constraint as before. Mini PCs have emerged, some of them even capable for gaming. Chinese manufacturer Chuwi wants to do for this budding market what it has been doing for tablets and laptops: offer a product that pushes the envelope of what’s possible in that category, in price, design, and functionality. And that’s exactly what the Chuwi HiGame PC is for.

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2018 Lenovo Legion gaming towers and cubes detailed: Up Close

2018 Lenovo Legion gaming towers and cubes detailed: Up Close

Today we're having a peek at the new wave of Lenovo Legion gaming PCs, each with their own unique sort of subdued design. That's subdued in a good way - the power's still there, under the hood. It's the look that's not what we'd expect from a big-name brand with gaming PCs. Compared to past generations of gaming PCs of this caliber, these machines look positively grown up. They've got an adult industrial design sensibilities in their exteriors.

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Generation Zero is PUBG meets Stranger Things [Trailer 1]

Generation Zero is PUBG meets Stranger Things [Trailer 1]

The game Generation Zero is a formulaic combination of elements made solid as a video game for several platforms. In the first trailer you'll feel the culmination of several 1980's-vibe properties - like Stranger Things, Guardians of the Galaxy, etcetera. You'll also see a game that should remind you of PUBG. The game isn't described as working the same as PUBG, but as PUBG is the biggest game in this genre (cooperation FPS, outside of Fortnite), that's what people will think.

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Tablets surpass desktops in Internet use, says survey

Tablets surpass desktops in Internet use, says survey

What do tablets and PCs have in common? Both of them are being considered as dead markets. Of course, that could simply be an exaggeration but what may be true is that they are being buried by smartphones. That and we desperately need to stop lumping desktops and laptops under on “PC” heading. Because according to a recent US government survey, tablets have just surpassed desktops PCs as the most used device to access the Internet. Both, of course, fall way below laptops, also considered PCs.

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MSI gaming products march onto Computex 2018

MSI gaming products march onto Computex 2018

Computex is, naturally, all about computers but of late it has been dominated by gaming PCs, laptops, and peripherals. Perhaps hinting at where the PC industry is headed, PC makers are showing off their latest wares designed to take a beating as far as high-end gaming goes. We’ve heard from ASUS’ ROG brand and, unsurprisingly, MSI isn’t going to take the challenge sitting down. Spanning laptops, towers, and monitors, MSI’s new gaming products have on thing in common: they don’t look like hulking technobeasts.

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Acer Predator Orion 5000, Helios 500, Nitro 50 AMD gaming PCs unveiled

Acer Predator Orion 5000, Helios 500, Nitro 50 AMD gaming PCs unveiled

Acer has announced new AMD-powered gaming PCs ahead of Computex 2018, including the Nitro 50, Helios 500, and Predator Orion 5000. Two of the three are desktop gaming systems, while the Helios 500 is a laptop designed specifically for PC gamers. The company promises that all three models, which will be available starting in August, will meet the needs of modern gamers.

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