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HP Envy x2 goes official as a Microsoft Surface 3 alternative

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HP took the wraps off the Envy x2 of family of convertible PCs. With a multi-angle kickstand, fabric keyboard cover, and available stylus, the device is a cheaper, slightly less capable clone to the heavily marketed Microsoft Surface 3.

HP Envy x2 is available in configurations with 13” or 15” IPS display. Read more »

MSI GT80 Titan is a gaming notebook with mechanical keyboard

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MSI took the wraps off the GT80 Titan gaming notebook. The 18” beast features a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches.

The number pad of the notebook is not mechanical. Read more »

iFixit tears down the new iMac with Retina 5K display

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The freshly announced Apple iMac with 5K Retina display got the iFixit treatment. Cupertino’s latest desktop computer received the average repairability score of 5.

The internal setup of the new iMac closely resembles that of the previous model, save for some of the new components it features. Read more »

Lenovo to finalize IBM low-end server acquisition this week

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We first got wind of Lenovo’s bid for IBMs low-end server division early this year, when the China-based company and the tech giant agreed to a $2.3 billion deal for IBM’s x86 server division.

Today, Reuters reports that the deal is set to finalize on October 1, although at a slightly lower valuation of $2.1 billion. Read more »

NVIDIA announces GTX 980 and GTX 970 based on the new Maxwell architecture

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NVIDIA has announced two new graphics cards for the PC, the flagship single-GPU GTX 980 and the mid-range GTX 970. Both are based on NVIDIA’s 10th generation Maxwell architecture, which succeeds Kepler.

Other than being more powerful, the two new graphics cards also introduce some new technologies from NVIDIA, including Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), which enables real-time global illumination. This enables the light to reflect off surfaces more naturally, and the resultant illumination is more realistic and accurate. Read more »

Toshiba will drastically reduce its consumer PC business

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The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba announced that it will drastically reduce its consumer PC business. The move will include withdrawal from certain markets altogether.

Increased focus on the business market is the main reason behind the tech giant’s move. Read more »

Acer unveils Aspire R13 convertible with QHD display and active pen

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Acer’s latest foire into Windows convertibles is the R13 laptop. It has a QHD (2560 x 1440) touchscreen display and an Intel Haswell chipset. The most curious thing about it is that Ezel Aero Hinge that has dual-torque design and allows the display to be rotated and the ultrabook to convert into six distinct body-to-screen configurations.

You can use the R13 laptop in the notebook, stand, tent and three other positions. Both the top plate of the device and the display are covered by Gorilla Glass 3. Read more »

Seagate announces the first 8TB 3.5″ HDD for enterprises

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Following the launch of its 6TB hard drive, Seagate today announced its 8TB HDD. Unlike Western Digital, which uses helium for its high-capacity HDDs, Seagate has opted for an alternative method.

Sadly, the company is mum on the method in question. Seagate has been known to use a shingled magnetic recording technology to bump the areal density of its disk platters. Read more »

AMD announces R7 Series SSD

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AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.

Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »

LG will unveil world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at IFA next month

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LG has let us know that it will be showcasing the world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at the IFA trade show in Berlin at the beginning of September.

As you may have gathered from the above, this is a new monitor that features ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and comes with a curved IPS panel. Its size is 34″, by the way. Read more »

Newegg expands to asian and european markets

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E Commerce site Newegg, which specializes in technology products, especially computer hardware, has announced that it will be expanding its reach to certain asian and european markets. The service will now be available in India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands.

If you live in one of these countries, you will see that the site now goes directly to the designated homepage for your country, with all the prices in the local currency. Unfortunately, as of now, some of these markets don’t have the same range of products that you will find on, say, the US website. But that is to be expected. You can still choose from a decent range of products, including CPU, motherboard, graphics cards, hard drives, RAM, cases, and other things you might need to upgrade or build your PC. Read more »

PC vs Mac turf wars are back

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Looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in taking the high road, and are launching a new set of PC vs Mac advertisements.

In the 3 ads, MS compares its Surface Pro 3 to the Macbook Air. Read more »

AMD will start producing Solid State Drives

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Looks like AMD won’t just be focusing on Graphics Cards and processors anymore.

The tech manufacturer will now start producing Solid State Drives. Read more »

Philips launches affordable 28″ 4K monitor for $599

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Philips is launching a budget-oriented 28-inch 4K monitor (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution). The company’s asking price for the high-resolution monitor is $599/€599, making it one of the most affordable 4K displays out there.

The Philips 288P6LJEB outputs the UHD resolution at 60Hz and comes with VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4 (with MHL support) and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. Read more »

China takes Apple devices off its government’s procurement list

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China has reportedly ousted Apple devices from its government’s official procurement list. This means that the company’s wares can no longer be purchased by Chinese institutions using public money.

The reason cited for the move apparently has to do with “security concerns”, according to some government officials familiar with the matter. Read more »