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New OS X El Capitan Beta confirms 21.5” iMac with 4K Retina display

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Apple might have a 21.5” iMac with 4K Retina display in the works. Code within the latest Mac OS X El Capitan beta mentions the unannounced all-in-one.

A 4K Retina variant will likely replace the currently available 21.5” iMac. The desktop will slot below the 27” iMac with 5K Retina display in the company’s product range. It will also certainly carry a more affordable price tag than the 27” model. Read more »

Apple launches free replacement program for 3TB hard drive in 27-inch iMacs

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Apple has launched a replacement program for the 3TB hard drive used in 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between December 2012 and September 2013. The company said it has determined that the hard drive “may fail under certain conditions.”

The iPhone maker is in the process of contacting those who provided a valid email address during the registration of their device. However, if you haven’t been contacted yet, you can head to the support page (click Source link below), and enter your computer’s serial number in the relevant field to see if it’s part of the program. Read more »

Toshiba says its Windows 10 laptops will have a dedicated Cortana key

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Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has revealed that its future laptops running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system will feature a dedicated Cortana key.

The revelation was made by Jeff Barney, who is the general manager and vice president in charge of the company’s America’s PC business. He said that the key – which will be placed in the upper left area, close to the function keys – will be available on all of the company’s Windows 10 PCs, “across the board, top to bottom.” Read more »

Corsair announces Bulldog and Lapdog

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Corsair has been making gaming peripherals for a while now, but now the company has decided to enter the gaming PC segment with the announcement of the Bulldog. Bulldog is not your average gaming PC, mostly because it doesn’t have the hardware inside to actually work, and also it’s designed for the living room.

Bulldog is a DIY gaming PC meant for 4K gaming in your living room, either replacing or complementing your existing gaming console. The ‘compact by gaming PC standards but not quite by actual consoles standards’ chassis houses a Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler, an SF600 600-watt SFX12V-form factor power supply, and an unspecified mini-ITX motherboard utilizing an Intel chipset. What you add beyond that is your choice. Read more »

Asus’ new Transformer Book T100HA comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, promises 14 hours of battery life

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At the ongoing Computex trade show in Taipei, Asus has unveiled the successor to its Transformer Book T100TA 2-in-1 tablet. Dubbed Transformer Book T100HA, the device will come preloaded with Windows 10, which will be released on July 29.

The 10.1-inch two-in-one device is powered by quad-core Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 processors, and comes with 4GB RAM. It has 8.45mm-thick chassis that weights 580g, and features a reversible USB Type-C port. The Taiwanese company is claiming 14 hours of battery life for the device. Read more »

Apple announces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad and cheaper iMac with Retina 5K display

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Apple has launched updated versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The key new feature is the Force Touch Trackpad first introduced with the new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Along with the new trackpad you also get faster flash storage and longer battery life. It comes in two models, one with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.4GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, 16GB RAM, and 256GB flash storage and the other with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 that Turbo Boosts up to 3.7GHz, Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 16GB RAM, and 512GB flash storage. Read more »

Google launches Xolo Chromebook, Nexian Air Chromebook for $200 in India

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Google continues with its plan to infiltrate Indian market with affordable Chromebooks. Today the search giant introduced Xolo Chromebook and Nexian Air Chromebook for INR 12,999 ($204) in the country.

Running the Chrome OS and featuring the Google Now digital assistant, these Chromebooks serve as a perfect first laptop for the young adults and those with minimal requirements.Of course, the popular Google apps are preloaded along with a handful of offline apps such as Google Docs and Gmail Offline. Read more »

comScore numbers reveal over 20% desktop market share for Bing in the US

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There is no doubt that Google is the undisputed king of the online search market, but it looks like Bing is slowly and steadily capturing market share, at least in the US. According to latest numbers from research firm comScore, Microsoft’s search engine has captured 20.1% of the US desktop search market, which means that it now powers 1 in every 5 desktop searches in the country.

As expected, Google is at the top with 64.4% market share, while Yahoo, ASK and AOL round-up the top five with 12.7, 1.8, and 1.1% market share respectively. “In total, 18.9 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March, with Google Sites ranking first with 12.1 billion (up 11%), followed by Microsoft Sites with 3.8 billion (up 12%),” the research firm said. Read more »

Apple is working on an 8K iMac, according to LG

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It looks like there’s no escaping the ongoing resolution escalation race – be it in mobile devices or computers. So, in a way, an 8K iMac makes perfect sense. On the other hand, the existence of this device has been leaked by LG – and such a big company doing something like this isn’t something you see often.

LG Display is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers of screens, and last week it published a piece explaining 8K (7,680×4,320) resolution panels, obviously saying this will be the future of display technology. Buried in that report, however, was an explicit mention of an 8K iMac that Apple is working on. Read more »

Acer outs all-in-one Chrome OS touchscreen desktop

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The Taiwanese tech giant Acer took the wraps off an all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with a 21.5” touchscreen. Acer Chromebase will hit the shelves at some point in the second quarter this year.

Acer Chromebase packs a Tegra K1 chipset with quad-core CPU and 4GB of RAM. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Windows 10 gets lots of fan love

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Windows 10, the embodiment of the One Windows concept Microsoft is keen to pursue, appears to be uniting users as well. Our weekly poll results are in, and paint a picture of future success for the Redmond giant.

The all-important new OS carries a lot of weight on its shoulders and needs to succeed if Microsoft is to stand a chance at more than marginal presence in the smartphone world. The dominant position in the desktop market seems stable but shouldn’t be taken for granted. Read more »

MINIX NEO Z64 Mini PC is now available with support for Android and Windows

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MINIX, a reputable media center hardware manufacturer, has announced the latest addition to its device lineup. It comes in the form of the Minix Neo Z64 Mini PC. The name is more than fitting, as the device is truly small and will fit nicely in front of any TV and also packs quite a punch offering PC-grade performance.

It is powered by an Intel Z3735F 64-bit processor with 2MB of cache and a Turbo clock of 1.83GHz. Tech-savy readers are sure to recognize the chip, as it is the same silicon that powers most of today’s Windows-based tablets. That being said, the device will more than readily run Android as well, making it as universal as it gets in terms of media PCs. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Hub is an 84″ all-in-one computer for the conference room

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Remember the Microsoft Surface? No, not the tablet, the large, touch-sensitive table. It never took off, but it’s successor is here and it leverages all the new tech in Windows 10.

The Microsoft Surface Hub was demoed on a massive 84″ 4K touch-sensitive display and it can even detect you when you walk into the room. Read more »

Gartner contradicts IDC, says worldwide PC shipments grew 1% in Q4 2014

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Worldwide PC shipments in Q4, 2014 grew 1% year-on-year to reach a total of 83.7 million units, according to a latest report from market research firm Gartner, which clearly contradicts a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report stating that shipments declined 2% year-on-year.

“The PC market is quietly stabilizing after the installed base reduction driven by users diversifying their device portfolios. Installed base PC displacement by tablets peaked in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Now that tablets have mostly penetrated some key markets, consumer spending is slowly shifting back to PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. Read more »

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad X1 Carbon new ultrabooks and more

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With CES 2015 announcements under way Lenovo wasted no time in the introduction of its future product plans in the mobile PC sector. Today the Chinese tech giant introduced the third generation of its immensely successful X1 Carbon model as well as new additions to the ThinkPad X, T, E and L families. The press release also discloses information on a new IPS panel by the company, as well as an interesting power-bank with interlocking design and multiple charging accessories.

It comes as no surprise that Lenovo is once again hitting strong on the mobile computer front and it is this kind of perseverance that insured the manufacturer the formidable leading position as the world’s biggest PC manufacturer for 2013. The ThinkPad lineup has been playing a central role in the company’s success formula and has been Lenovo’s pride and joy ever since it was acquired from IBM. The latest third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon was introduced today as the lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook yet, weighing just under 2.9 pounds battery and all. Read more »