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AMD FX-9590 octa-core processor is the first to be officially clocked at 5GHz

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AMD just claimed the title “First-Ever 5 GHz Processor” with its new FX-9590 based on the Piledriver architecture. That’s the official max frequency, not the work of an overclock-happy enthusiast. But the keyword is “max” – this is how fast the 9590 goes with Turbo Core 3.0 topped out and some of the cores powered off.

The FX-9590 packs an octa-core processor (four modules of two cores) and promises “new levels of gaming and multimedia performance” for the desktop. Read more »

Apple unleashes new Mac Pro – 8 times smaller, 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports, AMD graphics

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Apple showed off the new Mac Pro at the WWDC 2013 floor. This is the first update in quite some time and comes in with a lot of oomph under the hood.

It features the new Thunderbolt 2 port (6 of them), new dual GPUs built by AMD, next-gen Intel XEON processors and is one-eighth of the size of the previous-gen Mac Pro. It will debut this fall with the pricing still to be confirmed. Read more »

Intel details GPU options in Haswell, announces Iris

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Intel has provided additional details about it’s upcoming fourth generation of Core processors (codenamed Haswell) specifically related to the GPU that will be running in these chips. But most importantly, they have also announced a new brand of high-end integrated mobile GPUs called Intel Iris.

Intel Iris is the name of a new series of graphics processors that will be integrated into the upcoming Haswell processors. Mind you, not all integrated GPUs on the Haswell processors will be designated with the Iris name. Intel is reserving this name for only their highest performing mobile GPUs, which will be integrated into the top of the line Core i7 models. Read more »

Gartner estimates drop in PC sales for Q4 2012, points finger at tablets

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Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.

The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame. Read more »

Valve and Xi3 to bring out a Steam optimized mini-PC dubbed Piston, could be the long awaited Steam Box

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Valve and mini-PC maker company Xi3 have announced their collaboration on the first ever Steam-optimized mini PC.

The project, which carries the Piston codename, is still in active development, but prototypes are on display at the booths of the two companies. Read more »

Samsung Series 3 Chromebox gets a redesign

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Samsung launched the original Series 3 Chromebox back in May last year along with the Chromebook. The Chromebox was a desktop PC similar to the Mac mini. But perhaps it was a bit too similar, as the design was almost universally slammed for being a clone of the latter.

In the latest version, Samsung has chosen to upgrade just the design, with everything else being exactly the same. It still has the same 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB flash storage. But the design has now been changed to a very simplified white, monolithic shape that frankly looks like something placed upside down. Read more »

Apple to invest $100 million in moving iMac production to the US

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Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in USA. – This is what lots of new iMac owners noticed engraved on the back of their computers. A while ago there were some iMacs assembled in the US according to the retail box, not the aluminum back, but they were believed to be refurbished.

Now lots of the iMacs currently sold within the USA are actually build there too. The speculations are over, CEO Tim Cook came up with a statement on the matter. Here is what he said: Read more »

Humble Bundle and THQ join forces to offer you AAA game titles, pay as much as you’d like for them

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The Humble Bundle project has teamed up with leading game publishing and development company THQ to offer some amazing game titles for great value.

And this time it’s not indie games (which are still awesome) that are bundled together, but AAA games like Darksiders, Metro 2033, Saints Row: The Third, Red Faction: Armageddon, and also the whole Company of Heroes trilogy. Read more »

Apple’s new iMacs to go on sale on November 30, the 21.5-inch model goes first

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Apple finally came clear about the launch date of its new generation of iMacs. Thinner, faster and DVD-less, the new iMacs will hit it off this Friday, November 30.

Unfortunately, it’s only the 21.5-inch (1920x1080px) model that will ship immediately. The 27-inch iMac (2560x1444px) will join the little one in early December and it would only be available online. Read more »

Spiceworks infographic shows what gadgets IT Pros want for Christmas

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Spiceworks is a go-to place for ITs to find information, ideas and problem solutions on the web.

The guys over there decided to put together an infographic about what hot tech toys ITs want to get for Christmas this year, based on the opinions of “over 800 IT pros”. Follow on to see it. Read more »

Microsoft officially releases Windows 8 and Windows RT

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Today Microsoft stepped on stage and released its Windows 8 and Windows RT to the tech world in what was largely conceived as the biggest Windows release ever. Availability starts today and active Windows 7 customers can upgrade starting from $39.99.

Microsoft talked OS features, integration along a wide variety of devices, the services that are launching alongside the OS and demoed all of them. Read more »

Apple October 2012 Special Event for iPad mini now available for download

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Yesterday, Apple held an event in San Jose, California, where they announced the new iPad mini, fourth generation iPad, new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, new iMac, refreshed Mac mini and a new iBooks application.

The keynote was live streamed but was only available for viewing if you owned a Mac, an iOS device or an Apple TV but now the keynote video is available for download to everyone. Read more »

Apple updates Mac mini and iMacs

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In addition to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple announced the refreshed Mac mini and iMac lineups at its event tonight.

For the Mac mini you can now choose between dual-core i5 and quad-core i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to two 1TB hard drives or 256GB SSD. Wi-Fi n connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0 are also on board. Read more »

Acer announces the Aspire 5600U and 7600U all-in-one PCs

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Acer has unveiled its latest all-in-one solutions running Windows 8, the 23-inch Aspire 5600U and the 27-inch 7600U.

Both models have adjustable stands allowing them to be tilted at different angles for more natural touch inputs. Acer has incorporated clever stands on both AIOs allowing user to tilt them up to 90 degrees or even lay them flat on a table. Read more »

Dell announces new Windows 8-running PCs, lets you preorder now

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Dell is introduced its lineup of upcoming PCs, running the new Windows 8 operating system.

There’s the new tablet-slash-ultrabook called XPS 12, the XPS 13 ultrabook has received an Ivy Bridge update, while the XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23 All-in-Ones got touch-enabled screens. All four are available for pre-order in the USA, Canada and select European countries with shipping expected to start on October 25. Read more »