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Intel’s Broadwell is coming to mainstream laptops — here’s what you need to know

CES has always been a major launch window for Intel and 2015 was no exception. The company announced multiple new Broadwell chips today, as it’s been promising to do for the past few years — but exactly which cores are...

Virtual reality comes to the desktop, thanks to HP and Zspace

The first time I donned a pair of special glasses and picked up a wired stylus to enter a virtual reality was over 25 years ago. It required extremely expensive hardware, and only allowed for a simple, low-resolution, experience of...

Living with Amazon’s Echo: A cylinder of fun and frustration

Since I already own a Roku, a Chromecast, and an HTPC, I wasn’t in the market for another streaming device, especially not one that only does audio. But one thing about the Amazon Echo caught my attention immediately —...

HP Pavilion Mini Desktop PC Review

Hands-on: A super cool (and cheap) mini desktop Even if you never buy a mini desktop, they’re always a cool thing to see. The new HP Pavilion Mini Desktop, which is also available in blue as the even cheaper...

CyberPower’s Fang Trinity redefines the concept PC with off-the-shelf components

One of the primary reasons that companies attend CES is to demo their high-concept products to get an idea how such hardware might be received if it were to go into production. It’s normal to see state-of-the-art prototypes behind...

The world’s first 15-inch Chromebook also looks like the best Chromebook

Traditionally, Chromebooks have been small computers, filling the netbook-shaped hole in the consumer market. While a tablet with a keyboard attachment can admirably fill-in at a coffee shop, extended time on the small screen and cramped keyboard will wear on...

The semiconductor industry in 2015: New nodes and upstart companies fuel a dynamic market

2015 is likely to be a particularly critical year on multiple fronts, for multiple semiconductor companies. There’s a great deal of potential disruption and meaningful product improvements coming down the pipe. Let’s take this time to look at the...

LG announces the world’s first 21:9 gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync support

Next week, at CES 2015, LG will introduce what it calls the world’s first ultra-wide (21:9) gaming monitor with AMD’s FreeSync technology — AMD’s alternative to Nvidia’s proprietary and expensive G-Sync. I say “world’s first,” but considering LG hasn’t...

Audeze LCD-X Headphone Review

What are the Audeze LCD-X? The Audeze LCD-X are high-end headphones willing to make no compromises on sound quality. If you want something to plug into your iPhone as you saunter about listening to Taylor Swift, run away now....

Move over Doom: Quake is running on oscilloscopes

For years, porting id Software’s classic Doom has been a hobbyist endeavor; the game runs on everything from Zunes and iPods to a Pixma printer (this last thanks to a security flaw). Doom’s status as the king of esoteric...

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