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Slimmer Raspberry Pi Available

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Slimmer Raspberry Pi Available

The "little brother" of the Raspberry Pi micro-PC family, the Model A, is now available in Europe-- ideal for customers wanting the credit card-sized computer at an even lower price.

Just like its popular Model B brother, the Model A board carries a 700MHz ARM-based Broadcom CPU, but has just 1 USB port, 256GB of RAM and lacks an ethernet connector. It also cheaper ($25, down from $35) and uses Continue reading...

Steam Box(es) at CES

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Steam Box(es) at CES

Half Life and online game merchant Steam developer Valve confirms its long rumoured "Steam Box" hardware plans with Piston, a home theatre PC (HTPC) from mini-PC maker Xi3.

Seen in prototype form at CES 2013, according to Xi3 the Valve-sponsored Piston is "designed specifically to support both Steam and its Big Picture mode for residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger HD screens.”

The PC itself is based on Xi3's high-end offering, the X7A, and packs up to a 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, with a full complement of x8 USB slots (four 2.0, four 3.0), x4 eSATA slots, x2 Mini DisplayPorts and HDMI port, all within a modular design.

The OS of choice is Linux, together with Valve's Steam games marketplace.

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Lenovo Takes on Tabletop Computing

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Lenovo Takes on Tabletop Computing

Lenovo's "portable" All-in-One (AIO) PCs grow to massive sizes at CES 2013 with the IdeaCentre Horizon-- a 27-inch battery-powered "table PC" based on the idea of multi-user input.

Similar to the Sony Vaio Tap 20 you might recall from IFA 2012, the Horizon 27 is slim (27mm) and designed to lie flat on any surface. Internals include Core i7 processors, discrete graphics (maxing out at Nvidia GeForce Continue reading...

Intel Mini PCs Make IDF 2012 Appearance

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Intel Mini PCs Make IDF 2012 Appearance

Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) makes an appearance at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012-- a red 10cm x 10cm box carrying a new board format and a fairly low price.

We all know compact PCs (such as the Via Pico ITX) are nothing new, but Intel pushes the smaller form factor futher. NUC carries a mobile Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPU, QS77 chipset (with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics), x2 dual-channel Continue reading...

HP Spectre Line Gets AIO Addition

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HP Spectre Line Gets AIO Addition

HP adds the first non-laptop product to the high-end Spectre family-- the Spectre One, an All-in-One (AIO) PC with a 23.6-inch display just 11.5mm thick.

The slim aluminium display comes at a price though. Unlike most newly-launched AIO PCs using the touch-friendly Windows 8, the Spectre One lacks a touchscreen.

HP still caters for customers wanting multitouch input, mind-- the Spectre One includes Continue reading...

The Quiet Foxconn Mini PC

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The Quiet Foxconn Mini PC

Foxconn refreshes its nettop line with two Nano PCs-- the AT-5250 and AT-5600, both inside sleek black housing with a fanless design Foxconn claims is the most quiet yet.

The housing is rather compact, measuring 19 x 13.5 x 3.8cm. The AT-5250 carries an Cedar View D2500 (1.86GHz) processor and integrated Intel graphics, while the AT-5600 comes with an AMD Brazos E450 (1.65GHz) and a Radeon HD 632 Continue reading...

The Banana-Size Android PC

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The Banana-Size Android PC

There is something of a craze for tiny PCs lately-- now VIA follows the example of Raspberry Pi and FXI Cotton Candy with the APC 8750 Android PC system, a miniature PC the size of a small banana.

Measuring 17 x 8.5cm, the APC 8750 uses the Neo-ITX form factor and fits in standard Mini-ITX or microATX chasses. It carries an 800MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM SoC (with built-in GPU handling 720p video), 5 Continue reading...

Chrome OS Gets Upgrades, Chromebox

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Chrome OS Gets Upgrades, Chromebox

Google celebrates the first birthday of Chrome OS with a triad of announcements-- the improved Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, the first Mac Mini-style "Chromebox," and general improvements on the OS itself.

Like previous models, the Series 5 550 carries a 12.1" (with 1280x800 resolution) display, x2 USB ports and weighs 1.4kg. It also has a dual-core Intel Atom CPU, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage Continue reading...

The Chinese Android Mini-PC

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The Chinese Android Mini-PC

Customers longing for a tiny PC the size of a USB stick (such as the FXI Cotton Candy or Raspberry Pi) now have the Rikomagic MK802 Android-powered option.

It carries an AllWinner A10 1.5GHz CPU and a Mali 400 GPU supporting 1080p video-out through HDMI port. It uses Android 4.0, but users can also install ARM-compatible Linux versions.

Weighing less than 200g, the MK802 also has 4GB of internal Continue reading...

Nvidia Latest Has Two Keplers

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Nvidia Latest Has Two Keplers

An event like the Shanghai Game Festival is an ideal place for an Nvidia announcement-- specifically one for the GeForce GTX 690, a graphics card with not one but two 28nm Kepler GPUs.

Nvidia describes the GTX 690 as "the world's fastest graphics card" (beating the recently released GTX 680) and aims it directly at the high-end PC gamer market.

The card carries 3072 Cuda cores and reaches clock Continue reading...

Intel Launches Ivy Bridge

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Intel Launches Ivy Bridge

The BBC reports Intel is launching the long awaited first set of 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge processors, with 13 varieties of quad-core chip for desktop and full-size laptop use.

Smaller devices will have to wait though-- dual-core and low-power processors for ultrabook-style PCs (and tablets) will only be available "later this spring."

"This is the world's first 22-nanometre product and we'll be delivering Continue reading...

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