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Rejoice, the AMIGA is Back!

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Rejoice, the AMIGA is Back!

After bringing back the C64 with the retro-tastic C64X, Commodore USA launches the Amiga mini-- a mini-PC boasting a stylish aluminium case (similar to the Mac Mini) ideal for use as either a Home Theatre PC or a gaming machine.

It carries a 3.5GHz Core i7-2700k CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GT 430 (with 1GB RAM), 1TB HDD and optional 300 or 600GB SSD. Connections come via wifi, Bluetooth, Continue reading...

The Sweet $25 Credit Card-Size PC

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The Sweet $25 Credit Card-Size PC

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announces the first batch its intriguing low-cost Linux micro-PCs has just entered production-- and pre-orders should start shipping from February 20 2012.

Designed as an affordable PC ideal to get children into computer programming, the Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer the size of a credit card. Currently a simple open board, it carries an ARM processor (running at 700 Continue reading...

Cotton Candy Brings Android on Non-Mobile Devices

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Cotton Candy Brings Android on Non-Mobile Devices

FXI Technologies wants to bring Android on nearly any device carrying a display and USB-based storage support with Cotton Candy-- an Android-powered computer inside a tiny USB/HDMI stick.

The little device packs a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 and a quad-core ARM Mali 400MP GPU and handles HD video, wifi and Bluetooth connections and up to 64GB of microSD storage.

It connects to either PCs (via USB) or Continue reading...

Wireless Peripherals Get More Secure

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Wireless Peripherals Get More Secure

Microsoft's old warhorse-- the wireless mouse and keyboard combo-- gets a new version with  additional security to make sure no one snoops on your customers while they type.

The Wireless Desktop 2000 keyboard is Microsoft's first to carry Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption technology, preventing the interception and deciphering of users' keystrokes.

The keyboard pairs up with Continue reading...

The Commodore 64 is Back

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The Commodore 64 is Back

The 80's are making a comeback-- Commodore USA launches a new version of the classic C64, looking just like one remembers, complete with beige-gray body and chuky keyboard.

Of course the innards are new, as it carries a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, NVidia Ion 2 graphics card and 2/4Gb of DDR2 memory (as opposed to the original's 64k).

Instead of cartridge and joystick ports customers Continue reading...

All-in-One PC Makes a Comeback, Up 57% Y/Y

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All-in-One PC Makes a Comeback, Up 57% Y/Y

OK, "comeback" may be the wrong word to use as the All-in-One PC never really made a big impact the first time around. But now the AIO sports an impressive 57% Y/Y growth in sales from 2008 to 2009.

HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer (Gateway and Packard Bell brands) contribute to this growth (as well as challenger brands such as MSI). But the iMAC leads the way, winning Apple converts because of iPod and Continue reading...

HD Performance in Small Form Factor

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HD Performance in Small Form Factor

Created for highly efficient office apps saving power and space, at only 1.4 liters, this miniPC is 165 mm x 165 mm x 50 mm. The AOpen miniPC MP57 bare system is 1.7kg and it is equipped with 90W, 20VDC/4.5A adapter.

AOpen miniPC MP57 adapts Intel Core i7 and i5 CPU and dual channel DDRIII memory. MP57 can output high definition 1080P videos via HDMI (with HDCP) and support dual display setting Continue reading...

Gartner: PC Now A Lifestyle Necessity

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Gartner: PC Now A Lifestyle Necessity

In his address to RetailVision, Gartner consultant Ranjit Atwal told delegates we've finally crossed a threshold where Gartner can declare—based on evidence, not opinion—that consumers consider the PC is a necessity.

Besides the fact that PC sales grew during a recession, we are now averaging 1.5 pcs per person in advanced markets.

To further support the body of evidence, a Gartner study Continue reading...

VIA Extends Fanless Touchscreen VIPRO Panel PC Family

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VIA Extends Fanless Touchscreen VIPRO Panel PC Family

Created using the flexible Em-ITX form factor, VIA launches 6.5" and 15" VIA VIPRO touch screen panel PCs for next gen Human Machine Interface applications

The 6.5" VIA VIPRO VP7806 and 15" VIA VIPRO VP7815 are both fanless and durable with IP65 compliant LED backlit panels that can withstand temperatures of -20°C to 60°C.

With touch panel navigation, 2 megapixel autofocus IP camera, microphone Continue reading...

Will Only 1% of Netbook Buyers Shift to Tablets?

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Will Only 1% of Netbook Buyers Shift to Tablets?

One analyst panicked netbook markets by drawing conclusions from slowing netbook growth. Another analyst, Jeff Orr with ABI Research, disagrees: "With an estimated ship volume of 58 million, netbooks have made the consumer mass market grade."

"But the iPad won't be mass market...that takes sales in the 40 million to 50 million unit range. For a CE device to make it mass market, and that's what Continue reading...

Emerging Stereo 3D (S3D) PC Market

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Emerging Stereo 3D (S3D) PC Market

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) says the S3D market is poised for rapid growth: almost 1 million dedicated S3D PCs will ship in 2010, but that will grow to 75 million by 2014.

Although most PCs will be S3D capable due to the GPUs that are in them, not all PCs will be S3D PCs because they need a special monitor, glasses, and appropriate content. JPR expects to see S3D PCs achieve a much higher growth Continue reading...

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