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Intel to release computers as small as USB thumb drives next year

Intel is planning to release diminutive thumb-sized computers next year. These Small PC's are fanless designs that are roughly the size of a USB thumb drive, and Intel actually demonstrated one of the devices at their recent investor conference. Intel didn't speak to the actual performance of the unit, but we do know that some Atom processors are small enough to fit into such devices.

 

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The market for these small computers is actually in the tens of millions of devices per year, and there are already competing designs on the market featuring ARM processors and the Android operating system. By expanding x86 computing ability into this small form factor it opens up new potential use-cases. This class of tiny compute devices rarely have much storage, if any at all, onboard. Intel might be planning on integrating their new 3D NAND, which can pack up to 1TB of storage into a 2mm package, into the new devices. This would provide Intel a massive advantage over competing devices.

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Canada, Australia, Czech Republic have most tech savvy students

Canada is in a "statistical tie" with Australia and the Czech Republic as nations with the most technologically literate students, according to the International Computer and Information Literacy Study. Researchers tested around 60,000 students in grade 8 from 20 nations, and the international average came out to 500.

 

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As part of the study, participants were tested on their ability to collect, create, manage and exchange information while using a PC - and teachers were also gauged to determine how confident students are while engaging with technology in the classroom.

 

"The study results provide valuable information on where students in this province stand with understanding and using information and communications skills compared to other countries," said Susan Sullivan, Newfoundland's education minister, in a statement. "The results will help the provincial government make informed decisions about using technology to enhance teaching and learning."

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Apple is 'not all that interested' in making a touchscreen Mac

Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, talked with CNET after Apple's unveiling event for the new iPad, and the new 5K-capable iMac. Federighi had some interesting things to talk about when it came to the Mac, especially when the idea of touchscreen Macs was bought up.

 

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Federighi said: "We don't think it's the right interface, honestly. Mac is sort of a sit-down experience. We've really focused on building the best track pads we can, something where it feels [like] your posture's relaxed, it's a comfortable machine to use. And, of course, over the years we've experimented with all the technology, but we found it just wasn't good. ... We're not all that interested in building one".

 

He also added that the iPhone and iPad can be used in a "very relaxed position" compared with the fact that a touchscreen Mac would have a user sitting at a desk, reaching forward to touch their display. It was only earlier in the year where the idea of merging iOS and OS X was considered a "waste of energy".

Apple's new 5K-capable iMac gets the iFixit teardown treatment

Apple unveiled its new 27-inch iMac during the week, which featured a beautiful 5K display with a resolution 5120x2880, and now iFixit have given it the usual teardown treatment. So what better way to spend your day after you've spent thousands of dollars buying the new Retina 5K iMac, than to rip it apart, right?

 

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iFixit's teardown reveals that Apple's new iMac features an easily accessible RAM upgrade panel, and when it came to the 5K panel, the iFixit crew found that it requires a steady hand to remove it, but it's not all that hard. The 27-inch 5K panel itself is made by LG, with most of the hardware powering it coming from Texas Instruments. Going deeper into the new iMac, the iFixit team found that the layout of supporting hardware was close to identical to that found in last year's model.

 

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The new 27-inch 5K iMac received a repairability score of 5/10 from iFixit, with the team saying that the user-replaceable RAM, HDD and CPU were all good to see,but the HDD and CPU upgrades the removal of the entire display. iFixit did add that the glass and LCD being fused together, along with the fact that there is double-sided sticky tape there that needs to be replaced to remove and replace the display, received negative marks from iFixit.

Apple's new iMac has 'the world's highest resolution display' at 5K

Apple held its second media event in the space of a month today, unveiling the new iPad Air 2, iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

 

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Apple's latest desktop PC is something the company was excited about, as it features the Retina 5K display, boasting a resolution of 5120x2880. At 5120x2880, we have 14.7 million pixels, or 7x the resolution of 1080p, and even a big 67% more pixels than 4K. Apple now claims this is "the world's highest resolution display". Remember though, Dell has a 5K monitor it unveiled last month, too.

 

The company has said that it had to create new technologies in order to drive the display, which included a custom made timing controller, and specifically engineered oxide-based TFT. Apple is also pushing some of its tech from the Retina iPad, such as organic passivation to allow the sheer amount of pixels blasting onto the screen. Even though we have a 5K display, it uses 30% less energy than previous models thanks to high efficiency LEDs. Even at 5120x2880, it is just 5mm at the thinnest edge, which is the same as the previous generation iMac.

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MSI upgrades 27" All-In-One with new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900M GPU

MSI refreshed its 27" All-in-One gaming PCs so they now utilize the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and GTX 980M video cards, powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB DDR3L RAM, MSI Super RAID technology, and the Killer E2200 Game Networking.

 

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"Gamers crave performance and our new lineup of 27-inch gaming AIOs will leave them breathless," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America CEO, in a press statement. "The outstanding combination of state-of-the-art components, including NVIDIA's latest GPU, deliver the most immersive gaming experience available and is guaranteed to outperform any other unit on the market."

 

The NVIDIA GeForce 900M series has received a large amount of attention from consumers, as OEMs roll out a new generation of mobile gaming products.

iBUYPOWER introduces the SBX Entertainment System

iBUYPOWER introduces its newest 'ultra-simplified' entertainment center: SBX Entertainment System. The team designed this new unit to make it reflect the aesthetics and physical characteristics of a game console, but with the raw power that only high-end desktop systems can provide.

 

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The unit is designed keeping living room computing in mind, and iBUYPOWER assures that its new system can provide 60FPS gameplay at high definition resolutions. As you'd imagine, just like any game console or any properly configured and optimized desktop rigs, this is made to provide the best out-of-the-box PC gaming and entertainment experience.

 

"What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way, " said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. "All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door."

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IDC notes PC shipments dropped 1.7% in Q3, better than expected

Worldwide PC shipments during Q3 did better than expected, dropping just 1.7 percent instead of the previously estimated 4.1 percent drop, according to the IDC research group.

 

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Lenovo now has 20 percent of the global PC market, ahead of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Apple - as each company look to revitalize the struggling market. Companies are struggling to try to adapt to an increasingly mobile market - and while PC hardware continues to evolve - many consumers and businesses don't need to upgrade current PCs at the same rate they did just a few years ago.

 

"Reaching the 20% mark in global PC share is a great milestone for Lenovo - and we got there even faster than expected," said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo CEO, in a statement. "While others have been looking for a game plan that works, we have been executing ours and the results speak for themselves. Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the 6th straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time."

Sponsored Video - Think twice about buying that slower PC, says Intel

We all know that upgrading your PC can be hard, but one of the key decisions of upgrading any PC is the processor. Most people will go Intel, and rightly so, the company has the best performing CPUs on the market.

 

 

The advertisement shows a frustrated user who is sitting at his brand new PC, and it crashes. Time slows down, and then goes in reverse, where he regrets his decision of buying the competition, walking back to his PC store and changing his mind. Intel puts this down to 6 simple steps when buying a new PC.

 

This includes the Processor Speed, RAM, HDD, Graphics Card, Software and Extras. Intel processors run faster, use less power, and if you have the money to spend, can scale up to incredible speeds that make your desktop PC closer to a supercomputer from just a decade or so ago with up to 16 threads on the latest Core i7-5960X.

 

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High school football spurring tech evolution for peak team development

While most of the world still doesn't seem to enjoy it, American football has spurred an evolution that has seen a rise in tech-related spending. Companies are providing high schools with the ability to record practices, scrimmages, and game film in high-definition from multiple angles - which can be uploaded to the cloud and later viewed.

 

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One such company is Hudl, which charges high schools up to $3,000 to upload 200 hours of digital film online - and while Hudl has support for other sports - it seems high school football is really picking up steam. For smaller schools with lower sports operating budgets, this all still remains a pipe dream, though that ability also is changing.

 

"Lots of high schools in this country now spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, even a million, on football," said Angela Lumpkin, Texas Tech University sports management department chairwoman, in a statement. "Over $3 billion nationally wouldn't surprise me."

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