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Acer debuts new Chromebook for $299, comes with more memory, battery life, and storage

Chromebooks appear to be taking off as of late, with more and more manufacturers debuting new models. Acer is no stranger to the Chromebook and has debuted a new model today that is based upon the model that they released last month for $199. The new model comes with beefier specs and a larger price tag.


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The new model comes in at $299, and while not currently available on Google Play, it is showing on Acer's website. The outside looks identical to the $199 model, but the similarities are only skin-deep. On the inside, it features 4GB of RAM, a useful addition if you like to open lots of browser tabs like I do.


It still sports the same 1.1GHz Celeron processor, but comes with a larger battery. Battery life is expected to be over 6 hours on a single charge--not bad. The hard drive has also been upgrade and now sports 500GB of capacity, as opposed to the 320GB included in the cheaper version.

CyberPowerPC debuts the Zeus Touch all-in-one desktop

More and more OEMs are jumping on board the Windows 8 and touchscreen boat. CyberPowerPC is the latest to join in the crowd with its new Zeus Touch all-in-one desktop. Drawing from the iMac, and other simplistic designs, it features Windows 8 and supports up to 10 simultaneous finger inputs.


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The new desktop challenges the offerings by the likes of MSI, HP, and others, who are much bigger companies. The system is powered by the latest Intel processors and features a 1080p touchscreen. It also features the other accouterments that one would expect from a desktop all-in-one, including a built-in 1MP webcam.


USB 3.0, 802.11n and Bluetooth, card reader, DVD drive, and the other standard PC features come on the Zeus. Upgrades to the machine include larger hard drives, an mSATA SSD, and more powerful processors. A wireless keyboard is also included for those who aren't ready to ditch it quite yet.


The base configuration is available for $899.

First 27-inch iMacs to arrive by December 13 despite delays

It looks like Apple is doing its best to push the new 27-inch iMacs out the door. The current ship estimate is in January, but for those who put their orders in right when the product launched will see their devices a bit sooner than that. At least one person should be seeing their new iMac on December 13, as long as FedEx doesn't miss the delivery.


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9to5mac is reporting that their readers have received shipping notifications for their new iMacs. The estimated delivery date quoted by Apple ranged from December 18 all the way to the end of the month, but now some will be receiving theirs as early as December 13.


The 27-inch iMac shipments all appear to be originating in Shanghai, China, as opposed to some of the 21.5-inch models that have originated from Fremont, indicating that Apple either hasn't had time to build stock of the machine in the US for shipment, or the 21.5-inch iMac is being produced in the US.

27-inch iMac won't ship until January, according to Apple product page

Apple's sleek new iMac is hard to produce. Supply is constrained and the 21.5-inch model is facing large delays and the 27-inch hasn't launched yet. Apple had announced on November 30 that the new 27-inch version of the iMac would be shipping within 3 to 4 weeks, though that has now been changed.


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The new shipping estimate places the Available to Ship time as January. No date, no week estimates, nothing solid to go on, other than the units will be available to ship sometime in January. This could mean that the systems will be shipping as late as the end of the month, especially if Apple is facing supply constraints and other delays.

ODROID-U is a Raspberry Pi-like device, except it sports a quad-core Exynos processor and starts at $69

If you thought that the Raspberry Pi models found in the cheap Model A and Model B offerings were great - well, things are about to get a whole lot Moore's Law-sy with Hardkernel's latest offering.


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The product in question is the ODROID-U, which costs just $69 but sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU, you know - the same thing that powers Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones. On top of its quad-core processor, it has 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Mali 400 graphics chip, micro-HDMI out, USB ports, a headphone jack and Ethernet connectivity.


One thing the ODROID-U doesn't have is on-board flash memory, Hardkernel have left this out and provided a microSD card slot instead. For an additional $20, you can get yourself double the ram at 2GB, and get the chip clocked up to a nice (and hopefully not toasty) 1.7GHz on the ODROID-U2 model.

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Raspberry Pi Model A coming soon, initial samples roll off production line

The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash in the educational and enthusiast markets. For $35, educators, hackers, modders, and others could get a fully functional computer system, albeit ARM-based, that was capable of running Linux. Ironically, that version is the Model B and has been shipping for seven months.


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The Model A, a stripped down version of the Model B, is just now beginning to be produced, with the first engineering samples beginning to roll of off the production line. This new board is set to cost users only $25 and will come with fewer accouterments than its more expensive brother.


The Model A will lack an Ethernet port and only come with 256MB of RAM and a single USB port. According to a blog post by the Raspberry Pi Foudnation, they are already receiving orders from "people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation." The Model A is likely to ship in 2013.

New iMacs could finally go on sale tomorrow, maybe

MacRumors is reporting from that Apple could finally put their new iMacs on sale today, starting with the 21.5-inch model shipping to Apple Premium Resellers in Belgium starting Wednesday.


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The 27-inch model currently has a December shipping frame. The site also believes that the new iMacs should be available for online order at the same time, so get ready - have you mouse prepared, your credit card prepared, and some tissues - just in case you miss out, you can cry into them like I would.


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MacRumors also received a tip that the new iMacs would be ready to order tomorrow - but this isn't confirmed. Only hours until we should find out, though!

Raspberry will soon be capable of running Minecraft, 5-megapixel 1080p-capable $25 camera shown off, too

For just $35, the Raspberry Pi offers some unbelievable value - but that is about to get a whole lot better. There's an upcoming camera board that will use the currently unused CSI pins on the board.



This new 5-megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, and will include a proper mount when released compared to be stuck on with scotch tape when teased at Electronica 2012. The Pi foundation have said that when the snapper ships in 2013, it will come at cost of just $25.


The team have also announced a new port, dubbed Minecraft: Pi edition. Yes - you'll be able to play Minecraft on a damn $35 machine - incredible. There'll also be support for multiple programming languages which will let you "modify the game world with code". This will be made available next week, here.

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Sapphire unveils AMD APU-powered Edge VS Series Mini PC

Sapphire have just unveiled a new member of their mini-PC family, the Sapphire Edge VS series. Sapphire's new Edge VS series is powered by AMD's latest APUs, delivering great performance, graphics and more in a small form factor.


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Sapphire's Edge VS series come in two different offerings, the Edge VS 4 and Edge VS 8. Starting with the Edge VS 4, which sports an AMD A4 APU, AMD Radeon HD7400G graphics, a 2.5-inch 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. The bigger brother, the Edge VS 8 sports AMD's A8 APU, AMD Radeon HD7600G graphics, a 2.5-inch 500GB HDD and the same 4GB of RAM.


Both units come with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and both weigh in at 660g. Connectivity wise, they both include 1 x miniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio out, 1 x mic-in, and 1 x SPDIF-out. They come pre-installed with FREE-DOS, and support Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. They consume, at maximum, just 65W.

RumorTT: New iMacs face delays due to production problems, might not be released until 2013

Apple just can't catch a break lately - iPhone 5s are experiencing issues, their stock is dropping like its not hot, and now there's rumors circling that Apple's previous warnings of the new iMac model would see "significant shortages", may actually push the release of the new Retina-sporting iMacs into 2013.


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Apple currently states on their US site that the new 21.5-inch iMac will be released later this month, with the 27-inch model coming next month. But, if the rumors are actually true, we could see a delay of the new iMac in relation to Apple's new production method which has been dubbed "friction-stir welding".


This method utilizes intense heat and pressure, which is used to create an even more seamless join than previous techniques used. We've heard about delays, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating in a conference call with analysts that the new iMac would see "significant shortages" but didn't state why, but continued to expect that the new Retina iMacs would make their original November and December delivery dates.


The new screen lamination process used on the new iMacs could also be another issue, which is said to be much more complicated than previous designs. The screen bonding used in the new iMac erases close to 2mm of thickness that had formed an "air gap" between the glass and display in previous iMacs. This latest model is sans the optical drive, which allows the new iMac to be as thin as 5mm at the edges - which is very impressive.

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