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ASUS intro new ET2411 all-in-one multi-touch PC, sports Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU and lots, lots more

ASUS have introduced a new all-in-one PC featuring Intel's third-generation Core processors. The new ASUS ET2411 is a 23.6-inch Full HD multi-touch LED-backlit beast, sporting Windows 7, HDMI, and much more.

 

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The touch-screen alone is something that makes the ET2411 standout. The ET2411 also comes with ASUS' SonicMaster Technology which boasts louder volumes, and improved clarity. The all-in-one PC can also be used as a secondary display on another PC by connecting other PCs, laptops or tablets through its HDMI input.

 

ASUS' ET2411 is also wall-mountable for those with a smaller apartment or house, or those wanting to have it look stylish. It can be specced with a Core i5 or i7, comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD/Blu-ray drive, two USB 3.0 ports on the side, 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear, HDMI-in and out, VGA, card reader, GbE connectivity, and a Kensington lock.

 

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The ET2411 weighs in at a total of 10.8kg. and comes in just one color, black.

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Dell announces XPS One 27 all-in-one machine, sports 2560x1440 screen

Dell have just outed the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC, which sports a 27-inch screen with a resolution of 2560x1440. One of the good things with the XPS One 27 range is that all configurations ship with third-generation Intel Core processors in the Ivy Bridge flavor.

 

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They ship with either Core i5 or i7 offerings, with up to 16GB of RAM, a standard 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive which can be upgraded to either a 2TB drive or a 32GB SSD. Adding to this we find Waves MaxxAudio 4, Infinity-branded speakers, a Blu-ray drive and optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M GPU.

 

An optional TV tuner is available, and finishing things off we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports with power charge, audio out, HDMI, VGA, mic and headphone jacks an an 8-in-1 memory card reader. Dell's XPS One 27 starts at $1,399 and is available in Asia starting today, expect it to his the US in the next month or so.

One of only six remaining working Apple-1 PCs to go to auction, estimated to sell at up to $180,000

The Apple-1 sported a circuit board hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66. Roughly 200 units were produced, and according to Sotheby's catalog listing, there are roughly 50 surviving Apple-1 computers, with six of them known to be in working condition.

 

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This means it's a great time to throw one of those six working Apple-1 PCs on sale, right? Well, the auction house is estimating the motherboard will sell for between $120,000 and $180,000. Crazy!

 

Mike Willegal, an engineer with a major technology company who has identified and indexed 41 Apple-1 computers says:

 

That's probably a pretty good estimate of original Apple-1s that have been operated in the last four or five years. If a unit hasn't been powered up in more than five or 10 years, it probably shouldn't be counted as currently working. These old computers tend to fail over time, even if they are just sitting on a shelf.

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Microsoft to sell 80-inch Windows 8 tablets for offices

If you're Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, there isn't much you can't afford. It appears like Microsoft has created a device that is meant for CEOs only, at least for now: "Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall."

 

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The description above was given by Microsoft VP Frank Shaw to Wired. This isn't just a Microsoft play-thing like Microsoft Surface is as they actually plan to offer this to the public. While it's probably not going to end up in many households at launch, Microsoft believes that in 2 years it very well could. As far as calling it a tablet, well, I have to disagree. 80 inches is not a tablet.

 

"It's not a consumer thing now, but we know historically that that's how all things start," he said. "The idea that there should be a screen that's not a computer, we'll laugh at that in two years." The device is powered by Windows 8 and does appear to be slightly stunt-ish, but I can see the benefits of having a device like that in my office. "It's his whiteboard, his email machine," Shaw said, "and it's a device we're going to sell."

Facebook petition pushing for new Mac Pro

The power of Facebook has allowed a disgruntled Apple fan to start a petition for the company to pay more focus to its Mac Pro line of systems. The maker of the page, Lou Borella, wants Apple to refresh its professional-level desktops, or at least be vocal with Mac Pro fans to let them know something is at least coming soon.

 

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The maker of the page is said to be a professional editor and graphic animator in the New York City area, and initially posted a lengthy plea to Apple to update everyone on their Mac Pro plans, claiming that he didn't want to go to "the Dark side" by buying a Windows-based machine, and that hacked models combining more modern equipment with Apple's OS X operating system were insufficient to meet professional needs.

 

The page has more than 4,200 likes, and over 2,270 people talking about it. You know what, I love this idea. I have to hand it to Lou, this is one of the best ways to get attention from a usually secretive company. Apple has been concentrating more on slightly updating their iOS-based devices, than they have on their Mac Pro line. But, we can see the changes within OS X, and the upcoming Mountain Lion, where it's going more toward iOS. Maybe this is why Apple are being hush-hush when it comes to refreshing their Mac Pro.

VIA introduces amazing $49 APC Android computer, we go hands-on

Earlier on today we were invited down to the VIA headquarters where we met up with marketing director Richard Brown who introduced us to its new APC computer system.

 

 

The APC computer is a $49 Android system based on the brand new Neo-ITX form factor which measures in at roughly half the size of standard Mini-ITX based motherboards. It features an 800MHz ARM SOC (VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC) with 512MB of DDR3 memory and 2GB of onboard flash memory for storage. A modified version of Google Android 2.3 uses up most of that 2GB of flash storage, but there are external storage options. On the back I/O is a microSD slot and of course you could hook in an external USB 2.0 drive. VIA spent a lot of time customizing Android to enable keyboard and mouse support which natively it does not support. The system also comes with the modified apps such as a YouTube player, Angry Birds, a file manager, web browser and more.

 

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However, the VIA APC is not designed to be about local storage. It is designed to stream your content from the cloud and does so at an amazing price and within a very tiny footprint. The APC will fit in normal Mini-ITX cases with room to spare for something like a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drive. On the I/O panel you get VGA output, HDMI output (up to 720p playback with hardware acceleration), four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit LAN and audio out and microphone in...

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CyberpowerPC high-end desktops will now feature GTX 690s

Cyberpower has announced a new option to allow customers to configure new gaming systems around the newly released GTX 690. Systems in which the card can be used include the enthusiast Fang III series, Zeus series, and Gamer Xtreme and Ultra series. The GTX 690 is based on two GTX 680 cards and provides similar performance to them in SLI.

 

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The entry-level system based around the GTX 690 starts under $1700, which with a $1000 card inside, isn't too bad of a price. Cyberpower has also optimized their liquid cooling system for the dual-GPU GTX 690. The computers, in addition to the GTX 690, can be customized with a wide range of features. The full text of the press release is below:

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TweakTown System Builders Guides updated with Ivy Bridge and new video cards

So, Intel just got done releasing its latest round of new PC products recently and of course we're talking about the Intel Ivy Bridge platform which consists of new processors and Z77 Express based motherboards. Not only that though, but shortly before that AMD launched its range of new Radeon HD 7000 series video cards.

 

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That means it was time to update our SBG systems to reflect the latest in required hardware changes. Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD), it got its video card upgraded to the new AMD Radeon HD 7770 and in this case we selected the Sapphire GHz Edition 1GB version, as we had some good success overclocking it during our testing.

 

The top-dog TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) didn't require any changes, but we did spend time updating the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD). It gets the new Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core processor based on Ivy Bridge and a new motherboard was required because of that change. We selected the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe as it is one of the best Z77 mobos we have tested so far...

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Digital Storm integrates Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs into their award-winning line of gaming PCs and Laptops

Digital Storm have just let the world know they've baked Intel's 22nm-built Ivy Bridge CPUs into their entire line of gaming PCs and laptops. This means that Digital Storm future customers (as of now) will receive systems with the world's most advanced processor in their machine.

 

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With the help of Ivy Bridge, Digital Storm's systems just get, well, better. Because Intel's latest chip runs cooler and delivers higher performance when compared to Sandy Bridge CPUs. Digital Storm's Director of Product Development, Rajeev Kuruppu says:

 

We've tested Ivy Bridge in every one of our systems and we've measured extraordinary overclocks at 4.8GHz at unbelievably low temperatures across the board. With the addition of Intel's latest chipset, our entire line of gaming PCs and laptops offer customers the utmost in computing power.

HP has announced six Ivy Bridge-powered desktops, will start from $699

Ok, ok, sit back down. Intel's Ivy Bridge is here, and so far it has been ho-hum for everything I've read. Intel don't really need to try that much when the competition needs to pick up a dictionary and find out what the word 'competition' actually means. But, this isn't stopping the Ivy Bridge train from gaining some serious steam and where it's perfections lie is in its new 22nm design.

 

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HP are now baking Ivy Bridge-based processors into their new desktop line-up which has been refreshed. The new line-up sports six quad-core models that will be made available directly from HP as of the 29th of April. Three of these offerings will be all-in-one systems, including the Omni 220qd which sports Beats Audio and a cantilever design that starts from $999.

 

On top of this, the Omni 27qd which features a 27-inch display and a $1,199 price tag. The third all-in-one model will be a refresh to the TouchSmart 520xt, which sports a 23-inch touch-enabled display and retails for $999. Not bad.

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