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PAX Australia 2015 - Not only were InWin showing off some great looking PCs, but MSI were in action at PAX Australia this year with some slick looking custom PCs.
The second image below, if you look in the top right, has an awesome looking dragon that really adds to the entire look of the PC.
A few different angles of the dragon PC.
Up until now, Microsoft has reserved its customized NVIDIA GPU configuration to the more expensive Surface Book models, meaning the budget tier was locked out. But now the catalogue has been updated and Microsoft now offers dGPU options to every Surface Book make and model--for a price.
If you plan to opt in for the dual-GPU solution for the Windows 10-powered laptop, Microsoft tacks on an extra $200 to the retail price. $200 might sound like a lot, but the difference is pretty substantial: default Surface Book models come equipped with Intel's integrated Iris Graphics, and the extra cash will unlock a second graphics solution, a custom Maxwell-based NVIDIA GPU that will enable more graphically-intense workloads.
Equipped with the second dGPU in the keyboard base, the budget Surface Book with a Skylake Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 128GB HDD now rises to $1,699. We've reported that the Surface Book's custom NVIDIA GPU is actually equal to a GeForce 940M with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Today Lenovo announced its new line of Windows 10 devices, branded as the Yoga 900 line. The most eye-catching of the new hardware is the massive all-in-one that takes the term "desktop" quite literally, bringing huge size as well as huge potential.
Lenovo's Yoga Home 900 isn't made for on-the-go use; as its name implies, it's optimized more for a home-based experience. Its massive 27-inch full HD 10-point touch display can be set at an angle for traditional browsing on or doing work across Windows 10 apps, or it can be laid flat for some competitive air hockey or tabletop games like Monopoly or Risk for family games night. It weighs just 16 pounds, so you can easily heft it from room to room without worrying about a cumbersome bulk or the device bending under its own weight.
The tabletop PC has some beefy specs under the hood, with Broadwell class Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, a dedicated NVIDIA GPU (up to a 2GB VRAM GeForce 940A), up to 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of onboard SSHD storage. The six-cell battery is lacking, only supporting up to 3-hours of usage per charge, but given the huge 27-inch display, that's to be expected.
It looks like Apple's new 21.5-inch iMacs have been updated with something other than the 4K Retina display: completely unrepairable hardware that makes every DIY tecchie shudder in revulsion.
The folks at iFixit are experts at tearing down the latest tech and putting it all back together in tip-top shape, and as a result their analyses carry some pretty hefty weight. So when iFixit rated the 21.5-inch 4K iMac with a repairability score of a measly 1 out of 10, it means Apple is earnestly pushing toward in-house serviceability.
What exactly makes the new iMac so daunting? Basically, none of the parts in the all-in-one computer are replaceable in any capacity. The RAM is soldered to the logic board (which isn't really surprising). What is surprising is that the logic board doesn't have a Fusion Drive connector, cutting off any plans to add further storage. The Intel CPU is also fastened to the board, and Apple has even melded the iMac's glass cover front with the Retina display, further upping the cost of repair.
Recently, Intel launched a new business unit dedicated to makers. While Intel's Galileo and Edison modules have been around for a while, most makers tend to use lower cost Arduino or Respberry Pi boards. Intel decided to take another route this round, and has teamed up with Arduino to provide their new Curie microcontroller on an Arduino board that looks eerily similar to the Arduino Uno.
The Curie microcontroller is replacing the typical ATmega chips we see on Ardunio boards. Curie was announced earlier this year and has some pretty decent specifications especially considering its size. Many people complain about the low processing power of the Uno, but the Curie is much beefier than what we have seen in the past from Arduino. The Arduino 101 is supposed to be an easy to use board, and it is aimed at education sector.
It's been long known that the Android platform isn't nearly as secure as it should be, but we haven't really had a concrete answer as to how vulnerable the OS actually is. A recent study from the University of Cambridge delivers the answer, and it's pretty surprising.
"We find that on average 87.7% of Android devices are exposed to at least one of 11 known critical vulnerabilities," the university writes in the study's conclusion. "In our data, Nexus devices do considerably better than average with a score of 5.17; LG is the best manufacturer with a score of 3.97."
The study also lays the blame on device manufacturers, citing that most modern smartphones receive few security updates thereby leaving them open to a number of vulnerabilities like the TowelRoot, Gingerbreak, and FakeID exploits. "We showed that the bottleneck for the delivery of updates in the Android ecosystem rests with the manufacturers, who fail to provide updates to fix critical vulnerabilities."
HP has just announced its new Envy Curved All-in-One PC, slapping an entire PC into a 34-inch curved UltraWide monitor. The 21:9 aspect ratio looks beautiful on the new PC, with HP claiming it's the world's widest curved AIO and the first to receive Technicolor certification.
HP's new UltraWide AIO PC also has 99% of the sRGB color gamut for professionals, with six speakers being crammed into the AIO courtesy of Bang & Olufsen. HP will let consumers configure the Envy Curved All-in-One PC with Intel's new Skylake-based Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, up to 16GB of RAM, and various storage configurations.
Windows 10 will come pre-installed, which shouldn't be a surprise now that Microsoft's latest desktop operating system is here. HP's new AIO PC looks to be aimed at professionals and non-gamers, but gamers can get in some decent gaming at 3440x1440 with a GTX 960 if they set their in-game visual settings to Medium.
HP will be selling the Envy Curved All-in-One PC starting from $1799.99 next month.
On the heels of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus sales, reports indicate that Apple is ready to bring 4K resolution to its 21.5-inch iMacs.
Sources at 9to5Mac say that Apple will start selling the new 4K iMacs as early as October 13, making it a surprise announcement to bolster its product line and fill in the gap between September's iPhone sales and November's upcoming iPad Pro release.
Although the 4K-ready iMacs will sport 4,096x2,304 resolution, the new models will reportedly match the current 1080p iMacs in terms of aesthetics. Significant changes are coming under the hood, however, with refreshed hardware across the board including a beefier video card to power the display. It's assumed Apple's El Capitan OS will be pre-loaded, and speculation hints that Apple's new Force-Touch Magic Mouse 2 and a new enhanced Bluetooth keyboard combo could come inside the box.
A 4K iMac would sit comfortably between the 1080p iMac and Apple's 27-inch 5K Retina Display iMac, and it's fair to assume the 21.5-inch 4K model will come at a hefty price tag. The publication also notes that while the 4K iMacs could show up as soon as next week, Apple may not ship mass quantities until November.
For those who just want to have it all, Digital Storm has announced its AVENTUM 3 Gaming Desktop, complete with a custom made liquid cooling setup comprised of EK Water Block parts and plenty of love.
As explained by Harji Chana, Chief Operating Officer of Digital Storm, this model "is our declaration that a PC does not have to be just the sum of its parts. We designed the AVENTUM 3 from the ground up with a focus on unmatched accessibility and modularity that can't be found anywhere else." That alone is a big claim for sure, but the AVENTUM 3 does bring some big guns to the table.
Featuring a separated chamber design (think similar to the Thermaltake Level 10), this build houses the components within a special sealed chamber, completely separate from the chamber which houses the liquid cooling setup - meaning heat will not interfere across all your internals.
What do you do when you drop a few thousand dollars on a high-end Apple iMac with Retina 5K display? You shoot it with an anti-tank cannon, right?
YouTuber 'FullMag' put an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display on the firing line of a T8 90mm AT (anti-tank) canon and blew it to smithereens. Better yet, there's some slow motion shots of it being blown to pieces, making it even better.