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Samsung's Chromebox use to resemble Apple's Mac Mini with its rounded aluminum corners, and black surface. The company released the latest design today and things look drastically different.
Ditching the sleek aluminum and acrylic design in favor of injected molded plastic has rendered the Chromebox into something less likely to infringe on an Apple trademark.
The specifications of the new machine remain unchanged and this revision seems to be purely cosmetic. It is however no slouch, sporting a 1.9GHz Celeron Processor, 4GB of memory and 16GB of storage.
The tiny Raspberry Pi has been a popular system among hackers and educators alike. For $35, you get a fully functional PC to mess around with, program, and do what you like. If you own one and don't know where to start, you're in luck, as the system has gotten a free educational manual courtesy of a team of UK teachers from Computing at School.
The manual is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 unported licence, which in non-legal speak means you can use, redistribute, change and copy. There's only one limitation: you can't sell it. There's lots of information in the manual, such as information of Scratch, Python, and the command line.
You can grab it from the Pi Store, or from this link if you don't have a Pi yet.
LG is teasing us with some information about their 2013 lineup of PCs and notebooks ahead of their CES 2013 debut. All of the machines are Windows 8-powered and use LG's IPS display technology, which should make them ideal for users who need accurate color reproduction, such as photographers.
The first is LG's hybrid notebook, the H160 Tab-Book, which features an 11.6-inch display and QWERTY keyboard that is hidden beneath. It weighs in at 2.3 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. It reportedly has 12.5 hours of battery life, though the processor isn't detailed. I would venture to guess an Atom will power the machine. A second model, the Z160, comes with all of the same specifications, but comes with an i5 processor and higher specifications.
LG's Ultrabook, the Z360, comes in at 2.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thick and will be powered by a core i5 processor. It features a full HD IPS display. Finally, LG is showing off the AIO V325, which will have a 23-inch display. The screen will feature 10-point multitouch support and will be powered by an i5 coupled with a GT 640M. Interestingly, it will feature a TV tuner and picture-in-picture so that you can watch both TV and your desktop at the same time.
ORIGIN PC, a boutique manufacturer of laptops and desktops, has announced today that they are bringing back ready-to-ship models for the holidays so that you can get that new system on time to game on Christmas Day. The systems are like most pre-configured system in that they have already been built and can be shipped out next-day.
According to the press release, "These high-performance systems are available while supplies last and offer the same unmatched quality and performance as every custom ORIGIN PC without the wait and without any compromise. Every RTS system is put through the same rigorous benchmarking and testing and built and supported in the United States. With included popular PC games, features such as professional overclocking and award winning Lifetime 24/7 Support, the ORIGIN PC RTS system makes the perfect holiday gift."
You can choose ready-to-ship models from the MILLENNIUM, EON15-S and EON17-S lines of computers. The EONs are both laptops, while the MILLENNIUM is a desktop gaming rig.
"ORIGIN PC customers have been requesting we bring back our Ready-To-Ship systems, to get a high quality PC without waiting for a custom build." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "All of our RTS systems come specially configured and include our award winning integration and lifetime support. This is why we believe our RTS systems make the perfect PC gift this holiday season."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.