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Surface Studio selling out already, even at up to $4000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 31, 2016 5:33 am

Microsoft is really innovating in a big way lately, surpassing Apple's hype-o-meter which seems to have been watered down over the years, but the new Surface Studio from Microsoft is ready to blow people away.




Even with its high price, the Surface Studio is selling out all over the place, even up to the high-end $4000 model. For $2999, you get a quad-core CPU, dedicated GPU and decent storage - but for those who want speed, the $4000 model rocks a faster processor, better GPU, and more RAM. If you've forgotten the specs, here's what Surface Studio features:


Surface Studio specs:


  • 28-inch PixelSense Display (4.5K)
  • 4500x3000 native resolution
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Full-sized SD card reader
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 3.5mm audio jack (take that, Apple)

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New Surface Studio AiO rocks GTX 980M, 4.5K display

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 6:07 pm

Microsoft today revealed the Surface Studio, an ultra-thin transforming all-in-one aimed at transforming your desk into a fully-fledged workstation studio.




As we reported, Microsoft's new transforming all-in-one is called the Surface Studio, and is aimed at 3D artists and businesspeople who need a sleek, versatile and powerful PC. The Surface Studio is incredibly thin and flexible, and sports a forge aluminum body. Apart from its power, the all-in-one's selling point is its unique transforming display, which can mold into a number of different form factors including a traditional PC setup to a slanted artist's canvas or even completely flat like a tablet.


The Surface Studio rocks a high-end 28-inch 4.5K (4500 x 3000) resolution PixelSense display with 192 DPI and 3:2 aspect ratio, featuring 10-point multi-touch and Surface Pen functionality. Microsoft claims this is the "thinnest display ever made," clocking in at just 1.3mm. The Surface Studio comes in multiple configurations, complete with a quad-core Skylake 6-Gen Intel i7 or i5 CPU, 8GB, 16GB of 32GB of DDR4 RAM, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900-series graphics including a 2GB GTX 965M or a 4GB GTX 980M, and 1TB or 2TB hybrid drives for storage.

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ZOTAC's new mini PC packs full-sized GeForce GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2016 3:55 am

ZOTAC held its 10-year anniversary event in Hong Kong over the last 24 hours, where it unveiled a new graphics card that it collaborated with Thermaltake on: the new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition graphics card. It comes watercooled with Thermaltake powering the cooling side, and ZOTAC's custom PCB and high overclock goodness we've come to love about their cards.




Well, the exciting new 10-year anniversary celebration included the new ZOTAC Magnus EN1080 10 Year Anniversary Edition mini-PC, which features NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 inside - not bad for something the size of a BRIX or NUC, huh? The rest of the specifications are just as good, delivering desktop gaming PC power inside of something much smaller. The entire system will draw up to 180W, which means this is a portable gaming and productivity powerhouse.




The entire Magnus EN1080 10 Year Anniversary Edition is completely liquid cooled, with ZOTAC's engineers pulling off some magic on the Magnus EN1080 with a "specially designed liquid cooling thermal system" that cools both the CPU and the GPU.

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Is Surface Studio Microsoft's new all-in-one desktop?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 2:52 pm

Microsoft is set to reveal its new all-in-one Surface desktop PC tomorrow, and now there's evidence it could be called "Surface Studio."




Microsoft is holding a major Windows 10 press event tomorrow, and the major consensus from the tech press believes Microsoft will unveil a unique Surface-branded "iMac-killer" desktop PC at the event. Official details are slim, but its believed the Surface all-in-one is powered by Windows 10 and can be used as a detachable tablet or docked as a desktop PC. ZDNet says the Surface is codenamed "Cardinal," and can "turn your desk into a studio."


Speaking of a "studio," that might actually be the name of the device: Surface Studio, to be more exact. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy dug up some compelling evidence of a Slovenian trademark filing which also listed the Surface Laptop, Surface Dial, and Paint 3D--the latter of which could be for 3D artists, with the Dial being similar to Wacom's Express Remote, as per Microsoft's agreement with Wacom to release "dual protocol pens."

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Apple teases 'hello again' for its media event on Oct 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 20, 2016 11:17 am

Apple has sent out media events to the press for an upcoming event on October 27 at Apple's campus in Cupertino, where it teases "Hello Again" for its upcoming Mac-focused event.




What should we expect? Apple should tease its new MacBook products, including the purported MacBook Pro with its fancy new OLED touchbar, and more. Apple will most likely push for its removal of ports on its devices, with a new MacBook Pro featuring just USB-C, and no traditional USB ports on it, which really would change everything - but will it be for the better?


Apple will also most likely unveil a new MacBook Air, which should see it sans USB-A ports and shift into the arms of USB-C, while inside we're sure to see improved hardware. Lastly, the desktop side of things should see a new Mac Pro unveiling that could be a surprise, and with Microsoft rumored to be preparing an all-in-one desktop PC with a new Surface, Apple could trump them with a new AIO Mac desktop next week.

Samsung's new ArtPC Pulse is Mac Pro-like desktop PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 11:34 am

Samsung might be going through tumultuous times with the halting of sales on its explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, but their PC division has just teased the new ArtPC Pulse, a new "cylindrical desktop PC" available on Amazon for pre-order, reports PCWorld.




The new ArtPC Pulse is 10.7 inches tall, with Samsung designing it with a full metal body and circular lighting - and it looks beyond slick. Amazon's listing teases removable expandable modules, with an optional 1TB HDD available separately.




Samsung will reportedly have the starting price on the ArtPC Pulse at $1199, rocking a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics card, and USB Type-C and HDMI connectivity. The full specs:


  • Intel 2.7GHz i5 Processor (Skylake)
  • 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 (2 GB)
  • 1 USB-C port, four USB-A (presumably 3.0)
  • Fancy colorful lighting
  • Harmon Kardon speaker module included

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Surface all-in-one PC to be unveiled on October 26

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 2:34 am

We've been hearing rumbles about an all-in-one desktop PC under the Surface brand from Microsoft, and now it looks like it's set in stone for a New York City media event on October 26.




Microsoft's new Surface all-in-one would be an iMac-like desktop PC that will reportedly launch the AIO product with a Surface keyboard and mouse, too. The media event teases "the next chapter in the Windows story", which will also include announcements of two major Windows 10 software updates, as well as some Xbox announcements.


The Verge has jumped onto the story, saying that "the company isn't planning to refresh its Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book devices at the event, and will showcase laptops and devices from OEMs instead".

Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one Surface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 8:32 am

Microsoft has been making big inroads into the laptop and tablet markets with its Surface brand of products, but now it looks like the company is making a move for your desktop with an all-in-one Surface desktop PC.




It makes sense, since Microsoft is the creator of Windows - so a Windows 10-powered Surface-branded desktop PC would be an eventuality. According to The Verge, Microsoft is going to announce its Surface AIO PC imminently, as soon as late October at a launch event in New York City.


Microsoft will announce its all-in-one Surface PC alongside various Surface-branded accessories, like the purported Surface Ergonomic Keyboard that turned up on a listing for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard makes more sense with an AIO PC, versus a new keyboard for the current Surface.

Commodore 64 still running auto shop after 25 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 4:29 pm

For those old enough to remember the Commodore 64, can you believe that one is still being used to run a small auto repair shop?




Commodore USA's official Facebook page reads: "This C64C used by a small auto repair shop for balancing drive shafts has been working non-stop for over 25 years. And despite surviving a flood it is still going...". That's a great achievement, because most PCs wouldn't last 25 more years and still be operational like that (for the most part, anyway).


The Commodore 64 was released all the way back in 1982, featuring a whopping 64KB of memory at the time, with its CPU running at a blistering 1MHz, with a 16-color graphics chip. It was the highest-selling single computer model of all time according to the Guinness World Records.

A rare Apple 1 on auction, current bid of $270,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 21, 2016 1:23 pm

There might not be many that remember the Apple 1 computer, but it was one of Apple's first machines and now one has appeared for auction on Charitybuzz with bids of $270,000.




Apple expert Corey Cohen told Recode: "It's the rookie card, for lack of a better word". The rare Apple 1 computer on auction includes the original manuals, a cassette tape with BASIC programming language, and other accessories and docs. Cohen added that the early machines were hand finished by Dan Kottke or the late Steve Jobs and that there is a great chance that this particular Apple 1 had been assembled by Jobs.


Cohen says he talked with Kottke, adding that "Dan doesn't remember assembling this one". Kottke did make the BASIC cassette and has the words "Good Luck" written in his handwriting, on it. Cohen said that the original Apple 1 owner isn't known, but the current owner purchased it for $18,000 back in 2000. Other Apple 1 computers have been purchased for as much as $900,000 - so there's no guessing where the ceiling is on this one, especially if Steve Jobs really did assemble it by hand.


A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona.