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Microsoft's Surface and Windows sales are flagging badly (again)

Darren Allan | Jul 26, 2023 8:20 AM CDT

Microsoft has just revealed its earnings for Q4 of fiscal 2023, and there are some highs and lows, with one of the latter again being sales of its Surface hardware and Windows OEM.

Microsoft's Surface and Windows sales are flagging badly (again)

If you recall, these areas were heavily down in the previous quarter, too, so this is a continued barrage of bad news for the hardware side of Microsoft.

Surface sales were down 20% year-on-year (a loss of $339 million), while sales of Windows to PC makers dropped by 12%.

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ASUS could be making a ROG NUC mini PC and our wallet is already cowering in fear

Darren Allan | Jul 21, 2023 11:02 AM CDT

We recently heard that Intel is no longer going to make its NUCs, and that Team Blue is passing the baton for this product line to ASUS - and apparently this means a ROG branded NUC is in the cards.

ASUS could be making a ROG NUC mini PC and our wallet is already cowering in fear

This comes from Italian tech site Bits and Chips, so as ever with rumors - particularly from lesser-known sources - be careful about accepting it as the truth. But the gossip is that ASUS is developing a high-end ROG NUC to take over from the Intel NUC 13 Extreme.

We're told this will use an Intel Meteor Lake processor paired with an RTX 4000 GPU (likely an RTX 4070), and it'll be a typically flashy ROG design which is heavy on the RGB.

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Intel partners with ASUS for the development of current and future NUC Mini PCs

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 19, 2023 2:56 AM CDT

Last week we reported on the news that Intel was no longer in the business of making its impressive NUC (Next Unit of Computing) devices, which are compact and powerful Mini PCs that take up very little space. At the time, Intel noted that it would pivot its strategy to enable its "ecosystem partners to continue NUC innovation and growth."

Intel partners with ASUS for the development of current and future NUC Mini PCs

Well, it looks like all that pivoting has already happened, with Intel announcing that it has partnered with ASUS to "manufacture, sell and support 10th to 13th Gen NUC systems product line and to develop future innovative NUC systems product designs." So, Intel NUC PCs are still a thing but will now be produced and sold by ASUS in partnership with Intel.

ASUS has a great track record for creating and releasing its own line-up of Mini PCs, so this collaboration makes a lot of sense. How this partnership will affect ASUS's existing product line-up and the development of future Mini PCs remains to be seen. However, the line about the "future innovative NUC system" highlights that the current plan is for this to be a long-term partnership.

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This new mini-PC console is smaller than an Xbox Series S and powered by a GeForce RTX 4060

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 17, 2023 10:32 PM CDT

With recent news confirming that Intel was ending production of its powerful range of mini PCs under the NUC name, it did state that it was pivoting to allow its "ecosystem partners to continue NUC innovation and growth." And with that, we'll see tiny PCs pop up for many more years to come, making this new entry from Chinese company ThundeRobot very interesting.

This new mini-PC console is smaller than an Xbox Series S and powered by a GeForce RTX 4060

The MIX combines a 13th Gen Intel Core CPU with a GeForce RTX 4060 in a form factor 60% smaller than the compact Xbox Series S console (1.7 liters, apparently). In fact, the announcement at IT Home refers to it as a console first, PC second - making it a pretty cool Steam box you can sit in or on a TV cabinet without worrying about it taking up space.

ThundeRobot is huge in China, the third largest supplier of laptops and gaming peripherals like displays and keyboards, making it an ASUS of sorts in the region - alongside ASUS. As of writing, the full specs have yet to be revealed, though with a 13th Gen Raptor Lake HX-series mobile CPU; the GeForce RTX 4060 inside may be the mobile version too.

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Don't buy a new Mac! Updated M3 models to launch within months

Oliver Haslam | Jul 17, 2023 1:51 AM CDT

Apple's M2 Macs are still proving popular among those who buy them but there will soon be a new chip in town. We're waiting for Apple to announce new Macs power by the M3, and now it looks like we could get them as soon as this October.

Don't buy a new Mac! Updated M3 models to launch within months

That's according to the well-connected Mark Gurman, at least. Writing for his weekly Bloomberg Power On newsletter Gurman said that there is likely to be another launch of Apple hardware in October. That launch will come hot on the heels of the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch announcements in September with Macs thought to be the order of the day.

If that's true, it's thought that new M3 versions of Apple's Macs are likely to be the devices announced. Those Macs are unlikely to be flagship 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, but the spotlight appears to be on a potential M3 iMac, new 13-inch MacBook Air, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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No more NUCs: Intel seemingly confirms that its nifty mini PCs are canceled

Darren Allan | Jul 11, 2023 10:47 AM CDT

Intel won't make any more NUCs (Next Unit of Computing devices), so wave goodbye to those compact boxes of components.

No more NUCs: Intel seemingly confirms that its nifty mini PCs are canceled

The small form factor PCs have been around for a long time, but the axe has been brought down on NUCs, as VideoCardz spotted, and Andreas Schilling, editor of a German tech site, confirmed.

Schilling provided details of an emailed Intel statement, in which Team Blue said: "We have decided to stop direct investment in the Next Unit of Compute (NUC) Business and pivot our strategy to enable our ecosystem partners to continue NUC innovation and growth."

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3 new iMacs are coming and one is going to be the biggest yet

Oliver Haslam | Jun 27, 2023 1:41 AM CDT

Fans of all-in-one computers are set to get three new Apple options according to a new report, and one of them will include a model that's larger than any that came before it.

3 new iMacs are coming and one is going to be the biggest yet

Writing for his weekly Power On newsletter Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that Apple is working to release two new iMacs with the same 24-inch display as the one that's currently available, but that isn't even the interesting part. Gurman says that Apple is already in the early stages of working on an iMac with a display that is over 30 inches in size.

If the report is accurate, it will mean that Apple is working on its biggest iMac to date, although it isn't clear whether it will carry the iMac Pro branding or just mean that two iMac display sizes will be offered. As for the 24-inch models, the fact that there are two codenames in use inside Apple - J433 and J434 - might suggest that there are M3 and M3 Pro variants in the works.

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IBM says its made a breakthrough in quantum computing, entering into 'the era of utility'

Jak Connor | Jun 17, 2023 2:33 AM CDT

Quantum computers are extremely powerful, but are famously unreliable in providing a user with the same result. However, that may very well all change, according to scientists at IBM.

IBM says its made a breakthrough in quantum computing, entering into 'the era of utility'

So, what is quantum computing, and how is it different from regular computing? The barebones of quantum computing rely on two phenomena or principles of quantum mechanics, superposition and entanglement. Superposition is the principle that a particle, in this case, a qubit, or a bit of quantum information, can be in two separate states at the exact same time. Entanglement is the principle that two particles can share the exact same location at the same time, despite a perceived distance between the two.

The difference between classical computers and quantum computers is that classical computing uses binary, or 1 and 0's. Qubits are able to be both 1 and 0 simultaneously, enabling much faster calculations to be performed as many calculations can be performed at once, compared to a classic computer that performs each calculation individually. Unfortunately, one of the main problems with quantum calculations is the inconsistency with results.

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SATA hard drives are causing headaches for M2 Ultra Mac Pro buyers

Oliver Haslam | Jun 15, 2023 6:29 AM CDT

The very first Apple silicon Mac Pro is finally here and you can buy one right now starting from $6,999. But if you do, you might want to think twice about installing your SATA hard drives.

SATA hard drives are causing headaches for M2 Ultra Mac Pro buyers

That's because Apple has already admitted that there is a problem that could cause some hard drives to disconnect when the Mac Pro wakes from sleep, leaving them in a state where they cannot be used for accessing the files that are saved on them. The good news? Apple says that it's already working on a fix.

In a new support document, Apple says that some models of internal SATA drives might disconnect from the Mac Pro when it's waking up from sleep. In the short term, the fix appears to be to simply disable the feature that automatically puts the Mac to sleep when it is idle. Otherwise. the only way to make the Mac reconnect to its hard drives is to restart it.

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Apple's M2 Ultra supports up to eight 4K displays in the Mac Pro and Mac Studio

Oliver Haslam | Jun 14, 2023 8:16 AM CDT

The brand-new Mac Studio and Mac Ultra can connect to up to eight different 4K displays at any one time, Apple has confirmed.

Apple's M2 Ultra supports up to eight 4K displays in the Mac Pro and Mac Studio

The eight-display limit applies to the new Apple silicon Mac Pro as well as the Mac Studio when kitted out with the latest and greatest M2 Ultra. Both new Macs are available to buy now.

The news comes after Apple released new support documents for the two machines, both confirming that the new Macs can push pixels out to eight 4K displays at once. What's more, that doesn't mean that those displays will have to make do with a low refresh rate - instead, they'll all support 60Hz refresh rates no matter what.

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