Gigabyte is entering the gaming PC industry with its new brand called ‘AORUS’. They will be selling gaming laptops, keyboards, mouse and headsets under this brand. Along with this announcement, Gigabyte announced AORUS Gaming Laptop X7. It features GTX 765M GDDR5 4GB dual graphics, 4th gen. Core i7 processor, new AORUS Thermal+ design and highly customizable Macro functions. The most exciting part is that despite its high-end specs and thermal design, it is insanely thin & lightweight at 0.9 in. / 6.39 lbs (22.9 mm / 2.9 kg). Also it has got Killer LAN chip and IEEE 802.11ac support for enhanced networking. Specification: OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Home Premium/Windows 7 Professional CPU: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Display: 17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LCD backlight System Memory: 4GB/8GB DDR3L 1600, 4 slots (Max 32GB) Chipset; Mobile Intel® HM87 Express Chipset Video Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI GDDR5 4GB ...

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Windows XP, one of the most popular OS of all time is going to expire literally as Microsoft is ending their extended support for the OS in April this year. Microsoft has been trumpeting for the last few years to make Windows XP users upgrade to newer systems. Using Windows XP system nowadays exposes you to lots of security risks and even more when Microsoft stops delivering security updates for Windows XP. Ars Technica recently revealed that Microsoft will also stop delivering virus definitions to Windows XP users running Microsoft Security Essentials. There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn’t the only thing that’s losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company’s anti-malware app, will stop receiving ...

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Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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At CES this year, Razer unveiled a modular desktop concept PC called Project Christine. With its modular design, you can upgrade or customize this PC by removing and attaching modules in just seconds. Features: Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization PCI-Express architecture Open operating system platform Factory overclocked components Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation Quad SLI capable SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array LED touchscreen control display Read the full press release below. LAS VEGAS (CES 2014) – Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a concept of what promises to be the world’s most modular gaming system, Project Christine. The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and ...

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At CES, AMD provided us a glimpse of how PCs will get evolved in the next few years. In an effort to showcase its upcoming chip codenamed Mullins, AMD’s next-gen ultra-low voltage APU, AMD has built a prototype PC powered by this chip. The PC is thinner, lighter than a Surface and also significantly less in size. What about the specs? It packs 256GB SSD, a camera, Bluetooth, WiFI and a DockPort connector. In the demo they were showing to people, it ran FIFA 14 at 1080p without any hiccups. AMD says that this is extremely low power, extremely high perfomance, to meet your desktop expectations in mobile form factors. Also the great news is that it perform over 250 percent faster than the Intel “Bay Trail-T” chip allowing you to have a no compromise experience from a mobile PC. Source: Engadget, PCWorld ...

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PCs have long been known for their great value.  This is part of the reason Microsoft was so successful.  Affordable PCs were produced at high scale and sold at a high volume allowed Microsoft to gain a large amount of marketshare in the early days of the PC industry.  Of course in an effort to make more money on low margins, build quality on PCs suffered along with a ruined experience with the introduction of crapware.  There was practically no innovation from the OEMs after laptops became mainstream.   The higher end of the PC market typically appealed to gamers.  The two leaders in that market , Alienware and VooDoo were bought by Dell and HP, respectively. Historically Apple maintained a nice niche on the high end of the market pushing well designed hardware.   The success of the ipod and then iphone are of course well known to our readers ...

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In blog post on Skype blog, Microsoft discussed about how they worked to build a cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. In the process of building it, they even invented many tech components to enable such experiences. In addition to delivering HD videos calls across the devices, Skype is also focusing on features like face tracking, improving low light conditions, new group experiences and more. From Skype blog, In the last two years, Microsoft has created cross-platform software that enables Skype video in HD on a broad set of hardware, all with a consistent audio and visual experience. We had to invent many of the essential tech components and, in the process, came to understand video in a way that makes our engineering team one of the most experienced realtime communication groups in the ...

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At CES, Panasonic announced the new Toughpad FZ-M1. This new device is the world’s thinnest and lightest rugged 7-inch Windows tablet. It is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro and a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Its fully-rugged, sealed design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications for resistance to drops up to 5 feet, water, dust, and other elements. With a long-life, user-replaceable battery and sunlight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit (with Windows® 7 downgrade option); 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor (Fanless) MEMORY, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB SSD DURABILITY MIL-STD-810G, 5-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design DISPLAY 7-inch, daylight-readable, multi touch screen with glove touch technology INTERFACE AND EXPANSION USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot for maximum connectivity, configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial and LAN* WIRELESS Dedicated ...

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Following the announcement from Intel regarding their official support for Dual OS device, AMD also confirmed their official support as well. In collaboration with BlueStacks, AMD is taking different approach to provide this Dual OS solution. Instead of switching between OS, AMDs solution is to run Andorid apps within Windows either in full screen or in Windowed mode. So, you can now pin Android apps among Windows Store apps in Start screen. Since AMD’s latest processors will include an ARM chips inside, Android apps will run natively as opposed to virtualized environment in Intel’s solution. Read full press release below. Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user ...

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At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device. Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs. ...

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Gartner today released their latest projections on worldwide devices market. Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013. As expected, Android will dominate with more than a billion devices. Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure. Apple is expected to narrow the devices number with Microsoft in 2014. See the table below. The projected numbers are not so encouraging for Microsoft. ...

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At CES, Intel announced the RealSense technology to bring immersive, human interaction to devices. First products in the family include Intel RealSense 3D camera, the world’s first and smallest integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module, and next-generation Nuance* Dragon Assistant designed for Intel RealSense technology. Both these will be shipping in various OEM devices from second half of 2014. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 6, 2014 – In an effort to make interaction with technology simpler, more natural and immersive, Intel Corporation today outlined how it, in collaboration with other companies, is bringing human-like senses to Intel-based devices in a new family of hardware and software products called Intel® RealSense™ technology. The Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera is one of the first products in the new family and is the world’s first integrated 3D depth and 2D camera module that helps devices “see” depth much like the ...

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As expected, Asus today launched Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. This Windows device runs on Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD graphics and 4G DDR3L 1600 RAM. Read all the details below. Las Vegas, NV (January 6th, 2014) – ASUS today announced Transformer Book Duet (TD300), the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a powerful Intel® Core™ i7 processor at its heart, Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM® processors. ASUS SonicMaster technology and dual speakers ensure that Transformer Book Duet delivers incredible audio for immersive ...

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Toshiba Kirabook, one of the premium Windows Ultrabooks  that available last year got its internals refreshed today. Toshiba Kirabook already had top of the line specs including 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD graphics and the 13.3-inch PixelPure display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The updated Kirabook comes with latest 4th gen Intel processors delivering upto 9 hours of battery life. It also features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out and a full-size SD Card reader. Kirabook was only available in the US and Japan so far. However, Toshiba has planned to begin sales of Kirabook in the Europe starting this quarter(Q1 2014). The UK, France and Germany have this devices in retail stores. Toshiba has also decided to drop price tag by $100 from the previous gen models. It now starts at $1499. ...

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Vizio has finally updated their 15.6-inch Thin + Light machine with latest internals. The device is now powered by quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, 1080p touchscreens, 802.11ac WiFi and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. Vizio has also refreshed its 24-inch All-in-One machine with similar internals as well. Externally, they are basically same machines. The clean metallic body, closely arranged keyboard with button less trackpads. Expect them in market soon with similar price tag as previous models. ...

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Lenovo today announced their successor to the popular Y510 gaming laptop. There are two laptops in the Y-series, the 14-inch Y40 and the 15.6-inch Y50. Both these laptops can be ordered up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, an HDD or SSD, JBL speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 and runs on Windows 8.1. The Y50 comes with number of optional items such as backlit keyboard, Ultra HD 3840×2160 display or full HD 1920×1080 display with optional touch, NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The Y40 comes with a full HD display and optional AMD Radeon GPU. Both these laptops will be available in May at major retailers starting at $999. Lenovo also announced Z-series mainstream laptops 14-inch Z40 and 15.6-inch Z50. These laptops comes in black, silver or white,  HDD or hybrid SSD, with an optional full HD 1920×1080 display and CPU up to a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor. Similar ...

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