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Chromebooks with MediaTek chips to appear ‘very soon’

Chip maker Mediatek is preparing to enter the laptop business, with the first Chromebooks based on its processors due to appear soon. So said Mediatek senior vice president Jeffrey Ju at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The company also showed a non-working Chromebook with its 64-bit MT8173 quad-core processor and a USB Type-C port. […]

Nvidia seeks to sharpen gaming on laptops with G-Sync

Nvidia is bringing its G-Sync desktop display technology to laptops, which should lead to dramatic improvements in gaming for portable PCs. Nvidia’s G-Sync technology synchronizes monitors and display panels to the refresh rate of games, which reduces stutter and lag time. With G-Sync, GPUs are connected directly to displays, so images of a game appear […]

Acer rolls out new laptop, desktops with Windows, Chrome

Acer CEO Jason Chen wants his company to be the “last PC maker standing,” he said last month, and on Friday the company continued to rain blows on its competitors with a flurry of new laptops and desktops running Windows and Chrome. It will show the new PCs at Computex next week — little more […]

Apple rolls out cheaper Retina iMac, 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple is upgrading its 15-inch MacBook Pro, while offering a cheaper downgrade for its 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has a pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad, following the footsteps of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new 12-inch MacBook. Users can press hard on the trackpad to perform special commands, […]

WD My Cloud EX2100 8TB review: A snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals

WD’s My Cloud EX2100 8TB is a snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals Price: £486 as tested (from £205 without disks) Rating: 8 WD’s My Cloud EX2100 8TB is a snappy NAS drive brimming with useful features that’s a real contender to its Synology rivals. We […]

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (2015) hands-on review: Windows laptop and tablet comes with budget price but not much has changed

Windows 8 tablet and latop in one offers new hinge and 12 hour battery life Price: £279 Rating: 0 At its global launch event in New York Acer announced a new version of its Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 laptop and tablet running Windows 8. Here’s our Acer Aspire Switch 10 (2015) hands-on review. Read: The […]

HP leaves Apple Beats behind with new X360 hybrids

Hewlett-Packard has closed the door on its partnership with Beats Audio, now owned by Apple, by introducing its first hybrid PCs to feature Bang and Olufsen audio technology. The Envy X360 and Pavilion X360 are intended to be primarily laptops, but can be used as tablets with screens that rotate 360 degrees. The hybrids can […]

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its secrets with screws, solder, and glue

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd. Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within its aluminum frame. What they found is that its […]

US challenges China in supercomputing race with upcoming 180-petaflop system

To get an edge over China in the supercomputing arms race, the U.S. plans to build a 180-petaflop supercomputer that will be used mainly for scientific research. The U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer, called Aurora, will be deployed by 2018. Its peak performance of 180 petaflops is more than three times the performance of the […]

Hide My Ass! Pro VPN review: A versatile VPN with servers listed all over the world

Hide My Ass! Pro is a versatile VPN service with a large number of servers all over the world, but it’s a bit pricey Price: £11.52 per month Rating: 5 Hide My Ass! Pro is a versatile VPN service with a large number of servers all over the world, but it’s a bit pricey. Read […]

Raspberry Pi 2 laptop coming with Pi-Top assembly kit

Do you want a Raspberry Pi 2 laptop? A new hardware kit coming from Pi-Top will help you build one at home in a matter of minutes. The popular US$35 Raspberry Pi 2 is an uncased computer that is already being used in drones, robots, gadgets, tablets and even desktops. The otherwise stationary computer can […]

Asus ZenBook UX305F review: Asus gets in there first with attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop

Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review Price: 650 Rating: 8 Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review. (Also see: Best ultraportable laptops 2015.) Asus may have copied the […]

Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 Chrome OS tablet with a 360-degree hinge

On Tuesday, Google announced the $249 Asus Chromebook Flip. As the first mainstream Chrome device to offer a 360-degree hinge, the Flip can function as a tablet as well as a laptop. (Lenovo was first to offer a Chrome OS convertible with its ThinkPad Yoga 11e last year, but that model was meant primarily for […]

AirVPN review: A powerful tool for hiding your location online, with a strong privacy policy

AirVPN is suited to knowledgeable computer users, with plenty of fine-grained control. Read our AirVPN review Price: 7 Euro per month (£5.10) Rating: 8 AirVPN is suited to knowledgeable computer users, with plenty of fine-grained control. Read our AirVPN review. (Also see: Best free VPN services 2015.) AirVPN is an enthusiast-led operation, formed from a […]

AbleWord PDF editor review: Free software is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in

Price: Free Rating: 7 AbleWord is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in. Read our AbleWord free PDF editorreview.(See allPDF editor reviews.) Although we’ve referred to it as a PDF editor – and many people use it as such since it provides a free alternative to the commercial […]

Avant Browser review: An independent Internet Explorer clone with some ideas, but also some issues

Price: Free Rating: 4 Avant Browser is an independent Internet Explorer clone with some good ideas, but also some issues. Read our Avant Browser web browserreview.(Also see:All software reviews.) Outside the big hitters in the browser space (Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera), there is a surprising number of smaller, independent offerings that cater to more […]

Hands-on with HP’s Spectre x360 laptop, a veritable HP-Microsoft collaboration

If you thought HP’s impending corporate split would make it slink away from the PC game, you’re wrong. If anything, the company’s new Spectre x360 laptop, announced on the eve of Mobile World Congress, seems intent on proving HP will be as frisky as ever once its PC and printer division is pushed off the HP […]

HP Spectre x360 review: Hands-on with the MacBook Air and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro rival

Price: £849 Rating: 0 There were few laptops at MWC 2015 which is dominated by smartphones, laptops and watches. However, HP unveiled a beauty so here’s our HP Spectre x360 hands-on review from Barcelona. See also: Best laptops of 2015 With a revolving design which enabled the laptop to transform into different modes, the HP […]

Acer Chromebook 13 review: Acer’s new Chromebook comes with a larger, full-HD display

Bigger displays are becoming more popular in Chromebooks, and Acer joins in with its Chromebook 13. But is bigger really better? Price: 219 Rating: 8 As Chromebooks grow in popularity they are also growing in screen size. Acer’s Chromebook 13 joins a growing market of large-screen Chromebooks that make working on Google’s OS much simpler. […]

Acer adds horsepower to Chromebook with Intel Broadwell chip

Acer is pumping more horsepower into its Chromebook C910 with an optional Intel Core i5 processor based on the Broadwell architecture. The laptop, which has a 15.6-inch screen, has been available with Core i3 or Celeron processors. The Core i5 processor will add more application and graphics performance to the laptop. Intel’s Core chips based […]

Mozilla Firefox v35 review: Now with speed to match the incredible range of customisable options, the Firefox browser is back

Price: 42 Rating: 8 The 2015 version of Trend Micro Internet Security is 20 percent cheaper than its anti-virus softwarerivals and still affords very good protection. Read our Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 review.(See also:Best internet security software 2015 UK.) Trend Micro, founded in California 25 years ago, has significantly improved the status of its […]

Symantec Norton Security with Backup review: best-known antivirus vendor proves it’s still one of the best

Price: 60 Rating: 9 One of the best-known companies in the anti-virus softwaremarket, Symantec Norton has still got it. Norton Security with Backup offers 10 licences, covering all your devices, be they PCs or Macs, laptops, smartphones or tablets. Read our Symantec Norton Security with Backup review.(See also:Best internet security software 2015 UK.) The best […]

These upgrade kits swap out your laptop’s old graphics with a new Nvidia GPU

Laptop gamers salivating over Nvidia’s Maxwell-based graphics cards like the GTX 970 and 980 may not have to ditch their existing rig to get the hottest new graphics processors, as is usually the case. PC maker Eurocom recently debuted GPU upgrade kits for select Alienware and Clevo-designed gaming laptops that let you ditch your GPU […]

Asus N550JV review: high-performance midrange laptop, with an abominable touchscreen display and slow hard disk

Price: 800 Rating: 7 Asus laptops have come a long way since the Eee PC series, which effectively pioneered the netbook category in 2007. Emboldened by that success, Asus subsequently pitched into the mainstream Microsoft mêlée where it is now just another maker of carbon-copied Windows laptops. The Asus N550JV tries to be a little […]

With employee help, ID theft ring allegedly stole $700,000 in Apple gift cards

Apple products are some of the most expensive and desirable in tech so it makes sense that the company’s gift cards are proving an attractive currency for criminals. On Thursday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said it has indicted five people for using personal information stolen from around 200 people to fund the purchase of […]