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Paul Ridden

Paul Ridden

While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.

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— Computers

Reborn Alienware Area-51 looks more out of this world than ever

By - September 1, 2014 11 Pictures
For almost 20 years, Alienware has been churning out benchmark-setting performance beasts for desk-bound and mobile gamers, and the new 2014 Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming system is no exception. Dell says that the new flagship gaming system has been designed for state-of-the-art performance, scalability and ease of use. It features a brand new chassis design that's sure to be a talking point for some time to come, is built around Intel's latest Extreme Edition Core i7 processors and is capable of supporting three full-sized video cards for 4K gaming visuals. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Openmix puts mini mobile music mixing at your fingertips

By - August 30, 2014 8 Pictures
Budding DJs grooving on the move who are looking for a much less bulky crossfader for impromptu portable parties on the patio than the likes of the iRig MIX may soon have their wishes granted. The Openmix is billed as the world's smallest audio mixer, and crams a miniature audio crossfader into a plastic or aluminum case not much bigger than an iPod shuffle. It puts an end to the abrupt stops and starts of fixed, pre-prepared playlists by allowing anyone to smoothly mix tracks from any pair of audio source devices sporting output jacks, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or MP3 players. Read More
— Music

Aalberg's wireless guitar effects control revolution hits Indiegogo

By - August 27, 2014 10 Pictures
Norway's Aalberg Audio has developed what's billed as the world’s first remote-controlled effects pedal for electric guitars. The first part of the equation is a delay pedal named Ekko that's cabled up somewhere between the guitar and amp pretty much like any other floor stomp. Things get interesting when its Aero companion enters the picture, which can be mounted onto a guitar or attached to a strap or belt and wirelessly controls the Ekko effects on the fly. Read More
— Computers

UNICEF updating Uganda's Digital Kiosk computing platform

By - August 26, 2014 2 Pictures
For the past couple of years, UNICEF Uganda and partners have been designing, developing, prototyping and rolling out youth-focused community computers that can operate on mains power where available, or solar-power in remote rural areas. Work has just finished on the design of the second generation Digital Kiosk, and the UK's fanless computer specialist Aleutia is now working on a new open source, low power computer system to squeeze into the table-topped repurposed oil drum that will become the Digital Drum. Read More
— Music

Customuse 3D prints affordable "Custom Shop" guitars

By - August 20, 2014 8 Pictures
Whether you're new to the guitar or a seasoned git-fiddler, chances are that the shape, color and hardware of your go-to axe have been determined by the company that produces it. The cost of having an instrument made to your exact specifications can cause the heart to skip more than a few beats, and the bank manager to question your sanity. 3D printing technology has the potential to help create your dream guitar for a fraction of the cost of a Custom Shop model, and that's precisely what's on offer from the UK's Customuse. With three stock designs already available, the company will shortly open a browser-based platform for full customization. Read More
— Computers

LG curved ultra-wide monitor leads IFA 2014 assault

By - August 18, 2014 4 Pictures
Gamers, graphic artists, CAD designers and even humble tech journalists who regularly spread their onscreen activities across multiple displays will doubtless have been as impressed as we were with LG's 34-inch UltraWide UM95 monitor on show at CES back in January. Now the Korean consumer electronics giant has gone one better with the announcement of an IFA 2014 debut for its 21:9 aspect curved QHD monitor, the UC97. Read More
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