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HP's new Envy x2 hybrids offer a range of form-factors in one package (Photo: Chris Wood/G...

HP’s new 2-in-1 system takes significant cues from the Surface line, offering a detachable keyboard and adjustable kick stand. That said, the machine is far from a direct clone of Microsoft’s device, packing a few interesting design features of its own, including the ability to mimic All-in-One functionality.  Read More

Toshiba's Chromebook 2 keeps the 13.3-inch display, but ups the resolution to 1080p on the...

Having joined the Chromebook party earlier this year with the first Chromebook to feature a 13-inch HD display, Toshiba has followed it up with its Chromebook 2. On display it IFA, Toshiba's second-generation Chromebook will come in two versions that continue the 13-inch display tradition and bring branded audio to Chromebooks with speakers tuned by Skullcandy.  Read More

The new device incorporates quantum photon polarization to generate random numbers and cre...

With a new device set to make unbreakable, quantum-based cryptographic security available for everyone for the very first time, ordinary people will be able to use cryptographic systems that – until recently – only existed as experiments in the most advanced physics laboratories. Developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) the device incorporates the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization to generate random numbers and create cryptographic keys.  Read More

The new Lenovo Horizon 2s from the show floor at IFA

Having debuted its original 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC at CES in 2013 and following that up with the Horizon 2 earlier this year, Lenovo has used IFA 2014 to unveil the latest additions to the series, the Horizon 2s and Horizon 2e. Packing 19.5- and 21.5-in displays respectively, the new devices bring a thinner lighter form factor to tabletop computing.  Read More

The R13's screen flips via a central hinge

Acer has unveiled two new convertible Windows 8.1 laptops at its press event at IFA 2014. Coming in at 13 and 14 inches, both machines can be switched between laptop and tablet mode, but go about it in very different ways.  Read More

The Logitech K480 bluetooth keyboard allows users to connect to and switch between three d...

Today, our attention is increasingly shared between multiple devices. Constantly switching between devices can be a pain, so Logitech has unveiled a keyboard that aims to make the process more seamless. The Logitech K480 keyboard allows users to switch between three different devices for typing.  Read More

The Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming system with all-new Triad chassis

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

Seagate has begun shipping the world's largest capacity HDD (Photo: Shutterstock)

For many, solid-state drives are the way to go because of the speed advantages they offer over traditional platter-based hard drives. However, HDDs still hold the advantage when it comes to cost per GB. It's with that in mind that Seagate has started shipping the world's first 3.5-in HDD with a whopping capacity of 8 TB.  Read More

The new Digital Drum 2.0 from UNICEF and partners

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

The DSA2LS is a low-cost desktop PC that runs Android 4.2.2

From full Windows machines to Chromeboxes, there’s a fair bit of choice if you’re looking for a small form factor desktop PC in 2014. Shuttle’s latest effort, the DSA2LS distinguishes itself by opting for Google’s Android operating system, while providing low-end specs and good connectivity.  Read More

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