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The open modular design of the Level 10 concept PC

Although obviously best known for its cars and motorbikes, BMW also creates yachts, aircraft and trains, and has now turned its design expertise to a computer gaming tower with the ‘Level 10’ concept for Thermaltake, a manufacturer of computer housings and components for individually configurable high-end computers.  Read More

The all-in-one Dell Studio One 19

Dell has embraced the migration of the PC from the study with their new all-in-one Studio One 19 system that is designed to be as home in the living room or kitchen as it is in the study. The new system features optional multi-touch and facial recognition security capabilities, the option of Intel Celeron, Dual Core Celeron, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad Core Processors, either nVidia GeForce 9200 or GeForce 9400 integrated graphics and up to 4GB of RAM.  Read More

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3Gb/second hard drive

It’s not all Flash based memory in the world of new storage devices. Traditional HDD’s still have some life in their platters and Seagate and AMD have teamed up to give good old Serial ATA (SATA) HDD’s a speed bump with the first public demonstration of next-generation high-speed data transfer 6Gigabit/second units for bandwidth-hungry desktop and laptop PC applications including gaming, streaming video and graphics multimedia.  Read More

The itsaKey blending in with its key brothers

As portable USB drives have gone forth and multiplied across the planet they have evolved into all sorts of different shapes and sizes. We’ve seen credit card shaped drives and even coin shaped drives and all varieties in between. Now LaCie has announced a range of USB drives designed to appear right at home on your key-ring.  Read More

The slim lines of ASUS' new range on notebooks

ASUS has unveiled its new U and UX Series range of notebooks which feature AI Light sensor technology to automatically adjust the brightness of the LED backlit screen, plus a newly adopted illuminated ‘chiclet’ keyboard that lets cave dwelling users type in the dark.  Read More

Rural students in their computer lab, using the Userful Multiplier software

In what's billed as world’s largest virtual desktop deployment, 356,800 desktops will be supplied to schools across Brazil using Userful Multiplier software, a system which effectively turns one computer into up to 10 independent PC workstations, reducing CO2 emissions by up to an estimate 15 tons per year per system and electronic waste by up to 80%.  Read More

Apple updates Mac mini and iMac

The second major product announcement from the folks at Apple this week is an update to its iMac® and Mac® mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac. At the same recommended retail price as the previous generation 20-inch model, the 24-inch iMac update offers 30 percent more screen real estate and has twice the memory and twice the storage while the Mac mini boasts new integrated graphics.  Read More

The new Apple Mac Pro

In news that won’t shock any Apple fans worth their salt, the company has announced a new Nehalem based Mac Pro that features a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of a previous generation system – all while managing to cut the price by USD$300 for the standard base system.  Read More

New SanDisk Memory Card Readers

SanDisk has announced that it has shipped the latest editions of its popular SanDisk ImageMate® memory card readers to retailers in North America and they are available for purchase at this time. The new readers are smaller and sleeker than their predecessors and featuring upgraded software applications, the new All-In-One and Multi-Card readers quickly and conveniently transfer data between a wide range of memory card formats and a host computer.  Read More

The OWC Mercury Pro 'quad interface' 8x Blue-ray external drive.

Other World Computing (OWC), known to many of us as macsales.com, has added an 8x Blu-ray drive to the Mercury Pro external Blu-ray/SuperDrive line - currently the only “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA) equipped Blu-ray drives on the market.  Read More

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