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The Tesla K80 offers twice the power of its K40 predecessor

Nvidia has unveiled its latest graphics offering in the form of the Tesla K80 dual-GPU. The new card, which is designed for professional applications, doubles the performance of its K40 predecessor, and packs some impressive specs including a full 24 GB graphics memory.  Read More

Skype for Web will allow users to converse with far off friends and family through a web b...

In welcome news for anybody who has fumbled around on an unfamiliar computer to download and install Skype for an important call, Microsoft has announced a beta version of the popular telecommunications application for web browsers. Skype for Web will at first be available on an invitation-only basis and for select browsers, with plans to roll out globally in the following months.  Read More

The new board is the smallest and cheapest Raspberry Pi ever

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today announced the latest version of its popular mini-computer. Known as the Model A+, the new system brings improvements introduced with the Model B+, while slimming down both the size and price tag of the board.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the consumer-ready version of Ubi the ubiquitous computer (Photo: Paul Ridd...

Last month, Canada's UCIC announced the consumer launch of the Ubi. As regular readers may already know, Gizmag has been following the progress of this ever-present, always-on, voice-controlled vault of internet knowledge since its successful crowdfunding outing back in 2012. I was fortunate enough to get invited to join the beta program, and have now spent the last couple of weeks trying out the new-improved version (and taking a sneaky peek at things yet to come).  Read More

Chisel allows small computational errors to be made, in the name of saving power (Image: S...

You may have heard the expression, "Work smarter, not harder." When applied to humans, it means (partially) that we should do our best work on the tasks that are the most important, instead of wasting time and effort by going all out on every task. Well, that principle is now also being applied to computers. Using MIT's new Chisel system, computers are saving power by delegating less-critical tasks to less-dependable lower-energy hardware. This means mistakes may be made on those tasks, but that's OK.  Read More

HP's new all-in-one Sprout PC

HP has revealed a new all-in-one computer named Sprout which pushes the everything-you-need-in-one-place envelope to both vertical and horizontal workspaces. Users are able to grab an icon or digital object on the computer's touchscreen display and drag it down to a projected second screen on a touch-enabled pad below for precision tweaking with fingers or a stylus. Overhead scanning technology can digitize physical objects too, which the user can manipulate and move between both display areas.  Read More

The LG 31MU97 monitor has DCI 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, which is a digital cinema stan...

UHD 4K computer monitors (with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, like 4K TVs) have only started being released relatively recently. Already, though, manufacturers are offering monitors with higher specs still. LG's new 31MU97 has a DCI 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, a standard used for digital cinema.  Read More

The UK Met Office has announced a £97 million investment in a new Cray XC40TM supercompute...

The UK's obsession with the weather has just been stepped up a gear. The Met Office has announced that it will begin using a new supercomputer enabling highly detailed forecasts. The Cray XC40TM will cost £97 million (US$156 million) and is aimed at making the UK a world leader in weather and climate science.  Read More

The Graphics Amplifier provides a powerful, if somewhat limited tool for upping notebook g...

Every PC gaming aficionado knows that no matter how high the price tag, a notebook will never quite be able to match a desktop computer when it comes to raw power. Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier provides a simple solution to the issue, allowing users to easily turbo-boost their notebook performance while at home.  Read More

CyberPowerPC's new system packs top-shelf specs and a couple of useful extra features

Custom manufacturer CyberPowerPC has announced its latest gaming machine in the form of the Fangbook III HX6. If you’re familiar with gaming laptops, then you’ll know that they have a tendency to get a little hot when running intensive titles. The company thinks it has a solution to this problem, augmenting its latest system with a kickstand that allows for better airflow, leading to improved cooling.  Read More

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