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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

An Apple 1 computer was sold for $905,000 last week

When it was announced earlier this month that a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard would be up for grabs at the Bonhams' History of Science auction in New York, we wondered whether the sale prices such artifacts have attracted in the past adequately reflects their value as landmark innovations. This sale looks to have bucked the trend in the most emphatic fashion, attracting a successful bid of US$905,000 and becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold.  Read More

The Dexmo Classic (left) and F2

What happens when you're immersed in a virtual world – such as a game – and you want to use your real-world fingers to control your virtual fingers in that world? Well, we've already seen a number of sensor-equipped gloves, but China's Dexta Robotics is taking what it claims is a more cost-effective approach. Its Dexmo is an exoskeleton for your hand, which can even provide the user with a limited sense of touch.  Read More

There are a host of commands and functions that can be used with Google Search to get more...

Google Search is so widely used that the company's name has become synonymous with searching online. There's more to the most used search engine in the world than just locating websites though, other services aside. Let's have a look at some of Google Search's other functions.  Read More

Test drive Windows 10 Technical Preview the easy way in VirtualBox

Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview has been available for a few weeks now, and if you want to get a feel for what's coming but don't have an extra PC to install it on, installing it on a virtual machine is a hassle free way to give the new features a test drive. We'll walk you through the necessary steps.  Read More

Google's new USB Security Key provides a secure and convenient means of two-factor authent...

There's an increasing recognition that passwords alone are not going be an adequate form of online security in the future. Two-factor authentication can vastly improve security, by simply introducing a second means of verification alongside a password. Google's new USB Security Key does just that.  Read More

LG's 34-in QHD 34UM95-P monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio

Using a single display with a computer can be a bit restrictive, especially if you’re using lots of programs or software that need a lot of desktop space. LG's 34UM95-P monitor seeks to remedy this, either on its own or as a second screen. Gizmag spent a week with this ultrawide 21:9 monitor to see how it measured up.  Read More

Samsung's latest Chromebook 2 model provides Intel internals and better battery life

If you're keyed up on Google’s rapidly growing Chrome OS platform, then you’ll likely be aware of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 range, announced back in March. The company has today revealed a new, 11.6-inch addition to the line that’s powered by an Intel chip.  Read More

The Ubi computer waking up to the phrase 'OK Ubi' (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

A project to create an always-on connected computer that interacts with its user by voice first kicked off in August 2012. Following its successful crowdfunding bid, the still in prototype Ubi went up for pre-order 2 months later, but it wasn't until earlier this year that the first beta units were ready for early bird testers and developers. Gizmag managed to get on the beta program and found the hardware pretty much ready for prime time, but the user experience still needing some attention. Ubi's creators have been busying themselves ever since and have now announced that consumer-ready computers are available to buy.  Read More

Apple's latest iMac offers an impressive 5K display and overhauled internals

Apple has taken the wraps off the latest version of its popular desktop machine. The new 27-inch iMac is the company’s top tier all-in-one offering, packing in an impressive 5K display and improved energy efficiency.  Read More

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