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The PC isn’t ready to die, it’s ready for a rebirth

"Desktops sales have slowed because manufacturers have let their designs stagnate, but the need for a comfortable machine you can work on hasn’t gone away. Who will reinvent the PC and reap the rewards?"

Intel’s profit down 27% as PC market falters

"Need more proof that the PC market is in trouble? Bellwether Intel has posted some rather lackluster results, disappointing investors, but still managing to beat analyst forecasts. In Q4 Intel saw its profit fall 27 percent, while revenues fell 3 percent, from $13.5 billion, down from $13.9 billion. The weak PC market is to blame for the weak results and analysts estimate PC shipments declined 3.5 percent in 2012..."

USB 3.0 getting a speed boost to 10 Gbps

"The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has used CES 2013 to announce an enhancement to the USB 3.0 (aka SuperSpeed USB) standard that will see the throughput performance of USB 3.0 double from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. The speed boost will come courtesy of enhanced USB connectors and cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.

FREE CO:CAINE Headphone & Mobi Speaker w/ HIS Purchase

MemoryExpress in Canada is promoting the CO:CAINE Headphone as Free Gift with HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo: ttp://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_H785QT2G2M_HPSCUS and Mobi Speaker is free with the HIS 7750 iSilence: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_H775P1GD_PSMOBIWH

Buy 7580 IceQ Turbo + Free Urban Style Headphone from Newegg in USA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161428

Buy 7850 IceQ Turbo + Free Urban Style Headphone from Memory Express in Canada: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Search/Products?Search=sound+clash

Best SSDs For The Money: December 2012

"The Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are over, but there are still bargains to be found. This month, we talk about OCZ's new Vector, a special Assassin's Creed III bundle from Samsung, and updated endurance numbers for Intel's SSD 335.

Detailed solid-state drive specifications and reviews are great—that is, if you have the time to do the research. However, at the end of the day, what an enthusiast needs is the best SSD within a certain budget.

Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) - Meet your new Overlords

"Whether or not you believe in the Post-PC era malarkey, there is no denying that the emphasis on personal computing has shifted on to smartphones and tablets rather than the latest Bulldozers and Geforces. After all, it's not the size that matters, but what you do with it..."

Western Digital Expands Its Highest-performing Desktop Hard Drives to 4 TB Capacity

IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 20, 2012 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in hard drives, today announced its highest performance, highest capacity desktop hard drive, the WD Black™ 4 TB, 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive. Shipping immediately, the fast performance and ultimate capacity of the award-winning WD Black drives make them perfect for gaming, high-performance desktop systems and workstations.

GeForce 310.54 Beta Drivers: An Essential Upgrade For All Call of Duty: Black Ops II & Assassin’s Creed III Players

"Feature-packed driver improves performance by up to 26%, adds improved TXAA anti-aliasing support to Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III, enhances SGSSAA, and adds new SLI profiles." Read More >

"Why the hell does this mouse need to connect to the Internet?"

"The subject is Synapse 2.0, a "cloud-based unified driver for gamers" offered by Razer that saves gaming preferences online, including the user-defined settings and configuration of gaming mice. This lets gamers log in from anywhere in the world, or switch to a new mouse and play with their personal settings intact. The activation server for Synapse 2.0 went down a couple of times recently due to Hurricane Sandy and some server usage spikes that the system couldn't handle.

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Driver

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA DRIVER:

This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900.

Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver

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