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Two-screen laptops: complete overkill, or completely logical?

"With two 17in HD LED displays, the SpaceBook goes against every trend in laptop design we can think of (well, apart from the Core i7 and Core i5 processors). It's more than 1.7in thick, weighs more than 4.5 kilograms, and according to its makers has the world's largest laptop screen space. While it sounds a bit like vaporware, prototype models have been pictured online, and the company is apparently taking preorders..."

Microsoft and Nvidia abandon PC Gaming Alliance

"Ever since Microsoft turned its back on Windows gaming in favour of the closed Xbox Ecosystem, the platform has been crying out for a champion. The company occasionally gives nods towards a revived focus upon PC gaming, most recently with yet another relaunch for Games for Windows Live and a trio of upcoming PC games, but when it comes to throwing cash around the Xbox is the beneficiary."

Intel's prototype energy console

Sick of ever-increasing power bills? PC Authority recently spent some time with a fascinating Intel device that can tell you what's chewing the most power

One of the most impressive things about Intel is the massive amount of research and development that the company undertakes. It constantly strives towards new markets and new ideas. Ultimately the company's business is about selling silicon, so coming up with new places to put its processors is one of the driving forces behind research and development.

NEC announces video checking technology


NEC has announced that its video content identification technology has been incorporated in the upcoming Mpeg 7 video standard

The technology creates a signature that is compared against one from the original file to determine whether the video has been altered. According to NEC this will allow the owners of the video to automatically "detect illegal copies" and "prevent illegal upload of video content" without their consent.

Intel's Turbo Boost vs AMD's Turbo Core


Intel's Turbo Boost technology finally has a competitor in the form of AMD's Turbo Core. So how do the two technologies work and squeeze the most out of your CPU?

Gordon Moore has a lot to answer for. His prediction in the now seminal 'Cramming more components onto integrated circuits' article from 1965 (pdf) evolved into Intel's corporate philosophy and have driven the semiconductor industry forward for 45 years. This prediction was that the number of transistors on a CPU would double every 18 months.

Future tech: Interview with Emotiv co-founder Nam Do, and the science behind mind control

 Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company is doing just that. Daniel Long spoke to co-founder Nan Do about the inner workings of the Emotiv technology

Emotiv Systems co-founder and CEO Nam Do is an excitable type of guy.  Easy-going and bubbling with energy, he's been doing the talk circuit for a while now, spruiking the wonders of the company's EPOC device - a device that's gained attention for its potential to let gamers control their PCs with their thoughts.

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