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The Atari VCS shatterd Indigogo records on the launch of its crowd-funding campaign. (Source: Atari)

Atari VCS will finally start shipping in June, but only to the first 500 backers

Backers of the Atari VCS have had to endure repeated delays, but there looks to be light at the end of the tunnel. The team behind the console has announced that they will have an initial run of 500 units ready for a June launch, ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:57:00 +0200
Genesis RX85 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Hands-On

Genesis RX85 RGB Hands-On Review: A great mechanical keyboard that doesn't cost a fortune

The RX85 RGB mechanical keyboard by Genesis looks like an excellent choice for those looking to find reliable — in this case, Kailh Brown — switches, a volume knob, customizable RGB LEDs, a magnetic palm rest, and an aluminum body in the sub-US$100 price range. Now, we will see how close to perfection this piece of hardware got.
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:03:00 +0200
The Nintendo Switch is a powerful ARM tablet for gaming, but can it do more? (Source: Nintendo)

Sure, the Nintendo Switch is for gaming, but what else can it do?

We're all aware of the stunning visuals possible on the Nintendo Switch, both in handheld and docked mode alike. However, what kinds of things can you do outside of gaming? Could your Nintendo Switch be your next tablet PC?
Loki Rautio, Tue, 26 May 2020 18:53:00 +0200
War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now live with new jets, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more

War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now available with new planes, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more

Although its name should be "Regia Marina" due to the introduction of the Italian Fleet tech tree — only for those who buy preorder early access packs at this stage or complete various missions, as usual — War Thunder 1.99 comes a...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 26 May 2020 15:07:00 +0200
Udoo X86 II: A powerful alternative to the Raspberry Pi that supports Windows and Arduino. (Image source: Mouser)

Udoo X86 II: A powerful Raspberry Pi alternative that supports Windows 10 and is Arduino compatible

The Udoo X86 II is a new alternative to the popular Raspberry Pi. The single-board computer (SBC) has been designed using an Arduino Leonardo-compatible platform and has a quad-core X86 processor.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 25 May 2020 19:28:00 +0200
PineTab: Affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet orderable for US$119.99 by the end of next week. (Image source: PINE64)

PineTab: Affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet orderable for US$119.99 by the end of next week

The PineTab is an affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet. Priced at US$119.99 or US$99.99 for just tablet, the PineTab will be available to order by the end of the next week.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 May 2020 15:38:00 +0200
AMD has gained CPU share on Steam in both Windows and Linux-based systems. (Image source: HardZone)

AMD fights back against Intel in latest Steam processor usage survey with the help of gamers choosing faster CPUs from Team Red

The latest hardware and software survey from Steam has detailed a good month for AMD in terms of overall processor usage and % change. It seems some gamers have been busy selecting devices with fast CPUs from Team Red, while it al...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 07 May 2020 11:44:00 +0200
The Gole11 features four USB ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack. (Image source: Gole/Indiegogo)

Gole11: An all-in-one Windows 10 PC with a quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 SoC and 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen from US$99

Gole Technology has introduced the Gole11 all-in-one PC, which is also known as the HiGole F11APL. According to the company, the Gole11 is “the world’s cheapest all-in-one”, and it features an Intel Celeron N3450 processor and an ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 06 May 2020 13:13:00 +0200
Total War: Shogun 2 now freely available on Steam (Source: Steam)

Total War: Shogun 2 is now free on Steam

Often labeled as the best game in the Total War series, Shogun 2 was published by Sega in 2011 and this week can be obtained for free from Steam. To keep it forever — without the eight DLC and unit packs that can be acquired for 7...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:08:00 +0200
An image of a successful protein match for the SARS-CoV-2 spike. (Source: Rosetta@Home)

Use your Raspberry Pi to join the fight against COVID-19

As reported last week, sales of the Raspberry Pi are current going gangbusters due to COVID-19. One cool and simple project that you can set up with your new found time and your new Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 or other compatible SBC is ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:13:00 +0200
Fedora 32 Workstation will be shipping on three ThinkPads initially.(Image source: Fedora Magazine via Liliputing)

Lenovo and Fedora Project confirm partnership for Fedora versions of the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad X1 Gen 8

Lenovo and the Fedora Project have teamed up to deliver a run of Fedora ThinkPads. Pre-installed with Fedora 32 Workstation, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad X1 Gen 8 will be available to purchase globally.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Apr 2020 23:14:00 +0200
Image via Canonical

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is here

Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa" is now available for download. The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution brings a bevy of updates, including a built-in VPN, support for ExFat and ZFS, and more.
Sam Medley, Fri, 24 Apr 2020 23:06:00 +0200
Raspberry Pi: New operating system brings a Windows XP feel to the popular single-board computer and supports old video games. (Image source: PI LAB)

Raspberry Pi: New operating system brings a Windows XP feel to the popular single-board computer and supports old video games

A new operating system for the Raspberry Pi is available. This should trigger nostalgic feelings among numerous users and is visually reminiscent of Windows XP and also supports old software with various emulators.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Apr 2020 19:40:00 +0200
The Tor Project has had to cut its team to 22 in response to a steep drop in funding. (Source: The Tor Project)

The Tor Project forced to lay off one-third of its staff

The Tor Project has announced that it has had to let go 13 employees, which counts for one-third of its core workforce. Entirely funded by donations, the team has been forced to make the layoffs due to the effects of COVID-19.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Apr 2020 12:05:00 +0200
A Raspberry Pi-powered work from home computer set up. (Source: Raspberry Pi)

Raspberry Pi sales surge on the back of COVID-19 crisis

There have been a lot of unexpected side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and we can add another to the list. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed that March saw its second highest number of sales since...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Apr 2020 04:03:00 +0200
Gaming on a Chromebook - is it possible?

Gaming on a Chromebook - is it possible?

Chromebooks are typically seen as cheap pseudo-laptops that are only fit for typing notes and browsing the web. While that was certainly the case years ago, Chromebooks and Chrome OS have rapidly matured over the past few years. Modern Chromebooks are capable machines, and while Chrome OS still has its limitations, the devices are more than glorified web browsers. Case in point: Chromebooks are now able to competently game, though there are still some caveats.
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:06:00 +0200
Intel has finally gained share in processor usage in Steam's survey. (Image source: ADSLZone)

Intel reverses the trend in Steam's processor usage survey by snatching a significant chunk of AMD's overall share

Intel has witnessed a surprising reversal of fortune in Steam’s Hardware & Software Survey for March in terms of processor usage. While the chipmaker has been losing share against AMD consistently month after month, the latest dat...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:10:00 +0200
Space Thunder now live official teaser (Source: War Thunder)

April Fools' Day 2020: War Thunder goes to space

This year's April 1st special takes Gaijin's game to space, but also come with a special event that can end up with a very rare piece of military hardware, namely the Object 279 heavy tank. Back in 2016 and 2017, these special eve...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:07:00 +0200
The Astro Slide smartphone and pocket computer hybrid weighs around 300 g. (Image source: Indiegogo)

Formidable Astro Slide 5G smartphone and pocket computer hybrid with meteoric MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset streaks past its Indiegogo goal in hours

Planet Computers has only just announced the Astro Slide 5G smartphone and pocket computer hybrid on Twitter and its Indiegogo campaign has already received more backing than the original goal. The Astro Slide is brimming with att...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:14:00 +0200
The Acer Chromebook 715 is a premium, but expensive, Chromebook. (Image via Acer)

Acer Chromebook 715: Chrome OS comes of age

The Acer Chromebook 715 is a well-crafted Chromebook that offers one of the best Chrome OS experiences on the market. In addition to an excellent case, the Chromebook also flaunts the new features of Chrome OS. Linux and Android i...
Sam Medley, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:05:00 +0100
Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review

83% Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review

Chrome for Work. The Acer Chromebook 715 is perhaps the current pinnacle of Chromebooks. With a sleek and sturdy build, excellent keyboard, and powerful hardware, it is easily one of the best Chromebooks on the market. Additionally, Android app integration and a built-in Linux virtual machine (still in beta) finally make Chrome OS feel like a fully-fledged (though piecemeal) operating system.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:53:00 +0100
The Purism Librem Mini's software can detect hardware and software tampering. (Image source: Purism)

Purism reveals the Librem Mini - a configurable mini PC with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and PureOS from US$599

Purism has launched its Librem Mini small form-factor mini PC, with preorders for the device now being taken. The tiny computer comes with a Whiskey Lake Intel Core i7-8565U processor and can be configured with up to 64 GB RAM. Pu...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 07:53:00 +0100
Image via DFI

New Raspberry Pi-sized AMD Ryzen Embedded SBC coming from DFI

The GHF51 from DFI is a new single-board computer powered by a Ryzen Embedded R1000 APU. Boasting a 12 Watt TDP and integrated Vega graphics, the GHF51 will likely be scores more powerful than the similarly-sized Raspberry Pi. All...
Sam Medley, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:29:00 +0100
War Thunder 1.97 "Viking Fury" now live March 16 2020 new Swedish tank tree

War Thunder 1.97 "Viking Fury" is live: full Swedish ground tech tree, two new locations, and more

Released earlier today, War Thunder 1.97 "Viking Fury" is the game's first major update of the year and comes with a full Swedish ground forces tech tree, over 20 new ships, ground vehicles, helos and aircraft for other nations, t...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:22:00 +0100
Firefox Browser 74 for Windows - About window (Source: Own)

Firefox 74 rolls out: Facebook Container, DNS-over-HTTPS, and more

Released yesterday, Firefox 74.0 can block Facebook from tracking its users and no longer allows third-party apps to install add-ons, but it also features DNS-over-HTTPS provided by Cloudflare (with NextDNS as an option). This upd...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:50:00 +0100
SETI@home Water World custom graphics interface (Source: SETI@home graphics)

Two-decade old [email protected] project going down at the end of the month

This might have passed under the radar of many people, but the fact that the volunteer computing part of the 21-year-old [email protected] project will go into hibernation is quite big news, especially since this amazing effort did not ma...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:25:00 +0100
Intel hit a peak of 84.2% share but has been slipping ever since. (Image source: El Chapuzas Informatico)

Intel continues to slide down the slippery slope against AMD in terms of CPU usage in Steam's February survey

AMD has continued to make gains in processor usage according to Steam’s latest hardware and software survey. Team Red increased its share in systems using Windows and Linux, although Intel still has the lion’s portion of the overa...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 07 Mar 2020 07:12:00 +0100
Raspberry Pi Imager is available for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu. (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Raspberry Pi: New first-party software makes it easier to image microSD cards and install OSes on macOS, Windows and Ubuntu

Billed as a simpler way to image your microSD card with Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi Imager is the Pi Foundation's new imaging utility. The Raspberry Pi Imager is available to download now for free on macOS, Windows and Ubuntu.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Mar 2020 20:30:00 +0100
You can help fight the novel coronavirus with your PC. (Source: CDC)

Standford's [email protected] project looking to tap into latent PC power to tackle the coronavirus

Standford’s [email protected] project has been running for a number of years using the donated idle hours of computers to help undertake complex calculations for researchers. With the advent of the novel coronavirus, researchers are no...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 03 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0100
Opera 67 for desktop now live with Workspaces and more (Source: Opera)

Opera 67 for desktop now available with quite a few noticeable changes

Although many of those who loved it until the legendary version 12 consider it to be a dead horse nowadays, Opera 67 might be a step in the right direction. The latest release of this troubled web browser — available for Windows, ...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:36:00 +0100
Blender 2.82 improves on the new sculpting systems. (Image via Blender)

Blender 2.82 brings improved physics engines, support Pixar USD export, and more

Blender 2.82 was released on February 14th, bringing with it several new features. Among the most prominent are the inclusion of Mantaflow (a fluids system simulator), UDIM for texture mapping, and support for Pixar's USD file for...
Sam Medley, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:11:00 +0100
Adafruit Clue: An affordable Arduino-alternative that comes with an IPS display and several sensors (Image source: Adafruit)

Adafruit Clue: An affordable Arduino-alternative that comes with an IPS display and several sensors

Adafruit has announced the Adafruit Clue, a new developer board that has a built-in display, along with several sensors. The board supports Bluetooth LE too, along with 2 MB of internal flash storage.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:39:00 +0100
Windows 12 Lite may resemble Windows 10, but it is really just Ubuntu. (Image source: Webhouses)

Windows 12 Lite: This Linux distribution doesn't care about copyright

No, Microsoft has not released a new or slimmed-down operating system. Instead, Windows 12 Lite is a Linux distribution that, according to its developers, is superior to Windows 10 "in every respect". Someone is even selling physi...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:32:00 +0100
Vivaldi 2.11 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.11 now available with improved Pop-out video mode

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.33 is this year's first desktop update and comes with "a new and improved" Pop-out video mode, Themes update to match the OS dark/light mode, the ability to shift focus between different UI areas using the keyboa...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:33:00 +0100
System76's Thelio Major is now available with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. (Image source: System76)

System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper

System76 has added the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in the list of configurable options for its Thelio Major desktop. The computer operates on either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS, and it’s possible to fit up to two graphics cards inside it, ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 09 Feb 2020 13:55:00 +0100
HardROCK64: A new and affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with a six-core processor and multiple ports. (Image source: Pine64)

HardROCK64: A new and affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with a six-core processor and multiple ports

With the HardROCK64, Pine64 has brought a new single-board computer (SBC) to the table to take on the Raspberry Pi. The new SBC features a 6-core processor, numerous connections, up to 4 GB of RAM and all for the princely sum of U...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 18:56:00 +0100
Wine 5.0 now available for download, source code also up for grabs (Source: WineHQ)

Wine 5.0 now available for all supported operating systems

The version labeled 5.0 of the popular open-source software compatibility layer known as Wine has just surfaced as both source code and binary for multiple operating systems, including Android, macOS, and various Linux distros. Th...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:05:00 +0100
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is killing off a long-standing pre-installed app. (Image via Canonical)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introd...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:12:00 +0100
openEuler Linux taking off, source code available for download (Source: openEuler)

Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well

With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and doc...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:59:00 +0100
War Thunder 1.95 "Northern Wind" now live with Swedish airplanes and more

War Thunder 1.95 "Northern Wind" launches with Swedish aircraft, two new naval maps, and more

Surnamed "Northern Wind," this year's last major update to War Thunder comes with a full aircraft tech tree and two premium tanks for Sweden alongside two new naval maps, a few solid graphics engine upgrades — including Ray Traced...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:11:00 +0100
Pricing for the CutiePi tablet is yet to be confirmed. (Image source: CutiePi.io)

CutiePi: Raspberry Pi tablet nears completion; crowdfunding campaign incoming

The 8-inch Raspberry Pi and Raspbian tablet is almost ready for mass production, according to its creators. The CutiePi project has not only finalised the board design, giving it a massive overhaul from initial designs, but also h...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:36:00 +0100
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. (Source: Magewell)

The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future

Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
LattePanda Delta 432: An SBC that packs a punch. (Image source: DFRobot)

LattePanda: The Intel-powered Raspberry Pi competitor is now available to purchase globally

The LattePanda is now available to purchase worldwide. The powerful single-board computer (SBC) incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The SBC supports USB Power Deli...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0100
A Rockchip RK3308 powers the Rock Pi S. (Image source: Radxa via Seeedstudio)

The Rock Pi S is now available to purchase from US$9.90 with up to 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage

The Rock Pi S has finally made it to market, after being announced this summer. The miniature SBC is underpinned by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC, either 256 or 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage. The board has a micro...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:59:00 +0100
A PinePhone prototype. (Source: Martjin Braam)

PinePhone with Linux OS up for pre-order next week

Pine64 started planning for a smartphone running on Linux last year and it looks like its vision is finally being realized. The PinePhone is nearly here and early adopters can put down some case on pre-orders from next week with t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:17:00 +0100
Vivaldi 2.9 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.9 has arrived with significant improvements in tow

The latest update, labeled 2.9.1705.31, is now available with multiple enhancements to the Vivaldi Menu, the ability to set global default preferences for requests based on sound, geolocation, camera, microphone, motion sensors, B...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:25:00 +0100
War Thunder 1.93 "Shark Attack" launched on October 29, 2019

War Thunder 1.93 "Shark Attack" now available with a new Abrams tank, the Ka-50 and Mi-28N helicopters, first Swedish aircraft, and more

In addition to the iconic Kamov Ka-50 single-seat attack helicopter — surnamed "Black Shark" — War Thunder 1.93 comes with the first three Swedish planes, a new Abrams tank, the first Italian helicopter, a new location, the first ...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:16:00 +0100
Image via Disney

Disney streaming service, Disney+, doesn't work on Linux... yet

A Linux user has discovered that Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, doesn't work on his Fedora machine. The problem lies with the DRM used by Disney, which implements the highest possible security level. However, Disney has ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:34:00 +0200
The first Ryzen 3000 processors were launched on July 7, 2019. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Matisse beasts are far from toothless as Ryzen 3000 helps to gnaw at Intel's Steam survey share

September’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey has seemingly delivered more good news for AMD. The survey has measured data in regard to PC processor usage by manufacturer, which yet again has been thoroughly dominated by Intel. H...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:08:00 +0200
Samsung's DeX mode. (Source: Wikipedia)

Samsung discontinues its Linux on DeX beta

DeX is Samsung's proprietary facility that converts one of its Galaxy flagships into a desktop PC on connection to a monitor. One environment supported by the mode in Android 9.0 (Pie) is GNU/Linux. Unfortunately, its beta program...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:23:00 +0200

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