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Tablets In 2014: What Can We Expect?

By some estimates, as many as 7 million Australians currently use a tablet. And tablets could make up half of first-time computer purchases by 2017, according to recent Gartner research. But the real question is: what shiny new tablet will you be streaming 2014’s World Cup on? Let’s preview upcoming tablets — known and rumoured — along with the processor, display and operating system technologies that will drive them. UPDATED


2014's Laptops, Ultrabooks And Hybrids: What Should We Expect?

Let’s pull out the roadmaps and gauge how developments in processors, display and operating systems are shaping the slimmer, faster, more power-efficient laptops of 2014.


Wait, AMD Is Making A Windows 8 Gaming Tablet? Not Exactly

A few days ago, images of an AMD-branded tablet — complete with red trimmings — found their way onto the internet. The most prominent feature of the device was a gamepad-like peripheral, hinting at the possibility the semiconductor company might want to light a fire under the gaming tablet market. Which is kind-of accurate, but not the entire story.


AMD's Roadmap: More Horsepower, Less Juice, But Is It Enough?

Since Intel ramped up its mobile chipsets a few years ago, AMD has been losing a lot of ground on laptops and tablets — in the public mind at least. The company just announced the rest of its product roadmap for next year. They feature a significant power-to-performance efficiency improvement. Will it be enough?


Nvidia: PC Graphics Will Always Beat Consoles

“It’s no longer possible for a console to be a better or more capable graphics platform than the PC.” Those fighting words come courtesy of Tony Tamasi, Nvidia’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology, in a new interview with Australian PC PowerPlay.


Under The Hood: When Do PC Components Matter?

PC enthusiasts can often sound like brand-loyal trolls, especially if you get them started on CPUs and graphics. They do occasionally have a valid point, however. When it comes to computer hardware, brands do matter, but why they matter usually depends on the hardware in question. Here are some things you’ll want to consider…


This New Contact Lens Basically Turns Your Eye Into A Telescope

Contact lenses are great if your only issue is nearsightedness or farsightedness, but for those struggling with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among older adults, those flimsy little lenses ain’t going to cut it — or at least not the kind of contact lenses you’re used to. But soon AMD sufferers could see their vision vastly improving thanks to a slim, adjustable telescope that sits right in the middle of their eye.


Report: AMD Is Making Its First Ever ARM Chip

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AMD is taking a leap into unknown waters, as it readies its first ever ARM chip. The new chip — codenamed ‘Seattle’ and previously hinted at — is apparently based on the architecture designed by ARM, which is now prolific in smartphones and tablets.


This AMD Chip Is The First 5.0GHz CPU You Can Actually Buy

AMD just one-upped its own series of eight-core FX processors, and the golden child of this newest lineup is unquestionably the FX-9590, which it claims to be the world’s “first-ever 5GHz processor”. While technically that record was already beaten — and by AMD itself, no less — it is, in fact, the first commercially available 5GHz CPU processor.