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AMD Kaveri Goes Mobile: New FX Chips Target Core i7 Laptops, Ultrathin Gaming

Interesting times ahead for fans of thin-yet-high-performance laptops. Last week at Computex, a day after Intel unveiled its Core M fanless processor for 2-in-1 devices, AMD announced the mobile version of its Kaveri A-Series APU chip. AMD calls this new third-gen mobile APU line-up its most advanced ever, ready to go “toe-to-toe” with Intel Core i5 and Core i7, and lead by the first FX-branded enthusiast mobile APUs.


Tips For Using The Xbox One

So you have a new Xbox One. Now what? “Xbox, do something!” We’ve got some advice.


Give Your Smartphone a Mid-Life Spruce-Up

Two year contracts, eh? They suck. They suck bad. Holding onto a smartphone for two whole years seems like an eternity in this day and age, where new flagship phones roll through seemingly every couple of months. But it’s not all bad: if you’re having a bit of a mid-phone crisis, here are a few tips to make it all better.


How To Set Up The Ultimate Personal Google Maps

Google Maps is constantly getting updated with new features, but the use of those features isn’t always obvious. If you find yourself using Google Maps just to get from address to address, you’re missing out on a lot of the ways Google makes it easier to get around. Here’s how to really use those personalisation options to your advantage.


Five Best USB Hubs

You know the feeling: you look for somewhere to plug in a phone, a portable hard drive or some other peripheral, and discover you’re completely out of USB ports. When that happens, it’s time to buy a hub — but some hubs are definitely better than others. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.


Seven Ways To Manage Email So It Doesn't Manage You

I’m always struck by the number of people who complain about the amount of email they receive and how much they despise their inbox. And it’s because their complaints aren’t valid, but because my own view couldn’t be more different.


How To Turn An Android Phone Into A Chromecast For Free With CheapCast

When we looked at the Chromecast, we determined it was worth the money, if you can get your hands on one. However, if you have an Android phone or tablet, you can turn it into a Chromecast for free with an app called CheapCast.


All The New Stuff In IFTTT For iOS, And What You Can Do With It

The If This Then That iOS app was released a few weeks ago, so people have had plenty of time to create some clever recipes that integrate the new iOS-specific features. The iOS app extends the experience of IFTTT more than you might think. Here’s everything you can do with it.


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…


How To Get Stock Android On Your HTC One

The Google-Edition HTC One started shipping out to folks over the last few weeks, and the good fairies at XDA Forums have been working to get a copy of the ROM so that ordinary One owners can get the pure Google experience on their devices. Here’s how to do it.


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