The release of the latest Linux kernel paves the way for accelerated video playback on modern ATI Radeon cards, as well as additional support for SSD caching to augment performance of slower storage.
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The Chrome Remote Desktop app is a free web app for Chrome that can be used to run Windows PCs and Macs from Chrome. This video shows a Chromebook Pixel controlling a Windows 8 touch system.
To make sure there's further confusion in the myriad ways you can connect an external device to your computer, the PCI special interest group says it is working on an external version of PCI Express, the standard already used internally in PCs for graphics cards, sound cards, and even SSDs. It would join eSATA, USB 3.
In a recent support note, Apple offers to replace certain, problem ATI X1900 XT video cards found in a range of older Mac Pros. Users had complained for several years of distorted video from the cards.
Having tasted success in wringing market share away from Nvidia in discrete graphics cards, ATI isn't resting on its laurels. In response to its rival's Fermi GPU rollout, AMD's graphics brand is readying its next generation of video cards, the Radeon 6000 series (code-named Southern Islands), for release in November.
Here's a different kind of motherboard that not only may appeal to DIY system builders but also possibly to desktop manufacturers. Asus is showing off at Computex a "concept" board that includes an ATI Radeon discrete graphics card built onto it, as well as Lucid Hydra technology that allows that Radeon card to work in tandem with another graphics card, regardless of whether it's ATI or Nvidia.
Skype is embedding its service on a bevy of HDTVs. The company added that it is supporting video calls in 720p HD on PCs.
Itching for bragging rights with the gamers next door? Want to edit uncompressed HD video without breaking the bank? I turbocharge Apricorn's internal PCI-e array card with 4 Intel X25-M SSDs. Yup, its fast!
Skype has signed a deal with Lenovo that will see the PC manufacturer pre-install the communications service on all its enterprise laptops and desktop computers.Beginning immediately, all ThinkPad laptops and ThinkCentre desktop PCs that are sold around the world include the internet telephony (VoIP) and video-calling client, Skype blogger Peter Parkes wrote on Monday.
After bailing out of the plasma HDTV market, Pioneer seemed destined to selling Blu-ray players and A/V receivers, but it has a bigger idea in mind with its Entertainment Tap (or Project ET) networked concept player. At its heart, it's a streaming media box that plays files from your networked PCs on your HDTV as well as offering online services like Netflix's on-demand video.
Malware hidden in code on an adult video site targets Macs as well as PCs, a sign Apple fans should no longer consider their systems safe from attack, according to experts
Asus and Microsoft have launched a website that promotes the use of Windows, arguing that the operating system provides users with a familiar environment and no compatibility issues.The site, 'It's Better With Windows', presents a video of a family using several of Asus's 7-inch screened Eee PCs, and depicts the family members using word processing, instant messaging and other applications.
After letting Netflix have the jump on offering high-def titles as part of its video-streaming service for subscriberson home video players as well as PCsAmazon has finally rolled out the first 500 HD movies and TV programs for its Video on Demand service. Among the initial films Amazon is offering as a la carte rentals are Frost/Nixon and Twilight.
Jason Perlow wrote a really funny (yet oddly touching) piece this morning about homegrown enthusiast PCs. These are the souped up computers that bigger geeks than most ZDNet bloggers spend lots of money on to achieve better frame rates, faster video editing, or whatever it is you do with an 8-core PC on your desk.
Consumers desire, and are comfortable with, wired and wireless access to content, IBM found. 76% of consumers surveyed have already watched video on their PC, up 27% from 2007. 32% indicated they have viewed video on a portable device or mobile phone, up 45% from 2007. Interest in mobile video content has more than doubled [...]
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24% of European households have given up fixed landlines for mobile phones, up from 22% in 2006. The Czech Republic, Finland and Lithuania had the lowest number of landlines in use. 22% are now using their PCs for phone calls or video chatting via programs such as Skype. That is a rise of 5% from [...]
Sponsored: Limited technical support hours and powered down PCs can make it difficult to manage large numbers of PCs. Randy Nystrom, an IT systems engineer at Intel, explains how vPro makes it easy to diagnose and manage desktops from a central location.The content for this video was sponsored and provided by Intel.
Booting Windows XP from a USB Flash drive gives you great IT support tool. For example, you can make a troubleshooting toolkit for booting and analyzing seemingly dead PCs. Or you could always have your favorite support applications at your fingertips.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, explains the process and pitfalls of creating a bootable Windows XP USB flash drive. You'll learn how to configure a computer's BIOS to boot from a USB drive, how to download and use the free software to create a bootable drive, and how to installed Windows XP on the drive.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, walk through the process in a screenshot gallery, and download a PDF version of the tip from our IT Dojo blog.
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has changed the focus of his twice-a-year computer buyer's guides from desktop PCs to notebooks because portables have been outselling desktops since May 2004.In his recent installment (which focuses on "mainstream, nontechnical consumers" and not "heavy gamers, video producers or corporate buyers") he recommends a Mac over a PC.
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