What does Intel Haswell mean for the future of the PC?

The PC isn’t dying but you’d have to say it’s not doing too well. That’s the message from the first-quarter 2013 global PC shipment figures from market analyst IDC. Compared with the same period in 2012 this year’s first-quarter figures were down nearly 14% the largest drop in history and IDC has no qualms about…

How to improve gaming performance on your Linux machine

You’ll need this: Nvidia linux driver – Head to www.nvidia.com and download the latest driver (for info on AMD on Ubuntu see this page on BinaryDriverHowto) Custom kernel – We used Zen kernel 3.8.8-zen which can be found at gitbut. Now that Valve’s digital distribution platform is here for Linux along with a collection of…

ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 review

Price: $2399  |  Website: www.asus.com/au You couldn’t accuse Taiwanese component maker ASUS of being unambitious. Over the last half a decade or so the company’s managed to carve itself a prominent role in the laptop market and it’s now aiming to do the same for tablets all-in-one PCs and perhaps even smartphones. On the latter…

WWDC 2013 – My new Mac Pro is a dustbin

If you were to go and find a professional Mac user – a real power-jockey in the video or high-end graphics or scientific fields – and you were to ask them what they wanted in a professional Mac how likely do you think it is they’d say “a tube”? Ask a bunch of them -…

Chromebook review: Acer C7 vs Samsung Series 3

We’re living in an age with an almost confounding variety of options when it comes to choosing your tech. With a panoply of smartphones tablets all-in-one PCs desktops ultrabooks desktop replacements tablet hybrids and tablet convertibles to pick from actually figuring out which combination best suit your own needs can be a tricky task. If…

Windows 8: Which licence to choose?

The recent announcement that Microsoft had sold 100 million licences for Windows 8 its much-hyped revamp of its hugely successful Windows 7 operating system hammered home one strong point: if you haven’t already upgraded you probably will in the near future. Large businesses may be last in line however: many of those running Windows 7…