Rockchip RK3288 TV boxes on the way

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Rockchip’s new RK3288 processor is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor with ARM Mali-760 graphics. It’s the most powerful processor from the Chinese chip maker to date, although at the rate Rockchip releases new processors that probably won’t be true for long. Anyway, the first RK3288-powered tablets started appearing a few weeks ago. Now the first […]

Run Quake III on a Raspberry Pi with new open-source graphics driver

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Broadcom and Raspberry Pi recently released the source code and documentation for a chip similar to the one used in the group’s mini-computer. But open source code is only as good as the applications you can use it to build — so the team also challenged the community by promising $10 thousand to the first developer […]

ECS LIVA mini PC: Tiny Bay Trail desktop for under $200

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Taiwan-based ECS has unveiled a new mini-desktop PC with an Intel Atom Bay Trail-M processor and a price of $200 or less. The ECS LIVA is expected to go on sale in late April, and while the system will support Windows and other operating systems, it’ll ship without an OS. Japan’s IT Media and PC […]

Lilbits (3-21-2014): Is your email safe from snooping?

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Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign pokes fun at Google for the company’s habit of automatically scanning your email messages in order to choose contextually relevant advertisements. But this week Microsoft is drawing some heat for snooping through a Microsoft Hotmail users’s inbox as part of a criminal investigation involving an employee who leaked software and trade […]

Zotac will launch fanless mini PC this summer

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Zotac has been offering tiny desktop computers for a few years, but this summer the company plans to add a few new models featuring passive cooling. That means they’ll have well-ventilated cases, passive heat sinks, and no noisy fans. There will be at least two models of the Zotac ZBOX C Series desktop, one featuring […]

How to upgrade Asus Chromebox memory and storage

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The Asus Chromebox is a surprisingly capable little desktop computer which sells for as little as $179. It has an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, DisplayPort and HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth, 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and unlike some cheap mini computers it comes with memory, storage, and an operating system. But if […]

Shuttle DS81 mini-PC has an Intel Haswell heart

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Shuttle’s been making small form-factor computers for just about as long as anyone, and the company’s latest model is a tiny powerhouse. The Shuttle DS81 measures 7.4″ x 6.5″ x 1.7″ but has room for a 8 USB ports, 2 Ethernet jacks, a couple of display outputs, and more. Oh yeah, it also features an […]

Zotac ZBOX nano AQ02 is a tiny AMD desktop PC

Zotac Zbox AQ02

Zotac is updating its ZBOX nano line of mini-desktops with a new model sporting an AMD A8-5545M quad-core processor and Radeon HD 8510G graphics. The ZBOX nano AQ02  not exactly a premium gaming machine, but it should offer enough power for most basic computing tasks including home theater PC duties. It’d also make a decent […]

Asus Chromebox available for pre-order for $179

Asus Chromebox

The first Chrome OS desktop computer from Asus is now available for pre-order. The Asus Chromebox-M004U is a tiny desktop with an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a $179 price tag. It’s expected to ship March 14th, but you can pre-order the Chromebox from Amazon, TigerDirect, or Newegg. This model features […]