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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

Although it may seem that the range has only recently had an upgrade, the late 2015 iMac brought little more than a processor upgrade and a long-awaited bump to Retina screens across the board.
 
With Apple’s computing market share dipping to 4.9% in Q2 of 2016, there are few doubts that the company will release a spread of updated all-in-ones at its September 2016 event.

The biggest updates are likely to be seen with the guts of Apple’s iMac range, with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors now ready for production. The latestAMD Polaris graphics chips should also be on-board, providing plenty of grunt for would-be video editors, high-resolution gaming and more.

Other improvements are being chattered about via the rumour mill in the expectedly feverish build up to the new iMac’s release, with VR compatibility currently headlining the list of less attention-grabbing features.
Keep on reading to find out more about the new developments we’re expecting from the 2016 iMac refresh.
 

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn’t ignore

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn't ignore

Whether your preferred weapon of choice is an MP5 or a plasma assault rifle, the extensive list of PC shooters has an epic history that stretches right back to ID Software’s Hovertank 3D – a predecessor to Wolfenstein and Doom released in 1991 by the (now) legendary ID Software.

After the enormous success of Doom and other shooting games that ruffled sensitive feathers back in the early 90s, the first-person shooting genre is packed full of titles spanning virtually every country, world or theme you could ever think of.

We’ve rounded up some of the most overlooked PC shooters you might not have played that are still worth playing today – many of which can be played on a computer with very modest specifications.
 

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into
Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.

In 2016 the list of best racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.
 

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Asus ROG G752 Review

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Asus ROG G752

Once all but a misnomer, today there are more gaming notebooks to choose from than ever. While the trend lately has favored more more svelte and understated gaming laptops, machines packing a big screen and big performance haven’t gone anywhere.

 

Asus’s enthusiast gamer hardware and accessory line, Republic of Gamers (ROG), includes a range of ROG PCs and laptops packing the latest performance hardware into distinct chassis and frames that are aimed to stand out.

 

Following last year’s highly-praised Asus ROG G751, the Asus ROG G752 is another portable PC gaming beast that features a distinctive design and plenty of oomph to run even the most demanding of PC games at the highest settings.

 

Although this 17.3-inch monster is available in a variety of high-end configurations, the model sent to techradar for review (a G752VT, specifically) features an Intel Skylake, 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) alongside 1TB of hard disk storage, and a super-fast GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with 3GB of video memory.

 

With beefy specifications and Asus’s renowned build quality in tow, there’s a lot to like about this massive machine, coupled with a few surprises along the way.

 

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

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Philips 258B6QJEB review

While it may not quite reach the heady heights of the latest 4K displays in terms of pixel count, the Philips 258B6QJEB is an interesting option if you’re seeking a QHD monitor. At 25 inches, it’s a compact piece of kit compared to the many 27-inch (and larger) monitors out there.

 

There aren’t many alternatives at that size, with Dell’s UltraSharp 25 and the HP Z25n proving two more expensive alternatives. Arguably, neither look as good as Philips’ sleek new entry. The appeal of having a smaller monitor on your desk is twofold – there is more space around it for other things, and it can also help with uncomfortable eyestrain that may occur if you are sat too close to a large display.

 

Priced at around £260 (about $400, or AU$550), the 258B6QJEB packs a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD panel that offers excellent viewing angles and image quality, along with an abundance of connections, speakers and a USB hub that makes this particular display a versatile choice.

 

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Asus E402MA review

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Asus E402MA review

There was once a time when nothing but netbooks consumed the sub-£200 ($300/AUS$411) price bracket, but fortunately Microsoft and its partners have recently done a lot to drive down the price of larger, considerably more usable laptops.

 

With the advent of true cloud applications such as Office 365, and a variety of streaming services that have quickly overtaken locally-stored media, lean machines such as the Asus E402MA are making ground at the budget end of the market alongside similar notebooks like the smaller Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11.

 

Packing a 14.6-inch screen, the E402MA has a relatively modest set of specifications: a quad-core Intel N3540 M processor clocked at up to 2.66GHz is paired with merely 2GB of RAM and a rather paltry 32GB of storage.

 

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Acer Predator XB270HU review

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Acer Predator XB270HU

Monitors with the “gaming” tag slapped brazenly on their boxes aren’t necessarily a new breed. Along with the advent of 3D and super-high resolutions, gamers have been slowly working their way up through faster refresh rates to keep up with the incredibly powerful GPUs that drive gaming PCs.

 

Most of the gaming monitors we’ve seen so far have made do with a ‘twisted-nematic’ (a.k.a. TN) panel, which helps keep costs down for gamers who might already have spent a month’s wages on an insanely powerful GPU.

 

Rather than the older TN technology, the new Acer Predator XB270HU gaming monitor packs an IPS panel with a pixel-resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Although it may not be a 4K screen, this super-fast monitor comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which claims to completely remove screen-tearing and lag by perfectly synchronising the refresh rate of the GPU and the screen.

 

Shop around and you can find the Acer XB270HU for under £600 (around $900 or AU$1,300), enough to buy you any number of the low-end 4K monitors on the market such as the Philips BDM4065UC.

 

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HP Pavilion Mini review

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HP Pavilion Mini

Ever since Asus launched the desktop answer to netbooks in the form of theEeeBox PC, the market for small-footprint PCs has grown to offer a wide range of options.

 

The HP Pavilion Mini 300-030na is one of the latest small, quiet and energy-efficient desktops to come to market, and it’s one of the nicest-looking mini PCs we’ve seen since the launch of the Apple Mac Mini.
 
With models starting at £249.99 ($269, AU$349) the Pavilion Mini is a competitively priced option, with ample storage space and enough power for day-to-day tasks.

 

The model we reviewed came complete with 1TB of storage space, a 1.9GHz Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM (which can be upgraded to 16GB if needed); a faster i5 model is available, as is a lower-priced option with a less capable Pentium 3558U processor and smaller 500GB hard drive.

 

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Blockstorm Review for Gioteck Recon

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Blockstorm (6)Blockstorm comes from Ghostshark games, an Italian developer who’ve taken ideas of a voxel-based FPS that were originally born in Minecraft, and made them in to a standalone game that has great potential.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Gioteck Review

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Wolfenstein1All the way back in 1981, Castle Wolfenstein first appeared as an 8-bit 2D adventure game on the Apple II and later, MS-DOS, Atari and C64.  A sequel followed in 1985, however it was the 3D edition that launched in 1992 that firmly setup Wolfenstein in the hall of fame.

 

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HP ChromeBook 11 Review

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HPChromeBook11(11)When Chromebooks first appeared, there was confusion as to what niche they were trying to fill, whether anyone would buy a machine which relies largely on Internet connectivity for functionality, and if manufacturers were going to take Google’s netbook replacements seriously.  May 2011 seems like a long time ago, and it’s only now that Chromebooks are starting to gain traction and become relevant. So is HP’s first effort any good? Read on to find out.


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Edifier Luna Eclipse Review

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Edifier’s latest 2.0 speaker system comes in the form of the ‘Luna Eclipse’ set, which packs Bluetooth alongside a traditional 3.5mm input in a rather attractive package that from some angles could be mistaken for a space-dwelling craft, whilst delivering a build quality that rivals far more expensive brands.  Of course it’s not all about the looks; Edifier has to deliver something that sounds as good as it looks. Read on to see if it has.


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Meenova Mini Micro-SD Reader for Android

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IMG_4365 copyKickstarter has given birth to some fantastic tech brands including Pebble and Occulus Rift, however smaller ideas have also done well and one example of this is the Californian-based Meenova who raised over $70k for their fantastically simple Mini micro-SD card reader which connects to Android devices using USB-host capability and has been popular with owners of new smartphones lacking external memory expansion. Read on to find out if it was $12 well spent.


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How gamers are leading a revival for the desktop PC

 

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Kingston MobileLite Wireless

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IMG_3927 copyYou might not have a portable charger or a wireless card reader yet, but with increasing abundance of electrically dependent tech in your bag there’s reasons you may need both.  Battery tech still holds back a full day of heavy use on a smartphone and many new phones are coming without any form of expandable storage.  The Kingston MobileLite Wireless tackles both these problems in one portable device.  Do you need one? Read on to find out.


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