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The Cornerplay: Price is the only weapon Chromebooks have against Windows

On an absolute basis, one device is clearly better than the other; but the expectations for what a Chromebook is supposed to do is so much lower that, relatively, Acer's C720 Chromebook feels like a better device than it really is. Asus' popular T100 budget hybrid, on the other hand, gets compared to other Windows laptops (or the iPad Air) and doesn't look as good in the comparison.

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The Linux Desktop: 6 popular Linux desktop environments

Unlike Windows and OS X, Linux allows you to fully customize not only the look and feel of your desktop, but also its functionality as well as settings, through different "desktop environments". Today we'll do a brief overview of the most popular Linux desktop environments to give you an idea about what each has to offer and what suits you the best.

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Review: Trading blows with the best

Released in early June, SanDisk's Extreme Pro is the successor to the venerable Extreme II, which was among the best SSDs of its generation in terms of performance and reliability. The drive is aimed at gamers, enthusiasts and professionals who demand the highest real-world performance, and will trade blows with Samsung's excellent SSD 850 Pro.

OCZ Arc 100 SSD Review: Aiming for the Value Sweet Spot

With Crucial's MX100 series recently arriving for as low as $0.42 per GB, becoming the new value king, the competition has been forced to respond. The OCZ Arc 100 SSD Series utilizes the tried and true Barefoot 3 M10 controller along with the latest 19nm Toshiba MLC flash memory and is priced at $0.50 per gig for its 480GB and 240GB models.

Ahead Of Its Time: Deus Ex's Eerily Current Narrative, 14 Years On

Leaving aside its wackier conspiracy theories, it's the quality – the prescience – of Deus Ex's story that makes it such a great game to play in 2014. Somehow, it seems timely: moment after moment of sneering, political philosophising about money, health, corporations and the poor, punctuated by regular, 400-volt jolts of "wait, when was this written?"

TechSpot PC Buying Guide: Mid-2014 Update

The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets. Whether you're a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered.

• Decent performance • Good for everyday computing • Gaming with add-on GPU
• Good performance • Fast for everyday computing • Casual gaming
• Excellent performance • Great Multitasker • Perfect for gaming
• Workstation-like performance • Heavy multitasking • Extreme gaming

The Cornerplay: Xiaomi and OnePlus Strategy Analysis, A Blueprint for Success

Small Chinese companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus were able to create markets even while competitors like Apple and Samsung spend billions in advertising their smartphones. Their success is a blueprint for others to follow, whether they're running an established smartphone company or starting one, even with comparatively little resources.

Where to Watch Movies and TV Online: 7 free alternatives, and then some

The spread of broadband Internet is changing the way we watch TV and movies. A lot of people are cutting the cable company cord or dropping that satellite service in favor of online streaming. If you've been wondering where you can find movies and TV shows to watch for free online without breaking the law, we've got you covered.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel and Android for $150

The small form factor tablet market has gotten pretty crowded, particularly when it comes to budget models, and while the generally fantastic Google Nexus 7 can be had for around $215 nowadays, going below that usually involves some compromises. Today, I’m checking out Asus' attempt at a low-cost Android tablet and whether it’s worth your cash.

AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review: 4 CPU + 8 GPU

AMD promised many new APUs when unveiling its Kaveri architecture in January but until now was only able to deliver two, the $160 A10-7700K and $170 A10-7850K. Today we'll be looking at the $155 A10-7800, which comes in 45W or 65W TDP modes and has a full-blown R7 GPU featuring 8 CUs with 512 SPUs and 32 TAUs like the unlocked A10-7850K.

Explained: A Guide to Smartphone Camera Hardware

For many people smartphone cameras have replaced standalone point-and-shoots as the go-to device for everyday photography, as they're easier to access and more compact to carry with you. But just what goes in to making a good smartphone camera? What hardware do companies use? What do pixel sizes and f-stops really mean? In this article I'll be exploring the hardware, key terms associated with photography, and some comparisons along the way.

Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition Review: Back to its Legendary Overclocking Roots

For more than a decade tech-savvy users on a budget would commonly buy a sub-$100 CPU and achieve performance comparable to $200-$300 chips by overclocking. These days Intel locks down its lower end parts, but to mark the 20th anniversary of its Pentium brand, they've released a fully unlocked dual-core Pentium G3258 for $72 -- just what the overclocking community has been waiting for. We'll put it through its paces in a couple of builds of our own.

GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops: The Future of Computing?

While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our general impressions on using them, and make some educated guesses as to whether virtual desktops truly are the future of computing or if they will likely remain a niche technology.

LG G3 Review: A worthy contender in the high-end Android race

Touting several refinements and a new 5.5-inch Quad HD display, LG has brought to market the new LG G3. The new, larger display brings a resolution and pixel density above of what we’ve seen on the current crop of flagships. You also get a 13-megapixel camera with a unique laser autofocus system, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC that's at the top of its class.

http://www.techspot.com/review/847-lg-g3/

Not unlike other premium Android phone makers, LG has been tweaking the formula established with the G2. No major shakeup has occurred, because no major shakeup was necessary. Along with the full review and benchmarks, don't miss our video review below:

Silverstone RV05 ATX Case Review: Stacked Design is Great for Cooling, Comes With Some Trade-Offs

Silverstone's Raven RV01 caught our attention back in 2008 with a unique chassis layout that turned the motherboard upward so its I/O panel was on top of the enclosure instead of behind. Called the "stack effect," the design was highly original and more importantly, extremely effective for cooling. 2014's RV05 sticks to this layout but Silverstone claims to have eliminated much of the wasted space in previous models while bringing one of its better looking designs so far.

Nintendo Wii U 20 months later: It's time to get one

This is our review update for the Wii U, the gaming console with a screen in its controller that we've been telling you since November 2012 is not yet a must-have. Well, it finally is. The Wii U finally has enough good games that it's possible to forget some of them, and the initial gripes we had with the console are overwhelmed by what it does right.

How-To: A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line, Part II

While it may seem antiquated in this day and age of modern operating systems, the command line remains the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks in Linux. In this follow up article to our command line series we go a bit deeper to discuss file metadata, permissions, timestamps, some new tools like tee, Vim, and more.

Five-Way AMD Radeon R9 280X Benchmark Battle

Shopping for a new enthusiast GPU? Assuming you want the best value, your pick will be between the Radeon R9 280X and the GeForce GTX 770. To us the former is a better value so the decision is more about sifting through a handful competing brands. To make that process a little easier, we're going to compare what we think are the best five R9 280X cards.

RAM Put to the Test: ECC vs Non ECC Memory Performance

Much of the ECC versus Non-ECC argument comes down to speed versus reliability. The reliability argument at least is easy to validate, but to settle the question of whether ECC actually lowers system performance, we ran a series of benchmarks with standard RAM, ECC RAM, and Registered ECC RAM that all run at the exact same frequency, timings, and voltage.

HTC Desire 816 Review: A Large Screen For The Mid-Range

The growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays has created an opportunity for alternatives with mid-range specs and affordable prices. This is where HTC's new product fits in. The Desire 816's main feature is the large 5.5-inch HD display, which comes paired with a Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 13MP camera, and design cues from HTC's recent high-end products. At just $325 it's squarely challenging the Nokia Lumia 1320 and Asus Zenfone 6.

Happy 4th of July: How to Take Amazing Photos of Fireworks

Fourth of July is here. Between the barbecues and good times spent with friends and family, you'll no doubt be bombarded with images of fireworks over the coming days, and truth be told, most of them will suck. But you don't have to be a pro photographer to snap some amazing pictures tonight, all you need is some basic equipment and a little know-how.

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