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These days, it seems like everyone is innovating for the future. From eco-friendly prefab housing to high-tech city bridges, companies and cities are putting unique and interesting spins on what they believe will change our future. But, think about this for a second: Have you ever thought long and hard about what your thermostat will look like in 10 or 15 years? Probably not. Turns out that the...

Adobe released a new Flash Player that provides high-definition content while barely touching the CPU. Wednesday Adobe announced the release of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux. The new edition includes Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video-pipeline for bringing high-quality video across all browsers and platforms. The new release also brings...

Mini-ITX-based systems are attractive because they generally combine low-power operation and decent performance in a small package. But you need a good case to accommodate the restrictions of compact hardware. Today we try five different Mini-ITX cases. The small dimensions of most Mini-ITX cases don’t always make it hard to fit standard size PC components....

We’ve already seen Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture offer compelling performance gains on the desktop. But can the fastest second-gen Core i7 beat Intel’s 130 W desktop-oriented six-core Core i7-980X in games? We set up a couple systems to find out. Industry analysts have predicted the demise of the desktop PC almost every year since notebooks...

A few weeks ago, NVIDIA released the GTX 560 Ti; a graphics card that has proven to be just the right fit for a large cross-section of the current market. AMD did their best to rain on the parade with their own HD 6950 1GB and did succeed to a certain extent even though availability has been a bit spotty and selection is limited. Nonetheless, NVIDIA’s own board...

FOX Business reports that AMD is benefiting from Intel’s current Sandy Bridge platform design « woes » thanks to OEMs and retailers approaching the company for additional supply. The news arrives just after Intel announced that it would resume shipments of the faulty Cougar Point chipsets for use in specific hardware configurations. In...