Latest Surface Pro accessory rumor points to a desktop dock

DNP Desktop dock rumors swirl for Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets

Microsoft is supposedly working on a desktop docking station that's compatible exclusively with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 slates (following yesterday's rumor of a battery packing keyboard cover), according to reports from Neowin and WinSuperSite. So what could the Docking Station bring the Pro and its (still unannounced) sequel? Possibly, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports as well as gigabit Ethernet and audio in / outs. Even if your typical workflow requires multiple monitors, Redmond has you covered thanks to an external video output. These are box-standard features on any recent PC, sure, but they could help fix the issues we had with the Pro's basic usability. We don't have price or availability info, but there's likely an announcement coming soon -- we are over a year out from the Windows 8 tab's reveal, after all.

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Via: WinSuperSite

Source: Neowin

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ASUS reveals ROG TYTAN G70 gaming desktop

DNP Asus reveals ROG TYTAN G70 gaming desktop


Didn't snag one of the ROG TYTAN G30s ASUS announced in June? Don't sweat it because the Taiwanese manufacturer has already one-upped itself, combining the transforming case of last year's TYTAN CG8890 with the G30's major features -- water-cooled Core i7-4770K, one-touch overclocking, multi-monitor and surround sound support. Just for good measure, an available Nvidia GTX780 can replace the '30's GTX 680. Sure, the G70 is Haswell-equipped, but that's not nearly as impressive as activating "Turbo Gear" on it is: Push a button and the system overclocks, then its side and top panels extend outward automatically, exposing the rig's 10 fans. How cool is that? As frosty as this tower's innards we'd imagine. If that wasn't enough to push you over the edge, it'll wirelessly charge any Qi-compatible devices you might have as well. This beast of a rig should be available soon at retailers near you, but ASUS hasn't provided pricing. We're guessing it's probably expensive -- call it a hunch.

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Via: PC Perspective

Source: Republic of Gamers

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Michael Dell and Silver Lake up their offer for Dell buyout

Michael Dell and Silver Lake up their offer for Dell buyout

The competition for Dell is heating up again today, as CEO Michael Dell and investment outfit Silver Lake have increased their buyout offer for the company. The new agreement raises the per share price to $13.75, provides for a special dividend of 13 cents per share, as well as an 8 cents per share dividend in the third quarter. Basically, these revised terms add, at the most, $470 million to the previous proposal that valued the company at around $24.4 billion. In order to give shareholders a chance to mull it over, the date when deciding votes will be cast has been pushed to September 12th. Plenty of time for the next counter-offer to come through, then.

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Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop arrives in beta, promises better UI and search (video)

DNP Evernote 5 Beta lands for Windows,

Mac users have enjoyed Evernote 5 for nearly eight months now, while those with Windows have had to glare at them in envy and make do with the web version. But never fear, PC aficionados, as you too will get your own taste of the popular note-taking app today -- well, almost. Though the final version isn't completely ready, the beta version is, however. For those brave enough to venture into the beta waters, Evernote 5 offers several improvements over its predecessor. Namely, the interface is fresher and more modern, and new search and discovery tools have been added to help you find those hastily scribbled notes that much faster. As ever with beta software, Evernote warns that data loss might be a possibility and that certain key features like Reminders have yet to be implemented. But if you're a Windows fiend who just can't wait to see what's new with Evernote, head on over to the source, or just peek at the video after the break, to get acquainted.

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AMD Q2 2013 earnings: net loss of $74 million, expects ‘a return to profitability’ next quarter

AMD Q2 2013 earnings net loss of $74 million, expects 'a return to profitability' next quarter

First, the rough news: AMD saw just $1.16 billion in revenue for its Q2 2013, and actually took a net loss of $74 million (and an operating loss of $29 million). That's an 18 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year, but CEO Rory Read says that things are looking up. "Our focus on restructuring and transforming AMD resulted in improved financial results," noting that AMD "expects significant revenue growth and a return to profitability in the third quarter."

That's a pretty bold statement given the continued decline in the PC market, but the outfit's graphical department seems to be doing fairly well. In fact, AMD's Graphics reportable segment has been renamed Graphics and Visual Solutions, and the outfit gleefully points out that AMD silicon is baked inside of the Wii U, Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. What isn't precisely clear, however, is the expected market change that'll finally turn the tide for AMD -- the world's watching for Q3, folks.

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Source: Marketwire, AMD

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Samsung announces 3,000MB/s enterprise SSD, shames competition

DNP Samsung's blazing fast enterprise SSD announced,

The ink has barely dried on Samsung's last SSD announcement and the South Korean manufacturer has already made it obsolete by orders of magnitude. This 2.5-inch enterprise-class SSD isn't for us regular Joes, but if you thought the company's EVO 840's 540MB/s was zippy, hold on to your desk chair. The newly announced NVMe SSD XS1715 reads data at a mind-numbing 3,000MB/s. Hitting these absurd numbers isn't without a caveat, though, as this SSD won't run on a SATA-6 port -- it requires a PCIe hook-up. When these speed demons do arrive, they'll be available in 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB sizes. Oh, and we want one. For business.

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Intel posts Q2 2013 earnings: revenue of $12.8 billion, net profit of $2 billlion

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Intel just posted decidedly mixed results for the second quarter. While it largely matched its outlook from the first quarter with $12.8 billion in revenue and a healthy net profit of $2 billion, it also saw sharp year-over-year drops in revenue from some of its core divisions. The PC Client Group, which makes the brunt of Intel's processors, saw its revenue decline 7.5 percent; the Other Intel Architecture Group, which primarily handles mobile chips, faced a 15 percent drop. Intel hasn't explained the dip, although there are a pair of major factors at work. In addition to facing a very rough PC market, the company only launched its Haswell architecture late in the quarter -- there hasn't been much time for customers to buy the new chips. Intel says there's "strong acceptance" from early Haswell customers, however, and its outlook for the current quarter is slightly rosier as a result -- it expects to make the same $13.5 billion in revenue that we saw a year ago.

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Acer’s 23-inch Z3-605 all-in-one ships to the US, starting at $700

Acer Z3 all-in-one launches in the US for $800 with touch, $700 without

Want a straightforward Windows 8 all-in-one that won't cost a pretty penny? Acer has you covered with the launch of its Z3-605 Series in the US. The 23-inch desktop isn't a performance champ when it carries up to a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a DVD burner. Don't dismiss it out of hand, however -- the 1080p IPS-based LCD should deliver a good-looking picture, and a touchscreen variant supports air gestures. If there's enough here to leave you intrigued, you can pick up the Z3-605 today for a modest $700 in base trim, or with touch for $800.

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Former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie joins HP’s board of directors

Ray Ozzie may have left Microsoft back in October 2010, having directly focused a lot of the company's recent efforts on cloud connectivity, but he's now got a new job. Ozzie will be joining HP CEO Meg Whitman on the company's board. Increasing the board size to twelve, he will join James Skinner, currently the chairman of Walgreens and former CEO of McDonald's and former CEO of Liberty Media Robert Bennett. The influential former MS software chief, who succeeded Bill Gates in the position back in 2006, will join groups looking into human resources, compensation and governance -- some pretty important spheres. HP isn't done, however, and will apparently be hunting down yet more directors in the next few months.

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