In this age of laptops and tablets and smartphones, there's a good chance a lot of folks wouldn't know where to stick something like NZXT's USB Bunker. Ten years ago, though, I would have loved something like this when I went to a LAN party where I didn't know everyone.
Intel's big announcement at CES is their new Sandy Bridge architecture. Without getting too far into the technical side, the important thing about this is the addition of graphics processing onto the main CPU itself. It may sound like a simple upgrade, but it could change the way we all do a lot of things with our computers.
We generally expect computers to give us precise and accurate answers every time, all the time. After all, that's why computers are computers. But as it turns out, if we cut them a little bit of slack in the accuracy department, we can easily make them a thousand times faster.
I'll bet you think your fancy new quad-core processor is pretty cool, but it's 996 cores short of this prototype thousand core processor that could potentially increase the speed of your computer by a factor of 20.
Swiss researchers have developed a new type of 'Racetrack' memory that's 100,000 times faster than even the fastest of today's hard drives. It's efficient and durable, but the best news is that it could be in your computer by 2015.
Apple has a knack for taking concepts that weren't exactly blockbusters and knocking them out of the park. The iPad wasn't the first tablet on the block, for instance, but now it's to tablets what the iPod is to the MP3 player. Can Apple do the same to all-in-one, multi-touch computers?
Have you partaken in the goodness that is wireless data storage? There's quite a few ways to get it going these days — setting up a separate computer as a server being the most common — but LaCie just made it super small and surprisingly cheap.
There's often thought to be a line between console and PC gamers. After all, you're going to different places for each: say, you're Xbox 360 or gaming computer. Well, no longer, as a company named Origin has crammed both into one epic case.
Whoever was behind all those gorgeous touchscreens aboard the Enterprise from Star Trek must also have had a hand in creating NZXT's Sentry LXE, because this thing looks just as good. We need more colorful touchscreens in this world.
It used to be that if you wanted to replace the RAM in your Mac Mini — to upgrade it, for instance, saving some cash in the process — you had to pry it open like a clam with a putty knife. That usually meant scratches, not to mention plenty of frustration. Now? You just twist off a panel on the bottom. That's just one of several welcome upgrades to the Mac Mini.