Posts Tagged ‘pc’

‘Build Your Own PC Workshop’ – Teacher Needed

January 27, 2010

Afternoon folks, we’re delighted to bring you news that we’re looking for some new blood at Komplett as we expand our ‘Build Your Own PC’ classes into full workshops. We’re looking for a teacher for the workshops and are hoping to talk to individuals who are knowledgeable in the areas of computer components and assembly, and who can successfully impart critical parts of this knowledge to complete newbies in the space of a few short hours.

Can you teach novices how to build their own PC? If so, we wanna hear from you.

The workshops will take place during weekends, with a possibility for evening work during the week. Also, candidates will be expected to demonstrate a high theoretical knowledge of and practical abilities in handling computer components prior to employment.

If you think you’d be interested in imparting your PC wisdom you can apply via jobs.ie now.

If you’d be interested in attending our Build your own PC workshop, you can register here: Build your own PC classes. Visit http://www.komplettblog.ie/events/ for location and dates.

Mass Effect 2 Sees Vast Pre-Release Piracy

January 26, 2010

It seems that Bioware’s upcoming sequel to its hit science-fiction RPG, Mass Effect, has been leaked to bittorrent sites, with many users rushing to illegally download the game before its release.

Mass Effect feels the mass downloading effect :(

Word comes via TorrentFreak of the leak, which has apparently resulted in an inordinate amount of illegal downloads. Indeed, the figure was initially reported to be “more than 300,000” to be somewhere in the process of downloading or having already downloaded the game illegally. This is thanks, in no small part, to the fact that the first Mass Effect game managed to win such critical acclaim for itself.

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HP to Roll Out Music Service

January 25, 2010

It seems that Hewlett-Packard is to offer a built-in music service with its PCs as they ship, rather than having users register for any old service later on.

Word comes via YahooNews of the move, which will see HP launching its own music service through the relatively simple medium of PCs it sells on to customers. Indeed, that could well be a more substantial market than most will have imagined, given that HP is currently the largest vendor of PC hardware in the industry (with Acer fast catching up). We’ll be curious to see just how well HP’s new service does, as well as how many of its users opt to stay with it once they’ve got their hands on their machines.

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OnLive Beta Shows off Remote Gaming

January 21, 2010

Gamers have been excited about the idea of OnLive for a while now, since the proposed subscription service would essentially allow for high-end performance without the cost.

It certainly looks the part alright...

Essentially, what OnLive offers is a service by which users pay to have remote access to a system playing whatever game it is they want to play. The simplest example is that if someone wanted to play a game like Dragon Age, they could do so simply by plugging the OnLive hardware into their TV and let the service handle the network magic needed to mediate the experience between the pad in the player’s hands and the Xbox 360 or PS3 off in the ether somewhere.

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Nvidia CEO Says PC has Lost its Magic

January 20, 2010

Nvidia’s CEO stated in a recent interview that he feels the PC has “lost its magic” as the platform has matured, with newer hardware no longer offering the same massive shifts it once did.

In the recent BBC interview, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, was fairly frank and forthright about the state not only of the industry, but also the way we relate to PCs on an individual level and how Nvidia got to where it is today. It’s certainly an interesting look into the mind of a man with a lot of influence over the shape of the industry today. He talks openly about some of Nvidia’s darker days, saying that,

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Acer Founder Predicts Death of US PCs

January 19, 2010

Acer’s founder and former chairman, Stan Shih has made the fairly inflammatory comment than he firmly believes US-based PC makers could die out over the next twenty years.

According to the Inquirer, the former Acer chairman made the comments when discussing the current trend towards low-cost PCs, one that he feels north American PC manufacturers can’t hope to ignore. Indeed, Shih’s belief is that the demand for low-cost PCs will continue, and that anyone not serving that market will be left in a very difficult position indeed.

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Dell Shows off Keyboardless, Monitorless PC

January 18, 2010

Dell has shown off a concept PC that it calls the “Dell Froot,” boasting no keyboard and no monitor, working from projection instead.

UberGizmo is carrying word of the device, which won Pauline Carlos first place in Dells’ sustainable design competition. As you should be able to see from the above image, it’s a relatively simple design, boasting large projector towards the back and a smaller in front. The former throws an image against a wall in a similar fashion to a standard display, while the latter throws a keyboard down onto the desk, allowing users to type directly onto the surface of their table.

It’s a lovely concept, and one we’re curious to see more of. Perhaps most interesting about it all though isn’t anything to do with the usability, but the construction. The Froot would be built using a “biodegradable starch-based polymer,” which very well fits the theme of Dell’s sustainable design competition.

Of course, the biggest issue with the Froot is that it’s quite close to Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense arrangement, though less portable. The major difference being that Sixth Sense is wearable and boasts a similar projection arrangement, but allows users to interact directly with various objects through the device, rather than using it as a standard PC.

Admittedly, it seems relatively unlikely that Sixth Sense will be anywhere near as environmentally friendly as Dell’s Froot, but for anyone who hasn’t already seen the 13ish minute presentation on it, it’s well worth a look. It’s among the most jaw dropping pieces of video we’ve yet seen, and frankly it manages to cast a shadow across Dell’s concept PC.

PC Game Sales ‘All Digital by 2011′?

January 15, 2010

It seems that the plight of those forced to go to the back corner of most gaming stores to find some decent PC titles has been recognised by those in industry at last. In response to this problem, 1C Company – the leading publisher and distributor of computer games in Eastern and Central Europe – has predicted that by early next year, “PC games will be sold completely via digital”.

Will all PC titles – such as Alien Shooter – be sold via digital this time next year?

Making the noise for 1C was their international publishing director, Darryl Still, and he lays the blame for this course of action at the feet of retailers whose handling of PC games have been more than a little disappointing for those in the industry. “Retail,” he said, “is forcing PC games out.”

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Analysts Predict Rising PC Prices

January 15, 2010

The general rule on hardware is that it gets cheaper as you go, and for the last six years or so, that’s always been the case. Now though, new research indicates that we could see PC prices rise again this year.

Rising disk prices could drive PC prices higher still

According to research from Gartner, one of the biggest reasons for this will be the rising cost of memory. Due to increased demand for flash memory in mobile devices (let’s not forget the vast and quickly growing smartphone market), memory has been something that’s already seen price hikes in recent months, and that’s a trend that looks set to continue if the folks at Gartner are to be believed.

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Squeeze it, Roll it, Throw it

January 14, 2010

Squeezing your mouse may sound like a euphemism for something, but this week members of the Entertainment Computing Laboratory at Japan’s Tsukuba University began to demonstrate the advantages of their new mouse prototype.

The harder you squeeze the more you get… careful now

The Puyocon is the fruit of their labour and you can watch it in action here. Essentially, as CrunchGear.com put it, this wants to be for PCs what the Wiimote became for game consoles.

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