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For those who are unaware, as the name might suggest, overclocking involves increasing the clock speed (running speed) of your processor to make it operate faster. This has the effect of increasing the power of your computer, sometimes quite considerably, and for free. All you need is some time to digest the ideas and some more time to put them into practice.

This guide aims to introduce you to the basic ideas and knowledge that are needed to start overclocking your processor.

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Building personal computers has been a hit trend for many years now, but what is actually making this crazed bunch get all geared up and stuck in themselves?
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It has been well over two years now since Microsoft’s bold new square-centric foray into the world of smartphones was unveiled in the form of Windows Phone 7, and the accompanying Metro UI. Both operating system and UI were well-received, but their long term success was met with scepticism in the face of the titans of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Today, we’ve seen the rough start for Windows Phone blossom into a serious mobile competitor for iOS and Android, one that is continuing to thrive and grow as the two tech titans thrash and brawl; We’ve seen the quadratic-laden Metro UI sneak its way onto the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s own Zune MP3 player software for Windows PC’s, and now onto the next iteration of Microsoft’s Windows PC operating system.

In the wake of the impending release of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, which should prove to be a make-or-break launch for Microsoft in terms of both its grip on the market and impression on the mobile space, we’ve seen the lead players in the tech world step forward with their eager contributions to the oncoming pair of OS’s, and I’m here to take a look at the most intriguing of the bunch.

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CPU Z: The Best Way To Keep An Eye On Everything!

Monitoring all the hardware in your computer can be an almighty task. Forgetting what your actual specs are is quite easy – not everyone memorizes that information. But knowing this information is vital, specially when something breaks. Luckily, CPU Z is an app which can help you achieve this task quick and easy.

CPU Z is a free application for your Windows desktop which allows you to view all the specific hardware inside your computer. As it shows all the key information and statistics, you’ll never need to dig out hardware boxes ever again. Read on to see what CPU Z is capable of!

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Ahh. Multi monitors. You either get them or you don’t. I confess I didn’t get them till I actually got to use them in a real world scenario. Your IDE on one monitor and the browser or debugger on the other? Or research material on one monitor and an empty WordPress post page on the other? Pure bliss!

This week I’d like to know how many monitors you have on your desk, both at work and at home. Has a multi-display setup improved your efficiency? Laptop users, do you dock your laptop with an external display? I’d love to hear from you!

So vote away and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

To the average denizen of the 21st century, the smartphone has become to say the least, the essential accessory. Whether you’re in need of checking emails, snapping impulse photographs, playing a questionably riveting round of Angry Birds, or I dare say make a call, your trusty touch-screen is the place to go.

Of course it’s no secret that the the mobile phone was not always this glorious; back in the day the only real portable telephone you could get your hands on was the size of a brick and weighed – just as much. Even then, you would be restricted to the then-revered practice of just making a call. Of course times have changed, and we now live in an age of all sorts of pocket-size wonder. In this, there are many parallels to the ways that other technologies have matured and branched, and this is what I intend to look into.

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It has been well over a year since the very first crop of Windows Phone 7 devices were let loose upon the smartphone world; featuring models from HTC, Samsung and Dell, amongst others. Whilst these devices made a good first impression, I could not help but feel that they were lacking in any distinctions that would truly do the platform justice. Instead, they seemed to give the image of being Android devices in disguise.

Thankfully, a new brigade of handsets has come charging over the hill to set the record straight, with the HTC Titan being undoubtedly the most head-turning of these. I dare say head-turning would be an understatement, as the Titan is certainly not a device to be taken lightly.

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Video games have become, to say the very least, the pastime of choice in the 21st century. The affordability and flexibility offered by games consoles has put one in almost any home with a television, whilst smartphone gaming has given the once-niche device category a whole new dominion.

Among this wave of mainstream gaming choices, it’s easy to neglect the PC gaming scene. The platform was once king of the jungle for the reason that back in the day, the only household device powerful enough to play any sort of game was your home computer. Indeed, timeless classics such as Elite and Worms are a reminder of the golden era that the PC used to reign over. For better and for worse, times have now changed, and PC gaming has begun to slide into obscurity.

However, the platform may have an ace up its sleeve.

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