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Hello Kitty custom case mod is the cutest Sanrio-themed PC

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Acer’s limited edition Hello Kitty laptop has all the kitty-lovers wanting to get themselves a new computer. But, that’s not the only way you can get yourself a Sanrio-themed machine.

Well, at least not for Jennifer Martino, whose husband built her a Hello Kitty computer. Yes, you heard right: He built her a Hello Kitty-themed computer!!

This is the homemade Hello Kitty desktop PC

Even before the limited edition Acer Hello Kitty laptop, Jennifer has been repping our favorite Sanrio character.

Yes, what you see is a functioning computer

Inside a custom Hello Kitty PC case mod!

Red bows and all, it may seem cute and flashy but it’s a hardworking, fully operational machine. The cost is estimated at around US$ 2,200 for components and outsourced custom parts.

But, more importantly, it’s a labor of love <3

Inside a custom Hello Kitty PC!

This PC is not only unique, it has a pretty sweet backstory. Anthony Martino was about to build himself a custom computer when he decided to build one for his wife, instead. Jennifer absolutely loved Hello Kitty and, well, it seemed that Anthony is a pretty sweet guy. After a month of planning and designing, he had this desktop ready for Jennifer.

A GadgetMatch made in heaven!

When asked about Jennifer’s reaction to her new Kitty computer, Anthony said, “She hugs it everyday, LOL.” (Well, I would too, Anthony, LOL)

More Hello Kitty inside a custom Hello Kitty PC case mod!

Anthony, however, claims that this is still a work in progress. He plans to add a few more Hello Kitty finishing touches. Presently, he’s building another custom PC, his own this time — and not Hello Kitty-themed (but also probably pretty awesome, judging by his work here).

Meantime, Jennifer enjoys her custom Hello Kitty GadgetMatch, and the other true match in her life, Anthony. <3

SEE ALSO: Acer Aspire V3 Hello Kitty hands-on: Adorbs!

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch Giveaway: Win an Acer Hello Kitty laptop

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

BUY HERE

Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

BUY HERE

Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

BUY HERE

Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

BUY HERE

The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Microsoft’s new patches may be harming your PC

The Meltdown and Spectre patches are duds!

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The Meltdown drama continues. Days after researchers confirmed the existence of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, big firms like Microsoft and Apple started issuing patches against the bug. Microsoft’s fixes, however, might be doing more harm than good.

Microsoft’s series of patches have been causing issues among those who installed it already. Users are reporting that the patches have caused their PCs to run slower than usual.

Surprisingly, Microsoft themselves have confirmed the reports. A wide range of devices are indeed slowing down because of the patches. The firm has also listed down the affected PCs, as described below.

First, PCs that run Windows 10 on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake show “single-digit” but hardly noticeable slowdowns. Meanwhile, PCs that run Windows 10 on fourth generation or earlier chips will suffer from noticeable slowdown. Finally, those that run Windows 8 or 7 on older chips will be most hit by the performance issues.

The chaos doesn’t even stop there. Some users have even reported that their PCs have stopped booting entirely. In an open thread on Microsoft’s support forums, a user suffering from a bricked PC has been joined by a torrent of users who are suffering from the same issue.

As with the performance issues, Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the unbootable state. This time, they have pinpointed that AMD processors are to blame for the issue, citing a lack of documentation on AMD’s part.

Microsoft has since halted distribution of the erring security patch to AMD processors. Their support team is working to resolve the issue among those already affected by the issue. Meanwhile, Microsoft and AMD developers are working to put out a more stable fix for the Spectre flaw.

Despite the lack of workable fixes for the issue, Microsoft is assuring its users that harmful exploits have not been discovered out in the wild. Not yet, that is.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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