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Since their launch in 2011, Google Chromebooks have gained a reputation for being pretty barebones, packing in little more than the required amount of performance to get someone through their everyday tasks without much frustration. But, that impression of "barebones" changed a bit this past summer, when Acer released the first Core i3-equipped Chromebook: the C720.The fact that a Chromebook now featured a true Intel notebook processor was impressive, but perhaps more so was the simple fact that Intel was beginning to show a bit of a commitment to the platform. Over the past couple of years, the company has been pushing into the Android space more... Read more...
At CES this past January, Intel talked more about wearables than anything else. It became immediately clear that the company was done playing games, and didn't want to fall behind in such a lucrative market. To help give its progress in the wearable game a massive boost, the company announced at that time a competition, 'Make It Wearable', allowing anyone to submit their Intel Edison-based concept and hope to score a big prize. Initially, Intel was hit with 500 entries, which eventually became 40. At that point, even Intel CEO Brian Krzanich pored over those 40 to help whittle them down to 10. It goes without saying, but within that final ten was some serious competition. Ultimately, the team... Read more...
It has become clear that Intel didn't want to waste much time before following-up on its initial Core M lineup, because despite those first chips dropping just a couple of months ago, the company has added 4 more to its roster. Like the launch chips, these four are dual-core designs that support HyperThreading to enable an effective four threads for processing. Also like those earlier chips, these are spec'd with a TDP of 4.5W. Given these similarities, what's actually new about these chips? For starters, these new chips are generally faster than the launch models, with a new top-end SKU called the M-5Y71. This chip has a base clock speed of 1.2GHz, but is burstable through Turbo up to 2.9GHz.... Read more...
Intel-owned Basis has just unveiled a brand-new smartwatch, and while I'd understand it if you didn't get too excited based on that fact alone, this model does seem to have what it takes to stand out of the crowd. Called Peak, this high-quality smartwatch features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen face and an anodized aluminum body that comes in either matte black or brushed silver. Overall, it looks pretty sharp. What makes the Peak really interesting though isn't what you see, but what you don't see. For starters, it has a faster processor than the B1 Band, which most notably is able to improve the built-in heart rate monitor. According to Re/code, Basis claims that Peak should be accurate enough... Read more...
There are very few products that have genuinely made me go "wow", but I can safely add the Nixie drone camera to that modest list. Over the past couple of years, drones have become popular enough to the point where a new release doesn't excite most people. But Nixie is different. It's a drone that you wear, like a bracelet. Whenever you want to let it soar, you give it a command to unwrap, power-up, and let it go... From the consumer standpoint, the most popular use for drones is to capture some amazing footage. But what if you want to be in that footage? That's where Nixie comes in. After "setting your camera free", the drone soars around you, keeping you in its frame. Unfortunately, my Nixie... Read more...
It's no secret that the past few years in mobile have been rough for Intel, largely due to the fact that ARM has proven itself to be an intense competitor. When smartphones exploded years ago, and tablets later on, it was ARM that dominated the landscape, and today, nothing has changed. ARM has even found itself in some ultra-portables, with the NVIDIA Tegra 2-based ASUS Transformer TF101 being one of the first. Clearly, Intel hasn't been pleased with this, and while its releases in recent years haven't given us the hope that the company would soon find itself in a lot more ultra-portable mobile devices, Core M changes that outlook completely, at least for me. In many different ways, the artist... Read more...
When Intel announced its development of a "Smart Bracelet" and other digital lifestyle products at January's CES, there were many reasons to be impressed. In a way, it seemed kind of odd that Intel took as long as it did to make such a reveal, but the fact that it was going to be bringing its own products and technologies to the market meant that there'd be more serious competition, and that of course is a very good thing. It's always difficult to predict when a product announced at CES will become a reality, but as it now appears, that seems to be about eight months where the smart bracelet is concerned. Intel's Brian Krzanich unveiling his company's digital lifestyle products at CES That's... Read more...
With the launch of Intel's Haswell-E processors and X99 chipset right around the corner, everyone aside from Intel itself has been previewing products that complement the platform. Most notably, this involves motherboard and memory manufacturers, with some choosing to remain mum in advance of the launch, with others happy to talk about what's en route. G.SKILL is the latest to jump on the early-preview bandwagon, and in doing so reveals seven different sets of DDR4 RAM it'll be selling. As Haswell-E and X99 in general target the enthusiast market, and features the use of a quad-channel memory controller (like X79 did), G.SKILL is going to be initially selling kits that include only 4 or 8 DIMMs.... Read more...
Intel might not be the first vendor name to come to mind when the subject of DirectX 12 is brought up, but at the ongoing SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, the company wants us to know that it's very much in the game. Making use of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, which is thermally-controlled to mimic 10 - 15 minutes of gametime, DX 11 to DX 12 gains are demonstrated - and the results are downright impressive. Intel's demo is an asteroid field, which it says involves a total of 50,000 fully unique asteroids. In DirectX 11 mode, the demo peaks at 19 FPS. With the hit of a button, DirectX 12 mode is enabled, boosting performance to 33 FPS. Here's the DirectX 11 screenshot: And here's the boost... Read more...
Applied Micro is betting big on microserver use in the HPC market, and to help things along, it's just begun shipping its new X-Gene processors, based on ARM's v8 64-bit architecture. In late June, the firm revealed a number of partners that would be shipping servers with its X-Gene chip inside, and one similarity amongst them all is that they also bundle in NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. It's no secret that ARM's v8 architecture isn't as full-featured as Intel's, with its Xeon chips, but in some cases, that might be just fine. For the hardcore data-handling, the GPU could step in. On Tuesday, Applied Micro missed expectations on Wall Street, but noted that the next couple of quarters are going... Read more...
It might "just" be a Pentium, but I consider the G3258 "Anniversary Edition" to be one of the most interesting chips Intel's released in a while. It's a well-known fact that enthusiasts love ekeing as much performance out of their parts as possible, and there's just something about doing that to a sub-$100 part that can be seriously exciting. It's like buying a modest car and turning it into one that "wows" people. While the G3258 has overclockers right in its sights, that doesn't mean that those who don't like manual overclocking can't benefit. For them, GIGABYTE's updated EasyTune, now shipping with a profile for this chip, can help. As hinted by this screenshot, it looks like GIGABYTE would... Read more...
ASUS recently refreshed its 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 tablet with Intel’s new Atom Z3745 Bay Trail-based processor. Having overcome its rocky start, the latest generation of Atom processors is building a reputation for power efficiency and computational chops. Despite its early days in ill-fated netbooks, today's Atom looks to be a good fit for tablets and smartphones and sports new-found graphics horsepower that is up to the task for these types of devices. We checked out the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176C, which comes in at a relatively affordable $149.99, in light of competing tablets in this category... ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside... Read more...
ASUS recently refreshed its 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 tablet with Intel’s new Atom Z3745 Bay Trail-based processor. Having overcome its rocky start, the latest generation of Atom processors is building a reputation for power efficiency and computational chops. Despite its early days in ill-fated netbooks, today's Atom looks to be a good fit for tablets and smartphones and sports new-found graphics horsepower that is up to the task for these types of devices. We checked out the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176C, which comes in at a relatively affordable $149.99, in light of competing tablets in this category. ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176C Specifications & Features  OS:  Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)  Processor:... Read more...
Sometimes, it's just better to build something yourself - even microprocessors. That's something that Russia proved this week as it was announced that the government would be funding a project to build a custom CPU, codenamed Baikal. The deal is worth "dozens of millions" of dollars, and supercomputer designer T-Platforms will be the firm to head-up development. Like every other country on earth, Russia wants to keep its secrets and internal information secret and internal. As such, it feels that it can't trust American-built processors, eg: Those made by Intel and AMD. Given the fact that it's been heavily rumored that the NSA has worked with both of those companies in the past, and also that... Read more...
Last spring, we talked about "Beacon Mountain", Intel's pre-packaged Android development environment that caters to developing around both Intel and ARM architectures. We haven't heard too much about Beacon Mountain since, but as we can now see, Intel had even greater plans for it; it's been swallowed-up into Intel's INDE, or "Integrated Native Developer Experience". While its name comes awfully close to "indie", Intel's latest development suite targets developers of all stripes. Unlike Beacon Mountain, which focused entirely on Android, INDE introduces Windows support. At the moment, developing with INDE requires Windows, but following in the footsteps of Beacon Mountain, OS X and Linux support... Read more...
Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much better it is (or isn't) versus a mainstream PC. But how great is the experience, really? The answer needs to be darn near perfection, because – let’s face it – a midrange gaming desktop is going to give you a pretty solid gaming experience (and look good doing it) without inflicting nearly the same damage to your wallet. Though the phrase... Read more...
Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much better it is (or isn't) versus a mainstream PC. But how great is the experience, really?  The answer needs to be darn near perfection, because – let’s face it – a midrange gaming desktop is going to give you a pretty solid gaming experience (and look good doing it) without inflicting nearly the same damage to... Read more...
Dell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue 8 Pro has been getting a fair share of attention. We checked out both models to see how they compare to each other and their competition... Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android... Read more...
Dell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue 8 Pro has been getting a fair share of attention. We checked out both models to see how they compare to each other and their competition. The Dell Venue 8, with Android 4.2.2. Side-by-side, the tablets look similar, but the two are very different beasts, as you’d guess from the price tags: the Venue 8 (Android) sells for $179.99, while the Venue 8 Pro... Read more...
Intel may be looking to rid itself of certain technologies related to its ill-fated OnCue television efforts, but that's not stopping it from writing checks in the other direction. The company has just inked an agreement to "acquire certain assets of the wireless infrastructure division of Mindspeed Technologies." It'll be acquiring the companies IP and talent, and while details remain scarce, Intel has stated that the new team members will help to "transform wireless access within mobile network infrastructure." Here's a bit from Intel on how Mindspeed will be assisting the mothership: "Intel-based platforms today deliver three of four key processing workloads: application processing, control... Read more...
When Dell first began offering Ubuntu-flavored notebooks, it was unclear whether or not it was a venture that the PC builder would stick with. Admittedly, it seemed at first that Dell was just testing the waters, to see if the supposed demand was real. To date, the company hasn't littered its lineup with such offerings, and it's especially weak in the mainstream consumer side, but things have certainly gotten better since the initial release. Where you'll have your best luck of scoring a nice Ubuntu-powered Dell notebook is on the business side, with the Latitude series. Or, if your goal is great performance in a small form-factor, there's been an XPS model available as well, dubbed "XPS 13 Developer... Read more...
If you're Intel, great news abounds. While the holiday quarter always tends to be positive for the chip giant, Q3 is one of those mysteries. This year, however, Wall Street is apt to be pleased with what the company accomplished. Intel reported third-quarter earnings this week, posting strong revenue of $13.5 billion alongside net income of $3 billion. All told, total revenue was up 5% sequentially, but flat year-over-year. That said, the Data Center Group saw record revenue of $2.9 billion, a rise of 12% compared to Q3 of last year. This quarter also saw the launch of 4th-gen Core products, not to mention over forty 22nm products for ultra-mobile products, networking, storage, and server market... Read more...
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