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If you needed concrete proof that we should all be amazed at just how quickly things change in the technology world, look no further. In 2009, Intel proudly boasted that it would spend around $7 billion to build a massive fabrication facility in Arizona. In the years since, the PC market has essentially been told that it's dying (and soon), and chip makers such as Intel face little choice but to either revert to the mobile bandwagon or create some sort of additional revenue driver given that laptop and desktop sales are going to slowly decline for the foreseeable future. The "Fab 42" facility, which was constructed in Chandler, Arizona, is now going to "remain closed while other factories at... Read more...
CyberPowerPC is one of the boutique gaming PC builders that brought many interesting offerings to CES this year, and we got an up-close-and-in-person look at the bounty in the company’s hotel suite earlier this week. CyberPower's compact Zeus Mini gaming rigs aren’t perhaps as aesthetically sizzling at first glance as some other systems they showed, with a simple black rectangular box, some lights and colorful grills that pop a little bit, but CyberPowerPC looks to have done a good job laying out the guts of the machines--which is no small task with small form factor chassis. L: Zeus Mini; R: Steam Machine You can see the radiator for the liquid cooler in there, nestled with the ODD,... Read more...
When it comes to CES, there are huge shoes to fill. With Microsoft out of the mix as a major keynote player, other mainstays are being left to fill in the gaps. Intel has always played something of a role at the show, but this year it may make even more waves than usual. According to a new report at Re/code, CEO Brian Krzanich could be on the verge of announcing Intel’s plans for a play in wearables. Of course, “smart” devices that put the internet into every nook and dark corner of your life will no doubt be on display at CES — likely in full force, really — but Intel has to figure out a way to innovate in a world where desktop and laptop usage is declining. Krzanich... Read more...
ASUS is teasing us. The company posted a couple of teaser videos hinting at new products that it will unveil at CES 2014 in early January, and although the videos reveal very little, they do provide some telling hints. In the first video, the Statue of Liberty is holding up two fingers and ends up holding two tablets that switch colors from green to blue, with the tagline “Green or Blue? One or Two?”. It’s likely that this is pointing to Android/Windows dual-boot devices that offer more than one form factor configuration, such as a tablet that docks into a keyboard. The second video shows colorful balls falling from the sky that have numbers printed on them--4, 5, and 6. The... Read more...
Google would be foolish not to release another Nexus 7 tablet in 2014, so let's go ahead and assume the Mountain View company will keep the good times rolling with yet another winning product sometime next year. That still gives us plenty to speculate about, such as whether or not ASUS will once again build the device for Google, and what System-on-Chip will be found inside. The latest web chatter suggests that the next Nexus 7 model will sport an Intel processor. Specifically, the 2014 model Nexus 7 is likely to wield a Bay Trail chip such as the Z3740 or Z3770. One thing Google wouldn't have to worry about is Asus' ability to implement the hardware, as it already has experience working with... Read more...
In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 topped the list, boasting 100% “Legitimate Accuracy” and 99% “Total Accuracy”, while ESET Smart Security 7 wasn’t far behind with 100% and 98% respectively, and third place went to Norton Internet Security with 97% and 97%. Bringing up the rear in ugly fashion was Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee Internet Security. Microsoft’s... Read more...
Levi Strauss & Co. may have secured naming rights the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium (aka “The Field Of Jeans”) by forking over something on the order of $220 million smackers, but Intel will be inside, as it were. The company announced today that it will be the stadium’s “preferred technology partner”, bringing loads of technological solutions and fan-facing features starting in 2014. Intel will also get naming and branding rights for the Northwest Plaza pedestrian area, which will be renamed “Intel Plaza”. Artist rendering of Intel Plaza (Credit: Intel) Intel solutions will include in-stadium client, server, embedded, and even security technology,... Read more...
Have you ever done a secret gift exchange and had a fantasy that your secret Santa would be a billionaire and shower you with gifts? One Reddit user who participated in a massive Reddit Secret Santa 2013 gift exchange knows how that feels. Well, sort of. Reddit user Rachel (NY1227)’s secret Santa was none other than Bill Gates. Being that the exchange was supposed to be secret, she didn’t realize the kindly “Bill” who gave her a little stuffed cow, a donation in her name to Heifer International, and the National Geographic book Journeys of a Lifetime was the billionaire tech mogul and philanthropist until she found the photo he included of himself holding the cow and a... Read more...
Google may be redefining the scope of “soup to nuts”. The company continually adds new lines of products and services, and now Google is reportedly considering getting into the server chip-designing business, too. The source is simply a “person with knowledge of the matter” that told Bloomberg that Google may design server chips using ARM-based technology. This would be a threat to Intel, which makes a good bit of money in the server market, and Google is a huge buyer. Image credit: Google Bloomberg says that Google is Intel’s fifth-largest customer and accounts for around 4.3% of the chipmaker’s revenue. Google declined to comment beyond noting that the company... Read more...
Rumors continue to spill out into the Internet ahead of AMD's next-generation Kaveri launch regarding the CPU's overall performance, capabilities, and architecture. It appears AMD is upping the ante with this CPU in several ways, including a gaming bundle that will include Battlefield 4 with the highest-end A10 APUs. This deal, however, may come with a higher price tag. The new leaked prices on AMD's A10-7850K and A10-7700K point to a $189 - $167 debut price. The current top-end core from AMD is the A10-6800K, which runs $139 retail. AMD is comparing its new APUs against Intel's Core i5-4670K, which currently retails for $239. The 4670K is a quad-core chip without Hyper-Threading, and its integrated... Read more...
If you haven't been to Applebee's in awhile, you should stop in and order the steak fajitas (tell Jessica "Hi" for me if you happen to be in the Portage, MI area when you decide to go) -- they're delicious. As a fan of technology, I'll soon have another reason to stop by my local Applebee's restaurant. DineEquity, franchisor of Applebee's and IHOP, announced plans to install 100,000 Intel Atom-powered E la Carte Presto tablets on every table and multiple bar positions at more than 1,800 Applebee's restaurants in the U.S. by the end of next year. Applebee's has been testing the use of tablets for almost two years now. The initiative is designed, in part, to speed up checkout by allowing patrons... Read more...
Remember the peak of the megapixel war, where every single camera manufacturer was popping out a new point-and-shoot model with a slightly higher MP rating? It feels like we may be entering a similar leapfrog battle in the silicon world, as the race to produce chips with "more cores than the other guys" hits full stride. Though more cores generally make a meaningful difference in performance in multi-threaded workloads, more pixels don't always result in higher quality imaging if optics aren't up to par. At any rate, a new report suggests that Intel's latest project internally involves a massively packed 15-core Ivytown chip. The high-end processor will ship first to customers in the enterprise... Read more...
A leaked Intel roadmap for solid state technology suggests the company is pushing ahead with its plans to introduce new high-end drives based on cutting-edge NAND flash. It's significant for Intel to be adopting 20nm NAND in its highest-end data center products, because of the challenges smaller NAND nodes present in terms of data retention and reliability. Intel introduced 20nm NAND lower in the product stack over a year ago, but apparently has waited till now to bring 20nm to the highest end.  Next year, Intel will debut three new drive families -- the SSD Pro 2500 Series (codenamed Temple Star), the DC P3500 Series (Pleasantdale) and the DC P3700 Series (Fultondale). The Temple Star family... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, has a vested interest in seeing the hybrid PC model thrive. By "hybrid" we mean 2-in-1 PCs that function as both a full-fledged notebook and a tablet, in theory offering users the best of both worlds (check out our review of the Asus Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid for a recent example). While Intel doesn't have much of a foothold in the dedicated tablet market -- it's largely an ARM-based landscape -- the chip maker has a much larger presence in the hybrid PC category. It's no wonder, then, that Intel is hoping 2-in-1 PCs sell like hotcakes throughout this holiday weekend. In a short news blurb, Intel cited a column in Information Week... Read more...
You know malware is a steadily growing problem, but if you aren’t tuned into the cyber security industry, you might not know just how fast the threat is exploding. Hackers are taking computers hostage, stealing credit card data at ever-increasing rates, and spammers are winning the email war. McAfee released a new report that documents trending malware problems and shines a light on Deep Web, the underbelly of the Internet. The browser remains a top entry point for cyber attackers. Image credit: McAfee It’s been a banner year for malware. Rootkits are a major problem, as are the autorun viruses that sit on USB drives, waiting for someone to plug the drive into a new PC. As McAfee... Read more...
As it turns out, disrupting the television market is pretty difficult. Apple, despite admitting that the TV business is one of intense interest, hasn't been able to crack the nut that would meld online and pay-TV content in a way that's dramatically different and better than the mishmash we have today. Earlier this year, Intel seemed to believe that it was on the way to accomplishing that goal, but now, things aren't looking so rosy. The service was to be called OnCue, and it was supposedly going to revamp the television experience by using an IPTV approach that brought pay-TV channels to the small screen via an Internet connection. Ambitions were real, but so were the hurdles. Content companies... Read more...
Intel is inside many computers, but the company wants to be inside retail locations, too. The company produced a video outlining its efforts to prop up Intel Experience Stores, the first of which will open in Nolita, New York at 10am on November 23rd. The whole venture sounds intriguing, if somewhat odd. Clearly, the CPU maker wants to push its brand presence and get people seeing its wares in person and spending hands-on time with its technology, but it appears as though Intel is looking to do more with the stores. Artist rendering The Intel Experience stores will also be designed as a sort of tech-based (and Intel-branded) community center, replete with free-to-attend events designed for kids... Read more...
Intel has a sharp focus on the education sector as of late, whether you consider their program supporting universities and higher education with their Arduino-compatible Galileo development board for the new Quark X1000 SoC, their 7 and 10-inch Education Tablet initiative, or their latest acquisition of Kno, an education software start-up that claims they're "on a mission to Change The Way Students Learn." Adding over 225,000 higher education and K- 12 titles and content with 75 educational publishers to their portfolio, Intel sees technology in the classroom as a critical new frontier; and it makes perfect sense. Kno Dual Screen Education Tablet, Hardware Previously Licensed by Intel Apple has... Read more...
It has been a while since I personally have setup a bench, rolled up my sleeves and built a test system with top-shelf components, a fresh OS install and some overclocking mojo. However, Intel's recent release of Ivy Bridge-E gave us a hankering to do just that. We've been testing a lot of tablets, smartphones and Ultrabooks but there's a satisfaction with building a high performance system from the ground up, that you just don't get from pre-built devices... EVGA recently took the wraps off a new high-end X79 motherboard dubbed the X79 Dark and its black PCB with red accents, as it turned out, matched quite nicely with Corsair's Vengeance Pro series memory and H90 water cooler. But we needed... Read more...
Pretty soon, you won't be able to walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without tripping over half a dozen Internet connected devices. Perhaps that's already the case for some of you. If not, just give it some time. Phones (smartphones), eye glasses (Google Glass), and cameras are just the beginning; one day your microwave will dial up a website so it knows how long to reheat your leftovers. This is what's called the "Internet of Things," where everything is connected. Enter Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company. Intel obviously has a vested interest in smart devices, and to ensure it remains at the cutting edge of this emerging trend, the Santa Clara chip maker created a new "Internet... Read more...
A few weeks back we gave you a first-hand look at the performance of Intel's new low power Bay Trail Atom System-On-A-Chip for tablets and hybrid devices. Bay Trail, the follow-on to Intel's Clover Trail Atom design, comes in both dual and quad-core variants and offers better overall performance-per-watt than the previous generation and a significantly most robust graphics engine.  At the time, we only got our hands on a few prototype devices and Intel was still tuning drivers getting the solution ready for prime time. This week, however, the Windows 8.1 and Intel Bay Trail onslaught begins as both Microsoft, with its Surface line-up, and various OEMs release their products to market comfortably... Read more...
Lenovo announced a new Windows 8.1 tablet to its lineup with the Miix2, an 8-inch device that comes with an optional cover and a stylus. The successor to the Lenovo Miix, the Mixx2 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, with all that entails, and it boasts some impressive specs, too. The device rocks a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T with integrated Intel HD graphics (Gen7) with a 10-point multitouch (1280x800) IPS display, and it includes up to 128GB of eMMC storage (with a microSD slot for another 32GB), 2GB of LP-DDR3 memory, and 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras. For connectivity, the Miix2 features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 3G-GPS3, and Bluetooth 4.0, and battery life is listed as 7 hours. It comes loaded... Read more...
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