Origin PC is one of the few boutique PC makers we've come to count on for solid, if expensive, gaming systems over the past few years. But those 15- and 17-inch models have been huge, even for midsize and desktop replacement systems, with big, bulky bodies that required a padded backpack to carry around even semicomfortably. Now the company has announced a rare 13-inch gaming laptop, called the Eon13-S, which promises great gaming in a much more portable package.
If you liked the brushed-metal look and feel of Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook laptop, but weren't as hot on the $1,699 and up price, the new Satellite E55 and E45t may be for you.
These just-introduced new laptops from Toshiba's mainstream line take some of the premium styling of the very expensive Kirabook, launched in May 2013, and translate it into a much more affordable package.
In fact, looking at these systems from the top of the lid, they look almost exactly like Toshiba's highest-end laptop. Only once you get up close can you that they'… Read more
Hewlett-Packard unintentionally pioneered the ultra-cheap tablet when it fire-sold the TouchPad for $99 back in the summer of 2011. HP may be ready to do it again.
HP will launch a $99 tablet in cooperation with Wal-Mart in time for the back-to-school shopping, Digitimes reported Wednesday, citing Asia-based suppliers.
Here's what the Taipei-based publication said.The US$99 tablet is manufactured by China-based BYD and is the second tablet that HP has outsourced to the China-based maker. The device adopts a 7-inch touch panel and Intel's Medfield-based single-core processor.
If true, it's plausible that HP could hit … Read more
There have been several nights in my life when I've looked up at the night sky, seen gaggles of what people told me were birds and thought: "Wait, those are killer alien mustaches."
I am delighted, therefore, that the wise minds at Intel and Toshiba have come together to bring digital life to my fears.
For they are launching an interactive social film -- which is, I believe a film in which you can scare yourself as well as your social network -- called "The Power Inside."
The conceit of this oeuvre is, oh, you won't believe me. Let me quote Intel's own fair hands: "The film's plot follows an alien invasion by a race of extraterrestrial mustaches and unibrows who take over the upper lips and eyes of people around the world."… Read more
Intel will continue to cut the power consumption of Core-branded chips to get its mainstream silicon into thinner and thinner devices.
The chip giant said today that it will shave the power envelope of its 4th Gen Core processor, aka "Haswell," down to a rating of 4.5 watts. Intel calls this yardstick Scenario Design Power (SDP).
Intel previously had disclosed at Computex in June that the lowest Scenario Design Power rating for Haswell would be 6 watts. This indicates that it has made progress in ratcheting down the power consumption even more.
"It's the first … Read more
Intel announced earnings Wednesday that were in line with expectations, but the chipmaker is facing a daunting future as mobile devices further erode the PC business and its Atom chip vies for customers.
"With its new, low-end Atom processor, Bay Trail, the company is gaining traction in cheap notebooks and tablets, but we believe this is at the expense of higher-end core processors," said Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard. "Intel is late to the smartphone market and we believe high-end smartphone sales are starting to roll over. Intel is far behind its competitors in terms of cost … Read more
Intel is going to double down on its Atom processors for mobile products, leading to more low-cost laptops, the company's CEO said during Intel's second-quarter earnings conference call on Wednesday.
Intel will make mobile Atom chips an equal partner with its mainstream PC processors and will push Atom into sub-$300 laptops and convertibles and $150 tablets, said new CEO Brian Krzanich.
"We're putting much, much [more] effort on Atom," he said.
The first major new Atom product to launch under Krzanich will be "Bay Trail" -- a completely redesigned Atom that gets … Read more
Now it's time to see how all of those changes affected the balance sheet.
The chipmaker reported a second-quarter net income of $2 billion with earnings of 40 cents per share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were 39 cents per share on a revenue of $12.8 billion.
Wall Street was looking for earnings of 39 cents per share on a revenue of $12.9 billion.
Intel has acquired an Israel-based gesture-recognition company.
The chip giant paid $40 million for Omek Interactive, Geektime reported on Tuesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the agreement. Omek Interactive was reportedly in the crosshairs of both Samsung and Qualcomm, but it was Intel that snagged the firm.
Omek Interactive provides gesture-recognition technology for a wide array of products, including electronics, cars, video games, and casinos. The company's technology uses a sensor to determine a person's movements and then integrates that data into a target program. The technology works at long distances, similar to the way … Read more
In 2012, Acer became the first Windows PC maker to embrace Thunderbolt, Intel's super-fast communication technology. But that enthusiasm didn't carry past mid-2013.
The utility and ubiquity of performance improvements of USB, combined with Thunderbolt's high cost, led Acer to drop the port from its machines last week.
"We're really focusing on USB 3.0 -- it's an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt," Acer spokeswoman Ruth Rosene said. "It's less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth, charging for devices such as mobile phones, and has a large installed base of accessories and peripherals," … Read more