Microsoft, with the help of its hardware partners, is making a $1 billion donation to schools in the United States to help them modernize and buy desktop PCs. The PCs in question are under $300 each, and that’s where the help of the company’s hardware partners in the face of Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba is felt most.
Microsoft’s Education CTO Cameron Evans told CNET that because of the donation, he hopes that the children will become loyal Windows fans in the future. However, currently the focus is helping them have access to better technology, which will improve the quality of education. Read more »
If you have an Android phone, you’ve been able to use Google Now for quite some time.
Well now anyone with chrome installed on their computer can enjoy Google Now, as big G just rolled it out for Chrome. Read more »
Over at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Intel has shown its latest beast – the Core i7 Extreme Edition – dubbed Devil’s Canyon. It’s an 8-core 16-thread processor with unlocked cores (allowing easy overclocking), support for the latest DDR4 memory and a better thermal interface.
Intel has also confirmed that its next-generation processors, Broadwell, will feature Iris Pro graphics. Broadwell chipsets will have 14-nanometer processors and will come with unlocked cores. Read more »
After rumors of Sony selling off its VAIO PC division surfaced yesterday, Sony has now gone ahead and made it official. The company will be selling its famous line of personal computers to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) for an undisclosed amount.
According to Sony, this is to bring its focus on what it thinks are now its core businesses: imaging, gaming and mobile, with mobile being the highest priority right now. JIP will soon take over the VAIO business and will begin selling them under the same VAIO brand in Japan and possibly in other regions in future. Sony, meanwhile, will cease all design, planning and development of the PC products along with sales in every market. However, those who currently own VAIO PCs will continue to get aftersales support from the company. Read more »
Apple is celebrating 30 years since the creation of the Mac lineup of computers. Before Apple was synonymous with the iPod, iPad and iPhone Macs were the reason the company survived. Well that and Steve Jobs’ relentlessness.
In honor of the 30th anniversary Apple has created a whole subsection of its website dubbed 30-years which focuses on people whose lives were influenced by the Mac. Various artists, musician Moby, designers and many more, each representing a different year and subsequent Mac device. Read more »
Amid the worst slump in the history of PCs, IBM has come to terms to sell its low-end server business to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo.
The deal will be the largest in Lenovo’s history, amounting to about $2 billion in cash, with the rest coming as Lenovo stock. Read more »
Acer announced today its last quarter financial results and they’ve turned up a lot worse than the company initially expected.
According to the financial report No.4 PC manufacturer based in Taiwan has accumulated $254 million (T$7.6 billion) net loss – twice the predicted $122.66 million (T$3.69 billion). Read more »
Intel has revealed that it’s going to delay the opening of its completed chip facility in Chandler, Arizona. Called simply Fab 42, the facility lacks the robots and infrastructure to actually produce processors.
Instead of investing in Fab 42 right now, Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy has shared the company’s plans to upgrade three of is other factories. The reason behind the decision is that Intel will be able to use the existing equipment that is already present. Read more »
The newest Mac Pro complies with all EU laws and is available for sale in Europe.
In March of 2013, the older Mac Pro had been banned for sale in Europe due to regulation changes.
EU law stipulated that in order for an electronic device to be deemed safe, fan guards were required to cover the exposed fans of the previous Mac Pro model. The electrical ports on the popular desktop computer also required slight changes. Read more »
The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition is a sleek All-in-One PC with a 24-inch FullHD screen. The Book 9 2014 Edition is a spectacular ultrabook, which has a 15.6-inch FullHD screen and which yet weighs only 1.85 kg.
The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition can act as a secure personal cloud server, allowing owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets to store on the computer hard drive photos, movies, music and documents via Samsung Link mobile app. These users also have the option of wirelessly streaming music to the Ativ One 7′s Dolby Home Theater certified stereo 7W speakers via Bluetooth even when the computer is off. Read more »
Toshiba’s Kira Ultrabook has been available in the United States for quite a while now, and the good news for all the fans waiting in the United Kingdom is that the Windows 8.1 ultrabook will finally debut in Britain next month.
The Kira Ultrabook variant hitting the stores of the UK will feature an upgraded Intel Core i7 Haswell processor out of the box to make up for the delay. Read more »
LG has announced new models of Tab-Book 2, Ultra PC and All-in-One (AIO) PC. The devices will be officially unveiled at CES 2014 next year.
The Tab-Book 2 is 11.6-inch tablet with a sliding keyboard underneath the FullHD display. The device runs Windows 8.1 on Intel Core i5 processor. Read more »
Unveiled back in October, the Mac Pro is starting its retail journey from tomorrow, December 19. Apple redesigned the Mac Pro entirely and has packed it with some of the best hardware you can find around.
Packing a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, the new Mac Pro also has dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each. RAM is 12GB, while storage is 256GB of PCIe-based flash memory. This configuration is the cheapest of them all and comes for $2,999. Read more »
LG unveiled the Chromebase – an all-in-one 21” desktop running Google’s feather-light Chrome OS. The device will be showcased next month, during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
The LG Chromebase is powered by Intel’s fourth generation Celeron CPU. Read more »
Apple’s Black Friday has already gone live in Australia, where the Cupertino company is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with the purchases. However, the offers seem to vary from region as the company is offering discounts in place of gift cards in couple of other countries.
Apple’s Black Friday deals are now appearing on the UK, France, Germany and other European Apple websites. The online stores have promotional discounts on the MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and other accessories. Read more »