As the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, just make ‘em bigger.” Oh, that’s not the old saying? Somebody needs to tell Toshiba, who has just announced a new line of Android 4.0-based Excite tablets in a trio of sizes, including a massive 13.3 inches.
I had an interesting conversation the other day that might interest you--one that will certainly interest Intel, the maker of the chips that power your iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, and Mac mini. Lucian Shifren of SuVolta told me about a new type of transistor that his company has introduced. While the deep-geek details on the low-power, low-cost chips that can be built from it are fascinating, one non-techy thing he said stuck in my mind: “The market’s now moving to a point where you’re really going to be driven by the $10 chip and not the $200 chip.”
It's the Halloween weekend and while some people we know will be out waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we'll be inside gaming our scared little butts off, shooting zombies and trying to escape the minions of evil. And we'll be sitting down with a nice cup of steaming hot apple cider because this week was full of hot Apple stories. And there was tons of scoring hot game news this week. See ya on the flipside.
An AMD-led team has set a new Guinness World Record for the “Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor” by cranking up a soon-to-be-released chip to 8.429GHz. Pause for a nanosecond to let that number sink in: that’s eight billion, four hundred twenty-nine million cycles per second.
What is it about guys? Give them something fast and their immediate impulse is to make it faster.
Chalk one up for the rumor mill yet again: As widely predicted over the last week or so, Apple has slipped a few stealth updates into the MacBook Pro line, including upgraded processors, graphics and storage updates. Here’s a look at what’s news.
On November 15, pause to raise a pint to the 40th birthday of the original microprocessor. On that day in 1971, Electronic News carried an ad for the Intel 4004, the precursor of all processors, including the ones running your Mac and your iPhone -- and, for that matter, your car and your coffeemaker.
Given that the iPad 2 was released earlier this year with a newer A5 processor, it probably won’t come as a surprise if and when Apple announces a similar move for the next iPhone -- and judging from a recent leaked photo of an unassembled handset, that’s just about exactly what you should expect.
Recent benchmarks of five smartphone models and two tablets reveal some interesting stats -- while the current iPhone 4 ranks at the bottom when compared to newer Android handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S 2, Apple’s iPad 2 is the clear winner when it comes to mobile devices.
If you’re Apple Inc. and you’re unhappy with how much power your notebook processors are using, what can you do about it? Apparently, threaten to cut off your supplier and move on, which is exactly what Cupertino did with Intel -- but don’t worry, they’re not going anywhere (for now).
Apple has been on quite a tear lately, introducing Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports across (almost) all of its computers, including the newly refreshed 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models introduced last week. But is it the computer of your dreams? We examined the specs against the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro to find out.