MacBook Pro Update

The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January

November 30th at 1:23 PM

The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January

There’s a long list of head-scratching decisions surrounding the otherwise-excellent new MacBook Pro. One of the strangest is the processor decision. After waiting five years to give us a new Pro, why couldn’t Apple wait a couple more months to get the newest and best processor that Intel has to offer?

We won’t ever have a full answer to that, but very shortly, we will know what we’re missing out on. Reports have suggested that Intel’s much-awaited Kaby Lake laptop processors are set to land at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.

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iMac 2016 Update

Next year’s iMac will have one good thing going for it

November 29th at 5:20 PM

Next year’s iMac will have one good thing going for it

Amidst the flurry of new MacBook Pro updates this autumn, one of Apple’s other old computers was forgotten. With the exception of a new screen, Apple’s iMac has sat unchanged since you did that one InDesign class in college, but it’s still often a go-to choice for desktop computers.

There’s a big, Microsoft-shaped problem for Apple, however. The Surface Studio is a new iMac competitor from Microsoft, and on the surface, it should be a real competitor. It takes all of the key points of the iMac  — stylish design, enough power, thin form factor — and adds touch input, a great stylus, and the ability to bring the screen down to draw. If Apple wants the iMac to do better than runner-up, it will need some tricks for its next iMac refresh.

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Best Laptop 2016

Now is an awful time to buy a new laptop

November 1st at 3:03 PM

Now is an awful time to buy a new laptop

Black Friday is rapidly approaching, Microsoft and Apple have just shown off their laptop collections for the year, and there’s more nighttime in the winter to Netflix in bed. Ordinarily, this would be the perfect time to go get a new laptop. But not in 2016.

See, although Intel announced its new line of Kaby Lake processors back in August, we won’t see a lot of the new processors in laptops until next year. The new processors promise all sorts of improvements over the current Skylake versions, but even if you don’t care about better 4K video playback, you probably do care about saving money. Which is why you should slowly back away from the Amazon cart, set down the 1-click order button, and wait.

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iPhone 7 Plus Cell Speed

There’s two types of iPhone 7 Plus, and one is much faster than the other

October 20th at 5:42 PM

There’s two types of iPhone 7 Plus, and one is much faster than the other

For the first time this year, Apple went with two different providers of cellular modems in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Some phones have Qualcomm modems, the company Apple has worked with for years. The others had Intel modems, marking a real breakthrough for Intel, which has been trying to get its chips into flagship smartphones for years.

Unfortunately, testing is showing that there’s a big difference between the two modems. Although both will work just fine when there’s a good LTE signal, it seems that if you’ve got an Intel modem, your data speed in areas with less-than-ideal coverage may be much slower.

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Intel USB-C

Apple is right to kill the headphone jack, and Intel is an accomplice

August 17th at 12:22 PM

Apple is right to kill the headphone jack, and Intel is an accomplice

At least two Android smartphones already ship without a 3.5mm headphone port, but the only company that’s getting any heat for killing the standard audio jack is Apple. For a product it hasn’t even released yet, mind you. Even Samsung made fun of the iPhone 7’s rumored lack of a regular headphone jack during its Galaxy Note 7 unveiling event. At the time I wrote that Samsung would likely copy the iPhone in this regard, and Samsung may eat those words even sooner than expected. Intel just told everyone that Apple, Motorola and other companies planning to kill the headphone jack are right to do so. More →

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Intel Alloy VR Headset

Intel just made the wireless VR headset I’ve always wanted

August 16th at 1:16 PM

Intel just made the wireless VR headset I’ve always wanted

On stage at the Intel Developer Conference, Intel just unveiled a wireless VR headset. Forget setting up sensors in your office or backpack PCs: this could be the thing that makes VR not dumb.

Project Alloy is an all-in-one VR headset. That means the VR viewer, as well as the computer and sensors are all on board. Unlike the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, which require an external desktop and sensors, there’s nothing to tether yourself to here.

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BMW Self Driving Cars

BMW will mass produce a self-driving car by 2021

July 1st at 3:27 PM

BMW will mass produce a self-driving car by 2021

Tesla and Google aren’t the only companies working towards a future filled with self-driving cars. BMW earlier today boldly announced its plan to begin mass producing a self-driving car by 2021.

As part of its 5-year plan to make autonomous driving a reality, BMW will rely upon camera and sensor technology sourced from Mobileye, the same Israeli company that Tesla currently partners up with for its own self-driving car technology. Also in the mix is Intel who will contribute technology of its own at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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AMD Intel 2016 Laptop Processors

AMD challenges Intel with amazing next-gen laptop processors

June 2nd at 8:00 PM

AMD challenges Intel with amazing next-gen laptop processors

Computex 2016 is the place to be if you want to see a kick-ass battle between computing giants. Intel wasn’t the only company to announce some incredibly fast new silicon at the show, and Intel’s 10-core desktop CPU isn’t the only marvelous thing coming out of Computex. AMD has unveiled a variety of mobile chips that are supposed to be even faster than what Intel has to offer.

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$1,700 Intel Core i7-6950X Gaming Processor

Intel has a crazy-fast 10-core desktop gaming processor that costs more than a MacBook Pro

May 31st at 6:50 AM

Intel has a crazy-fast 10-core desktop gaming processor that costs more than a MacBook Pro

Gamers looking to make the most of their desktops should know that there’s a new monster processor that was just announced by Intel. The Broadwell-E chip has no less than 10 cores ready to go to work for you, but it’ll cost you about as much as a new MacBook Pro. And before you ask, yes, these are consumer chips, which means you’ll be able to buy them and build yourself the ultimate computer gaming rig, right in time for virtual reality. More →

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iPhone 7 3.5mm Jack Intel USB-C

The iPhone 7 might cost you money even if you don’t buy one

April 27th at 8:56 AM

The iPhone 7 might cost you money even if you don’t buy one

One of the most prominent iPhone 7 rumors out there concerns the device’s audio output. Apparently, Apple is going to “kill” one more port with this iPhone release: the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it looks like Apple isn’t the only company looking to get rid of the old analog port, as others are also interested in this particular move. Intel is one of them, and it could help Apple make the 3.5mm headphone jack a thing of the past. More →

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iPhone 7 Chip Speed

iPhone 7 rumor claims Intel will help deliver faster wireless speeds than ever before

March 4th at 9:35 PM

iPhone 7 rumor claims Intel will help deliver faster wireless speeds than ever before

The iPhone 7 might deliver faster wireless speeds than ever before and we might have Intel to thank. According to a CLSA research note seen by NDTV, Intel has already secured up to 40% of LTE chips supply for the iPhone 7. The chipmaker has a cellular chip (XMM 7360 LTE) that’s ready to deliver LTE Cat. 10 speeds – that means download speeds of up to 450Mbps download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.

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microchip-processor

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

January 14th at 7:35 PM

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.

Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.

The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →

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Drone Videos

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

January 11th at 11:30 PM

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

What do you get when you combine 100 drones fitted with color-shifting lights, Intel software and a full orchestra? A Guinness World Record and a very cool video, that’s what.

Intel headed to a remote area in Tornesch, Germany armed with the aforementioned fleet of drones as well as the aforementioned orchestra, and it ended up putting together a spectacular aerial display. In fact, as far as drone videos go this is perhaps one of the coolest ones we’ve ever seen. More →

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