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Nvidia’s Tegra K1 Makes its Way Into the Acer Chromebook 13

Acer in, collaboration with Google and Nvidia has, launched the Acer Chromebook 13, the first Chromebook to run Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor. With four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz along with a fifth Cortex A15 core optimized for low power tasks and a GPU that contains 192 CUDA cores which bring a desktop-level performance, Nvidia’s latest SoC is designed to offer the best of both worlds — energy efficiency and performance. Acer is claiming that the Chromebook 13 will deliver 13 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is incredible considering that other Chromebooks manage around eight to ten hours of

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Timex’s Ironman One GPS+ Contains a Qualcomm Wireless Modem for Standalone Connectivity

Qualcomm is flexing its muscle in the wearable segment by collaborating with Timex in launching the Ironman One GPS+, a smartwatch that provides standalone wireless connectivity without the need to pair with a smartphone. The Ironman One achieves this thanks to a Qualcomm processor that has a built-in modem for wireless connectivity. Data connectivity is provided by AT&T, which is offering one year of free data to all users purchasing the smartwatch in the US and Canada. Qualcomm isn’t just providing the modem, however, as the smartwatch also includes the chipset vendor’s always-on Mirasol display technology. First seen on the Qualcomm Toq, the Mirasol display

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Philips Enters the 4K UHD Monitor Segment With 28-inch 288P6LJEB

UltraHD monitors have steadily been becoming more affordable, and today’s announcement from Philips reinforces the notion that 4K monitors are set to go mainstream. The Philips 288P6LJEB outputs UHD (3840 x 2160) at 60Hz and comes with a bevy of connectivity options that include VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4 (MHL support) and DisplayPort 1.2. The monitor also sports two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports along with two 3W speakers. Philips’ offering comes with pivot/swivel functionality and an adjustable vertical mount, which allows the monitor to be elevated by 15cm. The monitor’s 300cd/m2 TN panel features a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000:1 and a response time

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Shifting to Emerging Markets, AMD Launches Two CPUs in China

AMD Restructuring

AMD has launched two processors in China this week: the FX-8300 CPU and the Athlon X4 860K. The FX-8300 will be sold exclusively to OEMs in China, while the Athlon CPU will be available worldwide later this month. The FX-8300 is based on the older Piledriver architecture, and slots in between the FX-8320 and FX-8350 despite its naming convention. The main focus with the FX-8300 is to enable multi-threaded performance at a lower price point. The TDP is still 95W, but the higher clocks at 3.2 GHz base/3.5 GHz turbo make the CPU an enticing option for OEMs, considering that it is priced between the

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Graphics, Hardware, Rumors, VR World

Nvidia May Launch the GeForce GTX 880 in September

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Nvidia’s next-generation video card launch details may have been indadvertedly leaked by a Gigabyte executive. In an interview with Expreview, the executive claimed that Nvidia will unveil the GeForce GTX 880 in the month of September, with Gigabyte coming out with a custom card based on the reference design, dubbed the GTX 880 G1.Gamer.  Details of the card are scant at this moment, but it is estimated that Gigabyte’s GTX 880 will feature a thermal cooler that can handle loads as high as 650W, and will feature a silent cooling solution that makes little to no noise when running in idle load. Also rumored is

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Analysis, Rumors

Don't Yet Dismiss Apple Shifting Macbooks to ARM

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Rumors of an impending demise of Mactel are nothing new. But as ARM continues its momentum and Intel grapples with the delay of Broadwell, it’s worth taking a second look at the case for ARM on Mac. Although the Apple-Intel partnership has been going great ever since the Cupertino giant switched to Intel’s offerings from PowerPC processors in 2005, cost considerations and rising momentum of 64-bit ARM hardware may see a similar shift from Intel to ARM in the near future. At least that’s what Jean-Louis Gassée, a former Apple executive that served the company from 1981 to 1990, thinks. Although the Apple Gassée knew is a

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AMD A10-7800 and A8-7600 Launched: Better Performance at Lower Cost

AMD CEO Logo

AMD has launched two new APUs in the Kaveri series, both of which are targeted at mainstream consumers and come with price cuts and better lower power consumption. First up is the twelve-core (four CPU cores + eight GPU cores) A10-7800, which offers the same set of features like HSA, hUMA, GCN and Mantle as the A10-7850K, but at lower frequencies (3.7 GHz to 3.5 GHz). The turbo frequency for the four 28-nm Steamroller cores is at 3.9 GHz, a mere 100 MHz lower than that of the A10-7850K.  The eight onboard Radeon cores are clocked at 654 MHz base and 720 MHz boost, and

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