Years ago, Dell Computer gobbled up boutique gaming PC manufacturer Alienware. Dell has been manufacturing Alienware gaming notebooks and desktops ever since. This week Dell announced some interesting upgrades to its Alienware Aurora gaming desktop including new Ivy Bridge-E CPUs and advanced graphics.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Corning has announced that it has been granted an Intel certification for Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning, the first all-optical fiber Thunderbolt cables. According to the company, the optical fiber cables support both Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 protocols and will be available "in the coming weeks."
The latest among Chromebooks rumors, sources have stated that a new line of Chromebooks will be introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum. Unlike other Chromebooks, these models will reportedly be running Intel Haswell processors, though other details, such as who will make them, was not provided. This follows closely on a rumor that ASUS plans to launch a Chromebook this year.
Digital Storm has unveiled their latest cooling system, the HydroLux. This one will be found exclusively on the Digital Storm desktop computers and is touted as being able to monitor and automatically adjust to temperature fluctuations in real-time. The HydroLux setup uses a mix of liquid and airflow cooling and further customizes everything with some software.
The folks at iFixit have tore their way into Google's Moto X, laying its innards bare for all to gawk at while apprising the setup like a wizened surgeon. At the end of it all, though the handset did earn some elements of criticism, iFixit found it to be mostly easy to repair, giving it a score of 7 out of 10 while finding the amount of glue to be most bothersome.
It would appear that the folks at Intel are not giving up - by any means - on their ventures into the smartphone and tablet universe as a roadmap of processor architecture leaks today. This selection of next-generation hardware will be used in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Android 4.2 devices, leaving Windows RT in the dust (not that Intel was all that excited about the platform in the first place, as it were). It all begins with a suggestion from Digitimes, Taiwan-based newspaper sources speaking up on two new tablet platforms Cherry Trail and Willow Trail, both of which will come in with 14nm processes.
Intel has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, will be resigning from his role as the company's CTO. His stepping down is to meet a corporate bylaw in Intel which states that a corporate officer is not allowed to serve after the age of 65. The resignation has taken place immediately, with Rattner leaving Intel temporarily for personal reasons.
Google's I/O event might not start until tomorrow, but a few goodies have already made their way to the surface tonight, including an updated Google Play Store that is rolling out to users now. With the update comes a handful of changes that were both needed and a long time coming, and that aside there are a bunch of features added to the Google Play Services framework. We've got a rundown after the jump, as well as download links.
Intel is reportedly shipping its next-gen Haswell chips out to PC manufacturers now. The Haswell chip will be powering ultrabooks as well as hybrid laptops that are part laptop part tablet. Ultrabooks running the Haswell chip will see a major boost over ultrabooks utilizing Intel's current Ivy-Bridge offering. The Haswell chip is expected to roll out around June, around the same time Windows Blue is expected to show its face.
It looks like AMD is wanting to tackle the cloud gaming industry and take on the likes of OnLive. The company announced its new Sky series graphics at GDC 2013 this week, which is a new series of graphics chips being added on to the company's current Radeon line. The Sky series was built specifically with cloud gaming in mind.