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Intel delays chip plant opening in Arizona amid soft demand for PCs

Intel delays chip plant opening in Arizona amid soft demand for PCs

With the soaring popularity of smartphones and tablets, the demand for PCs is on the decline. 2013 was one of the slowest years of PC sales on record and that trend doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. With poor demand for PCs, Intel has announced that it is delaying the opening of a new factory in the US.

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Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

The 2013 Mac Pro has a removable CPU, Other World Computing has discovered in a teardown. By "removable", we mean the CPU can be pulled out of its socket by anyone. It can be easily replaced with a new one at some later point.

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AMD Kaveri APU to ship Jan. 2014

AMD Kaveri APU to ship Jan. 2014

AMD yesterday announced some new details about the company's third-generation accelerated processing unit (APU), "Kaveri," for notebooks and desktops. Kaveri is the first APU using heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) in combination with AMD's new TrueAudio technology and the Mantle API, the company said. The Kaveri is scheduled to start shipping Jan. 14, 2014.

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Qualcomm’s CMO Anand Chandrasekher reassigned, censured following A7 “gimmick” lambasting

Qualcomm’s CMO Anand Chandrasekher reassigned, censured following A7 “gimmick” lambasting

Qualcomm's outspoken Chief Marketing Officer Anand "Things That Are Dumb" Chandrasekher has been demoted, in a way, after stating that Apple's 64-bit system-on-a-chip, the A7, is a "gimmick." He wasn't fired, just reassigned, but he is no longer listed as being on the leadership team on the Qualcomm website, and the company has publicly censured Chandrasekher. The reasons for Chandrasekher's criticism and for Qualcomm's ensuing response are of both a technical and a political nature.

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Qualcomm Neural Processing Units to mimic human brains for your phone

Qualcomm Neural Processing Units to mimic human brains for your phone

Qualcomm is readying a new kind of artificial brain chip, dubbed neural processing units (NPUs), modeling human cognition and opening the door to phones, computers, and robots that could be taught in the same ways that children learn. The first NPUs are likely to go into production by 2014, CTO Matt Grob confirmed at the MIT Technology Review EmTech conference, with Qualcomm in talks with companies about using the specialist chips for artificial vision, more efficient and contextually-aware smartphones and tablets, and even potentially brain implants.

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HTC One with octa-core processor tipped incoming

HTC One with octa-core processor tipped incoming

Recent rumors are suggesting that HTC is working on an updated model of the One smartphone. And just to clarify, we are not talking about the often rumored HTC One Max, but another variant of the HTC One. According to the details, HTC is working on a new model One with an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

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Microsoft Xbox One to get a CPU boost in retail units

Microsoft Xbox One to get a CPU boost in retail units

As we get nearer to a still unknown November release date, details about Microsoft's next generation console are slowly coming out, enticing gamers to prepare themselves, and their wallets, for the official launch. The news this time is quite positive, with the Xbox One said to be sporting a faster CPU speed than previously seen.

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Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola unveiled its X8 computing system earlier this month alongside the announcement of its new line of DROID handsets. Although the new system wasn't discussed in too much detail, we learned that it harbored 8 cores consisting of a dual-core offering from Qualcomm, a quad-core processor, a single core nature language processor, and a single contextual processor. Now one of Motorola's executives has spoken up, dishing more info on the hardware.

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Motorola X8 8-core computing system official with Qualcomm backing

Motorola X8 8-core computing system official with Qualcomm backing

At Verizon's unveiling event where they announced a line of new DROID phones, Motorola also unveiled a new processor, which they're calling a computing system. The X8 features eight cores that consist of a dual-core application processor by Qualcomm, a quad-core graphics processor, a single-core contextual processor, and a single-core natural language processor.

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Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa processor features 20-percent power boost

Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa processor features 20-percent power boost

Last week, Samsung teased the update to its Exynos 5 Octa processor, promising that more details would be arriving this week. It's only Monday, and those details have already been published, showing more power than the current iteration and the use of a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU. We've got the rest of the details after the jump.

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Samsung Exynos 5 Octa update teased (in time for the Galaxy Note III)

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa update teased (in time for the Galaxy Note III)

Samsung is teasing a new version of its flagship Exynos 5 Octa processor, the eight-core chip found in some versions of the Galaxy S 4, with a full reveal of the "more powerful" SoC next week. The new chip, Samsung took to Twitter to gloat about, is billed as an "evolution" of the existing Exynos 5 Octa, though aside from unspecified performance improvements the South Korean company is vague as to what changes we can expect.

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AMD FX-9560 5GHz CPU hits shelves in gaming PCs

AMD FX-9560 5GHz CPU hits shelves in gaming PCs

AMD's flagship 5.0 GHz processor, the AMD FX-9560, has gone on sale, though the chip won't be available as a standalone part for some time. The company will instead offer the new processor through various PC builders, including iBUYPOWER and Maingear, for those who want to be able to tell their friends they have the first commercially-available 5GHz chip.

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