Microsoft has just revealed a new policy that once again tries to "encourage" users to upgrade to or embrace Windows 10, but this time it won't be alone in making the push. It has roped in CPU makers, Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to help steer users towards the latest Windows version. It will be doing so by a two-pronged approach. For end consumers, only Windows 10, or later versions, will be supported on the current, and next, generation of chips, starting with Intel's Skylake. For Enterprise users, Microsoft is pulling the plug on critical updates by July 17, 2017.
Gamers or computer enthusiasts who want a new gaming rig with the power to run games with the power sucking settings on, but want a PC that is not a massive box that sits beside the desk may find the new Airtop to be perfect. This is a compact machine at 12" x 10" x 4" and while you can get PCs that are considerably smaller, those smaller machines lack the power Airtop can bring to the desk.
Intel has put together a very cool light show using 100 different drone aircraft. The feat was enough to win Intel a Guinness World Record title for putting the most unmanned aerial vehicles in the air simultaneously. These drones weren't just flying in the air at the same time; they were synchronized together in a swarm.
One of the biggest Chrome devices we've yet come across is the Acer Chromebase 24, the first of its kind with an Intel Core inside. This device has a 23.8-inch Full HD panel up front and a chassis that allows this panel to tilt from 5- to 30-degrees, making it great for a variety of purposes. This thing is big. It's a monster. It's here to convince you to ditch your Mac and/or your Windows desktop altogether.
Intel has decided that this week, amid the masses of information being released on all manner of CES 2016 devices, they'd release a phone too. This device isn't just any phone, of course, it's a developer-aimed device - which means they aren't aiming to sell them in droves, by any means. Instead, Intel's device is meant to be sold to developers who will then use the capabilities of the device to create their own unique applications for the near future, complete with Google Tango action.
New Balance has announced the launch of a new division called “Digital Sport.” This new division is tasked with developing “digital experiences” and various wearables, the first of which will be a smartwatch scheduled to launch this holiday season. The company plans to roll out a digital ecosystem targeted at athletes via the new division, and has announced Intel, Google and more as partners.
Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.
This week Acer has revealed the Acer Switch 12 S with a 12.5-inch IPS display and options for either 4K of Full HD (1080p) resolution). This notebook rolls with a 2-in-1 design and has a full anodized aluminum chassis with what Acer calls a "sleek, uninterrupted modern look". This is paired with patented ExoAmp antenna technology which keeps the notebook in stable, reliable Wi-fi regardless of aluminum exterior.
Intel is just in the middle of its regular processor release cadence but that doesn't mean it won't be launching some new chips in between. It has, in fact, added a total of 8 new processors, not only for its new 6th gen Skylake family but even for the previous line of Broadwell chips. Intel even has two new ultra-low voltage Celeron processors. The list, however, is populated by six chips whose model numbers are either rare or, in one case, has never been seen before.
If you're assembling your own PC, there are a lot of decisions to make. One of which is whether you'll keep the stock CPU cooler, or opt for something a little beefier (and possibly quieter). Unfortunately, if you have an Intel Skylake processor, you're probably going to want to stick with the stock cooler, lest you risk damaging this primary component.