Several U.S. cities eagerly await Google to announce its fiber expansion plans
Just a few locations have benefited from Google's fiber roll out, which allows for up to 1Gbps Internet service (both uploads and downloads) along with the bundling of TV service at relatively affordable price points. More cities are on the expansion roadmap, though Google has decided to postpone plans to launch its fiber service in new territories before the end of the year, the company announced.
The Witcher 3 is proving too big and complex to ship on time
All good things come to those who wait, right? If so, The Witcher 3 is going to be really, really good when it finally ships. Developer CD Projekt announced another delay for The Witcher 3, pushing back the release three months and setting a new launch date of May 19, 2015. According to an open letter published by The Board of CD PROJEKT SA, the delay essentially relates to the growing size of the game.
Visceral Games will use its extra time to make stability and feature improvements to Battlefield Hardline
Electronic Arts originally planned to release Battlefield Hardline on October 21, 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but as any gamer knows, release dates are kind of like rules -- they're meant to be broken or ignored. In this case, EA announced it's delaying Battlefield Hardline until "early 2015" so that Visceral Games has more time to implement features born out of feedback from beta players.
The 3K gaming laptop is but the latest Razer product to get delayed in recent times
Unsheathed in March as the world’s thinnest and highest-res 14-inch gaming laptop, the New Razer Blade was expected to begin shipping in mid-April but even many of those who pre-ordered the 3K notebook on the very first day have yet to receive it. Now, the Razer Blade family is no stranger to delays, with the original Blade laptop also getting beset by a similarly frustrating delay. As he had done back then, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan once again took to Facebook this past Friday to apologize from the very bottom of his heart.
Broadwell is the next “tick” in Intel’s “tick-tock” chip release cadence
Around a fortnight back, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich all but ruled out the possibility of the company’s next-generation Broadwell processors shipping in time for the back-to-school season, saying that the first devices built around the 14nm die shrink of Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture were more likely to be available sometime around the holidays. In the meantime, you can look forward to Intel demoing a 2-in-1 device prototype powered by a 5th generation Core processor.
A Broadwell delay isn't what the PC industry needs
It was last October when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said a "defect density issue" was negatively affecting yields, prompting the Santa Clara chip maker to delay its 14nm Broadwell launch by a quarter. Production was to begin in the first quarter of 2014, though there's a rumor going around that Intel might postpone Broadwell's big debut to the fourth quarter of this year. Is that really the case?
An update to Windows 8.1 may roll out in April instead of March
Microsoft is planning to issue an update to Windows 8.1 that will introduce a number of new features and enhancements, such as possibly bypassing the Start screen and booting straight to the desktop environment by default (this hasn't been confirmed), but when it will arrive is still up in the air. Initially planned for a March release, world on the web is that Microsoft is now planning to roll out the Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April.
The transition from 22nm to 14nm isn't as smooth as Intel hoped
Intel this week told investors that the road to 14nm won't be without its bumps. Specifically, Intel has decided to delay its next generation processor architecture, codenamed Broadwell, until the first quarter of 2014, pushing the launch back by a quarter. Broadwell is based on a 14nm manufacturing process, which is quite a bit smaller than Haswell's 22nm process, and getting there has proven difficult.
The enthusiast successor to Ivy Bridge is reportedly delayed.
It's a bit of a foggy future when it comes to Intel's Ivy Bridge E refresh, the enthusiast-grade successor to Ivy Bridge. There are conflicting reports on the web, including one that states Ivy Bridge E is being delayed, though there's a chance it may never see the light of day. Instead, Intel might choose to skip the enthusiast part and jump straight to Haswell E. First things first.
Last week, a Digitimes report citing unnamed sources from notebook vendors claimed that Intel had decided to postpone mass shipments of Ivy Bridge chips, and that its partners had already been apprised of the change in shipment plans. But now a new report has come out claiming that the extent of the delay in Ivy Bridge chip shipments is not as significant as has been rumored elsewhere.