Former partners face off as “outright competitors”
HP, Dell, Microsoft, and Intel have traditionally been the inseperable bastions of the consumer computing world. Things aren’t quite as sunny anymore. On Wednesday, HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman called out Microsoft and Intel as its “outright competitors.”
We know you have fond memories of late night gaming sessions on your bulky CRT, and yes, those big boxes were known for color accuracy. The heat they put out is even nice in the winter time, but it's time to let go and consider a bright and slim monitor from the modern age. There are tons to choose from, including today's top deal for a Samsung Glossy Blck 23.6-inch Widescreen LED Monitor (S24C570HL) for $150 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code AFNJ2669). It has a Full HD 1080p resolution, 178-degree viewing anagle, and both D-Sub and HDMI ports.
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Valve confirms Steam boxes will also support Intel and AMD
When Valve finally unwrapped the specs of the 300 beta Steam Machines last week, many assumed that Nvidia would have a lock on Valve’s Linux-based gaming machines. Today though, Valve broke cover yet again telling us that Steam Machines would support the three primary graphics vendors today.
Oh Rockstar Games, why must you tease PC gamers by forcing them to watch their console brethren play Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the only two platforms it's currently available for? It's not being cocky to point out that today's PC hardware is leaps and bounds more advanced than what the Xbox 360 and PS3 are toting, so why not match the brilliant open world of GTA V with the awesome hardware that's out there? Well, history tells us that Rockstar Games will eventually do exactly that, and according to Intel, it probably won't be long.
If you've been patiently waiting for the perfect all-in-one (AIO) system, today's the day you finally make the jump. Our top deal is a big one (literally), featuring an MSI 27-inch Touchscreen AIO Desktop PC for $1,900 with free shipping (normally $2,100 - Free MSI Tablet and Logitech G13 Gameboard with purchase. Valid on first 30 orders. While supplies last). This thing is fully loaded with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 2TB hard drive, and more.
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Intel's rallying vendors to promote 2-in-1 PCs in 2014
Within the last year or so, the all-in-one (AIO) form factor finally started gaining ground, in large part because prices came down to more affordable levels. With the advent of touchscreen computing and, by extension, Windows 8/8.1, the time may be ripe for AIO vendors to lure customers over, and that's what they're going to try to do in 2014, though they won't be pushing just ordinary AIO systems.
Suffering a case of the Mondays? We feel your pain. However, one surefire way to turn that frown upside down is to treat yourself to a Haswell upgrade, and you can get free game for doing so. Just check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4670K processor for $240 with free shipping (Free digital copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with purcahse, limited offer). This quad-core part runs at 3.4GHz and has 6MB of L3 cache.
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So you took a page out of the handbook of Polly Prudence and avoided Intel's Haswell refresh until the early adopters had a chance to discover any niggling bugs, is that it? That's not a bad strategy, and your reward for your patience is that Ivy Bridge-E has come onto the scene, giving you yet another option to consider. Want bragging rights over your dual- and quad-core wielding buddies? Then have a look at today's top deal for an Intel Core i7 4930K processor for $580 with free shipping (extra savings with coupon code: DYMCPU20). This is a six-core Ivy Bridge-E processor clocked at 3.4GHz with a heaping 12MB of L3 cache.
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Plans to debut in 2013 have come to a screeching halt
Intel is finding out firsthand just how difficult it is to negotiate with big media companies, which traditionally have shown a reluctance to embrace the streaming revolution. As such, Intel's plans to launch an over the top TV service by the end of the year to compete with cable and satellite providers have been pushed back to 2014 as the chip giant looks for partners willing to play ball.
You can't drive two miles without seeing at least half a dozen people with a smartphone wedged up against their ear or down in front of them as they fire off a text message, some of which do so while behind the wheel. And if not wielding a smartphone, many people at this point own a tablet. Mobile is where it's at right now, and it explains why TSMC is now making more money from semiconductor chips than Intel.