Hey, look who decided to join the Ultrabook party!
Gigabyte this week announced the release of its U2442, an "extreme Ultrabook" for gamers with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or 730M graphics. On paper, there's quite a bit of power packed into a machine that measures 339mm (W) by 233mm (D) by 18.5-21mm (H) and weighs 1.69kg (3.7 pounds) or less, depending on whether it's configured with a solid state drive (SSD) or mSATA SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) combo.
In China, it's not usual for factories to pluck students from nearby schools to help with increased orders.
Heweltt-Packard, the world's largest supplier of PCs (just ahead of Lenovo), is demanding that its Chinese suppliers follow a new set of guidelines as it pertains to student labor. Factories in China have come under heavy scrutiny during the past couple of years due to complaints of labor violations, underage workers, and employee suicides, all of which are at least partially related to the rabid demand for electronic products from the likes of Apple, HP, and others.
Surface Pro is off to a rocky start, at least as far as early reviews are concerned, many of which complain about short battery life. Will Microsoft's hardware partners do a better job with their own versions of Surface? Microsoft is counting on it, noting that the best devices have yet to come out. One Windows 8 device on the horizon is Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, another notebook-slash-tablet PC, but with a twist.
Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.
A look back at Go-L's wild technology claims and how they would stack up today.
It's been a long time since I've thought about Go-L, also known as Liebermann Inc., a computer company founded in 2003 that drew instant attention on the Internet for advertising technology that, at the time, seemed too good be true. And it was, at least back then. Go-L went belly up a year later, tried to make a return in 2005, and then disappeared for good. Had Go-L been able to maintain what many feel was a hoax for the better of a decade, it might actually have been able to deliver some of its much hyped technologies today.
Slumping PC sales didn't stop Lenovo from shipping 14.1 million computers last quarter.
Have you heard the one about the post-PC era? Of course you have, probably a thousand times by now because of all the attention being paid to tablets and smartphones, and the uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 platform. But don't believe anyone who tells you the sky is falling -- including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who justified the launch of a $799 128GB iPad by saying people would rather play on his tablet "than their old "PCs" -- because Lenovo is proving there's still a significant market for computers.
Michael Dell reportedly wants to assume majority control of Dell.
Dell co-founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell may contribute equity financing of $500 million to $1 billion to increase his ownership in the company above 50 percent, giving him majority control, Bloomberg reports. Mr. Dell currently owns a 15.7 percent stake worth in the neighborhood of $3.6 billion. Other partners include private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft, each of which would contribute $1 billion to $2 billion.
After some initial hiccups, Clevo is back with the world's first X79 gaming notebook.
Being a system builders means you're at the mercy of hardware partners, and sometimes that's tricky business. Remember when Intel recalled its 6-Series chipset because of a SATA controller bug? That left OEMs with their pants down. It was around that same time that AVADirect began accepting pre-orders for Clevo's P270WM notebook, which would have been the world's first X79-based gaming laptop. Well, things happened -- "complications," AVADirect says -- and Clevo scrapped the design, went back to the drawing board, and built the P570WM. After taking a mulligan, Clevo is ready to let gamers experience the first true X79 desktop replacement, and once again, AVADirect is front in line.
Meet the world's first 2U four-way GPU server system.
AVADirect, a boutique system builder based in Ohio, claims it's the first system builder on planet Earth to offer 2U server systems with support for up to four GPUs or Tesla graphics cards. Having that much potential GPU horsepower crammed into a 2U server solution is supposedly something the industry has never seen, and it comes courtesy of Asus with its new ESC4000 G2 Black 2U server platform.
That was fast! A rumor surfaced earlier this week suggesting Lenovo was planning to launch a Chromebook, jumping into territory that's so far been occupied only by Acer and Samsung. The rumor was true, at least as it pertains to Lenovo introducing a Chromebook model of its own, which it did today in the form of a rugged ThinkPad X131e.