Intel is confident its relationship with Apple remains strong
There's a rumor going around saying that Apple is looking long and hard at ARM's A-Series chipsets for use in future Mac releases. While it wouldn't be the end of the world for Intel to lose Apple as a client, especially coming fresh off its best year ever, Intel would certainly like to keep that relationship alive. And it probably will -- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the rumors of Apple switching to ARM are just that.
There are a couple of big changes to the Google Glass project that are taking place, the first of which is that it's now being overseen Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive and founder of Nest, which Google purchased for $3.2 billion a year ago. Ivy Ross will still run the daily operations, she'll just now report to Fadell. And the second? You can kiss the Explorer program goodbye -- Google has decided to shutter its Glass Explorer program as it moves into the next phase.
What better way to end the work week than by spying a glimpse of the real-deal Maxwell part we've all been waiting for? Winning the lottery? Okay, you got us on that one, but this is a cool (not close) second. Assuming the pictures making the rounds in cyberspace are real, you can take a look at Nvidia's forthcoming GM200-400-A1 GPU nestled into an engineering board (180-1G600-1102-A04).
Any nerd over the age of twenty can probably remember a time he or she would frequent the local RadioShack. It was the go-to shop for electronics and geek fare, though we're talking a lifetime ago in tech years. Fast forward to today and there are reports that RadioShack is headed for a bankruptcy filing, perhaps as early as the first week of February. Sadly, we can't say we're surprised.
When it comes to keyboards, there are two types: mechanical planks and everything else. I can say that with complete confidence after having gone through and used or otherwise tested a number of keyboards over the years -- for the most part, squishy membrane keyboards just don't compete (though the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 is a valiant effort). In case you're interested, my daily driver these days is a Das Keyboard 4 Professional, which you can pick up today in factory reconditioned form for $120.
There have only been a few RAM kits we can recall that came with cooling fans, or that were recommended to pair with an active cooling scheme. Of course, those were back in the early days of DDR memory, when buying a kit of overclocking RAM could you make late with your mortgage payment that month. In any event, much as changed since then, though apparently we haven't seen the last of RAM and fan combinations -- G.Skill's new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz and 3400MHz memory kits both with active cooling add-ons.
Get ready to see 12.5-inch 2-in-1 PCs in the near future
If you own a low-cost 2-in-1 hybrid device (or convertible laptop, if you prefer to call it that), chances are you're rocking a 10-inch display, or thereabouts. Going forward, don't be surprised to see vendors start churning out bigger size models. That's because Intel has reportedly expanded its 2-in-1 reference blueprint to now include 12.5-inch display products, paving the way for larger 2-in-1 models.
For IBM, there is no debating whether or not the mainframe is dead. If IBM felt it was, the company wouldn't have gambled $1 billion, five years of development, over 500 new patents, and collaborative efforts with more than 60 clients in the z13, IBM's newest mainframe and, according to Big Blue, one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built -- high self praise.
Market research firm notes quiet and steady growth in PC sector
Ever since the first iPad came out, we had to hear analysts and market research firms predict a future in which we'd all ditch our traditional PCs for slates. Once again, however, time is the ultimate judge, and now that tablets are seemingly everywhere, consumers are turning their attention back to PCs, Gartner says. As such, Gartner notes a 1 percent increase in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014, which translates into 83.7 million units.
Low cost device represents a significant mobile play
Entry level handsets launched in emerging markets don't typically elicit too much attention, though in this case, there's a reason why some people are making a big deal out of Samsung's latest smartphone. The Samsung Z1, launched today in New Delhi, runs the company's own Tizen operating system, which is indicative of Samsung wanting to groom new users and markets on something other than Android.