Intel last week had already given the heads up that it was rebranding its Atom processors into three performance tiers -- Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7. The Santa Clara chip maker didn't provide any details at the time, leading us to speculate that the first new Atom parts would be based on the company's upcoming 14nm Cherry Trail architecture. Turns out we were two-thirds correct, as Intel has now formally introduced its next generation Atom parts.
There are several new phones and tablets being introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but on the storage side of things, SanDisk on Sunday introduced its 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition. That's not just a massive amount of storage for a device that's about the size of your fingernail, it's the highest capacity microSD card in the world, according to SanDisk.
Cherry Trail shows only marginal improvement over predecessor in leaked benchmarks
Intel began shipping its new Cherry Trail Atom chips to its partners in the first week of January and now we have got our first benchmark scores. If you were expecting the 5th generation Atom chips to be a huge improvement over current-generation tablet SoCs (systems on chip), you are in for a bit of a shock.
The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 laptop we told you about late last year is now available. The aluminum-clad device, which measures all of 11.19" x 8.37" x 0.46" and weighs 2.09 pounds, is the thinnest and lightest device yet in the company’s four-year-old Book 9 range.
Valve just made good on its promise of unveiling a SteamVR hardware system at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Meet Vive, a virtual reality headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR platform and manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC.
Spectre x360 is now available from the company’s website
For a number of years, members of the PC master race looked to the Macbook Air with envy, even though most of us knew deep down that we just weren’t meant to be and there could be no platonic bond between the two of us. Wintel and their PC-making chums obviously took note of this lust at some point and what was initially a trickle of pretenders (remember all those “Air killers”?) soon became a cascade of contenders. Adding to that deluge of ultrabooks and ultra-thin convertibles, Hewlett-Packard has announced the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch Broadwell-powered device designed in collaboration with Microsoft.
Yesterday, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at his home at the age of 83. Nimoy was known for his iconic role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series, and subsequent movies, though he was also a director, author, producer, and singer among other things. As a tribute to the actor and his role in Star Trek, Cryptic Studios announced that it will create an in-game memorial for Spock and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Online.
PC version was initially advertised to have offline co-op
If you were one of those PC gamers who purchased Resident Evil Revelations 2 for its advertised offline co-op, then you already know that the PC version has no such feature. Owners of the game soon discovered that the feature was missing despite it being advertised on the Steam store page. However, Capcom says that it is “currently looking into the matter” in regards to the lack of offline co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2.
The Game Developers Conference is taking place just around the corner between March 2-6 and we’ll be in San Francisco covering it. There will, of course, be a bunch of game discussions and demos as usual, but we wanted to approach it from a hardware/PC perspective. Having said that, this year is going to be an interesting show for hardware with Valve finally pushing the Steam Machines again along with its VR system. On that notion, expect Valve and VR to be the talks of the show. Seriously, guys, this is going to be the year of VR.