Acer this morning announced the availability of its new TravelMate B115 laptop for customers in the U.S. and Canada. It sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display with support for 10-point multi-touch, once considered a premium feature in laptop land but now available for a comparative pittance -- Acer's asking $380 USD and $439 CAD for the TravelMate B115.
Easy-to-use, cross-platform benchmarking tool at your service
Those looking for benchmarking tools capable of working across iOS, Andoid, and Windows tablet devices need look no further. The non-profit consortium BAPCo has released TabletMark v3, the latest iteration of the benchmarking tool that features cross-architecture and cross-platform performance and battery life benchmarks for tablet devices.
HP's Envy x2 is back, only this time it looks less like a traditional laptop and is more powerful than before. Taking a page from Microsoft's Surface design, the Envy x2 now comes with a kickstand. HP is billing it as a detachable PC with mutiple modes, including an all-in-one mode (detached from the keyboard), notebook mode (attached to the keyboard), and tablet mode (detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet).
OCZ may have learned a lesson from its competitors that swapping NAND flash memory in an existing solid state drive line tends to irritate customers. Rather than go that route with its Vertex 460 line and risk a public outcry, OCZ this week announced its new Vertex 460A SSD family using newer A19 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips provided by its parent company, Toshiba.
Intel apparently thinks that geeks get too far lost into the technology of things without thinking about fashion. The solution? MICA, or My Intelligent Communication Accessory, which is Intel's fancy name for a smart bracelet intended for highly connected women. Described by Intel as a "fashionable luxury accessory," the bracelet is composed of precious gems and Ayers snakeskin.
Incremental update boosts performance in Far Cry 4
Nvidia's been on a driver-releasing frenzy lately. Following two prior GeForce driver releases already this month, Nvidia has now made available its GeForce 344.75 WHQL driver, its third release in as many weeks. As with previous versions, the focus here is on new games --specifically, installing the GeForce 344.75 driver is supposed to offer the best gaming performance for Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, is planning to combine its mobile and tablet operations with its personal computers division as part of a reorganization process that will kick off next year. The plan was announced internally through an email sent to employees by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. In it, Krzanich talks about a rapidly evolving market place and the need to "change even faster to stay ahead."
The web has grown from a single website in 1991 (World Wide Web Project) to more than a billion unique host names today. Around three quarters of those are inactive sites—parked domains and the such—but that still leaves over a quarter of a million sites. If you visited 10 different websites each day, it would take you roughly 70 years to get through them all, and that's only if no more sites are added. Yeah, fat chance of that happening!
Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.
Maybe DirectX 12 is bound for Windows 7, after all
AMD Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy made waves in the media when he said Windows 7 will not support DirectX 12. He made the comment in a matter-of-fact manner while speaking at the PDXLAN event, which was caught on video (and later pulled from YouTube). Whether or not that ends up being true remains to be seen, but as far as his comments go, AMD called them "speculative," adding that he "misspoke" on the topic.