It was rumored earlier this month that Samsung and Hewlett-Packard were both working on Chrome OS all-in-one desktops, but it looks like Acer has beat them to the punch. Not only that, but Acer's new Chromebase AIO is the first of its kind to sport a touchscreen display, the company says. Acer was also the first to launch a 15.6-inch Chromebook as it tries to solidify itself as a top Chrome OS player.
It was just over two years ago that Nvidia unveiled plans to build a futuristic campus located across the street from where it is now. The reason? What started off as a three-person startup some two decades ago has grown to over 9,000 employees spread out across 40 sites. Following the delay, it appears that Nvidia is now ready to begin work on its new campus, starting with the demolition of the area where the triangular building will ultimately reside.
The busy bodies at Intel released over half a dozen new Braswell SoCs and Broadwell CPUs ranging in price from $107 to $281, presumably in trays of 1,000 units (meaning retail prices will be a bit higher). Starting with Intel's Braswell lineup, the new parts are based on a 14nm manufacturing process and sport new CPU and GPU architectures that offer higher performance at the same or lower TDPs than Intel's previous generation SoCs.
Of the many notable social networking services out there, Twitter has been one of the most popular ones for a while. However, it has come to the point where its user numbers have begun to stagnate. A problem that hasn’t been helped by the company’s CEO admitting that the platform sucks when it comes to dealing with trolls. As a result, it is looking for new ways to generate revenue. So to help keep the money rolling in, Twitter has publicly launched Curator, a tool for media partners to help search, filter, and curate Twitter for content that they can then display on their website, mobile apps, and even TV.
Higher prices for customers when there is no competition
Competition between rival services might be bad for a business, but it usually ends up being good for the consumer. In the case of Google Fiber expanding, competition between Google and other ISPs tend to result in lower prices between rival gigabit services. AT&T, for example, has had to offer its own gigabit service at a matching price in areas that Google Fiber has entered. But when there is no competition, things change. So while AT&T’s gigabit service is now available in Cupertino, it comes with a starting price of $110 a month according to the company's press release.
Last year, Comcast caused quite a stir when it announced that it would purchase Time Warner Cable. So far, the merge has yet to take place as Comcast is still waiting for the government to approve of the merger. But now, two more cable providers are looking to merge. Today, Charter Communications announced that it will purchase Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion in cash and stock.
Plays.tv takes a bite out of Twitch and YouTube, Instagram style
Raptr today announced the official public launch of a gamer-focused service called Plays.tv, a kind of Instagram for gamers, where the idea is that everyone and every game has an epic moment of some kind to share.
The idea though, says Raptr, is entirely different than Twitch.tv and YouTube. According to Dennis Fong, CEO and founder of Raptr, "Twitch is just too complicated to set up for most people, and YouTube is like uploading your moments into the ether." The premise behind what Fong says is that there's a junction that serves a clear purpose through Plays.tv that doesn't exist on any other platform, and we get what he's saying.
Improvements to be enabled via DX12 and Vulkan APIs
Graphics cards are currently “not living up to their full potential,” says AMD, and the company is adamant that the forthcoming DX12 and Vulkan APIs will change that. Specifically, the red team says that these APIs will be able to take advantage of AMD’s asynchronous compute engines (ACE), which are inherent to AMD’s GCN architecture. These asynchronous compute engines will allow future games that support them to accomplish more simultaneous tasks at a time. AMD infers that this is tantamount to hyperthreading for GPUs.
Google's on a major push to advance its Chrome OS into more homes by whatever means necessary. Fancy a low-cost Chromebook? Google today announced the Haier Chromebook 11 and Hisense Chromebook, both available for pre-order at $149. Prefer an all-metal convertible? Google wants you keep your eyes peeled for the Asus Chromebook Flip, which is due out this spring for $249. And then there's the most intriguing product of them all -- the Chromebit HDMI dongle.
This generation of kids and teens are pretty lucky when it comes to time wasters on the PC. Instead of Minesweeper or, my favorite Windows game from back in the day, Ski Free, today you can play some 900 classic arcade games right in your browser. And if you're bored with those, head over to Google Maps and navigate Pac-Man through your neighborhood, or anywhere else that suits your fancy.