Subject: Systems | July 24, 2015 - 03:05 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: acer, cloudbook, Chromebook
If you think about price when you think about Chromebooks, then Microsoft is hoping to have options in Windows 10 for you. Laptops that boot into a web browser still have interesting security and ease-of-use implications, which this will not address. From the previously mentioned cost standpoint though, full-featured Windows laptops can get down to those levels, especially when Microsoft helps out on the OS license fees.
This is the more-expensive Chromebook running Google Chrome OS.
Acer will launch their Cloudbook line in August, with 11-inch and 14-inch versions, starting at $169. While you can get Chromebooks for $149, Acer's Chromebook 11 is currently selling for $179.99, which puts the Windows 10 model $10 cheaper than it. On the other hand, we don't know anything about the system specifications. It is possible that the Cloudbook could have less than an Intel Celeron with HD Graphics and 2GB of RAM -- but we hope not.
The Acer Cloudbook will not make Microsoft's July 29th launch date of Windows. Instead, as previously stated, look for it some time in August. Prices start at $169 USD.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2015 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, stagefright, security
The Stagefright media player vulnerability on Android powered Nexus devices which allowed the possibility of running remotely execute code via an MMS containing a specially crafted media file. It made headlines everywhere even though it is incredibly unlikely the bug was ever used in an attack. Regardless, you no longer need to worry as Google has crafted a patch and has released it to the carriers. You should keep an eye out this week and next for the update and if you do not see it apply you should reach out to your carrier. More at The Inquirer.
"GOOGLE HAS SAID THAT THE STAGEFRIGHT PROBLEM is well in hand, and that it rushed to sort out the Android OS jitters before anything bad happened."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10 Image @ Microsoft
- Windows 10 Launches @ Slashdot
- Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship @ The Register
- Must-Know Linux Commands For New Users @ Linux.com
- Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep @ The Register
- Qualcomm's updated WiPower can now wirelessly charge metal-bodied phones @ The Inquirer
- Quantum dot market to grow at CAGR of 30.4% during 2015-2020, says research firm @ DigiTimes
Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2015 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pebble, pebble time, smartwatch
The Register tried out the new Pebble Time which features a colour e-paper Gorilla glass screen for better visibility outdoors, a battery which will last a full week, waterproofing to 90' and all for a $200 price tag. With over 8000 apps for the device it offers most of the functionality of the Apple watch for a fraction of the price. Certain features it lacks such as a heart rate monitor or GPS can be added by using Smartstraps, which not only allows the watch to stay on your wrist but also adds functionality as well. The improvements were noticeable but The Register preferred last years Steel but if you are in the market for a smartwatch you might be wise to hold on as the new Pebble Time Steel is due out in the near future.
"I love what Eric Migovsky has done with the Pebble by creating an antidote to modern smartwatches. The two generations of Pebble so far have been useful, durable and practical – qualities which elude the over-specced and costly Apple and Android kit."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Acer Iconia One 7 is a £99 Lollipop-powered iPad Mini rival @ The Inquirer
- Asus ROG G551J Gaming Laptop @ Kitguru
- Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi @ Kitguru
- VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
- How Useful Is The Extra Memory In The ASUS ZenFone 2 @ TechARP
Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2015 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X99-Gaming 5P, LGA2011-v3, Intel X99, Haswell-E, gigabyte
It has been a few months since Morry's review of the Gigabyte Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P and its funky LED enhanced backplate was posted so it seems time for a second opinion from The Tech Report. The i7-5960X they used was not as forgiving as the one Morry tested, their overclocking topped out at 4.1GHz, while still decent it is a reminder that overclocking results can vary widely on similar equipment. Read their full review here for a reminder of what this board can do and see if it garnered a recommendation.
"Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P gives buyers a full-featured Haswell-E board with a gaming twist. We dug into its features and ran it through our testing gauntlet to figure out what makes this premium motherboard tick."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S @ [H]ard|OCP
- MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
- ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp
- GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget! @ Bjorn3d
- ASRock N3150 Braswell Motherboard Round-up @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte MU70-SU0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard @ eTeknix
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