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Sundar Pichai talks with Intel about their partnership

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:52 pm

IDF 2013 - Intel invited Sundar Pichai to talk about Google and Intel's partnership and commitment to working together to ensure that Android and Chrome OS will work beautifully on the Intel platform. Intel has committed some 1000 engineers to Android and Google has committed to Intel on the other side. Watch the video to learn more about their strategic partnership and where Pinchai sees Android heading.


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Intel gives us a glimpse at Broadwell power consumption, performance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:32 pm

IDF 2013 - As usual, Intel gave us a glimpse at its upcoming Broadwell and 14nm process. Specifically, the chip making giant pitted Haswell versus Broadwell in Cinebench and showed that the Broadwell system consumed less power. While they didn't specifically call attention to it, you can clearly see that the Broadwell system is completing the benchmark quicker than the Haswell system, though it's not too much faster.


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Tami Reller from Microsoft talks Windows 8.1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:23 pm

IDF 2013 - Microsoft's Tami Reller took the stage at this year's IDF to talk about Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The Redmond giant recently released the update to manufacturer and posted it on MSDN for download, which Reller suggested was well received. You can listen to Reller talk about Windows 8.1 in the video below:


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Dell shows off new Venue tablet, announces upcoming Venue family

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:15 pm

IDF 2013 - Intel invited Dell up to the stage in order to show off its new Venue tablet that is powered by Intel's new Bay Trail architecture. In addition to previewing this new Venue tablet, Dell also informed us that they are creating a new family of tablets that will be known by the Venue name. We should know more about these in early October.


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ASUS shows off new Bay Trail 2-in-1 system during IDF 2013 Keynote

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2:01 pm

IDF 2013 - During today's Keynote speech, Intel invited ASUS up on stage to show off one of its new Bay Trail-powered 2-in-1 Ultrabooks. Intel believes that 2-in-1 systems are the way of the future and has conducted research that seems to show the market is heading in that direction. Details on the new system are slim, but you can get an early look at an upcoming ASUS 2-in-1 system.


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Google+ now features improved photo editing tools thanks to Snapseed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 11:34 am

Google acquired Snapseed close to a year ago, and it looks like the Mountain View-based giant is finally using its acquisition by adding some photo editing tools based off of Snapseed's technology.




You can use these photo editing tools by looking at one of your photos in a lightbox in Google+ and clicking the new "Edit" button above the image which will then display a sidebar with a bunch of options. These tools give you the ability to adjust, crop, rotate, add borders, selectively adjust, tilt-shift, apply several filters and more.


Once you've finished editing your photo, you can either save it or replace the original, if you've made a mistake, you can revert the changes and go back to the original photo. The new Snapseed-like tools should have rolled out to most Google+ users, but if you can't see them yet, give it another couple of days.

NSA has no issues sharing your personal data with Israel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 10:29 am

On September 11 of all days, a new leak from Edward Snowden has appeared online thanks to The Guardian, which reports that the NSA shares raw intelligence data with Israel without sifting through it first.




Snowden revealed the startling news, with an intelligence-sharing agreement detailed in a memorandum of understanding between the US spy agency and its Israel counterpart. This has unveiled that the NSA hands over intercepted communications that would contain American citizens' phone call records and e-mails (and most likely much, much more). The agreement between the spy agencies has no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.


The deal was inked back in March 2009, with the agreement between the US and Israeli spy agencies "pertaining to the protection of US persons" repeatedly stressing the constitutional rights of Americans to privacy, as well as the need for Israeli intelligence staff to 'respect these rights.' The agreement saw the Israeli spy agency with "raw Sigint", which is signal intelligence.

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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure sees its second trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 9:29 am

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure sees its second trailer released, with Big Finish Games connecting the dots to the previous Tex Murphy games, introducing new characters, and more.



Tesla Effect starts off from where Tex Murphy: Overseer ended in 1998, with gamers on the edge of their seats thanks to its cliffhanger ending. The trailer isn't short, either, running for a hefty 8 minutes. Tesla Effect takes place in the same post-apocalyptic future that the previous FMV-based Tex Murphy series of games was based in, something I truly love.




Big Finish Games raked in close to $600,000 on Kickstarter for Tesla Effect, and has planned an early-2014 release on both Windows PC and Mac.

Intel's Bay Trail mobile chips will have big performance improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:28 am

For the leader in desktop processors, Intel has been lagging behind the likes of ARM when it comes to mobile processors. This is all set to change with its Bay Trail range of processors, which are multi-core, low-power chips built on Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate technology and new "Silvermont" micro-architecture.




Intel is pushing its Z3000 Bay Trail-based processor, which will arrive in both a dual- and quad-core configuration and will see Intel pushing double the CPU performance, and a reported tripling in GPU performance when compared to the previous generation Intel Atom-based processors. Where Intel's new Z3000 processor will shine is in its ability to run both Windows 8.1 and Android on devices between 7 and 11.6 inches in size.


Intel will be delivering performance increases, a smaller footprint and considerably lower power consumption, but the chipmaker claimed that its Z3000 "delivers leading performance with all-day battery life." Intel also claims that it will be delivering 64-bit compatibility to the Z3000 early next year, which will give Apple's A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S a run for its money.

Alienware pump its Aurora gaming desktops with Ivy Bridge-E goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:33 am

Intel unleashed its Ivy Bridge-E processors not too long ago and premier gaming desktop maker Alienware has announced customers can now option Intel's latest and greatest CPU into its Aurora range of desktop gaming PCs.




The new Ivy Bridge-E processors are 6-core beasts with 15MB of cache and see stock overclocking abilities of up to 4.3GHz. The new IVB-E options within Alienware's Aurora range of PCs start from $1,399.

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