TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,078 Reviews & Articles | 39,030 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: GTA V will offer first-person mode on foot, and in vehicles on PC

TweakTown News

Refine News by Category:

Computer Systems Posts - Page 5

Google wants to modernize meeting rooms with Chromebox

Google recently launched an effort to help businesses make it easier to brainstorm and collaborate in meetings, using Chromebox for Meetings to combine Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in the built-in Chromebox.

 

TweakTown image news/3/5/35311_01_google_wants_to_modernize_meeting_rooms_with_chromebox.jpg

 

Based on the Intel Core i7 CPU, the Chromebox also includes an HD camera, microphone and speaker unit controllable by remote control - and is seamless, eliminating the need for dial-in phone numbers and passcodes. Google is internally using the system to not only test it out, but continue to be aware of future changes that can be made to further improve user experience.

 

For businesses trying to host more interactive meetings, the Chromebox for Meetings system costs $999 and is free for the first year - businesses must then pay a $250 charge per year for access. The system is available now.

 

New software technologies continues to revolutionize how employees interact with each other, as Google, Microsoft, and other companies create new generation audio, text, and video-based conferencing solutions.

ASUS announces the Chromebox, starting at $179

ASUS has just announced the Chromebox, a small NUC-like compact PC that features Chrome OS. ASUS' Chromebox features deeply integrated Google services thanks to Google's OS, as well as access the popular services such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu.

 

TweakTown image asus_announces_the_chromebox_starting_at_179TweakTown image asus_announces_the_chromebox_starting_at_179

 

The company has used Intel's fourth-generation Core or "Haswell" processors, the latest 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi tech, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and SD card reader. As for display outputs, we have HDMI and DisplayPort, which will drive 4K or Ultra HD displays. A nice touch for something that starts off at just $179.

 

TweakTown image asus_announces_the_chromebox_starting_at_179TweakTown image asus_announces_the_chromebox_starting_at_179

 

There will be three CPUs on offer depending on the market you're based in, the Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, or Core i7-4600U. It'll come with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, but can be optioned with 4GB of RAM. For storage, we have 16GB of built-in M.2 NGFF storage, backed up by 100GB of free Google Drive storage (which is for a limited time).

Continue reading 'ASUS announces the Chromebox, starting at $179' (full post)

Intel's Bay Trail NUC now on sale in the US

Back in September the internet was set abuzz with rumors of a new NUC from Intel that features the company's Bay Trail technology, and today the new Bay Trail NUC is finally available for retail sales in the US. At the moment, AVA Direct appears to be the only retailer selling the device though.

 

TweakTown image news/3/5/35045_1_intel_s_bay_trail_nuc_now_on_sale_in_the_us.jpg

 

The new DN2820FYKH barebones kit is based on Intel's micro NUC chassis design and features a Celeron N2820 processor with dual Silvermont cores clocked in at 2.4GHz. The devices GPU clock is set at 756MHz as well making it much faster than the Atom-based NUCs currently on the market. Users will need to add their own RAM (up to 8GB is supported) via a single SO-DIMM slot, as well as wireless card via a single PCIE slot. Users will also have to bring their own storage to the party with drives up to 9.5-mm thick being supported.

ZOTAC unveils ZBOX Nano series featuring Intel Haswell

Today ZOTAC announced the launch of its ZBOX Nano series of mini-PCs featuring Intel "Haswell" 4th Generation Core processors. The new ZBOX ID68 and ZBOX ID69 series mini-PCs feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and take palm-sized computing to new levels.

 

TweakTown image news/3/5/35041_1_zotac_unveils_zbox_nano_series_featuring_intel_haswell.jpg

 

"Users that want a taste of Intel Turbo Boost technology can opt for the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID68 series with a high-performance Intel Core i5 4200U that can turbo boost up to 2.6 GHz," Zotac said in a release. "Demanding users that require the best performance available from the compact form factor can step up to the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID69 series with an Intel Core i7 4500U processor that turbo boosts up to 3.0 GHz."

Continue reading 'ZOTAC unveils ZBOX Nano series featuring Intel Haswell' (full post)

Lenovo breaks out checkbook, purchases x86 IBM server unit for $2.3B

Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo will purchase IBM's lower-end x86 server unit for $2.3 billion after months of continued negotiations on both sides. The deal, once approved by U.S. government regulators, will give IBM the ability to focus on software and IT services.

 

TweakTown image news/3/5/35036_01_lenovo_breaks_out_checkbook_purchases_x86_ibm_server_unit_for_2_3b.jpg

 

IBM will continue to manufacture higher-end servers, and remains the No. 2 server manufacturer, trailing only behind Hewlett-Packard.

 

"This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our PC Plus strategy," said Yang Yuanging, Lenovo CEO, in a statement. "With the right strategy, great execution, continued innovation and a clear commitment to the x86 industry, we are confident that we can grow this business successfully for the long-term, just as we have done with our worldwide PC business.

 

Lenovo, the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, has struggled to compete against HP, Dell, and other manufacturers in the server market. The Chinese manufacturer wants to shift focus to the server market, where profit margins are higher than the regular PC and notebook business.

Alienware will release new Steam Machines 'every year'

Alienware has confirmed that it will be releasing new Steam Machines each year, because of the lack of upgrade options on its SteamOS-powered console. Frank Azor, Alienware's General Manager, talked with TrustedReviews, where he said: "Lifecycle wise, consoles update every five, six, seven years, we will be updating our Steam Machines every year."

 

TweakTown image news/3/4/34999_06_alienware_will_release_new_steam_machines_every_year.jpg

 

The Dell-owned company won't let you upgrade its Steam Machines, with Azor stating: "There will be no customisation options, you can't really update it." He did add: "The platform will continue to evolve as the games become more resource intensive."

 

There will be some configuration options for customers upon purchase, but there will be no upgrades after. Azor states: "There will be some configuration options when you purchase it, maybe you can get a faster CPU, maybe some more memory something like that. If you actually want to customise your Alienware Steam Machine, maybe change your video card out or put in a new CPU, you would be better off with the standard Alienware X51. This particular product is restricted in its upgrade options."

Gabe Newell has no problem with EA's Origin on Steam Machines

During a recent Reddit AMA, Valve god Gabe Newell had something interesting to say about Steam Machines, and EA's Origin service. "We're trying to make it as open as possible," said Newell, continuing: "If EA wants to put Origin on it, that would be fine, etc... (trying to pick an example of something that people think we would prohibit)."

 

TweakTown image news/3/4/34998_06_gabe_newell_has_no_problem_with_ea_s_origin_on_steam_machines.jpg

 

One of the big hurdles of Steam Machines in the market, would be to cut themselves off from the world, and not accept competitors' digital distribution or gaming services on its devices. But as we can see here, Newell is all for it - a totally open platform.

 

I think we're seeing the beginning of something very special here, a true living room PC. All we need are some awesome games like Half-Life 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and more, and we'll be in gaming heaven.

Alienware confirms its Steam Machines are not upgradeable

When Valve first announced that it was working with OEM partners to develop a full range of Linux-based gaming devices called Steam Machines, great emphasis was placed on the fact that the devices were to be PC based and fully upgradeable. Unfortunately today we are seeing the first major OEM break away from this philosophy and built their Steam Machine devices similar to current console construction.

 

TweakTown image news/3/4/34989_1_alienware_confirms_its_steam_machines_are_not_upgradeable.jpg

 

Alienware has long been known for its high-end gaming PCs and while overpriced in some opinions, the company's wares have always been fully upgradeable. Today, Frank Azor, Alienware's general manager said in an interview that "There will be no customization options, you can't really update it." This means that Alienware's Steam Machines are most likely being built with AMD APUs or custom GPU solutions that are hard mounted to the motherboard, much like how Microsoft and Sony are doing with the next-gen consoles. Personally I feel that this will ultimately hurt Alienware in the longrun, as the main appeal to a Steam Machine is its upgradeability.

Introducing the new Commander PC for our System Builders Guide!

Something that hasn't been updated for quite sometime was our System Builders Guide. We edited our ~$1000 'Sub-lieutenant' PC. And today, we have made a complete overhaul of our $2000 'Commander' PC.

 

TweakTown image news/3/4/34981_111_our_system_builders_guide_has_been_updated_our_new_sub_2000_pc.png

 

The new Commander PC is a serious beast with our updated specifications, including a GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and virtually all Corsair parts to ensure quality, reliability, and warranty. A 27-inch monitor is used for displaying all this goodness, while some Logitech speakers will provide the audio side of things.

Intel desperate to find mobile success, restore investor faith

Intel is in dire need of mobile success in 2014, as its Atom chips are slowly making their way to a wider variety of tablets. The mobile market continues to cannibalize the PC industry, with many consumers and businesses hanging onto computers that are a few years older.

 

TweakTown image news/3/4/34941_01_intel_desperate_to_find_mobile_success_restore_investor_faith.jpg

 

Intel has already made a shift to incorporate Google Android support along with Microsoft Windows, according to CEO Brian Krzanich, with a focus on smartphones and tablets. To entice OEMs to jump onboard, Intel has already offered to pay tablet manufacturers to choose Intel's Bay Trail architecture instead of ARM processors, including an offer to pay a portion of engineering costs.

 

The company has announced it will cut 5 percent of its workforce in 2014, so around 5,000 employees will be released. The announcement followed Intel's financial results, which indicated the company still is having trouble moving beyond the sluggish PC industry, as the Silicon Valley company struggles to go mobile.

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases