Despite all the real and virtual ink spilled over the Ultrabook concept, which Intel first announced back in June, the exact specs of these MacBook Air-apparents have remained a mystery. With the official announcement today of the first Ultrabooks, we're getting a much better idea of how these will look.
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John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets, but Intel is carrying on with its forthcoming Cedar Trail platform and new Atom processors, even if their launch has been delayed by graphics driver issues. The company can at least be encouraged by the first benchmarks for the new platform, which have just been revealed by VR-Zone.
At the annual Hot Chips conference, AMD provided some new details on the innovative Bulldozer architecture behind the upcoming FX Series for desktops and Opteron server processors.
While everyone waits to find out if HP is able to sell its PC division as part of its spin-off campaign, what will the company do with the PCs it's already produced and has ready to sell? If your guess is to drop prices until it's moved its inventory, you may be guessing right.
An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products. According to The Next Web, members of the webOS team have claimed that the hardware HP chose to build the TouchPad around was slow and old -- based on an existing slate design HP had lying around that webOS was simply built into.
At the same time it was ditching its webOS-based hardware, HP announced that it was looking to "spin off" its Personal Systems Group, which includes its PC division. While that's not always code for "selling," it's clear that the tech giant had tired of the low-margin business, and that it may be looking for a suitor to pick up HP's computing assets.
Intel has had to push back the release date for its latest netbook platform, Cedar Trail-M, and will also delay the launch of its new Atom CPUs. Once slated for release next month, Cedar Trail-M is now expected in November, reports DigiTimes.
The see-saw battle continues between Intel and the notebook vendors it's wooing to create its new Ultrabooks. Manufacturers have complained that part costs are too high to sell the systems for $1,000 or less, and Intel has not only thrown big marketing money their way, but also supplied a bill of materials that shows that the magic price point for Ultrabooks can be reached.
As if the anticipation for AMD's new Bulldozer (a.k.
Despite its top exec arguing that tablets were a fad, Acer has introduced a new 7-inch slate that is also the first to run the latest, more tablet-friendly version of Android (a.k.