Acer Aspire Switch SW5 shows-up at reseller.

Posted on 09 April 2014

It’s a brave reseller that breaks what we assume would be an NDA in order to gain the SEO advantage so hats-off to Brack in Switzerland who give us the first real detail about the Acer Aspire Switch SW5. This Baytrail-T based 2-in-1 is clearly on the production line and looks to be the upgrade to the W510 that we had running on Clovertrail last year.

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Lenovo Thinkpad 10 coming with next-gen Baytrail specs.

Posted on 08 April 2014

Miix 2 8 and Miix 2 10, Thinkpad 8 and Thinkpad 10. It makes sense, right? The Thinkpad 10 is due to launch next month if the news is correct. Expect something to challenge the HP Elitepad 1000 and Fujitsu Q584 and something that could have all the great qualities we’ve already seen on the Thinkpad 8 but with more processing power, more RAM, an optional keyboard and a lot […]

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Windows Tablets at $99, Realsense for high-end later this year

Posted on 03 April 2014

As we followed IDF yesterday we heard about a $99 tablet price target. We assumed it was for Android tablets but no, Intel are targeting their low-end Baytrail solution for Windows tablets at that price point. Intel are also increasing marketing and promising some new and improved features that could include Realsense 3D sensors for high-end Windows tablets. Hermann Eul, corporate VP and GM of the Mobile and Communications Group […]

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Braswell 14nm SoC for ‘Entry’ PCs in 2015.

Posted on 03 April 2014

Although Intel are updating the current Baytrail D/M range, we’re looking forward to a 14m version and an all-round update for Windows tablets and mobile PCs. That update was previously thought to be CherryTrail but it turns out that Braswell is in the mix too. At IDF in Shenzen Intel announced Braswell for ‘Entry Systems.’ Given that the presentation was given by Intel’s PC Client Group this means that it’s […]

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Intel Android Portal 01.org includes KitKat download for PCs

Posted on 03 April 2014

The Intel Developer Forum in Shenzen has just come to a close and I’m trawling through some interesting slides that were presented in the sessions. There’s a few articles queued-up but here’s one related to Android that is stimulating my thoughts about the future and battling with a very positive attitude I have about Windows following day 1 of BUILD. Intel have set up a new Android-on-Intel site at 01.org […]

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BUILD Day 1 Keynote. All the goodness now available on video.

Posted on 02 April 2014

It was a long opening keynote at BUILD today but totally worth watching all the way from start to finish. There were exciting announcements across-the-board and when I say across-the-board I mean announcements that affect cross-Windows compatibility. The unified Store took a huge step forward today. Windows 8.1 Update is detailed as is Windows Phone 8.1 which is coming in new devices from may and then rolling out after that […]

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Intel IDF14 China – Brian Krzanich keynote video and breakdown.

Posted on 02 April 2014

Intel’s developer forum for China kicked of today in Shenzen. We weren’t able to attend but we’ve been following it closely. Much of the news related to mobile and tablet PCs is to be found in the forum session PDFs and we’ve already seen how Intel are launching a back-to-school initiative based around new Celeron and Pentium Baytrail-M CPUs and have published details of USB3.1. Most of the 35 minutes […]

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Windows 8.1 Update in new Microsoft video demo

Posted on 02 April 2014

Just live on YouTube is a 3.5 minute overview of the Windows 8.1 Update. The free update is coming to all Windows 8.1 users on April 8th and includes many changes for keyboard and mouse users, changes to taskbars and the ability to run the new Universal Apps in the desktop window. There’s a new Start menu too.  

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Windows for free on devices of 9-inch or less.

Posted on 02 April 2014

Microsoft have announced that Windows devices with screens less than 9-inches will now have zero license cost.

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Office on Windows Modern Demonstrated at BUILD

Posted on 02 April 2014

It’s not the launch announcement that we were hoping for but at least Microsoft are being public about progress on their touch-focused Office for Modern applications. At the opening keynote today we saw a demonstration of progress, and it looks good.  

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Windows Universal Apps announced at BUILD

Posted on 02 April 2014

At the opening keynote of the BUILD developer conference in San Francisco today Microsoft announced something that will completely change the way application development is approached for Windows 8 Phone and Windows 8. Windows Runtime is now going to be supported across both Phone and Modern to allow cross-platform development. Visual Basic tools have been updated to support the new cross-device development mode. Update: Universal apps coming to Xbox. The […]

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USB 3.1 10Gbps, Power, Displays and Connectors

Posted on 02 April 2014

I’d like to highlight this very interesting presentation given at IDF Shenzen because it covers all the important elements that USB3.1 is going to bring to PCs. It’s not just about the Type-C reversible connector because it includes power delivery, higher speed and an AV class of connectivity.

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