Dell Is Going Private With A $2 Billion Loan From Microsoft

dell-xps-adamo-slant2It turns out Michael Dell is pulling out all the stops to save his company, with the help of Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to help re-privatize Dell. With all financial details put aside, the investment firm Silver Lake along with the new privatized deal between Dell, stockholders, could be roughly placed at $24.4 billion. Michael Dell stays CEO, and gets additional capital and shares to go along with the package. It’s also worth nothing that shares are now worth $13.65 each.

Microsoft’s statement on the transition:

“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future.”

Going deeper into 2013, it would be great if Dell could actually make some compelling products that keeps it alive. We shall see.

Via: Dell

New 3DMark Benchmarking Software Arrives To Punish PCs Everywhere

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If there’s a way to get to the inner soul of a gamer or a geek, nerd, or what have you, it’s possible to just run a 3DMark test on their computer to make them feel weak, flimsy, and desolate, too. Basically, 3DMark 2013 is the benchmarking software that takes an accurate jab at the capability of your PC to process and render items, like you would in a game. It’s a very strenuous application in this regard. The three specific new tests include Fire Strike, for brag-worthy rigs with high-end DirectX 11 graphics; Cloud Gate test for the mortal DX 10/11 PCs, and Ice Storm for older DX 9 hardware. You can find it as a download on Steam.

Futuremark, the company behind 3DMark is also making iOS, Android, and Windwos RT versions, so that punishing your technology in every way possible, is possible.

Via: Futuremark, Steam

HP’s Pavilion 14 Chromebook Is Just A Big Screen, But Small Heart

pavilion chromebookMost Google Chromebooks are in the 11 to 12-inch screen size range. This time, HP has upped the ante slightly with the announcement of the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 screen. That means a bigger keyboard and trackpad to back that up, so it’s more like an everyday laptop. Other specs include a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and integrated graphics — nothing better than the average Chromebook, except this time there’s pretty bad battery life: 4 hours and 15 minutes, which is usually less when actually tested. All of this mediocre will cost you $330. Le sigh.

Via: Google

Google Nexus 7 (4G HSPA+) Review: So Good, You Can Feel It

Google Nexus 7: Reviewed On My LapThere have been countless Android tablets released within the past year, if not months. But like anything of quality in this world, there is one that is meaningful and can even hold its own against the test of time, like the Nexus 7. And all technical stuff aside, it’s a really amazing tablet. Really, it’s just because when Google gets to have its say on a device, the whole package goes the extra mile. Review after the break.

Twitter Hit By Complex Hacking Attack, May Affect 250K Users

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Nowadays hacking attacks on major American corporations and news outlets is becoming commonplace. The latest is on Twitter, where the attempted hack affected at least 250,000 users. The real risk to users is unknown, but Twitter raises our eyebrows when it suggests that this was more than just a casual scripting hack: it claims the intrusion attempt was “extremely sophisticated” and concerted, and required an immediate shutdown of the breach on their part.

Needless to say, it’s an uncomfortable story, but regardless it’s suggested that you reset your password, even if you’re not on of the 250k that Twitter emailed about the breach.

ViaTwitter

Sony wants us all to ‘see the future’ of PlayStation on February 20th

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First thing that comes to mind: PlayStation 4, obviously. Sony is inviting investors and media to New York City on February 20th to “see the future” of PlayStation, which could mean that instead of waiting for E3, a PlayStation console successor with tons of graphical power could be announced. Of course, any estimations can be thrown out the window until the actual announcement is made, but until then, check out a teaser video after the break.

ViaPlayStation Meeting 2013

Google’s Project Glass Explorer Edition Now At The FCC, Unveils Specs

glassIt’s been more than a year since futuristic hopefuls have been talking about Google’s Project Glass, where a HUD (heads-up display) would be placed in front of the users field of vision by wearing the gadget like a pair of glasses. But there’s something special: some of the specs have been leaked since Project Glass has hit the FCC. First off, there’s some standard parts, like a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g WiFi radio and a Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy module.

The magic happens in a sentence where there’s an “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head” — bone-conduction. Basically it plays with the science that occurs between human bones and the rest of the body, and through that, transmits audible sounds by literally vibrating sound into your skull. Talk about cutting-edge from Google.

Via: Eng

Samsung Buys 5% Stake In Wacom, Plus Manufacturing Deal

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The major stylus maker and industry leader of digital design via human input devices (a stylus pen, duh) is now partnered with Samsung. A 5% voting stake in the company valued at $58.9 million was purchased by Samsung to help support their use of Wacom technology inside of the S Pen which is used in the Galaxy Note II and a couple of their tablets.

But it’s more of a long-term deal: By 2014 the entire net amount raised from the sale of shares will be invested in “product development and manufacturing and supply system enhancements for products to be supplied to Samsung Electronics,” and that Wacom plans “expand its relationship” with Samsung even further.”

More business, more gadgets. That’s what is happening in retrospect. Via: Wacom (PDF)