Toshiba Announces Its First Chromebook, With Flair, For Just $279

downloadFor all its good looks, the first Toshiba Chromebook is still a $279.99 computer. It also happens to be the first 13.3-inch Chromebook, without any lack of a joking. That screen is 1366 x 768 in resolution, with 3.3 pounds of weight and a thickness of 0.8-inches.

Powering the Chromebook: Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, which Toshiba says provides the device with nine hours of battery life, plus 2GB of RAM and a 16GB hard drive. That’s all good enough for a Chromebook, if remembered correctly.

Vizio Made A Crucial Update Consisting Of Haswell And Iris Pro Chips To Its Ultrabook

thin-light-vizioVizio’s very pretty thin-and-light ultrabook received an early 2014 update at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Basically, the changes are internal, switching from previous-generation chips to the current-gen Haswell Intel chips and Iris Pro integrated graphics. Also, the inclusion of “5G” WiFi; technically 802.11ac WiFi.

Also, there are apparently some updates to the touchpad and keyboard, designed to actually make them work this time. We’ll see how that turns out.

Via: Vizio

Google Creates The Android-Based Open Automotive Alliance To Bring The Platform To Cars

GoogleThe Open Automotive Alliance consists of Google, GM, Honda, Audi, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia, to bring Android to the car ecosystem. In order to completely finish off the interest in safety, the alliance has been in contact with the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to ensure their new system is safe for in-car use.

Its primary goal is to “bring the best of Android into the automobile in a safe and seamless way.” Sounds like a good plan. Meanwhile, this Alliance will have to compete against the legions of Apple’s own iOS, seen in BMWs and cars belonging to the Daimler group.

Via: Open Auto Alliance

NVIDIA Unveils The New Tegra K1 Mobile Chip, With 192 CUDA Cores!

image004Some things have to be seen (and explained) to be believed. This isn’t the Tegra 5 that NVIDIA has decided to announce to kick off all the CES madness — no, it’s more like the Tegra 5000. This is a mobile chip, destined for smartphones and tablets, with 192 CUDA cores, instead of just a few. According to NVIDIA, this bridges Tegra between their new Kepler desktop graphics cards, and the Tegra mobile chips themselves.

There’s the ability to sport Unreal Engine 4 with amazing detail, or DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.4, effectively making the last generation of consoles look even older than they are now. The main configuration for the Tegra K1 is a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU), but there are others in the works. Meanwhile, Tegra K1 doesn’t have an precise release date. Aww.

Just know this: in the very, very near future, you’ll be playing real games on your tablet or phone. Console-quality, heck, PC quality games. And this will be unbelievable.

Via: NVIDIA

Rochester Optical Unveils Prescription Google Glass

DSC_0017The first prescription version of Google Glass is a reality. Called the Glass Prescription Lens Carrier (GLPC), a clip that acts as its namesake at the bridge of the Glass, costs $129 and an additional $99 for the prescription lenses. You can’t remove the eyepiece section of the Glass however — unlike most expect Google to do, officially — but Rochester Optical will offer you frames (along with corresponding Glass bodies) in bright red, orange, cyan, royal blue, silver, and grey to compensate.

GLPC orders will be taken in late January, Forbes reports, with initial deliveries expected from early February; Google plans to fully release Glass later in 2014.

Via: Forbes

Lenovo Makes Great Use Of The X1 Carbon As An Ultrabook Heavyweight

lenovo_x1_carbon_1160-100222010-origBy making use of Inel’s fourth-generation Core processors (with Intel vPro management features), up to 8GB of memory, and up to a 512GB SSD, Lenovo has a new X1 Carbon ultrabook Thinkpad computer, that defines what tit means to be a super thin-and-light system, with Windows 8.1 on-board. The standard display is a TN (twisted nematic) screen with a resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels, but buyers can step up to an IPS (in-plane switching) screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels; both screen resolutions have optional touchscreen models.

An “adaptive” keyboard is another feature Lenovo is boasting with the new X1 Carbon. The top row of function keyss hav been replaced by a strip that changes depending on the application being used; Microsoft Word, for example, would show and transform the top strip to show relevant functions for the application. Lastly, there’s an added 70 percent improvement over the original— that’s about the battery life, which will recharge to 80 percent in less than 1 hour.

Prices will start at $1299 when the X1 Carbon launches later in January.

Via: Lenovo

Valve Has 12 Partners For The Steam Machine Initiative

downloadThose twelve partners that will take part in the build and sale of Steam Machines, as well as display of the gear at this year’s CES, include: Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers. It a great list, but the fact of the matter remains that many PC gamers feels as if the current beta version of the Steam Machine is lacking a true PC gamer input. That’s where these companies come in, and hopefully fix the problem.

Via: Eng

LaCie Unveils A 1 Terabyte USB 3.0 Steel Spehere Hard Drive

Christofle-Sphere_8760043Designed for those who value aesthetic greatly, the LaCie Sphere is designed to hold a full terabyte of data, for a costly $490, most of which is spent on the highly-polished silver-plated steel that comes from Yainville, France. A single USB 3.0 cord powers and transfers data between the orb and your device of preference — hey, at least the thing looks nice, no matter how expensive it is.

Via: LaCie