It’s not just AMD’s notebook chips that are getting a refresh. The company also launched a new series of embedded chips aimed at low power machines such as thin clients, retail point-of-sales machines, industrial applications, or other environments where you might not need a traditional PC to do some computing.
The new AMD G-Series chips were formerly code-named Steppe Eagle and Crowned Eagle, and while they’re pin-compatible with earlier G-Series chips (making it easier for device makers to upgrade), they offer significant performance boosts, more performance-per-watt to help keep power consumption low, and enhanced security.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- AMD expands G-Series embedded chips with Steppe Eagle, Crowned Eagle
The new chips offers 60 percent better performance and consume as little as 5W of power. [AMD]
- Report: HTC phone code-named “Eye” coming to AT&T this year for better selfies
You know how people laugh at all the selfies you post on Facebook and Instagram? Yeah… it’s totally because your front-facing camera’s not good enough. [@evleaks]
- OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3
Sure, the latest update to Google’s Android operating system is a pretty minor one, but in addition to new People and Phone dialer apps, it brings a number of security improvements and bug fixes. So it’s nice to see that it hasn’t taken custom ROM builders long to start merging Android 4.4.3 with their code. [OmniROM]
- Wikipedia beta for Android adds support for editing, native design, and more
Other new features include speed enhancements, a tablet of contents, Wikipedia Zero — a feature that lets you browse without incurring data charges on participating networks. [Google Play]
- XBMC 13.1 Gotham released
Don’t expect any major new features, but the latest version of the popular media center suite includes a number of fixes including solutions to problems affecting some PVR systems, some UPnP devices, and more. [XBMC]
- Fujitsu shows off a waterproof 2-in-1 ultrabook
We’ve seen plenty of waterproof phones and tablets in recent years. Fujitsu’s going a bit further with a new Windows tablet that’s both waterproof and dockable. You can connect it to a keyboard base and turn the tablet into an ultrabook. [Mobile Geeks]