The first computers with Intel Broadwell (5th-generation Core) processors are just starting to arrive, and most Broadwell chips won’t be ready until early 2015. But Intel is already working on the processors that will replace Broadwell.
Skylake processors will use as little as 4 watts (for the next-gen Core M processor), but most laptop chips in the U series will use 15W to 28W. They’ll all feature next-generation Intel graphics.
- Some early details about Intel’s next-gen chips code-named “Skylake” are emerging
There are no big surprises here. Intel will continue to offer low-power models under the Core M name, along with Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, i5, and i7 chips in dual and quad core configurations.
- You can enable “guest mode” on a Chromecast if you have a rooted Android device with the latest Chromecast app
Google plans to bring official support for guest mode to Chromecast, letting someone cast to a nearby Chromecast without logging into your WiFi network. If you have a rooted Android device you can go ahead and enable it now. [xda-developers]
- Motion Computing CL920 rugged enterprise Windows tablet with Pentium N3540 Bay Trail CPU hits the FCC
The tablet is designed for use outdoors or in other rough environments, and features a 10.1 inch display, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and digital pen input, among other things.[FCC]
- Google may allow you to try Android apps from the Play Store without fully downloading (saving time and money)
You can already sorta try before you buy… by purchasing an app, testing it quickly, and then returning it for a refund. But it’d be nice to have an official channel for trying out apps. [The Information]
- Asus now offers a $199 Chromebox-M115U bundle with a wireless mouse and keyboard
Up until recently f you wanted the Asus Chromebox you could opt for a low-cost Intel Celeron model without a keyboard and mouse or a higher-priced model with a Core i3 CPU and peripherals. Now there’s something in between.
- Looks like Xiaomi is getting into the smart home space
A picture of a box, camera, light bulb, and power adapter showed up at the Xiaomi website recently. [GizChina]
- Amazon Kindle eReader and Fire HD 6 tablet compared
Why compare an eReader with an E Ink screen and a multi-purpose tablet with a color screen? Because they’re around the same size and similarly priced. Some folks who only want one device might be trying to decide which is the better option. This may help them find out. [The eBook Reader]