Intel: With Core M, there’s finally a reason to upgrade your laptop

Intel’s next-generation chip family, the Core M, will arrive in the real world starting next month as Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba start shipping portable devices built around the power-efficient processor. Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel’s personal computing division, announced the imminent arrival of the new designs during a speech Friday at the the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The premium chip, which consumes a dramatically low 4.5 watts — less than even new power-efficient light bulbs — is geared for a newer class of hybrid computing devices that can act either like tablets or PCs. “You … Continue reading Intel: With Core M, there’s finally a reason to upgrade your laptop

Dell introduces Chromebook 11 laptop for education market

The company’s first notebook running Google’s Chrome OS will debut next month and be priced under $300. Chromebooks, inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome operating system, have polarized people, with some hailing their browser-based computing model as the future, while others have faulted the meager specs of many of the systems. The merits of Chromebooks, or the lack thereof, have even led to a recent Great Debate here on ZDNet. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, however, one thing is clear: Chromebooks are only going to increase in number in the near future. That’s in part thanks … Continue reading Dell introduces Chromebook 11 laptop for education market