It’s official: The first Ivy-Bridge-powered laptops are now for sale at a variety of online retailers or direct through many manufacturers. These new laptops are often similar or identical to the older models, but the pack new hardware under the hood.Our first full reviews of Ivy Bridge laptops are still on the way, but in the meantime, we have had the chance to run benchmarks and enjoy hands-on time with several models running the new Ivy Bridge Core i7-3720QM processor. This is a mid-range quad that’s likely to appear in many mainstream multimedia and gaming laptops with prices between $1,000 and $1,500.This processor also carries Intel HD 4000 graphics, which will be available with all Core-branded mobile processors no matter the number of cores they contain. We’ve been able to evaluate the new IGP, too – and its performance may surprise you.Ivy Bridge provides a nice boostIntel’s architecture is what’s known as a die shrink. It means the … [Read more...] about Hands on with Intel Ivy Bridge: What performance can you expect?
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Do software version names matter at all? Or are we all just curating a rich library of goofy things for future archaeologists to laugh at? Does anybody buy, use, or trust the code on their computer, tablet, or phone based on its name?Slideshow: Microsoft Codenames: A Visual History Slideshow: Penguins, Lizards and Apple's X Factor: How Famous OS Logos Got StartedI wanted to get some real answers to these questions, and give the crafters of silly software names a chance to speak. I imagined hearing about some cah-razy IRC chat discussions that led to the naming of Ubuntu 11.10 as Oneiric Ocelot. I prepared to press some hard questions about how Fedora moved through versions 7, 8, then 9 as "Moonshine," "Werewolf," and then "Sulphur." I expected to hear something quite formal and corporate from Microsoft, and then nothing at all from Apple.[ Would a server by any other name be as functional? ]I traded emails with community managers at Ubuntu and Fedora. I hit up press contacts and known … [Read more...] about Windows, Mac, and Linux Version Naming Schemes Explained
Mike Lazarus, a Sydney-based software design consultant, relies on his RIM BlackBerry daily to manage his contacts database, store important documents, and keep his information secure. "I use my mobile phone essentially as a mobile office," he says. "Nearly, everything I need to do in the office, I can do from my phone."7 Solid Reasons to Keep the Faith in RIM, BlackBerry BlackBerry Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Your RIM SmartphoneLazarus is one of millions of users of Research in Motion products worldwide who have remained loyal to the BlackBerry brand--despite the growing popularity of Apple's iPhone and of handsets powered by Google's Android OS.How popular are RIM products? The company has 67 million subscribers worldwide, and its user base is growing explosively overseas in regions such as Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, and South East Asia. In the company's most recent quarter, it posted year-over-year growth of 16 percent.Things sound bright for the … [Read more...] about RIM BlackBerry Forecast: Grim, with Hope on the Horizon
Cyber Monday 2016 ht a new record with $3.39 billion spent online, a 10.2 percent increase year-over-year (YoY). This will mark the largest online sales day in history, surpassing Black Friday ($3.34 billion) by a narrow margin. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock The move to online shopping has been making Black Friday grow faster than Cyber Monday. In 2017, Black Friday online spending could surpass that of Cyber Monday.Cyber Monday is expected to generate slightly less mobile revenue than Black Friday at $1.19 billion, a 48 percent YoY increase. The holiday shopping season so far (November 1-28) is expected to drive a total of $39.9 billion in online revenue, a 7.4 percent increase YoY, with 27 out of 28 days this holiday season generating over $1 billion, according to new data released by Adobe.The five best-selling toys in terms of quantity sold on Cyber Monday were Lego sets, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets, and the five best-selling … [Read more...] about Cyber Monday 2016 Is Largest Online Sales Day In History With $3.39 Billion