Category Archives: Hardware

November 16, 2015
November 9, 2015

Google and Intel partner with Tag Heuer on $1,500 Android Wear smartwatch

This is certainly an interesting moment for the smartwatch industry — to see a Swiss watch maker with so much clout embrace Google’s imperfect Android Wear platform. It’s bittersweet, if not plain sad, to watch a seemingly timeless craft give way to a smartphone accessory.

Seconded.

October 19, 2015
October 17, 2015

Solu: A flawed attempt to reinvent the PC

Because for Solu to succeed, Lawson and his team need to convince people to ditch an operating system they’re used to, on hardware they trust, and instead go for a mobile device that does less than the mobile you currently have in your pocket. The software subscription service is nice, but there’s no word on whether major developers actually want to do business on Solu’s terms.

Harsh, but I’m inclined to agree. I just don’t see a situation in which I’d prefer this over a phone/tablet/laptop.

Nintendo Begins Distributing Software Kit for New NX Platform

The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.

Please be true. I don’t need bleeding edge hardware in my consoles or handhelds, but I do appreciate competitive specifications.

July 9, 2015

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

The company said on Thursday that it had working samples of chips with seven-nanometer transistors. It made the research advance by using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon in key regions of the molecular-size switches.

Moore’s Law still applies, apparently.