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Charter Communications Plans Acquisition of Time Warner Cable

Category: General News
Posted: May 26, 2015 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In the wake of a failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable has found a new suitor in Charter Communications. Charter will pay $56.7 billion for Time Warner, and also plans to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. After the merger, Charter will be the second largest cable company by subscribers, moving past AT&T and trailing only Comcast. Charter hopes that the merger won't face the same criticism from the FCC as the proposed Comcast and Time Warner merger as it won't create as great of a competitive advantage. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed the proposed acquisition and described the FCC process stating, "The FCC reviews every merger on its merits and determines whether it would be in the public interest. In applying the public interest test, an absence of harm is not sufficient. The Commission will look to see how American consumers would benefit if the deal were to be approved." Charter feels that the merger will add value to customers of all involved companies stating, "Charter’s slowest speed tier (60Mbps downstream) is considerably faster and less expensive than TWC’s comparable tiers, with no data caps or usage based pricing.Charter will bring these products and pricing to TWC and BHN [Bright House Networks] customers, while embracing TWC’s and BHN’s rollouts of a 300Mbps tier."

Source: Ars Technica



CareFirst Suffers Security Breach of Single Database

Category: General News
Posted: May 20, 2015 07:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has officially announced that roughly 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members and individuals who do business with the health insurer online are affected by a recently found security breach. The cyberattack on CareFirst that affects the 1.1 million individuals occurred in June 2014, in which attackers successfully gained limited access to a single database that contained usernames, names, birth dates, email addresses, and subscriber identification numbers. Fortunately, no account passwords were compromised as a result of the security breach, and the database that was accessed contained no Social Security numbers, medical claims, employment, credit card, or financial information. Chet Burrell, the CareFirst President and CEO, publically stated that the company regrets any concern that customers now face due to the attack, and that all affected customers will be provided with two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

Source: CareFirst



Oculus VR Hosting an Event on June 11

Category: General News
Posted: May 20, 2015 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Oculus VR sent out invitations to an event that will be held in San Francisco on June 11 with the tagline "Step into the Rift." It is speculated that the company will reveal the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, which currently has an early 2016 release date. The company is also planning to show it off at E3 which starts on June 16, and unveiling it prior to the event would make sense. Oculus recently revealed the minimum system specs for using the Rift, requiring an Intel i5-4590, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290.

Source: PC Mag



Channel Partner Program Benefits Improved by TRENDnet

Category: General News
Posted: May 19, 2015 05:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet, a best-in-class networking and surveillance hardware brand, has publically revealed that it has boosted the benefits of its channel partner program known as upTREND. While the program already provides IT and security channel partners in the United States and Canada with additional rebates, the company is now offering even more front end discounts and back end rebates to its partners. Registered upTREND Value Partners will receive an additional two percent front end discount on all TRENDnet product purchases through approved channels, while upTREND Silver Partners will receive an additional two percent back end rebate on all approved channel purchases. 

The news comes after Rodney Finney, the North America Sales Director for TRENDnet, announced that the company has “raced passed the 2,000 active partner threshold for our North America upTREND Partner Program.” Finney went on to say that “Upgraded program discounts and rebates immediately reward our Value Added Resellers, System Integrators, and Security Solution Providers by increasing their margins and competitive advantage."

Source: Press Release



Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Apple Against Samsung

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2015 05:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A United States appeals court has ruled in favor of Apple in one of two remaining court cases against Samsung. The ruling established that Samsung "used patented designs and two features of the Apple iPhone in older models of its devices." Apple was awarded $548 million in damages which equates to about two days of iPhone sales. The court also ruled that the "iPhone’s appearance that Apple sought to protect is as much about function as beauty, and isn’t eligible for perpetual coverage under U.S. trademark law," which could cost the company $382 million. Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock addressed the ruling stating "Even though Samsung must pay for its widespread infringement of our patents, this case has always been about more than money. It’s about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love, which is hard to put a price on." At this point it appears that the two companies are ready to move forward from the long history of court battles.

Source: Bloomberg



OSVR Adds New Partners, Support for More Devices

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2015 04:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has announced that the Open Source Virtual Reality project has gained a number of partners and new features, moving it "closer to becoming a universal standard for integrating virtual reality content." The four new supported technologies are OpenVR from Valve, MonoGame, VorpX, and Unigine. OpenVR is probably the most well known of the four, with the other three offering software support. MonoGame is an "open source port of the XNA 4.0 framework," VorpX allows DirectX 9-11 games to use VR hardware, and Unigine is a "proprietary cross-platform game engine used for virtual reality systems." CEO of Sensics Yuval Boger described the new support stating, "With a single OSVR plugin, developers gain access to free and optimized and industry proven engines like Unity, Unreal, SteamVR, Unigine and MonoGame. OSVR makes it easy for developers to create high quality content which is then supported by a wide range of devices through a standardized interface." OSVR has also added 15 partners including Digital Happiness, Titans of Space, and Incandescent Imaging, bringing the total partner count to 118.

Source: OSVR



New Bug Could Target Datacenters

Category: General News
Posted: May 13, 2015 04:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A new zero-day vulnerability known as Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation, or Venom, has been discovered by security researchers with the virtualized infrastructure of datacenters believed to be a prime target. Venom works by exploiting a "legacy common component in widely-used virtualization software," which can be used to "gain access to the entire hypervisor, as well as every network-connected device in that datacenter." Venom is found in Open Source hypervisor QEMU in a virtual floppy disk controller that can allow hackers to crash the entire hypervisor and gain access to other virtual machines on that hypervisor. CrowdStrike researcher Jason Geffner, who found Venom, compared it to Heartbleed stating, "Heartbleed lets an adversary look through the window of a house and gather information based on what they see. Venom allows a person to break in to a house, but also every other house in the neighborhood as well." CrowdStrike revealed the exploit to parties impacted by the exploit before publicly releasing the information today.

Source: ZDNet



Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification is Finally Complete

Category: General News
Posted: May 13, 2015 06:32AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It has been revealed by the Blu-ray Disc Association that the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which provides support for content up to 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution, has finally been completed. Along with the support for Ultra HD content, ensuring a truly immersive experience to UHD TV households, the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification allows for the delivery of high frame rate and high dynamic range content.  The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification provides support for the delivery of object-based sound formats, and also mandates that all new players that support the latest specification be backways compatible with current Blu-ray Discs.

Ultra HD Blu-ray is expected to be licensed this summer, with the Blu-ray Disc Association working closely with leaders of the authoring, testing, certification, and replication industries to ensure the proper support for the latest specification.

Source: TechPowerUp



Google Cars Have Been in 11 Accidents, At Fault in None

Category: General News
Posted: May 12, 2015 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The director of Google's self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, has revealed some information about the progress of the program, in response to an article that noted the cars had been in four accidents in California. The cars have been on the road for six years and have accumulated a total distance of 1.7 million miles driven. The mileage is split between autonomous and manual driving modes, with the car driving itself for more than one million of those miles. In that time a total of 11 minor accidents, or those with minor damage and no injuries, were reported. The most significant aspect of this information is that the self-driving car was not at fault in any of the 11 accidents. Google is making the best of the situation and uses data collected from accidents to help improve the self-driving algorithms that power the cars.

Source: Backchannel via Popular Science



Verizon Acquiring AOL for $4.4 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: May 12, 2015 06:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to both Verizon and AOL, the former will be purchasing the latter in an acquisition deal that is valued at $4.4 billion. The move to purchase AOL comes at a time when Verizon is looking to expand its offerings surrounding the Internet of Things. Verizon will likely benefit from the digital and video experience that AOL has, as the company has successfully generated millions in digital advertising revenue while also supporting large and exciting media brands such as Engadget, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. Lowell McAdam, the Chairman and CEO of Verizon, noted that "AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world."

Source: TweakTown



Yelp Likely Exploring Sale Options

Category: General News
Posted: May 8, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yelp, the amazingly popular review site that provides reviews for virtually all types of consumer businesses, is apparently looking for a potential buyer. While Shannon Eis, a Yelp spokeswoman, noted that the company does not comment on any type of rumors or speculation surrounding the popular social media site, people familiar with the matter have noted that the company has been in touch with potential buyers recently and is also working with investment bankers. The company’s stock has fallen nearly 15 percent over the last year, but Yelp has made some intriguing business moves that have propelled it forward, such as the purchase of Eat24 just three months ago. In a sale, Yelp is likely to be worth $3.5 billion, which is quite impressive since it launched just 11 years ago as an email service for sharing recommendations.

Source: CNET



Proof-of-concept Malware Targets GPUs

Category: General News
Posted: May 7, 2015 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Information about two proof-of-concept pieces of malware reveals that the software targets the GPU, rather than the more common CPU attack vector. Targeting the GPU allows the malware to "run without the usual software hooks or modifications malware makes in the operating system kernel. Those modifications can be dead giveaways that a system is infected." Jellyfish is a Linux based rootkit that uses the OpenCL API to target both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but requires the system to have a dedicated graphics card. The Demon keylogger is based off a 2013 research paper titled You Can Type, but You Can’t Hide: A Stealthy GPU-based Keylogger. In the paper the researchers stated, "The evaluation of our prototype implementation shows that a GPU-based keylogger can effectively record all user keystrokes, store them in the memory space of the GPU, and even analyze the recorded data in-place, with negligible runtime overhead."

Source: Ars Technica



Amazon Prime Coming to Jet Blue Flights

Category: General News
Posted: May 5, 2015 03:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon and airline Jet Blue have announced a partnership that will allow passengers to stream videos for free through the in flight Wi-Fi. The service will be called Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime and will give Prime users access to the Amazon instant video service. Users will also have access to the Prime Music and Kindle Book services. Jet Blue will benefit from the arrangement by gaining access to "some behind-the-scenes footage from Amazon's original shows" that it will use "on its seatback TV inflight offerings." Streaming will be available on Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft this year and Embraer E190 in 2016.

Source: Yahoo Finance



Grooveshark Shuts Down After Settling Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Category: General News
Posted: May 1, 2015 05:58AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The parent company of Grooveshark, Escape Media, has announced that it has officially shutdown the service after settling a copyright infringement lawsuit that it has been battling for years. Grooveshark, which launched in 2007 and let millions of web and mobile users stream an unlimited number of songs from major record labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, was found to have lacked the proper rights to upload copyrighted songs. As a part of the agreement to shutdown Grooveshark, Escape Media has surrendered its website, mobile applications, and intellectual property. The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major labels affected by Grooveshark, revealed in a statement that "This is an important victory for artists and the entire music industry."

In a letter posted to the Grooveshark website, users of the service are being urged to seek out legal and licensed music services to satisfy their music listening needs.

Source: CNET



Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Support for Small Devices

Category: General News
Posted: April 30, 2015 04:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

As part of the Build 2015 conference, Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 Internet of Things Core Insider Preview. This new version of Windows targets small computing devices such as the Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino, and Minnowboard Max and will be available "free for Makers and commercial device builders." Microsoft is hoping to enter a market that has been dominated by other OSs including various flavors of Linux by "bringing our world-class development tools, the power of the Universal Windows Platform, direct access to hardware capabilities, and the ability to remotely debug, update, and manage the software running on Raspberry Pi 2 devices." Microsoft will also release an "Arduino Certified" version of Windows that will combine the hardware platform with Windows as an OS. It will be interesting to see if Windows can make a dent in the market and how it will perform on the lower powered devices.

Source: Microsoft



Kolor Acquired by GoPro

Category: General News
Posted: April 29, 2015 06:59PM
Author: Brentt Moore

GoPro has revealed in its first quarter earnings results that it has acquired Kolor, a French software maker that specializes in meshing together photos and videos into interactive content. GoPro currently thrives on sales from adventure and sports enthusiasts who purchase the cameras for skiing, racing, skydiving, surfing, and more, but is looking to branch out into different markets. By acquiring Kolor, GoPro hopes to make content that is incredibly immersive, especially when seen with a virtual reality headset. Nicholas Woodman, the GoPro CEO, stated that "GoPro's capture devices and Kolor's software will combine to deliver exciting and highly accessible solutions for capturing, creating and sharing spherical content." GoPro does face fierce competition in this arena, however, as Google and Facebook have already proven their support for virtual reality content.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed by either GoPro or Kolor.

Source: CNET



Cable Mod Releases Wiring Kits For be quiet! Power Supplies

Category: General News
Posted: April 29, 2015 03:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cable Mod has announced the availability of the B-Series Premium Cable Kits, designed for compatibility with be quiet! Dark Power Pro and Straight Power PSUs, joining offerings for Corsair, EVGA, and Seasonic PSUs. The cables are designed using ModFlex material that "bring supreme flexibility and a luxurious look to any PC." Case interiors will look cleaner and more organized while also helping to improve airflow. The B-Series will be available in 12 different color combinations and are available at a number of online retailers.

Source: Press Release



Bullets Used to Solve Computer Rage

Category: General News
Posted: April 23, 2015 06:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore


All computer users have undoubtedly experienced frustration with their machines at one point or another, due to system crashes, slow performance, or simply the inability to complete a certain task. While most users tend to deal with the frustration in a nonviolent manner, one man decided that using a gun to end his personal frustration with his Dell computer was the best option available. Lucas Hinch, 37, placed his computer in a Colorado Springs alley and shot it a total of eight times, rendering the machine completely useless. While Hinch may have gotten what he wanted in disabling his computer, he was issued a citation by Colorado Springs police for discharging a weapon within city limits; the penalty for the citation has yet to be decided by a judge.

Source: The Gazette



AMD Posts $180 Million First Quarter Loss

Category: General News
Posted: April 20, 2015 09:31AM
Author: bp9801

Things are not looking good for AMD right now, as the company recently posted a first quarter loss of $180 million. That boils down to $73 million once adjusted, and when compared to last year's first quarter when AMD had $35 million in adjusted earnings, it could be better for the red team. Revenue fell 26% percent to $1.03 billion in the first quarter, compared to $1.4 billion the same time last year. It has $906 million of cash and equivalents in hand, which is $134 million less than it had the fourth quarter of 2014. Divisions across the company all reported losses, with the Computing and Graphics segment seeing a revenue drop to $532 million from $861 million; and the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom division having revenues drop to $498 million from $536 million, which could be another reason why it's now focusing on traditional servers. As well, AMD is expecting a 3% revenue drop in the second quarter.

AMD is hoping that the upcoming release of Windows 10 gives it a boost, which may come by the end of July. The 2015 to 2020 roadmap may also help out, but those dividends may not be coming as quick as they can be.

Source: VRWorld



AMD Abandons Micro Servers to Concentrate on Traditional Servers

Category: General News
Posted: April 17, 2015 01:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD acquired SeaMicro in 2012 to "tackle the dense server market which was believed to be major future growth opportunity at the time." Dense servers are also known as micro servers and use a large number of small, low power CPUs to provide computing power rather than high power, more powerful CPUs. As of yesterday, AMD has decided to exit the micro server market to return its focus to traditional servers and as a result will take a "$75 million special charge." AMD only released a single product as a result of the SeaMicro acquisition and will maintain the intellectual property rights from the acquisition to "use it in products where it’s of benefit."

Source: WCCF Tech



European Union Brings Antitrust Charges Against Google

Category: General News
Posted: April 15, 2015 04:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The European Union has filed charges against Google accusing it of "illegal, monopolistic practices," claiming that it "abused its position as market leader by prioritizing its own services in search results and diverting traffic away from its competitors." Google could face penalties of up to 10% of its annual income, which would be roughly $6 billion. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager described the charges stating, "In the case of Google I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules." Google has countered by stating that it has created a number of failed products over the past few years and cited its Flight and Shopping Search tools which haven't "made a dent in the US and European markets." Two previous large antitrust victories for the EU came with rulings against Microsoft and Intel for $1.7 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively.

Source: The Verge



Google Wireless Service Details Leaked

Category: General News
Posted: April 14, 2015 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It was reported early last month that Google was planning to enter the wireless carrier market as a mobile network virtual operator (MNVO). New research conducted by Android Police has found references to Tycho, Nova, and Project Fi. Tycho is the codename of an app, Nova is the rumored name of the Google MNVO, and Project Fi is likely a temporary name for the service. The app gives users the ability to pay bills, check usage data, adjust their plan, and also request a new number. The Google service will likely follow a pay per gigabyte billing scheme with no overage charges for going over what you have paid for, you simply buy additional data at the normal rate. Existing Google Voice numbers are expected to be transferable to the service.

Source: 9 To 5 Google



US Government Restricts Selling Powerful Computer Components to Certain Nations

Category: General News
Posted: April 13, 2015 07:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The US Department of Commerce has recently added persons and entities in China, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates to the Entity List, which is the list of entities that certain items should not be sold to. This is determined by the End-User Review Committee, which considers if the end user will use the products in ways "contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States." China was added to the list, calling for all licenses to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, because the hardware is used in Chinese supercomputers that are used for "nuclear explosive activities." Entities in Pakistan and the UAE were added because of links to the Haqqani Network, which is designated as a foreign terrorist organization, so the license review policy is now presumption of denial. These new license requirements apply to transactions where the eleven total new entities on the list, maybe the ultimate end user.

In the same document, a Germany entity was taken off the list. Apparently another entity of the same name was added to the list in 2013, so the unrelated German company requested it be removed, because being on the list was hurting its business.

Source: WCCFtech and US Department of Commerce (PDF)



Amazon Bringing HDR Videos To Prime

Category: General News
Posted: April 10, 2015 04:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon is planning to introduce support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos to its Prime streaming service later this year, with Amazon Originals programming expected to be the first to see the increase in quality. Netflix is also planning to offer HDR support this year, and HDR will be in addition to the previously announced 4K resolution videos. Amazon will be starting with its own programming as HDR requires some help from content producers, it can't simply be scaled up. VP of digital video at Amazon Michael Paull described the move stating, "4K Ultra HD picture resolution was just the beginning — we’re excited that Prime members will soon be able to view movies and TV shows including Amazon Originals in HDR quality."

Source: Venture Beat



Twitter Rumored Target of Takeover

Category: General News
Posted: April 8, 2015 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to "chatter," Twitter has hired Goldman Sachs to advise it as it attempts to "fend off a takeover offer" from a pair of interested companies. One of the companies is reported to be Google, which along with Facebook attempted to acquire Twitter in the past. The news sent Twitter stock up 3.5% to $52.62 earlier in the day, giving it a market capitalization of roughly $33 million.

Source: Barron's and LA Times



NVIDIA Receives Good News Ahead of Patent Lawsuit

Category: General News
Posted: April 7, 2015 03:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA currently finds itself in a patent lawsuit with Samsung and Qualcomm regarding its GPUs filed with the United States International Trade Commission and US District Court in Delaware. The trial is set to take place in June, but a recently held Markman hearing has given NVIDIA favorable rulings on six of seven definitions. The purpose of a Markman hearing is "to make sure the actual trial is done on the basis of merit and facts – not needless arguing over legal definitions and context." NVIDIA Chief Administration Officer and Secretary David Shannon addressed the outcome stating, "We are very pleased with the outcome of the ruling, in which claim constructions favorable to Nvidia will be applied to six out of seven disputed claims when the judge considers the question of Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s infringement. This further strengthens the patents we have asserted, and we look forward to a full hearing in late June."

Source: WCCF Tech



Microsoft Completes Previously Announced Layoffs

Category: General News
Posted: April 6, 2015 03:48PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Last July Microsoft announced that it would be laying off 18,000 employees in its "largest ever layoff," which has now been completed. The company informed the remainder of the effected employees last week, with the majority of cuts in the information technology group. CEO Satya Nadella said the cuts were part of an effort to "streamline the company and integrate its newly purchased phone-hardware business."

Source: Seattle Times



AMD Must Face Claims Surrounding Securities Fraud

Category: General News
Posted: April 6, 2015 07:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to United States District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, AMD must now defend itself against plaintiffs who have successfully supported their claims in a lawsuit against the company. Last year, AMD was accused of inflating the company’s share price by making false statements about Llano, with officials noting that there we no problems with supply even though Llano was only shipping to specific computer manufacturers due to supply constraints. By the time supply was where it was supposed to be, demand for Llano was drastically reduced, and as such, the company wrote down that $100 million of Llano inventory was not salable. The case seeks damages on behalf of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, KBC Asset Management, and other investors who purchased AMD shares between April 2011 and October 2012.

Source: Reuters



Apple Reverses Reversibility

Category: General News
Posted: April 1, 2015 07:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Apple has modified the reversible USB Type-C port and made a new USB 3.1.X standard, which features a directional bias. That's right, while you can still plug in a device up or down, you will get different speeds for which way the data is going. For faster uploads to the device, make sure the top is up, and for faster speeds taking from the drive, just flip it over. The port and device will still transfer data in both directions, no matter the alignment, but by dedicating additional resources to just one side, Apple claims it can ensure a better experience. The company said that as most people only use their devices for one thing at a time, this bias seemed only natural. Power transfer is unaffected, so you can plug in the Apple Watch whichever way you wish, as often as needed.

What has not yet been specified is if special USB Type-C adapters/devices will be required, or if this feature of USB 3.1.X is compatible with standard USB 3.1 devices. If you are concerned about knowing the best way to connect a USB 3.1.X-supported device, Apple says not to worry. The company revealed that the port will monitor the behavior of the device and will instruct the user to try it the other way, if it will improve performance.

Source: Reply hazy, try again



Multiple Chrome OS Devices Revealed

Category: General News
Posted: March 31, 2015 03:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has announced several new Chrome OS based devices from Haier, Hisense, and ASUS. Available immediately are the Haier Chromebook 11 and Hisense Chromebook, both of which come in at a price point of $149. The Haier will be available on Amazon while the Hisense will be carried at Walmart. The Haier model has an 11.6" screen and is powered by a Rockchip 3288, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU. Google claims that it will have up to ten hours of battery life. The Hisense was listed as having similar specs to the Haier with 8.5 hours of battery life.

The pair of devices from ASUS are a bit more intriguing and offer more than conventional laptops. The Chromebook Flip has a 10.1" touch screen display "that flips around for things like gaming and apps." The Flip weighs in under two pounds and is also powered by a Rockchip 3288 with options for 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC or 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. Both models have an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and up to ten hours of battery life. The ASUS Chromebit is a full computer in a form factor resembling a USB stick, or as Google put it, "smaller than a candy bar." The Chromebit can turn any display into a computer and is powered by similar specs to the base model Flip. The Flip will have an MSRP of $249 and will be available in Spring while the Chromebit will cost under $100 and arrives in the Summer.

Source: PC Magazine



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