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  • The 22-nanomater Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition also supports DDR4 memory and comes with 20MB of cache.

  • The vendors are leveraging their respective technologies to enable the popular notebook to better handle graphics-rich applications.

  • Now a proper add-on, the second-generation Kinect sensor goes on sale in early October.

  • Microsoft's latest tablet ventures beyond the U.S., Canada and Japan to go on sale in 25 more markets.

  • Low-cost PCs, Chromebooks and Windows XP migrations continue to help, but competition from other devices means declines in the future.

  • Apple has another move up its sleeve in the tablet market. Recent news reports have suggested that Apple is working on a new iPad that would launch in 2015 and would come with a larger screen—perhaps as big as 12.9 inches. This would become the new top-of-the-line model in Apple's tablet line. Apple's current flagship iPad, the iPad Air, comes with a 9.7-inch display. As usual, Apple has kept its plans close to the vest, deciding to allow the rumor mill and analysts to keep speculating on whether a 12.9-inch iPad will ever see the light of day. While an update to the iPad is expected this year, that update will only be to the iPad Mini and iPad Air. The actual higher-end tablet wouldn't reach the market until 2015, giving Apple ample time to get the design right and to allow developers to optimize their apps for the new screen size. But before discussing whether such a tablet will ever materialize, the first question should be why a bigger iPad is necessary. While Apple has been performing well in the tablet market over the last several years, it's facing more competition than ever before. Delivering a 12.9-inch tablet might be the best way to revitalize Apple's tablet sales.

  • The new devices and reference designs are aimed at wireless charging products in cars as well as homes and public places.

  • The XMM 6255, which is smaller than a penny, is the latest move by Intel in its effort to become a major player in the burgeoning Internet of things.

  • The LS-15 AC power cord was sold with notebooks, mini-notebooks and accessories between 2010 and 2012, according to the vendor.

  • The vendor's new supercompute cluster offers eight GPUs in a single compute note, and as many as 176 in a full rack.

  • If the reports are true, Microsoft will roll out Windows 9 in just a few short weeks. Those reports say Microsoft will hold a special press event on Sept. 30 and give users access to a preview build soon after. Those users will be able to see all that Windows 9 has to offer and get a chance to try it out before its full-scale launch next year. But the current situation is remarkably similar to the situation that existed six years ago before the release of the still-popular Windows 7, which was the follow-up to the disaster that was Windows Vista. The same might be said for Windows 8. Windows 7 brought back the older features Microsoft ditched in Windows Vista and made it more appealing. Windows 9 is expected to do the same. Windows 7 allowed enterprises to start moving beyond Windows XP, which was a tried and true desktop operating system that PC users were comfortable with. Windows 9 needs to do the same thing—give enterprise PC users incentives to move beyond Windows 7 and modernize their stocks of desktops, laptops and notebooks. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at what Microsoft can learn from the successful Windows 7 as it tries to work its way out of the mess created by Windows 8.

  • The Linux Foundation hosted its LinuxCon North America conference from Aug. 20 to 22 in Chicago, providing attendees with insight into the latest and greatest advancement in the Linux and open-source worlds. The event kicked off with the Linux Foundation's executive director, Jim Zemlin, announcing a new Linux certification program. The two new designations are the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE). During his keynote address, Zemlin also provided insight into what the Linux Foundation does and what his role is within the Linux community. The highlight for many attendees at any LinuxCon event is the opportunity to see and hear Linux creator Linus Torvalds speak. At the 2014 event, Torvalds, speaking on a Linux kernel developer panel, declared that he is still interested in seeing the Linux desktop succeed. Looking beyond just Linux, the CEO of education platform edX explained why the future of education is open and how his company has fully embraced the open-source model. An open model of collaboration is also being embraced in the automotive industry by startup Local Motors. Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, explained how his company is aiming to revolutionize the automotive industry with crowdsourcing techniques. In this slide show, eWEEK looks back on some of the highlights of the LinuxCon North America 2014 event.

  • The NPD report found notebook PC shipments reached 45.1 million units, an increase of 1 percent over the previous year, led by Lenovo.

  • The chip maker talks about wireless docks that will connect devices to peripherals and hardware to wirelessly charge systems.

  • Windows 9 is coming to the marketplace soon, according to some recent reports. Earlier this month, one report said that Microsoft would show off its upcoming operating system, currently known as Threshold, toward the end of September or early October. A more recent report said Microsoft is, in fact, planning to hold a special press event on Sept. 30 and will launch the preview build of its operating system soon after. With Windows 9 now just weeks away from its initial launch, many consumers and enterprise customers are likely wondering what the future holds for the operating system. Windows 8 has been a nightmare for Microsoft and its customers, and so Windows 9 must be the operating system that bridges the gap between Windows 7 and an updated OS that Windows 8 couldn't fill. In other words, Windows 9 cannot be a misstep the way Windows 8 was. Microsoft, from all appearances, is doing everything it can to make sure that doesn't happen. Several rumors, in fact, have suggested that Microsoft will be delivering a wide range of improvements and new features to make Windows 9 what Windows 8 should have been in the first place. In the following slide show, eWEEK takes a look at features users should expect to find in Windows 9.

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