Daily Tech Briefing: August 13, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-08-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

T-Mobile intros pay as you go plan with flat 10-cent rate; Lenovo unveils new ThinkStation workstations; Microsoft updates Bing search to appeal to developers; and more.

 
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T-Mobile's latest effort to address the need for simpler, more affordable wireless service plans is a flat-rate Pay as You Go plan. The company explained that up until now, pay-as-you-go plans have been tricky because varying per-minute and per-text pricing made it unclear whether it was time to "reload" or not.

However, T-Mobile's Pay as You Go plan features a 10-cent-per-minute rate for talking and texting, which the company said is the lowest rate in the industry. The plan comes with a $3 monthly minimum—good for 30 minutes or talking or texting, or some combination of the two.

PC and mobile device maker Lenovo unveiled the latest additions to its ThinkStation P Series desktop systems at the SIGGRAPH 2014 show Aug. 12 in Vancouver, B.C.

These systems are equipped with the latest processor and graphics technology from Intel and Nvidia, leverage DDR4 memory and include enhancements around system heat management. In May, the company announced the ThinkStation P300. The new workstations are the P900, P700 and P500.

In an effort to appeal to developers, Microsoft has rolled out a new update to the company's Bing search engine. Shabbar Husain, senior program manager of Bing's Tech Team, explained in a Bing Blog post that his group has been working to create a more natural way for users to address technical queries.

Now, Bing's results display additional, in-context information along with code snippets while Google sticks with its long-established practice of displaying links that are followed by a brief summary.

Eight months after Nvidia released its 32-bit Tegra K1 mobile chip, company officials are sharing details about the upcoming version that will include a custom-designed ARM-based CPU and bring PC capabilities to such mobile devices as tablets.

At the Hot Chips 2014 conference this week company officials said the 64-bit Tegra K1 is the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android devices, pairing the dual-core "Project Denver" CPU with Nvidia's 192-core Kepler GPU.

 
 
 

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