Stories by Agam Shah

How Acer plans to go after hardcore gamers

A year ago, Acer was struggling and Jason Chen, its newly appointed CEO, thought the company could stay afloat by cutting its reliance on PCs and expanding in wearables and mobile devices. In view of the success of its Chromebooks and the pending release of Microsoft's Windows 10, however, Chen is now doubling down on PCs.

By Agam Shah | 25 April, 2015 03:42

Tags: hardware systems, acer

Acer Aspire Switch 10 saved by the dock

Acer's new Aspire Switch 10 seems like just another low-cost Windows tablet, but its detachable keyboard dock turns the device into a shape-shifter that can stand in multiple angles.

By Agam Shah | 24 April, 2015 08:41

Tags: hardware systems, tablets, laptops, acer

Acer's $US199 Chromebook 15: Inexpensive but bulky

Most appealing about Acer's new Chromebook 15 CB3-531 are its US$199 price and large 15.6-inch screen. But the laptop is bulky and it puts into question whether Chromebooks can be full-blown desktop replacements.

By Agam Shah | 24 April, 2015 06:25

Tags: hardware systems, acer

Acer's new Liquid Leap wearable bands measure stress

Do you want to measure your stress levels? Acer has announced two wearable bands that will measure that, in addition to heart rates.

By Agam Shah | 24 April, 2015 02:42

Tags: consumer electronics, acer

Acer's new laptops, hybrids set tone for Windows 10-Chromebook battle

A heavyweight battle between Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks is expected to break out later this year, and Acer will play on both sides with low-priced laptops and laptop tablet hybrids it announced on Thursday.

By Agam Shah | 24 April, 2015 02:12

Tags: consumer electronics, Jason Chen, hardware systems, acer

How Intel could prolong Moore's Law with new materials, transistors

As questions persist about the longevity of Moore's Law, an analyst has predicted some specific ways that Intel will keep it going for at least the next few years.

By Agam Shah | 23 April, 2015 07:07

Tags: Components, processors, intel

Intel's Compute Stick goes on sale for $149 with Windows 8.1

Intel's thumb-size Compute Stick -- a PC that resembles a USB pen drive -- is now available with either Windows 8.1 or Linux.

By Agam Shah | 23 April, 2015 02:05

Tags: hardware systems, intel

HP leaves Apple Beats behind with new X360 hybrids

Hewlett-Packard has closed the door on its partnership with Beats Audio, now owned by Apple, with its first hybrids featuring Bang and Olufsen audio technology.

By Agam Shah | 22 April, 2015 14:02

Tags: hardware systems, laptops, Hewlett-Packard

Qualcomm looking to fast-track Snapdragon 820 with help from Samsung

A plan by Qualcomm to get Samsung Electronics to make its Snapdragon 820 chip could lead to faster smartphones, offering longer battery life by early next year.

By Agam Shah | 21 April, 2015 11:40

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones, Samsung Electronics, qualcomm, Components, processors

Apple's 12-inch MacBook can use third-party USB Type-C cables

If you're buying a new 12-inch MacBook and scrambling to find cables that work with the laptop's new USB Type-C port, you have more options than Apple's pricey cables.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2015 05:44

Tags: Apple, hardware systems, Components

Microsoft shows impressively accurate hand-tracking system for VR

Virtual reality has come a long way: put on a headset and you can peer into an alien world or feel like you're laying on a beach in Jamaica. But interacting with that world -- reaching out your hand to pick up a virtual object on the screen -- still has a long way to go.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2015 04:41

Tags: CHI, consumer electronics, Microsoft

Five paths for Moore's Law

For 50 years, Moore's Law has paved the way for faster, smaller and cheaper devices. The observation focuses on the economics and scaling of silicon chips, which are at the heart of computing devices.

By Agam Shah | 17 April, 2015 06:23

Tags: Advanced Micro Devices, hardware systems, intel

Moore's Law at 50: The past and future

When you're strapping on the latest smart watch or ogling an iPhone, you probably aren't thinking of Moore's Law, which for 50 years has been used as a blueprint to make computers smaller, cheaper and faster.

By Agam Shah | 17 April, 2015 06:05

Tags: Components, processors, intel

LG shows Thunderbolt 2 compatible 4K monitor

Until now, there hasn't been a true 4K computer monitor that can plug into Thunderbolt ports, but LG may have solved that problem with a new display it has introduced.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2015 05:13

Tags: lg display, Components, displays

For Microsoft, hardware and OS consistency key in Surface 3

With the upcoming Surface 3, Microsoft is ending experimentation and bringing back hardware and OS consistency across its line of tablets, hoping that consumers and businesses will find a lot to like.

By Agam Shah | 16 April, 2015 03:00

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets

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