Intel has revealed a significant scaling back in its hardware offerings.
The company has announced it will stop making its Arduino 101 board as well as the Curie module, both of which offered low-cost computing solutions.
Anyone looking to get their hands on the Arduino 101 has until September 17 to order one, with Intel confirming it will fulfill orders through to December 17 this year. As for Curie, it will be available until January 17, next year, with fulfillments continuing until July 17, 2018.
Intel's latest 10-core, high-end desktop (HEDT) chip—the Core i9-7900X—costs £900/$1000. That's £500/$500 less than its predecessor, the i7-6950X. In previous years, such cost-cutting would have been regarded as generous. You might, at a stretch, even call it good value. But that was at a time when Intel's monopoly on the CPU market was as its strongest, before a resurgent AMD lay waste to the idea that a chip with more than four cores be reserved for those with the fattest wallets.
Apple is working on new desktop Macs, including a ground-up redesign of the tiny-but-controversial 2013 Mac Pro. We’re also due for some new iMacs, which Apple says will include some features that will make less-demanding pro users happy.
Apple Watch is probably the best smartwatch on the market, because, well, it doesn't have much competition. Microsoft's Band is dead, and Android Wear devices are largely ho-hum. With that said, it only works with iPhone, making it a non-starter for most consumers. After all, the majority of smartphone users have Android devices.
One of the popular and persistent rumors for 2017’s iPhone is that it will be doing away with the iconic home button, which also begs the question of where will the fingerprint sensor go? Some have suggested that Apple could ditch Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, while others suggest an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.