I've noticed a trend lately. Rather than replacing a router when it literally stops working, I've needed to act earlier—swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. (Note, I am duly thankful for this problem.) As the latest example, a whole bunch of Netgear ProSafe 318G routers failed me for the last time as small businesses have upgraded from 1.5-9mbps traditional T1 connections to 50mbps coax (cable).
If you’re a casual or mainstream gamer, you don’t need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.
Instead, look at integrated graphics, which are getting more powerful by the day, said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel’s desktop clients platform.
The top-level graphics processors integrated in Intel’s chips, called Iris and Iris Pro, can outperform 80 percent of discrete graphics chips, Bryant said.
Way back at the beginning of 2015 I tasked myself with building a gaming PC for the living room. 12 months later and finally—after coming to work for Ars, travelling halfway around the world a few times over, and patiently waiting for someone to release a console-like case that didn't suck—it is done.
Hackaball, a children's toy designed to create an interest in programming, started life as a Kickstarter in 2015, and the company behind it is ready to start shipping product in March.
The device itself is relatively straightforward, consisting of a rubberized sheath wrapped around a durable outer shell, inside of which is a miniature computer complete with gyroscope, accelerometer, vibration motor, multicolor LEDs and a speaker. It's what kids can do with Hackaball that makes it different.
Intel's original Compute Stick was a neat idea that ultimately wasn't executed very well. Any system based on one of Intel's Atom processors is going to be a little slow, but flaky wireless, inconsistent performance, and a clunky setup process all made it less appealing than it could have been. It had all of the hallmarks and rough edges of a first-generation product.