Intel Revamps Atom; The Sims 4 Arrives in 2014; Mother’s Day Nook Deal
Topping tech headlines on Monday, Intel raised the curtain on a next-generation, 22-nanometer Atom core microarchitecture code named Silvermont, promising major improvements in power and power efficiency compared with current-generation Atom System-on-a-Chip (SoC) cores.
The first Atom products featuring Silvermont will be quad-core SoCs aimed at tablets and convertibles, Intel said at a press event at its campus in California. Code named Bay Trail, these chipsets will arrive in products in time for the holiday season this year, according to the company.
In other news, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 4 will debut next year. The game will be available for PC and Mac in 2014 from EA subsidiary Maxis. Also on the gaming front, the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies will debut in July, game maker PopCap announced in a Monday teaser video.
Meanwhile, Barnes & Nobles is offering a discount on its Nook devices for Mother’s Day. Available in store and online, the 7-inch Nook HD is discounted $50 while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is now selling for $179 (16GB) and $209 (32GB), normally $269 and $299, respectively. The offer ends on May 12; if you want to get it in time for Mother’s Day, you’ll have to order by today. Amazon is also offering $20 off its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.
Here’s some other tech stories you might have missed yesterday:
- Adobe Ditches Creative Suite for CC: Creative Cloud: Creative Suite will cease to exist and be replaced entirely by Creative Cloud, the company’s software subscription option.
- EU: Motorola Abused Power With Apple Injunction Requests: Motorola abused its dominant position by filing a patent-related injunction request against Apple, according to the European Commission.
- Bill Gates: Consumers ‘Frustrated’ With iPad: He argued that users are frustrated with the iPad because the Apple tablet lacks some of the functionality found in traditional PCs.
- GameStop Ending PlayStation 2 Trade-Ins After June 1: If you’re looking to get rid of your old PlayStation 2, you might want to do it sooner rather than later.
- Google’s Schmidt Concerned by Lack of Internet ‘Delete Button’: The permanence of information on the Internet, in some cases, goes against the basic principle of fairness in America, Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said during a Monday talk at New York University.
- Gmail iOS App Now Opens Links in Chrome, YouTube, Google Maps: Google on Monday released an update to its Gmail iOS app that allows for links to be opened in other Google apps, provided they are installed on a user’s iOS device.
- Fortune 500: Apple Cracks Top 10, Facebook Makes Debut: Apple landed at No. 6 on this year’s Fortune 500 list, the only tech company in the top 10.
- Tablets to Outshine PCs, But Touch-Based Ultrabooks Might Help: This year will be a transformative one for personal computing, with tablets outpacing notebook PCs, thanks in part to the growing popularity of touch-based devices, according to stats from NPD Group.
- Report: YouTube Paid Subscription Channels Expected Soon: Google is gearing up to unveil a YouTube subscription service that would allow users to sign up for access to individual channels, according to the Financial Times.
- Saturday Night Live Skit Takes On Google Glass: Not since the original iPhone has a piece of new technology captured the attention of the mainstream like Google Glass.
- 3D-Printed Guns: Your Questions Answered: Are they legal? How does it work? Here’s what you need to know about 3D-printed guns.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag