Intel Revamps Atom; The Sims 4 Arrives in 2014; Mother’s Day Nook Deal

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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.

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By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag


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