Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics
Yesterday I shared some benchmarks showing Intel Sandy Bridge HD Graphics performance increasing on Linux 3.17 for this several year old architecture. This came as a surprise but the good news is the performance improvements on this new Linux kernel don't stop with OpenGL but extend to CPU performance too.
Acer Offers New Desktop Chromebox
Acer, which has been rapidly gaining popularity as a portable computing hardware manufacturer, has been placing some heavy bets on Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS platform. The company has a fleet of portable computers based on Chrome OS, and is taking Chrome OS to the desktop form factor with a new system.
Acer’s Chromebox CXI system, announced on Thursday, is seen back-mounted in the photo and runs an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core 1.4GHz processor. It also has a 16GB solid-state drive, and--like other systems based on Chrome OS--offers a fast boot-up time that Acer claims takes only eight seconds.
Android in-dash IVI device revs up in India
MapmyIndia released an Android-based IVI and navigation system called the IceNav 701 with a dual-core processor, a 6.2-inch WVGA touchscreen, and NaviMap.
With Indian navigation technology firm MapmyIndia releasing the IceNav 701, Android continues its quiet push into in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). Other Android-based systems we’ve seen include Renault’s R-Link, Clarion Malaysia’s AX1, and Malaysia-based Proton’s Suprima S, among others.
Orca 3.14 Beta 1 Features Major Changes and Improvements
Orca 3.13.90, a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via speech and refreshable Braille, is now available for download and testing.