You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
Chromebooks are hitting the market en masse and after taking a look at the new Acer device, we went hands-on with HP's version of the Haswell-powered computer. Snow White, Ocean Turquoise, Coral Peach; you take your pick, as the new laptops come in three eye-popping colors. Also on board is a 14-inch display with 1,366 x 768 resolution, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, plus a battery that promises up to 9.5 hours of continuous use. The HP Chromebook 14 is priced at around $299.99, and should be available for purchase before the holiday season. Click through for more details and a first-impressions video.
Late yesterday night ASUS unveiled another member to its Transformer family, after adding new devices to the line only a few months ago at Computex. At IDF 2013 the company showed off its Transformer Book T100: a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 IPS tablet with a 31Wh battery, quad-core Bay Trail-T Atom CPU that runs on Windows 8.1. The device will be available starting October 18th, and its price will run from $349. We found that for its price, the T100 had some very solid hardware despite the whole plastic chasis. The tablet's key buttons also have a fair amount of travel to them, likely making typing out emails easier on the user. Read on for more details.
Seven months after Dell announced its plans to go private, the company finally voted in favor of Michael Dell's $24.9 billion buyout offer. The final transaction, which is still pending approval, should amount to about $13.88 per share for stockholders when it closes in Q3 of Dell's 2014 fiscal year. Earlier today, on the company's investor call, Michael Dell reconfirmed his intentions to innovate, a goal which can now be easier achieved "without the scrutiny of operating as a public company." Click the link above for more.
Following Apple's announcement only a few days ago, Samsung has chimed in telling the Korea Times that its future smartphones -- like the iPhone 5s -- will feature a 64-bit CPU processor. While this doesn't exactly confirm that the Galaxy S 5 (still unannounced) will include the new tech, it certainly allows for rumor and speculation. Head on up above for more information, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system iOS (7)
- Screen size 4 inches
- Internal memory 16 GB
- Carriers (US) AT&T
- Dimensions 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 in
- Weight 3.95 oz
- Released 2013-09-20