updated 11:28 pm EDT, Sun August 31, 2014
DrinkMate breathalyzer adapter for Android nears Kickstarter goal
Breathlyzer adapter for Android phones, DrinkMate, is -- at the time of writing -- a few thousand dollars away from reaching its Kickstarter fundraising goal. A 1.8-inch long device, DrinkMate will plug into a powered Micro-USB port, and used in conjunction with its companion app can display a blood alcohol content rating upon use. Users blow into its air inlet, removing the need for a mouthpiece, and the app compensates for impairment-related misreadings by ensuring the readings are taken long enough after the last drink. Data is intended to be visible and sharable, as to promote safety-related peer pressure. Those interested in backing DrinkMate's Kickstarter can make a pledge starting at $25 to later receive the device.
Velocity Micro announces availability of new Intel processors
Velocity Micro has announced the availability of its new Intel Core processors, integrated into gaming and workstation PCs. Formally codenamed Haswell-E, the configurations in the Raptor gaming class and select ProMagix workstations are now shipping. The Core i7-5960X includes eight physical cores with 16 total threads, with a clock speed of 3.0GHx at base and 3.3GHz at Turbo, and 20MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-5930L has six cores and 12 threads, at 3.5/3.9GHz and 15MB of L3 cache and lastly, the Core i7-5820K features six cores, 12 threads, and a 3.3/3.6GHz clock and 15MB of L3 cache. Pricing for Velocity Micro's new systems start at $2,299.