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Today at CES, Dell has unveiled new models in its XPS 13- and 15-inch options, along with its Alienware line. The new XPS 13 is billed as the "smallest" 13-inch laptop, based on an internal analysis from June of last year. The Alienware 15 and 17 are also 20 percent thinner than previous models for gaming on the go. The XPS 13 offers (in addition to a smaller overall size) a reported battery life of up to 15 hours, while the 15-inch model offers an optional 4K display. Likewise, the Alienware models have lost some weight and gained 4K display options.
The Dell Alienware Alpha is a micro-PC gaming console that has only just gone on sale recently. It was supposed to launch with Valve's Linux-based SteamOS, and is designed specifically as a gaming operating system to power "Steam Machines." However, the final release of the SteamOS has been delayed into 2015, and thus Dell has chosen to forge ahead with the release of its planned Steam Machine, running Windows 8.1 in the interim. As a micro-PC with console-style gaming in mind first and foremost, the system now ships an Xbox 360 controller rather than a Steam controller, and offers a makeshift Alien UI so that it doesn't require a keyboard and mouse to set up. Was it the right move to launch the Alienware Alpha without the vaunted SteamOS?
Alienware has started to ship its attempt at creating a Steam Machine. Pre-orders for the Alienware Alpha will be heading to customers today, and the computer designed based on Valve Software's concept for console-style PC gaming will also be available to buy from various online retailers, with some configurations able to be picked up from some retail outlets.
On top of the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC, Alienware is taking care of mobile gamers with its new Alienware 13 notebook. While the Alienware 13 isn't as powerful as its desktop counterpart, the company hopes to solve that with an add-on device called the Alienware Graphics Amplifier that brings the power of a discrete GPU to the notebook.
Alienware announced the availability of the new Area-51, the company's flagship gaming PC that Electronista took a first-hand look at during PAX Prime 2014. The customizable PC will be available starting October 28 with Intel's gaming-focused Haswell-E processors and X99 motherboards also unveiled during the gaming convention in August.
Alienware shocked the computer industry this week, when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.
Dell is jumping on the trend for high-resolution curved displays, with the manufacturer's first curved monitor. The UltraSharp 34-inch monitor, model U3415W, has a high 3440x1440 resolution as well as a 21:9 cinema-style aspect ratio, with Dell said to be aiming the screen towards gamers and typical purchasers of its Alienware desktop systems.
Dell's Alienware division has launched preorders for its "Steam Machine," absent Valve's operating system. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, an i3-4130T 2.9GHz-based version of the device retails for $599 and will ship with Windows 8.1, with the ability to install the SteamOS should it see the light of day in a timely fashion.
Computer producer Origin PC has issued a few announcements about its gaming computer lines, including the launch of a trade-in program. The company is offering systems it's billing as capable of playing games at a 4K resolution from under $4,000, as well as the commencement of its Trade Up program, where customers can receive credit towards an Origin PC notebook or computer after trading in an Alienware-branded Dell notebook.
Dell has unveiled another gaming notebook under the Alienware brand, with a smaller display compared to others in the range. The Alienware 13 has a selection of 13-inch displays to fit it out with, including a touch-enabled 2560x1440 IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness, a 1080p 350-nit version, and at the low-end, a 720p-resolution screen with 200 nits of brightness.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE