Here’s what the new Intel will look like

The PC market has been in trouble for ages, but last year took the biscuit. Shipments dropped below 300 million for the first time since 2008, and IDC declared it the worst year in history. That explains a lot about what happened at Intel this week.

The chip maker has been reducing its dependency on PCs for some time, preferring to focus on its more successful data center business. But the announcement that it would lay off 12,000 people is a sign that Intel is finally turning a corner.

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How to upgrade your MacBook Pro Retina to a 1TB PCIe SSD (+video)

When Apple began shipping the MacBook Pro Retina in late 2012, it announced that the built-in solid state-drive (SSD) and RAM would not be user upgradable after purchase.

Well, the RAM part of that statement turned out to be patently untrue. That’s a simple piece of hardware to locate. But Apple’s proprietary PCIe SSD modules proved impossible to find.

Then along came Other World Computing (OWC) to single-handedly fight Apple’s planned obsolescence for MacBook Pro laptops with retina diplays. This month, OWC began offering MacBook Pro Retina- and MacBook Air-compatible Aura PCIe SSDs.

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Our taxes in practice — FBI pays hackers to open terror iPhone

The iPhone 5c believed to contain evidence from the San Bernadino shootings is in the news yet again. This time, the FBI supposedly sent cash to hackers for help — are they serious?

Secret sources tell WaPo that a mysterious gray-hat gang got paid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In return, the hackers provided a zero-day vulnerability in iOS 9 (or perhaps more than one). The bug(s) were then exploited to permit the FBI to break into a Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers visualize panic on the streets of Cupertino. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: That Led Zeppelin knock-off allegation is old news

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All-metal and $299, Acer’s Chromebook 14 targets IT pros

Acer this week announced a new Chromebook that shows just how these machines keep getting better and better.

The eyebrow-raising feature of the Acer Chromebook 14 is its all-aluminium chassis — and a $ 299 price.

This latest Acer system is part of an emerging trend in the Chromebook world to build systems for business users, or people who just want something that feels substantial. From the specs alone, there’s a lot to like.

This Acer Chromebook includes 4GB memory; 32GB of eMMC storage, a lower cost memory typically used in tablets and smartphones; and 12 hours of battery life at full HD via the 1920 x 1080-pixel display.

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