How small is an atom, really? (or how to make your head explode)

Kurzgesagt has a neat new explainer: "How small is an atom?" I watched it. It does a great job at giving you an idea of how small atoms are and how they work. But it doesn't matter, because my brain just plainly refuses to believe any of this. Hulk head hurt. Hulk smash atoms. Oops, Hulk make nuclear detonation. » 1/21/15 6:22pm 1/21/15 6:22pm

You Can Rent This Modular Pocket PC For $200 a Year

Did you know that Chromebooks were originally supposed to be disposable computers? That didn't quite come to pass. But a new computer company called The Hive has a PC that you actually do trade in, year after year. » 1/09/15 7:47pm 1/09/15 7:47pm

Intel's $150 HDMI Stick Turns Any TV Into a Windows Desktop

Got an HDMI port handy? Sure, you could plug in a Chromecast, Fire TV Stick or Roku Streaming Stick to get your Netflix fix. Or you could pay $150 to get a full Windows 8.1 PC in the same form factor. » 1/09/15 2:05pm 1/09/15 2:05pm

You Can Now Buy Dell's Incredible Android Tablet

Remember when Dell made Android tablets interesting again? Four months later, you can finally buy the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. While it's still listed as "coming soon" on Dell's website, Best Buy is now carrying the slate which wowed us with a beautiful screen, crazy camera, and ultra-thin chassis. It'll set you back… » 1/06/15 6:08pm 1/06/15 6:08pm

Scientists Have Recorded the Sound of a Single Atom

What's the sound of one atom moving? That might sound a bit like a silly philosophical question, but actually it's a scientific puzzle that's now been solved. » 9/12/14 8:15am 9/12/14 8:15am

Intel's New Atom Chips Are Just Waiting For Phones to Catch Up

Today at Mobile World Congress, Intel launched its latest dual-core 64-bit mobile processor, Merrifield, and spilled some of the beans on its upcoming follow-up, the quad-cored Moorefield. Now they're just looking for some devices to jump into. » 2/24/14 11:56am 2/24/14 11:56am

Intel Bay Trail: Laptop-Tablet Hybrids Might Actually Keep Up Now

Just a couple of months ago, Intel's new 4th generation processors helped laptops get a whole lot better. Now Intel's trying to work the same magic on mobile. Meet Bay Trail, a new flavor of chips designed specifically to make Windows 8 and Android tablets more awesome. » 9/11/13 12:00pm 9/11/13 12:00pm

Charging Gadgets While You Bike Is About to Get a Lot Simpler

Ever gone for a long bike ride in unfamiliar territory? Probably used your phone's GPS to help navigate, right? Convenient. However, that also makes running out of juice more than just a small annoyance. Siva Cycle's Atom might just solve that, and a host of other battery issues for the tech-bound biker. » 4/23/13 11:55am 4/23/13 11:55am

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 Review: Just Barely a Laptop

Lenovo probably did Windows 8 the best of anyone so far with the bendy, twisty Yoga. Now it's got the Thinkpad Tablet 2 and keyboard combo. If the Lenovo Yoga is a laptop that's sort of a tablet, this is the tablet that's sort of a laptop. » 3/11/13 4:03pm 3/11/13 4:03pm

Lenovo K900 Hands-On: This Tall, Skinny Hottie Needs to Get In My Pants

The Lenovo K900 is a big phone, yes, but it's a designy big phone. It's handsome, skinny, and slick like the finest smartphones ever made. We never thought we would be into a 5.5-inch phone until the K900's brushed metal back landed in our hands. » 1/08/13 10:33pm 1/08/13 10:33pm

Intel's New Chips: Everything You Need to Know

Intel's talking about its new stuff today at CES. Some of it's new, some of it we've heard before. But we'll let you know everything important that goes down today. » 1/07/13 4:12pm 1/07/13 4:12pm

Windows 8 Hybrids: $750 Netbooks That Just Aren't Worth It

Windows 8 hardware sales are off to a slow start as shoppers scratch their heads over Microsoft's new operating system and flock to low-cost tablets instead. Could a souped-up netbook save the day? The latest hybrids powered by Intel Atom processors promise the best of both worlds: the versatility of a laptop combined… » 12/31/12 11:00am 12/31/12 11:00am

One Key Way the iPhone 5 Totally Destroys the Competition

We got hints from an early Geekbench result that the iPhone 5 was going to be flying. It seems that Apple's really has worked some magic, both with iOS 6 and its custom silicon, to make the iPhone 5 absolutely blazing at crunching Javascript. Browsing on the iPhone 5 is going to be lightning quick. » 9/19/12 8:40am 9/19/12 8:40am

This Is the Shadow of a Single Atom

This isn't a wallpaper design from the seventies, or a close-up picture of the sun. Though it might look a little garish in orange, what you're actually looking at is the first ever recorded image of an atom's shadow. » 7/04/12 10:00pm 7/04/12 10:00pm

Scientists Build Scales That Can Weigh a Single Proton

How do you weigh an atom? To be honest, that's a question with plenty of problems which need answering, but one thing's certain: you need some accurate scales. Now, scientists have made a set that can measure the smallest unit of mass, the yoctogram—which is less than the mass of a single proton. » 4/02/12 6:36am 4/02/12 6:36am

The First-Ever Images of Atoms Moving Inside a Molecule

Ohio State University researchers have captured the first-ever images of atoms moving within a molecule using a novel technique that turns one of the molecules own electrons into a kind of flash bulb. The technique has yielded a new way of imaging molecules, but could one day help scientists to intimately control… » 3/08/12 5:37am 3/08/12 5:37am

The Single-Atom Transistor That Could Break Moore's Law

In the ongoing quest to push processor performance, the key is being able to effectively shrink their component parts. A new transistor, based on a single atom, may go further than helping speed things up: it could shatter Moore's Law. » 2/20/12 6:39am 2/20/12 6:39am

Intel Launching New Atom-Based Processors With Digital Wi-Fi

If you thought Intel's Atom processor line was dead, think again: the company is launching a new version of the silicon, code named Rosepoint. Don't be too quick to dismiss it, either, because it sounds like the new mobile processor could mean business. » 2/20/12 5:08am 2/20/12 5:08am

Whole New MeeGo Surfaces In Fancy Oak Trail Tablet

MeeGo sure has changed a lot since when we first got a good look at it, and regardless of how you feel about the changes, lets hope that the adjustments indicate a broad release is near. And in the meantime, let's sit back and appreciate our first look at the Oak Trail (Atom Z670 1.5GHz processor) reference tablet… » 4/12/11 4:10pm 4/12/11 4:10pm

Intel's Tablet Answer: Atom, Evolved

Intel's inability to crack the mobile market has been a growing blemish on their record, an increasingly sore spot that's seen the processor giant sit out the biggest new product category since the laptop. Sure, there have been tablets with Intel inside, but they've been solidly second-rate battery suckers. So how… » 4/11/11 11:00am 4/11/11 11:00am