Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 is 2014's Must-Have Mobile Chipset

The Snapdragon 800's had a good run, powering some (bordering on all) of the Android flagship models for the last year. Now there's an upgrade. Larger camera sensor support, Ultra HD video capture and a headline maximum clockspeed increase to 2.45GHz are the next-phone boasts of the Snapdragon 801. » 2/24/14 6:15am 2/24/14 6:15am

This Pringles Dispenser Will Revolutionize Snacks In a Can

Pringles changed the world for the better when it released its perfectly-stacked potato chips-in-a-can approach to snack food. But while the design helped to minimize broken chips, it also made them harder to reach as you went deeper in the can—a problem that's now solved thanks to this brilliant contraption that looks … » 11/15/13 1:30pm 11/15/13 1:30pm

Graphene Computer Chips Run on Light Instead of Electricity

Thanks to improvements in fiber optics, most of the information that you consume on any given day is transported by light. Quite inefficiently, however, most computer chips need electricity to operate, and scientists haven't quite figured out how to make the leap to more futuristic materials. At least not until… » 9/16/13 11:39am 9/16/13 11:39am

Report: Apple's Next-Gen Chips Will Be Made By Samsung Again

Apple's had a turbulent time with Samsung, both in the courtroom and the marketplace—which in part helped inspire Cook and co's recent move away from Sammy as a chip supplier. But according to a new report, Apple is hopping back into the silicon bed with South Korea's finest. » 7/15/13 4:42am 7/15/13 4:42am

These Brand New AMD Processors Could Be Your Next Laptop's Brain

Intel's new 4th-gen chips may be on the horizon, but AMD is taking the opportunity to strike first and get out there with its new family of third-generation A-Series processors ahead of time. Enter "Temash," "Kabini," and "Richland," which will make themselves at home in upcoming tablets, midrange notebooks, and powerhouse… » 5/23/13 12:01am 5/23/13 12:01am

These Tiny Chiplets Could Coat Nearly Anything in Digital Intelligence

Imagine if silicon chips were smaller than a grain of sand and could be made using a laser printer: everything under the sun could be made unobtrusively smart. But that's not science fiction, and you don't have to imagine too hard—because researchers at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center have already done it. » 4/09/13 9:03am 4/09/13 9:03am

Watching Potato Chips Being Made Is as Addictive as Eating Them

NPR has a nice little video feature about Herrs potato chips being made, and it's worth taking a few minutes to watch. But the real stars are the animated gifs of the machinery at work. I can't look away. I want to watch a machine that makes chips all day while another machine feeds them to me, constantly, forever. [ » 4/04/13 2:06pm 4/04/13 2:06pm

Benchmarks Are In: Nvidia's Tegra 4 Really Cooks

When Nvida announced the Tegra 4 back at CES, they laid down the claim it was the world's fastest mobile processor. Now Nvidia's got some prototype devices at Mobile World Congress, the benchmarks are coming in and there's no questioning it. The Tegra 4 is a total speed-demon. » 2/24/13 4:37pm 2/24/13 4:37pm

How to Vote On the New Insane Flavors of Lay's Chips

Last week we caught a fleeting glimpse of the potential new flavors in the running for Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" chip contest. Turns out that glimpse was gloriously right and now you can pick your poison and vote for one of the three official contestants: Cheesy Garlic Bread, Chicken & Waffles, and Sriracha-flavored. » 2/11/13 9:58am 2/11/13 9:58am