At Intel's CES opening keynote, the company announced that in 2014, every microprocessor it ships will be free of conflict minerals. It's a wonderful and welcome step forward, and makes you look a little side-eyed at the PC you bought, uh, before now.

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Intel Closes in on AMD

Intel figured it was about time to show AMD who's really boss in this whole processor tug-of-war, so it decided to make its own dual-core 64-bit processor (AMD brought out its version, the Opteron, in April). Code-named Paxville (I don't even want to ask where that came from), this new XEON processor runs at 2.80…