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.


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…