Intel said it will officially roll out its fourth-generation "Haswell" processors on June 3. The more energy-efficient chips are expected to be quad-core processors for laptops and other applications, Brooke Crothers writes.
Intel has declined to join in the establishment of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation, and a source says Intel prefers to support the OpenCL initiative, Brooke Crothers writes. HSA is a graphics-chip architecture originally created by Advanced Micro Devices, and the foundation aims to make it easier for software developers to take advantage of central processing unit and graphics processing unit co-processors.
Makers of "smartbook" devices hope users will appreciate smartphonelike features in a laptoplike package, but it remains to be seen how different these devices will end up being from the many netbooks already on the market, Brooke Crothers writes.
To give small Web design companies a boost when it comes to business development, Microsoft is offering thousands of dollars' worth of software and services for only $100, Brier Dudley writes, noting that the gesture comes just prior to rival Adobe's annual design conference.