At Mobile World Congress 2014, Futuremark showed off two brand new benchmarks for mobile devices.
Acer, Intel, Qualcomm, and SingTel-Optus have joined a program to benchmark 3D gaming standards on Android devices.
Rovio Entertainment picks up Futuremark Games Studio, a maker of games for the PC, Xbox, and Apple IOS devices.
With its latest version of 3DMark, Futuremark attempts to create a benchmark that allows for cross-platform comparisons among all tablets, smartphones, and PCs.
A fresh look and comfortable feel make HP’s 11-inch budget Chromebook an appealing bet, especially for households that need a cheap no-frills Web-surfing Google Netbook. If you’re not thinking about productivity, though, you’re better off with a tablet.
If you want one of the least expensive Web-browsing devices that feels like a laptop but is really a Chromebook, the Acer C7 is fine. But its limitations match its price.
The HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 advances the argument for Chrome as a low-cost mainstream computing environment, but the laptop's most noteworthy feature is a slightly bigger screen.
Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.
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On today's show, Apple responds to the Mac Defender concerns with a support forum and a promised OS X update, Google may announce mobile payments via NFC as early as tomorrow (Thursday), and Facebook might launch a music service with Spotify (but no, not in the U.S. -- yet). Also, TiVo makes tons of money from suing people and Brian Tong bids a teary farewell to Oprah. --Molly
The Dell XPS 8300 will serve mainstream users as a higher-end do-it-all machine, but gamers and performance enthusiasts will be better off looking elsewhere.