January 5, 2015, 12:50 PM

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Broadwell U arrives: Faster laptop CPUs and GPUs from Core i7 to Celeron  —  Intel's staggered Broadwell rollout continues with 17 new laptop chips.  —  Intel promised us more chips based on the new Broadwell architecture in early 2015, and today it's delivering on that promise.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Intel begins shipping 14nm “Cherry Trail” chips for tablets  —  Next-gen Atom SoCs refine the CPU and provide a big boost to the GPU.  —  In addition to the new Broadwell chips it's announcing today, Intel is also sharing a little information on “Cherry Trail,” its new SoCs for Windows and Android tablets.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Cast for audio lets you stream music from apps like Pandora and Rdio to compatible speakers, coming this spring  —  Google Cast will offer direct streaming from apps to Sony, LG, and Denon audio products this spring  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?
Marco Arment /
Apple's marketing priorities are driving the pace of software releases at the expense of quality  —  Apple has lost the functional high ground  —  Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better.  But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nest adds 15 new partners, now integrates with smartlocks, lighting, and home appliances  —  Nest's thermostat gets smarter with support for more third-party devices  —  Nest is today announcing a handful of new additions to the company's “Works with Nest” program, a designation given …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Asked to Remove 345 Million “Pirate” Links in 2014  —  In the hope of steering prospective customers away from pirate sites, copyright holders are overloading Google with DMCA takedown notices.  —  These requests have increased dramatically over the years.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP unveils its 5K monitor, available in March for $1299, alongside curved, 4K, and 3D displays  —  HP intros a slew of monitors, including curved, 5K and 3D models  —  HP just announced a boatload of new monitors here at CES and impressively, they seem to combine every big tech buzzword from the past few years.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
How Megan Smith is trying to bring her Silicon Valley sensibility to the White House as US CTO  —  Her Task Is to Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's top technology adviser cringes when she hears highly educated adults say how bad they are at science and math …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces the Nokia 215, a $29 Internet-ready phone headed to emerging markets in Q1  —  Microsoft launches the Nokia 215, a $29 feature phone touted as its most affordable Internet device yet  —  Microsoft might be ditching “Nokia” from its flagship Lumia smartphones …

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