Noon News: Asus Ivy Bridge Gaming PC Listed, Apple to Drop 17-inch Macbook Pro?, Windows 8 on Nokia Fluid

Although Asus has not officially launched an Ivy Bridge computer, we tracked down one on preorder at Saveonlaptops, which goes by the name Essentio CG8270. The computer marks a definite step up from Asus' usual all in one computers and Atom-based nettops as it targets gamers and power users first and foremost with a selling price of £999.97.

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has announced two new range of desktop computers based on the newly launched Intel Ivy Bridge processors. The Acer Predator AG3620 will zero on power users and gamers and comes with a Core i7-3770 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, a four core beast that has a maximum turbo frequency of 3.9Ghz, 8MB L3 cache and a TDP of 77W.

According to a well respected analyst within the tech community, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could be looking to simplify its MacBook Pro line up and can the 17-inch version because of "weak sales". In the past, Apple has been ruthless, getting rid of models that didn't performed according to expectations. This was the case for the Xserve server range which vanished back in 2010.

A quick look at the die photo of Sandy Bridge compared to Ivy Bridge leaves no doubt as to the trend that Intel is pursuing. The semiconductor giant said of the Ivy Bridge update that it was more of a "tick plus" rather than a mere "tick" because of the major improvements made to the processor graphics unit. Indeed, real life performance shows improvements between 25 per cent and up to 80 per cent compared to the previous GPU performance of Sandy Bridge.

More evidence of Windows Phone 8 has surfaced, this time catching the upcoming mobile OS running on two unknown devices, one made by Nokia. They were both browsing the web via Internet Explorer 10 and as the evidence shows, they could be featuring a square-shaped display. The data was obtained from mobile speed test platform, DSLReport, which shows the user two Windows Phone 8 handsets performing some download tests. Apparently, one is named Nokia Fluid while the other is known as Qualcomm Fluid.