Health tracker manufacturer reportedly bought by Intel
Intel has picked up health tracker producer Basis Science, beating off competition from Apple and Google, according to a report. The acquisition, yet to be confirmed by either company, is said by multiple sources to be worth $100 million or $150 million, and extends Intel's wearables portfolio from the SD card-sized Edison computer and the combined headset and smartphone combination known as Jarvis.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
Hints at future wearable tech, may help provide Apple with ARM chips
During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that the chipmaker's relationship with Apple continued to be "very close," despite Apple using its own ARM-based chip designs in its most popular products, the iPhone and iPad. Intel continues to supply Apple with chips and graphics systems for most of its Mac line, however, and Krzanich said the two companies continue to "grow closer," suggesting potential future partnerships.
Intel NUC offers users the ability to customize their own HTPC
The Intel NUC Kit (Next Unit of Computing) (D54250WYK) is a "bare-bones" Mini PC that ships with the core components of a computing system, but requires users to add their own RAM, SSD, wireless card and operating system to make fully functional. Designed for PC enthusiasts and those wanting to dip their toes into do-it-yourself PC building, the Intel NUC is the smallest form factor that you can pack a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 "Haswell" processor into. Now in its second generation, the Intel NUC has the makings of an ideal home theater PC, or general purpose PC for use at home or in the office. Take a look at our full review of the Intel NUC to find out what it's like to put together and bring to life.
Revision revealed at annual microprocessor industry event
Intel is readying a new revision of the Haswell series of Intel Core processors. The newest models are built on the latest 22nm tri-gate SoC process technology. As one result of the improved fabrication technology, the graphics core incorporates several new features that allow it to improve energy efficiency by 40 percent -- essentially giving still longer battery life for the same performance as the present chips.
Companies want easier time recouping legal fees
A collection of companies -- including Apple, Google, Yahoo, Intel, Cisco, and Facebook -- are asking the US Supreme Court for measures to help deter frivolous patent lawsuits, Bloomberg reports. In particular, the companies are seeking to change the language used to determine when a defendant can claim coverage of legal fees from a plaintiff. The current standard allows coverage only if a suit is ruled "objectively baseless" and filed in bad faith.
Microsoft, Lenovo also noted; Google falls behind contemporaries
A new list published by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has illustrated how much power some of America's top technology and telecom firms use, and how much of it comes from renewable "green" resources such as wind, solar, biogas and other options. The list, oddly ranked strictly by the amount of total power used rather than the "net" amount of power used from non-renewable sources, shows Intel at the top, with Apple in fourth place.
Intel aims for PC and HTPC enthusiasts with the Intel NUC Kit
Simply put, the Intel NUC Kit is a "bare-bones" Mini PC desktop. It is aimed at do-it-yourself PC enthusiasts as well as users interested developing a customized home theater PC solution. The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) model that we have been provided with by Intel is the second-generation model and features a number of marked improvements over the original unit that debuted in 2012. It is an intriguing product for Intel and we were keen to take a first look at it ahead of a full review.
On-processor voice recognition offered by Intel to smartphone manufacturers
Intel's wearable computing efforts will attempt to trump other voice recognition systems from Apple and Google by using offline processing, it has revealed. Rather than taking advantage of the cloud infrastructure, Intel plans to include voice recognition software from a third-party company on the Intel mobile processor itself, in order to quickly understand a verbal request without connecting to the Internet.
Specs remain the same, housings further ruggedized
Intel has introduced minor updates to its Education Tablet and Classmate PC reference designs for use in classroom environments. The tablet offers Intel's newer dual-core 1.2GHz Clover Trail SoC, though it still runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rather than one of the latest builds. The company has also added more rubber around the edge of the housing to help avoid damage from accidental drops or bumps, while the battery life has been extended to a claimed 12 hours.
Rumor points to continued Asus partnership
Google may be refocusing its Nexus tablet efforts on the eight-inch market and considering a possible switch to Intel's Bay Trail platform, according to rumors posted on DigiTimes. Unnamed sources in the supply chain suggest Google is experiencing weaker demand in the seven-inch Android segment, as several viable competitors have entered the field with price tags below $175.
OnCue Cloud TV platform could be rolled into Verizon FiOS
Verizon has agreed to buy Intel's Internet television business, the two companies have confirmed. Intel Media, which is working on Intel's OnCue Cloud TV platform, will remain in Santa Clara and continue to use its existing management team, with Verizon hoping to retain the 350 employees in the unit once the acquisition is completed sometime in the first quarter of this year.
Unclear what amount of the expected losses will come from attrition
Following Intel's no-growth financial result posting yesterday, Intel is planning on cutting about five percent of its worldwide workforce in an effort to prioritize growth sectors and reduce costs. On its quarterly investor conference call, Chief Financial Officer Stacy Rasgon hinted at an employee reduction this year and said that Intel would increase focus in areas such as mobile chips and tablets.
Company claims tablet revenue starting to add to the company's finances
Intel Corporation today reported full-year revenue of $52.7 billion, operating income of $12.3 billion, net income of $9.6 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of $1.89. The company generated approximately $20.9 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $4.5 billion, and used $2.1 billion to repurchase 94 million shares of stock. For the fourth quarter of 2013, Intel posted revenue of $13.8 billion, operating income of $3.5 billion, net income of $2.6 billion, and EPS of 51 cents.
Funds earmarked for new plant will be used to modernize older facilities
Intel has postponed indefinitely the official opening of a near-completed chip factory in Arizona as a result of slowing computer sales. The Fab 42 facility in Chandler, AZ will not open, with Intel shunting money earmarked for the facility to upgrade other factories at the same location. The new factory was an Obama re-election campaign stop in 2012, where he touted the facility as a prime way to reclaim manufacturing lost to China and other Asian countries.
Cromax tests US waters with Android/Win
India-based Micromax, known only for its A116 Canvas HD smartphone from last year, is now getting into the convertible tablet game with the Canvas Laptab. It functions with both Windows 8.0 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS choices, and is powered by a 1.46GHz Intel Celeron CPU.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
New initiative driven by 'make it wearable' contest, SD-card sized computer
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today outlined a range of products, initiatives and strategic relationships aimed at accelerating innovation across a range of mobile and wearable devices, as well as individual inventors' own connected creations. To champion this effort, Krzanich spoke of alliances with clothiers, a new SD card-sized computer called "Intel Edison," and a "Make it Wearable" contest, offering the winner $500,000 for future development of a proposed project.
New computer features 4GB RAM, up to Haswell i7 processor
Asus today announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, the world's first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android, in either laptop or tablet modes, with a push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a Intel Core i7 processor at its heart, the Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM processors, according to Asus.
ToughPad, 4K sports cam, Life+Screen HDTVs to headline Panasonic CES booth
At its CES press conference on Monday, Panasonic made a number of brief product introductions, including the FZ-M1 Toughpad tablet and a number of other interesting consumer electronics. The company also promised to bring out a wearable action sports camcorder based on its current HX-A100. The future model will capture video in 4K resolution.
MIcrosoft has offered no real rationale for unannounced boost in speed
Just two months after launch, and with no fanfare, Microsoft is shipping its recently-refreshed Surface Pro 2 tablet with a faster processor. The full Windows 8 tablet now includes the Intel i5-4300u processor running at 1.9GHz, versus the i5 4200u that the tablet was revised with two months ago, running at 1.6Ghz.
Smartphone from Samsung believed to appear at Tizen event
The first consumer Tizen devices could be shown off the day before Mobile World Congress, at an invitation-only event on February 23rd. Invitations have reportedly been sent to members of the media for the event, which hopes to show attendees what progress Samsung, Intel, and other backers have made on making the operating system suitable for use by the public.
Verizon may announce Intel TV buy next week
Verizon Communications could announce a deal to buy Intel's unreleased Internet television startup as early as next week. This according to Bloomberg, which cites sources close to negotiations between the two tech giants as saying that Verizon is quite close to closing a deal for Intel's OnCue service. The communications giant's thinking is that it has the clout to succeed where the chipmaker has so far failed.
New CEO prioritizing things differently than exiting chair
Intel's move towards IP-based television service has seemingly run into serious delays, making the company question its commitment to the new service, according to reports. Sources claim that Intel is readying the division, called OnCue, for sale -- with the most likely buyer being Verizon.
Intel pop-up stores launching first in New York
Intel is opening its own retail stores in the US, in an effort to market devices using its processors. The pop-up "Intel Experience" stores will follow the lead of other producers, such as Microsoft and Samsung, in creating the promotional retail locations, with the first to be opened in NoLita in New York on November 23rd.
Hands-on with Dell's low-end enterprise slates
The mobile computing revolution has largely left Dell – along with most other traditional PC giants – in the lurch. Even as it goes private, Dell is still striking out into the mobile device market, releasing new Android and Windows tablets aimed at providing enterprise clients an option for low-cost touchscreen devices. We just received a review copy of the Venue 7 Android slate, and we've got a few first impressions to share on Dell's latest touchscreen device.
AMD gains market share on back of PS4, Xbox One product ramps
AMD has seen its market share of the x86 chip market rise at the expense Intel largely thanks to the product ramps of the forthcoming Sony PS4 and the Xbox One. Highlighting that its strategy of shifting into non-PC x86 is reaping dividends, AMDs market share in Q3 rose from 16.1 percent to 19.3 percent. By comparison, Intel's x86 market share slipped from 83.3 percent in the same quarter last year to 80.2 percent, while the overall x86 market also declined.
Intel OnCue said to be on life support
Intel's as-yet-unrevealed streaming media service may never see the light of day under the chipmaker's brand, as a new report from AllThingsD has Intel considering handing over the project to Verizon. Intel is reportedly close to sealing a deal with the telecommunications giant, though it is uncertain whether Intel would retain any control or interest in Intel Media should it choose to sell off the unit. If the deal does go through, it would mark the end of a nearly three-year saga in which Intel's service was perpetually just around the corner but never materialized.
Boosts MacBook graphics 40 to 65 percent faster than previous generation
Benchmarking tests on the latest Apple MacBook Pro models have revealed that the new Iris integrated graphics systems from Intel is considerably faster than the previous generation -- up to 65 percent faster, in fact. Two different test suites (Cinebench r15's OpenGL and Unigen's Heaven) showed improvements between 40 and 65 percent on the graphics performance compared to a similarly-specced early 2013 MacBook Pro.
Chip executive hints at holiday pricing
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.
New 14nm process chipset to deliver performance increase over Haswell
Today's Intel earnings conference call also revealed that the next generation of Intel microprocessor after Haswell, the "Broadwell" line will be delayed by three months. Production of the new 14nm process chip will now beginp in the first quarter of 2014, rather than in November of this year as originally envisioned. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that current yields of prototype processors are suffering from a "defect density issue" keeping productive yields down.
As expected PC Client losses, but solid performance for Intel
US chipmaker Intel today reported third-quarter revenue of $13.5 billion, operating income of $3.5 billion, net income of $3 billion and earnings per share of $0.58. The company generated approximately $5.7 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.1 billion, and used $536 million to repurchase 24 million shares of stock.
Changes push HP to consider Chrome OS
HP CEO Meg Whitman has blasted Intel and Microsoft, accusing the companies of essentially transitioning from partners into direct competitors. Speaking to Wall Street analysts yesterday, the executive stressed that HP has consequently adopted a multi-platform strategy that will put more emphasis on alternative operating systems such as Android and Chrome OS.
Galileo compatible with Arduino shields
Intel has announced a partnership with Arduino to build new open-source hardware for the do-it-yourself development platform. As part of the collaboration agreement, the chip maker has introduced a new board, Galileo, that is powered by the company's new Quark SoC and compatible with Arduino shield modules.
Android offerings sold alongside Windows 8.1 devices
Dell has made a surprise return to the Android platform with its latest tablet introductions, the Venue 7 and Venue 8. Not to be confused with the Venue "Pro" variants, which run Windows 8.1, the basic Venue tablets are powered by Intel's latest Atom processors and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Control Zone trackpad geared for Windows 8
HP has introduced several new consumer devices, including the Spectre 13 x2 convertible, a new Envy 17 notebook and five tablets under the Slate and Omni brands. The new Spectre notebook is powered by Intel's Haswell processors, integrated behind the display for fanless operation in standard notebook mode or as a tablet when the keyboard base is detached.
Startup purchased for $26 million
Intel has reportedly moved to acquire Indisys, a Spanish startup that specializes in natural language recognition, according to a TechCrunch report. The company offers a variety of products based on its intelligent dialogue technology, including a Siri-like "virtual assistant" and a semantic search engine.
Tizen to be used for appliances
Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch televisions that run Tizen, a Linux-based operating system that the company is co-developing with Intel. Speaking to German outlet Die Welt, Samsung's consumer electronics head, Boo-Keun Yoon, noted that Tizen will be used for upcoming smartphones, TVs and home appliances.
Lengths of up to 100 meters tested, 10x longer than copper
Making good on promises from January to release an optical Thunderbolt cable, Corning has announced at the IFA tradeshow that Intel has certified its all-fiber optic Thunderbolt cable for release. The technology uses Corning's ClearCurve technology to allow for high data speeds with significantly less data loss than copper cables, allowing for longer cabling.
New 8-inch device will be detailed October 2
Dell's axed Venue cellphone brand is being resurrected in tablet form later this year. At today's IDF keynote, Vice President Neil Hand briefly showed an eight-inch Venue-branded device with the Intel Bay Trail processor, saying that it would share more details about the new 1080p device with the world on October 2.
New hardware much more powerful than Atom, ARM models
At Intel's IDF 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Google and Intel have introduced four new Chrome-based computers, all running the Intel Core "Haswell" family of processors. Acer, HP, and Toshiba have demonstrated Chromebooks, with Asus rolling out a Chromebox, a desktop-oriented implementation of Google's Chrome OS.
Windows 8, Android-compatible chips could be used fanless in tablets
Intel has revealed a trio of system-on-chip(SoC) processor families, aimed for use in tablets, smartphones, and notebook computers. The new SoCs, based on the 22nm Bay Trail Atom designs and the Silvermont architecture, all of which offer improved performance while also preserving battery life, something that should make it more attractive for manufacturers of mobile devices.
Chips focus on small size, efficiency
Following on the heels of smartwatch introductions by Qualcomm and Samsung, Intel has announced a new processor family for wearable devices and other small gadgets. Known as Quark, the chip lineup is designed to continue shrinking component size and lowering power consumption compared to the components used in smartphones and tablets.
New 1500-series drives available in M.2, 2.5-inch form factors
Intel today announced the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family, including the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series. The new business-class SSDs are engineered specifically for easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership with enhanced performance over previous Intel SSD models.
Panel will help display manufacturers offer WiDi with minimal requirements
LG Display is working with Intel to develop its first LCD panel for monitors that will have Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) integrated into it. The new panel, measuring 23.8 inches, will allow users to stream content from notebooks and desktops to the display, without requiring a cable to be connected between the two devices.
Intel pursuing wearable devices technologies
Intel has quietly been bolstering the company's New Devices Group with at least two employees who have worked on high-profile wearable computing devices, reports Intel Free Press. Steve Holmes, a former Nike FuelBand design engineer has been hired as the vice president of the New Devices Group, while Hans Moritz who previously led the development of the Oakley Airwave heads-up goggle display has only been hired recently.
Intel opens offices in Los Angeles, New York
Intel is preparing a big push into televised media, and the chipmaker is apparently opening offices in the major media centers in the United States, Los Angeles and New York. Reuters reported on the new office openings on Friday, saying that they are indeed related to Intel's forthcoming Internet-connected set-top box. Industry observers expect that Intel's device will see release some time later this year.
Intel mobile chips start to pose serious challenge to ARM dominance
Intel is set to take the fight to ARM-based chipmakers with much more competitive mobile chip offerings beginning this September, reports Digitimes. It's next-generation 22nm Bay Trail Atom chips are set to be officially unveiled at its Intel Developer Forum next month, while its Bay Trail-T processors aimed at the tablet market will follow soon after. The new Bay Trail-T designs, based on the Silvermont architecture, will more than double performance, while offering significant power savings.
Minnowboard first x86 enthusiast device to ship
Intel and CircuitCo Electronics have commenced shipping the pair's combined effort in the open-source mini-PC market. The Minnowboard, a 4.2-inch square caseless Atom-based board, is available now at limited outlets. Wider distribution is expected before the end of the year. The MinnowBoard mounts an Atom E640 system-on-a-chip, with integrated GMA 600 graphics, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, and 4MB of flash memory for firmware.
Position has some political support
The BSA -- a group representing technology companies like Oracle, Intel, and Microsoft -- has taken a position against banning products based on infringements of standards-essential patents, a Wall Street Journal article notes. The move appears to have been spurred by a possible ITC ban of some older AT&T-model iPhones and iPads. Samsung scored the ruling in a complaint against Apple.