Wilocity chipsets will eliminate most desktop wires

When your daily driver is a notebook, and you spend any amount of time behind a desk, you probably curse the time wasted connecting and disconnecting your display, mouse, keyboard, USB storage, and other peripherals. Fabless semiconductor manufacturer Wilocity already enables OEMs such as Dell to build wireless docking stations that can provide USB, Ethernet, and display connectivity (at resolutions up to 4K). Now the company is working on a new chipset that will enable multiple users to connect their laptops to a single wireless dock. Based on the WiGig standard, Wilocity’s chipset uses the 60GHz frequency band to stream data … Continue reading Wilocity chipsets will eliminate most desktop wires

Intel’s 2014 Android ambitions embrace 64-bit, more tablets

The chipmaker is still trying to make its mark in the Android mobile market. Not surprisingly, it intends to get more aggressive in the coming year. Dell’s Venue 8 runs Android on top of an Intel Atom processor. It starts at $180. (Credit: Dell) Intel has big Android ambitions for 2014. The chipmaker’s points of focus for the year ahead include 64-bit processing power and more tablets. While still overwhelmingly a purveyor of processors for Windows PCs, Intel knows Android is its ticket to a bigger share of the mobile market. One way to make a mark is to go … Continue reading Intel’s 2014 Android ambitions embrace 64-bit, more tablets

NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

Based on internal NSA documents, Der Spiegel reveals that the spy agency planted backdoors to access computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung. Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. (Credit: NSA) A new report from Der Spiegel, based on internal National Security Agency documents, reveals more details about how the spy agency gains access to computers and other electronic devices to plant backdoors and other spyware. The Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, is described as a “squad of digital plumbers” that deals with hard targets … Continue reading NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

Dell introduces Chromebook 11 laptop for education market

The company’s first notebook running Google’s Chrome OS will debut next month and be priced under $300. Chromebooks, inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome operating system, have polarized people, with some hailing their browser-based computing model as the future, while others have faulted the meager specs of many of the systems. The merits of Chromebooks, or the lack thereof, have even led to a recent Great Debate here on ZDNet. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, however, one thing is clear: Chromebooks are only going to increase in number in the near future. That’s in part thanks … Continue reading Dell introduces Chromebook 11 laptop for education market