Intel: With Core M, there’s finally a reason to upgrade your laptop

Intel’s next-generation chip family, the Core M, will arrive in the real world starting next month as Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba start shipping portable devices built around the power-efficient processor. Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel’s personal computing division, announced the imminent arrival of the new designs during a speech Friday at the the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The premium chip, which consumes a dramatically low 4.5 watts — less than even new power-efficient light bulbs — is geared for a newer class of hybrid computing devices that can act either like tablets or PCs. “You … Continue reading Intel: With Core M, there’s finally a reason to upgrade your laptop

Lenovo steps up its game with new Intel-powered Tab S8

Lenovo has been considerably expanding its presence in the smartphone market but its Android tablet lineup hasn’t exactly left a mark yet. That, however, could soon be changing now that its Tab S8 is out. This tablet, the first from the company to bear an Intel processor, combines a decent set of specs with a price to beat. Lenovo’s previous Android tablets, like the more recent “A” series, ran on MediaTek’s affordable chips, making this new Tab S8 a new venture for the company. Lenovo has put in an Intel Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip that runs at 1.33 GHz … Continue reading Lenovo steps up its game with new Intel-powered Tab S8

Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group

A handful of tech giants join forces to create the Open Interconnect Consortium after a similar group was created under the Linux Foundation. The effort to reduce complications for the Internet of Things just got more complicated. A handful of tech-industry heavyweights including Intel, Broadcom, and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled a new nonprofit group called the Open Interconnect Consortium, or OIC, with the mission to develop standards and certification for devices involved in the Internet of Things. The new group is being created just a few months after the nonprofit Linux Foundation announced a different consortium called AllSeen Alliance, which … Continue reading Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group

Apple Adds A New Entry-Level iMac For $1,099

Apple has a new iMac model today, an entry-level machine that brings the price of entry to the all-in-one desktop to $1,099, or $200 less than was the case just yesterday. The new version has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics 5000 on board. Configuration options allow you to scale the drive up to either a 1TB HDD or Fusion drive, or install 256GB of SSD flash storage, but that’s about it. For $200 more, you start off with a quad-core Intel processor, a 1TB drive and Intel Iris … Continue reading Apple Adds A New Entry-Level iMac For $1,099

Fuhu, Intel Team Up on First Intel-based Android Tablet Just for Kids

Fuhu Inc., known for creating tablets and applications for children, recently announced the new DreamTab tablet. Designed to deliver grown-up technology but built just for kids, the tablet is the result of collaboration between Fuhu, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and Intel Corporation and is designed to deliver fun educational and entertainment experiences that transform the way kids learn, play and grow through technology. The new tablets will be available starting in June 2014. “We are dedicated to providing kids new and engaging experiences in learning and entertainment integrating the most up-to-date and powerful technology in the market,” said Jim Mitchell, … Continue reading Fuhu, Intel Team Up on First Intel-based Android Tablet Just for Kids

Intel dives into wearables with new smartwatch and headset devices

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker is trying to prove it’s no longer just a PC company, introducing new devices and partnerships. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Intel wants to prove that it’s not just a PC company anymore. As the world has shifted to devices for people on the go, the company is trying to make sure it keeps apace with the market. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich on Monday introduced a bevy of wearable related technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One of the new wearables he showed off is a headset nicknamed Jarvis that can integrate with … Continue reading Intel dives into wearables with new smartwatch and headset devices

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

Qualcomm promotes Mollenkopf to CEO, ends Microsoft talk

Qualcomm Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf speaks at the LG G2 smart presentation in New York August 7, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc, the world’s biggest maker of cellphone chips, unexpectedly named Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf as chief executive on Friday, heading off the possibility he might be poached to run Microsoft Corp. Mollenkopf had been in line to eventually succeed CEO Paul Jacobs, the 51-year-old son of a Qualcomm co-founder, but that plan was sped up in order to keep the senior executive from leaving, Jacobs told Reuters in an interview. “Our executives are very … Continue reading Qualcomm promotes Mollenkopf to CEO, ends Microsoft talk

Say Hello to Tizen™

As far as Android smartphones go, Samsung is considered to be the leader when it comes to sales. Android is currently the world’s leading mobile software with over 75 percent smartphones running Google’s open source OS. But Samsung, along with Intel and the Linux foundation have been closely working on another open source mobile software: Tizen.  At a recently concluded Tizen Developer summit in South Korea, version 3.0 of Tizen was shown off. Tizen was created from Intel and Nokia’s MeeGo, and later Samsung, added its own Bada OS into Tizen in February 2013. Bada OS phones by Samsung weren’t … Continue reading Say Hello to Tizen™

Google, Cisco, SAP said to be discussing BlackBerry bids

BlackBerry Ltd, on the block as its smartphone business struggles, is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google Inc and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself, several sources close to the matter said. Such a deal would be an alternative to the preliminary agreement reached weeks ago with a group, led by BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, to take the company private for about $4.7 billion, a bid which has faced some skepticism because of financing questions. The company, based in Waterloo, Ontario, has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic buyers, which also include … Continue reading Google, Cisco, SAP said to be discussing BlackBerry bids