Press Release: New Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook™ Convertibles to Redefine Mobile Computing NEWS HIGHLIGHTS •New Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform aimed at value segment of smartphone market with support from Acer®, Lava International* and Safaricom*. Highlights forthcoming “Clover Trail+” platform aimed at performance and mainstream market segments. •Wide range of Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 now available on shelves and online; First 22nm quad-core Atom™ SoC for tablets expected to more than double the computing performance of the Atom™ Processor Z2760 platform; available holiday 2013. •Lower-power Intel® Core™ processor lineup reaches as low as 7 watts, enabling thinner, lighter, touch-based Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets. •4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly codenamed “Haswell”) will enable a broad new range of Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets with all-day battery life; the biggest battery life gain over a previous generation in company’s history3. INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2013 ...

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At CES 2013 Intel has announced that all laptops which carry the Ultrabook brand and use the 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processor will need to come equipped with a touch screen and WIDI wireless screen technology. WiDi allows PCs to send up to 1080p video and 5.1 sound to compatible systems. Despite these added components Intel expects Ultrabooks to drop in price to around $599, from a typical $999 at present. Intel also expects the next generation ultrabooks to have up to 13 hours battery life, saying users will be able to forget taking the charger with them. Increasing the proportion of PCs with touch screens will likely provide a major boost for Windows 8, and make it clear to buyers why Windows 8 is the preferred OS over Windows 7. Intel also announced their new Bay Trail Quad-core Atom processor with double the performance of current generation Atoms ...

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The days of Wintel are long over, with Intel increasingly pursuing an Android strategy, whole Microsoft is increasing support for ARM. It seems in Sweden the two giant companies can still find common ground, and have worked together to highlight products using their technologies. Microsoft and Intel have opened up a show room showcasing devices such as ultra books, tablets, hybrids and all-in-one PCs from OEMs such as Asus, Acer, Samsung, HP and Lenovo using Intel chips. Of course devices using ARM chips like the Microsoft Surface are not featured at all. There are also Xbox 360s so users can try out Xbox Smartglass. The showroom is not a store, but all products are labelled with QRCodes from retailer Dustin Home  so if something does take your fancy you can easily put in an order. The showroom is located at Birger Jarlsgatan 15, Stockholm and is open from 10 AM ...

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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Many who will be buying a low-power tablet running Intel will be getting a Clovertrail processor, which is the next generation Atom processor. However the concern always remains that one is giving up processing power for battery life. Intel is however never sitting still, and MobileGeeks.com have leaked details of their next generation 22 nm processor, the Bay Trail-T and Valley View T, which will take Atom to the next level. The Bay Trail T processor, which is due 2014, comes with a Quad core CPU and a DirectX 11-capable GPU, which is all housed in a 22-nm SoC code named Valley View-T. The Valley View-T SoC will no longer offer hyperthreading, but rather offer an increase from 2 to 4 cores, which should offer a performance boost of 50-60%. The processor will be paired with the  7th generation HD 4000 GPU based on the Ivy Bridge platform as well ...

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Digitimes reports that Microsoft and Intel together are planning to boost Windows 8 touch screen laptop sales this holiday season by working to cut prices by first tier vendors to as low as $399 for 11.6 inch hybrids. The deals are intended to help new Windows 8 laptops to compete against Windows 7 laptops inventory which has been discounted. If true it would suggest waiting a few weeks for the holiday season to kick in may save several hundred dollars. Do our readers it is worth waiting? Let us know below. ...

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Microsoft and Google -as well as Dell, HP, Phillips and Intel- have expressed an interest in using ‘white spaces’ in their devices in order to provide their users with the convenience of widespread broadband access.  The white-space spectrum used by Microsoft is between 512-698 megahertz, offering a longer range than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks we use currently, thus allowing people in rural areas to have better signal. The rumour is that Microsoft is planning to offer free WIFI as a value-added feature on Nokia’s handsets, with Senior government sources telling The Sunday Telegraph that Microsoft and Google have expressed “extreme interest” in unused sections of airwaves known as white spaces The two companies are rumored to looking to offer nation-wide WIFI to their smartphone users in UK using White Spaces spectrum. To clarify, white spaces are gaps between airwaves used for television, radio and mobile services, which are also used to prevent interference between ...

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Bloomberg recently ran a story where they claimed Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that  Windows 8  is being released before it’s fully ready. Intel, who will be showcasing Windows 8 PCs tomorrow, has released a statement calling the rumour unsubstantiated. The company has released the statement below: SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – Today Intel Corporation issued a statement in response to unsubstantiated news reports about comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a meeting with employees. Intel has a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms, delivering devices that provide exciting experiences, stunning performance, and superior compatibility. Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8. Intel, Microsoft and our partners have been working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs that will start launching in ...

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If there is any doubt that Touch will become as much part and parcel of computer laptop use as a keyboard or mouse, Intel is working to lay that to rest. They are working with OEMs to “accelerate the transition” and ensure touch screen laptops with larger screen sizes come to the market sooner rather than later. They are doing this by underwriting investments by OEMs such as TPK, Wintek, HannsTouch and Cando to ensure supply is available before demand is proven. The focus is of course Windows 8, which makes Touch a first class citizen in the OS.  The presence of touch screens will likely make the OS’s Metro interface more attractive and usable, and also accelerate Microsoft’s transition from its legacy desktop to a new touch-friendly mobile future. Via Engadget.com ...

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Today two of the top technology giants are in celebratory mode. First Microsoft is celebrating a decade of Xbox gaming. As you can see in the image below, Bill Gates hands over the first Xbox video game system to a person at Toys "R" Us store in New York City shortly after midnight, November 15, 2001. You can check out Microsoft press release and media here. Meanwhile, Intel is celebrating this day as 40 years ago, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first commercially available microprocessor – the Intel® 4004 which is one of the main cause of PC revolution. Its a great indeed. Press Release: ...

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Today Intel and MasterCard announced their new collaboration in providing simple & secured payment solution for consumers. Their new solution will replace our old way of making payment online by typing our 16 digit credit card number, expiry date, etc,. You just need to tap your credit card  on the ultrabook, after that payment can be done in few clicks. Its that easy ! !  ! The two companies are working together to optimize a variety of emerging payments technologies, including MasterCard’s PayPass® and Intel® Identity Protection Technology (IPT). Intel® Identity Protection Technology can enable consumers to use strong two-factor authentication and hardware-based display protection. This provides increased online security against malware. Additionally, when used with an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled reader, consumers will be able to pay for online purchases with a simple tap of their PayPass-enabled card, tag, or smart phone on an Ultrabook device. If all goes well, Windows ...

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While much has been made of a split between Microsoft and Intel, the vast majority of Intel’s chips still run Windows and vice versa. Besides showing of Chromebooks then at IDF Intel also took a minute to show ultrabooks running Windows 8.  Intel’s Vice President Mooly Eden and Brett Carpenter from Microsoft’s Windows Ecosystem Group showed off an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running on Windows 8 as well as a 32nm Atom based tablet. Ultrabooks will run on  Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, due out in the first half of next year.  Ivy Bridge will be succeeded by the ultra-low-power Haswell processor. Eden rounded off by saying, "What we are trying to do together is Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system, and Intel’s new platform solution together provide a no compromise based user experience." While Intel concentrated on showing Windows 8 will also run on devices without touch screens, I think ...

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Digitimes reports that OEMs are turning to Windows 8 and Intel chipsets for future tablets, after Android-powered tablets fail to catch on with consumers. Numerous OEMs have been disappointed with poor sales of non-iPad tablets, with Acer being the latest to cut sales forecasts by half. According to Digitimes vendors are blaming poor sales on the instability of Android and the compatibility issues found between Android 3.0 and 3.1. Digitimes state that Intel and Microsoft have revealed a roadmap for Intel-powered tablets with low cost, low power 5W CPUs and Windows 8 to start delivering devices in 2012.  Windows 8 promises to deliver a touch-friendly user experience while still preserving the full functionality of a PC, something buyers tend to demand with increased screen sizes. Read more at Digitimes here. ...

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Intel’s Renée James has expounded more on Windows 8 and its relations to the chipsets and processors it will run on. "Windows 8 traditional", she said, will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy" x86-based Windows apps via a "Windows 7 mode" whereas "on ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS." However while x86 Windows 8 devices will be able to partake of the “new mobile experience” while still having access to legacy apps, ARM devices will not. "We will also be able to run that [new] experience. So for an Intel user, we’ll kind of have the best of both worlds. So we think we’re extraordinarily well-positioned in Windows 8." "… our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 ...

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The big mystery of how Windows 8 on ARM will maintain backwards compatibility with the massive legacy of Windows x86 applications has been answered – if we believe Intel it wont. Microsoft is currently developing Windows 8 for both Intel and the cheaper and lower-power ARM-based chipsets, and demonstrated both Windows and Word running on ARM chips earlier this year. Windows 8 on ARM will be targeted primarily at tablets, where power consumption is at a premium, but many have questioned the reason for porting Windows to ARM, when Microsoft already had Windows Embedded Compact 7 running on the chipset.  Application compatibility was assumed to be the main reason, but this left the mystery of how compatibility would be achieved. At Intel’s investor day today, Renee James, General Manager of the Software and Services & Group said they were working with Microsoft on both traditional Windows 8 for PCs running ...

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