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Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

This week both HP and MSI have revealed Backback PCs - computers that act like desktops but fit on your back, preparing you for a full-range, untethered VR experience. It would seem at first as though they would be leading the way - most average citizens have never seen a Backpack PC before, right? But that's just not true - at least three different groups have made the Backpack PC a real, working model before now - but only now are we truly starting to reach a first stride.

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Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel has agreed to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc, the company has announced, for its computer vision technology in a bid to bolster Intel’s own Internet of Things and automotive portfolio. Itseez, says Intel, will soon be a ‘key ingredient’ in the company’s Internet of Things Group, helping it further its focus away from the PC and toward the growing number of connected smart gadgets.

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Surface Book and Pro 4 devices get another round of updates

Surface Book and Pro 4 devices get another round of updates

While Microsoft's Surface Book is one of the more innovative products that the company has released in a while, both it and the Surface Pro 4 have had a rocky time since their launch. Last month we saw a number of updates from the company that seemed to have taken care of many of the major problems that plagued users. Not all of them were solved, but a new firmware is hoping to take care of the last of the bugs.

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Intel Drone 100 hits Palm Springs for the nations’ first aerial experience

Intel Drone 100 hits Palm Springs for the nations’ first aerial experience

Intel teamed up with a group called Ars Electronica FutureLab to create something called the Drone 100 in Germany back in January of this year. The massive display set a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned vehicles in the air at one time. The entire mass of 100 drones were synchronized to create patters with light in the sky.

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Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

When Intel suddenly revealed that it was discontinuing the Atom line of processors, the Internet was ablaze with questions about the future of devices. As underpowered and disappointing as the chips might be compared to the ARM processors they are competing against, Atoms do power a good number of current devices as well as some that are still in development. Apparently, one of those is Microsoft's HoloLens. Windows Central took a peek inside the mixed reality headset to find an Intel Atom x5, which raises the question of the device's future iterations.

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Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. While those names might not ring too many bells, these basically means that Intel has effectively killed off the future of its Atom processors, putting into question the very future of its smartphone and, more importantly, low-cost tablet dreams.

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Intel wants to kill your smartphone’s headphone jack

Intel wants to kill your smartphone’s headphone jack

We've heard rumors for months about Apple ditching the audio jack on the iPhone 7. While we won't have confirmation on those rumors until Apple formally announces the phone, there are other players out there that also want to see the death of the port. The latest one is Intel.

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Asus VivoBook E403SA notebook has up to 14 hours of battery life

Asus VivoBook E403SA notebook has up to 14 hours of battery life

A very thin and lightweight notebook and a notebook with good battery life don’t always go together. The problem is thin and light machines often can't pack a large enough battery to give an all day runtime with use. The Asus VivoBook E403SA is thin with a profile of 17.9mm and it weighs in at 1.5 kg.

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iPhone 7 may tap Intel for faster internet speeds

iPhone 7 may tap Intel for faster internet speeds

There are a lot of rumors swirling about the forthcoming iPhone 7. Everything from a missing headphone jack, to a new camera, to an OLED display. Now new information leads us to believe that the next iPhone may have even faster internet speeds than any previous generation.

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Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

Apple updates MacBooks with new CPU, better battery life

As predicted yesterday, Apple is giving their line of 12" MacBooks a refresh this week. While they might not be major changes, the update is definitely a welcome one. The refresh includes bringing the latest, sixth-generation Core M processors. The new CPUs clock in at up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds hitting 3.1 GHz.

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Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

In same areas, the PC landscape hasn't changed one bit. But in a relatively smaller corner, a new breed of computing devices are growing in number. Sometimes called 2-in-1 laptops, tablet/laptop hybrids, convertibles, and even detachables, this sub-category is being poised by some analysts to help mitigate the decline of the PC market. And Intel naturally wants its processors to power that next wave. At its annual IDF, it announced Apollo Lake, the platform for its next gen Atom processors that it envisions will make such devices more powerful while also bringing down not just costs but also sizes.

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Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Intel’s latest partnership could pave the way for Siri on Macs

Siri has always been a great help on iPhones and iPads, so naturally Apple fans want her to be everywhere. So far, however, the company has not budged to make Siri available on the desktop. Perhaps it's just waiting for the proper hardware pieces to fall in place. If so, then maybe Intel's new partner could very well make those wishes finally come true. With Sensory's TrulyHandsfree speech recognition, any Intel current and future Intel system-on-chip could, in theory, have always-on speech recognition.

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