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Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

Intel’s new Skull Canyon NUC is targeting gamers

While it practically dominates the PC CPU market, Intel's graphics chips are considered passable at best, at least for an integrated graphics chip. NUC, or Next Unit of Computing, kits are mostly seen as reference devices and mini PCs than serious computing hardware. At GDC 2016, Intel is attempting to change that perception. Its most poweful NUC yet, Intel has unveiled the Skull Canyon NUC, model number NUC6i7KYK, as a competitive portable machine for both gaming and multimedia work, whether by itself or with a friend, like a Razer Core graphics enclosure.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Intel has snapped up a virtual reality sports startup, with the chip behemoth seeing Replay Technologies as a way into the lucrative arena of digitized entertainment. The deal, announced today, will see the five year old startup's freeD format folded into Intel's technology, with the potential for football, basketball, and other sports being digitally captured from multiple angles that can then be recreated by the fan at home.

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Samsung Notebook 9 ultrabooks launch with up to Core i7 chips

Samsung Notebook 9 ultrabooks launch with up to Core i7 chips

If you are in the market for a very thin laptop that is thin like a MacBook Air, but runs Windows, Samsung has launched a new line that might pique your interest. The Samsung Notebook 9 ultrabooks have launched and they have power and performance while being very thin and lightweight. There are multiple notebooks in the series starting at $1,000.

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Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

Intel tipped to be working on AR headset prototype

The Unreal Reality week continues. On the heels of Microsoft's start of pre-orders for the HoloLens development kit and Meta's second AR dev headset, Intel is now claimed to be working on an augmented reality headpiece of its own, according to people familiar with the matter. The difference, however, is that Intel isn't exactly making one for end user consumption. Instead, it is more interested in selling companies that do make these devices the components inside, a business that is more relevant to Intel than selling ready to use products.

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Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

This week Intel appeared at MWC 2016 to speak largely about the imminent onset of 5G mobile data. They suggest that they are "one of the only industry players" that's able to deliver an end to end 5G solution. That means 5G hardware for smartphones, tablets, PC platforms, and M2M applications, expanded comms for IOT applications, and partnerships with companies like Ericsson, Korea Telecom, Nokia, SK Telecom, and Verizon. They're ready to roll right now. Ready to roll for 5G data.

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Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

What Apple did for smartphones, Google will soon be doing for headsets. What you're about to see was born, in part, in the development of Google Glass. It's wearable, but it exists in the virtual realm. Google has begun development of a headset that will be able to map the world around you as you walk through the world. With this headset, you'll enter a second reality, cultivated in Google Cardboard, developed in Project Tango.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book updates improve sleep woes and more

Microsoft has pushed out updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, bringing some driver and firmware updates while fixing certain issues including those sleeping troubles both devices suffer. In a statement, Microsoft’s Panos Panay said, “We are committed to continuing to improve Surface – to keep pushing out updates to make your device more awesome.” The updates are available via Windows Update.

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Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga has teamed with the minds at Intel to create a spectacular performance during the 2016 Grammy Awards, all in tribute to the late great David Bowie. Inside this performance you'll see not only 9 movements, Space Oddity to Heroes, but a multisensory experience the likes of which only Gaga has aimed for before. Intel technology is leveraged to create visuals for the performance, ranging from 3D body tracking to projections for mid-performance costume changes.

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AT&T gets its 5G gear ready for testing this year

AT&T gets its 5G gear ready for testing this year

Our data networks will soon be even more crowded and congested. There was already a surge in data usage the past few years, thanks primarily to smartphones and tablets. In the upcoming years, not only will the number of devices connected to the Internet rise thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the volume of traffic will also increase due to 4K videos and virtual reality. To prepare for all of that mess, carriers are plotting their next gen network technologies. AT&T, for its part, will be putting its eggs in the 5G basket and will start its testing phase this year.

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Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Intel's server business, which is currently its strongest business, might soon be shaken up. And not directly by a rival chip maker. Instead, it will be Google's expected endorsement next week that could spell trouble for Intel. According to insider sources, Google, who is considered to be the world's biggest buyer of server processors, will be publicly singing of Qualcomm's server chips at an investor event next week. Qualcomm, who already poses a threat to Intel because of its dominance in the mobile market, could soon be eating a huge chunk of Intel's server pie as well.

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Intel exceeded its workforce diversity goal in 2015

Intel exceeded its workforce diversity goal in 2015

This week, Intel released its 2015 Annual Diversity Report, and it paints a picture a little brighter than that of many companies. Intel had previously set its focus on diversity, going so far as to set a specific goal, and it was able to announce that it was successful. The company went into details about how it managed to succeed in its ambitions, and also set its sights on something even more ambitious. By 2020, the company aims to have “full representation” across its workforce.

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