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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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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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