Could Google drop Snapdragon in favor of Intel’s chip for Nexus 8?

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With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.

Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014!  On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?

source: AndroidPit

Intel announces 2 new mobile processors at MWC 2014

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Intel at MWC - Barcelona, Spain

While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.

The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter. » Read the rest

Intel set to have a big year in 2014

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2014 is set to be a big year in tech, and companies will have to release products accordingly in order to keep up in a quickly changing market. This is especially true for Intel, who is planning a big year ahead of them.

The start of 2014 will see the release of Intel’s Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 V2 and Xeon E5-4600 V2 processor series. The Xeon E7 series will be released using the Ivy Bridge-EX brand, with the Xeon E5 being branded under the Ivy Bridge EP4s name.

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Asus announces a new Haswell Chromebox

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AsusChromeboxTopAsus announced this morning a new Chromebox with a few more ponies under the hood. Just a five months after Google announced that new Chromebooks would feature Haswell processors, the new Chromebox will house either an i3-4010U or Celeron 2955U Haswell processor also. There is an i7 variant but, sadly, that’s not going to be available in the US. The Chromebox will have options for 2GB or 4GB of RAM and will come with integrated Intel HD graphics. The standard 16GB SSD with 100GB Google Drive storage is onboard. It will come with both ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n dual-band WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader.There is both an HDMI and Display Port.

The Chromebox will come with a VESA display mount. There is also a wireless keyboard and mouse option for an extra price. As far as what to expect, the device functions just like previous generation Chromeboxs and Chromebooks. It will boost up almost instantaneously, and will feature the cloud-based services that the Chrome OS is famous for. The boxes will start shipping in March and will be available starting at $179.

source: PC World


Intel confirms they are behind Dual OS devices, debuts a smart watch and smart headset at CES 2014

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After not saying much about it during their CES 2014 keynote, Intel has confirmed that they are powering all Dual OS devices. If you may recall, Intel President Renee James made a cameo appearance at ASUS’ event when the Transformer Book Duet was announced yesterday (which we got our hands on). These devices can switch between Windows and Android in a matter of a few seconds. With this capability, many OEMs hope that they can serve both professional and tech-loving users with Windows’ productivity and Android’s openness.

Intel officially announced during their keynote that they are indeed entering the smart watch bonanza, pitting them against Samsung, Pebble, and Sony from the start. The interesting thing about their unnamed smart watch is that it does not rely on a smartphone at all. The smart watch uses geofencing technology to deliver notifications based on location. Intel also announced the Intel Edison chip that the company plans to use to power small devices like a smart watch.

The final major announcement from Intel’s event was their Jarvis smart headset. Jarvis, a reference design for OEMs to run with, wraps around a user’s ear and connects to a smartphone to gather information. Like Google Now, it can deliver directions, restaurants nearby, and other information to assist users.

Acer unveils its newest touchscreen Chromebook in White Moonstone, costs only $299

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Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.

The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.

Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.

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Microsoft, Google sit uncomfortably as Intel awaits Dual OS announcement at CES

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We all know that the PC market has been shrinking for some time. Although Microsoft has made Windows 8 ideal (in their eyes) for touchscreens, consumers have not responded so well. To aid Microsoft’s big problem, Intel is going with a free solution — devices that can also boot into Android. According to sources close with The Verge, Intel is leading the charge and is in talks with PC manufacturers to unveil these “Dual OS” devices next week at CES in Las Vegas. » Read the rest

Is Asus Working on an Android Tablet Running Intel’s 64-bit Bay Trail SoC?

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With the iPhone 5s sporting a 64-bit architecture it’s easy to guess what the next big hardware craze will be on the mobile front. Samsung, not wanting to be outdone, has also made it known that they’re working their own 64 bit processors. Well Asus appears to be putting its hat in the ring as well as specs for a tablet running Android and carrying a 64-bit Bay Trail SoC has surfaced. Poised to be similar to Windows 8 running VivoTab Note 8, it will come in a quad-core package clocked at up to 1.33GHz (1.9GHz turbo).

It will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 1280×800 screen (most likely 8-inches), and a 5 MP rear camera. It will come with Android 4.2.2 as well. Why it’s not coming with KitKat is anyone’s guess. Performance wise, at least when it comes to benchmarks, suggests that it will perform similarly to the Snapdragon 800. Of course real world mileage will vary. While we may not see it at CES this year, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the 64-bit processor.

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Intel to enter wearable technology industry at CES 2014

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With the wearable tech industry growing so quickly, it seems like every big tech company is trying to get a slice of the wearable tech pie. The next company to enter the industry will be none other than Intel.

According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel will be launching a number of wearable products at CES 2014. Krzanich recently said in an interview with Recode that “what you will see at CES is that we [Intel] are actually going to bring some very innovative wearables to the show that are developed and manufactured here.” Unfortunately many of these products won’t be available to the public for a while, despite Intel’s shift towards ultra-mobile processors.

Intel will also launch a new line of Quark chips at the trade show, which are expected to make their way into a number of different kinds of technology, from machines to wearables.

Source: Recode
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Acer announces C720 Chromebook, pre-orders starting today

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Chromebooks everywhere! Following the announcement of HP’s new Chromebook comes Acer’s new 11.6-inch Haswell-powered C720 Chromebook. The notebook will run for $249.99, and you can pre-order it now on either Amazon or Best Buy online. It should launch by the holidays…

The new Chromebook has a speedy Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor and a nice design. The display is 11.6-inches, is 1366 x 768 pixels and is anti-glare. The battery will keep you up and running for about 8.5 hours, and it has 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage. Unlike previous Chromebooks, free Google Drive storage is not included. I’m sure this wasn’t a major selling point for most consumers anyway.

The C720 has all of the essentials as well, including both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. It’s WiFi only and has no 3G/4G option- there are no plans to bring cellular connectivity to it in the future.

Source: TechnoBuffalo