Moore’s law started in the 1960s by Gordon Moore and kick-started the information-technology revolution that has grown ever since. Semiconductors make digital devices work, without them computers, smartphones and devices in the Internet of Things wouldn’t be possible.
Recently net neutrality supporters, backed by President Barack Obama, came out in favor of reclassifying broadband internet as a public utility under the Telecommunications Act. Cable and wireless companies have been avid in their opposition to this solution, but other industries have been rather silent on the issue. Now, tech companies including Qualcomm, SNC, IBM and Intel have spoken against the measure.
A joint letter was sent to Congress this week, signed by 60 influential brands in the tech world. It stated that they were all opposed to the idea of creating a Tier II classification for internet service, claiming it would impede the growth of the web’s economy, and stop companies from investing in broadband.
Intel has announced the end product of an interest collaboration with Open Ceremony, to create a wearable communication device that doubles as a fashion accessory. It is MICA, and it is debuting this week.
If Apple was aimed at people wanting an all-inclusive smartwatch, and FitBit is aimed at people who are obsessed with fitness, MICA is for people obsessed with fashion.
Today, during a press event which took place in New York City, Microsoft had announced the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet. Although there were just 7 months since the Surface Pro 2 announcement, Surface Pro 3 is an good update that will make the Surface brand tackle yet another segment: laptops.
At first, Surface Pro 3 is a bigger tablet with a 12-inch screen and a 3:2 aspect ratio HD display. The good news is that the bezels were also reduced so that now the new tablet looks a bit like the iPad Air. It looks like the displays had also been improved and now has a 2160 x 1440 resolution(Surface Pro 2 was 1080p). Microsoft says that this new display is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels and that “every screen is color calibrated at the factory, so you’ll see accurate, brilliant colors, great white points, and great contrast on every device”.
It has been announced that processor giant Intel has finalized negotiations with Israeli company Omek International and acquired their gesture computing technology. The price tag? A cool $40 million, making it an expensive and surprising takeover.
During a time when most brands are focusing on touch screen technology and making it faster and more intuitive, Intel has taken a step in a totally different direction. Omek specializes in gesture compatibility for high powered devices.
Today at Computex 2013, Intel has announced their 4th generation of Core processors, codenamed Haswell. These CPUs will rule from now on ultrabooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertible devices that give you a laptop when you need it and a tablet when you want it.
This new Haswell chip that is present on the fourth generation Core processors was adapted to change the traditional PC format. These new devices can be used as a computer, or taken as a portable tablet with a much higher battery life than any other Intel CPU to date. This will take the standby battery life from four days to thirteen, a huge jump in evolution from the company.
Intel Executive Vice President Tom Kilroy called the 2-in-1 format the “new norm” for computers, and pointed out what we have been seeing in the market today: that the traditional desktop PC is becoming a thing of the past.
Asus has announced their new Transformer Book Trio, a single device that can be used as a three-in-one notebook, desktop computer and tablet at Computex 2013. Unlike other models that have claimed to be able to do something similar, this one seems to finally have the hardware to back it up.
It comes with two processors, a Core i7 Haswell CPU and a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 Clover Trail+. Compatibility issues have been bypassed through an integration of two different operating systems: Windows 8 for using it as a computer or notebook, and Android Jelly Bean for mobile use as a tablet.
Other specs include a 1920×1080, 11.6” screen that can be mounted on a PC dock and used as a display, a full keyboard for easy use, a 750GB hard drive when docked and 64GB SSD when used as a tablet.