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Intel acquires gesture computer company Omek for $40 Million

  • 16/07/2013 at 19:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Intel and OmekIt 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.

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Computex 2013: Intel Core 4th Generation Haswell Processors are official

Intel Haswell CPUToday 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.

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Computex 2013: Asus Transformer Book Trio device is ready to make waves

Asus Transformer Book TrioAsus 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.

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Apple, Google and Intel sued by former employees

  • 21/04/2012 at 19:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Angry EmployeeUnlikely bedfellows or co-conspirators against the working man? A judge says they must stand up in court for what they are being accused of having done. Google, Apple, and Intel have loads of former employees accusing them of colluding to keep wages down, through a choking of competition.

It is not only these three, either. Toss in Adobe, Pixar, Intuit, and Lucasfilm. Now you have the makings of a conspiracy theory, right? Not according to a U.S. Judge. A class action suit was opened against all of these companies for collaborating on riding themselves of competition, which ultimately eradicated mobility and limited the wages. How did these big guys do it? According to the suit, they agreed to refrain from poaching each others’ employees.

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ARM 5-watt Calxeda Server – Operates on Cell Phone Chips

ARM ChipARM is strong-arming the server market with the smallest server. Calxeda released the EnergyCore ARM server-on-chip, or SoC, eating up a mere 1.5 watts. When idling, the SoC only requires 0.5 watts. HP is committing itself to manufacturing servers based on the technology. This is great news for Calxeda, since HP is the world’s largest manufacturer of servers. The SoC creams its closest competitor, Intel, who makes a 20-watt x86 server chip.

Calexda is counting on the successes of ARM in mobile devices to somehow magically apply to their attempts to challenge Intel in the commodity server market. They boast that their chip is ideal for scalable analytics, web serving, mid-tier infrastructure (in-memory databases and caching), big-data apps, and media streaming.

Calexda appears to be going after the leftovers in the server market, though, due to the 32-bit address of their chip. It is based on the ARM Cortex processor, but Intel will challenge them on exactly this point about addressing. Still, the form factor is small and the energy consumption puts Intel to shame. There is definitely a niche for this midget 32-bit chip.

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Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund Invests $300M in Ultrabook Technologies

Intel HeadquarterIntel is going for the jugular! They are trying to pull the stool out from under the Tablet Industry by offering $300M to further develop the potential of ultrabook technology. Ultrabooks are light and thin laptops that compete as an alternative to tablets.

Technically, according to Intel’s creation of the term ultrabook, the laptop must be thinner than 20mm, lighter than standard laptops, and less that $1000 in order to qualify for the classification. The company hopes ultrabooks will meld together the performance of laptops and the handy features of tablets, though they are unclear what these special features are, aside from touchscreen. This is where the release ventures into the arena of propaganda.

The money will go toward companies that advance either software or hardware for ultrabooks.

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Tablets are pushing Computer Sales Down, says a recent Gartner Study

Tablets vs Computers

A new study carried out by Gartner has found that computer sales will decrease to approximately 9.3% this year. The main reason behind the decrease is the fact that users are starting to keep their computer for longer periods of time in order to cut down their expenses. This came as a surprise since the same firm had made estimations that computer sales would increase rather than decrease. They continued to explain that the decrease was also influenced by the increasing sales of the popular iPad, among other tablets.

The study continued to find that tablets are not necessarily substituting computer sales but rather delaying them. Ranjil Atwal, research director, stated that mini-notebook sales have evidently decreased, and this has affected the overall computer sales. He highlighted that iPad purchases as substitution to regular computers was minimum, but still affected the final reports.

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