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Intel Increases Focus On Asia With $1.6 Billion Factory Expansion

Intel is increasing focus on Asia as the market will continue to experience strong growth in the future.

The chipmaker today announced that it will be expanding the factory located in Chengdu for $1.6 Billion which will be supported by the government.

“Deploying our newest advanced testing technology in China shows our commitment to innovating jointly with China. The fully upgraded Chengdu plant will help the Chinese semiconductor industry and boost regional economic growth,” said William Holt, Intel Executive Vice President.

Intel has increased the focus on Asia in recent years, especially in China and understand the importance of investing in the region and working with the government in order to be successful. Many other international companies fail to do exactly that and are therefore locked out of China.

Patent Drawing Reveals Next Generation Google Glass

Google Glass was the hit when it was showcased during the Google Developer Conference back in 2012. But the product has struggled recently both in terms of the image problem it has and general development making it a product that Google can bring to the masses.

Google doesn’t seem to be distracted by that though, just earlier this week it was reported that the next generation of Google Glass will feature an Intel processor which could result in improved efficiency and Intel is also said to be involved on the hardware side of things.

Google has filled for a patent which included a drawing of what could be the next generation Glass.

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What’s new / different:

  • The camera and screen has been shifted to the right eye
  • No large battery
  • Ear hooks (batteries?)
  • No nose support

Can Google make Google Glass a success after all with a new design, updated hardware and the Intel partnership?

Intel Acquires Password Manager & Generator PassBox

PassBox, a password manager which launched about a year ago has been downloaded 14 million times.

The app saves all your web IDs online and you can than login to all of your sites just using the app. PassBox also helps you to generate strong passwords.

Today Intel has announced that they acquired the Montreal based company. All 44 employees are keeping their jobs.

No financial details were disclosed.

Nokia Launches N1 Android Tablet

Nokia has made a comeback in the consumer space. After it sold of the handset business to Microsoft it wasn’t clear what the company would do in the consumer space.

It might be confusing to some but now Nokia has come out and launched a 7.9″ Android tablet called the N1. It will run Android Lollipop 5.0.

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Microsoft also has a tablet under the Nokia brand but as with the smartphones they will be re-branded to Microsoft sooner rather than later.

The Nokia N1 is powered by a 2.3 GHz Intel Atom processor, the display resolution is 2,048 x 1536 and it has 32 GB of internal storage. It is equipped with a 8 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing camera.

Unfortunately it does not have a microSD slot.

The N1 comes with the Nokia Z launcher which is a feature that lets you scribble a letter on the letter on the home screen and brings up relevant apps or information.

The Nokia N1 will go on sale in China in February for $249.

Here are the technical specs:

  • Height
  • 200.7mm
  • Width
  • 138.6 mm
  • Depth
  • 6.9 mm
  • Body
  • One-piece design
  • Aluminum with surface anodization
  • Weight
  • 318 g
  • Colors
  • Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray
  • Camera
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
  • 5 MP front-facing camera, fixed focus
  • 1080p video recording
  • Buttons and connections
  • 3.5 mm audio
  • Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
  • Display
  • 7.9 inch (4:3)
  • 2048×1536 resolution
  • Gorilla® glass 3
  • IPS panel with LED backlight
  • Fully laminated zero air-gap display
  • Chip
  • Intel® 64-bit Atom™ Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz
  • Memory
  • LPDDR3 (800 MHz), 2 GB
  • Storage
  • eMMC 5.0, 32 GB
  • Graphics
  • PowerVR G6430, 533 MHz
  • Audio
  • High Quality Discrete Audio Codec, Wolfson
  • WM8958E, independent audio codec
  • Speakers
  • Two 0.5 W stereo speakers
  • 90 dB with less than 10% total harmonic distortion (THD)
  • Microphone
  • Digital MIC Cavity resonance frequency more than 20 KHz
  • Battery
  • 18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery (3.7 V)
  • Sensors
  • 6-axis Gyro+Accelerometer
  • Wireless
  • Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO
  • Bluetooth, BT 4.0
  • Software
  • Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
  • Nokia Z Launcher

Intel and Opening Ceremony Release Smart Snakeskin Bracelet

Intel and fashion house Opening Ceremony have partnered up and designed a smart bracelet which they hope women will actually want to wear.

Intel Bracelet

MICA (“My Intelligent Communication Accessory”) is going to be available at Barney’s later this year but the companies have not released pricing yet.

The bracelet features a 1.6″ curved touchscreen sapphire display and has built in 3G.

Two versions will be available, black and white snakeskin. One features pearls and lapis from China, the other tiger’s eye from South Africa and obsidian from Russia.

“We wanted something that felt luxurious and modern that could fit into the lives of many different women,” Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon told USA TODAY. On Sunday, the Intel bracelets will be worn by models as part of Opening Ceremony’s New York Fashion Week show

 

The Rebirth of Netbooks – Asus Launches EeeBook

Asus created a whole new market segment about 7 years ago when they launched the first netbook called EeePC. It was the product which propelled Asus into becoming a giant player in the notebook market. Tablets took most of that market but Asus believes now is the time to bring back a netbook so they have revealed the EeeBook at IFA in Berlin.

EeeBook

The 11.6″ device will come in four different colors as you can see from the official picture. The display has a resolution of 1,366 x 768. The EeeBook has an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of storage. According to Asus, the battery life is 12 hours

Chromebooks have recently sold in millions and Asus is going after that market, competing directly on price as well. The EeeBook will be available within the next month, priced at $199.

Smart headphones that measure your heart rate from SMS Audio and Intel

SMS Audio which owned by rapper 50 Cent has partnered up with Intel and launched the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones.

The smart headphones which are going to be able later this year will be able to measure your heart rate and connects to an app which will be able to track your exercise patterns and based on that give you recommendations in which areas you might be able to improve.

The headphones are also going to be sweat and water resistant, obviously an important feature when working out.

With the engineering power of Intel though we would have expected a bit more innovation and more features though. In March this year, The Dash raised almost $3.4 million on Kickstarter. The wireless smart headphones that include a 4GB music player, monitor your heart rate and acts as a Bluetooth headset at the same time.

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Here is what the companies had to say:

“Intel is focused on driving innovation in the wearable technology segment by partnering with lifestyle brands like SMS Audio that complement our technology and design expertise. With SMS Audio, we will bring smart headphones to market that eliminate the inconvenience of add-on devices with an integrated, one-device fitness accessory offering high-end style and premier sound quality for an exceptional fitness experience. This is a prime example of Intel driving innovation in wearable devices while being a forerunner in merging lifestyle and technology,” said Michael Bell, corporate vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel.

“The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers. With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences,” said Brian Nohe, president of SMS Audio