Intel launches new Atom processors, touts mobile wins

BARCELONA, Spain -- Intel on Monday launched its new Atom processor for smartphones and talked up its progress in mobile as it tried to alleviate worries about its continued struggles in the market.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company unveiled two new 64-bit Atom processors and an LTE-Advanced chip during a press conference at Mobile World Congress. It also announced multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asus, and Foxconn to develop mobile devices that run on Intel chips. Lenovo and Asus have partnered closely with Intel in PCs, and both also have introduced tablets with Intel chips inside. Lenovo introduced a smartphone with … Read more

Finally, here come the 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets

At least one major PC maker is expected to show an Intel "Bay Trail" tablet running 64-bit Windows 8.1 at Mobile World Congress, according to a source familiar with upcoming plans for those tablets.

Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are some of the most prominent PC makers to offer Windows 8.1 tablets running on Intel's Bay Trail chip. To date, Windows tablets based on Intel's newest -- and redesigned -- quad-core Atom processor have run in 32-bit mode.

One of the most oft-cited reasons for going 64-bit is to address more memory, beyond the … Read more

X-Men: Battle of the Atom review

X-Men: Battle of the Atom is a battle card game for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you assemble decks of cards and battle classic villains. Put together a powerful team with characters from all 50 years of X-Men comics, and work to defeat all of the worst villains including Magneto, Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix, and more. This game even supports real-time multiplayer battles.

The first time you open X-Men: Battle of the Atom, you'll get a brief introduction to the premise of the game from a few of the main characters. You can skip this introduction if you'… Read more

Revolution, Geeksphone's top-end Firefox OS phone, on sale Feb. 20

Jumping up from 2013's lower-end Keon and Peak models, Spanish phone maker Geeksphone plans to sell its new Intel-based Revolution starting February 20 for 239 euros, or about $327.

The Revolution comes with either Google's Android or Mozilla's Boot2Gecko -- the open-source browser-based OS that's better known as Firefox OS. "Firefox OS is a brand currently not available for independent manufacturers not associated with carriers," Geeksphone said, so it's stuck with the B2G name that Mozilla uses to refer to the software project.

Geeksphone switched from the ARM processors in its earlier phones … Read more

Behind in tablets, Intel pays firms to use its chips

Intel wants to be a player in the tablet market in a big way this year. One way to make that happen is to bankroll a customer's product.

"Contra revenue," as Intel calls it, sounds innocuous enough. One of those murky financial terms that are ignored by people outside of the investment community -- and that's probably why it's been largely ignored to date.

Seeking Alpha, a site devoted to company earnings, wrote about contra revenue in November, and on Friday IDG News did as well.

The upshot: Intel is, in essence, paying tablet makers … Read more

Geeksphone makes the Intel switch with Revolution phone

Yup, the upcoming Geeksphone Revolution, a handset that'll run either Google's Android or Mozilla's Firefox OS, uses an Intel processor.

Specifically Geeksphone Revolution will employ a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor when it ships in the first quarter of 2014, the Spanish company said Friday. The company teased the Geeksphone Revolution in November, with one employee hinting that it had Intel inside.

Geeksphone is hardly a name-brand manufacturer, but Intel needs any help it can get in finding customers for its mobile processors in a market dominated by ARM chips from companies such as Qualcomm, Apple, … Read more

Sharp's Windows 8.1 tablet has serious specs: LTE, WQXGA

Sharp is upping the ante in the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet space with a WQXGA tablet packing 4GB of memory and LTE connectivity.

The Meibus Pad from Sharp -- which is also one of the world's largest LCD manufacturers -- sports a 2,560×1,600 IGZO display.

That's just shy of 300 pixels per inch and tops the 9.7-inch iPad Air's 264.

And that resolution also beats most Windows 8.1 tablets on sale today. Ten-inch class Windows 8.1 tablets typically offer resolutions no higher than 1,920x1,200 (e.g., … Read more

HP eyes Black Friday special with sub-$100 Android tablet

Intel has got the scoop on some tablet deals for Black Friday, including an Android tablet that's very light on the wallet.

That 7-inch HP tablet, branded the Mesquite, packs an Intel processor and will sell for $89 at Walmart. Don't expect any barn-burning specs, though. You'll likely get what you pay for.

And Intel has the skinny on a few more deals too.

For instance, if you buy a PC at Costco for $600 or more, you can get a $180 (regular price) Dell Venue 8 tablet (also Android) for $99.

Dell's Venue 8 is … Read more

Can Intel turn Android into Windows?

If there were any doubts that Intel wants to embrace Android as a Windows equal, they were erased this week.

Speaking at the chipmaker's investor meeting on Thursday, Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, said the following:

The reality is for the last decade we've been essentially 100 percent Microsoft on the client [but] we're starting to see in emerging markets...demands for Android.

A lot of Android apps were written for a portrait mode. A significant percentage don't even exist in landscape mode, so they can't scale … Read more

Crave Ep. 140: Lightning strikes, and charges, a phone

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This week on Crave, we get a quick lesson on how Google's Project Loon Internet-broadcasting balloons will ride wind currents in the stratosphere. One of the largest nuclear reactors in the world is shut down by jellyfish. And watch a cell phone get charged with a bolt of (artificial) lightning. All that and a few more odds and ends on the latest episode of Crave. Read more