Remember the desktop PC? Intel is trying to reinvent it

Intel this week tried to breathe some life into a device category that's not exactly fertile ground: the desktop PC.

At the Game Developers Conference, the chipmaker said it was reinventing the desktop PC.

How is it being reinvented? "The desktop has gone from just a beige tower to all these new [designs]: touch, 170+ desktop [all-in-one] focused apps," an Intel spokesman told CNET.

In the GDC release, Intel goes on to cite "tiny PCs," small Steam Machines, and portable AIO (all-in-one) PCs in the kitchen as reinvention.

Probably better, however, to call it a … Read more

Intel grabs smartwatch maker -- report

Intel has reportedly acquired smartwatch maker Basis Science.

According to TechCrunch sources, while the exact amount Intel paid is not known, it is believed to be between $100 million and $150 million. Basis has secured roughly 7 percent of the wearable fitness tracker market and over $30 million has been invested in to the company by Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund and Intel Capital.

San Francisco-based Basis has one lone product on the consumer market: the Basis Health Tracker Watch. The wrist-based tech includes a health tracker and connection to an online personal dashboard to encourage users to incorporate healthier … Read more

Samsung still 'evaluating' a Tizen phone for this year

BARCELONA, Spain -- Don't hold your breath for a Samsung Tizen smartphone anytime soon.

The Korean electronics giant has been working on such a device for months, but the product continues to face delays. The company most recently said it would release a phone in February. But instead, Samsung made its first Tizen push with wearables. It's still working on a Tizen-based phone, but just when that will launch is unclear.

"We are carefully evaluating the market needs and opportunity to introduce the Tizen-based smartphone during this year," Young-hee Lee, head of marketing for Samsung's … Read more

Intel LTE poised to join upcoming Galaxy S5 family

BARCELONA, Spain -- At least one device in Samsung's Galaxy S5 family of smartphones could ship with Intel inside.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker is close to signing a deal with Samsung to provide LTE chips for one of the variations of the Galaxy S5 that will hit the market in the coming months, an Intel spokesman told CNET.

Hermann Eul, head of Intel's mobile chip business, had originally told CNET that his company would supply LTE chips for some models of the GS5. He had declined to provide further details about the chip or where those particular … Read more

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

Tizen signs up new allies, but still no real phone

BARCELONA, Spain--The Tizen bandwagon is getting bigger, but it hasn't traveled far.

The Tizen Association on Sunday talked up its 15 new partners, including notable names such as Japanese carrier SoftBank, Sprint, Baidu, and ZTE. A no-show has been any smartphone running the operating system, with only reference units on display.

"I've heard twice that Tizen is dead," said Tizen Association Chairman Roy Sugimura, who is also an executive at Japanese carrier NTT Docomo. "Tizen isn't dead."

Tizen is one of several upstart operating systems attempting to break into the market, with the … Read more

Intel CEO talks Apple, water-cooled PCs, carbon nanotubes

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich responded to questions about Apple, building his own PCs, and future tech at Intel in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.

On Apple: "We've always had a very close relationship with Apple, and it continues to grow closer. Sure [it's] grown close over the years especially since...they started to use our technology in their systems."

Along these lines -- though Krzanich didn't address it -- market researcher IC Insights posted a research note earlier in the month suggesting that Intel should cut a deal with Apple for its idle Fab 42 … Read more

Intel takes on big data with new Xeon E7 v2 chips

SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel is upping the ante for crunching big data, promising to double the performance over the previous generation with the new Xeon E7 v2 chipset.

The Xeon processor E7 8800/4800/2800 v2 product family is designed to support up to 32-socket servers with configurations of up to 15 processing cores and up to 1.5 terabytes of memory per socket.

Unveiled at the Exploratorium museum during a media presentation on Tuesday, the chipset falls within Intel's game plan for tackling the Internet of Things movement, which the processor maker projected will grow to consist of … 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

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