At least two Android smartphones already ship without a 3.5mm headphone port, but the only company that’s getting any heat for killing the standard audio jack is Apple. For a product it hasn’t even released yet, mind you. Even Samsung made fun of the iPhone 7’s rumored lack of a regular headphone jack during its Galaxy Note 7 unveiling event. At the time I wrote that Samsung would likely copy the iPhone in this regard, and Samsung may eat those words even sooner than expected. Intel just told everyone that Apple, Motorola and other companies planning to kill the headphone jack are right to do so. More →
On stage at the Intel Developer Conference, Intel just unveiled a wireless VR headset. Forget setting up sensors in your office or backpack PCs: this could be the thing that makes VR not dumb.
Project Alloy is an all-in-one VR headset. That means the VR viewer, as well as the computer and sensors are all on board. Unlike the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, which require an external desktop and sensors, there’s nothing to tether yourself to here.
Tesla and Google aren’t the only companies working towards a future filled with self-driving cars. BMW earlier today boldly announced its plan to begin mass producing a self-driving car by 2021.
As part of its 5-year plan to make autonomous driving a reality, BMW will rely upon camera and sensor technology sourced from Mobileye, the same Israeli company that Tesla currently partners up with for its own self-driving car technology. Also in the mix is Intel who will contribute technology of its own at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Computex 2016 is the place to be if you want to see a kick-ass battle between computing giants. Intel wasn’t the only company to announce some incredibly fast new silicon at the show, and Intel’s 10-core desktop CPU isn’t the only marvelous thing coming out of Computex. AMD has unveiled a variety of mobile chips that are supposed to be even faster than what Intel has to offer.
Gamers looking to make the most of their desktops should know that there’s a new monster processor that was just announced by Intel. The Broadwell-E chip has no less than 10 cores ready to go to work for you, but it’ll cost you about as much as a new MacBook Pro. And before you ask, yes, these are consumer chips, which means you’ll be able to buy them and build yourself the ultimate computer gaming rig, right in time for virtual reality. More →
One of the most prominent iPhone 7 rumors out there concerns the device’s audio output. Apparently, Apple is going to “kill” one more port with this iPhone release: the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it looks like Apple isn’t the only company looking to get rid of the old analog port, as others are also interested in this particular move. Intel is one of them, and it could help Apple make the 3.5mm headphone jack a thing of the past. More →
The iPhone 7 might deliver faster wireless speeds than ever before and we might have Intel to thank. According to a CLSA research note seen by NDTV, Intel has already secured up to 40% of LTE chips supply for the iPhone 7. The chipmaker has a cellular chip (XMM 7360 LTE) that’s ready to deliver LTE Cat. 10 speeds – that means download speeds of up to 450Mbps download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.
If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.
Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.
The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →
Intel headed to a remote area in Tornesch, Germany armed with the aforementioned fleet of drones as well as the aforementioned orchestra, and it ended up putting together a spectacular aerial display. In fact, as far as drone videos go this is perhaps one of the coolest ones we’ve ever seen. More →
You think your PC gaming rig has a powerful processor? You haven’t seen anything yet. PC World reports that Intel wants to put its so-called Knights Landing chip into a limited number of workstation desktop computers starting next year. Knights Landing, which Intel says is its most powerful chip to date, is a 72-core processor with 8 billion transistors. Next year will mark the first time it’s been used in workstations. More →
A new bombshell of a report from VentureBeat claims that Intel currently has a team of 1,000 employees working hard in an effort to get its vaunted 7360 LTE modem chip ready to go for the iPhone 7. The large team size is reportedly a reflection of how seriously Intel is taking its potential partnership with Apple as it hopes to ultimately supplant Qualcomm, Apple’s current supplier of LTE modem chips for the iPhone.
Now given how high iPhone production volume is, don’t expect Apple to go all-in with Intel just yet. The report notes that Apple may initially opt to dual source LTE modems from Intel and Qualcomm. Of course, given the recent commotion surrounding Apple dual sourcing the A9 processor from TSMC and Samsung, we’d imagine Apple will take all necessary precautions to ensure similar performance across the board. As a point of interest, Intel’s 7630 LTE modem chip can support downlink LTE speeds of 450MB per second.
Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.
It’s fairly easy to assume that Apple’s next-gen MacBooks will be better than predecessors considering that each generation of new laptops brings several improvements. However, Intel finally unveiled its new Skylake family of chips that will power next gen laptops, tablets and other smart devices, confirming the performance improvements coming to these types of devices. More →