Intel http://www.stuff.tv/intel/news en-GB Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dial M for mobile power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming in October? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446776 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel to introduce its stylish MICA smart bracelet on 7 September http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-introduce-its-stylish-mica-smart-bracelet-7-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bejeweled smart fashion accessory will debut at New York’s Fashion Week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel to introduce its stylish MICA smart bracelet on 7 September " alt="Intel to introduce its stylish MICA smart bracelet on 7 September " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-mica-01.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has made its first foray into the wearable tech market&nbsp;&ndash; and it&#39;s taken a slightly different tack to its rivals.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dedicated follower of fashion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from looking a bit special, it syncs up with your smartphone to display SMS messages, meeting alerts, and other notifications. Intel also says it will feature communications capabilities and wireless charging support;&nbsp;further details about its features will be disclosed at a later date.</p> <p>MICA will go on sale in the US at selected Barneys and Opening Ceremony stores by the end of this year; the tech-savvy fashionistas of Singapore will just have to wait.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk hands on</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel to introduce its stylish MICA smart bracelet on 7 September " alt="Intel to introduce its stylish MICA smart bracelet on 7 September " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-mica-02.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel gets fashionable with MICA smartband </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-introduce-its-stylish-mica-smart-bracelet-7-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-introduce-its-stylish-mica-smart-bracelet-7-september/news#comments Fashion Intel Wearable tech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:13:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446579 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's curved glass smartwatch will be for fashionistas http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartwatches go premium with Intel&#039;s tech bracelet – set to launch just in time for New York Fashion Week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Curved smartwatch concept" alt="Curved smartwatch concept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/curved-smartwatch-concept.jpg?1409221115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No self-respecting tech brand is without a smartwatch these days &ndash; and&nbsp;now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel">Intel</a>&nbsp;is set to join the fray.</p> <p>But it&#39;s doing things a little differently; it&#39;s teamed up with fashion house Opening Ceremony and luxury retailer Barneys New York for a fashion-focused smart band, that could launch in time for New York Fashion Week in September.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news#comments Intel Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:16:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446066 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks’ surprising iPad app, and Samsung’s big smart home acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Friday off right by catching up with the latest tech happenings around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" alt="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sms-biosport.png?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel and SMS Audio team for biometric earbuds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>50 Cent&rsquo;s SMS Audio announced yesterday that it will release biometric, heart rate-sensing earbuds this autumn in collaboration with Intel, which first premiered the tech back at CES this year. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones pull power straight from the standard headphone jack, meaning you don&rsquo;t need to charge anything before use; they&rsquo;re effectively plug-and-play.</p> <p>Granted, you&rsquo;ll need the RunKeeper app at launch to actually access the heart rate data, although additional apps will be supported over time. The earbuds are also sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating, and come with three sizes of ear gels and hooks for optimum comfort. No word on price just yet, but multiple colour options will launch in Q4.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/14/intel-and-sms-audio-to-supercharge-fitness-wearables">Intel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my-gadget-life-–-50-cent/news">My Gadget Life - 50 Cent</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Hanks made a typewriter app for iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tom Hanks: actor, seemingly all-around good guy, and productivity app maker? That&rsquo;s the surprising news this week following yesterday&rsquo;s launch of Hanx Writer for iPad.</p> <p>Published by Hitcents, the app was designed under the direction of Hanks, who is an avid fan of classic typewriters and once had a collection of 200 such machines. The free app recreates the look of typewriter keys and the loud sound effects, and offers additional virtual typewriters to wield via in-app purchases.</p> <p>&ldquo;I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it&#39;s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,&rdquo; said Hanks to USA Today, before charmingly adding, &quot;There&#39;s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/?csp=tech">USA Today</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002055/hanx-writer-ipad-app-released-by-tom-hanks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8">Tom Hanks turns video game developer with Electric City</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hanx Writer" alt="Hanx Writer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hanx-writer.PNG?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung acquires SmartThings for US$200 million </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung made a big splash in the smart home market on Thursday by purchasing SmartThings, a company that specializes in connected home controllers that allow appliances and devices using different standards to communicate with each other. SmartThings began as a Kickstarter success story before raising millions more in funding, and Recode pegs the Samsung acquisition at US$200 million (about &pound;120 million).</p> <p>Despite now being under a rather large corporate umbrella, SmartThings says it will continue to run independently and maintain its open platform for taming various Internet of Things devices. Even so, this gives Samsung a suddenly large stake in the burgeoning smart home field, just weeks after joining Nest and others to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news">form the Thread standard</a>&nbsp;for such things.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/news/smartthings-updates/smartthings-samsung-open-platform/">SmartThings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/14/internet-of-bling-samsung-buys-smartthings-for-200-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project - make your house a smart home of the future</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="SmartThings" alt="SmartThings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices.jpg?1408152869" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa#comments Connected home Headphones Intel iOS apps Samsung Wearable tech Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444900 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel’s tiny Edison computer provides an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables http://www.stuff.tv/intel/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And thankfully, it does more than tell you how (in)active you are </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wearables" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/edison.png?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Intel unveiled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-no-meet-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news">little Edison at CES 2014</a>, the tech world was beside themselves with excitement. The slight form factor of the adorable micro-computer presented all new possibilities for those who want to mould the shape of tech, and its potential looked vast.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart Shirt </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no escaping health tracking these days. Soon, even your boxer shorts will berate you for not getting up and doing 15 squat lunges. The smart shirt showed off at the Code/Conference is the first step to clever undergarments, and it&#39;s able to track your heart rate without the need for a bulky chest heart rate sensor strap.</p> <p class="p1">Developed with smart textile company AiQ, the shirt is loaded with sensors and will stream the information via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your devices. The only niggle is the fact that you&#39;ll have to unplug the electronics before you wash it. The smart fabric is expected in summer. Plenty of time ot get yourself in shape before it tells you how heavy your breathing is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Smarty pants, we mean, shirt" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartshirt.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The sky&#039;s the limit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smart clothing also present new opportunities for coaches to keep a close eye on their athletes&rsquo; performance from heart to perspiration rates to improve training, while non-athletes like us could explore the emotional side of wearable tech.</p> <p>Imagine donning a sweater with sensors that light up to show your mood for example. People would know when to steer clear next time you have a Game of Thrones spoiler rage episode.&nbsp;Or how about a hiking jacket that feeds maps and weather data back to you, and contacts emergency services if you fall down an ill-placed well? That&#39;ll be handy, eh?</p> <p>We just hope someone events a wireless smart-charging cupboard for all our clever threads.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smart-t-shirt-will-make-rest-your-clothes-feel-dumb/news">This health-monitoring t-shirt will make the rest of your clothes look simple-minded</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Coming soon, the smart wardrobe for smart clothing" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mood%20sweater.png?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rockabye Baby </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rest Devices&#39;&nbsp;<a href="http://mimobaby.com/" target="_blank">Mimo Baby</a> is a connected onesie for your little one. The two green stripes you see on the front senses respiratory rates, while the turtle clip keeps an eye on activity level, skin temperature and body position. </p> <p>The data is then fed back to your smart devices or thanks to Edison, a smart mug that reflects the baby&rsquo;s breathing patterns. That means you&rsquo;ll have genuinely useful information to supplement your baby monitor, like heart rate and temperature. It can also track the little one&#39;s sleeping patterns, which you could then use to work out the optimum bed time. Maybe you&#39;ll manage a whole 30 mins of sleep this time round?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Edison watches over your baby like a hawk" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mimo%20baby.png?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fashion Forward </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fashion brand Opening Ceremony has taken it upon itself to design a smart bracelet to shatter the &#39;wearables can&#39;t be cool&#39; image. It&#39;s been teased for a while now, but we still haven&rsquo;t seen what it looks like, or indeed, what makes it, well, smart.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Opening Ceremony recently designed a capsule collection for Spike Jonze&rsquo;s film Her (image above), so we should hopefully be in safe hands. At least we&#39;re seeing wearable tech from a fashion designer&#39;s point of view, which might bring a fresh angle to the table.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netatmo-june-wearable-uv-sensor-keeps-your-skin-safe/news" target="_blank">Netatmo June wearable UV sensor promises to keep your skin safe</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wearable tech need not be a fashion disaster" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/openingceremony_spikejonze3.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wearable tech that won&rsquo;t put us to shame as we walk down the streets. Sounds nice, doesn&#39;t it?</p> <p>Edison definitely has the potential to make wearable tech smaller, so perhaps we can look forward to smartwatches that aren&#39;t gigantic, or even a smart tie pin which provides detailed real-time metrics about the integrity of your tie knot.</p> <p>How about intelligent gloves for the winter, that warm up or cools down according to the surrounding temperature? The possibilities are limitless, and we can&#39;t wait.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/glass/got-google-glass-dont-be-glasshole-says-google/news">Got Google Glass? Don&#39;t be a Glasshole, says Google</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Begone, Glassholes" alt="Intel’s tiny computer Edison gives us an exciting glimpse into the future of wea" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-glass_1_1.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/computex-2014/intel-s-tiny-computer-edison-gives-us-exciting-glimpse-future-wearables/feature#comments Computex 2014 Intel Wearable tech Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:36:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438527 at http://www.stuff.tv Google and Intel unveil more powerful and more frugal Chromebooks http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dell and Acer refreshing their models, while others plan array of new releases - with up to 11 hours of battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer C720 Chromebook" alt="Acer C720 Chromebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acerc720.jpg?1399458353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eyeing a fresh push for its budget-minded Chromebook line, Google has teamed up with Intel to unleash a wave of new models from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba.</p> <p>Just last week, we heard about a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-c720-chromebook-gets-intel-core-i3-power/news">Intel Core i3-powered version</a> of the great Acer C720, which is now pegged for late summer at a price of US$349.99. Dell&rsquo;s existing Chromebook 11 will also see an i3 processor bump around the same time, The Verge reports.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even more to come </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Among those Bay Trail-powered models are Lenovo&rsquo;s N20 and N20p, the latter of which has a rotating touchscreen. The N20 will be out in July in the States for US$279, while the N20p hits in August for US$329.</p> <p class="p1">Asus is planning 13.3in C300 and 11.6in C200 Chromebooks for this year, while Acer will have its own Bay Trail-M model (which has yet to be detailed), as well.</p> <p class="p2">Google also mentioned that Toshiba has a 13in Chromebook incoming, along with the previously announced <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-hasselblad-s-indestructible-hv-camera-hp-unveils-its-chromebox-and-london-ho">HP Chromebox</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chrome-os/fully-charged-chrome-comes-desktop-augmented-reality-shades-and/feature">LG Chromebase</a> (pictured)&mdash;the last of those being an all-in-one desktop due out on 26 May in the United States for US$349.99.</p> <p class="p1">While all feature modest specs and the divisive Chrome OS, the wider array of options and power-boosted models make the Chromebook seem all the more appealing to the entry-level notebook buyer. Maybe some Intel-backed oomph is what it needs to really catch on.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/05/new-chromebooks-in-more-shapes-sizes.html">Google</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/6/5687518/google-and-intel-team-up-to-give-chromebooks-more-power">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer-c720-chromebook/review">Acer C720 Chromebook review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG Chromebase" alt="LG Chromebase" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgchromebase.jpeg?1399458353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news#comments Acer Dell Google Intel Laptops Tue, 06 May 2014 21:33:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436661 at http://www.stuff.tv Wearables Week: at Intel’s New Devices Group, Steven Holmes is inventing your future http://www.stuff.tv/intel/wearables-week-intel-s-new-devices-group-gadgets-future-are-being-designed/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the man designing “the devices that come after smartphones and tablets” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t Steven Holmes. This is a robot from the future wearing Steven Holmes&#039; headphones" alt="Intel wearables" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Intelwear01.jpg?1396582620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to know what the wearable tech of the future will look like, Steven Holmes is a good person to ask.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The New Devices Group has been around for less than a year, but it&rsquo;s already making an impact: all the reference designs Intel showed off at CES &ndash; its pulse-reading headphones, its smart charging bowl, its SD-card-sized Edison miniputer &ndash; came out of Holmes&rsquo; department.</p> <p>But bringing wearable technology to the masses won&rsquo;t be easy, says Holmes. &ldquo;There&#39;s a bunch of obstacles to wearables being more than a curiosity or a flash in the pan. We&rsquo;re looking very carefully at making these things something that people will want to wear, which is why we&#39;re collaborating with the Council of Fashion Designers of America: we believe that design and fashion can solve the stigma that goes with wearing some of these products. See, a lot of companies have been focussed on what the &#39;killer app&#39; could be for wearables, without realising that there&#39;s already a &#39;killer app&#39; for things we wear - they make us feel good about ourselves.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t Steven Holmes, obviously. It&#039;s a wireless charging bowl. " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Intelwear03.jpg?1396582620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;There are some other obstacles, too. One is that for a lot of these wearables, you have to change your behaviour. It&#39;s actually work to use them. Like using a chest strap for getting your heart rate &ndash; it&#39;s uncomfortable, you have to pair it with your phone, you need to charge it or replace the battery, and it&#39;s actually a hassle to own, even if the information you get from it is valuable. That&rsquo;s why we built the smart earbuds &ndash; they give you the heart rate information that&#39;s valuable for your training, without adding any additional burden to what you do. So I think that&#39;s a key step - you want more functionality without more friction.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Battery life is another issue. Obviously at Intel we create chips that are very frugal when it comes to power, but there are other ways to approach it, and the one we looked at is making charging really easy to do. That&#39;s why we proposed the smart charging bowl: when I get home, I don&#39;t want to have to plug in my smartphone and smartwatch and smart glasses and smart earphones. So the bowl takes advantage of a behaviour I already have - I can just empty my pockets into the bowl and go on with my evening, and then if they&#39;re all charged in the morning, I&#39;ll be more likely to use them the next day.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="849" title="This isn&#039;t Steven Holmes. It&#039;s some models wearing solar-powered coats. " alt="wearable tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wearable-Solar-Coat.jpg?1396582620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s still early days, though. &ldquo;To be honest,&rdquo; admits Holmes, &ldquo;other than my FuelBand, there aren&#39;t any wearables that I use religiously. But I have been using a lot of them, and there&#39;s definitely some real sparks of insight in them. To me it&#39;s like the early days of smartphones. If you remember the early Palm Trio and the first BlackBerrys, they were like tiny little PCs with a shrunken keyboards and tiny little screens, and there were some people who had to have them, but otherwise 98% of the population didn&#39;t see why they needed one. It took a while to change the user interface, going from an older paradigm to one that was more appropriate to the form factor, improving the functionality, the capability and the pleasure of using the device. It took a few years, but then everybody had a smartphone. So I think wearables are at that early stage, where people are trying a bunch of things, but I don&#39;t think anybody&#39;s cracked the code yet.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t Steven Holmes, it&#039;s a robot skull from Intel&#039;s Make it Wearable programme." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Intelwear04_0.jpg?1396582620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/wearables-week-intel-s-new-devices-group-gadgets-future-are-being-designed/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/wearables-week-intel-s-new-devices-group-gadgets-future-are-being-designed/feature#comments Intel Wearable tech Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:35:15 +0000 Will Dunn 1434789 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel: our new Merrifield chip leaves the Snapdragon 800 standing http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mwc-2014/intel-our-new-merrifield-chip-leaves-snapdragon-800-standing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next generation Atom processor is quicker than anything Qualcomm can muster, apparently </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel: our new Merrifield chip leaves the Snapdragon 800 standing" alt="Intel: our new Merrifield chip leaves the Snapdragon 800 standing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-logo.jpg?1393292677" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel&rsquo;s Mobile World Congress got off to a flyer with the announcement of an all-new Atom processor, the Z34XX or &ldquo;Merrifield&rdquo;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A mid-range chip that delivers high-end performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Merrifield also features a quad cluster graphics engine that Intel says can help deliver &ldquo;console-type games&rdquo;. It offers twice the graphics performance (in terms of frames per second) of the Clover Trail+ Intel Atom chip it&rsquo;s replacing and supports OpenGL and RenderScript for improved visual effects.</p> <p>Intel seems to be saying that the dual-core Merrifield either beats or equals the quad-core Snapdragon 800 in all the key areas, despite being seemingly a mid-range chip. That&rsquo;s something we&rsquo;ll be keen to see for ourselves when we get our hands on the first wave of Merrifield-equipped devices.</p> <p>The chip supports a clock speed up to 2.13GHz, RAM up to 4GB, rear cameras up to 13MP and up to 256GB of local storage. It will support Android 4.4.2 and above devices, and you can expect to see it popping up in phones very soon.</p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mwc-2014/intel-our-new-merrifield-chip-leaves-snapdragon-800-standing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Intel MWC 2014 Smartphones Tablets Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:23:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432756 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Intel RealSense hands-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D cameras coming to a PC near you http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Intel promises a commitment to “perceptual computing”, while pushing the idea that we will soon interact with our machines in far easier and smarter ways </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Intel RealSense eyes-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D cameras coming to a PC near you" alt="Video: Intel RealSense eyes-on preview – motion sensing, depth-detecting 3D came" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-22%20at%2013.29.59.png?1390441840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3080992192001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3080992192001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/video-intel-realsense-hands-preview-motion-sensing-depth-detecting-3d-cameras-coming-#comments Cameras CES 2014 Intel Laptops Tablets Windows Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1431567 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's Smart Earbuds change the music when you're not working out hard enough http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-laziness-crushing-smart-earbuds-change-track-when-youre-not-working-out-hard-enough/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple and Android-friendly, Intel&#039;s pulse-monitoring headphones will get you running faster by automatically switching to a more energetic song </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smart-earbuds-2.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Of Intel&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-charging-bowl-headset-thats-always">many intriguing wearable tech launches</a> yesterday, the Smart Earbuds piqued our interest the most.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They look like spaceships </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As reference designs, the Smart Earbuds are supposed to be used as a proof of concept for Intel&#39;s (as yet unannounced) partners to turn into saleable items. Which is a good thing, as we&#39;re not completely sold on the sci-fi looks.</p> <p class="p1">Still, the insides are clever. In the right earbud there&#39;s an optical heart rate monitor twinned with an accelerometer which normalises the data the HRM sends down the headphone cable to the phone. The whole setup uses just 0.5mW of electricity, which is apparently less than an in-line microphone.</p> <p class="p1">The Smart Earbuds will be compatible with any phone that can provide power via it headphone jack. We saw it working on an iPhone 5s and a Google Nexus 5, but most other modern smartphones will be supported.</p> <p class="p1">As for apps, Intel has designed its own for Android that analyses the beats per minute of the tracks in your playlists. If your heart rate is below your target during a workout, it&#39;ll select a new, faster track to spur you on.</p> <p class="p1">We also saw it working with RunKeeper on iOS, and Intel tells us that any app fitness could be made to work with them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds Nexus 5" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-nexus-5.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds iPhone 5s" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-iphone.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do they sound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">We don&#39;t know - we weren&#39;t able to try them on. But at this stage sound quality&#39;s not the point - that&#39;s a quantity for Intel&#39;s partners to deal with.</p> <p class="p1">Pricing and availability is also understandably not yet available, but Smartbud-based designs will be on the market by the end of 2014. Good stuff.</p> <p class="p2"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">CES 2014 - all the biggest news so far, live from Vegas</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbud-1.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-earbuds-4.jpg?1389157352" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-laziness-crushing-smart-earbuds-change-track-when-youre-not-working-out-hard-enough/new" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-laziness-crushing-smart-earbuds-change-track-when-youre-not-working-out-hard-enough/new#comments Headphones Health and fitness Intel Wearable tech Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:29:57 +0000 Will Findlater 1430910 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-your-pocket-no-its-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our minds are blown at the sheer possibilities of Intel’s nano-PC, which brings the Internet of Things closer to reality than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" alt="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-edison-hot-stuff.jpg?1389628607" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Look closely. That&#39;s not an SD card. Rather, it&#39;s the Intel Edison - a full x86 PC with Pentium-class specs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">That&#39;s what Edison brings to the table - a PC with full-fledged features, without the associated bulk that&rsquo;ll make smart gadgets big and clunky.</p> <p dir="ltr">The functionality was demonstrated by Intel with a US$200 Edison-equipped baby onesie from Rest Devices loaded with sensors, tracking the infant&#39;s temperature and pressure. </p> <p dir="ltr">An Edison-eqipped mug with an LED screen collects the data from the outfit and changes the mug&rsquo;s &#39;face&#39; from a smiley green to an angry red when the toddler turns cranky. Intel also showed off&nbsp;an Edison-equipped bottle warmer that activates when the baby stirs from his slumber.</p> <p dir="ltr">In short, Intel&rsquo;s Edison is hitting the right notes with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-internet-things-will-change-world/feature" target="_blank">Internet of Things</a>, in a future where just about any device or object - appliances, chairs, wearables - could be equipped with processing capabilities.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In order to spur the imaginations of developers exploring wearable tech, Intel is also offering US$1.3million in &#39;Make It Wearable&#39; prizes for gadgets that use Edison to enhance their capabilities. So if you think you can beat the smart onesie, it&#39;s time to get making.</p> <p dir="ltr">Edison will be out &#39;in the middle&#39; of 2014 for an as-yet unspecified price. </p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all of the biggest news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" alt="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Intel%20Edison%2001.jpg?1389628607" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" alt="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smart-mug.jpg?1389628607" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" alt="Intel&#039;s incredible Edison PC is the size of an SD card" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onesie.jpg?1389628607" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">The Intel Edison is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-your-pocket-no-its-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/sd-card-your-pocket-no-its-intels-tiny-edison-pc/news#comments CES 2014 Intel PC Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:47:16 +0000 Will Findlater 1430872 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's wearable future: pulse-monitoring headphones, a bowl that charges your gadgets and a watch that tells on your kids http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-charging-bowl-headset-thats-always <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CEO Bryan Krzanich wants to make everything smart, starting with this little lot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel&#039;s wearable future" alt="Intel&#039;s wearable future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-smart-headset.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Intel had a lot of announcements at CES today. Like, loads - including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-reveals-realsense-tiny-kinect-camera-thatll-be-built-your-next-tablet-laptop-and-all-one" target="_blank">RealSense camera detailed here</a>.</p> <p class="p2">But it&#39;s the chipmeister&#39;s investment in wearable tech that&#39;s arguably its most compelling. It&#39;s crafted a selection of reference designs that it expects to be turned into finished, purchasable products by its partners before the close of 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health-monitoring headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As part of its drive to make us feel wearable tech is indispensable, Intel had a good long think about how to augment the kit we already need rather than adding endlessly to our gadget arsenals. So, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2014/lg-lifeband-touch-and-heartbeat-monitoring-earphones-land-ces/news" target="_blank">rather like LG earlier on in the day</a>&nbsp;(and Motorola before them, with its SF700s), it came up with the idea of Smart Earbuds - in-ear headphones with a built-in heart-rate monitor, removing the need for a separate fitness band.</p> <p class="p1">Unlike LG&#39;s design, these stereo earbuds don&#39;t require an external power source: they take power from the headphone jack, and feed realtime heart rate and pulse info to your phone&#39;s health monitoring app through the same interface. The Smart Earbuds will come with an app for creating and adapting workout regimes, but will be compatible with a number of existing fitness apps, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Smart Earbuds" alt="Intel Smart Earbuds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-smart-earbuds.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The headset that never stops listening </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a similar way to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>, Intel&#39;s Smart Headset adds a layer of Big Brother invasiveness to make your life that little bit easier. It&#39;s basically a Bluetooth headset that doesn&#39;t switch off, and relays your every command direct to a connected device. If you have a request to make of it, you call it by name (&quot;Hey, Jarvis&quot; in the demo, although Krzanich hinted that Apple&#39;s Siri would also work) and bark your requests in a natural-ish manner. Your connected smartphone, tablet or computer then deals with the request. Unless it&#39;s &quot;Please stop listening to me.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Intel Smart Headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-smart-headset.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The bowl of power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Now this is a good one. The Charging Bowl is 10in in diameter and allows you to charge up multiple devices simultaneously by dropping them into it. Although not strictly wearable (it might make a nice hat, mind you), Intel reasons that you&#39;re more likely to use wearable gadgets if charging them is totally effortless.</p> <p class="p1">It uses the nascent A4WP specification for inductive charging (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-wireless-charging/feature" target="_blank">sorry Qi fans</a>), and seems much more logical than buying yourself a bunch of single-device charging pads.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Charging Bowl" alt="Intel Charging Bowl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/intel-charging-bowl.jpg?1389143798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The watch that watches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Intel&#39;s reference smartwatch design is a lot like the competition - it&#39;s pretty fat, and pretty ugly - but it differs in that it has its own built-in connectivity, which means it doesn&#39;t need to be paired with a smartphone to operate.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-watches-dont-need-be-smartphones/feature" target="_blank">Now, we&#39;re not all convinced that a watch with its own SIM card is a good idea</a>. Krzanich didn&#39;t go into detail about whether the watch can be paired with a companion device to provide control and notifications, or indeed whether it could make phone calls. Instead he focused on one capability: geo-fencing, which allows the watch to send notifications out based on location. So, put one on your progeny&#39;s wrist (or, why not, ankle) and it&#39;ll tell you when she&#39;s gone to That Boy&#39;s house.</p> <p class="p2">There&#39;s much more that can be done with geofencing, of course - so we will watch this one with interest, and bring you a hands-on from the show floor this week.</p> <p class="p2">For now, why not check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all the big news so far</a>?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/ces-2014/intels-wearable-future-pulse-monitoring-headphones-charging-bowl-headset-thats-always#comments CES 2014 Headphones Health and fitness Intel Wearable tech Tue, 07 Jan 2014 06:48:04 +0000 Will Findlater 1430838 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's RealSense camera: gesture control and 3D scanning built into your next PC http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-reveals-realsense-tiny-kinect-camera-thatll-be-built-your-next-tablet-laptop-and-all-one <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tablets, all-in-ones, laptops and tabtops of all shapes and sizes will gain depth perception and 3D scanning capabilities this year [updated with hands-on impressions] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense camera" alt="Intel RealSense camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Intel-RealSense.jpg?1389923154" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel&#39;s CES 2014 press conference was all about the potentially revolutionary future of &#39;perceptual computing&#39;.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like Kinect, but wafer-thin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most of RealSense&#39;s capabilities aren&#39;t exactly new - tinkerers have been plugging in and toying with Kinect on their Windows PCs for a few years now. But the quality of the first-gen RealSense appears considerably better than Kinect, despite its proportions, and there&#39;s a trick that Kinect can&#39;t replicate: RealSense is a 3D scanner.</p> <p>At the CES keynote, Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich showed off how that works. You simply move the camera around the object to be scanned, capturing it from every relevant angle, and thanks to built-in movement sensors the RealSense maps out the entire environment in impressive detail.</p> <p>Intel also demoed RealSense&#39;s augmented reality prowess, showing off a game where a table in front of the computer became a grass-covered field with sheep grazing on it, and objects placed within it became a part of the playing surface. The young girl playing the game put her hand on the table, and the shepherd character climbed up her arm. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>Also demoed was a real-time 3D video capture program that could differentiate between objects in the foreground and background, and apply filters to each accordingly. It&#39;s also capable of real-time green screen effects, so you can pretend you&#39;re in Vegas while Skyping your mum.</p> <p>Much of the functionality was described by Eden Mooly as being &#39;pre-alpha&#39;, but it&#39;s clear that Intel is fully invested in making RealSense happen this year. It&#39;s also pledged to launch more RealSense hardware in future, including devices with enhanced natural language voice recognition capabilities.</p> <p>Get ready to meet a computer more charismatic that you are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense camera jury rigged" alt="Intel RealSense camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Intel-RealSense-2.jpg?1389923154" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense camera module" alt="Intel RealSense camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/realsense-3.jpg?1389923154" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense camera demo" alt="Intel RealSense camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/realsesnse-demo.jpg?1389923154" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-off with Intel RealSense </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First things first: RealSense isn&#39;t quite fully baked yet. We don&#39;t just say that because most of the test machines on Intel&#39;s CES stand had &#39;RealSense&#39; cameras with Creative Labs logos all over them perched atop the test machines, nor because the gadgets with integrated RealSense cameras had clearly been hacked at with scalpels, but because, for now, it works in a hit-and-miss way.</p> <p>Although on paper capable of recognising 10 digits simultaneously, the test machines sometimes struggled to discern our fingers from our hands, or to recognise the way in which we were moving. This resulted in unpredictable on-screen behaviour and some frustrating gesture gaming experiences. Anyone who has tried to play Kinect from too close in or in poor light will be familiar with the problems we encountered.</p> <p>But when RealSense works, it&#39;s hugely impressive. We tried out a realtime synthesizer that allowed us to constract elaborate tunes with gestures and prods. The camera could discern how close our fingers were to the screen: when we &#39;reached in&#39; through the on-screen water, we could move and set up new instruments around the UI and change the tempo by pointing up and down; when our hands were back out of the water we could just get down to playing.</p> <p>Elsewhere on the Intel stand, there was a RealSense-equipped 3D workstation that allowed us to manipulate an Intel doll in midair with our fingertips, and a brilliant pinball game where you bash the ball with a real paddle held in your hands.</p> <p>It&#39;s mind-blowing that any camera can achieve this in the poor lighting conditions of the CES show floor, let alone a slim sliver that will soon be integrated into consumer tablets, all-in-ones and laptops. It&#39;s going to be very interesting to see how the finish product performs later this year.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all the big news, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense hands-on" alt="Intel RealSense hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/realsense-music-play.jpg?1389877587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense hands-on" alt="Intel RealSense hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/realsense-3d-workstation.jpg?1389877587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel RealSense hands-on" alt="Intel RealSense hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/realsense-gaming.jpg?1389877587" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-reveals-realsense-tiny-kinect-camera-thatll-be-built-your-next-tablet-laptop-and-all-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intel-reveals-realsense-tiny-kinect-camera-thatll-be-built-your-next-tablet-laptop-and-all-one#comments CES 2014 Intel Laptops PC Tablets Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:05:01 +0000 Will Findlater 1430833 at http://www.stuff.tv Mac Pro hands-on review: the future of desktops has arrived http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-apples-mac-pro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a monster of a machine packed into one of the most unique designs we&#039;ve ever seen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mac-pro-lens.jpg?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Mac Pro was long overdue for a refresh – and Apple hasn't disappointed.</p> <p>Apple hasn't revised the basic design of its high-end workstation since its launch in 2006 – but the 2013 edition is a whole new machine, one that Apple's calling "Something radically different from anything before it." But is it change for the sake of change, or a genuinely innovative leap forward?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You spin me right round </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first thing that strikes you about the new Mac Pro is that is really doesn’t look anything like a computer.</p> <p>The shiny black tube is far smaller in reality than you’d think – a mere 9.9in tall and 6.57in in diameter. There are, we imagine, bigger drinks served in American cinemas.&nbsp;Despite its diminutive frame, Apple's crammed an eye-wateringly long spec list into the Mac Pro, including&nbsp;everything from Xeon processors with up to 12 cores to 64GB of superfast DDR3 memory.</p> <p>There’s something incredibly sci-fi about the Pro's design, from the motion sensor that lights up the port indicators when you move it to the button you press to remove the cover (it’s just a shame Apple couldn’t make it produce a puff of dry ice to finish the effect).</p> <p>There's a point to the Mac Pro's new look – instead of using multiple fans and heat sinks to keep the Pro cool, Apple's used a single fan and positioned the components around a single thermal core that distributes heat evenly. That means that the Mac Pro runs quiet – astonishingly so – though we did notice that it gets quite warm. The cooling system must be working overtime to keep those high-end components in check.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SQl2FjaKCAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2008_0.JPG?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3264" height="2448" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_2010_0.JPG?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mac Pro Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors&nbsp;running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz</li> <li>2 workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs with up to&nbsp;12GB of video memory provide up to seven teraflops of compute power</li> <li>PCIe-based flash storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to 1.2GBps and is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives</li> <li>ECC DDR3&nbsp;RAM running at 1866 MHz, with a four-channel memory controller, gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory&nbsp;</li> <li>4 USB 3 ports</li> <li>6 Thunderbolt 2 ports - upto 36 devices can be daisychained to these</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quiet riot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, the Mac Pro isn't aimed at the casual computer user; those 12-core Xeons will be put to work in edit suites, VFX studios and other processor-intensive environments.&nbsp;We've put the computer through its paces with some real time 3D rendering, and the results are astonishing; complex scenes are rendered almost instantly, many of which would take several minutes on current high-end kits.</p> <p>We also played with the Mac Pro using two large 4K monitors, although the Pro can drive four.</p> <p>Music production is likely to be one of the Mac Pro’s big markets – Apple has been testing the machine with Stuart Price, the man behind Lady Gaga and The Killers' latest albums. And a quick blast of Logic, Apple's high-end music software, revealed that multiple tracks with effects are no problem.</p> <p>It’s also incredibly quiet, and one music producer who has tried the machine told us it was almost disconcerting not to have the hum of a PC in the studio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-pro-base.jpg?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-pro-insane-power.jpg?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power user </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mac Pro isn’t for everyone - and in reality, the newly refreshed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-refreshes-13in-and-15in-macbook-pro-haswell-silicon-os-x-mavericks-and-lower-prices/news">Haswell MacBook Pro</a>&nbsp;models will be a desktop replacement that’s more than adequate for most of us. But for those who need the extra power, there’s nothing quite like the Mac Pro.</p> <p>It remains to be seen how that design will hold up in day-to-day use – and there will, doubtless, be gripes that Apple is pushing Thunderbolt 2 as the means for expansion rather than internal slots. But it feels like a glimpse at the future of the desktop PC - with a design so radical it’s hard to think of any other firm that would come up with it.</p> <p>And while it's destined to sit in edit suits and movie production houses, we couldn’t help thinking how cool it would look in the living room - and what an amazing gaming machine it would make.</p> <p>Here's hoping we’ll see a round Mac Mini sooner rather than later...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" alt="Apple Mac Pro (2013)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-pro_1.jpg?1382530875" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-apples-mac-pro/news#comments Apple Desktops Intel Mac Pro (2013) Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:03:49 +0000 Mark Prigg 1428232 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Series 7 Ultra http://www.stuff.tv/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the inclusion of a dedicated graphics chip elevate Samsung’s Series 7 Ultra above the current glut of Ultrabooks? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The laptop business is a funny old game.</p> <p>On one hand you've got Apple, clearly (and, most would argue, correctly) chuffed with its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a> and content to simply tweak it on a year-on-year basis.</p> <p>On the other you've got practically every other laptop manufacturer, each trying to add something fresh to the Ultrabook formula so that its offering pokes its head above the sea of competition.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Dedicated graphics </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Decent battery by ultrabook standards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last-gen processor </div> <div class="field-item even"> Keyboard and trackpad could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricey (unless you can find a discount) </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build and usability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The majority of the Series 7 Ultra’s 18.9mm thin body is the now standard brushed-aluminium, and it’s not a bad choice - the screen, in particular, has very little flex. We’re slightly suspicious of the keyboard surround, though, which looks like aluminium but feels distinctly plasticky.</p> <p>The keyboard itself is well laid-out, but doesn’t have a huge amount of depth or clackitiness (the scientific term for the amount of satisfying clack).</p> <p>A nice big touchpad sits below it, but it’s prone to accidental touches that can send Windows 8 into a bit of a kerfuffle. As a result you have to keep your thumbs hovering delicately above it, as if you’re massaging a lion’s snout.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The large trackpad is a bit of mistake magnet" alt="The large trackpad is a bit of mistake magnet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Keys don&#039;t clack as nicely as we&#039;d like" alt="Keys don&#039;t clack as nicely as we&#039;d like" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen dreams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where Samsung gets it absolutely right is in the Series 7 Ultra’s glorious touch-enabled screen.</p> <p>It’s a full-HD affair, so even the humblest of pics looks magnificent, with solid blacks, vivid colours and clean whites.</p> <p>Despite its glossy finish at full brightness it’s usable in direct sunlight. We’re actually writing this in a rooftop pub garden on a sunny day (the life of a tech journalist, eh?) and it hasn’t turned into a big and expensive mirror, which is a very good thing. Especially given the state of our reflection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The screen&#039;s brilliantly crisp" alt="The screen&#039;s brilliantly crisp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gaming performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than using Intel’s shiny new battery-saving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">Haswell</a> architecture, Samsung has stuck to last year’s Ivy Bridge. There's no getting around that being a bit of a disappointment, but Samsung’s compensation is a dedicated graphics chip in the form of AMD’s Radeon HD 8570M.</p> <p>We tried out a couple of Unreal Engine games - Dishonored and Remember Me - but to achieve playable 25 frames-per-second framerates we had to drop the resolution and textures considerably, which is a little annoying given how nice games could look in full-HD.</p> <p>Even so, it’s a damn sight better than the spine-chillingly sluggish Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip that usually adorns ultrabooks, and the Samsung ploughs through high-definition videos without breaking a sweat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power reserves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the Series 7 Ultra's screen’s brightness whacked up, we managed to get just over five hours out of the battery - and don’t worry, we didn’t spend all that time in the pub garden.</p> <p>It’s fairly impressive by Ultrabook standards, and you can add at least another hour to that when you’ve got the brightness tuned to a more reasonable level - but that’s still only around half of what the 2013 MacBook Air achieved in our test. We’re still putting that down to black magic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity and storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To the left of the screen you’ll find a collapsible ethernet port, an HDMI-out, USB 3.0, a mic/headphone combo socket and a mini VGA port. The latter’s for connecting that enormous CRT monitor you refuse to get rid of, of course.&nbsp;To the right sit two regular USB slots and an SD card port with a terrifyingly flimsy plastic cover. </p> <p>The standard WiFi and Bluetooth connections are present and correct, although the former lacks 802.11ac networking - a neat addition to the MacBook Air <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-care-about-80211ac-wi-fi/feature" target="_blank">that you should definitely care about</a>. It’s unusual for the normally lackadaisical Apple to get in there first with a product feature, and it leaves Samsung behind. </p> <p>A reasonable 128GB SSD is available for filling with games and movies, and it predictably allows Windows to boot snappily.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Isn&#039;t it time to kill the VGA port?" alt="Isn&#039;t it time to kill the VGA port?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9124_0.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultra vs MacBook Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 13.3-inch form factor, ultra-slim size and brushed aluminium inevitably invite comparisons to Apple’s latest portable Mac - and you get the feeling that that's exactly what Samsung was going for.</p> <p>The MacBook’s still a winner in our hearts and our minds - it just does everything a little bit better. And, somehow, it’s £50 cheaper.</p> <p>There is a certain case to be made for Samsung’s wonderful screen and dedicated graphics, but we’d rather have Apple’s future-proof all-rounder than this late-to-the-party Ultrabook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Series 7 is a great Ultrabook, and one of the best we’ve seen, its hardware is flagging in comparison to Apple’s latest MacBook.</p> <p>The screen, though, is magnificent, and deserves the sort of round-the-block queues usually reserved for Cupertino’s latest. That alone isn’t enough, though, and for now the MacBook Air is safe at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">laptops Top 10</a>.</p> <p>UPDATE: As of 22nd July <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-np740u3e-s02-ultrabook-intel-core-i5-1-8ghz-6gb-ram-128gb-ssd-13-3-touch-screen-metal/p231820497" target="_blank">John Lewis</a> has the Series 7 Ultra discounted to £700. Needless to say that's a great price and would be enough to make this a 5-star laptop. This is a limited-time offer by the looks of things, though, so we're not going to change the rating. Instead we'll simply urge you to move fast if you want one of the best ultrabooks around with a £300 discount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Series 7 Ultra" alt="Samsung Series 7 Ultra" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9147.JPG?1381533979" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Series 7’s jaw-dropping screen and dedicated graphics chip almost blinded us to its last-gen processor. Almost.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Ultrabook with dedicated graphics? See our verdict </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/samsung-series-7-ultra/review#comments Intel Laptops Samsung Ultrabook Windows 8 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:56:37 +0000 Tom Parsons 1424901 at http://www.stuff.tv