IDG News Service
Apr 10, 2015 12:35 PM
Intel has shown what it calls the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables.
The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface.
It also connects wirelessly to external displays through Wi-Di (Wireless Display) technology, which could eliminate HDMI and DisplayPort ports. The wireless display needs to support Wi-Di technology.
“This is going to be the world’s first PC where you’d never need to connect a wire to it,” said Intel’s Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager for Intel’s Client Computing group. He showed the laptop during a speech this week at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China.
Intel first talked about the concept of a wire-free laptop in June last year. The laptop is only shipping to software developers looking to write applications that take advantage of the wire-free features.
A number of laptop makers are supporting Intel’s vision of wire-free computers. For example, Lenovo wants to bring such features to its business laptops, Skaugen said.
The laptop shown was a hybrid in which the screen could be pulled out of the keyboard dock. Intel is looking to link laptops wirelessly to peripherals like monitors and external storage through the emerging WiGig technology. At data transfer speeds of 7G bps (bits per second), WiGig is much faster than Wi-Fi.
The wire-free prototype is also the first laptop based on Intel’s upcoming sixth-generation processor code-named Skylake, Skaugen said. PCs based on Skylake will start shipping in the second quarter this year, though it isn’t clear when laptops will start getting wireless charging and other features.
Intel’s wire-free PC isn’t practical today as wireless peripherals aren’t available and wireless charging surfaces for laptops haven’t been installed in restaurants, cafes and other spaces. Intel is talking to airlines, airports, restaurants and other institutions to provide wireless charging stations. It could be years before wireless monitors and external storage devices are widely available.
Another goal of the wire-free PC is to make computing convenient. For example, it will eliminate the need to remember passwords, Skaugen said. That points to the wire-free laptop supporting biometric authentication. Microsoft’s Windows 10 will support biometric login through a feature called Windows Hell
Steven M. Sears
April 8, 2015
Intel’s (ticker: INTC ) options trading pattern suggests some investors think the stock’s 13% year-to-date decline masks an earnings rally.
Over the past 10 sessions, investors have bought about 61,000 April $34 calls, which expire on April 17, and about 35,000 April $33.50 calls, which expire April 24. The stock is around $31, and associated options are priced as if next week’s earnings news will cause the stock to make an extraordinarily sharp move.
With earnings expected April 14, Intel’s implied volatility is 29%, near a 52-week high. Goldman Sachs is telling clients Intel’s options indicate the stock will move 7% on earnings news. To put that number in context, consider that over the past eight quarters, Intel’s stock has moved 2% on average, up or down, in reaction to earnings news.
This week a number of Chinese phone brands made the short trip over to Hong Kong for the Global Source Mobile Electronics Fair. Among them was Elephone who showed a mystery 2K flagship phone to customers.
Elephone took up a large booth at the Hong Kong trade fair where they had on show some of their most popular phones along with some upcoming devices like the Elephone P7000, Elephone G9 and a new mystery device.
We had heard rumours that Elephone would be releasing another high end device this year, but didn’t really have the details until today when our source sent us photos of the show and specification details of this upcoming Elephone beast.
According to our source this new Elephone (seen in gold on the photos) features a 2K display, 4GB RAM, touch ID fingerprint security, and an Intel processor marking the first time Elephone have moved away from Mediatek. Our source goes on to tell us that both Android 5.0 and Windows 10 will be available for this phone! It’s unsure if this will be a dual boot set up or if two versions of the phone with alternate OS will be available.
In the camera department Elephone will be using a Sony IMX 230 21 mega-pixel sensor on the rear, the front camera details are on unknown.
The above render seems to show quite a slim phone with alloy body and narrow bezels. We have reached out to Elephone official to see if we can get further details and possibly a name and launch date for this new device.
[ Elephone ]
Posted by mitch on Apr 24th, 2015 // No Comments
Societe Generale reaffirmed their sell rating on shares of ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH) in a report issued on Wednesday
Global notebook shipments are expected to stage a rebound in the second quarter of 2015, reaching a sequential growth rate of 11%, while narrowing the on-year decline rate to 1.2% compared to a 4.7% recorded in a quarter earlier, according to Digitimes Research.