Intel divests McAfee after rough marriage, will now secure hardware

Intel’s finally washing its hands of McAfee after seven up and down years, which included a lawsuit last year from John McAfee, after whom the company is named. The chip maker has divested its majority holdings in McAfee to investment firm TPG for US$3.1 billion. McAfee will now again become a standalone security company, but Intel will retain a minority 49 percent stake. The chip maker will focus internal operations…

April 4, 2017
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3 favorite wearables of 2017 (so far)

In the past three months, I’ve tested a traditional-looking watch that tracks my steps. A headband that measures my heart rate. And a new Fitbit that tracks my sleep patterns in-depth. It’s not been a ground-breaking year thus far, in terms of wearable technological advancements. Still, among the activity trackers released in 2017, I can enthusiastically recommend the following. 1. Fitbit Alta HR Alta HR ($150 to $180) is Fitbit’s…

April 4, 2017
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As computing changes, Intel takes a fresh approach to chip design

For more than 30 years, Intel has made a name with its CPUs, which rule the PC and server markets. Chip advances have helped Intel make devices smaller, faster, and more power-efficient. Computing is now spreading into cars, robots, drones, smart devices, and a wide range of other electronics. Chip requirements have changed with new hardware and applications like artificial intelligence and graphics. Intel is preparing for the future and…

April 3, 2017
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These desks are made for walking

A 2015 research study concluded that walking at a treadmill desk for two hours a day can improve blood pressure and sleep, among other health benefits. Treadmill desks are particularly attractive to busy office workers who are primarily sedentary and have little time for working out. Instead of devoting, say, an hour to a walk, you can walk all day and still get your work done — at least in…

April 1, 2017
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The laptop is dead

You may never buy another laptop. Ten years ago, laptop sales overtook desktop PC sales to become the dominant hardware platform for computing. Now smartphones are about to do to laptops what laptops did to desktops. But wait, you may ask. What’s wrong with laptops? Apple has run out of good laptop ideas For the past decade, Apple has led and dominated the laptop market with design and innovation. The…

April 1, 2017
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It’s not game over for Apple TV — yet

Every day. That’s how often I use an Apple TV. I have three at home, and one of them always comes with me on vacations. As I type this, my TV is displaying one of those amazing Aerial screen savers (of the Great Wall of China, by the way). I use Apple TV all of the time; that’s how I know it needs to get better. Apple TV is an…

April 1, 2017
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11 treadmill desks to step up your fitness game

Which of these 11 treadmill desks walks the walk? Image by Thinkstock A friend of mine, a college professor in Massachusetts, has me seriously considering a treadmill desk. Somehow, despite his job and the New England winter, and the fact I exercise daily, he’s beating me in Fitbit steps. Consistently. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Source: http://www.cio.com

March 31, 2017
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Intel’s Cannonlake PC chip shipments may slip into next year

If you’re expecting to buy laptops with Intel’s next-generation Core chips code-named Cannonlake chips by the end of this year, you may be disappointed. There’s a chance that shipments of Cannonlake — Intel’s first on the 10-nanometer production process — may slip into next year. Intel previously said Cannonlake would ship by year end, but that’s now uncertain. Whether Cannonlake shipments will happen before or after Christmas is hard to…

March 31, 2017
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Tesla to begin taking orders for its solar roof shingles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his company will begin taking orders in April for its latest product: roof shingles that are tougher than standard roof coverings and can enable an energy-independent building. In October, Tesla unveiled four different solar roof tiles that the company plans to tie tightly into its manufacturing and sales of household and commercial battery systems; the tiles can store energy while at the same time making it…

March 30, 2017
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