Intel preannounces next-gen Basis Peak smartwatch

From PC World: We now know the name of the next generation Basis smartwatch from Intel: the Basis Peak.

Intel wearables chief Mike Bell revealed a teaser image of the next-generation fitness band at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday, revealing also that it would ship in November.

New Marvell chip takes a stab at ultra HD for TVs

From CNET: Marvell added to the push for ultra-high definition as the next big thing in televisions with a beefed-up version of its Armada 1500 chips, which are used in set-top boxes and smart TVs.

The new Armada 1500 Pro 4K is the chipmaker's first in the line to enable ultra HD, also known as 4K, which offers a substantially higher-resolution picture than full HD. The new chip could help Marvell continue to build up adoption of its Armada line, which already had a big win by being chosen for the Google Chromecast video-streaming dongle.

Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch

From DailyTech: All the rumors were true — Apple just today announced its smartwatch, simply called the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch is incredibly customizable in the form of the bands available, and colors. There are six different bands available including various styles and colors of leather, and multiple metal bands (all of which feature magnetic closures). There is also a mechanism built into the watch housing that allows you to quickly and easily interchange bands.

Apple Announces 4.7 iPhone 6, 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus

From DailyTech: After numerous leaks (as is the case with impending iPhone launches), the iPhone 6 is finally upon us. And as has been widely reported for the past 6 months, there are two versions of the iPhone that will be available and both of which look exactly like the leaked photos (including the protruding camera lens).

Lenovo, IBM x86 server strategy gets clarity as acquisition looms

From InfoWorld: With Lenovo expected to close its IBM x86 server business acquisition by year end, a glimpse at the combined server product line has emerged.

Once the deal closes, IBM's System X and Flex servers with x86 chips will fill out Lenovo's high-end product line. Meanwhile, Lenovo's ThinkServer products will be targeted at small and medium-size businesses, according to an IBM presentation.

Dell creates Virtual Smartphone app for Android, iOS phones

From PC World: For years, businesses and employees alike have wrestled with the problem of bringing personal phones into the workplace. Now, Dell's enterprise team has created a Virtual Smartphone app that provides secure calls, texts, and apps for Android and iOS alike.

The Virtual Smartphone app (also known as Dell Business Phone powered by Vonage Business Solutions) is provided in conjunction with Vonage, whose VOIP services will power the phone.

Amazon's not going to turn Twitch into a store, says Twitch CEO

From CNET: Twitch, which Amazon is purchasing for nearly $1 billion, isn't saying much about how it will incorporate its new owner's services into its own, but one thing is for sure: Twitch is not morphing into a retail service.

"It would destroy what Twitch is," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference here on Monday. "I know it's the last thing I want and I think it's the last thing Amazon wants, too."

HP’s Supposed $199 Stream Notebook Actually Debuts with $300 Price Tag

From DailyTech: Back in mid-July, Microsoft told us all that it would be taking the fight directly to Chromebooks running Google's Chrome OS with the help of a new $199 from Hewlett-Packard. At the time, Microsoft said that the $199 HP Stream would prevail over Chromebooks by offering rock bottom pricing and the unmatched versatility of the Windows software ecosystem.

IBM secures SoftLayer with Intel trusted modules

From PC World: Fortifying its SoftLayer cloud services for enterprise use, IBM has started using Intel’s chip-based Trusted Execution Technology to help organizations in highly regulated industries meet their auditing and security compliance requirements.

On Monday, IBM started offering bare-metal cloud servers—servers with no software installed—with Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) monitoring and security tools.

Microsoft rebrands Bing apps under revamped MSN, coming soon to Android and iOS

From CNET: MSN is having a make-over, and it's coming to a phone and tablet near you too. Microsoft is rebranding the Bing apps under the MSN and bringing them to Windows, Android, and iOS devices.

MSN, short for Microsoft Network, began in 1995 as an online service for Windows 95. Over the past two decades (!) it has evolved into a portal for various Microsoft services like Hotmail, Outlook and MSN Messenger, as well as news, entertainment updates, videos and other content. Microsoft offers MSN in 55 countries and claims an audience of 425 million people.


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