Portable Intel Compute Stick debuts for Php7,788

Jun 26, 15 Portable Intel Compute Stick debuts for Php7,788

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Remember the Intel Compute stick we featured a few weeks back? Here’s the good news: Local merchants have started to include the small yet powerful device on their listings, as scheduled. The Intel Compute Stick touts to generally decent performance in a small package at a very affordable price, as it is equipped with a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32-bit Windows 8.1 with Bing. Intel Compute Stick (STCK1A32WFC) specs Quad-Core Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F  (2M Cache, up to 1.83 GHz) 2MB L2 Cache Intel HD Graphics 2GB DD3L RAM 32GB eMMC Internal Storage expandable via SDXC v3.0 slot with UHS I-Support 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI 1.4a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Intel HD Audio via HDMI, supporting multi-channel digital audio Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) 103 x 37 x 12 mm As expected, it didn’t veer much from its international pricing. Prices we’ve seen on these local merchants’ online listings do differ — Villman has it listed at Php 7,788, while PCWorx has one up for Php 7,999. Read on our hands-on to know more about what power could this thumb drive-sized PC can bring.   Related posts: Intel introduces Nettop ng Bayan 2.0 Intel breathes new life to the netbook scene with Atom N550 Intel lowers prices on SSD drives in time for the holidays My Experience at the 2011 International...

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Intel unveils their Education Tablet developed specifically for schools

Committed to improving the quality of education for millions of children, Intel Philippines today launched the Intel Education Tablet, a device meant for use in schools. Designed by Intel Education Solutions and sold institutionally, the Intel Education Tablet aims to transform the classroom by creating a collaborative and interactive learning and teaching environment where students are more engaged and teachers are more innovative in their method of instruction. The Intel Education Tablet, available in 10-inch, is designed specifically for education and built to meet students’ needs. The multi-touch display and e-Reader software enable students to access rich online content. Ultra-portability allows them to take the device to the field to capture data with the built-in camera and analyze it with Intel Education Software. They can collaborate with their classmates, while comparing their findings to others on the web. Intel Corporation Latin America Education Regional Manager Mr. Ramon Morales gives an overview of Intel Education Solutions and Intel’s leadership in technology-assisted learning “Intel believes that education is the foundation for an Innovation Economy,” said Ramon Morales, Latin America Education Regional Manager at Intel Corporation. “Curiosity, critical thinking and quality education are needed to prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.  Intel is committed to empowering students for success in life through Intel Education Solutions by bringing together hardware, software, and professional development to help teachers use technology in their lessons and assist students in achieving better proficiencies in academics.” Key features that set the Intel Education Tablet apart from other consumer tablets include a ruggedized design, with buffered screens to keep it protected in the event of a fall and a tethered stylus for easier touch-screen operation, which is conveniently tied to the tablet to prevent being misplaced. Intel Education Solutions have also been built into the tablet to complement the curriculum, such as: Foxit* Mobile PDF – Fast and flexible, Foxit* Mobile PDF lets students easily read online texts and explore rich content. They can bookmark for easy reference and make their own...

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Experience the latest computing devices at the Intel Experience Zone

Intel brings the latest innovations to consumers through the Intel Experience Zone (IEZ) at various malls where they can be up-close and personal with a wide range of Intel-powered devices under different brands such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Polaroid, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chrisholm explains how the IEZ can reach out to consumers and let them explore the benefits of an Intel-powered device. Marketing Manager of Intel Philippines, Randy Kanapi says that “Intel has finally come full circle,” pioneering a lot of form factors available in the market today. The IEZ is a means to show the possibilities in using computing technology for users with different needs. Devices such as notebooks, Ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets are continuously being integrated into the lives of a lot of people and understanding that consumer needs and experiences vary differently, Intel created a vast selection of form factors to complement the dynamic lifestyles of users. Tablets and smartphones built on Intel Atom processors are for the always on-the-go who needs a handy device to keep them connected. For students and professionals, Intel-powered 2-in-1 devices that combines the performance of a notebook and the ease of a carrying a tablet, will aid them in achieving goals. High-performing Intel Core devices like notebooks would allow gamers to better enjoy the experience. The Intel Experience Zone runs until October 9, 2013 at the upper ground floor of SM Megamall Building A and at the 2nd floor of Festival Mall in Filinvest, Alabang. Visit the IEZ during mall hours and get prepaid load for any network upon successful registration. Related posts: Neo Explore X1: Intel & Neo Partners to Sell Laptops to...

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Intel 4th Gen Core processors, what it means for future notebooks

Intel Philippines recently launched their 4th Gen Core processors codenamed Haswell and this time, the focus is on mobile PCs especially multi-forms and multi-purpose ones. Sure desktop PCs will still be there but the innovation on these new breed of processors will greatly benefit the notebooks of the near future. We already saw hybrid notebooks that allowed for innovative designs as early as last year and Intel pushes its OEMs to continue that trend and eventually change how people view desktop PCs. Instead of traditional desktops, the future of desktop computing is expected to be filled with touch systems that can easily leave the desk, hence more mobile. This is now possible with the 4th Gen Intel Core processor which has the most scalable architecture in Intel’s history. There will be 4th Gen processors that can consume as low as 6W which is already beyond Atom levels, up to chips that can go as high as 95W for some heavy computing. The new Intel Core processors boast of a significant increase in battery life compared to the previous generation. If on a 3rd gen processor you can get 6 hours worth of HD viewing, with the 4th gen you can get 9.7 hours. Intel also expanded its range of Intel graphics in the highly integrated SoC to deliver even better visuals in thinner and lighter devices. Intel Iris graphics, available on select SKUs of the 4th Gen Intel Core processor family, delivers up to double the 3-D performance over today’s fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions. There are 4 SKUs or processor lines for the 4th Gen Intel Core processor – H, M, U, Y. The H will be used for those high-end notebooks suitable for gaming. The future of gaming notebooks can make do without a discrete graphics with Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. Tests show that the Iris Pro is already comparable to a GT630M discrete graphics but with an on-chip solution so it’s more power efficient. The M will be the high-performance...

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Intel’s vPro Technology makes case for BYOD policy

Based on a recent survey by Intel, CIOs in Asia are becoming increasingly aware of employees bringing their own device into the workplace. The trend in the workplace also includes a wide range of innovative devices in the market and new cloud computing services being employed. And these trends are challenging IT departments across the region. Organizations must re-think the entire approach to end-user computing or risk becoming out-of-date. But according to the survey, before these trends can be addressed inside the organization, there are at least three requirements that should be met – security, manageability, and remote wipe capabilities. Intel’s vPro technology is aimed to address these needs. It is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the 3rd generation Intel Core vPro processor family, the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 family, Intel chipsets, and network adapters that simplify and accelerate these four critical IT functions.  Intel vPro remote management at the BIOS level Intel vPro processor-based PCs or workstations provide the following features: Built-in features that help lower total cost of ownership – provides capabilities through Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT),and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). Together, these technologies deliver hardware support for advanced management functions, virtualization, and platform security enabling solutions that help: reduce cost of service, provide greater software flexibility, and provide more security. Prevent attacks below the operating system – protects against difficult-to-detect, penetrating rootkits and malware that threaten users working in cloud or virtual environments by employing Intel Trusted Execution Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology. It also enables hardware-based virtualization for PCs or workstations using Intel Virtualization technology for centralized image management and administration, secure network storage, and out-of-band protection—all beyond the firewall. Strengthen authentication and protect passwords – Intel vPro technology features Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT),which provides several critical built-in defenses, including an embedded one-time password, built-in public key infrastructure (PKI), and protected transaction display. Protect confidential business, employee, and customer information – while Intel IPT...

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Intel intros mSATA SSDs for Ultrabooks and tablets

Intel Corporation just announced their Intel Solid-State Drive 525 Series in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications. The Intel SSD 525 is the latest entry to the Intel 500 Series SSD Family aimed at higher-performance, enthusiast solutions. Measuring 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighing 10 grams, the mSATA with PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector delivers the performance of the company’s Intel SSD 520 Series client drive. This makes the Intel SSD 525 suitable for All-in-One desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and workstation upgrades, as well as automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions. With random read performance of up to 50,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), systems using the Intel SSD 525 Series will receive a performance boost for the most demanding applications and intense multi-tasking needs. This is coupled with random write performance of up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520 MB/s to deliver a top-performing mSATA SSD. The Intel SSD 525 Series will be available in 30 gigabyte (GB), 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The company has begun shipping the 120GB and 180GB options, with additional capacities and volume shipments to follow this quarter. It also features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities for added data protection should a device be stolen or lost. It uses Intel 25-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and is backed by a 5-year limited warranty. Related posts: Intel breathes new life to the netbook scene with Atom N550 Intel and Nokia teams up to create joint research center Intel lowers prices on SSD drives in time for the...

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Intel announces next-gen low-power processors, still won’t touch smartphones

At the recent Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel showcased their 4th generation low-power Intel Core processor family which they say will set a new standard for mobile computing experiences and innovative Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs. Hybrid laptops, check. Tablets, check. What’s missing are smartphones powered by Intel chips. The 4th generation Intel Core processor family is based on the next-generation “Haswell” microarchitecture and is expected to save power when idle by more than 20 times than their 2nd generation processors while delivering outstanding performance and responsiveness. This new processor family underscores the company’s focus to aggressively drive power consumption down to enable longer battery life and a wave of new, more mobile designs, while delivering ever-increasing processor, graphics and media performance. When the company’s 22nm 4th generation Intel Core processor family comes to the Ultrabook and other PCs in 2013, it will bring Intel HD graphics support, new instructions for faster encryption and performance, new hardware-based security features and low-power processor sub-states to enable longer battery life. Coming soon, the next-generation Intel Atom processor (codenamed “Clover Trail”) is a new system-on-chip (SoC) architected specifically for Windows 8, not really Windows Phone 8. Based on Intel’s 32nm process technology, it powers lightweight tablets and convertibles, and includes outstanding battery life and always-on technology in sleek designs. We don’t know why Intel still won’t take on the SoC for smartphones space which Qualcomm is currently dominating. With this announcement, it’s clear that Intel is currently focused on their Ultrabooks and laptop/tablet hybrid devices in the near future. Related posts: Intel breathes new life to the netbook scene with Atom N550 Neo Explore X1: Intel & Neo Partners to Sell Laptops to Kids Intel formally introduces the N550 dual-core Atom processor Intel Philippines reveals plans for 2012 Next generation netbooks in 2012 powered by the new Intel Atom...

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Make way for the Ivy Bridge: 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors

Last June 15, Leighton Phillips, Asia-Pacific director of product marketing in Intel introduced the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processor family codenamed Ivy Bridge. During the launch, they stressed more on gamers, media enthusiasts and mainstream users to showcase how the Ivy Bridge processors are used to its maximum potential. These processors are now available in high-end desktops and laptops. The new processors are the first chips in the world made with Intel’s 22-nanometer (nm) 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology. These new processors have as much as 20% microprocessor performance improvements – browsing the Internet, photo/video-editing, online-gaming are now a whole lot faster. In the coming months, a new wave of systems ranging from Ultrabook devices, to servers and intelligent systems in retail, healthcare and other industries will be available in the market. More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are available now and will be available for purchase within the month. In the next year, more than 110 designs are expected. These Ultrabooks are more stylish, responsive and has enhanced security targeted to consumers and enterprise users. The Ultrabooks that are powered by the new Ivy Bridge processors can be twice as fast in terms of graphics performance and has longer battery life compared to Sandy Bridge. Let’s not forget that these will be thinner and very stylish. They demonstrated how the new Ultrabooks will be able to transition from hibernation mode to the active state right after you push that power button. Not only that – it will keep updating your social networks and emails while the Ultrabook sleeps so that the moment you power it on, everything is updated, just like in smartphones. Another factor they stressed out on is on how important security is for consumers. The next wave of Ultrabook systems will have enhanced security features, including the Intel Anti-Theft Technology that can let you disable the system and make your device as good as a brick if it is lost or stolen. Aside from this, they will have...

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Intel launches Negosyantech to help SMBs further their business

Yesterday, Intel launched their integrated marketing campaign called Negosyantech which aims to show small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) the advantages of having a strong online presence and a reliable internal support system. This campaign is in partnership with leading technology brands in computing such as HP, Acer, Dell, Samsung, and Lenovo, communication giant PLDT, open source architect 8Layer Technologies, and social shopping site Multiply.com. “The presence of the internet and computer technology across all industries continues to impact the growth potential of SMBs. With PCs at the heart of every business, Intel is working collaboratively with our partners to provide small to medium sized businesses with the computing requirements they need to deliver new products to market,” said Intel Philippines business development manager Carlo Subido. “From complex business processes to e-commerce applications support, Negosyantech offers reliable solutions for netbooks, desktops, notebooks, ultrabooks and servers based on Intel Architecture depending on the customer’s needs.” Negosyantech’s ultimate goal is to provides solutions that create a link between front-end and back-end systems by giving entrepreneurs a range of offerings that not only allow them to interact directly with their customers, but also ensures that their business processes run smoothly and productively through reliable technology. To address back-end requirements, Intel collaborated with open source architect 8layer Technologies, Inc. to design software applications that achieve cost-effective, easy to use business solutions that grow with the entrepreneur. In line with Negosyantech’s objectives, 8layer launched the Kasosyo Apps Suite, a software solution designed specifically for micro and small businesses. The suite includes a sales, inventory and cash flow application that keeps entrepreneurs updated on the health of their business. Kasosyo Apps Suite is available as a stand-alone software box package. To address front-end requirements, Intel partnered with social shopping site Multiply.com to provide SMBs with an e-commerce platform through which they can access a nationwide market. Having evolved from a social media site into one of the top e-commerce sites in the country today, Multiply.com’s vast expertise and success in the local e-commerce...

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Of Ultrabooks and Wi-Fi Zones, a PLDT-Intel Partnership

Intel and PLDT last week announced its partnership in bringing high-speed performance and connectivity to its consumers with the Intel-powered Ultrabooks and PLDT WiFi Zone. As the number of internet users continues to grow, with people spending more and more time in the web consuming rich multimedia content both inside and outside their household, the need for a more powerful yet portable computing device and a fast, dependable and accessible internet connection arises. “Internet growth is driven largely by content, now more so by consumers who exchange photos, videos and tweets wherever they may be,” said Intel Philippines country manager Ricky Banaag. “In this day and age, there is a noticeable increase in the demand for internet access anytime, anywhere. People are now able to access the internet simultaneously across multiple devices, empowering them not just to download data, but to upload and share content as well. Intel’s partnership with PLDT addresses a new era of computing experience that is underway, and ensures that the consumer’s expectations for a secure, mobile and powerful device are met through the Ultrabook.” PLDT Retail Business Group Head, Dan Ibarra, shares “With PLDT WiFi Zone*, PLDT subscribers can experience the strong connections they have at home, and they never have to miss out on their broadband experience – premium, fast and unlimited.” With PLD Wi-Fi Zones, existing PLDT subscribers can gain access and enjoy the same reliable premium myDSL internet service in more than 3,500 PLDT Wi-Fi hotspots all over Metro Manila, Cebu and Baguio. myPLDT subscribers can avail of the UNLIMITED use of Wi-Fi Zones for a monthly rate of Php 150 (on top of the monthly service fee) while PLDT landline subscribers will have to shell out Php 300 to enjoy this privilege. To learn more about these products, visit Intel and PLDT Wi-Fi Zone websites. Related posts: No related...

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