2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.Intel’s platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker’s components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel’s Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices’ sensors.”We’re creating compute capability in end-point devices that scale from our highest performance Xeon processor to the Quark family of products,” Davis said, referring to Intel’s chips.After moving slowly in recent years to adapt its personal computer chips for smartphones and tablets, Intel is determined to make sure it is on the leading edge of future computing trends, industry experts and company executives have said.Adding processors, sensors and web connectivity to devices from soccer balls to industrial machinery, an emerging trend dubbed the Internet of Things, has become a new battleground for Intel, rival Qualcomm and other technology companies.The install base of wireless gadgets will more than double by the end of the decade, with most of the growth coming from smart devices other than PCs and smartphones, according to market research firm ABI Research.Intel’s Internet of Things Group had $530 million in revenue in the September quarter. That accounted for just 4 percent of Intel’s total revenue in the quarter, but it grew 14 percent over the previous year, which was faster than the company’s PC business. Dell, SAP, Tata Consultancy, Accenture and other companies are working with the new reference model, Davis said.(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Alan Crosby) December 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read January 5, 2017 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. Today at CES, HTC announced a web of initiatives designed to rapidly grow its virtual reality market. The plan will empower smaller companies, content creators and just about anyone en route to HTC’s ultimate goal — building the largest ever virtual reality platform.While VR’s revolution has seemed stalled for years, 2016 saw some important launches including Facebook’s Oculus and Sony’s Playstation VR. HTC’s $800 Vive was also released last year and reportedly sold more than 140,000 units between April and October. To be sure, that’s not a massive number, which is likely why HTC would want a ground-up approach to boost both its user base and consumer interest in general.Image credit: Stephen J. BronnerRelated: Nothing Matters at CES 2017 Without the SmartphoneThe new strategy is multi-pronged and hinges on content. Some 1,000 pieces of VR content released on HTC’s platform last year, an average of 30 a week, and the company predicts 3,000 titles will release at the end of this year, said Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, the platform’s content store. The company specifically mentioned it will focus on the education, with apps designed to help teachers visualize their lessons to students, and enterprise markets (HTC did not specify specifics for the latter).To help consumers discover content, which helps developers reach new audiences, Vive will introduce a virtual reality subscription service — “it’s Netflix for VR,” Steiber said.Related: What 4 Experts Expect From This Year’s CESBut the company also needs to expose more people to its hardware. One way to do that is to place headsets in the real world, in what it’s dubbing VR arcades. Any business from a movie theater, a theme park to just anyone with space can start an arcade business. And to help these business owners, HTC will introduce an app store specifically for them.Finally, on the software front, the company said that a mobile VR app store opened today in China. Mobile is the most popular way to first experience VR, Steiber said. Oculus already has a mobile platform with its Gear VR headset for Samsung devices.Image credit: Stephen J. BronnerLastly, HTC announced a piece of hardware called the Vive Tracker, which makes it easier for accessory companies to introduce their products in the virtual space. The device is 10 centimeters in length with a six-hour battery. At the press conference, the tracker was attached to fake guns, a real baseball bat (which it says can be used to train professional baseball players) and a pair of gloves that detect finger movement. Basically, with a sensor attached to the item, it can be easily tracked in the virtual realm. No price has been released but the launch window is set for the second quarter.Finally, responding to complaints from users, the company also announced the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, which aims to be more comfortable by including headphones in the strap and a dial to adjust its size. It will also release in the second quarter. No price was announced.HTC’s plan shows it knows it can’t survive just on early adopters and gamers. To truly grow, it needs to show the widest swath of consumers the technology’s potential, and this multi-faceted approach looks like a smart way to do just that.
Sundar Pichai CEO of Google attending to more than 6000 developers at their 8th annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco on May 28, 2015. Image Credit: AndroidLife Advertisement Chrome on Android is adding a small update that Google claims will save up to 70 per cent of data.Phones will now remove most images if they know that they are on a slow connection. The company claims that the feature can save huge amounts of data and therefore money for people who are on limited data plans by stopping people from having to download images that they don’t need to see.Users will still be able pictures if they choose the “load images” option that will pop up at the bottom of the screen, or individual pictures can be selected and downloaded. And the feature will only kick in when people are on slow connections.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Google claimed in a blogpost that cutting out pictures can save “up to 70 per cent” of data. Google’s Chrome browser gives the option to see exactly how much data has been saved, as shown on a graph.The feature will first be rolled out in India and Indonesia, and then be pushed to other countriesData Saver can be turned on from the Android setting. It can cause some problems — such as stopping websites from being able to tell where users are, and causing problems with private or internal websites — but can also cut huge amounts of extra data use.[Independent]