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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    Fossil's been making wearables since, well, since before we really had smartphones. We've been following the company's work with such devices going back well over a decade at this point, and even with the mobile landscape having changed as much as it has, Fossil's still at it. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, Fossil has taken the opportunity to introduce a range of new wearable devices, including a basic phone-connected watch, a connected bracelet, and a full-blown Android Wear smartwatch. Much like the upcoming Tag Heuer smartwatch, this Fossil model features Intel silicon, though ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is the best smartphone in the company's lineup right now, and arguably, one of the boldest smartphones in the mid-range market. Or, you could say the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a mediocre device that's trying too hard to be the best in the lower end market. Or, the ASUS ZenFone 2 sounds kinda like the other phones I talked about just now, but somewhere in between. Well, I can say that the ASUS ZenFone 2 is actually all of the above. Our Editorial Director Michael Fisher debated the merits of choosing one of two ZenFones 2 (that is the correct way to execute that plurality, ...

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    Snapdragon, MediaTek, Exynos, and A8 are  SoCs - systems on a chip - that might be powering your smartphone or tablet right now. All of these processors follow the RISC style of computer chip technology, unlike CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) chips which are typically based around the x86 or x64 platform and power most desktop and laptop computers these days. RISC chips feature a reduced instruction set and have been stereotypically "underpowered" compared to their CISC counterparts, and therefore limited to mobile applications. With the increase in capabilities and popularity ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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    The smartwatch market represents an interesting meeting of worlds: tech collides with fashion. Many of the efforts we've seen to date have been led by prominent electronics companies, though recent models like the Apple Watch are making big investments on the fashion side, as well. We've also heard about established watchmakers looking to expand their product lines into this new high-tech territory, companies like Swatch. The next to join those ranks will be Tag Heuer, as the Swiss brand prepares to introduce a smartwatch tomorrow. Right now, we only know a few specifics about the watch. ...

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    Flagships, mid-tier, and entry-level phones. Each have their own demographic target. Each carefully balances pros versus cons, and power versus price. Flagships generally cost between US$400 and $600 for smartphones, and a couple hundred more for phablets. Mid-tier phones typically run about half that, though things start to get muddy when you try and calculate the cost of a mid-tier or entry-level device without a carrier subsidy. What you rarely see is a phone with really good specs and a really low price tag. Then again, the ASUS ZenFone 2 seems like it might be such a device. We got ...

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    By now you all know that one of our favorite third-party keyboards on both iOS and Android is SwiftKey, not just for its text-prediction capabilities, but because it allows you type in up to three languages without having to swap keyboards. We're sure you also know that one of the smartest people in the world is theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, and who suffers from a rare condition related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that leaves him with extremely limited movement. For the longest time Professor Hawking has used a custom Intel computer and a voice synthesizer to ...

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    Google Glass hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm, and the reasons go beyond Google's price tag. People still debate if this is a product worth buying, and even worth using at times when the public has a hard time accepting that you permanently use a camera to face them. We've already heard that Google is pushing the launch of Google Glass until 2015, but the changes go beyond just changing the date. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Google is partnering with Intel and ditching the existing Texas Instruments processor that powers Google Glass. We don't hear any specifics as ...

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    Dell hasn't been as famous as it used to be in the mobile space, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has brought some of the most compelling Windows-based tablets in the market. Specs alone would speak highly of these products, but the price tag behind these is just as astonishing. Dell still continues to push its products, and today the company has a new partnership to go further. Dell has just partnered with Intel to launch the world's thinnest tablet. This new Android-based tablet is the Dell Venue 8 7000, and according to the launch information, the device is just 6 mm ...

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    Earlier this year, we were still talking about the idea of ASUS stepping up to the Nexus tablet plate for a third time, and delivering some sort of Nexus 8. Specifically, we heard that this new tablet might ditch the NVIDIA and Qualcomm SoCs the series had used in the past and could move to an Intel chip. At first it sounded like we were looking at a Bay Trail platform, then later one of Intel's new Moorefield designs. While that ASUS Nexus 8 clearly hasn't happened, we're still getting some new tablets that aren't not too far off from where these rumors were pointing, and this week a new ...

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    For the past couple years now, Intel's been nipping at the heels of the smartphone industry, trying to get some attention. The company's interested in seeing its Atom SoCs find homes in mobile devices, but so far interest has been spotty at best; we'll see the odd Intel-powered model here and there, but rarely do we see a manufacturer keep returning to Intel over and over, as they do with Qualcomm. Last year Samsung got in bed with Intel when it used the company's chips in its tablets, but now we hear that Samsung may be ready to step things up a notch and could be planning to release an ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmed dates for its World Wide Developer's Conference, and what we expect to see. We then talk about Intel's attempt to bring 64-bit architecture to Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung follows the rumors as we land a leaked image for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, though with another name. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible launch date for the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about Google's possible new business in the cellular carrier department, though depending on Google Fiber in a way. All this and ...

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    64-bit processors are slowly making their way to smartphones. Apple's got a head start, and Android's likely to start following sometime this year. We've already seen a lot of groundwork laid for 64-bit on Android, and even heard about efforts towards 64-bit chips. But for that hardware to do its job, it needs 64-bit-aware software in place. Android's Linux roots give it a head start at preparing for 64-bit hardware, but someone still needs to implement all that Linux 64-bit stuff over on the Android codebase. We're still waiting for such support from Google and the AOSP, but today we hear ...

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    Slowly but surely, Intel's been making headway back into the mobile device market, and after the past couple years of seeing Intel SoCs pop up here and there, 2014 finally feels like the year when Intel might make its impression felt on mainstream smartphones and tablets. The company had some big announcements to make back at MWC, talking about the introduction of 64-bit mobile chips and arrangements with a number of OEMs, but now we hear a new theory that could really help put Intel-based Androids on the map, with rumors that an Intel chip could power Google's next tablet. Fair warning: ...

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    2013 saw Intel make some of its most significant progress to date in getting its chips back into mobile electronics. Sure, 2012 had early entries like the Motorola Razr i, but by last year Intel was really stepping up the number of products incorporating its silicon. Even really high-profile names like Samsung were experimenting with Intel SoCs. But could Intel be trying just a bit too hard to reclaim some of its glory days, like when XScale chips were a staple of the PDA scene? A new report claims that Intel has been subsidizing sales of its Atom chips to such an extent that it's not ...

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    Last year, we were lucky to hear about developments in the Tizen world maybe once or twice a month. But the arrival of 2014 has really seen Tizen taking on a higher profile, and as we anticipate the coming launch of its first commercial hardware, more and more Tizen news has been coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday we checked out a possible render of a Tizen handset, though we had a few reservations about just how legitimate it might be. Today we follow that up with an in-the-wild shot of some more Tizen hardware, and this time with a lot more certainty that we're looking at the real ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's recent claims that Windows Phone has surpassed the iPhone in 24 markets, and what that really means. Nokia follows the news as Verizon has just spilled the beans on the Nokia Lumia Icon. Ubuntu is next as Canonical has just confirmed hardware for later in 2014. Apple then takes the stage as more reports on the progress of the iWatch sound badder than we expected. We end today's show talking about Intel's plans to bring us dual OS platform chips in the near future. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft claims that ...

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    Even though Intel dominated the world of desktop and mobile processors years ago, one of the things we never quite understood is why they sold their XScale ARM-based processor division years ago. It seems that the company didn't quite understand the potential behind ARM, and that took a toll on their growth in the last couple of years as the company has struggled to be relevant in mobile. Those who thought that the PC would never succumb to the Post PC revolution have been proven to be wrong, and Intel's new strategy could help them gain the relevance they've been searching for. Intel's ...

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    Considering all the teasers it had been dropping, we sure had some pretty high expectations for today's ASUS CES announcement. The company had been hinting at a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet, and a later video sure seemed to imply we'd be seeing new smartphones in 4, 5, and 6-inch screen sizes. Now that's all been confirmed, as well as some surprises. The Transformer Book Duet is ASUS's new dual-boot, hybrid, all-sorts-of-convertible tablet. It goes from Android to Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, and from tablet to notebook with its keyboard dock. There's a beefy Intel Core i7 ...

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    If Tizen really is Samsung's future, as well as the platform the company would love to be using on a plurality of its smartphones going forward, it sure has a funny way of expressing it. After all, we've been patiently waiting for the arrival of the first consumer-focused Tizen hardware, and so far have come up wanting. Over the summer, a launch in August or September was looking possible, but we later heard that Samsung could be pushing things back. Then we were hoping for some kind of grand announcement at the company's Developers Conference late last month, but once again the only news ...

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    Say what you will about the actual benefits 64-bit processing delivers, how hardware isn't anywhere near ready to take full advantage of such silicon, and we're only getting ahead of ourselves: when Apple confirmed the 64-bit A7 for the iPhone 5S, it made 64-bit support something shoppers are going to start looking for, tangible improvements be damned. We've already seen responses from other OEMs, like when Samsung talked about its own 64-bit ambitions last week. Now we're getting a sign that Android could soon be getting the platform-level support it will need for future 64-bit hardware, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some of the screenshots leaked of the Galaxy Gear companion app for Samsung devices, aside from some more revealing patents of a future Motorola smart watch. We later talk about the Sony Honami and the first leaked gallery of the phone. The iPhone 5S is next as we have some carrier support information to back the name now. Intel surprised our radar after that since it seems they want to go into the smartphone business. We end today's show talking about the new HTC Fetch and HTC Mini+, even though we debate their functionality. All this and ...

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    Intel is doing better and better at getting its SoCs into mobile devices. After a slow start, we began to see the pack pick up a little this year, with Intel scoring some wins like getting its chips into new Samsung tablets. We fully expect to see Intel continue to push for the use of its silicon in such models, but now a new FCC regulatory filing has us thinking about Intel building its own hardware from the ground up, with the appearance of paperwork for Intel model CZ120. The docs are unambiguous about the nature of this device, plainly identifying it as an Intel smartphone. There's no ...

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    Yesterday we heard that Samsung may be pushing back the launch of its first Tizen hardware from right around the end of summer to a couple months later. According to what the sources behind this claim, this was a calculated decision made in order to give the platform more time to develop a respectable assortment of apps. We wondered at the time if this was a sign of much worse news than anyone was letting on, and it looks like we're not alone; industry rumor maven Eldar Murtazin has taken to Twitter to suggest that this isn't just a delay, but the beginning of the end for Tizen. Murtazin ...

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