Intel Introduces New NUC Mini-PC Designed for Gamers

Today's topics include Intel's new NUC mini-PC designed with gamers in mind, the security flaws discovered in Google Chrome, Adobe Flash and Apple Safari during first day of the Pwn2own hacking competition, Google's new cloud marketing analytics suite, and Fossil's latest smartwatches and an activity tracker.

Intel officials for the past several years have been targeting the PC gaming market as a growth market for the chip maker's broad computer product portfolio.

At the top of the list is the company's new NUC mini-PC that comes with a sixth-generation Core i7-6770HQ CPU and Iris Pro 580 graphics technology.

The NUC6i7KYK—code-named Skull Canyon—is a 45-watt system that also includes Intel's Thunderbolt 3 for connecting to 4K displays, high-speed storage and a variety of ports, including an HDMI 2.0, SD card slot, a gigabit LAN port and four USB 3.0 ports.

The annual Pwn2own browser-hacking competition at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada, started March 16 with $282,500 in cash prices awarded on the first day. Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Trend Micro are jointly sponsoring this year's Pwn2own event.

As part of the first day, a group of researchers identified as the 360Vulcan Team were the big winners, walking away with $132,500 in prize money for exploiting Adobe Flash and Google Chrome.

The Flash exploit made use of a type confusion bug in Adobe Flash as well as a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows 10.

Google has released a set of data and marketing analytics tools that it says will give enterprise marketing teams greater insight into customer behavior and help Web sales teams craft more effective marketing messages and personalized ad campaigns.

Google Analytics 360 suite combines two existing Google technologies—Google Analytics Premium and Google Attribution 360—with four brand-new data management, analysis and visualization tools.

Watch and accessory designer Fossil has unveiled two new models in its Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatch line and an improved activity tracker that gains smart tap controls and replaceable batteries.

The company also introduced two new analog watches that connect with smartphone apps to give users wider capabilities. The new devices were announced in a March 15 post on the Fossil Blog.

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