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  • Intel officials, like those at other vendors, tend to talk about what their technologies and products can do for others. This week, Intel turned attention to what its technology is doing for its own business. The company unveiled its annual IT report, shining a light on the benefits of the technologies that Intel uses to support its approximately 105,000 employees, who are supported by more than 6,300 IT professionals. "We wanted to highlight the increasing importance of IT to the organization," CIO Kim Stevenson said. Intel IT also can use the company as a test bed for Intel technologies, Stevenson said. Intel expects to save $100 million through 2017 by using the Internet of things and big data analytics, while it is using its Unite technology to bring wireless connectivity to more than 500 conference rooms, enabling meetings to begin more quickly, which increases worker productivity. The chip maker is growing the amount of data being stored in the cloud, making the data center more efficient, and designing and building products faster, all while reducing the amount it spends per employee and the percentage of IT spending against revenue. We look at some highlights from Intel's annual IT report.

  • The company was able to surpass some if its goals in the first year, but challenges remain as it continues its five-year, $300 million initiative.

  • The new offerings are aimed at such industry segments as gaming PCs, virtual desktop environments and cloud computing.

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  • Intel and Qualcomm this month each unveiled partnerships with Chinese entities that will open the door wider to getting their data center processors into the country's market. Qualcomm is launching a joint venture with a Chinese province to build the company's upcoming data center systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). A day later, Intel said it will work with two entities to build data center offerings based on its Xeon processors. Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, said: "This announcement answers a lot of questions on how Intel will compete for China's data center market in an environment where Chinese companies want more control and a government who wants more of a say around security. … The Chinese server chip space is heating up for sure, and Intel has given its rivals yet another thing to contend with." Intel has had a presence in China for three decades; Qualcomm for two. Both have made significant moves in recent years to expand their presence there. Others—from Dell to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to OpenPower—are making a push into the country. This slide show highlights some of the recent efforts by Intel and Qualcomm.

  • Security is obviously a concern on a Mac. For that reason, a variety of software vendors—from early-stage startups to well-known corporate giants—offer solutions designed to protect Mac users from Internet-based threats, local malware and even physical theft. Indeed, a quick perusal of Apple's Mac App Store finds a wealth of antivirus applications, virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls. The best applications tend to be paid, requiring customers to pay for the app either once or annually, depending on the program they choose. But as with anything in security, the expense is typically worth it—that is, if the app works well. In this slide show, we take a look at some of the more popular (and effective) apps that are designed to handle troubles on the Mac. The apps are all available now, and while some may be a bit expensive, they all go a long way in capably safeguarding critical data and protecting users against malicious threats. Read on to learn more about some of the most highly respected security apps for the Mac.

  • The HP Sprout has been available to consumers for months, but the company recently introduced a new Pro version for education and enterprise customers. While there are many similarities between the two models, which bring together a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera and projector for high-quality image processing, HP has included some new features in the Sprout Pro that could turn it into a desirable option for enterprise users. Although at first glance, its dual-screen setup and 3D rendering may seem like a gimmick, in practice it's a great way for companies to engage in 3D modeling, run presentations and even allow for enhanced employee collaboration. The Sprout Pro may not suit every enterprise application. But for those who need these special features, such as its 3D rendering and 3D printing capabilities, it's well worth a closer look. This slide show explains why the Sprout Pro's top features make it a contender in the all-in-one PC market. Read on to learn more about the education- and corporate-focused Sprout Pro.

  • The company in Q4 continued to pile up losses and revenue declines, but CEO Su says AMD's strategy will result in profits and gains in market share.

  • Chip maker introduces new multi-factor security tool baked into the silicon called Intel Authenticate.

  • The new Sprout Pro includes the latest Intel processors, Microsoft's Windows 10, new applications and security features.

  • The chip maker says its data center and IoT businesses are growing, but that a struggling PC market and global economic issues remain.

  • Analysts with IDC and Gartner say worldwide PC shipments fell below 300 million, but add that sales should grow toward the end of 2016.

  • After seeing global revenue fall in 2015 due to weak PC demand and a strong U.S. dollar, vendors will pull back on buying equipment, the analysts say.

  • Razer, a company that was known mainly as a manufacturer of gaming accessories, including high-end mice and keyboards, has created a stir at CES 2016 with a lightweight laptop. The company has unveiled on the show floor a Windows 10 Ultrabook, called the Razer Blade Stealth, which combines impressive processing power with a thin design. Razer has not skimped on any of the Blade Stealth's features. The laptop has a sharp screen, a high-end processor and a lightweight aluminum case. Overall, the Blade Stealth's Ultrabook design is as strong as any in the PC market, including those produced by the biggest manufacturers, such as Dell or HP. It's that ability to stand out from the crowd of new PC models appearing at CES that makes the Blade Stealth worth a closer look. What's more, the strength of its features and its processing power make it a suitable choice for both consumers and enterprise uses. Read on to learn why the Blade Stealth could prove to be one of the more successful Ultrabook models of 2016 and puts Razer on the map as a PC maker of note.

  • CES 2016 will attract approximately 170,000 tech aficionados from around the world, and no one will get to see the entire show. It's simply too big and spread out. However, if one carefully picks out a few sectors in advance (home entertainment, new-gen autos, drones, TVs, etc.) and focuses solely on them, then it's possible to come away with some good, deep information. On Jan. 5 at the Pepcom and Digital Blue events at the Mirage Hotel, journalists and analysts were focused on (mostly) wireless devices that are either recently launched or will be made available on store shelves or on the Internet later this year. These products range from fancy-looking desktop storage (LaCie) and wellness devices that are, in fact, jewelry (Mira) to a device that turns a flat-screen television monitor into a huge Android touch-screen. In this slide show, eWEEK offers a glimpse of some of the more interesting and innovative items on display at the events, which attracted about 2,000 credentialed attendees.

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