Daily Tech Briefing: August 12, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-08-12 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple's transition of Siri to desktops could happen soon; Intel digs deeper into 14nm Broadwell-Y SoC for ultrathin laptops; Microsoft mulling ritzy NYC address for new store; and more

 
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A patent filed by Apple seems to suggest that Siri may be making the jump from iPhones to desktops. The patent, filed with the U.S. Patent Office on Feb. 5 as reported by Apple Insider, is titled an "intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment."

The patent explains that a user can interact with this new digital assistant through dictation or command modes, or by dragging objects onto the assistant's icon that can be sorted by instruction.

What's more, the patent states that natural language processing has advanced to where commands can be spoken, instead of performed through menus and programmed commands. Also, it adds that digital assistant systems can improve a user's confidence in a system's capabilities.

At a recent workshop held at Intel's campus, Intel executive Rani Borker passed around Llama Mountain, a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet reference design created by Intel and demonstrated at the Computex 2014 conference in June to show off the kinds of thin and light form factors that will be enabled by the chip maker's upcoming Core M "Broadwell Y" system-on-a-chip architecture.

Company officials discussed design challenges that had to be overcome to create an SoC that was powerful enough, small enough and energy-efficient enough to run the very thin, very light fanless 2-in-1 form factors that Intel was aiming for.

Microsoft appears to be scoping out a posh Fifth Avenue address in New York City, just a few blocks south of the Apple store. The company is reportedly negotiating a deal to occupy a two-story, 8,700-square-foot space on 677 Fifth Avenue. Situated between 53rd and 54th streets, the midtown site formerly housed Fendi, a luxury fashion brand.

As a result of the Target data breach and others like it, there has been a renewed call in the United States for a move to Chip and PIN credit cards, also known as EMV cards.

However, at the recent Black Hat USA 2014 conference multiple researchers revealed that EMV technology isn't necessarily the security solution to all that ails the payment card industry.

 
 
 

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