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Lenovo working with Intel, Synaptics and PayPal for biometric web authentication

Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics and PayPal announced a collaborative effort to enable Lenovo customers to be able to authenticate to online FIDO-enabled services like PayPal by using a fingerprint instead of a password. The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance is a non-profit organization formed in July 2012, to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The goal of the collaboration is to reduce fraud and increase security, while making online authentication nearly frictionless with biometrics secured by built-in, hardware-level protection, said Lenovo in a statement. The collaboration leverages Intel processors with Software Guard Extensions (SGX) to lay the groundwork for hardware-protected biometric authentication securing users’ FIDO credentials and biometric information. The Synaptics Natural ID...

The first phone with Google’s augmented reality technology comes from Lenovo

Lenovo is launching Phab2 Pro, the world's first phone with Tango, the augmented reality (AR) technology from Google. The phones, with a price tag of $499 will be coming to the US later this year. Augmented reality is technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. What happens when augmented reality meets phone? The virtual world of fantasy suddenly comes to the living room. For example, using AR apps, students can place true-to-scale virtual dinosaurs in their classrooms. Users can play virtual dominos on the kitchen table, raise a digital pet in the bedroom. Homeowners can use their PHAB2 Pro to remodel their homes by visualizing real home furnishings in their living rooms and kitchens (Lowe's has developed a Tango-enabled phone that lets...

Lenovo to use Movidius machine vision technology for virtual reality projects

Ultra-low power machine vision technology company Movidius has inked a partnership with Lenovo to provide vision processing technology to a variety of VR-centric Lenovo products. Under the terms of the agreement, Lenovo will be sourcing the Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) and custom computer vision algorithms for various virtual reality projects. Myriad 2 is an ultra-low power chip designed specifically for handling challenging vision-based tasks such as head tracking, gesture recognition, and blending multiple video streams into interactive VR video. The Myriad 2 VPU features a configuration of 12 high performance programmable vector cores, with a built-in Image Signal Processor (ISP) and hardware accelerators."Our technology was built to maximize machine vision performance in a sub-1 Watt power budget," said Movidius CEO, Remi El-Ouazzane. The first Lenovo products featuring...

DMTF Appoints HP To Board Of Directors

Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), an industry standards organization working to simplify the manageability of network-accessible technologies through open and collaborative efforts, has appointed HP to the organization's board. HP joins 13 other technology companies on the DMTF board, including Broadcom, CA Technologies, Dell, Emerson Network Power, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, NetApp, Software AG; TIM, and VMware.

Nok Nok Labs Raises $8.25M Series C Funding

Nok Nok Labs, a company that provides authentication services, has closed $8.25 million in a Series C round of financing. The round includes new investors DDS and Raven Ventures, as well as current investors DCM Ventures, Lenovo and Onset Ventures. The latest round of funding brings the total capital raised by Nok Nok Labs to $40 million. Nok Nok Labs is a part of the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) alliance.

Ashton Kutcher Designs Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Chinese device maker Lenovo launched the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro devices on Thursday. The tablets were developed jointly with Ashton Kutcher, who joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a built-in Pico projector, that lets users turn walls into an instant TV or movie screen. The tablet, running on Intel Atom, also features an 8 watt sound system with a subwoofer. The 13-in screen Yoga Tablet 2 Pro media tablet. also features a QHD 2560x1440 screen. As far as dimensions go, the tablets are 3.7mm thin and weighs 950 grams. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is available beginning at the end of October, with prices starting from $630.

Intel Bay Trail M-System SoC, Celeron Chromebooks Revealed

Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba are unveiling a fresh crop of Chromebooks powered by Google and Intel. The lineup includes the first designs using Intel Celeron and Pentium processors based on the Bay Trail-M system-on-chip (SoC). A new class of Chromebooks based on the 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor were also unveiled. Navin Shenoy (Vice president and general manager, Mobile Client Platforms Group, Intel) : Intel has grown to become the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome systems.  We’ve been working on five generations of Chrome and after Google, Intel is the largest contributor to the Chromium OS. Intel chips are the first and only to support 64-bit Chrome OS. Lets take a quick look at them: Lenovo’s N20p Chromebook and Thinkpad YOGA 11e Chromebook offer options for touchscreen...

Intel Introduces New Atom Processors

Intel introduced two new Atom processors, as well as an LTE-Advanced communications platform, at the Mobile World Congress.  Renee James (President, Intel): The continued growth of the mobile ecosystem depends on solving tough computing challenges -- unlocking data's potential while securely and reliably connecting billions of devices with leading edge computing and communications technologies. New Intel Atom Processors - Merrifield Intel launched the 2.13GHz Intel Atom processor Z3480 (Merrifield) for Android smartphones and tablets. The 64-bit ready SoC is based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture. The new processor features a PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core from Imagination Technologies and is designed for simple pairing with the Intel XMM 7160 LTE platform. Merrifield is the first Intel Atom SoC to feature an Integrated Sensor Solution, whichmanages sensor data to keep...

Intel Inks Device Agreements With Lenovo, Asus, Foxconn, Dell

Intel has signed three new multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asus, and Foxconn for Intel-based mobile devices. Dell and Intel are also expanding a long-standing collaboration between the two companies. Lenovo will introduce new Intel-based mobile devices this year. The company will also incorporate Intel LTE connectivity into some Ultrabook  and multimode designs. Asus will bring a portfolio of Intel-based smartphones and tablets to market this year. The company recently introduced its ZenFone line of smartphones and the unique PadFone mini, both of which feature Intel processors and communications platforms.  Dell will include a range of tablets that started with the introduction of the Dell Venue line in fall of last year. Intel-based products from Dell will span Android and Windows solutions. Foxconn and Intel are teaming up to drive...

Foxconn, Lenovo, LG To Make Windows Phone Devices

Microsoft says it is working with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE to develop on the Windows Phone platform. Existing Windows Phone manufacturers include Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei.

Google Sells Off Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91B, Keeps Patents

Lenovo is acquiring the Motorola Mobility smartphone business from Google for $2.91 billion. The transaction includes the Motorola brand, and Motorola Mobility's portfolio of smartphones. Lenovo will take ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product roadmap as well. Yang Yuanqing (Chairman and CEO, Lenovo): We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space. Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. Lenovo will receive a license to this patent and other intellectual property, along with over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio. Larry Page (CEO, Google): This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for...

Lenovo Buys IBM’s x86 Server Business

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server business for approximately $2.3 billion. Approximately 7,500 IBM employees around the world, including those based at major locations such as Raleigh, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei, are expected to join Lenovo as part of the acquisition. The acquisition includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, as well as blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, power systems, storage systems, power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. IBM will also continue to develop and evolve its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform. Lenovo and IBM plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller...

PC Shipments Declined For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a year-on-year contraction of -5.6%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. For the full year 2013, unit shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak, says IDC.  Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending. In the United States, market leader HP had a difficult quarter, contracting -12.3% year on year as the market slowed following an HP surge in the third quarter. Asian majors like Lenovo and...

Lenovo Unveils ‘World’s Lightest 14 Inch Ultrabook’

Lenovo unveiled the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, calling it the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook, at 2.8 pounds. Born from the same stock as aircrafts and racing cars, the X1 Carbon is forged from carbon fiber, and features an adaptive keyboard, which dynamically adjusts based on the software or application being used. The new ultrabook also integrates voice and gesture control. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1299, and shipping will begin late January.    

Lenovo Opens 200,000 Square-Meter R&D Facility In China

Lenovo has opened a state-of-the-art research, development, sales operations and production facility for smartphone and tablet products. The facility is located in the central China city of Wuhan. The 200,000 square-meter facility has production lines, as well as sales operations and an R&D center. Yang Yuanqing (Chairman and CEO, Lenovo): The Wuhan facility is an important addition to our global supply chain, but this is much more than just a manufacturing facility. We can respond more quickly to market trends. In addition to the Wuhan facility, Lenovo manufactures products at its own facilities in Argentina, India, Mexico, Hungary, Brazil, Japan, the U.S. and multiple China locations. The company has opened five new manufacturing sites around the world since 2011, and acquired two other facilities through joint ventures.