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MegaFon Mint Brings High-Performance Android* Experience to Mobile Users in Russia


MOSCOW, Aug. 22, 2012 – Intel Corporation and MegaFon, one of Russia's fastest- growing mobile operators, today announced the general availability of the MegaFon Mint, the first high-performance smartphone with Intel Inside for Russia. The device will be available to customers across MegaFon's retail stores and online starting Aug. 22 at a retail price of 17,990 Rubles (about US$550).  


The MegaFon Mint is based on Intel's Smartphone Reference Device, which includes the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and HSPA+ Intel® XMM™ 6260 platform. Together these Intel solutions help to ensure fast data download speeds and a quick and responsive user experience, all while maintaining great battery life – up to 5 hours of 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of talk time on a single charge1


"Russia's customers acknowledge MegaFon as a valued telco provider and a great national retailer for handsets, smartphones, tablets and other self-branded innovative hi-tech devices," said Mikhail Dubin, MegaFon vice president. "MegaFon client devices and telco service have always meant the best quality and sustainability at reasonable prices. We consider the MegaFon Mint a real technology breakthrough. It is a highly attractive device, and I'm sure end customers will value it."  


The MegaFon Mint features a sleek, matte black casing and a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen for crisp text and vibrant images. The device's 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor, 400 MHz graphics clock and support for full 1080p HD video provide users with an immersive gaming and video experience. The Mint also comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera delivering advanced imaging capabilities that includes burst mode to take 10 pictures in under a second. Intel and MegaFon worked closely to customize the Android*-based smartphone that includes a host of MegaFon applications and services.   


"Our engagement with MegaFon is a step forward in accelerating the adoption of Intel® architecture across new mobile market segments and geographies," said Christopher McGuire, general manager of reference devices for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "We look forward to our continued collaboration with MegaFon and to bringing consumers in Russia new device experiences enabled by Intel technology."    


Said Dmitri Konash, Intel regional manager in Russia and CIS countries: "We are extremely pleased to bring this new product to market together with MegaFon. We look forward to our long-term cooperation to provide Russian consumers with great products that offer a unique experience."


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About MegaFon

MegaFon is a Russian telecommunication service provider. Established in May 2002, MegaFon has become the first operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have licenses to operate in all of the Russian regions and in Tajikistan. With over 64 million active subscribers, MegaFon manages the most sophisticated and technologically advanced digital and fixed line network in the country. MegaFon was the first in Russia to launch 3G for commercial operations and is currently in the number one position among all operators in the provision of mobile Internet, and in the number two position as to the number of active subscribers in Russia. In 2012, MegaFon became one of the first operators to launch a 4G network in the LTE standard in Russia. As a result of a re-alignment in the shareholder base as of April 24, 2012, MegaFon has two principal shareholders, companies in the AF Telecom Group (50%) and the TeliaSonera Group (35.6%) while the remaining 14.4% is held by a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. MegaFon is an active sports sponsor and is the Mobile General Partner of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games to be held in Sochi in 2014.


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1 Performance and battery life estimates are based on internal Intel testing using the Intel Atom processor Z2460 Smartphone Reference Design and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.  Final figures may vary based on final OEM device implementation and usage.

To celebrate Friendship Week, here are the top apps Intel AppUp® center that value teamwork. Unite with your favorite Angry Birds to save their homes and chicks from the enemy pigs. Save Earth by combating the relentless space chickens in Chicken Invaders 4. Eliminate underground-dwelling monsters with your teammates by downloading Dig Dug. Read about the unity and rise of chivalric knights with Britannica Kids: Knights & Castles, which, as a bonus, was designed to help with homework and projects.

Researchers at Intel and Stanford University School of Medicine have revealed details from their collaboration to synthesize and study grid-like array of short pieces of a disease-associated protein on silicon chips normally used in computer microprocessors. They used this chip, which was created through a process used to make semiconductors, to identify patients with a particularly severe form of the autoimmune disease lupus. Although the new technology is focused on research applications, it has the potential to eventually improve diagnoses of a multitude of diseases, as well as to determine more quickly what drugs may be most effective for a particular patient. It may also speed drug development by enabling researchers to better understand how proteins interact in the body. Additional information can be found at Dr. Madoo Varma Intel Researchers' blog and at Nature Medicine.

Coming to an Ultrabook™ screen near you: Tune in today to watch the first episode premiere of the "The Beauty Inside" social film. The project is the first global social film where everyone in the audience has a chance to play the main character via an international casting call. Directed by Sundance award-winner Drake Doremus, the film stars Toper Grace and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and is not only a beautiful story, but it provides the audience a chance to act in the film as well as give the main character advice. Check it out: www.facebook.com/thebeautyinsidefilm

The U.S. created 14 million tons of plastic in 2010, but only 8 percent of that was recycled. To increase plastic recycling within Intel’s productions, a team of Arizona employees designed a project to turn leftover plastic into nearly 4,100 pencil boxes for local schools and students. It was funded through Intel’s Sustainability in Action grant program, where employees can submit project ideas that foster environmental sustainability. In the past year, Intel has granted $125,000 for nine employee projects. To learn more about this project, read the blog post.

Think about the all ways people are able to continuously watch and stream content from the 2012 Olympics. Mobile devices have granted access to content from nearly any place, at any time and have changed the way we consumer that content. From watching the latest winners in swimming to the latest pole-vaulters, leaders from Aurasma, DreamWorks Animation, Discovery Communications, and Intel discuss how mobile devices and technologies are fundamentally changing how we create, consume, share and interact with content like never before. 60 Second Insights, a video series launched this year, brings together a variety of unique perspectives from entertainment, art, technology, business, culture, youth and more to explain how mobility touches various parts of our lives.

Keep your mind fresh this summer with these apps from Intel AppUp® center. Khan Academy Maths & Science offers a compelling video learning experience for a variety of subjects in math and science. Hone your creativity with Bridge Constructor, an addictive game where players tackle more than 30 missions to develop unique passages. Stay on top of current events and milestones with BrainPop Featured Movie, where you watch a movie and test your knowledge with an interactive quiz. For tricky questions, look no further than Wolfram Alpha, a search engine that calculates and answers questions from physics to linguistics.

Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA) Release 4 now supports Intel® Atom™ processor-based devices using the Google Android operating system. Expanded to support smartphones and tablets earlier this year, Intel GPA  now enables developers of gaming and graphics applications to optimize app performance for Android devices. Intel GPA Release 4 is available now for free download here.

Intel Capital has made its most recent investment in the Brazilian fashion e-commerce scene in ELike, a startup that created an online shopping platform, "My Shopping," for Facebook. "My Shopping" aggregates leading brands and lets each open an online store on Facebook, creating a new virtual shopping experience that helps drive sales and provides consumers with a new social context to connect with brands. Intel Capital's investment in ELike follows fashion e-commerce investments in Fashion.me and Coquelux, which point to the growing online presence of e-commerce in Brazil. Learn more about Intel Capital's investment here.

What do Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Beck, Skrillex, Norah Jones, and Justice all have in common? Beside their mind-boggling awesomeness, they will all be performing this weekend in Golden Gate Park at the 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival along with a stupendously long list of equally amazing artists. Following on to Intel’s wildly popular “cube” from last year, Club Ultrabook™ Hosted by Intel® will feature dance music, tattoo art, custom t-shirt giveaways, and tech device charging stations inside relaxation lounges. Also featured will be the latest in Ultrabook devices from various manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba.

On Aug. 12, 110 Ultrabook™ devices will be given away during the one-day Ultrabook Sweepstakes. Students can head back to school in style - with their very own ultra-sleek and ultra-responsive Intel-inspired Ultrabook device. Unique QR codes will be placed near Ultrabook devices in the electronics section of 2,000 participating Walmart store locations throughout the U.S., and additional QR codes will be seeded through walmart.com and via the Walmart Twitter handle (@Walmart). Learn more at www.walmart.com/geeked or visit www.ultrabookcontest.com to register now and find a participating Walmart store near you. Then, visit the store on Aug. 12 and scan a QR code for your chance to win the Acer Champagne S3 Aspire Ultrabook, HP Folio Ultrabook, or the Sony VAIO Ultrabook. To learn more about the Ultrabook Sweepstakes, visit Intel's Inside Scoop blog.

Offering aspiring filmmakers a platform for global exposure, Intel and W Hotels Worldwide today launched "Four Stories," an innovative screenplay competition curated by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Roman Coppola and his award-winning production company, The Directors Bureau. Starting today through Aug. 30, filmmakers can visit intel.com/fourstories to upload their original screenplays – inspired by the highly mobile, 24/7 nature of travel – for the chance to see their idea come to life on the big screen.

Designed specifically for incoming college freshman and high school seniors, CollegeWeekLive's "BACK TO SCHOOL powered by Intel" free virtual college fair will be held today from 2-10 p.m. ET. In addition to chatting live with admissions representatives from 212 participating colleges, students can also attend live presentations held on a variety of topics led by college experience experts. Attendees will have the chance to win a $2,500 College Kickoff Scholarship from HP Academy or an Intel-inspired Ultrabook. To learn more about the virtual college fair sponsored by Intel, read the post on Intel's Inside Scoop blog.

Global Online Screenplay Competition Launches; Three Winning Scripts to be Produced at W Hotels Around the Globe


'Four Stories' Film Series Kicks offthe Ultrabook™ Experience, Intel's New Series of Collaborations with Leading Innovators in Travel, Film, Business, Fashion and Design


SANTA CLARA, Calif. and NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 – Offering aspiring filmmakers a platform for global exposure, Intel Corporation and W Hotels Worldwide today launched "Four Stories," an innovative screenplay competition curated by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Roman Coppola and his award-winning production company, The Directors Bureau. Starting today through Aug. 30, filmmakers can visit intel.com/fourstories to upload their original screenplays - inspired by the highly mobile, 24/7 nature of travel - for the chance to see their idea come to life on the big screen.


Three winning screenplays will be selected from a global pool of submissions by an exclusive panel of industry leaders, including Roman Coppola (The Directors Bureau), Michaelangelo L'Acqua (W Hotels global music director), Deborah Conrad (chief marketing officer at Intel), Eddy Moretti (executive producer and creative director at VICE), Michael Pitt (actor), Jeff Baena (screenwriter), Chloe Sevigny (actress), PJ Ransone (actor) and Blake Whitman (vice president of creative development at Vimeo) and Danny Gabai (agent, motion pictures for William Morris Endeavor).


"Four Stories" is the first collaboration from The Ultrabook Experience, a new initiative from Intel that features collaborations with innovative brands, emerging and established artists, and designers and entertainers that use the Intel-inspired Ultrabook devices to do extraordinary things. Throughout 2012, The Ultrabook Experience will unveil grand-scale projects with innovators in travel, film, business and design that are using Ultrabook devices to rethink what's possible.


Combining technology and artistry to advance the next generation of great filmmakers, "Four Stories"  will be comprised of three winning scripts that will be developed and transformed by Coppola and The Directors Bureau into 10-minute shorts inspired by the intense energy of the global jet-setter, each with its own talented cast. Scripts must be set in a W Hotel, and the Intel-inspired Ultrabook must play a key role in the film.To complete the series, the fourth film will be written and directed by Roman, who most recently co-wrote Wes Anderson's summer film, "Moonrise Kingdom."


"I admire W Hotels and Intel for encouraging emerging artists by giving them this chance to introduce themselves," Coppola said. "To all those people thinking of participating, I hope that they take this opportunity to be bold, to push boundaries and to think of ideas which are totally unique to themselves. As Thomas Edison said, 'Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.'"


The Directors Bureau, along with notable cast and winning filmmakers, will then travel to shoot the scripts at glamorous W Hotel destinations such as W Doha Hotel & Residences, W Retreat & Spa Maldives, W Mexico City and W Washington D.C. The properties, each with their own design narratives, draw in local contextual insights and unique design collaborations to create a distinctive personality. Combined with the love affair travelers have with their Ultrabook, enabling them to enjoy each connected minute on the road, the destinations will provide further inspirational backdrops - evocative of the stylish international guest.


"Four Stories"  will premiere at red carpet events at select W Hotels around the world later this fall, as well as broadcast on The Ultrabook Experience website, whotels.com, the W brand's social media channels and W Vision in-room entertainment channel.


"We're thrilled to partner with Intel on this exciting film initiative that provides a global platform for emerging talent," said Vincent Gillet, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide & Le Méridien. "Like the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award and the W Hotels and burn studios DJ Lab, the "Four Stories" film series is yet another way for W to identify and support rising visionaries in their field, while showcasing what's new and next to our global guests."


As part of the overall collaboration between Intel and W Hotels Worldwide, high-impact Ultrabook design installations will be featured at W Hong Kong, W London-Leicester Square, W New York, W Paris-Opéra, W San Francisco and W Singapore, allowing both W guests and locals alike to interact with the latest in innovative technology. Additionally, Ultrabook devices will be integrated into the Whatever/Whenever concierge experience at all 42 W hotels and retreats worldwide, further demonstrating the marriage between technology and design to create impactful and emotional experiences.


"Today, we are in the midst of an evolution of the arts through the power of every day technology," said Johan Jervoe, vice president of partner marketing, Intel. "A new generation of artists can bring film, music, design and art to life more easily because they no longer have to compromise. They can have one device, the Ultrabook, with both performance and portability, so they can readily share their creations at the touch of a keyboard button. We are excited to be working with W Hotels on 'Four Stories' as a unique platform for these rising stars to tell and share their stories globally."


Inspired by Intel, Ultrabook is a new category of computing devices that will increasingly give people the most complete and satisfying, no-compromise and more secure computing experience in one, sleek and portable device. With great battery life and offered at mainstream price points, Intel expects Ultrabook devices to be as transformational to mobile computing as Intel® Centrino® Mobile technology was more than eight years ago.


About Roman Coppola and the Directors Bureau
Roman Coppola is a critically acclaimed director, screenwriter, producer and music video creator. In 2012, Coppola co-wrote "Moonrise Kingdom," his second collaboration with director Wes Anderson (the 2007 film "The Darjeeling Limited" was the first). As a director, Coppola has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Daft Punk, Phoenix, The Strokes, Ween and other bands to produce timeless music videos. He is currently in post-production on his second feature as director, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," a comedy starring Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen and Jason Schwartzman. 


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Core, Ultrabook and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 42 hotels and retreats, including 14 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand's sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts, signature spas and inspiring residences. With more than 13 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 60 hotels by the end of 2015. W Hotels have been announced for Guangzhou, Milan, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, Muscat, Mumbai, and Santa Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier and Mexico's Riviera Maya. For more information, visit www.whotels.com. To live the W Hotels lifestyle 24/7/365, visit www.wresidences.com.



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WHEN:Sept. 11-13, 2012
WHERE:Moscone Center West, San Francisco

In its 15th year, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) remains the place for Intel Corporation, along with high-tech industry developers, executives, designers and engineers, to come together and share their latest innovations and vision for the future of technology. Guided by the theme, “The Future of Innovation is Wide Open,” this year’s event will demonstrate how developers can take advantage of the latest innovations in hardware, software and services to help enable the best user experiences on Intel® architecture -- from the cloud to devices.


A strong keynote slate featuring Intel executives is one source for insights and inspiration. Keynoters are:


Day 1

  • Opening keynote with David Perlmutter, executive vice president, general manager, Intel Architecture Group and chief product officer

Day 2

  • "Transforming the User Experience Through Software and Services" with Renée James, senior vice president at Intel, general manager, Software and Services Group

Day 3

  • "Future of Wireless Communications" with Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer




Exhibition: More than 150 leading companies from around the world will have hands-on demonstrations of their newest innovations and future technologies at the IDF Industry Technology Showcase.


Networking: IDF offers media and analysts indispensable opportunities to speak one-to-one with Intel managers and engineers whose work will impact the direction of future technologies. Poster Chats, Deep Dive Technical Insights, lecture sessions, hands- on labs and many other opportunities will enable you to have your technical questions answered by Intel Fellows and Intel industry experts in an informal setting.


More than 4,500 attendees are expected from around the world.


Media/analyst contact: Kathy Gill, Intel Media Relations,




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