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Katy Perry and Intel announced that the pop icon will join the latest trend in video messaging, with the launch of her first 3-D messaging avatar. Katy's custom created avatar will be available exclusively in Pocket Avatars by Intel. Pocket Avatars by Intel is a unique, fun and innovative communication tool for Katy fans to connect and share. Users communicate via animated 3D avatars that serve as alter egos. Katy fans will be able to select her avatar, from a broad selection within the Pocket Avatars by Intel app, to record and share personalized messages that mirror their own facial gestures and voice. The avatars featured in personal messages can smile big and small, blink or wink, raise and lower eyebrows, stick out their tongue and even blow a kiss and of course sing the lyrics to the latest Katy hit! Fans can then send the recorded message to friends, family and other KatyCats through the Pocket Avatars by Intel messaging service or by text, email or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. For visual assets, visit intel.ly/1vm1RLu. For video assets, visit intel.synapticdigital.com/.

Available Exclusively on Video Messaging App 'Pocket Avatars by Intel'

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Katy Perry launches custom 3-D avatar exclusively on over-the-top video messaging app Pocket Avatars by Intel.
  • Pocket Avatars by Intel allows people to select a 3-D avatar and record and share personalized messages that mirror their own facial gestures and voice.
  • Pocket Avatars by Intel is a free mobile app available on both iOS* and Android*.
  • The app is available in more than 30 countries and boasts a library of over 55 avatars including collegiate football characters, Annoying Orange* and characters from The Lego Movie*.

 

 

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Katy Perry joins Pocket Avatars by Intel with custom 3-D avatar

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Exclusive Katy Perry avatar on video messaging app Pocket Avatars by Intel

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 – Katy Perry and Intel Corporation today announced that the pop icon will adopt the latest trend in video messaging, with the launch of her first 3-D messaging avatar. Katy's custom-created avatar will be available exclusively on the over-the-top video messaging application Pocket Avatars by Intel.

 

Katy is noted as one of the rare celebrities to earn enormous popularity based on genuine ground-level interaction with her adoring fans, known as "KatyCats."

 

"Katy's dynamic approach to social media and strong connection to youth culture made her an ideal collaborator for the new Pocket Avatars by Intel service," said Rich Hannah, general manager, Pocket Avatars at Intel Corporation. "She's an icon with a relatable and fun personality, and an endless number of looks. By marrying Katy's visual appeal with our innovative facial-tracking technology, we're allowing her fans to express themselves as imaginatively as Katy herself."

 

Pocket Avatars by Intel is a unique, fun and innovative communication tool for Katy fans to connect and share. People communicate via animated 3-D avatars that serve as alter egos. Katy fans will be able to select her avatar from a broad selection within the Pocket Avatars by Intel app, and to record and share personalized messages that mirror their own facial gestures and voice. The avatars featured in personal messages can smile big and small, blink or wink, raise and lower eyebrows, stick out their tongue, blow a kiss, and even sing the lyrics to the latest Katy Perry hit. Katy fans can then send the message to friends, family and other KatyCats through the Pocket Avatars by Intel messaging service or by text, email or social networks such as Facebook* and Twitter*.

 

Pocket Avatars by Intel is a free mobile app available on both iPhone and Android. Since its launch in mid-June, more than 1 million avatars have been downloaded and the app has expanded to more than 30 countries, boasting a library of over 55 avatars, including cultural and seasonal favorites like the collegiate football characters, Annoying Orange, characters from The Lego Movie and a host of seasonally inspired characters. Many avatars are free; some require a nominal purchase for unlimited use. The Katy Perry avatar is priced at $1.99.

 

For broadcast and visual assets, visit intel.synapticdigital.com/.

 

For more information on Pocket Avatars by Intel, download the app from Apple's App Store* or Google Play* or visit www.pocketavatars.com/.

 

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. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

 

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

 

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Intel furthered its commitment to diversity and inclusion by participating in the 2014 Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility's Corporate Inclusion Index (HACR CII), a research initiative that measures diversity and Hispanic inclusion in corporations. Intel earned a score of 65 out of 100, its highest score to date. The survey evaluated employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance.

Almost 80 Percent Would Buy Emerging Tech Products as Gifts for Themselves but Want to Try Before They Buy

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 – The newly released "Intel Digital Dreams" study – pulsing Americans' technological aspirations – revealed that from east to west and from small towns to large cities, the nation's appetite is collectively growing for access and ownership of cutting-edge technology. If money were no object, nearly half of respondents desire a 3-D printer or personal robot under the tree this holiday. Not content to "wait and see," 77 percent are more likely to buy technologies like these as gifts for themselves.

 

A lack of availability to try new technologies such as 3-D printers and robots is creating anxiety, frustration and even anger for nearly 1 in 2 Americans, according to an earlier Intel study.1 As technology becomes increasingly woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, Americans are becoming impatient about the lack of access to new technologies beyond the realm of what they read and see in the news and publications.

 

The "Intel Digital Dreams" study, conducted by TNS*, took a peek into the proverbial crystal snow globe, asking Americans about which emerging technologies they would most like to own this holiday, how new types of smart devices could enhance their holidays, and what shopping environment is most conducive to discovering these new experiences. Top findings from the study include:

 

  • 3-D Printers and Robots Top Holiday Gift Wish Lists: If money were no object, nearly half of Americans would add an emerging technology to their holiday "wish list," with nearly 1 in 3 dream of owning a 3-D printer or personal robot. Yet, 96 percent of them have never had a hands-on experience with either.
  • Try Before You Buy: Eighty percent of respondents are more likely to buy technology if they have touched or interacted with it. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) would like more hands-on access to smart technologies, and the desire is particularly strong among men (62 percent vs. 55 percent of women) and millennials (28 percent).
  • Dreaming of Digital Holiday Helpers: Americans were united in their desire to make their everyday holiday experiences better, easier and less stressful with new technology. A personal robot would be put to work making meals (30 percent) and even relieving stress with foot rubs and massages (30 percent), and for men (9 percent) perhaps even act as a digital date!

 

Earlier this year, Intel launched the "The Intel Experience" exclusively in 50 Best Buy retail stores nationwide to provide a hands-on experience for everyone – from tech enthusiasts to technophobes – to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge products and technologies. The zone showcases 3-D printing, augmented reality gaming, the latest digital DJ experience and the newest mobile devices powered by Intel. It will update every season to showcase the many new experiences possible with up-and-coming technologies.

 

The Intel Experience reaches across the United States from Los Angeles and San Francisco; to Austin, Texas, and Boise, Idaho; across to Annapolis, Maryland, and Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information about The Intel Experience, including a list of stores, visit www.bestbuy.com/theintelexperience.

 

Survey Methodology
An omnibus survey was conducted using the field services of TNS from October 25-29, 2014 among a nationally representative sample of Americans (n=2,500). The margin of error for total Americans (n=2,500) is ±1.9%. This means if the study were replicated, the study findings would not vary by more than 1.9 percentage points for total Americans 95 times out of 100.

 

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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. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

 

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

 

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

 

1. The survey was conducted using the online omnibus field services of Toluna from October 2 – October 3, 2014 among a nationally representative sample of 1,157 Americans 18+ (balanced to census). The margin of error for Americans is ±2.9% at the 95% confidence level.

 

Best Buy is a trademark of Best Buy and its affiliated companies.

 

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BioSport™ In-Ear headphones, developed in collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel, are now available. The headphones include advanced technology features to deliver a high-quality audio experience while gathering actionable data on fitness progress. The heart rate monitoring headphones integrate biometric sensors for fitness data collection – allowing users to track goals and progress to achieve peak physical performance.

PRODUCT FEATURES:
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  • Consistency – BioSport improves the consistency of data collection with an ear-wing design that sits deeper in the ear canal for continuous, real-time heart rate monitoring. Fusing fitness with technology, the built-in sensor continuously measures heart rate while dynamically removing noise signals caused by the body's motion during a workout.
  • Integrated Charging – BioSport includes technology that enables the 3.5mm gold-plated audio jack to power the headphones and biometric monitoring capabilities, so users have the freedom of on-the-go power.
  • Durability – BioSport is ultra-durable with a 40U-rubberized coating to resist chipping and scratching. The headphones are IPX4-rated for protection against sweat and resistance to water.
  • Fitness-tracking – To help track your heart rate, pace, distance, elevation and calorie burn, the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be compatible with popular mainstream fitness app RunKeeper, with additional application support planned in 2015.
AVAILABILITY:

The BioSport In-Ear headphones are available now with initial release at Dick's Sporting Goods and online at smsaudio.com, amazon.com and bestbuy.com. BioSport headphones come in Sport blue, Sport yellow and Sport gray and retail for MSRP $149.95. This price includes a free trial of the fitness app, Runkeeper Elite, a neoprene carrying case and three sizes of ear gels and hooks.

Founded by entrepreneur and music artist Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, SMS Audio is a premier audio, headphone and accessories brand. The collaboration between Intel Corporation and SMS Audio to develop BioSport was announced in August 2014, with investor and partner, Carmelo Anthony.

CONTACTS:

Kiersten von Grimmenstein, BLASTmedia, SMS Audio

317-806-1900 x106, Kiersten@blastmedia.com

 

Ellen Healy, Intel Corporation

408-765-1425, ellen.healy@intel.com

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Brian Krzanich and Mark Thompson, CEO, New York Times Company

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Brian Krzanich with Massimo Vian CEO of Luxottica Group

THE NEW YORK TIMES INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE, Miami, Dec. 3, 2014 – Intel Corporation and Luxottica Group S.p.A (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) today unveiled a multiyear R&D collaboration to fuse premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology.

 

This strategic alliance will push the boundaries of research and development to anticipate what smart technology for eyewear will look like in the future. The ultimate goal is to help pioneer that change and deliver smart, fashion-forward products that are meaningful and desirable to consumers. The first product from Intel and Luxottica is expected to launch in 2015.

 

"The growth of wearable technology is creating a new playing field for innovation," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. "Through our collaboration with Luxottica Group, we will unite our respective ecosystems and bring together Intel's leading-edge silicon and software technology with Luxottica's design innovation and consumer expertise. We expect the combination of our expertise to help drive a much faster pace of innovation and push the envelope of what's possible."

 

"This is an incredible opportunity for us to continue to innovate and further shape the future of eyewear," said Massimo Vian, CEO of Luxottica Group. "Together with Intel, we will continue to develop the potential of wearables, expanding the limits of what eyewear can be. We'll lead the change to create frames that are as intelligent and functional as they are beautiful. Products that consumers will love to wear."

 

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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. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

 

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

 

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

 

About Luxottica Group
Luxottica Group (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) is a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with over 7,000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe, and a strong, well-balanced brand portfolio. House brands include Ray-Ban, the world's most famous sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette, while licensed brands include Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Michael Kors, Starck Eyes, Tiffany and Versace. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia-Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. The Group's products are designed and manufactured at its six manufacturing plants in Italy, three wholly owned plants in the People's Republic of China, one plant in Brazil and one plant in the United States devoted to the production of sports eyewear. In 2013, Luxottica Group posted net sales of more than Euro 7.3 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at http://www.luxottica.com.

Intel Provides Researchers with Open Access to New Platform to Address 3 Million People Afflicted with Motor Neuron Diseases, Quadriplegia

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Replacing Professor Hawking's decades-old communications system, he can better communicate, has increased ease of use for his daily routine, empowered with continued independence.
  • By January 2015, Intel will provide customizable solution to researchers and technologists.
  • The Intel-created advanced communications platform can be adapted for 3 million people afflicted with motor neuron diseases and quadriplegia.

 

 

LONDON, Dec. 2, 2014 - Today Intel demonstrated for the first time with Professor Stephen Hawking a new Intel-created communications platform to replace his decades-old system, dramatically improving his ability to communicate with the world. The customizable platform will be available to research and technology communities by January of next year.

 

By studying the acute needs of Hawking, and the very specific relationship between this man and his machine, Intel has delivered a tailored solution - called ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit) - that results in improved communication for Hawking with the world. It has the potential to become the backbone of a modern, customizable system other researchers and technologists can use to benefit those who have motor neuron diseases (MND) and quadriplegia.

 

Hawking has an MND related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years. He is almost entirely paralyzed and communicates through technology.

 

"Medicine has not been able to cure me, so I rely on technology to help me communicate and live," said Hawking. "Intel has been supporting me for almost 20 years, allowing me to do what I love every day. The development of this system has the potential to improve the lives of disabled people around the world and is leading the way in terms of human interaction and the ability to overcome communication boundaries that once stood in the way."

 

Increased Speed, Accuracy and Ease of Use
A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Intel Labs has been working for three years with Hawking to replace his current communications system with modern technology. Hawking was instrumental in the design process, providing ongoing feedback, to help Intel improve the system with every iteration.

 

"Professor Hawking uniquely used technology to master communicating with the world for decades, but his old system could be likened to trying to use today's modern apps and websites with a computer without a keyboard or mouse," said Wen-Hann Wang, Intel vice president and Intel Labs managing director. "Together we've delivered a holistically better communication experience that contributes to his continued independence and can help open the door to increased independence for others."

 

Similar to the parts of an engine interacting smoothly to run a car, the Intel-created software user interface enables existing and new technologies to efficiently work with each other. The result: Hawking's typing speed is twice as fast, and there is a 10x improvement in common tasks, such as easier, more accurate and faster browsing, editing, managing and navigating the Web, emails and documents; opening a new document; and saving, editing and switching between tasks.

 

His existing cheek sensor is detected by an infrared switch mounted to his glasses and helps him select a character on the computer. Integrating software from British language technology company SwiftKey* has greatly improved the system's ability to learn from Hawking to predict his next characters and words so he only has to type less than 20 percent of all characters.

 

This information is sent to his existing speech synthesizer so he can communicate to others through his Lenovo* laptop running Microsoft Windows*. For example, to conduct a Web search, Hawking previously had to take arduous routes, such as exiting from his communication window, navigating a mouse to run the browser, navigating the mouse again to the search bar, and finally typing the search text. The new system automates all of these steps for a seamless and swift process.

 

Open, Customizable Software
Quadriplegia and MND affect over 3 million people worldwide. MND impacts voluntary muscle activities, like speaking, walking, swallowing and general movement of the body. Progressive in nature, it causes increasing disability and eventually death.

 

Lama Nachman of Intel Labs joined Hawking onstage in London to outline how their work together can inspire the research community. "Technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future," said Nachman. "From communications to genetic research, technology is beginning to open doors to possibilities that can only be imagined."

 

The new toolkit created by Intel can be customized and changed to suit different users. The Intel-created system is a modern software interface for researchers and technologists to create customized solutions enabled by touch, eye blinks, eyebrow movements or other user inputs for communication.

 

With the platform being accessible and free,  Intel and Hawking envision that research and technology communities - such as those focused on sensing, text prediction, context awareness and user interface design - will build upon and bring new and improved solutions to market.

 

 

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Professor Stephen Hawking and his Care Taker Pete read the newspaper.

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Professor Stephen Hawking using his Intel-powered communication system in his library at home.

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Professor Stephen Hawking with the team who worked on his new Intel-powered communications system: Steven Spencer, SwiftKey; Joe Osbourne, SwiftKey; Jonathan Wood, Hawking's personal assistant; and Lama Nachman, Intel.

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Professor Stephen Hawking with Personal Assistant Jonathan Wood.

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Professor Stephen Hawking and Intel Principal Engineer Lama Nachman.

 

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Professor Stephen Hawking revealed in London today his new Intel powered communications system.

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Professor Stephen Hawking revealed in London today his new Intel powered communications system.

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Intel Principal Engineer Lama Nachman and Professor Stephen Hawking revealed his new Intel powered communications system in London today.

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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. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

 

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

 

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Acquisition Adds Convenient and Secure Digital Identity Solutions for Consumers to Intel Portfolio

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2014 – Today, Intel Corporation announced the acquisition of PasswordBox®, a Montreal-based and award-winning provider of a cross-platform identity management service that gives users a convenient way to log into all of their websites and applications from any device without having to type or remember passwords. As a result of this acquisition, PasswordBox will become a part of the Safe Identity organization within Intel® Security Group. The Safe Identity organization is committed to delivering solutions that reduce the pain of passwords, simplify and strengthen security, and provide consumers with easy access to their digital lives.

 

Secure passwords are essential to protecting sensitive personal data. According to a recent report by consulting firm Deloitte*, more than 90 percent of user-generated passwords are vulnerable to hacking, citing that the 10,000 most common passwords could access close to 98 percent of all accounts.1 Last year, Experian* found that the average user had 26 password-protected online accounts but used only five different passwords.2 In fact, nearly 37 percent of users have asked for assistance on their username or password for at least one website per month. Together, Intel Security and PasswordBox will work to eliminate these problems.

 

"Everyone can relate to password fatigue," said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group. "The PasswordBox service has already brought relief to millions of consumers who now enjoy simple, instant login. Intel Security and PasswordBox share the same goal of improving digital identity protection across all devices and platforms. We believe we have the technology, expertise and reach to bring simple, secure access to consumers worldwide."

 

Committed to Creating a Safe and Secure Digital World
Established by Intel Corporation in January 2014, Intel Security combines the security expertise of McAfee, with the innovation, performance and trust of Intel. Intel Security is focused on solving some of the largest challenges in digital security today. These solutions will help provide users with peace of mind by knowing they can access their content more simply. Intel Security will incorporate PasswordBox's current and future technologies to deliver three benefits to consumers:

 

  • Reduced Password Fatigue – PasswordBox's solution utilizes one of the most accurate form fillers on the market, with patent-pending one-tap (on mobile devices) and one-click (in browsers) login to simply and seamlessly provide secure access from any consumer device. Intel Security will continue to extend and expand these capabilities to provide consumers a convenient way to access their favorite sites and apps.

 

  • Security Simplified – In an era of catastrophic data breaches, consumers are expected to create increasingly complex passwords that include capital letters, numbers and symbols to protect their digital identities. Intel Security will incorporate the simplicity of the PasswordBox solution with new, user-friendly authentication technologies that enable users to get the benefit of improved security in a manner that is simple to set up and use.

 

  • Experience Next-Generation Solutions – Intel Security has assembled world-class innovators in hardware engineering, software and services to build solutions that address the most pressing security challenges. Combining the power of Intel Security with PasswordBox's expert team, Intel is committed and well-positioned to innovate and deliver new, ground-breaking, next-generation solutions on a regular cadence to meet the needs of consumers.

 

"PasswordBox has spent the last two years building a product that people love, trust and use around the world every day," said Daniel Robichaud, CEO and co-founder of PasswordBox. "We share Intel Security's vision of simple, secure access and identity protection across all platforms and devices. Together, we believe we can offer our customers world-class technology, expertise and support to bring such access anywhere – all backed by Intel."

 

PasswordBox was a privately held company founded in 2012, with 48 employees and headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. All current employees have joined Intel Security. Since its debut one year ago, PasswordBox secured VC funding, led by OMERS Ventures, won best mobile app at CES 2014, and has been downloaded 14 million times worldwide. Intel's acquisition of PasswordBox is effective immediately. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and are not material to Intel's operations. This acquisition is expected to support future innovations that will be announced at a later date.

 

About Intel Security
With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence, Intel Security is intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. Intel Security combines the experience and expertise of McAfee with the innovation and proven performance of Intel to make security an essential ingredient in every architecture and on every computing platform. Intel Security's mission is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world. www.intelsecurity.com.

 

About PasswordBox
Award-winning PasswordBox is the only digital life manager that logs you in instantly to your favorite websites and apps without having to type in, or even memorize, your passwords. Collaborate with secure password sharing, for personal and business purposes. Create encrypted notes while keeping track of credit cards, passports and other sensitive personal data in your digital wallet, and care for your digital legacy even after you're gone by passing it on to someone you trust with Legacy Locker. We support all major browsers and devices, so PasswordBox users can access their data anytime and anywhere. For more info, please visit: http://www.passwordbox.com.

 

1 Source: Deloitte TMT Predictions 2013 midyear checkpoint

 

2 Source: Janrain Survey

 

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Planning on finding the best deals on tablets, 2 in 1 devices, laptops or smartphones this year? Of course you are. The CEA found that 3 in 5 adults are expecting to give the gift of technology this holiday season. Don't know where to start? Check out some of the hottest devices and the best deals this year and be ahead of the game.

The holidays are right around the corner, and technology is a great gift for all members of the family. This year, Intel-powered mobile devices can help you check family and friends off your gift list in style, with lightning-fast and super-thin 2 in 1 devices great for everyone, tablets specifically designed for kids, or a tablet for grandparents. Also, check out some of the coolest wearable technology by Intel, from stylish smart bracelets to fitness-tracking watches and headphones. View this b-roll to learn more about these hot devices for the holidays, and go to Intel.com for more information.

Presented during Supercomputing 2014, HPCwire has recognized an Intel high performance computing (HPC) software tool as one of the best and brightest developments in the past year as part of its 2014 Readers' & Editors' Choice Awards. HPCwire awarded Intel® Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition an Editor's Choice award for "Best HPC Software Product or Technology." Intel's MPI cluster tool suite provides developers with optimized compilers and libraries, parallel programming models, and profiling and analysis tools. Furthermore, the editors and readers named the forthcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, codenamed "Knights Landing," as one of the top new products to watch out for.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 – At Intel Corporation's annual investor meeting today, the company  announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents-per-share on an annual basis, a 6-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. Intel also provided the 2015 business outlook.

 

"Today's dividend announcement reflects the board's confidence in Intel's strategy," said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. "It also reflects the board's ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to Intel's stockholders."

 

At the investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized that Intel's highest shareholder value will come from a strategy to utilize the core assets that drive the company's PC and data center businesses to move into profitable, complementary market segments. Intel's leading-edge manufacturing capability, Intel architecture, and the use of shared IP are key elements of the growth strategy.

 

Full-year 2015 Business Outlook

  • Revenue: Growth in the mid-single digits.
  • Gross margin percentage: 62 percent, plus or minus two points.
  • R&D plus MG&A spending: Spending as a percent of revenue is expected to be down with spending of approximately $20 billion, plus or minus $400 million.
  • Capital spending: Approximately $10.5 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
  • Dividend: 96 cents-per-share on an annual basis, a 6-cent increase year-over-year, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015.

 

Supplemental outlook and other information will be provided during today's investor meeting. For the live webcast and presentation materials, visit www.intc.com.

 

Risk Factors

The statements in this release that refer to plans and expectations for the fourth quarter, the year and the future are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" and their variations identify forward-looking statements. Statements that refer to or are based on projections, uncertain events or assumptions also identify forward-looking statements. Many factors could affect Intel's actual results, and variances from Intel's current expectations regarding such factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Intel presently considers the following to be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's expectations.

 

  • Dividend declarations and the dividend rate are at the discretion of Intel's board of directors, and plans for future dividends may be revised by the board. Intel's dividend program could be affected by changes in Intel's operating results, its capital spending programs, changes in its cash flows and changes in the tax laws, as well as by the level and timing of acquisition and investment activity.
  • Demand for Intel's products is highly variable and could differ from Intel's expectations due to factors including changes in the business and economic conditions; consumer confidence or income levels; customer acceptance of Intel's and competitors' products; competitive and pricing pressures, including actions taken by competitors; supply constraints and other disruptions affecting customers; changes in customer order patterns including order cancellations; and changes in the level of inventory at customers.
  • Intel's gross margin percentage could vary significantly from expectations based on capacity utilization; variations in inventory valuation, including variations related to the timing of qualifying products for sale; changes in revenue levels; segment product mix; the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs; excess or obsolete inventory; changes in unit costs; defects or disruptions in the supply of materials or resources; and product manufacturing quality/yields. Variations in gross margin may also be caused by the timing of Intel product introductions and related expenses, including marketing expenses, and Intel's ability to respond quickly to technological developments and to introduce new features into existing products, which may result in restructuring and asset impairment charges.
  • Intel operates in highly competitive industries and its operations have high costs that are either fixed or difficult to reduce in the short term.
  • The amount, timing and execution of Intel's stock buyback program could be affected by changes in Intel's priorities for the use of cash, such as operational spending, capital spending, acquisitions, and because of changes to Intel's cash flows and changes in tax laws.
  • Intel's expected tax rate is based on current tax law and current expected income and may be affected by the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed; changes in the estimates of credits, benefits and deductions; the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various authorities, including payment of interest and penalties; and the ability to realize deferred tax assets.
  • Gains or losses from equity securities and interest and other could vary from expectations depending on gains or losses on the sale, exchange, change in the fair value or impairments of debt and equity investments; interest rates; cash balances; and changes in fair value of derivative instruments.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse economic, social, political and physical/infrastructure conditions in countries where Intel, its customers or its suppliers operate, including military conflict and other security risks, natural disasters, infrastructure disruptions, health concerns and fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
  • Intel's results could be affected by the timing of closing of acquisitions, divestitures and other significant transactions.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse effects associated with product defects and errata (deviations from published specifications), and by litigation or regulatory matters involving intellectual property, stockholder, consumer, antitrust, disclosure and other issues. An unfavorable ruling could include monetary damages or an injunction prohibiting Intel from manufacturing or selling one or more products, precluding particular business practices, impacting Intel's ability to design its products, or requiring other remedies such as compulsory licensing of intellectual property.

 

A detailed discussion of these and other factors that could affect Intel's results is included in Intel's SEC filings, including the company's most recent Form 10-Q, Form 10-K and earnings release.

 

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Press-single_tablet_hand_multitasking.jpgThe Finnish mobile company Jolla today introduced its first tablet based on Intel technology. Jolla tablet will be the world’s first crowdsourced tablet project on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, offering its customers the opportunity to participate in the development of the tablet.  The new tablet is based on the Intel® Atom™ processor 3700 Series, running on the company’s independent operating system Sailfish, providing multitasking experience with Android application compatibility. Users can now contribute to this Jolla Tablet project through the Indiegogo campaign starting at $189 for the first contributors in all European Union countries, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong and Russia. Jolla Tablet shipments are expected to start in the second quarter of 2015.

Intel earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Intel was also honored by HRC as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The report evaluated non-discrimination workplace protections, benefits and public engagement with the LGBT community.

nokia_n1_perspectives.jpgNokia today announced the first Nokia-branded Android tablet based on Intel technology. The N1 offers an innovative interface called the Nokia Z Launcher and an industrial design by Nokia that focuses on simplicity. Powered by the 64-bit Intel® AtomTM Z3580 processor (codename Moorefield), the N1 features lightning-fast performance running the Android Lollipop operating system. The N1 is scheduled to be available in China in first quarter of 2015 for an estimated US$249 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

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