Asus is Developing 3 Different ZenFone 3 Smartphones

May 12, 2016 - 9:19 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like 3 is the magic number for the upcoming next generation of Asus ZenFones. Not only are we on the 3rd generation, but early intel indicates there will be 3 versions of the device. Here's what we have heard:
  • Three versions of the ZenFone 3: ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe & ZenFone 3 Max
  • Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets used interchangeably although 90% will be Qualcomm chips
  • Coming in June (although may be revealed May 30th)

We will be keeping a sharp eye out for any further intel on the ZenFone 3 series. Sound off if you are a fan of Asus' ZenFone line of smartphones, and tell us what you think of this news.

Source: DigiTimes
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Intel Throws in the Towel on the Atom Processor

May 12, 2016 - 9:01 AM - by dgstorm

Sorry for not posting this here sooner. We had it up on our sister-sites, but accidentally missed posting it here. Even though this news is a couple weeks old, it's worth sharing, just in case you missed it previously.

This was a bit of a shock from out of left field late yesterday. Intel announced they will be cancelling their SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. That basically means they have effectively killed the Atom processor, which has been struggling to make any headway in the mobile world.

Intel did not clarify if this means they are exiting the mobile market altogether or if they are simply planning to move in a different direction with some unknown future tech. The principal reason for Intel's lack of success in the mobile chipset market isn't even just the heavy competition from Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek in the space. The fact of the matter is that the Atom chipset never lived up to Intel's media hype in performance or battery efficiency.

Now we are left wondering about future and current tech that utilizes the Atom processor. What does this mean for various mid-range smartphones and the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens? Apparently, they will need something new to power them in the future. Will it be Samsung, Qualcomm or someone else entirely?

For Microsoft at least, retooling the HoloLens for something shouldn't be too tough. In fact, most of the current rumint indicates that Microsoft was already planning on using Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 830 for the Surface Phone. If they are already partnered up with Qualcomm on this device, it seems like it would be easy to replace the internals of the HoloLens with a Qualcomm chipset. This is especially true considering it is still in the prototype stages.

What do you folks think? Is Intel getting out of the mobile market, or will they come up with something to replace the Atom?

Source: SlashGear
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Viv Digital Voice Assistant to be a Better Conversationalist Than Siri

May 05, 2016 - 2:58 PM - by dgstorm

In the world of artificially intelligent digital voice assistants, it looks like there will be a new girl/guy in town soon. There's a startup company working on something called Viv that is meant to be an eve better conversationalist than Apple's Siri. What's especially intriguing about this project is that it is being developed by most of the former project leads of the original Siri found on the iPhone.

This requires a bit of background... basically a non-profit named SRI International developed Siri back in 2010 as a third party app for the iPhone. Of course, Apple was impressed and needed a competitor to what Google was working on, so they grabbed up the company and ran with the ball.

SRI's version of Siri was conceived as a true digital personal assistant that uses normal conversational language for voice commands. Although the current iteration of Siri is pretty good about handling important tasks, its conversational speech patterns need to be verbally massaged to get the prefect outcome sometimes. One of Siri's co-creators, Dag Kittlaus, describes the current version of Siri as a chatbot instead of a full-fledged natural speaking voice assistant.

At some point in the past few years, the original concept for Siri was basically lost in the shuffle of the Apple takeover and the way the project evolved. Unhappy with how things turned out, Kittlaus and several of the other original creators of Siri left Apple to pursue their real goal of creating the perfect digital voice assistant. Thus was born, Viv, which will be demonstrated publicly for the first time on Monday, May 9th. They have been working hard to make the normal human conversational understanding of Viv so advanced, that you could order a Pizza and even customize the toppings in the same sentence and have the AI handle that seamlessly for you.

Of course, since then, new competitors have entered the market (like Microsoft's Cortana, and the Amazon Echo), and old rivals have further evolved (like Google Now). Viv still requires a search engine for much of what it does, but the developers are also partnering up directly with various other companies to customize the speech patters of Viv to match various topics, products and services. It will be interesting to see how effective Viv will be and if it can compete with the other AI assistants in the market.

The Washington Post article on Viv is quite long and in-depth, so be sure to check it out for even more info:
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