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This year the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been full of innovations and surprises. Among them was a move by Intel Corporation, which announced a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative called Intel’s “Parity 2020” during CES.
The initiative includes a $300 million investment to improve diversity at Intel and within the technology industry as a whole. The announcement was made by Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, who has met with Rev. Jesse Jackson about promoting diversity in the industry.
Intel has set an impressive new hiring and retention goal to achieve full representation of women and under-represented minorities at Intel by 2020.
Additionally, Intel says it will invest $300 million to help build a pipeline of female and under-represented engineers and computer scientists; to support hiring and retaining more women and under-represented minorities; and to fund programs to encourage a more diverse representation within the technology and gaming industries, reports Target Market News.
“We’re calling on our industry to again make the seemingly impossible possible by making a commitment to real change and clarity in our goals,” said Krzanich. “Without a workforce that more closely mirrors the population, we are missing opportunities, including not understanding and designing for our own customers.”
Intel will also reach out to others in the industry to push the initiative, including the International Game Developers Association, the E-Sports League, the National Center for Women in Technology, the CyberSmile Foundation, the Feminist Frequency, and Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
To get younger people into the fields, Intel is planning to start primary education programs focused on underserved areas and broadening its collaborations with computer science and engineering programs at higher education institutions.
Reverend Jackson and Rainbow PUSH is encouraged by Intel’s far-reaching diversity announcement.
“Today, Intel has defined unequivocally and measurably what it means to do better,” said Rev. Jackson. “They are definitively answering the question of ‘where do we as tech companies and an industry want to be.’ They have now set the standard by which all other companies will be measured; other companies will be invited to join the ‘Parity 2020 Pledge,’ including development of uniform workforce data reporting standards.”
If you’re thinking about buying that new MacBook Pro you’ve had your eye on for months this weekend, put down your wallet and read further. According to Gizmodo.com, if you can just wait for a few more months, you will score a much more efficient rig to surf the Internet.
A new chip courtesy of Intel, called Haswell, will improve most any Mac or PC on the market. The line of laptops that are lucky enough to be equipped with Haswell will boast more battery power. We’re talking about 24 hours of electric fuel to power your laptop, or ten days of standby power, without having to find your battery pack in the middle of writing your final term paper. Also, this extension on battery life won’t denigrate the functions of your laptop, but rather provide a speedier and more formidable machine.
The graphics of these Haswell-installed laptops will also display Iris graphics. For all you gamers out there you will be able to play FarCry 3 without having to buy a separate graphics card. Plus, these laptops will be thinner and have touchscreens, competing with some of the most fashionable tablets out there today.
CNN has made numerous attempts over the past few years to collect data about diversity at the top tech companies, but have been mostly unsuccessful due to blockades from tech leadership. As you may know, I work for a large tech firm, also one that CNN attempted to collect data from, and I don’t need any advanced survey research to prove that black people, male and female, are hard to spot on tech campuses.
I’m sure many would make this assumption, but CNN wanted to prove it. After making a general request to 10 of the largest firms and 10 smaller but influential firms only three — Dell, Ingram Mico, and Intel — were forthcoming with their data. The other 17 companies flat out refused to share this data, which immediately raises a red flag.
CNN consulted with their legal team and found out they could make a request through the Department of Labor to access Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data. But even this tactic only added two more companies to the information list — Cisco and Ebay. Five major companies required by law to give up the data submitted written objections on the basis that releasing this data would cause “competitive harm.”
To go so far as to be ready to start a legal battle over the issue, shows that these companies have something to hide. With the data they were able to collect, CNN was able to determine that diversity in Silicon Valley is a serious issue and it seems like we are just embarking upon the conversation. As Aditi Mohapatra, associate tech sector director at BSR, a consulting group that works with companies on social and sustainability issues, put it: “This data is just a baseline for discussion, but we can’t end the problem if we can’t start the conversation. For the tech industry to remain silent about diversity is so not aligned with what they preach.”
Tech companies are supposed to be about breaking the mold, advancement and innovation, but it seems like this is not represented in their workforce. These cutting edge companies are stuck in the past when it comes to diversity. Maybe one day the transparency they promote in other areas of business will be reflected by their willingness to provide diversity data. It’s only when you know what you’re working with that you can improve. And as the tech industry is a thriving one with boundless potential for growth and innovation, it’s important that we open doors for different groups to make their way into the industry — for their own betterment and that of the technology advancements we want to continue seeing.
Now, not only will Yolo be a popular Twitter hashtag , it will also be Intel’s new smartphone brand launching in Africa.
The new Yolo smartphone was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month and is being sold by Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom, which has around 65 percent of the market share in the country. The phone sells for about 10,999 Kenyan shillings (about $125). It has 500MB of data, a 3.5 –inch touch screen, and a five megapixel camera. It will also run on the Android operating system. Techweez has pictures of the new device.
Acer and Lava are also creating mobile devices so surely there will be more competition to follow. We reported recently on the first African-made mobile phone and tablet, The Way C, from Verone Mankou’s company VMK in the Republic of Congo.
Intel is increasingly enhancing its handset offerings, with a couple of new introductions internationally already. This changes the game for Intel, moving from the developed markets to emerging ones and may expand their product offerings beyond processors and into the high-volume, low-cost mobile phone market.
But for Africa, mobile has already been a big business, with functions designed to meet the needs of people on the continent, such as getting money to people far away and powering new businesses. “Today, Africa continues to develop mobile innovations that far outpace those of the United States, and these advances are building the continent’s new narrative: the world’s fastest-growing economies, a new consumer class, rising global influence, and rapid modernization,” writes The Daily Beast. “Africa’s mobile-phone technology is inspiring a generation of young entrepreneurs and leading some to wonder whether the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs may be in Silicon savannah.” An article in Africa Review, picked up from the blog writings of Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, outlines the mobile needs across Africa.
But there’s still the matter of that name. You’ll recall that Drake wanted Walgreen’s and Macy’s to pay him for using the term. You’ll also recall that it was voted the most annoying word of 2012,.
Well, there won’t be any money coming Drake’s way since he didn’t trademark the phrase (a Florida restaurant took care of that) and he’s not even the first to use it in a song. (The Strokes, for instance, used it in 2006.) So it looks like the world can use the term YOLO as much as it wants. Let’s just hope the world doesn’t want to use it that much. Or if they do, they use it the way SNL did this weekend.
New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo has made it known that the International Business Machines Corp. and Intel Corp. plan to invest $4.4 billion over a course of five years in order to create a hub for the next-generation computer chip technology.
After the official announcement, the New York Stock Exchange reported that IBM shares rose to $4.84 (2.8%) to $179.35. Prior to the announcement, the shares were up by 19% this year. At the NASDAQ Stock Market, Santa Clara based, Intel rose 60 cents (2.7%) to $22.84 in trading.
IBM is believed to be contributing $3.6 billion to develop computer chips using 22-nanometer and 14-nanometer process technology. In layman’s terms, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter and measures the size of transistors in a chip. The lower numbers are thought to be an indicator of a more advanced technology.
On the other side of the financial equation are Intel Corp., IBM, Globalfoundries Inc., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., and Samsung Electronics Co., which will focus on transforming a 300-millimeter water technology into 450-millimeter technology, with the end result of producing twice the amount of chips.
During a press conference in Albany, senior vice president and director of research at Armonk, John Kelly stated this recent conglomeration is about the “computing systems IBM and others will construct using advanced technologies.” He continued, “This will create computers that will help doctors diagnose advanced disease.”
To prepare New York with the abilities for taking on such a monumental project, the state plans to invest $400 million into the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The university is located in Albany, a city in the northern part of the state.
Although, the $4.4 billion investment is a substantial amount of change given today’s economy, this project is believed to have created an estimated 6,900 jobs in the state, with 2,500 in the technology sector.
“This unprecedented investment in New York’s economy will create thousands of jobs and make the state the epicenter for the next generation of computer chip technology,” Cuomo said in a recent statement. Money will also be invested into the research and development facilities located in Canandaigua, Utica, Yorktown Heights and Fishkill.
Cynthia Wright is an avid lover of all things geeky. When she isn’t freelancing, she can be found on her blog BGA Life and on Twitter at @cynisright.
by R. Asmerom
Intel announced that Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will become a creative director and consult on design and development of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. “It’s imperative that Intel and our innovations are kept in front of the global youth culture that embraces new devices and new forms of communication and entertainment,”said Deborah Conrad, Intel’s head of marketing.
The selection is not too surprising. The Grammy-award winning music producer and rapper has maintained a presence at tech shows, along with fellow hip hop artist Chamillionaire, and this move on the part of Intel further integrates Hollywood in Silicon Valley. Few celebrities are so publicly involved with the goings on in the Valley (Ashton Kutcher is certainly the most popular example) and will.i.am will definitely help Intel’s quest in publicizing the company’s venture.
Although Intel continues to dominate as the world’s largest chipmaker, helping to power 80 percent of personal computers, it has yet to leverage that dominance in the growing market of new tech gadgets like smartphones and tablet computers. will.i.am will help to add a cool factor to the company’s new products – something which is monopolized by Apple at the moment.
Intel’s chips run more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers. The company is trying to parlay that dominance into a foothold in the faster-growing markets for smartphones and tablet computers.
(New York Times) — The Federal Trade Commission and Intel announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to settle charges of anticompetitive behavior that the agency claimed stifled competition in the market for computer processing and graphics chips. The settlement prohibits Intel from the practice of paying customers to buy its computer chips exclusively or to refuse to buy chips from other manufacturers. It also prohibits Intel from redesigning its chips purely to harm a competitor. Intel also agreed not to retaliate against computer makers if they do business with non-Intel suppliers.
(TG Daily) — Microsoft, Intel and Google have teamed up with ISPs and others to create a broadbandtechnical group advising on net neutrality and other issues. The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG or TAG) will be headed by Dale Hatfield, adjunct professor of the University of Colorado at Boulder and a former FederalCommunications Commission (FCC) chief technologist. The group will provide advice and guidance on broadband network management practices for policy makers. The advice will be purely technical, though it will be aimed at minimizing policy disputes.
(TG Daily) — Computex 2010 – Intel has announced “ambitious” plans to increase its share in the ARM-dominated tablet market with an Atom-based SoC platform codenamed “Oak Trail.” According to Intel VP Mooly Eden, the new platform – which is optimized for “sleek” tablet and netbook designs – offers up to a 50 percent reduction in average power consumption compared to previous iterations of the Atom procesor.