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CES: Internet in your pocket

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Is that the Internet in your pocket or are you just happy to be connected? In a speech Monday by CEO Paul Otellini, Intel Corp., which makes the chips that drive much of the world’s computers, unveiled a new chip, dubbed Menlow, that’s designed just for mobile Internet devices. Think the iPhone on steroids. With screens around 5 inches, the gizmos are meant to fit into a shirt pocket and deliver full Internet access.

No room in that pocket for a keyboard? No problem. Intel showed off technology that lets the device ‘see’ and ‘hear’ commands. If that sounds a little like future-tech from Minority Report, it is. The devices aren’t expected to be on the market for three to five years.

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Part of the issue is that much of the software takes far too much computing power to fit into a small device. Not to worry, though. Intel said it’s working on that.

-- Alex Pham


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