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Intel Kills Off Its Smart Glasses Project

Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project

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 Global chip-maker Intel has shut down its “New Devices Group” (NDG) and ceased the development of “Vaunt” smart glasses who were like the eye-mounted wearables like Google Glass, the media reported.

“Despite an investment of several hundred million dollars by Intel, including through acquisitions of other companies, the group never made much of an impact in the wearables market,” a report in The Information said on Thursday.

The closure is probably to result in “some layoffs from the team, around 200 people”, the report noted.

“Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market. The Superlight [the codename for Vaunt] project is a great example where Intel developed truly differentiated, consumer augmented reality glasses,” The Verge quoted an Intel statement as saying.

Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project.
Intel kills ‘Vaunt’ smart glass project.

“We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and exploring new technologies, which will sometimes require tough choices when market dynamics don’t support further investment,” the statement added.

Jerry Bautista, the lead for “Vaunt,” had mentioned earlier that Intel was working with key ecosystem hardware providers like frames and lenses.

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Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.

People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns.

Google later withdrew the device from the market in 2015.  IANS

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Microsoft offers $250,000 to identify chip bugs

Following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft

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Microsoft to pay $250,000 to help them catch chip bugs. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Microsoft ready to pay $250,000 to identify bugs in their system
  • The offering is part of Microsoft’s new bounty programme
  • The step was taken after incidents of theft in other companies

Microsoft is offering up to $250,000 for identifying bugs that are similar to the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” CPU flaws. The offering is part of Microsoft’s new limited-time bounty programme for “speculative execution” side-channel vulnerabilities. “This new class of vulnerabilities was disclosed in January 2018 and represented a major advancement in the research in this field,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday.

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This is part of a limited bounty-programme of Microsoft. Pixabay

“In recognition of that threat environment change, we are launching a bounty programme to encourage research into the new class of vulnerability and the mitigations Microsoft has put in place to help mitigate this class of issues,” it added.

“Speculative execution is truly a new class of vulnerabilities, and we expect that research is already underway exploring new attack methods,” said Phillip Misner, a security group manager at Microsoft. The bug bounty programme is open until December 31.

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Intel recently confirmed a report about a potential security flaw in its chips that is vulnerable to hacking. According to security researchers, two CPU-level vulnerabilities “Spectre” and “Meltdown” have affected all chips made in the last two decades by Intel, AMD and AMR.

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the programme is open until 31st December. Wikimedia Commons

Following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft. IANS

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