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Intel hopes a combination of new chips and new technology will help the PC once again stave off threats of extinction.

While last week's earnings warning added evidence to the notion that a post-PC world has dawned, the chipmakers in Santa Clara insist that the personal computer will continue to defy its critics.

At a developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel will offer details on two new chip families designed to allow lower-power computers and hybrid tablets that can do the full work of a PC.

Could Siemens buy SmartSynch?

That's one of the theories I heard in the hallways at ConnectivityWeek, a week-long smart grid event taking place in Santa Clara. There's no solid evidence whatsoever to support this -- let me be clear about that -- but the theory is interesting.

Siemens Venture Capital is one of the older and more prominent investors in the company, which specializes in smart grid equipment that leverages public cellular networks. Siemens has marketed modules for residential meters based around SmartSynch's technology.

CEO Paul Otellini said Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices. Otellini said that Intel, long the heavyweight in processors for PCs, will move its "center" from the power range--measured in wattage--in mainstream laptops to small mobile devices like ultraportable laptops, smartphones, and tablets, as well as devices such as smart TVs. Otellini was speaking at the Intel investor meeting today at the company's headquarters here. "We're shifting from 35-watt to 15-watt...the center is increasingly about ultramobility," said Otellini. "Every device has to be always

This spring, an executive from a Chinese telecommunications equipment company made an intriguing job offer to a Silicon Valley software engineer. The Chinese company, Huawei Technologies, wanted to get into the booming market for Internet-based computing, and it had just moved its United States research headquarters here to capture some of the best local talent.

“How many engineers would you like for your team? Several hundred? That’s not a problem,” the recruiter said, according to the engineer.

Perhaps more than any other state in the union, California represents the American dream—the ultimate destination when the urge arises to reach a new frontier. It has been regarded by many ambitious dreamers as the land of opportunity, a melting pot of cultures, the location of the Gold Rush, Tinseltown and the center of the dot-com boom and bust. The beaches, mountains and cities of California are among the most beloved places in America to live, play and visit. CE retailers face a rapidly changing demographic in the Golden State. The whitebread California of the post-World War II years, as embodied by the likes

Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 2000 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2001. 1. New York Entrances and Exits: Due to the enormous success of its Bang & Olufsen showroom opened in 1999 in lower Manhattan, Harvey Electronics opened its second Bang & Olufsen showroom in the NYC metropolitan area in Greenwich, Conn., last October. The showroom is a few blocks from the Greenwich Harvey Electronics. J&R Music World expanded with the opening of its new retail computer store in its Park Row outpost in Manhattan. Wolf Camera opened two "Vision"

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