World Tech Update - Intel shrinks RealSense cameras, Apple pushes online buying, 3D printing in space

CIO | Apr 9, 2015

On World Tech Update Intel CEO shows a slimmed down version of the company's RealSense 3D cameras, Apple tells customers not to sleep outside its stores and NASA receives the first objects 3D printed in space.

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Thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update. I'm Nick Barber. We'll start in Shenzhen, China with Intel's Developer Forum there. CEO Brian Krzanich showed off a slimmed down version of the company's RealSense 3D camera.

RealSense cameras were scheduled to go into just tablets and laptops, but now with the smaller size, smartphones are on the list. The RealSense 3D cameras can sense depth much like a Microsoft Kinect sensor. That means you could control applications on your phone with gestures or take a 3D scan of an object among other things.
Intel also showed off what it calls the world's smallest PC. About the size of a flash drive, the Compute Stick will cost 150 dollars with Windows and 110 dollars with Linux. It has an Intel Atom Quad Core processor, 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. It plugs into a monitor or TV via HDMI.

Lookout iPhone 6 Plus, China's ZTE is on your heels with a high-end phablet of its own, the Nubia Z9 Max. The Android phone will come to China first for 25-hundred yuan or 408 US dollars, but ZTE plans to bring it to North America, Europe and emerging markets later. The phone has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 810 octacore processor at 2 gigahertz. It has slots for dual SIM cards, which is useful in both developed an emerging markets where multiple operators might be used. The camera on the phone includes manual control of the aperture, ISO and white balance, features that more advanced photographers will appreciate.

You've seen it here on World Tech Update; Apple has a new product and people line up outside stores and even sleep overnight waiting for it. Apple says stop doing that. In a memo Apple's SVP of retail and online stores instructed employees tell customers interested in the Watch or macbook to order the products online instead of from stores. Inventory issues have complicated previous Apple product launches, most recently with the iPhone 6, which went on sale in September. The memo implies that Apple isn't keen on product shortages and sees online sales as a way to prevent customers from leaving its stores empty-handed.

A new survey has debunked the myth that Facebook is losing its cool factor among teenagers. Facebook is the most popular social network among teens, according to the results of the survey published Wednesday night by the Pew Research Center. The researchers found that 71 percent of all teens use it. And 41 percent of teens said they use Facebook the most often compared to other sites.

YouTube is planning a paid service that will let viewers watch select videos without ads. Google confirmed it in a letter sent to members of YouTube's partner program, which lets YouTube video makers earn money from ads and merchandise. It's not clear when the new service will launch, nor the price or what it will be called. YouTube will pay video creators using the service 55 percent of the total net revenues from subscription fees. The changes go into effect on June 15.

More auto news this week from New York with Jaguar's impressive touch screen dashboard. The 2016 XF will come standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation setup, but will also have an optional, all-new 10.2-inch system. The large-screen version features an Intel quad-core processor. In addition the XF features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with full-screen navigation. The Pro system allocates 10 gigs of its 60 gigs SSD to media storage, features improved natural language voice command, and can be equipped with a 17-speaker, 825-watt digital surround sound system. Pricing has not been announced, but this year's model cost up to 100-thousand dollars.