The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, January 16
Servers push Intel’s Q4 to new heights
In a promising start to earnings season, Intel reported profits of $3.7 billion for its fourth quarter on Thursday, up 39 percent from a year ago. Its server business contributed $4.1 billion in revenue, up 25 percent from the fourth quarter last year.
Xiaomi has a plan for the smart home, too
Xiaomi is looking beyond the smartphone market: At Thursday’s launch of a phablet meant to eat into iPhone 6 Plus market share, the Chinese company said it has plans for the smart home market. It wants home-appliance partners to install its smart module into washing machines, refrigerators and the like. Then its smartphone apps would be the smart-home control hub.