So Long, John: Intel Dumps McAfee Name

Plus another announcement from Intel's CES keynote
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 7:00 AM CST
So Long, John: Intel Dumps McAfee Name
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich holds up a dual core PC the size of an SD card during a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

It seems Intel has decided to put a little distance between itself and John McAfee, founder of the Intel-owned McAfee antivirus software. After a troubled year for the millionaire, Intel took to this year's Consumer Electronics Show to announce it will be immediately swapping the McAfee brand name with "Intel Security," the Verge reports; the McAfee company itself will keep its original name. But that was just one announcement from Intel yesterday: It also declared its processors are now made without minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

That makes Intel the first big US tech company to tout that claim, the AP notes, amid concerns that the purchase of such minerals would only increase the conflict in the DRC. Intel spent four years figuring out where its metals used in electronics manufacturing—including tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold—came from, but that doesn't mean all DRC minerals are out of the equation. "We are not intending to leave the region behind," Intel's "conflict minerals" program manager said, adding that minerals from mines in good hands are fair game. (More John McAfee stories.)

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