Thanks to a new development announced by Intel , you could soon be getting someone else to fix your PC's niggles. Remote fixing isn't new - it's been used by companies for years - but Intel wants to bring it to home PCs. Indeed, it could be you getting a big-name computer retailer to remotely fix your PC without having to drag it miles to a faceless retail park.
The concept is, however, slightly unnerving - we certainly wouldn't trust many spotty scallies with our valued machines if we had a problem. But, more sensibly, the concept could also be used by your PC's manufacturer to fix your PC while it is still under warranty, or if you have extended support.
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Intel's announcement was more of a declaration of intent. At the end of his keynote, Eric Kim, manager of Intel's Digital Home Group, mentioned that it would borrow elements from its business-focused vPro platform and bring them to consumer platforms such as Viiv.
Kim said Intel wants to launch the technology to consumers in 2008.