Today's Tech: Intel unleashes its 4th-gen Core processors and Google opts not to bring facial recognition functionality to Glass

Digital 2013, one of the UK's leading ICT events, has kicked off in Newport - and our very own James Laird will be with you every step of the way. Check out ITProPortal's Digital 2013 live blog, which is bringing you all the news and best talking points from the Celtic Manor Resort over the next couple of days. Running 3-4 June, Digital 2013 is showcasing the rise of Wales as a top destination for digitally-minded business and investment. The conference is hosting more than 60 speakers, as well as welcoming a bevy of leading technology organisations - Cisco, HP, IBM, and Microsoft are some of the big names getting a run out over the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, our introduction to the Digital 2013 event can be found by following the link.

Intel has introduced its new fourth-generation Core processors for desktop and laptop PCs. These processors, also known as Haswell, will gradually replace last year's Third-generation Core processors in many of the same system setups and configurations. In addition to existing form factors and chassis, the new fourth-generation processors are expected to find their way into new and innovative systems announced at Computex. Intel's fourth-generation processors are being built on a new 22nm manufacturing process, which was introduced with the third-generation Core processor. If you're counting, this is the "tock" to Ivy Bridge's "tick" on Intel's tick-tock marketing strategy. Like previous Ivy Bridge (i3/i5/i7-3xxx) processors, the new Haswell processors will come with an i3, i5, or i7 brand number followed by a four- or five-digit model number starting with the number four. For example, the new quad-core desktop processors will include the Core i7-4470K high-end processor and the i5-4570T midrange processor. The new desktop processors will fit into motherboards with the new LGA-1150 socket. Mobile processors will likewise use a similar naming scheme with the i3/i5/i7 brand followed by a five- to six-digit model number.

Google won't be adding facial recognition to Google Glass anytime soon, the search giant has announced. In a short blog post, the company said that it is aware of the privacy concerns surrounding the layering of such capabilities onto the head-mounted display it debuted in 2012. Glass, despite its holding pattern in beta, has already been scrutinised from an ethical perspective by many technology watchers, some of whom have said they're troubled by the challenges to privacy posed by a wearable computer which could potentially be used to photograph people in public spaces without fair warning. "We've been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. As Google has said for several years, we won't add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won't be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time," the company wrote in the announcement released on Google+.

Finally, ITProPortal met up with Russel Smith, Head of Sales for Portal Data Centres, to learn about the sustained rise in demand for data centres outside of London and the benefits regional peering can bring, as well as some of the challenges that await data centres in the near future. According to Smith, the rise in data traffic has produced a bigger demand for data-intensive services that require low latency and high quality of service. Meanwhile, as more data-reliant firms leave London, lowering the dependency on our capital is a wise strategy, meaning that an increasing number of companies are looking to relocate their facilities to rural areas. Most businesses are happy to be within 40 miles of their data, which is why co-location is becoming a popular development. For more from Smith, follow the link above.