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Samsung to test the waters with Tizen OS in 2013

Samsung and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly. Android wouldn’t have gained so much market dominance without Samsung’s Galaxy line, and that Galaxy lineup wouldn’t exist without Android. Surely these two would enjoy a long, peaceful relationship for the foreseeable future, right? Maybe not. Samsung is reportedly looking at launching several phones running Tizen instead of Android in 2013. Now, this isn’t weird for Samsung, as they do have other phones running Bada, although they don’t have the success Android does, but if Tizen does well enough in its initial Eastern launch, don’t be surprised to see Samsung slowly bring a few devices across the sea.

Samsung is understandably in a position where it really needs to make sure it isn’t too dependent on another partner, like Google. If Google were to take Android down a path that Samsung didn’t agree with, for instance, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup plan. This is obviously speculation for something that won’t happen for another several years, so no one should worry about the Galaxy S IV running something other than our beloved Android. But if Samsung did launch a competing OS and app ecosystem, would any of you give it a chance?

source: BGR

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Samsung to test the waters with Tizen OS in 2013

Samsung and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly. Android wouldn’t have gained so much market dominance without Samsung’s Galaxy line, and that Galaxy lineup wouldn’t exist without Android. Surely these two would enjoy a long, peaceful relationship for the foreseeable future, right? Maybe not. Samsung is reportedly looking at launching several phones running Tizen instead of Android in 2013. Now, this isn’t weird for Samsung, as they do have other phones running Bada, although they don’t have the success Android does, but if Tizen does well enough in its initial Eastern launch, don’t be surprised to see Samsung slowly bring a few devices across the sea.

Samsung is understandably in a position where it really needs to make sure it isn’t too dependent on another partner, like Google. If Google were to take Android down a path that Samsung didn’t agree with, for instance, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup plan. This is obviously speculation for something that won’t happen for another several years, so no one should worry about the Galaxy S IV running something other than our beloved Android. But if Samsung did launch a competing OS and app ecosystem, would any of you give it a chance?

source: BGR

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Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 3 Ahead Of CES Next Week

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Corning has formally announced its brand-new Gorilla Glass 3 to the masses. Due to be showcased at CES next week, Corning has touted its newest iteration as having an unparallelled toughness that competitors cannot match, while strengthening its position as an industry leader by having an “evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities“. As part of strengthening its position as an industry leader means it will expand its brand outside of the mobile realm, so consumers can expect to see the Gorilla Glass 3 technology on larger devices (such as certain TV sets due to arrive in the near-future perhaps?). We here at Talk Android stand by Corning’s Gorilla Glass line and haven’t been disappointed— so it will certainly be exciting to see how much better Gorilla Glass 3 has gotten compared to Corning’s predecessors.

You’ll find more deets once you hit the break and check out the full presser.

 

CORNING TO SHOWCASE LATEST GLASS TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AT CES 2013

Introducing Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and Optical Cables by Corning

CORNING, N.Y. , January 3, 2013 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #14813 Central Hall, will highlight the company’s newest specialty glass solutions and their benefits for today’s consumer electronics device trends.

Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, a new glass composition with durability enhancements; and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables. Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, Jan. 7.

“This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers’ favorite devices,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity.”

In the Corning booth, experts will be on hand to discuss and present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 as well as the connectivity and flexibility of Optical Cables by Corning. The booth will also showcase the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, multi-touch displays for education, entertainment and other applications.

Additionally, James P. Clappin, president, Corning Glass Technologies will be a panelist in the “Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Games and Video” session at 11a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at LVCC, North Hall N255-257. He will discuss the important role of highly specialized glass in some of the latest consumer electronic technologies such as hi-res, 3D, HD video, Internet-connected TVs, conformable displays, tablets and viral apps.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

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BlackBerry Z10 parts reportedly surface, include a 4.3-inch display

BlackBerry Z10 parts surface, reportedly include a 43inch display

The pieces of the BlackBerry Z10 puzzle are slowly coming together — and today, that’s almost literally true. ETrade Supply has obtained what’s claimed to be the LCD, touchscreen digitizer and housings for RIM’s future flagship device. The more production-worthy components appear to fit together properly, and they hint at a mid-size smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen and a microSD card slot. The biggest surprise may be the SIM slot, whose position varies depending on the parts at hand: the incongruity could either reflect late-stage design tweaks or else variants for different networks. We’ll have to sit tight until January 30th to know what the individual elements represent when they’re part of a working device, but those who don’t mind seeing an upcoming phone in its rawest form can catch a video after the break.

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Comscore: Samsung, Android Take Lion’s Share US Smartphone Market, Apple Distant Second

Apple had very high hopes that the release of the new flagship gadget, the iPhone 5, would turn around their dwindling market share being taken by Google in the US back in September.  4 months after the release of the new smartphone, the company’s market share in the US according to comScore had not increased much and Android remains the most preferred and used operating system on mobile devices.  According to figures from comScore released yesterday there were on average 123.3 million smartphone users in the US by the end of November 2012 and an average of 53.7 percent of them used Android devices.

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ComScore is an international Internet information provider that provides consumer insight information to leading companies for successful marketing, trading strategies and to boost sales.  Their newest results are based on survey of 30,000 consumers, a part of their MobiLens research.  This research revealed that Apple comes second as to Android as the most used operating system with 35% of the smartphone market and 26.9 % of the overall mobile phone market.  Interestingly, Samsung remains the most dominant handset in the US with a 26.9% share followed by Apple’s iPhone taking 18.5% of the market.  Apple displaced LG from the second position after the launch of the iPhone 5 as the South Korean company now commands 17.5% of the market.  The other two companies on the top five of the most popular handsets in the market are Motorola on the fourth position with a 10.4% market share and HTC with a 5.9% market share.

This survey did not include holiday shopping figures as this is the time when most handsets were bought and the figures should upset these results.

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ComScore also discovered that the number of users using smartphones keeps climbing and is now at 53% and like their previous studies in August, the war is between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.  The results show that Android is still dominating the market with 53.7% market share up from 52.6% back in August while Apple’s iOS has also gained a little from 34.3% to 35%.  RIM’s blackberry, Microsoft’s Windows phone and windows Mobile OS and Symbian are still on a downward spiral as they continue to lose market share.  RIM lost 1% in the 3 months from August to November from 8.3% to 7.3%, Microsoft lost 0.6% from 3.6% to 3.0% and Symbian is almost extinct as it is now in use on 0.5% of the devices down from 0.7% in August 2012.

 

Top Smartphone Platforms

Aug ‘12 Nov ‘12 Change
Google 52.6% 53.7% 1.1
Apple 34.3% 35.0% 0.7
RIM 8.3% 7.3% -1.0
Microsoft 3.6% 3.0% -0.6
Symbian 0.7% 0.5% -0.2
Total Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A

 

Source: comScore MobiLens

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Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 3 Ahead Of CES Next Week

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Corning has formally announced its brand-new Gorilla Glass 3 to the masses. Due to be showcased at CES next week, Corning has touted its newest iteration as having an unparallelled toughness that competitors cannot match, while strengthening its position as an industry leader by having an “evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities“. As part of strengthening its position as an industry leader means it will expand its brand outside of the mobile realm, so consumers can expect to see the Gorilla Glass 3 technology on larger devices (such as certain TV sets due to arrive in the near-future perhaps?). We here at Talk Android stand by Corning’s Gorilla Glass line and haven’t been disappointed— so it will certainly be exciting to see how much better Gorilla Glass 3 has gotten compared to Corning’s predecessors.

You’ll find more deets once you hit the break and check out the full presser.

 

CORNING TO SHOWCASE LATEST GLASS TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AT CES 2013

Introducing Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and Optical Cables by Corning

CORNING, N.Y. , January 3, 2013 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #14813 Central Hall, will highlight the company’s newest specialty glass solutions and their benefits for today’s consumer electronics device trends.

Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, a new glass composition with durability enhancements; and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables. Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, Jan. 7.

“This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers’ favorite devices,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity.”

In the Corning booth, experts will be on hand to discuss and present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 as well as the connectivity and flexibility of Optical Cables by Corning. The booth will also showcase the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, multi-touch displays for education, entertainment and other applications.

Additionally, James P. Clappin, president, Corning Glass Technologies will be a panelist in the “Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Games and Video” session at 11a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at LVCC, North Hall N255-257. He will discuss the important role of highly specialized glass in some of the latest consumer electronic technologies such as hi-res, 3D, HD video, Internet-connected TVs, conformable displays, tablets and viral apps.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

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Bill Gates’ successor and Microsoft research boss to retire in 2014

craig-mundie-microsoftThe security and research chief of Microsoft, Craig Mundie, will be retiring sooner than expected in 2014.

Mundie has been with the American tech giant for 20 years and was given the responsibility by Bill Gates to oversee the company’s security program as well as its Research and Development department.

Gates handpicked Mundie before he retired and relinquished his day-to-day responsibility in 2008.

Before Mundie will retire, he will act as a senior adviser to the current company chief, Steve Ballmer.

Following his appointment by Microsfot co-founder Bill Gates, Mundie helmed Microsoft’s Research, Trustworthy Computing Program, and technology policy groups. His position gave him the power to decide what areas Microsoft needs to improve software security and where to allocate bugdet for research.

Eric Rudder will now handle these responsibilities. Rudder was the former chief technical strategy officer of Microsoft.

In his current capacity as senior adviser to Ballmer, Mundie will be working with the company CEO on “key strategic projects”  within the company, and will act as a liaison between Microsoft and the government and other businesses “on technology policy, regulation and standards”, based on his autobiography posted on the website of Microsoft.

According to the Seattle Times, Mundie’s recent role is part of Ballmer’s strategy to bring in a new team that can help transform Microsoft into a competitive giant in the web- and mobile-centered industry today.

Mr Mundie is the second high ranking officer to vacate their position in less than a month’s time.

Two men chosen by Bill Gates to handle the technical responsibilities of the company will no longer be at Microsoft. After Gates announced in 2006 that he would be leaving Microsoft, he picked Ray Ozzie, a respected software programmer to handle his role as “chief software architect”. Ozzie left Microsoft two years ago.

Mundie became associated with Microsoft in 1992 and has worked in several of the company’s projects that include interactive TV, videogames, and mobile software. He also played significant roles at the company in government regulatory policy, and in software and internet security.

“I look forward to working with Eric on a broader scope of the company’s businesses and partnering closely with Craig on the company’s future opportunities,” Ballmer was quoted saying in his memo.

Last November saw the company’s head of Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, leaving the company without prior announcement. His resignation came after Windows 8, the newest operating system of Microsoft that has its eye on the lucrative mobile industry,  was launched.

Sinofsky was the supposed to be the public face of the new operating system and it was expected that he would stay to continue the development of the software and its other future versions.

source: bbc

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Survey shows tablets becoming more popular than e-readers

Best_tabletsTablets are the preferred choice for people reading ebooks, according to Pew Internet.

A research conducted by Pew Internet shows that more and more Americans are now reading e-books, with the percentage rising to 23 percent this year from 16 percent of last year. The study also discovered that the percentage of people who used to read printed books decreased to 67 percent from 72 percent over the same period.

The poll, conducted between October and November, also revealed that the percentage of people who now owns a tablet of an e-reader rose to 33 percent from just 18 percent a year ago.

However, the tablet appears to be in a strong position compared to dedicated e-readers.

Twenty five percent of the survey respondents own a tablet as of November 25, while only 19 percent said they owned an e-reader .  Both devices were more or less at the same level last year, while surveys taken between 2010 and 2011 showed that e-readers were more popular that tablets.

More libraries are also embracing e-books. A five percent increase of the number of people who borrowed  electronics books from local libraries from about 3 percent a year ago was observed in the poll. There is also an increase in share of people who are now aware that their libraries offer e-books from 24 percent of last year to 31 percent this year.

According to the survey, the people who tend to read e-books are those with college or graduate degrees, those whose age range between 30 to 49 years old, and households whose incomes are over $75,000 annually.

Men and women are neck to neck, though people living in urban areas tend to read more compared to those living in suburban or rural areas.

The data of Pew is based on a survey of 2,252 Americans aged from 16 and above. The study was conducted between October 15 to November 10, 2012.

The survey demonstrates that the popularity and convenience of tablets and e-readers are increasing today, although printed books may still linger for a little while in the coming years.

source: cnet

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Samsung takes a hit from EU over alleged abuse related to mobile communications patent

apple-samsungThe European Commission dealing with Samsung Electronics accused the South Korean company of imposing a dominating stance against its rival, Apple, by filing a complaint against the American company of violating its patent considered to be an industry essential standard.

A “statement of objections” was given by the Commission to Samsung, saying that the South Korean firm is abusing its position.

“Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike,”  Joaquin Almunia, Competition Commissioner said in the issued statement.

Samsung and Apple are in a bitter struggle around the world, in at least 10 countries, as they compete to be the dominant vendor in the highly lucrative smartphone market.

The objection by the Commission is the latest development in the ongoing investigation. Samsung will be given a chance to reply and request a hearing following the notification in writing by the Commission.

Samsung could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its total annual turnover if the Commission will find that it has violated the rules.

Companies in the technology sector are relying more heavily to the European Commission to resolve legal disputes between them over time. Currently, the Commission is also tasked of resolving a case between Microsoft and Google.

The ongoing case involving Samsung is associated with its standard-essential patents  related to European Union’s 3G UMTS standard. According to the Commission, Samsung agreed to license the patents fairly with rivals before it was adopted in the continent. With its dispute with Apple however, Samsung began seeking injunction in 2011 in seveal member states of the EU, accusing the American smartphone maker of violating these patents. The Commission began hearing the case earlier in the year.

Samsung issued a statement as regards the Commission’s statement saying it would review the accusation and “firmly defend ourselves against any misconceived allegations”.

The South Korean electronics company believes that the Commission’s statement will be reversed, and that it has obeyed all the applicable European Union antitrust laws in the region.

source: reuters

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Android US market share continues to decline, Apple hits record high

Just last month Apple managed to retake the number one position in terms of mobile OS market share in the US, overtaking Google’s Android in the process. Today, it appears that trend has continued through the month of November, with Apple reaching its highest ever smartphone market share in the United States.

Figures released today show Android falling to 41.9%, a decline of nearly 11% over the previous year. On the other end of the spectrum, Apple now sits at a staggering 53.3%, a rise of 17.5% year-over-year. While Android has managed to reach nearly 60% at one point, this is the first time in the Cupertino company’s history that it has passed the 50% mark. For comparison, Microsoft’s Windows Phone is having a tough time reaching 3%, having been stuck in limbo since last year. RIM, on the other hand, has all but fallen completely off of the map, dropping nearly 6 points in just 12 months.

In various other parts of the world Android continues to top the charts, constantly setting records for rate of growth. However, it appears as though Apple is once again dominating the US market. Android may be losing the battle, but at least it’s winning the war.

Source: Kantar

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Republic Wireless Confirms That It Doesn’t Look Too Kindly Upon Customers That Root Devices

 

Republic Wireless may be on its way to being a revolutionary wireless provider, however in order to be a revolutionary wireless provider— it has to ensure that its offers a topnotch service to its customers free of any type of shenanigans or tomfoolery. This means keeping its various devices offered to its customers free of tools like rooting, which may enhance a customer’s service at the expense of Republic Wireless’s  philosophy. With this in mind, there has been a recent rise in customers’ interest in rooting their devices and Republic Wireless decided to take some time and share its position on not just rooting, but any sort of unauthorized device customization:

 

“We’ve seen a flurry of questions and comments recently, and we wanted to provide some answers and a bit of context. The burning question these days is whether or not it’s ok to root your phone. The short answer is no. You agreed to the Terms of Service when you joined republic, and if you don’t follow the Terms, we can terminate your service at any time”.

 

 

Republic Wireless takes time to expand on its position against rooting by sharing some reasons for its stance against rooting. The first is the fact that it needs to have the ability to provide quality service to all customers, but this can’t be done if some are operating devices with capabilities beyond their original intended use– which causes a conflict of interest, of sorts. Another reason is the simple fact that when devices are rooted, they can’t provide a topnotch level of customer support, unlike other wireless providers’. The final reason is perhaps the most significant reason as Republic Wireless points out that its service is part of a community effort— not just a service targeted towards one or a few individuals:

 

“Lastly, when you modify your phone or service, you’re missing the point of what we’re trying to do. We’ve worked hard to protect the idea that we all work together and that we can share responsibility here. It means doing the right thing for everyone involved–not just what you want to do”.

 

On the surface, you’d think that Republic Wireless is a bit of a Debbie Downer when it comes to rooting— but after you see it lay out its points (which all seem to be valid), you can kind of understand where it’s coming from and why it wants to protect its service so badly. Here’s hoping that Republic Wireless does find some sort of compromise at some point in the near future— we all know that a few power users will end up giving root to Republic Wireless phones on way or another.

source: Republic Wireless Community
via: Android Police

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Republic Wireless To Customers: "It’s Not OK To Root Your Phone"

nexusae0_1_thumb11Just like subscribers to any other phone service provider, advanced users of the hybrid 3G/WiFi mobile virtual network Republic Wireless are eager to customize and modify their phones – probably more so, in fact. That’s why we posted a rooting guide for the only Republic phone available, the Motorola Defy XT.  But in a message to the Republic subscriber base, an employee clarified the company’s position on rooting, custom ROMs and other modifications to the Android hardware it provides to its customers. In a nutshell, Republic will not look kindly upon root or modification of any kind.

We’ve seen a flurry of questions and comments recently, and we wanted to provide some answers and a bit of context.

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Samsung Acknowledges Exynos Kernel Exploit, Will Fix It "As Quickly As Possible"

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Say what you will about Samsung, but their catapulting into the number-one position among Android smartphone vendors hasn’t made them feel “above” responding to various product foibles. Speaking to Android Central, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed that the company is aware of a fairly-serious kernel exploit affecting a number of its high-profile devices using the Exynos 4 chipset. This includes handsets like the Galaxy S III and Note II (in most forms), and tablets such as the Note 10.1 or Tab 7.7.

Here’s the company’s statement, which we have since received an identical copy of, as well:

Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.

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iSuppli: Samsung forecasted to unseat Nokia for top ranking in 2012 global phone shipments

iSuppli Samsung forecasted to unseat Nokia for top ranking in 2012 global phone shipments

Between the years of 1998 and 2011, Nokia consistently took the first-place prize for global unit shipments, outpacing both Samsung and Apple. This year, however, iSuppli projects that the Finnish firm will slip to the second position, representing 24 percent of device shipments, compared to 29 percent for Samsung and just 10 percent for Apple. It looks like further adoption of smartphones is to blame for the shift (feature phones and basic handsets represent a large portion of Nokia’s sales), and based on expectations for the future, demand for full-featured devices is only expected to rise, potentially enabling Samsung to maintain its new top slot for many years to come. This year, Samsung is expected to dominate the smartphone market as well, with 28 percent of total shipments in that category, compared to 20 percent for Apple and just 5 percent each for Nokia, HTC and RIM. Hit up our source link for the full breakdown.

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Schmidt once again toots the Android horn in interview with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is known for his often humorous interviews with celebrities, politicians, and authors on his show The Colbert Report, but the tables were turned when the TV personality made a recent trip to Google. Colbert was on the receiving end of a series of questions submitted by Google employees during an interview hosted by chairman Eric Schmidt.

While the majority of the hour-long interview focuses mostly on Colbert’s latest book, Schmidt managed to slip in a bit of good-natured boasting for his company’s Android platform and Google Play Store. Saying, “I should not turn this into an Android commercial,” Schmidt once again touted the mobile platform’s position as the world’s top mobile operating system. Noting that Android is currently “five times bigger than the iPhone”, he assured Colbert that this fact combined with his book’s availability on Google Play meant “people will actually read your book.”

Colbert, an open fan of Google, had a few suggestions for Schmidt, including a  tweak for the company’s Nexus 7 tablet. The Comedy Central host owns the N7 and requested that Google consider installing a physical volume button on the device. Schmidt had the perfect response. “That would cost extra.”

Most of the Android-related stuff, including a quip on Google Play being a competitor to the rainforest (or more specifically a competitor to an online retailer named after a rainforest) comes within the first 10 minutes, but if you are a fan of Colbert the whole video is worth a watch. Add in the always entertaining Schmidt and it makes for some can’t miss YouTube viewing.

[via AllThingsD]

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Sprint will acquire remaining stake in Clearwire for $2.2 billion

A deal that will see Sprint acquire the remainder of Clearwire has been confirmed after news that a potential agreement was on the table surfaced last week. Sprint, already owning a majority stake in Clearwire, is set to buy the remaining 50 percent of the company for $2.2 billion.

It was initially reported that Sprint had made a bid of $2.1 billion, but the demands of Clearwire share owners and a rise in stock prices after whispers of the deal surfaced had the Now Network up their offer. The deal, which is still pending the necessary regulatory approvals, should be complete around the same time as SoftBank’s buyout of 70 percent of Sprint. That should be on the books by March or April of next year.

SoftBank has already signed off on the deal, as have Clearwire’s minority shareholders, including Comcast and Intel. Sprint will provide $800 million in funding for Clearwire while absorbing the company’s existing debt of $5.5 billion. Check out the PR below for more details.

Sprint to Acquire 100 Percent Ownership of Clearwire for $2.97 per Share

Transaction provides Clearwire shareholders with certain, fair and attractive value
Sprint uniquely positioned to leverage Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum assets
Transaction strengthens Sprint’s position and increases competitiveness in the U.S. wireless industry
Interim funding allows Clearwire to continue LTE build-out and complement Sprint’s LTE deployment

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & BELLEVUE, Wash. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 17, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the approximately 50 percent stake in Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) it does not currently own for $2.97 per share, equating to a total payment to Clearwire shareholders, other than Sprint, of $2.2 billion. This transaction results in a total Clearwire enterprise value of approximately $10 billion, including net debt and spectrum lease obligations of $5.5 billion.

The transaction consideration represents a 128 percent premium to Clearwire’s closing share price the day before the Sprint-SoftBank discussions were first confirmed in the marketplace on October 11, with Clearwire speculated to be a part of that transaction; and, a 40 percent premium to the closing price the day before receipt of Sprint’s initial $2.60 per share non-binding indication of interest on November 21.

Clearwire’s spectrum, when combined with Sprint’s, will provide Sprint with an enhanced spectrum portfolio that will strengthen its position and increase competitiveness in the U.S. wireless industry. Sprint’s Network Vision architecture should allow for better strategic alignment and the full utilization and integration of Clearwire’s complementary 2.5 GHz spectrum assets, while achieving operational efficiencies and improved service for customers as the spectrum and network is migrated to LTE standards.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said, “Today’s transaction marks yet another significant step in Sprint’s improved competitive position and ability to offer customers better products, more choices and better services. Sprint is uniquely positioned to maximize the value of Clearwire’s spectrum and efficiently deploy it to increase Sprint’s network capacity. We believe this transaction, particularly when leveraged with our SoftBank relationship, is further validation of our strategy and allows Sprint to control its network destiny.”

The transaction was unanimously approved by Clearwire’s board of directors upon the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of the Clearwire board consisting of disinterested directors not appointed by Sprint. In addition, Clearwire has received commitments from Comcast Corp., Intel Corp and Bright House Networks LLC, who collectively own approximately 13 percent of Clearwire’s voting shares, to vote their shares in support of the transaction. SoftBank has provided its consent to the transaction, as required under the terms of its recently announced merger agreement with Sprint.

Clearwire CEO and President Erik Prusch said, “Our board of directors has been reviewing available strategic alternatives over the course of the last two years. In evaluating available alternatives, a special committee conducted a careful and rigorous process, and based on the committee’s recommendation, our board unanimously determined that this transaction, which delivers certain and attractive value for our shareholders, is the best path forward.”

In connection with the transaction, Clearwire and Sprint have entered into agreements that provide up to $800 million of additional financing for Clearwire in the form of exchangeable notes, which will be exchangeable under certain conditions for Clearwire common stock at $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment under certain conditions. Under the financing agreements, Sprint has agreed to purchase $80 million of exchangeable notes per month for up to ten months beginning in January, 2013, with some of the monthly purchases subject to certain funding conditions, including conditions relating to the approval of the proposed merger by Clearwire’s shareholders and a network build out plan.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Clearwire’s stockholders, including the approval of a majority of Clearwire stockholders not affiliated with Sprint or SoftBank. The closing of the transaction is also contingent on the consummation of Sprint’s previously announced transaction with SoftBank. The Clearwire and SoftBank transactions are expected to close mid-2013.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. acted as financial advisor to Sprint and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and King & Spalding LLP acted as counsel to Sprint. The Raine Group acted as financial advisor to SoftBank Corp. and Morrison Foerster LLP acted as counsel to SoftBank. Evercore Partners acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as counsel to Clearwire. Centerview Partners acted as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. acted as counsel to Clearwire’s special committee. Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. advised Clearwire on restructuring matters. Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as counsel to Intel.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Falcon Pro for Twitter app update brings lots of fixes

The Falcon Pro Twitter app left beta and made its way into Google Play a few weeks back. The app attracted near immediate attention as a contender in the ‘which Twitter app should I use’ dilema. And well, it looks like an update has since landed in Google Play and while it doesn’t contain lots of new features, it does have some notable changes.

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In other words, those already using Falcon Pro, fire up Google Play and grab the update. And for everyone else, if you have been searching for a solid Twitter app, now is as good a time as any to give Falcon Pro a look. First things first, this update brings the app up to version 1.3.1 and it remains available for devices running Android 2.2 or later. The app is currently priced at $0.99.

With that out of the way, lets get into the changelog. A few items were removed, a handful of items were fixed and there was one change. As for the removals, those include LED notifications, except for mentions and DMs as well as mentions from timeline view. Though, the latter was done to “solve some position holding issues” and will likely return.

Moving into the fixes and here is where things get nicer. The developer fixed Tweet Marker, the ellipsize links in some lists, the option to mute RT of muted users and the action bar will now stay hidden on tablets. As for the change, the default scale of zoomable pictures was changed. Finally, those who are using Falcon Pro and happen to be interested in what is coming, the developer has an active thread over on xda where you can vote for upcoming features.

[via Google Play]

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Google Maps becoming available in Apple App Store again

google-mapApple’s move to allow Google Maps app to be available in its App Store on Thursday is a good indication that the company wants its customers not be lost again. However, it’s also a constant reminder now that a lot of work needs to be done in improving its own maps service to be able to compete with its rival.

The recent move put to rest the many conspiracy theories that abound following the Cupertino-giant’s decision to stop using Google’s mapping service on its iOS mobile products.  The intention of Apple to own an ever increasing critical feature like the mapping service feature in its devices led to an unusual public embarrassment for the company when its own product failed miserably.

Analysts are wondering whether Google will continue to create an app for the iPhone or if Apple will decide to eventually keep a mapping service that many people rely on from its devices. If Apple chooses so, any strategic fallout for the popular iPhone could benefit Google, at least in theory, as it can make its own Android mobile operating system that would include Google Maps that would be more attractive to customers.

Still some analysts are wondering if Apple would eventually approve a distribution of Google mapping service app in the Apple App Store or refuse it, like the other Google apps, to help the development of its Apple Maps.

All these speculations are over now. Google’s aim was never to undermine Apple’s product, it appears, as it continues to make high-quality map app for the iPhone. Google’s move puts it in a more favorable position to get the biggest possible users for its maps. “They’re more interested in owning the relationship with customers in any way they can,” analyst at Gartner, Carolina Milanesi, said.

Consultant on strategy, mergers and acquisitions in the maps and location services fields, Marc Prioleau, said that allowing Google Maps app in iOS devices does not make the task of Apple in making a better mapping service, a long process that could take years to complete.

“I don’t think it helps them, except in the sense that the iPhone stops having the thorn in its side of lacking the best mobile map app out there,” Prioleau said. “The fact that it’s Google means they’re back to the same position.”

There is no telling how much Apple has improved its maps due to the sheer volume of data contained in the app itself after the release, said Prioleau.

The expectation from users is very high though. “You can get 98 percent of stuff on maps right, and people who use it will remember the 2 percent you got wrong until they die,” Prioleau added.

Carolina Milanesi said that the drawback after the poor showing of Apple Maps did not result to poor sales of Apple’s products as customers are willing to overlook the limitations of maps even in the past. For example, when Apple decided to use Google Maps service on its iPhones, the service lacked a turn-by-turn navigation, a popular feature available on competitors mobiles as well as on Google’s.

Google is often at the receiving end for criticisms from reviewers due to supposedly inferior products and software if compared to Apple’s. But the poor performance of Apple Maps shows that Google has the edge in some Internet services. Google has a significant lead in terms of map making over Apple. It also has a bigger number of employees working on correcting errors in the app, a move critical for businesses and other points of interest.

After Apple Maps was released, a flood of iPhone users began complaining about misplaced landmarks, wrong addresses, and a myriad of other problems. The fiasco led to a public apology for CEO Tim Cook, to the extent that he even suggested to users to use a rival app.

Earlier during the week, a local police force in Australia issued a warning not to use Apple Maps when travelling cross-country following several incidents of motorists becoming lost in an inland national park. Apple has reportedly corrected the problem on its Australian map, while the local police also issues a separate warning about incorrect directions from Google Maps.

source: nytimes

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Yahoo to prioritize revival of Flickr with new investment

flickr-videoYahoo is revamping its languishing products and one of the main focus of investments is the photo-sharing service Flickr. CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly making Flickr as the main priority for investment to hopefully make Yahoo relevant again in the Internet world.

Flickr service has been revived in iPhones last Tuesday with additional offering of retro-style filters to uploaded pictures and a feature to allow them to be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

The move is the first major upgrade to the service running on mobiles for the last two years, leaving Instagram to dominate the photo-sharing sphere in social networking. Instagram’s user base has exponentially grew to 100 million.

As an active Instagram user herself, Mayer has, after occupying the top position on Yahoo, fast tracked the development of Flickr. She took over the position as chief executive in july and she promised to turn the fortunes around of Yahoo by making it more mobile-friendly. The number of people working on Flickr has since then doubled at the firm’s main headquarters in San Francisco since Mayer accelerated its development.

Flickr’s iPhone version has many similarities to Facebook-acquired Instagram like the feature to add filters, subscribe to updates from friends, and browse the most popular Flickr photos. iOS users had been complaining about the need for more functionality of Flickr on its earlier versions as Yahoo focused more on updating the Flickr Android app instead.

Flickr’s head of product marketing for Europe, Jennifer Davies, said: “It’s huge for Flickr. There are a couple of things really important for Yahoo and one is focusing on our users’ daily habits, and photography is one of those things.”

“Supporting our core products on mobile is an important goal as well. With the launch of this app we hope to optimize the rich functionality of Flickr on desktop on the mobile. It’s been a core focus since Marissa’s been here, ” she added.

The revival of Flickr suggests that she listened to the clamor from Flickr users that welcomed her when she was appointed CEO. There were many high-profile Flickr users, journalists, and entrepreneurs who propagated the Twitter hashtag #dearmarissamayer  together with a dedicated website saying “Dear Marissa Mayer, please make Flickr awesome again”

The new Flickr app on iPhones was launched a day after Twitter introduced its own Instagram-style artistic filters. The new feature in Twitter was launched after Instagram ceased its integration with Twitter, which now prevent users from viewing photos in Twitter messages.

Flickr was acquired by Yahoo for 25 million in March 2005 but has since then remained insignificant even when Facebook, Instagram, and Google were becoming wildly popular platforms to share photos online.

Mayer’s arrival as CEO happens when the company is struggling mightily against effective rivals. Yahoo has seen its advertising shares being taken away be newcomers and its heads trying their best to make the company a dominant force in the Web again.

source: guardian

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New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

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New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

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New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

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New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

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New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

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Time To Wreck It!: Wreck-It Ralph Review

wreckiconAs gamers, we’ve all become familiar with the tie-in title. These are usually released in conjunction with a movie or TV show to widen its exposure, and historically they’re usually pretty sub-par.

However, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph subverts this trope because it’s in the unique position of being based off of video games. That’s kind of hard to mess up.

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Wreck-It Ralph is a series of three (soon to be four) arcade games that feature characters and environments from the movie. The first is a direct port of the Fix-It Felix Jr. arcade game that Ralph calls home, the second will remind players of Doodle Jump and other “bounce as high as you can” games, and the third is a very modest twin-joystick shooter.

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