There was a time when nobody believed Intel processors would be replaced with any other device. Intel commanded the processor market. Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst for ASIC SoC at Semico Research, noted this was not always the case. In the early days of the PC there were many contenders and most people thought that Motorola would win because they had more money behind them. Ultimately, Intel had the better, more scalable solution and it became dominant.Then along came a small IP company from England. It had a smaller, lower-power core that could be embedded into other people’s chips. Intel was unfazed as the market it was targeting—mobile—clearly was not very interesting. It took a long time before the name ARM became a name that people recognized, but today the ARM name, in mobile, is as strong as the Intel name is for PCs. And more recently, ARM has started making strides into the server market.While Intel is now attempting a push into the embedded area, it … [Read more...] about Atoms, ARMs, ARCs, Andes…And All The Rest
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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro straddles the line between laptop and tablet by offering users a full-featured computing experience in a compact package. It’s a powerful device, but right out of the box it can seem a little barebones; without a keyboard or Surface Pen, it’s just a Windows-based tablet. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of everything you’ll need to get the most out of your new Surface Pro.Surface Pen ($60)The Surface Pen is such an essential part of the Surface Pro experience that previous versions just included it in the box. Unfortunately, Microsoft opted to include it only as an add-on to the most recent Surface Pro, but it’s such a killer creative tool that it’s definitely worth the price of entry. Without it, the Surface Pro is a powerful Windows-based tablet, but with the Surface Pen, it’s a mobile sketchpad, notebook, and professional-grade artistic suite.Buy one now from:MicrosoftSurface Pen Tip … [Read more...] about Turn your Surface Pro into a road warrior with these ultra-mobile accessories
Despite its relatively geeky nature, the processor has become an increasingly important stat on the latest smartphone hardware’s spec sheets. But to appreciate its importance it’s not really necessary to know the intricate workings of each one. This year we’ve seen several next generation mobile processors introduced, primarily from Qualcomm, Nvidia, Apple, and Samsung, giving us a whole new catalog of chips, names, and quirks with which to become familiar.Below is the important information you need to know about these chips, so you’re fully informed, along with the most important detail of all: The phones and tablets they’re currently powering, plus those they may be appearing in soon – to the best of our knowledge. Updated 10-25-2013 by Andy Boxall: We’ve completely updated all the information in this article, which was first published back in March. New devices that use each processor were added, and we’ve put in Apple’s 64-bit … [Read more...] about Meet all the fancy processors that power your phone
The worldwide sale of ring tones, which started as a marketing gimmick for music labels and mobile phone companies, is roughly equivalent to 10 percent of the $32.2 billion global music market. Replacing the standard phone ring with a few bars from Elvis or a favorite TV show was first popularized by tech-savvy teenagers in the late 1990s. The subsequent success of ring tones is a rare bit of good news for the music industry which has been stung by Internet piracy and fickle fans who would rather spend their money on video games than compact discs. The popularity is also an important revenue generator for indebted mobile phone operators who have invested vast sums on the roll-out of 3G phone networks. Revenues for ring tones are divided between the music labels, their artists and mobile phone operators. The average price of a ring tone is 60 cents, according to the study by London-based telecommunications consultancy, The Arc Group. Ring tone prices vary widely by region, with … [Read more...] about Cell Phone Ring Tone Sales Top $3 Billion
We have told you why you need Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but now we want to keep you up to date on if/when you will get ICS on your Android handset or tablet. This is the most up to date information we have available straight from the phone/tablet manufacturers, and will we be continually updating this post when new information comes out. If you do not see your phone on this list and don’t currently have Android 4.0 on your phone that means you most likely won’t be getting updated. It should be noted that Google is expected to announce the latest version of Android at Google I/O at the end of June.HTCHTC made sure to remind everyone that these dates are targets, and may shift. Please also allow up to 45 days for carriers to push the updates to your phone once it is ready.Droid Incredible 2: TBD, but no later than end of August 2012.Amaze 4G: May-JuneDesire S: June-JulyDesire HD: July-AugustEVO 3D: June-JulyEVO 4G+: May-JuneEVO Design 4G: June-JulyIncredible … [Read more...] about Android 4.0 update schedule: Will your phone or tablet get ICS?
Yesterday, LG showed Sin City what it’s calling the world’s first curved OLED TV (though others would dispute that claim). The television has a gentle inward flex, meant to ensure that a user facing it directly is equidistant from the entire viewing surface. The curved design also supports full CINEMA 3D, and steps up the immersion factor on standard 2D programming. The goal is to create the illusion that you’re being enveloped by your entertainment, as the screen seems to reach around you in effort to draw you in.In addition to the screen flex, LG’s TV utilizes a four-color WRGB pixel system, which adds a white sub-pixel to help optimize the traditional RGB setup. Like other OLEDs, this unit is said to shine in terms of contrast ratio, maintaining sharp, distinct colors, and deep black levels, regardless of ambient light. OLED TVs are also helping make displays thinner and thinner, as their ability to provide their own light eliminates the need for a … [Read more...] about LG throws CES 2013 a curveball with a gently arcing 55-inch OLED TV
Exhibitors at International CES have started packing up their elaborate stands and heading back home, having announced all their new hardware to the gathered press and public. We’ve seen everything from smart watches to smart washing machines, but strangely for a technology show, smartphones were in short supply.Of the big names attending the show, only Sony took the covers off a truly exciting, internationally available new smartphone – the Xperia Z – while up and comers Huawei and ZTE debuted devices set for release in China. Lenovo then did the same with the slick K900 and Alcatel kept its release schedule secret, leaving it down to U.S. networks to take up the slack, but all we really got was the low-end Samsung Ativ Odyssey for Verizon and the Pantech Discover for AT&T. Hardly the most inspiring collection.Has CES always been like this though, and we’re just too focused on smartphones not to recognize a decent haul of new devices when we see one? By … [Read more...] about Forget CES, MWC 2013 is where we’ll see some new phones
Update on 5-22-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: After spending some time with the G4, we’ve published an in-depth, holistic review. Give it a read for our most recent impressions.It’s finally official: LG unveiled its next flagship, the LG G4, at events simulcasted throughout the globe. With an exterior engineered around the tenant of “comfortable elegance” and a litany of hardware enhancements over last year’s model, the Korea-based electronics giant has made what is calls a “handmade masterpiece.”But the G4 isn’t the only fancy new handset on the block. Samsung released its own highly anticipated smartphone, the Galaxy S6, to critical acclaim last month — DT’s own Ted Kritsonis scored them a 4.5/5. And if demand is any indication, it’s a very compelling devices in its own right.The obvious question, then, is how the G4 measures up to the S6, … [Read more...] about LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Which Android phone should you buy?
Sony Ericsson announced two new Android smartphones Wednesday: the Xperia Ray and the Xperia Active.Both run Android 2.3, aka "Gingerbread," and use the Mobile Bravia Engine.They will both be available in select markets worldwide in the third quarter, Sony Ericsson said.The Ray appears to be focused on entertainment, and it will be offered with LiveSound headphones, while the ruggedized Active will focus on consumers with an active lifestyle.Sony Ericsson did not respond to requests for comment by press time.Highlights of the new Xperia DevicesUsers will find the usual features in both smartphones -- still and HD video cameras, Facebook access, geo tagging and so on.Both the Ray and Active feature a 1GHz processor and have a Reality Display with the Mobile Bravia Engine.Sony first introduced the Reality Display/mobile Bravia Engine in January on the Xperia Arc.The mobile Bravia Engine is claimed to enhance colors and detail, just like its bigger counterpart in Sony Bravia TVs.The … [Read more...] about Sony Ericsson Unveils 1 Phone for Adventurers, 1 for Couch Potatoes
Retailers aren't investing seriously in mobile platforms right now, and who can blame them? Despite the lofty percentage growth cited by mobile shopping advocates, retailers privately lament anemic mobile conversion rates and report total revenue figures that can kindly be described as "modest."Enterprise e-commerce software solution providers address mobile as an enabler -- the channel that customers use for comparison shopping during the buying experience. Said another way, mobile is perceived as being similar to social commerce: a step removed from purchasing, and accordingly only measurable as an opaque value-add.All of this is going to change very soon. Future retailers will have digital commerce channels that generate healthy conversion rates and associated revenue on the myriad of devices spawned from today's evolution of the network computer. In fact, some of those devices will even challenge the revenue supremacy of the e-commerce website. Still reading?Retailers' primary … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Breaking Out of the Mobile Commerce Metaphor Trap