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Investors Rattled Ahead of Apple Earnings
January 23, 2013
Investors' eyes are on Apple as the company prepares to announce its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. The company's recent stock market losses and several analysts' lowered expectations on iPhone sales suggest this quarter might not be as flush as some in its recent past. Investors' pessimism stems in part from the increasingly fierce competition in the smartphone market.
LG Ships a Big, Bright OLED That Makes Flat-Screens Look Fat
January 02, 2013
LG Electronics on Monday became the first manufacturer to make a 55-inch OLED TV available on the market, taking preorders in Korea for its device. The device is the LG Model 55EM9700. It is listed at $10,000, and will begin shipping in February. With the announcement, LG has taken pole position in the race for the 55-inch OLED TV market over rival Samsung.
2013: Chip Makers to Go All In
January 02, 2013
Despite the arrival of a plethora of new tablets and Ultrabooks, plus a new operating system from Microsoft that was expected to drive PC sales, 2012 was a gloomy year for chip manufacturers. As any confident gambler might do when the chips are down, the leading consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers are expected to double down in 2013.
Where's My Autonomous Car?
December 28, 2012
The world cheered -- well, at least the nerds cheered -- when Google's autonomous cars drove 1,000 miles with no human intervention and another 140,000 miles with occasional human intervention in 2010. Since then, the cars are still tooling about in a series of tests as early fans watch them in action on YouTube and Vimeo.
Linux, the 386, and Days of Auld Lang Syne
December 20, 2012
The year 2012 may not yet be over, but here in the Linux community another kind of curtain was recently dropped for the last time. It's the end of the line for Linux's support of Intel's 386 chip, specifically, and tears are being shed across the land -- or not.
Samsung, Apple Rift Could Throw Intel Into ARM's Arms
December 03, 2012
Apple and Intel are in talks that could lead to Intel taking over Apple's chipset manufacturing, according to a report from Doug Freedman of RBC Capital. The scope of the deal is significant and would require a major about-face on the part of Intel, Freedman indicated. Intel would use rival ARM Holdings' structure for the iPhone design. Apple would redesign the iPad to base it on the x86 processor.
Intel's Two-Pronged Evolution
November 24, 2012
It's hard to think of an IT vendor with a stronger leadership position than Intel, but the company is having trouble shaking off the perception that it is on the ropes or headed for disaster in some of its core markets. On one hand, Intel's mission-critical Itanium platform suffered when Oracle and HP publicly butted heads in an altercation that ended up in court.
Otellini's Departure Opens Door for Intel Outsiders
November 20, 2012
Intel CEO Paul Otellini will retire in May, ending an eight-year reign as the semiconductor industry undergoes a major market transition. Intel did not announce his successor, but said Otellini will oversee the upcoming six-month leadership transition. The company highlighted the bright spots in Otellini's tenure at Intel
Linaro, ARM and the Road to Total Linux Domination
November 08, 2012
Well it seems like the dust may finally be settling here in the Linux blogosphere, and Linux Girl is fervently hoping for some long-overdue rest. We endured the launch of Rectangle with Rounded Corners 5; we patiently listened to the endless blaring fanfare surrounding Windows 8's debut. Is there no end to the autumnal excitement?
Intel Could Get Strong-ARMed Out of Macs
November 07, 2012
Apple might be looking for ways to ditch Intel in its Macs in favor of its own silicon. The company recently restructured its executive team, placing hardware guru Bob Mansfield in charge of a technologies group that is reportedly leading new chip development at the company. That research could help transition its ARM mobile chips into its computer lineup, giving Apple products a more uniform inner makeup.
No Near-Term Payoff for Intel's Consumer Ambitions
October 18, 2012
Intel beat Wall Street analysts' earnings expectations but still reported sinking revenue in its quarterly report earlier this week, prompting a pessimistic outlook for the chip giant's fourth quarter.The company brought in earnings of $3.8 billion, or 58 cents per share, on revenue of $13.5 billion during the third quarter.
Amazon May Buy TI Chip Biz to Scratch Phone Itch
October 16, 2012
Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy the mobile chip division of Texas Instruments in a move that could push the online retailer further into the hardware business. The reports fit in with Texas Instruments' announcement last month that it would shift the focus of its chip business away from mobile products and toward larger, more stable and lucrative clients such as automobile makers.
A Bevy of Tablets Take Intel's Clover Trail
September 29, 2012
Since the arrival of Apple's iPad, tablet computers have primarily remained consumption devices targeting consumers. However, at Thursday's formal launch of its new Atom processor, formerly known by the code name "Clover Trail," Intel showed off eight new devices geared for the enterprise.
Twists and Turns for Linux on Intel's Slippery Clover Trail
September 24, 2012
Given the shock they've had to endure as a result of the ongoing Secure Boot saga over the past year or so, Linux geeks may perhaps be forgiven if they're a tad sensitive to apparent attempts to exclude Linux from other new technological developments as well. It was perhaps less-than-entirely surprising, then, that FOSS fans reacted so swiftly to the initial news about Intel's Clover Trail Atom chip.
Motorola Rolls Out Razr With Intel Inside
September 18, 2012
Motorola and Intel on Tuesday announced the Motorola Razr i, the first smartphone from the vendor that is built around an Intel processor. The Razr i, which runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, will be released in Europe and Latin America beginning in October, but there's no word as to when it might be available in the United States.
Researchers Demo All-Optical Nanowire Switching
September 12, 2012
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated the feasibility of using all-optical switches for possible use in computing. Their research, published in Nature Nanotechnology, demoed all-optical switching in individual cadmium sulfide nanowires. They also demoed a functional NAND gate built from multiple switches.
Intel Maps Out Touchy-Talky Ultrabook Future
September 12, 2012
Intel announced Tuesday the Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit, which will let devs bring gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, and augmented reality features to Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook systems and PCs. This will be released early next quarter.
Apple Taking Siri's Hearing Into Its Own Hands
September 11, 2012
Apple will not be using audio processing technology from Audience in the next iPhone, according to an investor note from Audience indicating Apple could be looking to further develop voice technology in-house. Audience provides a combination noise suppression processor and audio processing chip that improves signal recognition capabilities in Siri, the virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S.
Huawei Dickers With US Pols Over Appearance at Security Hearing
September 07, 2012
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications company at the center of a US House Intelligence Committee investigation, said it is negotiating conditions in order to take part in a US Congressional hearing, according to Reuters. The second-biggest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, Huawei is the focal point of the House investigation.
AMD Imagines a Future Steeped in Computing
August 29, 2012
AMD CTO Mark Papermaster outlined his vision of the future of computing at this year's Hot Chips semiconductor design conference, detailing his plans to build systems where natural human communication could allow greater interactivity between users and computing hardware, a concept he called "Surround Computing."
Chip Shipments Keep on Trucking Despite Apple/Samsung Verdict
August 27, 2012
Today in international tech news: Even after its $1 billion loss to Apple on Friday, Samsung will likely continue to supply key parts to for the iPad and iPhone. Also: More bad new for French telecom Orange, and Foxconn makes good on its promise to increase pay and decrease overtime -- the latter of which might actually drive away some workers.
ARM Reaches Out With Muscular 2nd-Gen GPUs
August 07, 2012
Mobile processor manufacturer ARM on Monday announced the second generation of its Mali T-600 family of graphics processor units, based on ARM's Midgard architecture. The new chips represent the second generation of Mali-T600 processors; the first was announced in November. "The graphics demands in smartphones, tablets and DTVs continue to accelerate," said Steve Steele, senior product manager at ARM.

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