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Intel’s new CEO and Atom chip face uphill climb to mobility

Intel’s new CEO and Atom chip face uphill climb to mobility

Intel announced earnings Wednesday that were in line with expectations, but the chipmaker is facing a daunting future as mobile devices further erode the PC business and its Atom chip vies for customers.

“With its new, low-end Atom processor, Bay Trail, the company is gaining traction in cheap notebooks and tablets, but we believe this is at the expense of higher-end core processors,”said Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard. “Intel is late to the smartphone market and we believe high-end smartphone sales are starting to roll over. Intel is far behind its competitors in terms of cost and integration in smartphones, in our view. We do expect Windows 8.1 to drive a corporate upgrade cycle next year, creating a bounce in PC demand.”

Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich said organization, strategic, and prioritization changes “will drive greater emphasis on our Atom-based products, bringing the full weight of our process and architectural leadership to the Atom family.”

Asymco’s Horace Dediu illustrates the dynamics of Intel’s situation — he calls it a “PC calamity” — which is similar to the situation facing Microsoft, a dominant leader in the PC era facing a steep uphill climb in the mobile era.

In the last six years, nearly as many iOS and Android devices have been sold as PCs and mobile ARM devices are selling at least 2.6 times the rate of Intel-powered devices.

(Credit: Asymco)

“In terms of installed base, a computing category that did not exist six years ago has come to overtake one that has been around for 38 years,” Dediu wrote. “The calamity for Intel has been that they have had no part to play in the new category. Perhaps that is because they had every part to play in the old category.”

As you would expect, during the Intel earnings call Krzanich was optimistic about the potential for Atom processors to get traction in the fast-growing mobile space.

“Look at it as a constant pushing of the accelerator down and the thing just gets faster and faster as time goes by. And so you’ll just see more and more strength of that Atom line as time goes through here, and it will be kind of just, you’ll look back and say well it’s obviously that the Atom line has truly become strong and they’ve got share in the tablet space,” he said.

Intel trimmed its annual financial outlook from low single-digit percentage growth to to flat year over year.

Comparison Galaxy Note 2 and Xperia Z Ultra

Comparison Galaxy Note 2 and Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Mobile Communications phablet first official release, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, in Shanghai, China, Tuesday (06/25/2013). This product comes with a capable hardware specs, quad-core processor and a large-capacity battery.

What if Sony Xperia Z Ultra compared with the current best-selling phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Because, the second Android product will compete directly in the global marketplace.

Here are some differences between the two, as quoted from Trusted Reviews.

Design

Xperia Z Ultra is a jumbo version of the Xperia Z. The device retains the glass material is unbreakable and scratch on the rear panel with a rubber protector for microSD and SIM card slot.

The product weighs 212 grams, much heavier than the Xperia Z (146 grams). Interestingly, Sony is able to preserve the thinness Xperia Z Ultra, which is only 6.5 mm. Currently, he is one of the slimmest phone in the world.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a design that is not much different from the Galaxy S3. The product has a slightly curved shape in the corners, and the use of plastic material. Galaxy Note 2 is slightly thicker than the Xperia Z Ultra, which is 8.6 mm. However, this device is lighter and weighs 177 grams.

Screen

Ultra Z released the Xperia screen “giants”, that is 6.4 inches. Resolutions supported are Full-HD 1080p. The density of the screen is 344 pixels per inch (ppi), is lower than the Xperia Z which reached 441 ppi.

Galaxy Note 2 has a smaller screen, which is 5.5 inches. The resolution was not as high powered Xperia Z Ultra, which is only 1,280 x 720 pixels. So is the 267 ppi screen density.

Stylus

No stylus in Xperia Z Ultra products. However, he supported the use of a pencil or pen and stylus instead. Specifically, the pen must be made of metal with a diameter of more than 1mm.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a stylus called S-Pen. This stylus is one of the best on the market. He was able to feel the pressure to 1024 levels. At the end of the “digital pen”, the Samsung has also added a rubber material that make the act of writing feels more natural.

Camera

Xperia Z Ultra comes with an 8 megapixel camera on the back. This camera features digital zoom capability up to 16 times. In addition, there are features face detection, burst mode, HDR, and record video with 1080p quality. At the front, there is a 2 megapixel camera that is also capable of recording 1080p with the quality of.

Galaxy Note 2 adopted specification 8-megapixel camera sensor. There are features of auto focus, face detection, and the selection of the best photos. Front camera has 1.9 megapixel image sensors.

Processor

Xperia Z Ultra armed toplevel Qualcomm processor, with a speed that is 800 Snapdragon 2.2 GHz quad-core.

Galaxy Note 2 use a quad-core processor made by Samsung itself, a speed of 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412. Performance of this processor is capable, but not segahar Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

Connectivity and Storage Media

Xperia Z Ultra equipped 4G LTE network technology. He is also equipped with NFC that can be connected to speakers, TVs, and SmartWatch 2. In addition, there are Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, microUSB, Smart Connect, and screen mirroring.

For business storage, Xperia Z Ultra comes with 16GB of internal memory.

Galaxy Note 2 is also equipped with 4G network technology. In addition, there are Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and features Samsung’s All Share.

This one product is available in three versions of the storage media, namely 16, 32, and 64GB.

Both Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Note 2, equipped with a MicroSD memory card slot that can expand up to 64GB of data storage media.

Battery

Both devices have a large battery capacity. Xperia Z Ultra comes with a battery 3.000mAh. While the larger Galaxy Note 2, which 3.100mAh.

Headset Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports

Headset Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports

Make the Joy of Sports

You like to exercise while listening to music? This is the headset for you: Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports. To confirm peruntukkanya, was carrying the Sennheiser Adidas which is a famous manufacturer of sports equipment on this his software. Headset? Yes, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a headset with a microphone positions on the control module. So, with the appropriate device (eg iPhone), but can be used to answer a call, it can also be used to adjust volume and select songs.

u5-436-SennheiserMeskipun designed for Apple products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), headset with the blue cable can still be used in MP3 players and other devices. However, when connected to a 3.5 mm stereo output standards, controls and microphone of course does not work.

For his headphones, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a earphone. That are not easily separated when used to exercising, this headset has a neckband (like a headband, but its position near the neck) whose front “hung” on the ears. When PCplus try a little exercise while listening to music, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is able to survive the fit in the ear. Unfortunately, PCplus feel less comfortable to wear.

Sennheiser also provide a clip that can be used to lock the cord. You simply pinch the wires along with your clothes in the desired position so that the cable does not move much thither.

In addition to the ability to maintain the position of affairs in the right ear plus cable lock, this Sennheiser product is also claimed to be resistant (resistant) against sweat and water. Therefore, you can wash them after every wear accompany you exercise so do not sweat. Not to forget, the cable used also has high durability.

Although the look is closed (closed), Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has advantages called situational awareness. This Sennheiser headset hold less noise from outside so that you remain aware of the surrounding environment. Even so, when used in a safe place and you feel disturbed by the noise around, he has a driver that is able to produce a sound with a high volume. Just make sure not to damage your eardrums volume.

How his own voice? After hearing test PCplus do with a number of different musical genres, PCplus found that Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has a sound staging and separation between instruments is okay. Unfortunately, the sound is less balanced: prominent midrange than bass and treble. Although rare, his voice could also feel attacked. Any number of instruments were not right. Even so, with a few adjustments, this voice could be made more balanced.

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia has released an update (update) for large-scale software Asha series phones. In this update, a series of feature phones that are able to enjoy the service WhatsApp chat application.

The series for the first time getting support WhatsApp application is Asha 305, Asha 306, dual-SIM variant of Asha 308, and Asha 310.

Thus, the Asha series is now able to use the application WhatsApp is Asha 201, 206, 300, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, and 311.

In addition, this software firmware update also improves the ability of e-mail exchanges, YouTube launcher, and an increase in social experience.

Some features, such as quoted from GSM Arena, Wednesday (10/07/2013), it will be available specifically for a particular model. However, this update will be available for all the Asha phones are equipped with touch screen.

This update is available over the air (OTA). If you do not want to do the update by the way, the user can also do it through the computer using Nokia Suite application.

If you want to update by OTA, users simply go to the “Menu”, select “Settings”, “Phone”, and “Device Updates”. As a final step, select “downl.phone sw”.

Just for advice, sometimes quite large software update files. Therefore, use WiFi networks to reduce the cost of credit.

Sony Xperia Sailing Release 6.4 Inches in Indonesia

Sony Xperia Sailing Release 6.4 Inches in Indonesia

Located in Jakarta, Wednesday (24/7), Sony introduced the Xperia Z Ultra which has a 6.4-inch screen with Full HD TRILUMINOS X-Reality Engine.

This display capability is claimed to provide a better experience, especially with the screen size is much larger than the original version of the Xperia Z.

Very powerful embedded processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz quad-core 800. Xperia Z Ultra is also supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot.

Interestingly, despite carrying a variety of hardware on board, it is able to present the Sony Xperia Z Ultra designs become thinner. In fact, the thickness is only 6.5 mm into the MURI.

As in the previous Z series Xperia, Xperia Z Ultra smartphone is also quite tough waterproof and dust to IP55 and IP58 certification.

Unfortunately, some of the above advantages make Sony should cut the camera was 13 megapixels to 8 megapixels alone. However, Sony claims the camera is equipped with Exmor RS Mobileserta HDR is able to produce extremely sharp images.

Sony did not forget to announce the presence of Sony Music JIVE application in Xperia Z Ultra. Through these apps, users can download and streaming his favorite songs for free for 6 months. Not only that, there are also apps Path and e-reader Wayang Force which has been available since the beginning of the purchase Xperia Z Ultra.

“Xperia Z Ultra available in early August with two colors, namely Black and White,” said Ika Paramita, Marketing Manager of Sony Mobile Communications Indonesia. About the price, that puts smartphones via NFC Connectivity One Touch is priced at 7.5 million dollars worth.