Speaking of discount carriers, if the AT&T network works well for you, try their MVNO, Consumer Cellular. You get everything you got with AT&T, lower prices, no contract, the ability to retroactively change your plan up to the last day of the billing cycle, and actual customer service.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)-owned Basis Science has launched a new Titanium edition of its fitness tracking watch, the Basis Peak. Basis was acquired by the chip maker more than a year ago, and now it is all set to offer its new watch to the market, creating competition for the Apple Watch.
How it’s different from Apple Watch
The fitness tracking watch from Intel costs $300, a price point that’s less than Apple’s device costing between $350 and $17,000. The current Basis Peak watch sell at $200, which is a justified price point considering that the sensors put in the watch can track heart rate, measure the number of hours a user is sleeping and track activities like swimming, walking, running or biking.
Jef Holove, general manager of the Basis division at Intel, said in an interview with VentureBeat that people are fond of dressing up and being fashionable, and the Basis watch has everything required to make a smartwatch most useful.
Differentiating its product from others made by Apple and Samsung, Holove said the notification feature of the watch is common, but, “We are not in the same category as general-purpose devices like Samsung and Apple watches.” The executive said that the company is largely focused on the premium health and fitness space, adding, “We intend to give you the most comprehensive view of your health. That is what we do deep.”
I just stopped by to say "hello" to all my fans,
friends, and followers and to give a special "thank you" to my most obsessed fan, wallisweaver.
He mentions my name here daily although I haven't posted here in months.
"If you're a market leader in smartphones you have to be taking this seriously. But from this point forward it's only going to get better for Intel and its partners."
[Yeah, I think this is a real breakthrough for Intel.
The author was ragging on the big carriers. LOL. So, I think he was primarily saying that you could save some money with an unlocked phone and one of the discount carriers rather than you had to use one. ]
The quote from PC Mag sounds like it is implying that to use the Zenfone2 one has to use a discount sub-brand carrier. That's not the case, the Zenfone2 is compatible with AT&T & T-Mobile's LTE Networks plus their subs. What's significant about the Zenfone2 is that Asus & Intel have demonstrated they can make a high-quality phone that really gets people excited and that they've done it for such a reasonable price.
If you're a market leader in smartphones you have to be taking this seriously. But from this point forward it's only going to get better for Intel and its partners.
Intel management's interest by itself should be a clue to you. There are articles out there that can help you understand the technological synergies of FPGA's as accelerators in the data center. It's important. Intel is about to widen the moat around its most important business. They're already in bed with Altera, now they will bring the technology in house where they can direct its implementation and the speed of the effort. It will also open up important new avenues for growth for Intel, in FPGA's and ASICs, particularly in the very large telecommunications markets. I'm sure this is not just a whim on the part of Intel management; it is a carefully considered decision.
That's fine, but do any of these fitness gimmicks accurately meature heart rate without a chest strap transmitter?
The Asus ZenFone 2 is the latest high-quality smartphone to break the $300 barrier. This could really unsettle Samsung
If you don't need that amazing Verizon network coverage or a family plan, though, as a smart consumer, you should make sure to look at these cheaper options. A One Touch Idol, OnePlus, or ZenFone goes very well with discount sub-brands like AT&T's Cricket and T-Mobile's MetroPCS, or virtual carriers like Wal-Mart's Straight Talk, Giv, and Ting. When you do the math over two years, you may find yourself saving hundreds of dollars over a standard plan this way.
From PC Mag
[This is more bad news for Samsung and Apple as it will further erode high-end smartphone sales. More pressure on ASPs and margins. Obviously a lot more people don't have money to throw away on a high-end phone if they can get a lot of the same performance for half the price.]
1.) Intel quantum well technology.
Intel could gain a capability as early as 2016 to produce 10nm transistors as much as 200 millivolts lower in power consumption than the rest of the industry. Kanter expects other chip makers will not be able to catch up with the techniques until their 7nm node, at least two years later.
2.) Intel first to EUV
Intel buys 15 next-Gen chip machines from ASML
3.) Windows 10 to be released in July.
4.) Intel Windows Smartphone.
5.) Intel Compute Stick coming with Skylake-Y - a huge market for Intel. Already launched.
6.) Push into mobile. "The company expects its mobile group to break even in 2016."
7.) Intel built-to-order Xeon D chips. Another big success.
8.) Micron and Intel Unveil New 3D NAND Flash Memory.
9.) Big server, data center and IoT growth.
10.) An Intel Altera acquisition would boost foundry business.
11.) Skylake coming in October.
12.) The death of RT and the revival of the Wintel relationship.
13.) Intel's EDR InfiniBand arriving soon.
14.) The push into smartphones is beginning to accelerate.
15.) Intel is becoming the leading tablet processor provider.
16.) The elimination of contra-revenue will provide a major bump in the bottom line.
17.) Apple using Intel's LTE Modem in 2016.
18.) Intel could sell 30 million smartphone processors this year.
19.) Jefferies projects Intel stock to trade at around the $48 mark in the next 12 months.
20.) ASUS releases ZenFone 2 in the US.
[The ZenFone 2's major specs aside, this phone is certainly aiming to check as many boxes as it can with its modest price point, offering features such as dual SIM card support, microSD support, and NFC support. NFC is largely lacking from most of phones in that price range, and the addition allows for users who may not otherwise have the chance to try out services like Google Wallet tap-and-pay.
From AndroidCentral ]
Intel Stock Rating Reaffirmed by FBR & Co. (INTC)
Posted by Shayan Afkhami on May 20th, 2015 // No Comments
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Intel logoIntel (NASDAQ:INTC)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at FBR & Co. in a research report issued on Tuesday. They currently have a $40.00 price objective on the stock. FBR & Co.’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 20.66% from the stock’s previous close.