Windows 10 demonstrates MS's insistence to destroy any good will they might have been able to generate by releasing a fixed Windows 8. Technically, Windows 10 is a marvel and it would have been near perfect if it were not for Microsoft's inability to to restrain themselves from continuing to impose their will on consumers. The degree to which the OS harvests personal data is unprecedented and worse, it's shipped that way with all the data harvesting features on by default. It looks like NSA designed this software and just gave it to Microsoft to use.
Yes, if one is highly technical they might be able to find some of the switches that disable capturing your keystrokes, local searches, web searches, camera, microphone, Wi-Fi passwords, biometric imprints and other data but that's even doubtful.
The roar from the user community is becoming very loud on this topic and it isn't going to go away until this is fixed.
If Intel were really being politically correct they would simply hire the most qualified talent they can find regardless of gender or background. This social engineering is a waste of money and effort and will change nothing.
Acer announces new Windows 10 laptops priced to compete against Google's Chromebooks. The Aspire One Cloudbook series comes in two screen sizes, 11" and 14". The smaller units comes in at $169, the larger at $199. Unlike Chromebooks the Aspire series will have local storage, up to 32GB & 64GB for the 11" and 14" units, respectively. The Acer units will also come with Officer 365 Personal.
Laptops priced in this range pretty much take the wind out of the sails of Chromebooks, especially having local storage, W10 and MS Office 365. Even Android tablets could feel pressure from affordable products like these.
I was able to upgrade my $59 7" Winbook tablets to W10 and they work super. These little tablets were an extraordinary buy even loaded with W8.1 but now with W10 they they're insane value. There is an additional benefit of W10 to Intel and that is that the enhanced utility of W10 increases the value of owning Intel-based devices, used & new.
Using XPoint as standalone memory seems to make sense given the useable life of the technology. While XPoint's reliability may be 1,000 times greater than current NAND it's not infinite like DRAM and one wouldn't want an SoC failing because of storage fatigue. However the idea of having Terabytes of removable XPoint storage with high bandwidth connection to the SoC seems like a great idea.
On the high-end tablets are being squeezed by more versatile hybrids and on the low end it's getting squeezed by newer powerful phones with larger screens. Tablets have always been an optional device. They're not the primary tool for doing work nor are they essential for personal communications like the smartphone.
The tablet's place in the device ecosystem is tenuous.
It goes without saying that the size of the market for XPoint memory is a function of price. Like nearly every other bleeding-edge technology that gets introduced the early units will be pricey, but make no mistake, there are organizations demanding all the performance they can get and cost is no object. It's not a matter of IF XPoint is a game-changer, it's how quickly the technology be cost reduced to migrate from the realm of the exotic to the mass market.
Agree. The main selling point of putting W10 on a smartphone is out-of-the-box compatibility with the software and knowledge one already has from their PC & tablet. The free W10 upgrade can serve as the ecosystem anchor for consumers to maintain software consistency across all their devices, but only if its x86 Windows. Mixed architecture will not deliver the same benefit.
It replaces the pain that plagued the PC with an experience that's familiar, exciting and even fun to use. The improvement in the user experience cannot be overstated.
It's not that Microsoft is such a visionary company but it's about the only really option they have left to make a smartphone that's interesting and different. The sooner they do it the better.
Interesting, not a single piece on Intel & Micron's memory technology breakthrough in today's NYT Technology section. There is an expected piece on Windows 10 and about 8 articles related to social media (Facebook & Linked-In), online grocery delivery and even a piece about Apple's watch - as if anyone even cares. It's amusing what mass media outlets consider news worthy. It also reveals the reality that most mass media tech journalists have little depth in technology beyond being a user of consumer electronics and social media. And to most Wall St money managers tech journalists are viewed as tech gurus.
It's no wonder a company that pushes the envelope on physics & materials science decade after decade gets no love.
XPoint is a breakthrough in HPC. Loading everything into RAM has always been an effective way to achieve good performance but the amount of data typically exceeded the amount of RAM available. XPoint is the next best thing.
The timing of the XPoint announcement on the eve of Windows 10 release is questionable in terms of PR impact. The media outlets can only absorb so much at any given time. Who was responsible for that decision?
Remember how the speed of Solid State Disks transformed the PC experience and your boot time went from 45 seconds to 5 seconds? Imagine XPoint memory a thousand times faster than that with enough capacity to hold your OS, all your applications and all your data. In the not too distant future people will say, "what's boot time"?
Each one of these catalysts are significant on their own, and a number of them are arriving at the same time. Will take the street a while to absorb all this.
That may have been the last good buying opportunity for a while. Believe these will be fewer and fewer going forward.
Agreed. The integration of high quantities of very fast storage into an SoC introduces a range of possibilities.
At this point Intel has the wind at its back and a full spinnaker through 2016. It should be good sailing from here.
Generally agree with this observation. The larger screen of the Zenfone2, along with its power pretty much obviates the need to carry a separate Android tablet. Particularly since the Zenfone2 is so powerful to begin with.
For the same reason, if/when MS makes an equivalent x86-based phone with equivalent sized screen that permits full W10 to run while docked users will similarly find they may not need to carry smaller cheap Windows tablets either. Overall, this beneficial tradeoff for both Intel & MS because the cellphone is a core device one will always have with them, whereas the tablet is optional.