Let's hope these affordable low-margin devices are delivered clean and minus the aftermarket crapware like Lenovo tried to do with SuperFish to generate a few extra bucks after the sale.
A $50 Intel-based smartphone certainly sounds compelling but I'd be ecstatic to see Intel smartphones in the U.S. market at the $300 price point. Where are those?
Is this the $600 device that has no SD card slot and no removable battery? What happens when the battery stops holding a charge?
The big news today are the announcement of Intel's new Atom X3, X5 & X7 processors. According to Engadet, "While Intel's still struggling to become a player among Android devices, these new chips offer something that Qualcomm doesn't: Full Windows support. They put Intel in a prime spot to cash in as device makers start designing their Windows 10 devices (which will include everything from phones to high-end desktops).
It doesn't matter what Android or iPhones are avaliable, if I can carry a smartphone that will also give me a full Windows desktop (even a lite experience) when docked that's the one I'll carry. Single device-to-carry is becoming with in reach now.
Biometrics are not good substitutes for passwords because once a fingerprint, voice-print or retinal scan file is stolen the thieves can masquerade as the victim forever. Passwords and tokens on the hand can be easily changed when needed.
Absolutely, we're getting closer to the point where the smartphone one always has with them, can also function as a lightweight Windows desktop when docked. This is enormously beneficial in reducing the number of devices to own, carry, manage and keep secure. There is no iPhone or Android equivalent to this.
The folks at Intel and those 49 other tech companies have a much better understanding of the issues. And keep in mind those 50 company's support Net Neutrality rules. But they know imposing Title II regulation on ISPs is a bad idea as the means to achieve it because of the enormous regulatory baggage and unintended consequences.
Even Google, one of the strongest Title II reclassification supporters has already identified problems with the plan and I assure you there are many more legal issues that won't surface until after the FCC vote.
Then it will be in the hands of the court. If the FCC is defeated in court and they have two previous times on this issue ObamaNet is finished. If Republicans take the White House the FCC plan can be reversed.
There is only one way to achieve a rational and sustaining solution to Net Neutrality and that's through Congress.
From reviews I've seen for Broadwell, improvements in battery life and graphics performance are impressive. Given that any Core-based ultrabook already has enough power for 90% of consumer needs, what PC buyers want now are better graphics performance, less noise, less weight, fewer cables, easier docking, and better security.
Intel seems to be delivering on nearly all these fronts.
No doubt we'll see TSMC soon announce that they'll be delivering Turbo MorphCore even though they don't know what it is yet.
FYI: ArsTechnica reports that Lenovo is shipping PCs with adware that makes users vulnerable to MITM attacks. The adware comes from a company called Superfish. It can let attackers hijack your encrypted sessions allowing them to easily masquerade as your bank or any secure destination. If you own a Lenovo PC you should examine your PC for the presence of this software.
This was royally poor judgement on Lenovo's part and can immediate kill the reputation of a company. Up to now I had a high regard for Lenovo's product. I wouldn't touch anything they make now.
The odd part about Samsung and TSMC's deception is that the people that don't understand the debate don't care and those that do know it's a sham. So basically it just undermines a company's credibility among those in the know but makes no difference to those that don't. That's what you call desperate.
Apparently this device is also fanless so no worries about fan intakes, fan noise or broken fans. After all Intel's Core-M reference design was fanless so it's about time the products are made that way.
Finally the ultrabook that delivers the performance, lightness and form factor at a price that gets the market excited. There are number of impressively sleek ultrabooks on the market already like the Yoga 3 Pro, and the Dell XPS 13, but you'd be really challenged to get these under $1000 or maybe even under $1250.
Asus is about to change that. For $699 the forthcoming UX305 will use Core-M processor, 128GB SSD (replaceable), and a 13" 1080p (non-touch) display. For about $999 one can get the higher resolution display with touch but most people that use a 13" screen agree that 1080p is superior when using legacy applications and the 1080p screen delivers noticeably better battery life than its higher-resolution counterpart.
It's good to see Asus deliver an ultrabook with all the right features at a price that's compelling.
"Stand aside Apple, Dell's just built the best ultraportable laptop."
Forbes and WSJ already ran glowing articles on Dells new XPS13 with Intel's Broadwell-U . Now ArsTechnica follows with their piece. This system really shines for well balanced performance with great battery life and superb ergonometrics.
It's good to see Dell launch such a well designed products.
This is the same issue Intel had with their earlier Set-Top Box design. Do product designers believe consumers are so ignorant that they won't understand when they are the product being marketed?
Would never buy a TV from any manufacturer that does this. There is a way to disable this data rip-off by using the TV merely as monitor with no Internet connection but it means you have to have one or more external devices to deliver the smart functionality.
Also in the spirit of privacy insults here's another from BestBuy. Although they don't reveal this at the time of sale, they require customers to present a government-issued photo ID as a requirement to return any product. Their store policy says without the ID they will refuse the refund even if you present the original receipt. BB doesn't just look at the ID, they record and keep the data for as long as they like. I suppose they figure if they're not making money off the sale, they'll make money of the customer's personal data.
I'm pretty confident Andy Grove was interested in recruiting the best talent he could find to make world-class products irrespective of origin or gender. Diversity mandates on the other hand have nothing to do with running the world's most successful and influential semiconductor company.
This is where you are confused. Net neutrality and Title II regulation are separate things. Many people support net neutrality principles and fairness rules but not in using Title II to achieve it.
There is already advanced medical care for the wealthy. If they want they can fly to Switzerland or anywhere else they need to see a specialist. No amount of Obamacare is going to change that.
In the airline industry there are first class, business class and coach seats for flyers. Using your argument we'd be nationalizing the airlines because it offends you that some people are willing to pay, and get, for more leg room.
Your selection of companies to promote is odd indeed because Intel is a company that is all about achieving an unfair advantage in the marketplace. And that's how it should be because in pursuit of their self-serving interest for profit they've also used that unfair advantage to advance the state of Moore's law which has brought affordable and powerful devices to everyone.
Supporting the law is a good place to start, so let's see how Title II reclassification fares in court.
And I'm quite sure you'd don't speak for all Americans.
For some reason you seem to believe people or companies deserve equal access to technology irrespective of their economic condition. This has never been the case and it never will be.
Technology is advanced by pushing the envelope and the early adoption of those technologies by persons or companies that can afford the latest technology help manufacturers cost-reduce those technologies so they become affordable to the masses. When quad-core CPUs first came available they sold for a premium over dual-cores that were the standard of the day.
There will always be the equivalent of the "fast lanes" in the use of technology, whether it be connectivity speed, education, access to the latest hardware and, or software.
And by the way, there are many cities across America that have toll roads. This doesn't prevent anyone else from getting where they want to go, it just allows those that perceive greater benefit of getting to their destination faster to pay for it.