Intel’s ideal ultrabook chip
Even with the success of the tablets fully realized over the last year, chip company Intel might have seemed a bit quiet. However, with its recent unveiling of its next-generation processors and low-power revisions to its chips intended for ultrabooks, Intel will claw back some of the processor spotlight from the current smartphone chip leader, ARM.
Power consumption is a critical piece in the puzzle of the ideal ultrabook, something that computer manufacturers are looking to bring to market this year to compete against Apple’s laptop line. Since ARM-architecture chips are not as powerful as Intel’s, the senior silicon maker will be sure to remind us that it is at the heart of any new trendy ultrabook that comes about this year.
The Ubuntu phone and Firefox OS phone: real competition emerges
Ever since the Linux codewizards behind the popular Ubuntu variant of the open-source operating system announced their intentions to create a cellphone operating system, I’ve been crossing my fingers hoping that they haven’t been overreaching with their ideas. With the collective buzz from the technosavvy already planning purchases and calculating how best to exit their contracts on their current smartphones to prepare for the phone… in 2014.
Not to be outdone by a group of open source advocates who program Linux OS alternatives, the Mozilla Foundation, a group of open source advocates who program web browser alternatives, has also started distributing its own version of a smartphone OS. Teamed with Telefónica, a Madrid-based telecommunications company, a developer phone will soon begin available.
As the year goes on, excitement will more than likely reach a peak shortly after they announce their plans for making it generally available to the public.
Europe fully realises how awesome LTE is
4G/LTE cellular service has finally arrived in Europe and some carriers are frantically trying to establish partnerships and make deals to update their towers to begin broadcasting a LTE signal as more devices that support the high-speed cell service continue to appear in the European market.
The diversity of the European market might be a hurdle for LTE devices to clear, especially as carriers seem firm on establishing different frequencies for devices. Data plans will become as central to a smartphone plan as the voice plans are, as is the case in the United States, especially in countries where cellular service is more developed.