Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2013 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, apple, andriod, Malware, fud
The good news for Samsung last year is that it bought $23.9bn worth of semiconductor orders in 2012, while Apple ordered a mere $21.4bn which implies that Samsung is buying more chips than Apple, or perhaps is just getting a worse deal. If the information from Gartner that The Inquirer picked up on is correct, Samsung accounted for 8% of the total semiconductor market in 2012, a very impressive feat. That is more than Dell and HP's market share combined which supports the theory that the falling sales we saw in PCs was not reflected at all in the smartphone and tablet markets.
Unfortunately that success comes at a price as Samsung's OS of choice, Android, is expected to see more than one million malware threats by the end of 2013. According to Trend Micro there were about 350,000 malware threats over 2012 with only one in five Android devices actually having any sort of security software installed. Perhaps it is time to start thinking more about protecting your phone, especially if you have banking apps or the so called "pay by bonk" enabled on your phone.
"Apple, thanks in large part to its hugely popular iPhone and iPad products, was the largest consumer of semiconductor chips, that is, until 2012. Gartner claims that Samsung has overtaken Apple to become the largest semiconductor user with eight percent of all chips sold going to the firm."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD alllllmost promises profitability by year end @ The Register
- AMD's chip-supply reassessment leads to big quarterly losses @ The Register
- Micron intros high-endurance MLC SSD for data center storage @ DigiTimes
- Foxit outfoxes fiendish flaw to fix foxed-up Firefox PDF plugin @ The Register
- iPad 5 with iOS7 launches alongside JOBS film at Easter @ Kitguru
- Desktop PC: Intel Says the End is Near @ Benchmark Reviews
- Professional Graphics Creation on Linux @ Linux.com
Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2012 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, google, nexus 7, andriod, jelly bean
While many PC and component manufacturers are having a rough time in 2012, ASUS is not one. Thanks to their wholehearted adoption of Android devices like the Nexus 7 they have seen their income from mobile devices jump from 7% of their revenue to 16%. That total revenue also had significant growth, their profits are 43% higher than this quarter a year ago. That growth rate is very impressive in the current economy and seems to refute many analyst's predictions that we are moving into a post PC market. ASUS also has to thank their Transformer series as the paired tablet and keyboard device is proving quite popular and will be one of the main competitors to Microsoft's new Surface devices. ASUS told The Register they plan to become the second largest seller of tablets and the largest retailer of touch devices.
"Asus to you and me - has pulled a surprise jump in profit out of the bag as its tablets make up for slow PC sales.
The Taiwanese firm reported its largest quarterly profit in more than four years, spurred by its partnership with Google on the Nexus 7 and the enduring popularity of its own-brand snap-on keyboard fondletops."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft sued over Live Tile interface on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 @ The Inquirer
- Inside the Titan Supercomputer: 299K AMD x86 Cores and 18.6K NVIDIA GPUs @ AnandTech
- ARM busts out server-to-superphone superchips @ The Register
- Guru3D Rig of the Month - October 2012
- Team Development at Cost Zero @ Techgage
- TechwareLabs Reviews the Epson WorkForce WF-7520 all-in-one wide format inkjet Printer
- AIDA64 v2.70 is released
- TRENDnet TV-IP672WI Megapixel Wireless Day/Night PTZ IP Camera Review @ NikKTech
- Setting Up Maxis FTTH On The Technicolor TG784n v3 Gateway @ TechARP
- Amped Wireless R20000G High Power Dual Band Router Review @ Legit Reviews
- AMD's Radeon ExtravaLANza Event Coverage @ Hardware Canucks
- Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned @ The Register
- NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router (DGND4000) Review @ HardwareHeaven
- The TR Podcast 122: Windows 8, VivoTab RT, and FX-8350
Subject: Mobile | August 1, 2012 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, nexus 7, andriod, jellybean, tablet, tegra 3
By now you may be familiar with the Tegra 3 powered, 1280x800 IPS display Nexus 7, but if you've been away then The Tech Report can fill you in on what you have missed. At 7.8" x 4.7" the resolution is a respectable 216 pixels per inch as well as being of a nice size for both portability and usability. The mini USB port can come in handy in several ways but the one thing it cannot do is offer you external storage for your Nexus 7 which is a bit of a pain considering there is a $50 premium on the 16GB model over the 8GB base. There are some flaws but considering that at $200 it is significantly less expensive than its competitors, there is a lot of good things to say about Google's new tablet.
"For just $199, Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up a 1280x800 display, a Tegra 3 SoC, and the very latest version of Android. We take a closer look at the budget wonder and break out our high-speed camera to capture Jelly Bean's responsiveness improvements in action."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Google Nexus 7 Tablet @ XSReviews
- Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review @ Legit Reviews
- First Two Weeks with an ASUS Transformer Tablet @ Techgage
- MSI GT70 0NC 17.3" @ Kitguru
- Samsung Series 9 (NP900X4C) Review @ TechReviewSource
- Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display @ Techspot
- Toshiba Satellite U845W Review @ TechReviewSource
- Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Sony VAIO T13 review: Ultrabook according to Sony @ Hardware.info
- GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on Modern Android Smartphones & Tablets @ AnandTech
- GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on iOS and Android Devices @ AnandTech
- Orange San Diego - Intel Inside Android Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Motorola Atrix HD @ Techspot