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LG's Curved OLED TV Launches in the U.S. for $15k

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If you’ve been waiting patiently since CES to grab a first-of-its-kind HDTV, now’s your chance. During an event in Minnesota today, LG announced its 55-inch curved OLED would begin showing up in select U.S. Best Buy stores over the next several weeks. The $15,000 HDTV launched in Korea back in April, and LG executives feel the move gives the company an “early lead” on the OLED market in the United States. Moreover, Best Buy will also be the first major American retailer to carry OLED sets.

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Meet the World's Most Meaningful Brands — and a Surprising Also-Ran

By Anders Bylund, The Motley Fool

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French media and marketing giant Havas Media just released its list of the world’s most meaningful brands. The study was based on surveys to 50,000 consumers in 14 countries, asking for opinions on 300 global brand names. Some of the top names will seem obvious to American consumers, while other top brands are not so familiar on our Western shores.

Let’s have a closer look.

The top 3
At the very top of the list, you’ll find Swedish furniture giant IKEA. The company ranks high thanks to a commitment to responsible use of materials and humane manufacturing practices. Havas ranks companies based on how they “systematically improve our personal and collective wellbeing,” and IKEA scores strongly on the “collective” side of that equation. The “personal” ranking benefits from IKEA‘s unique combination of low cost and fashion-forward style.

IKEA is unlikely to go public anytime soon, but investors would do well to seek out companies with similar ideals.

In second place, you’ll find all-American information organizer Google . Big G’s official mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Do that with a heavy focus on an excellent user experience, and good things will follow — including Google’s internal sales targets and bottom line profits.

Google isn’t out to make a mint above all else — the company wants to change the world for the better. Havas rewards such thinking, and investors will do the same in the long run.

Thirdly, there’s Swiss food giant Nestle. The company owns 8,000 food brands, including some of the world’s most cherished food brands such as Stouffer’s frozen dinners, Nescafe instant coffee, Toll House cookies, and Gerber infant foods. You saw the uproar that resulted when Hostess went under, leaving Twinkies and Wonder Bread without a parent. Imagine the furor you’d find if Nestle’s massive portfolio followed suit. These are brands that billions of people can’t imagine losing.

What’s missing?
American readers might wonder whatever happened to Apple . The consumer electronics leader embodies the very concept of brand presence on U.S. shores, after all. A global survey like the Havas report slants a bit differently.

Why is this fruit missing from the absolute top of the Havas list?

Apple does rank near the top of this essential-brands list. Havas says that the top 60 or so would be sorely missed if they were gone, and Apple certainly qualifies with a 13th-place finish.

But the result must sting in Cupertino anyhow. Arch-rival Samsung is the most-loved electronics firm, in sixth place. Japanese veteran Sony lands a solid eighth spot. Even South Korean conglomerate LG and Dutch graybeard Philips outrank Apple here.

That outcome underscores Apple’s position as a relative newcomer on the global consumer stage. Sony and Philips built their reputations over decades of operational excellence and heavy marketing, often appealing to a very wide customer base. By contrast, Apple’s iPhone and iPad cash machines have only a

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Will 2013 Be the Year of the Smartwatch?

The past few months have seen a flurry of rumors surrounding supposed smartwatch prototypes from several giants of mobile tech. Companies like Apple, Google, LG, Samsung, and Microsoft have all found themselves at the blogoshere’s rumor mill as speculation—of varying legitimacy and detail—swirled around what’s shaping up to be the next big thing: wearable mobile tech. With devices like Pebble’s crowd-funded offering making waves, 2013 might be the year of the smartwatch.

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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/19/the-year-of-the-smartwatch-wave-of-the-future-or-flash-in-the-pan

Error Code ER 1F in LG Refridgerator

By frankk

Hello! I have an LG fridge # LFX25960ST. Last year after a power outage we regained power and a code ER 1F came up on my fridge. I called LG and of course it is out of warranty. I have determined after a bit of looking around, that this code refers to the ICE BLOWER FAN (part # 5209JA1044A). The error could also be in the Main board or the PCB board. I think it is the fan that is the problem, but I would like to make sure before I go buy one. I believe I can verify voltage on the main board…. however… I don’t know how to access the main board. Also I think I could check the operation of the fan itself.

LG support said to turn off the fridge via circuit breaker for 8 hours and restart. I did this, the ice maker came back on, worked for a week or so, and got the message again (shut off, ice leaked on laminate floor 🙁 ). I had it off for a while and I turned it on again this morning. As of 10pm it is still on and making ice. I thought that due to the power outage maybe the board was fried. But… the rest of the fridge works fine and the ice maker is working ok now.

COuld it be the fan connection? Or frost/fan freezing up? Any ideas how to verify the fan is bad and should be replaced? I know I can just replace the fan….. but I would like some more verification that this would be the way to go. Thanks!

Frank

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electric-large-kitchen-home-appliances/493288-error-code-er-1f-lg-refridgerator.html

Is Samsung About to Get Samsunged?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Pop quiz. Name this company:

A vertically integrated South Korean conglomerate with an extensive supplier relationship with Apple has ambitious hopes in the smartphone market. The company will aggressively imitate the products of rivals in the pursuit of success, and also further integrate additional key components, such as investing more heavily in its own mobile processors.

Time’s up
Pencil’s down. The correct answer? LG Electronics.

That’s right; LG is in the process of doing to Samsung what Samsung did to Apple. LG has just unveiled a new “Value Pack” of software upgrades for its Optimus G Pro, and some of the features that the company is adding are straight out of Samsung’s playbook.

LG‘s Smart Video pauses videos when the user looks away, an obvious carbon copy of Samsung’s Smart Pause. There’s also the Dual Camera feature, which simultaneously takes pictures using both sensors, and is exactly like Samsung’s Dual Shot. This is all for a device that already looks identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 (except without the stylus).

Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs. Optimus G Pro (right). Sources: Samsung and LG.

The Optimus G Pro was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, so it technically predates the Galaxy S4 that it also resembles. The 5.5-inch phablet isn’t expected to launch in the U.S. until May, though, which comes after the Galaxy S4.

The bad news for Samsung is that there’s little stopping LG from successfully using its own strategy against it. One of the benefits of enormous marketing budgets, however, is that Samsung has been able to build its Galaxy brand.

Another big marketing spender
While smaller rivals like HTC simply can’t keep up with Samsung’s marketing budget (even if HTC offers higher-quality products), larger competitors such as LG have more of a chance. Last year, LG spent $1.1 billion on advertising. When you add in other below-the-line marketing expenses like promotions ($652 million) and commissions ($1.6 billion), we’re talking about more than $3.3 billion in marketing.

That’s more than the $1 billion that Apple spent in fiscal 2012 (but less than Samsung) on advertising ,and Apple doesn’t really use below-the-line marketing as much. The Mac maker doesn’t typically offer very many promotions, and most of its sales are conducted through its online store or retail stores, where sales reps aren’t compensated with commissions.

Android loyalty isn’t Samsung loyalty
Android consumers have shown their fickleness before. It seems like just yesterday that HTC was the Android champion, but that was 2010. Even for users loyal to the platform, they’re normally not loyal to the OEM brand. It’s quite conceivable that another Android vendor could supplant Samsung in exactly the same way that Samsung displaced HTC.

Source: IDC.

Maybe it won’t be LG; maybe it’ll be Chinese vendors like ZTE or Huawei, both of which showed up on the global top-five radar last year. This may be more likely, since

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/13/is-samsung-about-to-get-samsunged/

Is Android in the business world to stay?

It’s official, and it’s been official for a while—Android is far and away the most popular smartphone OS in America. Ever since January 2011, when the platform surpassed RIM to take the top spot for the first time in comScore’s monthly market share rankings, Google’s operating system has continued to grow its user base, which accounts for 52 percent of the market as of this January.

This growth has been created on the back of substantial software upgrades, in the form of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.0 and 4.1, respectively), as well as increasingly impressive hardware from OEMs like Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola and LG. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III was the first phone to dethrone the iPhone in total quarterly sales in years, according to research from Strategy Analytics, though the subsequent release of the iPhone 5 saw Apple retake the top spot quickly thereafter.

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It’s easy to find a host of reasons for Android’s ascendance among consumers—a wide variety of devices offers more choice to prospective buyers, stronger hardware and bigger screens appeal to fans of the latest and greatest, and as of Android 4.0 and 4.1, the interface is arguably more impressive than the latest version of Apple iOS.

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Vampire Weekend and Emmy® Nominated Director Steve Buscemi Named as First Pairing in "American Expre

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Vampire Weekend and Emmy ® Nominated Director Steve Buscemi Named as First Pairing in “American Express® Unstaged” for 2013

Live VEVO Event on YouTube will be Streamed Globally from the Last Night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 28 th

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube, announced today that Vampire Weekend, and award-winning actor, director and producer Steve Buscemi, have been selected to kick-off the fourth year in its popular live stream music series, “American Express Unstaged.” Vampire Weekend‘s exclusive performance will be live streamed on the last night of the Tribeca Film Festival at Roseland Ballroom on Sunday, April 28th at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT in New York City at www.amexunstaged.com. Fans can also watch the live event on YouTube’s mobile website, VEVO‘s free apps for iPhone®, iPad® and on the American Express Channel, available through the American Express app on LG and Samsung connected TVs. The global event precedes the anticipated May 14th U.S. release of MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY (XL Recordings).

Created by American Express as a means for delivering premium music experiences to fans everywhere, the “American Express Unstaged” music series is a cutting-edge live event and interactive digital platform, bringing together popular musical artists with renowned film directors. This will be the 12th innovative digital stream and pairing within the award-winning series.

“We are thrilled to be working with Steve Buscemi, a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director. We couldn’t have picked a better guy to man the cameras for our April 28th event, ” said band lead singer Ezra Koenig.

The work of Vampire Weekend will be brought to life for the at-home audience by director Steve Buscemi. Known best for his roles in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and films such as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Fargo” and many others, Buscemi has also garnered respect for his role as director of films including “Trees Lounge” and “Animal Factory,” as well as multiple episodes of the award-winning shows “Sopranos” (HBO), “30 Rock” (NBC) and “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime). Buscemi’s Olive Productions will also produce the event. The creative and dynamic pairing of Vampire Weekend with Buscemi represents the latest unique collaboration in the “American Express Unstaged” live stream music series, building on previous duos such as The Killers and Werner Herzog, Kenny Chesney and Jonathan Demme, Jack White and Gary Oldman and many more.

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Another Smartphone Maker Wants In on Chips

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Mobile hardware is evolving very differently from how PCs did decades ago, particularly when it comes to one of the most important components inside: the applications processor. Instead of Intel hegemony, the market for smartphone and tablet processors is much more competitive.

There’s also another important trend toward vertical integration that OEMs are now pursuing, which has implications on third-party chip makers. Apple took chip design in-house in 2010 with the iPad’s A4, which was subsequently featured in the iPhone 4. Since then, the iDevice maker has dramatically evolved its chip strategy to new heights, and hinted that even more to come from its new “Technologies” group led by Bob Mansfield.

Samsung is the other top dog in smartphones, and continues to utilize its own Exynos processors wherever possible, even if it still taps Qualcomm from time to time. Just months ago, LG was also reportedly exploring chip design after confirming it had licensed numerous core designs from ARM Holdings. LG was the No. 5 smartphone player in 2012.

Let’s add another smartphone OEM to the list of aspirational chip makers: Lenovo. While Lenovo doesn’t have much smartphone presence in the U.S., the company is currently the second-largest smartphone vendor in the world’s largest smartphone market. Smartphone shipments in China reached 186 million last year and are predicted to climb to 268 million this year — 44% growth.

Vendor

China Smartphone Market Share 2012

Samsung

17.7%

Lenovo

13.2%

Apple

11%

Huawei

9.9%

Coolpad

9.7%

Source: Strategy Analytics.

Lenovo is reportedly planning to hire more chip engineers later this year, growing its team by tenfold to 100 engineers. Up until now, Lenovo has tapped a wide range of chip suppliers. Lenovo was among the first OEMs to give Intel’s Atom mobile processor a chance in its LePhone K800 last year.

The possibility of Lenovo getting into chip design is negative for its chip suppliers like Samsung, MediaTek, and Intel. The larger trend of integration is bad news for the likes of Qualcomm and NVIDIA as the overall market for third-party silicon may shrink, particularly Qualcomm; it grabs 40% revenue share of mobile processors.

When it comes to dominating markets, it doesn’t get much better than Intel’s position in the PC microprocessor arena. However, that market is maturing, and Intel finds itself in a precarious situation longer term if it doesn’t find new avenues for growth. In this premium research report on Intel, our analyst runs through all of the key topics investors should understand about the chip giant. Click here now to learn more.

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Google and LG Reportedly Developing Smartwatches

Like it or not, smartwatches are apparently the hot new trend, with both LG and Google now throwing their hats in the ring alongside Apple and Samsung. A mere three days after Samsung’s confirmation that they were developing a smartwatch, rumors have begun circulating about similar devices in the works from both Google and LG.

An unnamed source allegedly familiar with the inner workings of LG told the Korea Times that the company was currently working on two pieces of wearable mobile technology: a smartwatch and a device similar to Google Glass. Though it remains to be seen if the devices will utilize an Android or Firefox operating system, the source hinted that both were being considered.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Tech

iPhone Again Ranked Best in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

By Tim Beyers, The Motley Fool

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For the ninth consecutive time, Apple has topped J.D. Power and Associates’ smartphone customer satisfactions rankings as overall scores improved.

Apple’s iPhone scored  855 out of possible 1,000 to lead the field. Nokia ranked second at 795 followed by Samsung at 793 and Google‘s Motorola handsets at 792. BlackBerry ranked last in the field of seven at 732.

“As the capabilities of wireless phones and their applications continue to expand, and as customers grow more reliant on their device, handset manufacturers have an opportunity to further shape the customer experience and impact satisfaction with better integration of services and more communication options, such as video chat,” Kirk Parsons , senior director of telecommunications services at J.D. Power and Associates, said in a press release issued today.

Overall consumer satisfaction with smart handsets improved to 796, a 22-point jump from the last measurement taken in 2012, the study said.  LG led among feature phone manufacturers with an overall score of 718 versus a study average of 703.

Among its “key fnidings,” J.D. Power noted that:

  • 17% of smartphone customers experience a software or device malfunction.
  • Smartphone customers spend an average of 115 minutes per week using social networking applications on their device.
  • Smartphone customers spending more than 100 minutes per week on social apps are 14% more likely to recommend their smartphone model than those that spend 100 minutes or less on social apps.

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Samsung Unveils Latest iPhone Challenger

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Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest smartphone — the Samsung Galaxy S 4 — at a splashy event held at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

By PETER SVENSSON

NEW YORK — Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III.

Samsung trumpeted the much-anticipated phone’s arrival Thursday at an event accompanied by a live orchestra while an audience of thousands watched the theatrics unfold on a four-level stage at Radio City Music Hall. Summoning up a touch of Broadway, Samsung employed 17 actors to demonstrate the new phone’s features in a series of scripted vignettes.

The Galaxy S 4, which crams a 5-inch screen into body slightly smaller than the S III’s, will go sale in the U.S. sometime between the end of April and the end of June.

In the U.S., it will be sold by all four national carriers — AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) and T-Mobile USA — as well as by smaller ones US Cellular and Cricket. All told, Samsung plans to offer the Galaxy 4 S through 327 carriers in 155 countries, giving it a wider reach than Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone 5.

Samsung didn’t say what the phone will cost, but it can be expected to start at $200 with a two-year contract in the U.S. That’s comparable to the iPhone 5.

JK Shin, the executive in charge of Samsung’s mobile communications division, promised the money would be well spent for a “life companion” that will “improve the way most people live every day.”

That bold promise set the tone for the kind of flashy presentation associated with the showmanship of Apple, the company that Samsung has been trying to upstage. Apple contends Samsung has been trying to do it by stealing its ideas — an allegation has triggered bitter courtroom battles around the world.

Apple’s Primary Rival

In the last two years, Samsung has emerged as Apple’s main competitor in the high-end smartphone market. At the same time, it has sold enough inexpensive low-end phones to edge out Nokia Corp. as the world’s largest maker of phones.

The Galaxy line has been Samsung’s chief weapon in the smartphone fight, and it has succeeded in making it a recognizable brand while competitors like Taiwan’s HTC Corp. and Korean rival LG have stumbled. Samsung has sold 100 million Galaxy S phones since they first came out in 2010. That’s still well below the 268 million iPhones Apple has sold in the same period, but Samsung’s sales rate is catching up.

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Deal Nerd Picks: $280 off Apple MacBook Retina, 46% off Vizio Tablet, 55" LG LED SMART TV, more

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Could Apple Change Its Mind So Quickly?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Apple‘s been known to change its mind from time to time, just like the rest of us.

The clearest example of the iPad maker reneging on a previous decision was the launch of the iPad Mini, which came years after Steve Jobs famously bashed smaller tablet form factors, asserting that any tablet less than 10 inches in size would be too small for the average finger.

According to a new report out of Asian rumor mill DIGITIMES, Apple may be about to change its tune on a specific product feature it decided not to include in the iPhone 5: wireless charging. The Taiwanese publication believes that Apple is preparing to adopt wireless charging technology that it has been developing internally. The feature is said to possibly be facilitated by an attached accessory instead of being directly integrated.

Archenemy Samsung is also reportedly exploring wireless charging by adopting the Qi standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium. The South Korean company is set to unveil its next-generation Galaxy S IV next week at an event in New York.

Everybody’s doing it
Nokia
is one of the more prominent smartphone vendors to make wireless charging a headline feature, which is included in its newest flagship Lumia 920 that launched late last year. That device uses a separate inductive charging plate to make the magic happen. Google also offers an orb-shaped inductive charger with the LG-built Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 charger also uses Qi.

Lumia 920 charger (left) vs. Nexus 4 charger (right). Sources: Nokia and Google. Images not shown to scale.

Exactly one week after Nokia showed off its latest and greatest to the world, Apple would proceed to unveil the iPhone 5. At the event, marketing chief Phil Schiller downplayed the added convenience of wireless charging, saying that users still have to carry around another wired device. Meanwhile, USB ports can be found everywhere nowadays, which is where the iPhone can refill its juice.

Wait for it
Apple has always said that when it’s not a first mover in technology, it takes its time to get it right. That may prove true if it launches a larger iPhone, and it may also be the case here. Most current offerings still need an inductive plate, which still effectively tethers you — just in a different way. Judging by a 2010 patent filing that was recently made public, Apple may have a solution for this after all.

Instead of using an inductive device like everyone else, it looks like Apple is exploring the use of a near-field magnetic resonance power supply. Any device with a similar resonator circuit inside of it could potentially draw power wirelessly, removing the need for a small charging station and dramatically expanding the charging range.

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Apple, Google Still Top Smartphone Market

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In a refrain we’ve all heard more than once already, research firm comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) reported today that the U.S. market share leader among smartphone manufacturers is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and the leader in operating system platform market share is Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG). No big surprises there.

On a rolling average basis for the months of November, December, and January, Apple claims 37.8% of the handset market, up 3.5% from its October 2012 average of 34.3%. Samsung Electronics finished second, up 1.9% in January, from 19.5% to 21.4%. HTC Corp., Motorola (now part of Google), and LG Electronics rounded out the top five, with only LG posting a small (0.3%) share gain.

On the platform side, Google’s Android operating system took the top spot with a 52.3% share, down from 53.6% in October. Apple’s iOS platform picked up 3.5% in market share, to move from a 34.3% share to a 37.8% share. Apple took share from each of the top five platform providers: Google, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Symbian. Only Apple and Google posted double-digit market shares.

The U.S. release of BlackBerry’s new operating system and touchscreen handset is set for next week, but any impact won’t show up until the March report which is due in April. The news is not so good for Microsoft, which had high hopes for its Windows Phone 8 platform.

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Chip and Infratructure Winners Steal Thunder at 2013 Mobile World Congress (SNE, INTC, BRCM, AMD, MRVL, FBRC)

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Typically the Mobile World Congress exposition focuses on the smartphone and handset part of the industry, and at this years recently completed show in Barcelona that was once again the case. While there were not a tremendous number of new device launches, new smartphones from LG, HTC and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) made a splash. But in a note today from FBR & Co. (NASDAQ: FBRC), it was less about handsets, and more about infrastructure.

The research team at FBR Capital Markets notes that, surprisingly, the most meaningful announcements at Mobile World Congress 2013 were not handset-driven but rather emphasized the changes in data centers, delivery and infrastructure needed to enable next-generation handset service. The most significant takeaways from the meeting reinforce the idea that they are on the brink of a large-scale shift in data center architecture, and while not yet fully defined, this holds significant implications for chip companies.

The mobile ecosystem is expanding at lightning speed, with endless innovation and new applications of mobile technology. From contactless payments and augmented reality to embedded devices and connected cities, mobile technology is changing the landscape. The impact mobile will have on the world is limitless. The explosive growth of at-your-fingertips data has driven the need for data centers to change some of their basic infrastructure. According to the FBR team, this can have big implications for semiconductor companies.

Their report lists four semiconductor companies that may benefit from the change in data center architecture as companies strive to have the processing power to accommodate huge advances in technology.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), the leader in personal computing and laptop processors, is working to add new products that target the smartphone and tablet industry. The Thomson/First Call consensus price target for Intel is $23.

Troubled industry laggard Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NYSE: AMD) has promising new low-power, low-cost semiconductors that may prove competitive. The stock has taken a beating over the years and trades at just $2.41 today. The Wall St. consensus estimate is $3.

Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: BRCM), which specializes in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, may have the most potential upside. The company operates in three segments: Broadband Communications, Mobile and Wireless, and Infrastructure and Networking. Its ability to offer solution for multiple segments of the industry may help sustain its heady growth prospects. The consensus price target is $40.

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a big favorite of hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has almost 6% of his total portfolio in the name. The company also may benefit from data center growth. The consensus price target is $15, which would represent almost a 50% move from today’s price of $10.12.

The inevitable growth of the wireless industry means that semiconductor companies will have to keep up their research and development expenditures to compete in a challenging and changing environment. The companies with the deepest pockets for R&D may prove to be the biggest winners.

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Where things stand with Sailfish OS and Tizen

Between the many announcements coming out of Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week and the news that continues to be made even outside it, Linux-based mobile operating systems seem to be dominating more than their usual share of the headlines over the past few days.

Mozilla certainly made the biggest splash at MWC with its potentially game-changing Firefox OS news, but also emerging on Monday was word that LG is acquiring webOS.

Both of those, of course, come hard on the heels of Canonical’s latest Ubuntu announcements—not to mention all the many Android products being rolled out this week.

It’s worth remembering, however, that there are also other Linux-based mobile contenders out there, and while they may not have equally splashy news to announce this week, they’re making significant progress nonetheless.

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