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Dell's Project Ophelia could be more bad news for PCs

Dell is shipping Project Ophelia devices to early beta testers. PC sales are already suffering at the hands of mobile devices, and now Dell’s Android PC-on-a-stick threatens the relevance of traditional PCs from a different angle.

First, a little about Project Ophelia. The device is about the size of a large USB thumb drive. Instead of just flash-based storage, though, Project Ophelia packs a Rockchip RK3066 processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity into that small space. It also has a microSD card slot to add additional storage if necessary.

It runs on Google’s Android mobile OS. The device demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year ran Android 4.1 (a.k.a. “Jelly Bean”), but it seems reasonable to assume Dell will ship the device with the current version of Android before its official launch, which is expected to be the end of this year.

Project Ophelia is not a revolution that will make PCs irrelevant overnight. Android is great at what it does, but much of the business world runs on the Microsoft Office productivity suite and line-of-business or custom applications developed for a Microsoft Windows environment. Project Ophelia is rumored to be a meager $100 and plugs into an HDMI or MHL port on a TV or monitor. HDMI doesn’t transmit power, so it requires a separate USB connection when using that input.

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ARM wins more Big.Little licensees

More companies have signed on for ARM‘s Big.Little chip design technology, which mixes low-power and power-hungry cores for more efficient energy use of chips in smartphones, tablets, servers and other equipment.

Seventeen companies have so far licensed Big.Little, ARM said in a statement Wednesday. That is a jump from seven companies announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.

Big.Little is meant to preserve battery life on faster smartphones and tablets. Its design reserves high-power cores for demanding tasks like video playback, while the low-power processors take on mundane tasks like answering phone calls or playing audio. That effectively provides power-efficient use of processors and better performance per watt.

Samsung is using the Big.Little design in its Exynos 5 Octa chip, which combines four high-power ARM Cortex-A15 cores with four low-power ARM Cortex-A7 processors. The Octa 5 chip is used in some Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones. A prototype tablet displayed by ARM at MWC also demonstrated the processor, with the low-power cores largely handling background tasks.

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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/

DivX Stash stores Web videos for mobile viewing

Keeping track of all the online videos you want to watch can be a challenge…especially if you're not always in front of your PC. Sometimes, you see a video while you're on your computer, but you just can't remember what or where it is by the time you launch the browser on your smartphone. Enter DivX Stash, introduced at Mobile World Congress. This free service helps you create a queue of videos that you can watch later, either on your PC or mobile device. It's a very handy tool, and one that works well–most of the time. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Computerworld Latest

Review: DivX Stash stores Web videos for mobile viewing

Keeping track of all the online videos you want to watch can be a challenge…especially if you’re not always in front of your PC. Sometimes, you see a video while you’re on your computer, but you just can’t remember what or where it is by the time you launch the browser on your smartphone. Enter DivX Stash, introduced at Mobile World Congress. This free service helps you create a queue of videos that you can watch later, either on your PC or mobile device. It’s a very handy tool, and one that works well—most of the time.

Once the browser add-on is installed, you’ll see a “Stash It” button appear on compatible video sites.

To use DivX Stash, you start on your browser, preferably on a PC or Mac. You must log in with your Facebook account and install the browser extension or add-on to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. You then surf the Web as usual. When you come across a video on a DivX Stash-supported site (including YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Funny or Die, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, College Humor, and more) , you’ll see a button underneath the video that says “Stash It.” Clicking this adds the video to your Stash, which you can access via the Web on your computer or via mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. I tested it on my iPhone and iPad.

From your Stash, you can click a video title and watch the video within the DivX Stash interface. DivX Stash doesn’t download and store the videos offline. It simply stores the video URL and brings it up within its own app. That means you’ll need an active data connection if you’re using a smartphone or tablet, and spotty service will greatly impact the quality of the video you see.

In addition to the videos you stash, DivX Stash also creates a feed of all the videos found in your Facebook feed. These are all of the videos posted by your friends and made available to you on Facebook. It’s nice to have them all in one scannable list, but it’s unfortunate that you cannot search the list to find a specific video you may have seen. Instead, you have to scroll through the videos, which appear with those most recently posted near the top, to find what you’re looking for.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Apple Needs to Do More Than These 3 Things

By Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Apple has been giving bulls fits in recent months, and everyone seems to have the secret recipe of what will get the world’s most valuable consumer tech company back on track.

ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall was on CNBC, boiling down what Apple needs to do regain its swagger to three simple points:

  • Apple needs to put out a 5-inch iPhone to compete against Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and other Android handsets that make the iPhone 5 seem puny in comparison.
  • There has to be a low-cost iPhone so Apple can compete in overseas markets where the company’s market share is much lower than it is here.
  • Apple needs to become more aggressive in returning cash to its shareholders.

Putting three bullet points on the firing line
The latest reports out of Asian suppliers aren’t very encouraging in tackling the first point. Sources are telling The Wall Street Journal that production on the next iPhone will begin this quarter for a summertime launch, but the new device is the same size as the iPhone 5.

Marshall warns that every manufacturer outside of Apple at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year had a 5-inch smartphone to show off. Apple may be a year away with a response if it lets this window slip away.

The low-cost iPhone is more likely to happen this year. The chatter is growing, and countries where wireless carriers aren’t willing to fork over more than $300 in subsidies need a cheaper solution badly. The big challenge for Apple is to get the balance right.

When the market wanted a cheaper iPad, the iPad Mini wound up cannibalizing sales of the larger tablet at a price point 34% lower than the full-sized iPad.

At a time when even the latest iPhone lacks features found in the latest Android devices, it’s not as if Apple can afford to scale back on the spec sheet.

As for returning more money to its shareholders, everyone outside of Cupertino is stumped why Apple hasn’t come through with a dividend increase. It has the money. It’s not spending it on acquisitions. The aggressive buybacks and dividend-hike announcement can’t come soon enough.

That might be enough to settle Apple bulls down, but is that enough? Apple could really be doing so much more.

Apple slices
Missing from Marshall’s three points is the need for innovation.

Marshall is bullish on Apple. He has a “Strong Buy” rating and a $600 price target. In order for Apple to get there it’s going to need more than a larger iPhone, a cheaper iPhone, and a fatter yield.

Apple needs to start delivering on the chatter. The iWatch, Apple HDTV, and even the iRing may amount to little more than wishful thinking, but it’s now been three years since Apple’s last bar-raising introduction when the first iPad hit the market.

Why stop there? Why not start invading the turf of others?

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

What's really happening at Tessera's DigitalOptics Subsidiary?

By Patrick Moorhead, Contributor

It has been a busy few months at Tessera’s DigitalOptics subsidiary.  At this year’s Mobile World Congress, they demonstrated some of the most innovative technology I saw at Mobile World Congress, called “mems|cam”.   Mems|cam is very disruptive as it has the potential to redefine the entire smartphone camera industry by allowing consumers to take high definition, variable focus pictures, kind of like a Lytro on steroids.  At a minimum, the company says it can focus standard smartphone camera 7X faster and take higher quality pictures at 1/100th the power.  The challenge now becomes getting it proliferated into some of the thousands of smartphone models that will be released in 2013-2014. Tessera recently announced a new strategy to help with just that.  It’s understandable, based on how the release was written, that a few reporters didn’t get the full story correct.  I thought it was important to shed some light on it given the strategic importance of the technology. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Samsung's Latest Attempt to Steal Google's Spotlight

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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There should be no doubting now that Samsung is trying to undermine Google as much as it is Apple. The South Korean conglomerate’s penchant for imitation shows no sign of abating, and the company is now broadening this strategy beyond hardware and aggressively trying to get into content and services.

Samsung is naming its storefront the remarkably self-explanatory Samsung Content & Services, which will take direct shots at both the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Following its latest Apple carbon copy of the Passbook app, Samsung is now introducing AllShare Play and Find My Mobile services, which are the company’s versions of AirPlay and Find My iPhone.

AllShare Play. Source: Samsung.

The repository was launched just two days ago and the app section looks uncannily similar to Google Play. Last month at Mobile World Congress, Samsung made it clear that bolstering its content and services platform was a critical strategic goal this year, according to Korea IT News.

Going rogue
There’s been some speculation recently that Samsung may be interested in forking Android at some point in the near future in order to gain more control over the user experience. However, that would entail some major risks and undoubtedly ruin its relationship with the search giant, which it still relies on for the operating system that powers all of its most popular mobile gadgets.

If Samsung were to theoretically go completely rogue, it would stop getting early access to the newest Android builds along with other forms of collaboration from Google. All of Big G’s services that tie directly into Android could potentially go by the wayside. That could prove fatal for Samsung’s prospects, especially in the important U.S. market.

It’s been done before
Although if history has any lessons for us, look no further than Amazon.com . To date, the e-tail giant has been the most successful Android forker with its Kindle Fire family of tablets.

Amazon grabbed 11.5% of the tablet market in the fourth quarter with 6 million units shipped, and all of those devices are feeding directly into its own content and services offerings instead of Google’s official Android outlets. Amazon is the success story for any would-be forkers to emulate.

It all started when Amazon initially set up its Appstore for Android back in March 2011 — six months before it launched the first Kindle Fire. At the time, there was much speculation that Amazon was preparing a new line of hardware, and opening a distinct Android store that was separate from Google’s made the e-tailer’s intentions crystal clear.

Amazon wouldn’t have been able to succeed without the Appstore, and it already had plenty of other types of digital content to complement. Setting up a separate storefront is the first step on the path to forking — a step that Samsung is now taking.

Baby steps
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Apple iWatch or Google Glass – Finally Taking Wearable Computing Mainstream?

By Christopher Versace

With both the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress behind us, in the coming weeks and months some of the announced devices will start to hit the shelves. Reception thus far for Research in Motion-Blackberry?s (BBRY) new Z10 device is mixed and has people questioning what may or may not be next for the company. I have yet to use one so I will hold my opinion on the BB10 OS, but as we have seen before a company cannot make its way on one device. Rather it needs a portfolio of devices and that could be a mix of smartphones, tablets, and others. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes IT

Calligra Sprint 2013

Last weekend I have been taking part in this years Calligra sprint, which once again was at the Linuxhotel in Essen. This year we had something special as the sprint was actually happening in two places at the same time. While one part of the team was in Essen, the other part of the team meet in Bangalore. This was simply due to the problem that we could only fly a limited number of people around the globe. Both meetings were connected via Google Hangout which worked reasonably well, except for some microphone problems.Another nice additions was that we also had a kitchen, where Thorsten and Arjen cooked lots of pasta andsauces.

Calligra track

Most of the time in the general Calligra track was spent on discussing upcoming changes and technologies. With many new upcoming Qt 5 mobile plattforms the mobile Calligra version are getting more and more important. For Calligra as a whole we have to change the way how we integrate the UI with the rest of the applications and which libraries we want to use or not use.

One of the big technologies that that KOffice 1.x was build around is KParts. It was used to embed documents into other documents, to embed the application in Konqueror and much more. Over time many of these usecases have been solved differently or are becoming far less common than they used to be while at the same time it has been making more and more trouble. So our long is to replace KParts in the future. As a one possibility to a new framework Friedrich presented his Kasten framwork.Altogether this will need a lot of time to complete, but will result in a much better architecture.

Beside these big topic there are were many smaller discussion around topics like QML user interface, more focus on testing and an a development process where we created stable snapshots of the master branch. There are also some interesting developments on things annotation and docx export.

A bit sad was the discussion around unmaintained applications. After some maintainers got busy with life recently some application are unmaintained and see no further development at the moment. This is not a very surprising development as we have been working with a bus factor of 1 for years on these applications.Affected by this are Karbon, Plan and Braindump. We decided that for now the applications will get a splashscreen that informs about the unmaintained state, but still stay as part of the official release. Unless new maintainers step up, these application look towards an uncertain future.

Krita BOF

Beside the Calligra discussion we also had a BOF with the Krita developers, which actually took place over all three days. Krita development is running really well and we are more and more popular in areas outside the usual open source community. Boud reported about presenting Krita Sketch at Mobile World Congress and some news from the VFX world. I did already know that Krita was used in visual effects, but so far didn’t know …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet KDE

Samsung To Take A Bite Out Of Apple's Enterprise Business

By Maribel Lopez, Contributor

Apple and Samsung are in a heated battle for market share in the new mobile computing landscape. While the war is largely being waged on the consumer landscape with Samsung outpacing Apple in product introductions, Samsung is  making bold moves in the enterprise space. In January, it announced Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE), which it defined as a set of enterprise solutions that will provide the necessary security and feature enhancements to make mobile solutions suitable for business.  SAFE has four components that include corporate email with enhanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) features, on-device encryption, VPN and mobile device management support. It’s teamed up with VPN vendors for secure tunnel support and MDM vendors to offer mobile deployment solutions that support more than 388 IT policies. Samsung went one step further at the recent Mobile World Congress trade show when it announced KNOX. Samsung KNOX is an end-to-end secure Android solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Can NVIDIA's Tegra Top Qualcomm's Snapdragon?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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The two main contenders these days for third-party mobile applications processors are NVIDIA and Qualcomm . This year will mark a milestone in the pair’s intensifying competition, as NVIDIA recently released its Tegra 4i chip that features integrated LTE, which had long been a Qualcomm advantage.

As far as the regular Tegra 4 goes, it seems that NVIDIA may be able to give Qualcomm a run for its money. Semiconductor analysts at Linley Group are finding that the Tegra 4 is indeed proving to be the fastest mobile ARM-based processor, living up to NVIDIA‘s marketing claims. The news comes after NVIDIA showed off benchmark data at Mobile World Congress last month.

However, there are some notable details in the fine print that are worth mentioning. The benchmarks assume that power constraints do not throttle core performance, and power efficiency has also been another department where Qualcomm has enjoyed considerable advantages in real-world performance.

The data showed the Tegra 4 easily outperforming Qualcomm’s popular APQ8064, but that processor is a previous-generation chip found in many 2012 devices. The newer Snapdragon 800 series has yet to be released and should enter production around the same time as the Tegra 4, but Linley estimates that the chip’s performance still won’t stack up to the Tegra 4.

Analyst Kevin Krewell acknowledges that Qualcomm does still enjoy power efficiency advantages over NVIDIA, outperforming when a gadget isn’t running at maximum power. Only at maximum performance and power does the Tegra 4 come out on top. Krewell more or less predicts that the current competitive landscape will continue, with Qualcomm leading in smartphones (where power efficiency matters more) while NVIDIA scores the tablet wins (where raw performance matters more).

Shortly after NVIDIA showed off its benchmarks, Qualcomm exec Raj Talluri wasn’t afraid of the Tegra 4, saying the Snapdragon still “easily” beats it. Investors will see how it pans out this year as OEMs and consumers vote with their wallets.

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Which Apple Supply Chain Rumor Should You Believe?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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The battleground stock that is Apple continues to see investors focus heavily on supply chain rumblings from the other side of the world. Shares were weak today, down over 1% this morning, in part due to bearish sentiment among analysts. On the other hand, there’s also some data that could potentially be good news for the iPhone maker.

Which supply chain rumors should investors believe?

The bad news
Topeka Capital analyst Brian White, who has the Street high price target of $888, says that things aren’t so great within Apple’s supply chain. White is the analyst that has compiled a group of Apple suppliers and bundled them into what he refers to as the “Apple Monitor.” The goal is to gain insight into Apple’s pipeline by looking at sales activity of suppliers.

White’s data shows that the Apple Monitor saw February sales drop by a whopping 31% sequentially from January, far worse than the average 8% decline due to normal seasonality. That figure is the worst performance that the analyst has on record.

CLSA analyst Avi Silver has now downgraded his rating on Apple from “outperform” to “buy” while reducing his price target from $575 to $505, citing lower iPhone unit estimates in the June quarter. This expectation is partially based on a rumored iPhone launch during the summer, in which case sales may decline ahead of new models as consumers are now well attuned to Apple’s rumored product cycles. Silver also sees an upcoming “iPhone Mini” having a negative effect on product mix and margins.

Baird Capital analyst William Power is on record saying the firm’s semiconductor team expects iPhone 5 and iPad shipments to come in below consensus estimates. With the Mobile World Congress wrapping up last week, consumers and investors have gotten a glimpse of the competitive landscape and Power has concerns over Apple’s product demand following the trade show. The analyst is sticking with his $465 price target, which represents modest upside from current prices.

The good news
Reuters is now reporting that both Taiwan Semiconductor and Hon Hai (Foxconn’s parent company) are each planning on adding 5,000 workers to their ranks. Both companies are looking to recruit students that are preparing to graduate from Taiwan University this year.

The reported job additions are notable for several reasons. First off, Apple shares fell 2% last month on reports that Foxconn was instituting a hiring freeze. Part of the pessimism was since the Financial Times speculated it was due to “weakening demand.” It didn’t matter much that other analysts actually thought the hiring freeze was due to improved working conditions and better wages, leading to higher employee retention.

Regardless, reports that Hon Hai is now ramping up recruiting could signal that it needs more employees to ramp up production of upcoming Apple devices. Apple is hardly Hon Hai‘s only customer, but it is easily the company’s biggest.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Calligra Essen sprint 2013: Day 1


Calligra sprint 2013 is happening in Essen, Germany. We are occupying Linuxhotel, whichhappens to be a very nice Linux hotel. The rooms are nice, the meeting hall is nice.Cool place with Linux mascot everywhere. I like the equipment of the hotel. Coffee machine,kitchen ready to be used, rooms with computers, even an acoustic guitar.

The first day started with a lot discussions. Some are personal, some are technical.Sven, Dmitry and I were discussing recording, macros and actions in Krita. Inge and Matus were discussing docx export filter. Hopefully it will happen!

Arijen and Thorsten cooked really great dinner for us. Pasta with testy sauces,one was vegetarian and tested great even for me, non-vegetarian person. The other one was with meat. Nobody stayed hungry. Mek, Tables maintainer, happens to work for Google now and he brought Google Chromebook Pixel.I can confirm that the display is really amazing on this device. Boud shared some positive impressions from Mobile World Congress about demoing Krita.

Few remarkable quotes of the day:

“Krita is actually useful product, that people can use.”

“You are married…You are Lord of the Rings now.”
“Yeah, the ring makes me invisible in the commit log.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet KDE

Krita Sketch at the Mobile World Congress

Last week, February 12 and 13, Dan Jensen and me, Boudewijn, were at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the invitation of Intel, to give a demonstration of Krita on the desktop and Krita Sketch on a Windows 8 tablet.

We were guests in the Intel Application booth, which was pretty much perfectly situated, near the entrance of the biggest hall, and our demo station was right at the entrance of the booth:

We had two time slots, one on Tuesday morning, when everyone was fresh and interested, and one on Wednesday afternoon, when the press came out of their lairs and showed up, filled to the brim with curiosity.

Dan and I had had t-shirts made with the 2.6 mascot created by Tyson Tan on it:

Pretty soon we’ll make shirts with that design available for sale! The shirts were really cute and totally attention grabbing, as was the video David Revoy has created about the upcoming transform tool improvements which we showed looping on the big screen.

We showed Krita Sketch and Krita Desktop on Windows 8, on a Lenovo laptop and a Windows 8 tablet, but in between there was a little Nexus 7 running Plasma Active and Krita Sketch — among all the attention FirefoxOS and Ubuntu Touch was getting, it was a good feeling to know that KDE and Plasma Active were among those present.

This really was the first time that Krita has been presented at a large trade show, outside the free software world, and we were naturally quite anxious, but reactions were overwelmingly positive! People were wondering how an application this impressive could actually be free.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet KDE

TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Announces Second Edition LTE and LTE-Advanced Book

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TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Announces Second Edition LTE and LTE-Advanced Book

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYS: A) today announced the second edition of its book “LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless: Design and Measurement Challenges,” adding LTE-Advanced and more to its in-depth examination of the 3GPP LTE cellular technology and the challenges it poses to engineering design and test teams. Agilent introduced the new edition at Mobile World Congress, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain.

With more than 40 authors and now at 648 pages, this edition (published by Wiley) provides technical and practical knowledge about the complex LTE and LTE-Advanced technology. The content comes from Agilent engineers working with the technology on a daily basis, both in the lab and on the committees that are defining the LTE standards.

This edition is updated with the latest 3GPP standards, including Release 11, and provides insights looking forward to Release 12. It has more detail on physical and upper layer signaling, MIMO and advanced performance testing on receivers and transmitters. It covers new material on functional testing and the latest on RF and signaling conformance testing. It also has a new section on non-signaling manufacturing test.

Moray Rumney, the technical editor, joined Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies in 1984, after completing a bachelor’s degree in electronics from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. Rumney joined the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in 1991 and 3GPP in 1999, where he was a significant contributor to the development of type approval tests for GSM and UMTS. He currently represents Agilent at 3GPP RAN WG4, where the air interface for HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced is being developed. Rumney’s current focus is in MIMO over-the-air test methods. Rumney has published many technical articles in the field of cellular communications and is a regular speaker and chairman at industry conferences. He is a member of IET and a chartered engineer.

LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless: Design and Measurement Challenges, Second Edition” can be ordered at www.agilent.com/find/ltebook.

For more information on Agilent LTE tools, refer to www.agilent.com/find/lte and www.agilent.com/find/lte-advanced.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYS: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had …read more
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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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Dropbox CEO criticizes Apple cloud lock-in

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston has warned against buying into cloud services offered by mobile device manufacturers and network operators, claiming that consumers and businesses can easily become locked in.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Houston said there is a common pattern of thinking, whereby companies that build phones or networks believe that they can also build a cloud service and bolt it on to their existing offerings.

“The question is not so much can you do that as is it worth the effort? We save more than one billion files a day and connect half a billion devices, so if you think of the air traffic control of that, the margin for error here is pretty low,” said Houston.

“You talk about a billion files – that’s more than there are tweets on Twitter. And it’s not 140-character snippets, this is your wedding photos and your tax returns and your work stuff; it’s the most important information that you have. Doing that at scale, doing it reliably, doing it securely is really challenging.”

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Searching for Windows at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft didn’t have a booth at Mobile World Congress this year, but that doesn’t mean the company was completely absent from the Barcelona mobile show. Tablets, phones, and computers running various versions of Windows littered the show floor, and the company was one of MWC’s biggest sponsors.

Here are a few of the Windows products we noticed while wandering around Barcelona this week.

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