There is no point in trying to ignore it and hope it will go way, but Android does have a malware problem. Of course, Windows has a big malware problem too. So it is ironic that Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account has asked people to tweet about their Android malware horror stories. The tweet says “Do you have an Android malware horror story? Reply with #DroidRage with your best/worst story and we may have a get-well present for you.”
There have been lots of companies that designed and built CPUs over the years including HP, Sun, IBM, DEC, VIA and of course Intel, AMD and ARM. Most of these companies have either switched to Intel or are only supplying CPUs for their in-house products. The exceptions are AMD and ARM. AMD has tried (and in many ways succeeded) to fight Intel on its own ground and its release of a 64-bit x86 chip back in 2003 really was a coup and a boost for the company. However since then, AMD hasn’t managed to pull off another game changing maneuver and Intel is still king. But AMD’s recent agreement with ARM could change all of that.
When Apple released the iPhone 5 it didn’t contain a quad-core CPU as many people had expected, however Apple did claim that the new phone was up to twice as fast as its predecessor. The most likely reason that Apple could make such a claim is that its A6 CPU uses the Cortex-A15 architecture. With the recent release of Google’s new Chromebook, which is powered by Samsung’s Cortex-A15 based Exynos 5 Dual (Exynos 5250), the benchmarking gurus have now had a chance to really test the new architecture from ARM and the results are amazing.
Sometimes I don’t know if to laugh or cry. Microsoft has been responsible in so many ways for shaping the way we work and play, but at the moment it really is struggling to find its feet. The Redmond company has released its ridiculously high pricing for the Intel based Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro, while at the same time rumors are surfacing (sorry, no pun intended) that Microsoft has ordered a cut in the production of its ARM based Surface RT tablets.
Even though Windows 8 has only just been released, it seems that speculation over the next version of Windows is already in full swing. If you thought that the next versions of Windows would be Windows 9, Windows 9 RT and Windows Phone 9 then it looks like you are wrong. According to various sources close to Microsoft, the Redmond company is changing the way it will package up and sell Windows. The sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division, now doesn’t seem so coincidental.
Although not the very first, Chinese phone maker Oppo will release a five inch full HD smartphone on December 12th. The device, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 Quad Core 1.5GHz CPU and a Qualcomm Adreno320 GPU, will sell for around $480 in China. Several Chinese international re-sellers are also already advertising the phone for around $599 for those in the west.
Most of us have compartmentalized lives, we have home and family; friends and our social circles; and work. Some people keep these three separate while some people merge them. One device that we use in all our circles is our smartphone and as more companies adopt the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work trend then our phones are being used for personal tasks as well as professional ones. This overlap can be a security concern, especially when corporate data and security is concerned. But there is good news, thanks to the same virtualization technology that has revolutionized servers and to some extent PCs, a new breed of smartphone is coming that can run two mobile operating systems simultaneously.
There are some things you can rely on, like your bread always landing butter side down if you drop it, and there are some things you can’t, like being able to get a taxi actually when you need one. There are also news sources that you can rely on, say like the BBC (and Android Authority) and there are those who you need to think twice about before quoting. A story has broken which says that sources close to Foxconn reckon that the big Chinese manufacturer has orders from Microsoft and Amazon for smartphone production.
In the old days Intel fought off (and probably beat) the likes of AMD and VIA to make sure it remained king in the desktop and server markets. But today things are a little different. Sure we all use PCs and we all still need servers, but the only significantly growing market is smartphones and tablets. And here Intel doesn’t have such a good record. There are a few Intel powered smartphones around, but most smartphones and tablets are powered by ARM chips and Intel knows this only too well.
Do you remember 2010? Android 2.1 was all the rage and the HTC Desire was the phone to own. Joonas Lehtolahti remembers it too. He had a problem with the Wi-Fi network at his university. Because it was an open, un-encrypted network students could connect without needing a password, but to get out onto the Internet you needed to login via a special server. Without getting technical the redirect to this login server used just the hostname “joynet” rather than its full domain name “joynet.joensuu.fi”. OK, so what? Well the problem is that with Android that meant that the name couldn’t be resolved. The result was that students at the university couldn’t access the Internet from an Android device.