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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.

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This year, I’m asking Santa to build me a mutant smartphone, a Frankenstein Smartphone if you will, one that crams together all the best specs currently available in the Android ecosystem! Sounds interesting? Oh, we’re just getting started!

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The Android platform is completely dominating the smartphone market. Is it because Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services? We take a look at Android’s rise as Google improves the platform while Apple sticks with the same old tried and tested combination.

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Time and again, a rumored Facebook phone is leaked, although these turn out to be a dud — or sometimes these just turn out to be smartphones released with special Facebook functionalities integrated. But we need not be messianic about the Facebook phone. If you’re reading this article on a mobile device right now, chances are your smartphone may already be the Facebook phone we’ve been waiting for.

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HTC enjoyed a meteoric rise with Android and manufactured some of the best smartphones of recent years. Its fall from grace has been spectacular. We examine what went wrong and take a look at how HTC might stage a comeback.