Now that we have reasonably fast dual-core and quad-core processors powering our mobile devices, attention is starting to shift to the GPU to drive gaming and advanced graphics technology. Enter Samsung's Exynos 5420, the newest addition to the company's Exynos 5 Octa family of eight-core processors, though that bit needs a little bit of explaining before we dive into the GPU side.
If the Guinness brewmasters caught wind of SanDisk's new Connect line of wireless flash memory storage devices, including the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive, they'd say, "Brilliant!" Since they're not here, we'll say it for them, because it's the first word that comes to mind when spying the next generation of portable storage.
Lower cost Atom tablets part of Intel's turnaround strategy
Intel earlier this week announced its second quarter financial results, revealing that it raked in $12.8 billion in revenue, operating income of $2.7 billion, and net income of $2.0 billion, the latter of which is down 29 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Even with the decline, a $2 billion quarterly profit is hardly anything to sneeze at, and several companies would love to trade positions with the Santa Clara chip maker. However, investors can't be thrilled that Intel was slow to react to the mobile market.
Clearly the mainstream shopper is infatuated with mobile devices, hence the immense popularity of smartphones, tablets, and dedicated e-reader gadgets. If you're wondering what innovations are around the bend, look no further than your wrist. Apple is planning to launch a smart watch (iWatch), Samsung is working on one as well, and Sony is already there. Now we hear that Microsoft will compete for your time as well.
Unless you live a cave far removed from society (yet somehow have Internet access to read this), chances are high that either you or someone you know owns a smartphone. They're everywhere these days, and if you're in the market for a high-end device, you have more choices than ever. According to IHS iSuppli, it's this phenomenon of choices, fueled by top brands introducing new flagship models in the first half of 2013, that will contribute to an expected doubling of shipments from 2012 to 2017.
Traditional PC sales may be in a slump, but the same isn't necessarily true of the computer graphics market, an industry that's seen growth since it was established in the late 1970s, according to data by Jon Peddie Research (JPR). Having survived the recession that plagued the PC industry over the last several years, the computer graphics segment is showing signs of "renewed vigor and potential."
Can't get enough Angry Birds in your gaming diet? We find that hard to believe, but just in case, Rovio is planning to launch Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19, 2013. The upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars title will take on the prequels, a path that opens the door to over 30 new characters, all of which you'll be able to play, Rovio says. And new to this edition, you'll have the option of joining the Pork Side.
This is shaping up to be interesting year for smartphones, and if you're an Android user, you'll have more options than ever to choose from. One of those options is the HTC One Mini, a handset that's sure to give One S owners a bit of smartphone envy. A German website posted a handful of photos of the One Mini, along with a list of specs that include a 4.3-inch 720p display.
Surface RT now available at a more reasonable price
On hindsight, Microsoft overestimated the demand for its ARM-based Surface RT tablets and the willingness of consumers to pay $500 for an unproven slate. What made Surface RT an even tougher sell at the original asking price is that Android slates have been getting much more affordable in recent months. Stuck with all that stock, Microsoft is reportedly planning to slash $150 off the price of Surface RT.
As a consumer, you have to love price wars, so long as both companies competing for your dollars stay in business. Right now there's a price war brewing between Barnes & Noble with its Nook HD and HD+ tablets, and Amazon with its Kindle Fire HD tablets, the latter of which is now on sale starting at $169. This is a temporary price cut and if you're a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping to boot.