Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Results of July: Intel and AMD, the output Android 4.3, and more - Gambling

accepted that summer – the low season. For games it is, maybe it is true, but not for the world iron. News, as usual, full of: today we have Intel and financial reports from AMD, and the new version of Android, and sales reports Microsoft Surface RT, and the triumphant return of camera phones. In general, there is a story to tell and what to discuss.

Microsoft has reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 of fiscal year. At first glance, the figures are quite optimistic. Revenue – 19.9 billion dollars, net profit after tax – 4.97 billion dollars. These results overshadowed the story about the affairs of the tablet Surface RT (the same one on crystals ARM). In its short history it has reduced the company’s accounts for 900 million dollars!

his path tablet started in October last year. Initially, for the 32GB version of the requested just over 15 000, but because, well, cool attitude on the part of potential buyers Microsoft just restrain the appetites and took off the price tag of up to 10 500 rubles, and the pupils and students at all suggested 6000.

all about low demand for tablet, which is based on a “defective” operating system. The main argument against buying devices on Windows RT was the inability to install applications not only from the official store Microsoft. For comparison, line Surface Pro , is built on the adult Windows 8 , enjoys much greater popularity – according to the analytical agency IDC, for each sold Surface RT has two Surface Pro ( To be honest, the result is not so hot, but better).

Low demand for Surface RT led to the fact that most of Microsoft’s partners dropped plans to issue its own solutions on Windows RT. Among those who have already changed my mind, – Acer , Toshiba and ASUS . It is possible that it will soon join them Dell .

This time, the success Intel has reported a new CEO – Brian Krzhanich, has taken up the post in May of this year. However, the results are not adversely affected. The processor giant is still on the horse: II revenues for the quarter were $ 12.8 billion, while net profit reached two billion. Interestingly, the development and marketing has been spent 4.7 billion dollars. 4.8 billion be allocated to them in the next, third, quarter. In addition, Brian Krzhanich noted that the corporation will denser processors for mobile devices, for which, according to many, – a bright future.


AMD II quarter of this year – this is the last reporting period before planning to enter the break-even operation. Chances are: Compared with the first quarter of the company’s revenue increased by 7% – to 1.16 billion dollars. However, when compared with the second quarter of 2012, it decreased by 18%. The balance of the company is still in the red: operating loss (income minus expenses) amounted to $ 29 million, net – 74 million in the next quarter, AMD expects to receive a large amount of Sony and Microsoft for the development and production of processors for video game consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One , which will allow it to get a plus.

If you believe the rumors, in October, AMD will present a series of video Volcanic Islands ( Radeon HD 9000 ). New hybrid processors Kaveri , on the contrary, will have to wait until early next year.

In the zone of interests of manufacturers of smartphones again got camera phones – mobile phones with powerful lenses. And if in June the Korean Samsung released Galaxy Zoom , in July Nokia Lumia introduced in 1020 , too, more like a “soap-box” than a smartphone.

Lumia 1020 is made on the basis of 808 PureView – the last Symbian -smartphone. Novelty was a separate shutter button, a convenient handle for grip palm and, most importantly, 41-megapixel BSI-sensor size 1/1, 2.” Optics – Zeiss with image stabilization. 41 megapixels in a smartphone is necessary not only for the beautiful figures, but also to replace the optical zoom is reported that this resolution allows the use of a three-fold increase without any loss of quality when recording Full HD-video.

Otherwise, there is nothing revolutionary – we Mighty WP -flagship. Available processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (the same as in Lumia 925 ), 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of flash memory, and a 4.5-inch display types AMOLED PureMotion HD + ClearBlack with a resolution of 1280×768 pixels.

cost Lumia 1020 Russia will be 29 990 rubles. Sales will begin in late September or early October.

miracle did not happen and instead Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Corporation Google released version 4.3 , which preserved the codename Jelly Bean . The main innovation was the emergence of user profiles with limited rights (Restricted Profiles). They are designed for children – or rather, to protect children from the possibility of balls of. For example, in such structures be blocked purchases within applications and a ban on certain programs.

In addition, we note support Bluetooth Smart , are energy efficient and OpenGL ES 3.0 , which will be created for devices based on Android 4.3 are more advanced in terms of graphics game. Users report a smoother operation of the system, supporting displays with resolutions Ultra HD and some other nice things. Outer differences compared to 4.2, there is little.

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