As Intel reported quarterly profits down 25% year over year, [Mark Hachman at ReadWriteWeb](http://readwrite.com/2013/04/18/intels-secret-to-success-manufacturing#feed=/enterprise) doesn’t think it’s a big deal because of Moore’s law. He believes that Intel’s die shrink to 22nm will help them bring the x86 architecture to compete with the ARM dominance in the mobile field. And of course, Intel has always been able to increase performance with each CPU generation. I don’t share his optimism.
One of the key benefits of having an ARM license is the ability to design a chip to your own specifications for a particular device. Combining that with someone like Apple who controls the entire software stack, and you can see how beneficial this capability is. With Intel, you are beholden to their timeline on processors, and you have to hope that they will design it with features that you need. Not everyone who licenses ARM technology has this type of license, but Apple and Samsung do, and guess who are on top of the mobile game?
EDIT-added link to ReadWriteWeb.
It looks like the Mozilla foundation and Samsung are going to be working on a new browser engine to “take advantage of tomorrow’s faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures” To this end, they will be using the Rust Programming language to do so rather than C++. By using Rust they believe that they can fix a lot of the security issues that are inherent when using C++.
The new rendering engine will be called “Servo”.
My take is that another good rendering engine is a good thing. More choice is always better, so long that Servo follows HTML & CSS specifications. I really doubt web designers want to worry about having to design for another rendering engine.
I found this comment via Hacker News to be interesting, here is the content:
I think you miss the point of the google play store. Certainly, Samsung could fork and offer their own storefront, but they would lose some of the core Google applications. Take for instance Google maps, we have already seen what happens when a company like apple dumps maps for an alternative.
To which OGinparadise says:
Like Apple ? If you are going to lose it, bite the bullet, better now than later. Google is about to tighten the screws and Samsung et al will be on the losing end if they don’t act now. They are no friendships or handshakes, Google has been fearing Samsung for a while and vice-versa, knives have been sharpened already.
What happened to Apple and maps? Nothing, a bunch of bloggers were pissed, iPhones still selling like hot cakes, Samsung did their part but still. Now Apple has their maps and all data goes to Apple, not Google. Soon enough they’ll get better, meaning Google loses. It’s in Google’s interests and they’ll pay to have Apple, and Samsung to run Google Search and other G apps. But would you develop if Samsung Galaxy was out of “Android” ? Only time will tell.
Now you see what is happening in the Android world. Samsung is reaping the majority of the profits in the Android realm. Google still makes money off of it, but in the long run, they could lose control of Android to Samsung. Samsung, if they are smart, are building or looking for replacement apps for the core Google Apps, such as the maps app. I’m going to go out on a limb here and think that Google must be doing something with Motorola to release a phone that competes favorably with Samsung devices. Apple bit the bullet and replaced the Google Maps app with their own, for better or worse. Can Samsung do something similar as a way to control their destiny and become less dependent on Google?
This guy is pretty good. Jun Dong-soo, blames Windows 8 for lackluster PC sales, and even says that Windows 8 in no better than the Vista platform. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt! I wouldn’t go as far as he says, but hey, something about tablets may have something to do with that sales decline too. Another point to consider is kind of funny too. The last two versions of Windows are actually getting better in terms of resource usage compared to Vista. So in theory, if you had a decent dual core system from even 3-4 years ago, they run pretty well. Why upgrade to the latest and greatest if there is no benefit to do so? To put it another way, what will upgrading your system from Windows 7 to 8 bring you as a regular user? For most people, the answer is nothing. So why bother when for the most part, it will only bring you problems? This is way different from the Mac and even Linux scene. These types are usually happy to upgrade to a shiny new OS. Apple goes out of there way to show users all of the new features that an OS update will bring, unlike Microsoft. I also notice this with a lot of the Ubuntu users too. Heck, they were hoping for a rolling update release, to stay on the bleeding edge of things.