Apple Outguns Intel

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When Intel (INTC) launched its next generation “Merrifield” processor for smartphones, it provided the following chart in which it claimed performance “superiority” to Apple’s (AAPL) A7 chip:(click to enla

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Ouch. 1 of Apple’s CPU cores is faster than 2 of Intel’s “Silvermont” cores found in the Z3480. Two of these Apple-designed beauties is of course, twice as fast as Intel’s chip and should be roughly on par with the quad core Moorefield product that is slated to hit the shelves in 2H 2014. 


if the benchmark is even *remotely* credible, then it’s pretty breathtaking how Apple’s CPU team executed with this product. Geekbench could be broken and the benchmark may not be valid, More investigation into this issue is required 


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ARM-based SoC family adds memory options for advanced smart energy, home automation

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Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) expanded its ARM-based Ember ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC) portfolio delivering desirable wireless performance, energy efficiency and reliability for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Richard Platt‘s insight:

A lot of savings and performance potential with this design for IoT for ARM….hmmm….what will the competition do now?

ARM based SoC EM358x provides:

  • A mesh networking platform for next-generation ZigBee applications for the IoT, which today often incorporate multiple processors.
  • Additional flash and RAM memory options to meet the needs of larger, more complex smart energy and home automation designs.
  • USB connectivity and a local storage bootloader to help developers reduce bill of material (BOM) cost and system complexity.

See on www.ecnmag.com

With Galaxy S5 Samsung Sees A New Way To Win

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The decision by Samsung to hold a low key launch for its new Galaxy S5 phone could have dampened enthusiasm for the new smartphone. What are the early indications?

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Strategy that has emerged since the launch is that Samsung will hang its hat on health and fitness. Shortly after the launch the company announced SDK’s for its Gear 2 and Neo smartwatches and for its Gear Fitband. It also announced an SDK for the S Health application on the Galaxy range.

Samsung attempting to create a developer ecosystem around health and mobility to go with its new social media prowess. Samsung is leading the way in smart TVs. You can easily see a line being drawn between home health and fitness, for example on consoles and through content, and mobility. It is a major piece of connected thinking that could drive a different kind of sales logic.

See on www.forbes.com

Twelve (12) Rising Innovation Trends From the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014 – Fast Co.

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The culture of innovation across the globe is more robust than ever. Here are 5 innovation trends excerpted from the full list of 12 from Fast Company’s World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014:

   

1)  EXCEPTIONAL IS EXPECTED   ..today’s smartest businesses tend to laser-focus on just a few goals…. Yet from Google Fiber to Google Glass to investing in new health technologies, Google executes at a high level repeatedly. That’s why it tops the list.

    
2.   INNOVATION IS EPISODIC   ….From breakthrough change at Philips (No. 50), development of LED lighting has been under way there for 50 years–and a specific 11-month deadline provided the essential innovative exclamation point.
     

3.  MAKING MONEY MATTERS….great businesses are self-sustaining. Dropbox (No. 4) and Airbnb (No. 6) are darlings of the venture set, but they also charge real customers real money for a product with real value. Unlike …pre-2008 whose business models rely on advertising for revenue (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), these enterprises are transaction based–and are reaping the rewards.  

5.  SUSTAINABILITY HAS FOUND A NEW GEAR…Today, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and recycling are core advantages for successful enterprises. 

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Pretty sure that I don’t agree with some of what’s on this list, but hey have a look, everybody’s entitled to an opinion

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MWC 2014: Internet of Things consortium chair warns of Google’s Android effect – Marketing

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MWC 2014: Internet of Things consortium chair warns of Google’s Android effect Marketing Liat Ben-Zur, who chairs the non-profit Internet of Things consortium AllSeen Alliance, has warned of the dangers of Google replicating its Android operating…

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Some very good points being made about what is truly open source and what is not.  The Google hegemony with Android, versus the Apple iOS one, has a legitimate challenger here, and we suspect that Google will try and fight this, much like MSFT did against Linux

See on www.marketingmagazine.co.uk

Pirates, eat your heart out: Rolls-Royce envisions crewless drone freight ships

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Rolls-Royce is testing drone ships for international freight. The self-piloted ships would save on shipping costs and be less impactful on the environment.

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Now if they’d only weaponize them w/ a few 50 caliber M2 ‘s bow, stern and amidships I am thinking the pirates won’t be messing around with any of these boats.  

See on www.digitaltrends.com