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To: BDAZZ who wrote (108910)1/23/2012 11:21:39 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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I posted about youtube video here:

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My comments about display resolution in the above post refer mostly to video too. I also noticed that the recently posted video interview of Mollenkopf covering Win8 at thestreet.com wouldn't play due to an unrecognized video codec. I have yet to look deeply into video playback beyond that yet.

The device doesn't have a camera although the Android implementation has a camera application. There is a small 1/16" clear circle at the top of the display bezel but I believe that is the light sensor for automatically setting brightness when front lighting is used.

I just typed this response on the Kyobo and found placing the cursor during editing rather challenging. This is the first time I noticed this difficulty. I believe it might be because this post contains a long url which appears to be confusinging the placement of my touch points. This might be more of an SI editor issue.

One of the nice features of the browser is that one can just tap the screen to increase the font size and all SI text is automatically aligned. That only happens during post reading though.

The screen glass is not covered and likely needs to be cleaned daily due to fingering marks.

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (108911)1/24/2012 12:12:36 AM
From: BDAZZ
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I missed that first post. And FYI, I have the same issue with cursor placement or touch location recognition on the IPad, and many videos will take long pauses while streaming.

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From: slacker7111/24/2012 8:11:53 AM
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ST Ericsson is imploding. I just hope that one of the parents pull the plug before they have a chance to get back on their feet. I have read some good things about their dual-core A15 chip but it likely wont be out until early 2013.

newelectronics.co.uk 

ST-Ericsson in 'crucial phase' warns Bozotti


STMicroelectronics' president and CEO, Carlo Bozotti has warned that ST-Ericsson is now in what he describes as a 'crucial phase'.
Bozotti made the statement in a report on ST's Q4 and full year 2011 financial results, in which it achieved record revenues for automotive applications and MEMS.

Bozotti conceded that managing the wireless joint venture's shift from a legacy portfolio to the new product roadmap has proven more challenging than expected, given the change in the business of one of its largest customers and its evolving plans. "While the new portfolio is beginning to ramp," he said, "the current results of ST-Ericsson are still distant from the financial prospects we are envisioning. Therefore, ST-Ericsson is now in a crucial phase focusing on improving execution, lowering its break-even point and reviewing its roadmap to sustainable profitability. We are confident that the newly appointed chief executive officer of ST-Ericsson is the appropriate leader to drive this turnaround." ST-Ericsson recently announced the replacement of Gilles Delfassy with operations chief, Didier Lamouche - the third ceo since the joint venture was formed in 2009. In this time the company never made a quarterly profit and constantly reduced costs.

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (108907)1/24/2012 8:19:04 AM
From: slacker711
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The Mirasol screen is very good. I can use it during the day inside without front lighting. I have been using it like this as an eReader on and off all day today and the battery is still over 90%. I'm pretty sure it is wifi that eats the battery. Although front lighting at night is best, I can use the device at night while sitting under halogen lighting without front lighting. I loaded some pictures from my computer and they look great without the front lighting and just OK with front lighting turned on. Front lighting tends to accent the low resolution of the display.


Awesome.


The two biggest issues that I saw in the reviews were the colors and the amount of time that the front light was needed. Great to hear that you arent seeing similar things.


If Amazon does come out with a Mirasol enabled ereader, I think the fact that you can use the device in the dark would be a nice advantage over the current Kindle.


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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (108907)1/24/2012 9:09:07 AM
From: Jim Mullens
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www, re: Mirasol - Another review – “Lot of Promise…Really Impressive"

Thanks for your hands-on review.

Also good to hear that “Nate the Great” (Malcontent at Large)is being challenged.



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Kyobo Mirasol eReader – Qualcomm’s color e-ink Display Shows A Lot of Promise

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By Gadget Mania | January 24, 2012 11:41 AM EST



The eReader market has been dominated by e-ink displays for quite some time - in fact, you could even say that it was started by this technology. E-ink displays consume very little power, making it possible for eReaders to last for weeks without a recharge, and more importantly, they look a lot like paper, making them very easy on the eyes when reading, as well as having a perfect visibility in direct sunlight - something that traditional LCD screens have yet to achieve.

But there's one huge drawback to E-Ink technology, and that is the fact that they're only grayscale (or even monochromatic in the cheapest readers) - that severely limits their usefulness. With today's new digital media, people want to see color pictures and video inside their digital books and magazines, and that's why they often opt for a color screen tablet, even though they're a bit harder to read - that's the reason why the iPad easily outcompetes the Kindle and other eReaders.



Kyobo Mirasol eReader

But a new development in e-ink, namely the Mirasol technology by Qualcomm, promises to change that by introducing full color e-ink displays, which will consume just as little power as their grayscale brothers, yet be able to show the full gamut of colors that LCDs are currently capable of. After several years of development, it seems that the technology is ready for the mass market, and the first eReader using it is already on its way - the Kyobo Mirasol eReader will be the first device to feature the new display.

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The Kyobo Mirasol will only be available in South Korea, from Kyobo - the country's largest book seller, but hopefully it will come over to the western world once Amazon and Barnes and Noble realize the potential (I'm actually pretty sure they already have). The reader costs $310, which is a bit on the pricy side, but it's definitely acceptable for such a new technology and for what it offers.

The Kyobo Mirasol eReader has a 5.7 inch Mirasol display with a respectable 1024×768 pixels resolution, which is extremely visible in sunlight and daylight (it's just as good as paper) and is illuminated by LEDs from the front (kind of like edge-lit TV displays) when reading in the dark. The colors of the screen are a bit washed out and not as vivid as you'd expect from a display - they're a lot like the color STN displays on the first laptops, but they're definitely there and you can easily view images and photos and make out the details.

The refresh of the display is also a bit noticeable, but most of the times, you can play a video without problems, and hopefully any refresh artifacts will be removed in the final model or the second generation Mirasol screens.

The big feature of the eReader is of course, the battery life - users will be able to get up to 3 weeks of use out of it, which by far exceeds the battery life of any LCD-equipped tablet out there. It's especially impressive when you consider the small battery that the Kyobo is using - if the technology develops further, we could have smartphones and laptops that last for days or even weeks without a charge, which would be amazing.

The other specs aren't nearly as impressive: the Kyobo Mirasol uses a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is complete with the browser, apps market and all, providing the user with a full Android experience. Still, I'd get one of these if only to have a very long lasting device to read books, magazines and articles, as well as watch videos on the go - Mirasol is really impressive!

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From: Jim Mullens1/24/2012 9:26:40 AM
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Why is Intel propping up Apple's competition?

By Robin Harris | January 23, 2012, 12:50pm PST

Summary: Apple, like most PC makers, buys its PC processors from Intel. So why is Intel funding competitors to one of its largest customers? Apple should ask for $400 million off its next Intel CPU order.

In a tacit admission that low-margin Wintel vendors can’t compete with Apple, Intel announced last year a $300 million Ultrabook Fund to:

. . . invest in companies building hardware and software technologies focused on enhancing how people interact with Ultrabooks, achieving all-day usage through longer battery life, enabling innovative physical designs and improved storage capacity. The overall goal of the fund, which will be invested over the next 3-4 years, is to create a cycle of innovation and system capabilities for this new and growing category of mobile devices.

Then they upped the ante with a $100 million AppUp fund:

The fund will invest in software tools and services companies developing innovative applications and digital content for the mobile and PC ecosystem available at the Intel AppUp center, Intel’s convenient, personalized and secure app store for netbooks, consumer laptops and Ultrabooks.

Intel’s App Store
Then there’s the Intel AppUp center, which looks a bit like the Apple App Store, minus all the apps:

The Intel AppUp center delivers all the latest PC apps, all in one convenient place.

Originally started in 2010 to promote Atom apps, they’ve retooled for Ultrabooks.

Exit strategy?
It’s rare for OEM suppliers to invest big money to prop up one customer against another. It’s as if German transmission maker ZF Friedrichshafen - the Z is for Zeppelin - invested millions to promote Chrysler over BMW.

But the bigger question - assuming these investments are intended to produce a return - is: how will Intel get its money back? HP isn’t investing much in PCs. All the other PC vendors are cash-strapped. Only Apple regularly lays out a few hundred million for promising companies.

So if Intel Capital picks a winner - and the record of agenda-driven investing is spotty - Apple could end up owning them anyway.

The Storage Bits take
Intel sees the same innovation weakness - thanks to low margins - in the PC industry that I discussed in last week’s debate and in Can Wintel win the Ultrabook market? And they’re worried about it.

The big problem is the Wintel model: Microsoft makes the OS and Intel makes the engine - both with large profits - leaving PC vendors on the margins, both from a product and financial perspective. But Intel’s investments aren’t going to help that.

Intel as a whole will do best by making products that make sense for customers. Sadly Intel’s engineering culture seems wedded to grand architectural visions - NetBurst, Itanium, RDRAM, FB-DIMMs - instead of a clear-eyed focus on the real trends and needs in the market (see Intel’s best and worst).

If they’re true to form, Haswell - the power-efficient architecture due next year - still won’t be competitive with the best from ARM. And with consumer needs congealing on a mix of email, surfing, music and movies, power consumption may be more important than improved performance.

I hope Intel’s investments turn out well for the company and the industry. But it isn’t easy to see how, given the systemic problems of the Wintel model.

zdnet.com 

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From: Jon Koplik1/24/2012 9:35:16 AM
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Reuters -- InterDigital fails to find buyer, shares slip ....................................................................

(late) Monday, Jan 23, 2012

InterDigital fails to find buyer, shares slip


(Reuters) - InterDigital Inc ( IDCC ) said it had failed to find any takers for the entire company, but would continue to look for buyers for its patent portfolio and enter licensing partnerships.

"The past six months, although not resulting in an offer for the whole of the company, has helped to reaffirm our belief in the breadth and depth of the patent portfolio..." Chairman Terry Clontz, said in a statement.

The wireless technology patent holder expects about $800 million in annual revenue from the sale and licensing deals in three to five years.

In July, InterDigital said it was looking at a possible sale of the company or its patents, just weeks after a consortium of technology giants including Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bought bankrupt Nortel Networks' patents for $4.5 billion.

In August, Apple, Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and several other technology companies were pondering bids for InterDigital.

InterDigital said it has more than 19,500 patents and patent applications and has received nearly $3 billion in royalties from 2G and 3G licenses through December 31, 2011.

The company makes most of its money from licensing its patented technology and from damages it wins in patent lawsuits.

InterDigital also reported preliminary fourth-quarter earnings of $21 million, or 46 cents a share, and revenue of $74.2 million.

Analysts, on an average, are expecting earnings of 37 cents a share on revenue of $73.1 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Shares of the Pennsylvania-based company were trading down 16 percent at $37.28 on Monday after the bell. They closed at $44.45 on the Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Rachana Khanzode in Bangalore; Editing by Roshni Menon)

© Thomson Reuters 2012.

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To: slacker711 who wrote (108914)1/24/2012 9:48:18 AM
From: waitwatchwander
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---> using mirasol in dark

We have lots of halogen lighting in our house and that is required to use the device in the dark. We also have lots of big windows which certainly helps during the day. Mirasol is not as good as LCD but more than adequate given a well lit environment. I like it better without front lighting but that might just be because I find that mode easier on my eyes and mostly use it to read and write text. The keyboard takes a bit of getting use to. Much like with the iphone it is too small. I find I need to hit the bottom of keys to get the right letters. That might be due to parallax. The screen is easiest read when held flat under a halogen light or held perpendicular with ones back to a window. The front lighting mechanism seems to wash across the screen so I'd say the issue is getting light into the MEMS pixels rather than getting it out.

I wouldn't say it is awesome but with adaption it is adequate for sure. Cost and reliability could still be an issue though.

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From: Jim Mullens1/24/2012 9:51:57 AM
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Tablet Ownership Doubled Over Holidays (and eBooks)

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, reports a Pew Internet study. The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January

. pewinternet.org 



The share of adults in the United States who owned an e-book reader went from 6% in November 2010 to 12% in May, 2011, according to Pew, with the market for eBook and Tablet owners beginning to converge.

pewinternet.org 





As the holiday gift-giving season approached, the marketplace for both media tablets and e-book readers dramatically shifted. In the tablet world, Amazon’s Kindle Fire ($199) and Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet ($249) were introduced. In the e-book reader world, some versions of the Kindle and Nook and other readers fell well below $100.

A pre-holiday survey was conducted among 2,986 people age 16 and older between November 16 and December 21, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/- two percentage points.

Apple’s new textbook initiative appears to be gaining quickly, too.



Global Equities Research, which monitors Apple’s iBook sales via a proprietary tracking system, more than 350,000 textbooks have been downloaded from the company’s iBooks Store within the first three days of availability. During the same time, some 90,000 downloads of iBooks Author, Apple’s free textbook-creation tool, were downloaded.



Epub3 has just recently been finalized as an eBook format. The Epub3 spec is based on HTML5, and makes use of the latest in interactive content, rich media (audio, video), and global language support. “EPUB has become the industry standard format for digital publications based on Web Standards that are structured, reliable, device-independent, and accessible,” said BIll McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF.

E-Pub reader apps – much like Barnes and Noble’s free Nook Reader application will run on a variety of mobile devices (including IOS and Android), as well as desktops and laptops. The Nook Reader app currently supports ePub-2.

But it would surprise nobody if B&N soon supports ePub-3 with rich media and fancy layout control. ePub-3 could – at least theoretically – enable rich media compatibility between Nook Tablets, Android Tablets, Kindle Tablets and Apple’s iPad, incorporating many of the features seen on Apple’s new iBooks Author and Textbook App.

NBC News is launching a new venture called NBC Publishing, reports Digital Book World.

The new unit will focus on e-books enhanced with archival and new NBC video footage.

“We have over one million hours of archival video content going back to the ’20s and a really low cost structure to edit it and put it together,” said Michael Fabiano, general manager of NBC Publishing. Fabiano said while NBC has the capability to distribute the e-books on its own, it is also currently exploring a number of other options.

“2012 will be the year when retailers adopt EPUB 3,” said Bill McCoy, executive director of the IDPF.

For instance, Ingram Content Group, the country’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, said that its e-textbook reader, VitalSource Bookshelf, which is available as an application for the iPad and iPhone, Mac & Windows browsers and Android will begin to support EPUB 3 in April.

With an estimated 80+ new tablets coming to market this year, and close to half of those Android tablets, a cross platform publishing standard – like ePUB-3 – would of interest to both publishers and consumers.

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Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 10:10 am.

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From: Bill Wolf1/24/2012 10:00:06 AM
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TI: Kaufman Cuts To Hold; Better Buys Elsewhere
By Tiernan Ray

Amidst a slew of plaudits and price target increases, Texas Instruments (TXN) received one critical view this morning, as far as I can tell, following the company’s better-than-expected Q4 report last night, and a somewhat lackluster Q1 outlook.

Kaufman Bros. Michael Burton cut his rating on TI shares to Hold from Buy following what he calls a “meaningful move up” in the stock. The shares are up some 14% so far this month. Burton cut his estimate for this year’s revenue following the weak Q1 forecast, to $13.81 billion from $13.89 billion, though he’s using a higher stock multiple now, and so raises his price target to $35 from $32.

Burton doesn’t have too much to say that’s critical; he believes the analog chip market is, indeed, in a bottoming phase. But he thinks there are stocks with more upside:

we believe there is more upside in other semiconductor names that we cover such as Broadcom (BRCM), NVIDIA (NVDA), and Qualcomm (QCOM). We do believe the analog sector is in a cyclical bottoming process and would look to become more constructive on TXN shares if the stock were to trade down significantly following its earnings report.

TI shares are up 21 cents, or 0.6%, at $33.40 this morning.

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