By Lynnette Reese, Editor-in-Chief, Embedded Intel Solutions and Embedded Systems Engineering As horseless cars become driverless cars, plan to see a tremendous increase in productivity in every area that transportation touches today, and in applications yet to be imagined.Early Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are here but pose grave engineering challenges if we are to implement them in real life. We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented transformation in automotive history. The time when AVs are as common as smartphones is a couple of decades or more away, but the potential for new markets and significant increases in productivity are seductive. Autonomous Vehicles to Save $1.3 Trillion a YearMorgan Stanley predicts that the U.S. alone stands to save $1.3 trillion a year, presumably with a full-scale implementation of AVs. Nearly $500 billion annually would be saved in accidents due to reductions in repairs, medical bills, and lost time, with … [Read more...] about The Passenger Economy: Challenges Ahead Tech Videos Industry Trends Featured Products Site Sponsors Featured Tech Videos
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The Note series surprised everyone, including Samsung, when it caught the public imagination and began to sell in large numbers. What was once thought of as comically big, has since become normal — the original Note, released in 2011, only had a 5.3-inch screen. We’ve come a long way since then and Samsung’s latest Note is a monster by comparison. We doubt there are many people using the original Note now, but the Note 5 is still going strong and so today we’re going to pit Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy Note 5 to see if it’s time for an upgrade.Most people start to look for a new phone after around two years and that’s how long it has been since the Note 5 hit stores. Samsung skipped number 6 in the series, and the less said about the Note 7 the better, so the obvious choice to replace the Note 5 is the Note 8. Read more in our Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review. Samsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy Note 5Size162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.95 x 0.34 … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Galaxy Note 5: Time for an upgrade?
Intel’s new fifth-generation Core processors, which are built on a new architecture known as Broadwell, are now on their way to PC builders for a planned release later this year. Meanwhile, the company is using IFA 2014 as an opportunity to highlight its continuing focus on efficient mobile computers like Ultrabooks, convertibles, and all-in-ones. Intel’s new Core M processors, which the company detailed today, will consume less than five watts of power.The efficiency gains enjoyed by the new Broadwell-based chips are impressive, to say the least, and come courtesy of a transition from the “old” 22nm production process, to cutting-edge 14nm. As has usually been the case, this latest switch promises a substantial increase in power efficiency.Four years ago, the most conservative Intel Core Mobile processor needed around 18 watts of power to work, but the new Core M chips average about 4.5 watts. That’s four times less power consumption. The size of the … [Read more...] about Intel’s new Core M chips open the door for thinner, lighter, fanless PCs
Any company can develop a powerful laptop. After all, everyone uses the same internal components: Intel Core processors, Nvidia or AMD graphics chips, and lightning-fast solid-state drives. You can even do it yourself if you have the knowhow, but Dell and Apple have the resources and institutional knowledge to take things a step further than the competition.The Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15 are natural rivals. Set them on a desk beside each other, and the comparisons almost make themselves. They’re both thoughtfully constructed from premium materials, feature high-end internal components, and they’re both flagship products from their respective companies.Each one represents thousands upon thousands of hours of research, development, and industrial design — and it shows. These laptops are impeccable, so to find out which one comes out on top in a direct comparison, we’re going to have to dig deep and get picky. Read on for more details.By the numbers Dell … [Read more...] about Dell’s XPS 15 vs. Apple’s MacBook Pro 15: Which premium laptop is the best on the market?
In its infancy, e-commerce disappointed merchants and investors who staked millions on the notion that it would somehow change the world forever. But e-commerce has grown up, and experts say it is making solid contributions to society even if the hype has faded.Instead of eliciting wows -- mostly on the part of its promoters -- analysts told the E-Commerce Times that online commerce is showing concrete results, thanks to a multichannel array of ways to reach consumers."The problem is that you can only hold on to the wow factor for so long," Giga Information Group analyst Steve Telleen told the E-Commerce Times. "At some point, you have to deliver."Telleen, vice president of Giga's Web Site ScoreCard service, said a transformation occurred when businesses realized Web customers were not looking for razzle-dazzle. They were seeking easy-to-use sites that either made an online purchase simple or gave them information they needed to complete their shopping trip at a brick-and-mortar … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to the E-Commerce Wow! Factor?
While Apple's third quarter financial performance report kicked off the week's news, it was Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer's commentary about a possible mystery product that really had bloggers typing.The iPhone 3G remains a hot topic as well, but finding one is still posing a problem for many would-be owners, and for those who have an iPhone 3G in hand, the challenge is keeping it running throughout the day.Apple's third quarter financial report had all the expected raw numbers: Apple posted revenue of US$7.46 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion -- or $1.19 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $5.41 billion and net quarterly profit of $818 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.8 percent, down from 36.9 percent last year. International sales accounted for 42 percent of the quarter's revenue.Apple shipped about 2.5 million Macintosh computers for a whopping 41 percent unit growth and 43 … [Read more...] about MAC BLOG SAFARI Mac Bloggers on Surprise Products, Snagging 3G iPhones and Squeezing Out Battery Life
Not since the time of Moses has there been this much anticipation and talk about a tablet. Many would say/have said/continue to say the iPad is nothing more than a big iPod touch, and while that is true from a certain perspective those people really miss the big screen picture. When comparing the iPod touch to the iPad, the iPod touch would only be able to fit the first two commandments and maybe part of the third on its screen, whereas, the iPad could comfortably fit all 10.I don't want to get into trying to tell you whom the iPad is and is not for. I think that would be a fool's errand. For some people, the iPad makes a nice media device to complement their current computer; for others it will become their main computer. I hope this review will help you decide whether the iPad fits your computing needs. When you purchase your iPad, be it the 16-, 32- or 64-GB version, you get the following: 1) the iPad; 2) the power adapter with USB cable. That is it -- well actually you get a … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW The iPad Makes It Hard to Resist the Temptation to Gloat
With mountain biking season in full swing, it’s tempting to cough up the dough and purchase a fancy bike chock-full of bells and whistles. But if you’re just getting into the sport, a high-end suspension model may not be worth the cost, especially if you only get out every so often.If you think you need to spend upwards of $1,000 just to get your hands on a quality mountain bike, think again. The beginner or casual mountain biker simply needs a solid model with quality tires and the adaptability to transition from streets and smoother trails to more rugged terrain. Thankfully, there are plenty of quality options on the market that won’t cost you a fortune. Here are our top picks for the best mountain bikes under $500. If you’re working with a bigger budget, we’ve also compiled guides outlining the best mountain bikes overall and the best electric bikes (Neematic’s offering not included).The mountain bike you purchase determines … [Read more...] about The best mountain bikes under $500
It’s been more than twelve years since the retail launch of Microsoft’s snow-white, “seventh-generation” console, the Xbox 360. The console stands as one of the best in history, with a tremendous lineup of games across a wide variety of genres, and several exclusives stand among the greatest games ever made. We’ve compiled a list of the 50 best Xbox 360 games, which showcase not only major turning points in the video game industry, but also experiences that have withstood the test of time.1: ‘Mass Effect 2’Mass Effect 2 stands as the pinnacle of BioWare and EA’s ambitious space-odyssey role-playing franchise. In the series’ “dark middle chapter,” Commander Shepard’s explores exotic planets, recruits daring crew members, and records more Citadel advertisements. The story starts off with a bang, as the protagonist Shepard is brutally killed, only to be rebuilt by Cerberus — a sort of paramilitary … [Read more...] about The best of the last-gen: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games
Annually more than a billion smartphones are sold across the world, and because the competition is so fierce, phones at the cheaper end of the scale are getting better. Much better. There’s no longer any need to buy the most expensive phone just to get the best, and latest features. In our guide to the best cheap phones you can buy, we highlight the ultimate phones that don’t have an outrageous price tag.If you have a little more money to spend, head over to our best smartphones guide to see our top picks. OnePlus 5TWhy should you buy this: The OnePlus 5T looks the part with its minimal bezels and large screen, has the fastest processor out there, and a capable dual-lens camera — all at a fraction of the cost of a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Our Score The best budget smartphone … [Read more...] about The best cheap phones you can buy