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Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Microsoft is under fire from Google and Mozilla, accused of anti-competitive practices with the special version of Windows 8 for ARM-based notebooks and tablets. Windows RT, the OS Microsoft hopes will help its OEM partners better challenge Apple's iPad, pushes the Metro interface rather than the relatively locked-down Windows Classic desktop, with browsers like Firefox and Chrome only allowed to run in the former. That, Mozilla argues - with Google soon wading in afterward - is unfair, especially as Microsoft will have a Classic version of Internet Explorer.

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TSMC 28nm ARM chip reaches speeds of 3.1Ghz

TSMC 28nm ARM chip reaches speeds of 3.1Ghz

We may be reaching the point where raw specs no longer matter and the software experience is paramount, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping manufacturers from pushing the boundaries. Chip foundry TSMC has created a 28nm ARM-based chip capable of reaching speeds up to 3.1Ghz. The chip is a dual-core Cortex A9 variant, and based on the “high performance mobile” process.

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Nokia looking into tablets

Nokia looking into tablets

Nokia may have posted a massive $1.7 billion loss for Q1 of this year, but the company is trying to fight back with its Lumia Windows Phones in partnership with Microsoft. What else does the company have up its sleeve going forward? Jorma Ollila, chairman of Nokia, has revealed that the company is looking into the possibility of a tablet, and some other form factors too.

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ARM details stellar Q1 2012

ARM details stellar Q1 2012

More financial news! This time it’s ARM, the UK company who designs and licenses the plethora of chips that make their way into smartphones and tablets (among other things) the world over. ARM announced that it has seen strong growth in revenue yet again, up 13% on the same quarter last year. The jump is mainly attributed to the number of licenses used for chips, as well as the sheer number of chips being used in devices.

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Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets are in the pipeline as Microsoft attempts to cut iPad marketshare to under 50-percent by mid-2013, insiders claim, with 32 tablets on the market predicted by the end of this year. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba are all said to be working on Windows 8 models, presumably using x86 processors, for 2012 so DigiTimes' sources say, with Lenovo and Acer particularly keen to chase the sub-$300 market and rival budget Android-based models.

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Windows RT brings the ARMy

Windows RT brings the ARMy

Microsoft has officially detailed its three versions of Windows 8, set to launch later this year, including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT, formerly known as Windows on ARM. As the "Pro" name might suggest, Windows 8 Pro is targeted at "tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals" while the regular Windows 8 is the version Microsoft believes more suited to the mass market. However, Windows RT will be specifically for ARM-based tablets and PCs, and come preloaded with touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 spec leak tips quadcore A15 in 2013

NVIDIA Tegra 4 spec leak tips quadcore A15 in 2013

NVIDIA's next-gen Tegra 4 chipset has purportedly been detailed ahead of its expected 2013 release, using the same 4-PLUS-1 configuration as the Tegra 3 but with newer ARM A15 cores. The new chipset will run at between 1.2GHz and 2.0GHz, the slide shared by VR-Zone indicates, depending on whether the device it's inside is targeted at the mainstream or flagship markets, and presumably what form-factor - tablet, phone or something else - is adopted.

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Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Intel may be under siege, but that hasn't slowed the chip manufacturer's progress: Intel recorded its largest market share in 10 years in 2011, it's claimed, with patchy performance from ARM-based rivals like Samsung. The x86 company's share was 15.6-percent of the overall semiconductor market, according to IHS iSuppli, up 2.5-percent from 2010. Meanwhile Samsung, which has been nipping at Intel's heels for the past few years, ground to a halt: growth stagnated in 2011, leaving Samsung with 9.2-percent of the overall market.

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Next-gen Xbox running ARM chip rumored for 2013

Next-gen Xbox running ARM chip rumored for 2013

Microsoft confirmed not long ago that it would not be bringing the next-generation Xbox to E3 this year. New information has come to light that Microsoft won’t just be bringing one new console in the future, but two. The info comes from a Reddit user named “MSnerd”, apparently familiar with Microsoft’s plans for the gaming console going forward.

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