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While speaking with a Kansas City, Missouri television station, the CEO of Sprint, Marcel Claure, said the carrier may do away with current pricing on unlimited data plans later in the year. A $50 per month unlimited data, calling, and messaging service plan is currently offered by Sprint. Unlimited plans have been debated for a while now. The Federal Communication Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine for allegedly throttling internet speeds for unlimited users. It is interesting to note that Sprint has also been accused of throttling data speed for unlimited subscribers. But after the fine placed on AT&T, Sprint immediately reacted and stopped throttling. But the future of an unlimited subscription has been put into question.

The company has suggested that the unlimited offering could be killed off in the coming future. But for the next few months, unlimited will continue. Although, it is extremely likely that prices will be increased. Experts have interpreted the move away from unlimited data as a way to horde revenue while investing on network improvements. Claure has eluded that major network infrastructure upgrades are coming soon. The efforts so far have been focused around Sprint’s deep 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings.

The “Unlimited Everything” plan was introduced by former CEO Dan Hesse. The offer was intended to and succeeded in capturing the interest of a certain segment of heavy data users even though the offering came at a time when Sprint struggled with poor network coverage, slow download speeds and customer defections. Now that Sprint is focused on improving its network coverage and as the cost of carrying all of those streaming videos, music, and photos continue to mount, the unlimited offering has been called into question.

Via our proprietary website Just IT Hardware, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of AT&T products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current AT&T parts at https://www.justithardware.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@justithardware.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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All of a sudden the next big thing in the personal computing world is stick computers. Intel, Dell, and Google have all released pocket-sized desktops. In the wake of the news, Lenovo has revealed their computer-on-a-stick offering with the Ideacentre 300 Stick. The extra-tiny Windows PC is much like the stick released by Intel except that it is sleeker and more polished.

Like Intel’s Compute Stick they both have the same 1.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3735F, 2GB of Ram and 32 GB of built-in storage, they also have a USB port and microSD card slot. The Ideacentre Stick 300 is 15mm thick and easily fits in the palm of your hand. The major difference is the price. Intel’s Compute Stick is $150 whereas the Ideacentre 300 Stick will be only $129.

This portable gadget works by plugging into your HDMI-compatible devices like your flat-screen TV. The device is aimed at business people who spend a lot of time traveling for work. The $129 dongle can transform almost any HDMI-compatible TV or monitor into a functioning Windows-based PC. Just attach a 2.4 GHz wireless keyboard and mouse, and you’ll be able to create documents, surf the Web, and mess around on social media. On July 29th, the device will ship with Windows 8.1. But one of the best features of the device is that it will be upgradeable to Windows 10.

Via our proprietary website Just IT Hardware, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Lenovo products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lenovo parts at https://www.justithardware.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@justithardware.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Sony tested out their new virtual reality system Project Morpheus to the public this past week at the E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Virtual reality games are something that developers and fans alike have been dreaming about for years, and Sony is doing their best to make it an actual reality. Ever since the days of Pac Man and Galaga, people have loved video games. Playing them can be fun - thrilling, at times - but there was often something missing. Players wanted to be in the video game.

It is human nature to want to go on adventures that wouldn’t be possible in real life. Immersing yourself in a fantasy world and actually experiencing them is a technology that has been elusive to developers for some time.

At E3, Sony said the hardware is near completion, and development is going well. Not many specific details of the system were given, but developers and executives are all excited about it. They have not put out a solid date for its release, as they want to make sure the product is perfect first.

"We've been wanting to commit to a launch window," says Richard Marks, Senior Director of Research and Development. "We just felt like we have to deliver a certain level of experience before we call it a product. You know, the first time you try VR is the most important time. And if we were to create an experience that's not good enough, it would turn people off."

The system resembles a visor with goggles hanging out in front of it. When you put in on, the display makes you feel as though you are totally immersed in the video game world. The display is also shown on a television, so everyone who is there can see what’s going on and join in on the fun. The audio capabilities are exceptional, as you can use any type of headphones while the device is on your head. Two handheld wands are the controllers and are also used to detect motion of the player.

Sony’s mission to bring many longtime gamers’ dream to life looks to be more of a reality than ever.

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Samsung has developed a prototype truck that is designed to allow trailing drivers to see what is ahead of them on the road.

Anyone who has driven on a long trip across a one or two lane freeway knows the frustration of being stuck behind a slow truck. You don’t want to be forced to drive fifty-five miles per hour all the way from Phoenix to Orange County - that would take almost 7 hours.

What many drivers do to attempt to get around these problems (literally) is drive on the wrong side of the road to pass the truck. Now, if you’ve ever driven behind a truck, you know that it can be hard to see around them. The driver may not be sure what is on the other side of the road when they are trying to pass the truck. It could be miles and miles of empty highway, or it could be their death in the form of an oncoming vehicle.

This has presented a huge problem in Argentina, where many of their roads are only single-lane highways. Car accidents are very prevalent in the country, as one person dies every hour from an auto wreck. Most of these accidents occur in a situation where a driver is trying to overtake a slow truck on the wrong side of the road.

Enter Samsung’s Argentina branch, who decided efforts should be taken to cut down on this problem. They are introducing a truck with four TV monitors affixed to the back, which give a live feed of what is ahead of the truck. This makes it easier - and safer - for drivers to overtake slow trucks.

“The next step,” says Samsung, “is to perform the corresponding tests in order to comply with the existing national protocols and obtain the necessary permits and approvals. For this, Samsung is working together with safe driving NGOs and the government.”

Samsung is leading the way not only in technology, but in safety too.

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In a recent shakeup affecting the executive level, Microsoft announced that it would be combining its Devices and Windows business units into one under the guidance of Windows chief and Executive Vice President Terry Myerson. This move forces former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who was head of the Devices segment, out. The new unit will be dubbed “Windows and Devices Group,” or WDG for short.

In a company-wide email, CEO Satya Nadella broke the news, saying: "This new team brings together all the engineering capability required to drive breakthrough innovations that will propel the Windows ecosystem forward. This enables us to create new categories while generating enthusiasm and demand for Windows broadly."

In addition to combining the Windows and Devices segments, Microsoft has also whittled down the number of its major engineering groups from four to three.

CEO Nadella explains: "To better align our capabilities and, ultimately, deliver better products and services our customers love at a more rapid pace, I have decided to organize our engineering effort into three groups that work together to deliver on our strategy and ambitions.”

With the shuffle and consolidation of certain business units, Microsoft’s Senior Leadership Team now totals the following 12 executives:

  • Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kurt DelBene,Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
  • Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
  • Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development
  • Qi Lu, Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group
  • Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
  • Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs
  • Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer

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Samsung’s watches are taking a new shape, as they recently revealed their new watch will be the first one to be round.

Previous installments of Samsung smartwatches have been of the square or rectangular variety, so this traditional look is new territory for the South Korean multinational conglomerate company.

The watch will run Tizen, which is Samsung’s own open source software. The Gear smartwatch will not run Android Wear, because they have been pushing hard the last few years for development on its proprietary platform. They have already been able to secure partnerships with big name third-party app maker such as Yelp and CNN.

It will run the new interface on a 1.65 inch circular display with a “rotating bezel” metal frame used to navigate the interface and a metal crown. The small screen has a sharp resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, with a density of 305 pixels-per-inch. It comes with a 2G data connection, and can be connected to Bluetooth devices which can be used to make calls.

Some other features of the watch include a built-in accelerometer, gyro sensor, heart-rate monitor, pressure sensor, and magnetic sensor, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, and independent cellular radio. The exact size of the watch casing has not been specified yet, but it is probably safe to assume it will be around the same size as its competitors.

Users who are familiar to the Apple Watch will have no problem adapting to Samsung’s device. The rotating bezel is used to scroll through lists, zoom in and out of photos, adjust the volume, select items arranged in a circle, input numbers, and perform mostly any function the watch is designed to do. Anyone who is old enough to remember how to use the iPod scroll wheel will find the watch to be a very similar design. This style differs from the Android watch, which is controlled with a touch screen and single button - a style more comparable to most phones you see today.

Samsung has not yet publicly announced the new watch, but the rumors have come out about it and it won’t be long until it all comes full circle.

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In April of 2015, Comcast announced plans to install ultra-high speed internet to private residences in Atlanta, Georgia. Fiber-optic based networks for residential homes will deliver up to 2 Gbps, a record-breaking figure with its closest competitors Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower at a “mere” 1 Gbps. The service, named Gigabit Pro, will be symmetrical - capable of both uplink and downlink rates at this speed. Comcast’s second highest internet service, of 505 Mbps, costs a whopping $400 per month (compared to Google and AT&T’s 1 Gbps services priced at $70). However, the company has stated that it is still evaluating pricing for the new 2 Gbps service, but will cost less than the 505 Mbps service (whose current customers will be automatically upgraded).

Comcast chooses residential areas based on closest proximity to its already established fiber cable branches. The company hopes to expand to 18 million homes by the end of 2015. Comcast’s current network is composed of a combination of fiber and coaxial cable and the company intends to strengthen its network by upgrading to DOCSIS 3.1 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification). As of now, Comcast has completed over 145,000 route miles of fiber cable. For businesses, the company delivers speeds of up to 10 Gbps with a current base of 1.5 million nationwide.

This new consideration of ultra-high speed internet for residences marks a change of heart for the company, which stated two years ago that gigabit internet connection is unnecessary for private homes. Comcast VP David Cohen stated that

“Most websites can’t deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most US homes have routers that can’t support the speed already available to the home”.
However, in light of their recent announcement, Comcast will be installing upgraded equipment to customers who buy the 2 Gbps service.

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Qualcomm
As a large investor in Qualcomm, the activist hedge fund Jana Partners is looking to persuade the company to sell or split its CDMA chipset business. With a $2 billion stake in the company, Jana Partners is one of Qualcomm’s largest shareholders. Jana Partners hopes that Qualcomm will commit to the strategic plan and looks to accelerate its recently announced $15 billion stock repurchase. This repurchase would raise the quarterly dividend to 48 cents per share from 42 cents. In addition, Jana Partners is asking Qualcomm to cut costs, accelerate stock buyback, and adjust the executive pay structure. Jana Partners believes that the buyback program will be a positive step and is insisting that Qualcomm capitalize on its dominant position in the chip market which is not given any value by the market. Jana Partners states that Qualcomm can better represent the value of its chipset business, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, as well as its licensing business, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. To do so, Jana Partners is suggesting a separation of the divisions into two impendent publically trading companies, or by combining the two. If a split deems to be too risky or time consuming, Jana stated that Intel might be interested in buying Qualcomm’s chipset business, as Intel has yet to finalize the deal of purchasing Altera. Qualcomm Incorporated is a semiconductor company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, the company was established in 1985 and has become one of the largest players in its industry. In addition to its presence in the United States, Qualcomm also maintains presences globally. With 157 locations worldwide, the company employs over 26,000 people and has met yearly revenues of over $24 billion. Since its founding, Qualcomm has achieved over 30 acquisitions including HP Patents, Stonestreet One LLC, DesignArt Networks, and Sylectus. Via our proprietary website Just IT Hardware, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading computer accessory distributor. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Qualcomm parts at https://www.justithardware.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@justithardware.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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Intel’s Compute Stick is set to make its debut soon, as it is now available for pre-order through a number of online retailers. Intel describes their new product as a PC-on-a-stick device. If you have a mouse and keyboard handy, Intel’s Compute Stick can transform any device with an HDMI port into a desktop to run an operating system of your choice. The device is meant to be an alternative to a standard laptop or PC. It’s being marketed to people who are often on the go and need to set up shop at any moment and use a computer. The Compute Stick comes with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Microsoft model comes equipped with Windows 8.1. The other option is Linux, which comes with Ubuntu 14.04. Online stores such as Newegg are already letting people order the device. The Microsoft version goes for $150, and the Linux version is priced at $110. Initial reports indicated that the latter was supposed to go for around $90, but nothing so far has shown the product at that low of a price.

The dongle (a mall device that plugs into a computer and serves as an adapter) is about four inches long – only a little bigger than your standard USB drive – and is power-efficient enough to compare to the quad-core Intel Atom processor. It has built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, a full-sized USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, and a micro SD card slot to allow for extra memory. The Compute Stick gives users the same quality and performance they would expect from a standard PC—the only difference is that this PC can fit in a pocket. According to reports, the device will be available in the first week of May 2015. Via our proprietary website Just IT Hardware, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Intel products (Intel -> Manufacturer of computer hardware components) Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Intel parts at https://www.justithardware.com/ . If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@justithardware.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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In March of 2015, Google debuted a set of new product lines with Chrome operating system technology, bringing the number of offerings with built-in Chrome OS to over 20 devices. The newly introduced devices include two laptops, with hardware manufactured by Hisense and Haier (China-based electronics OEMs), which are both priced at $150 USD (the cheapest Chromebook offering thus far). Also released was the Asus Chromebook Flip, a convertible laptop and tablet device developed by Asus. The Chromebook Flip is lightweight at just under two pounds and costs $250 USD.

The most noteworthy release however is the new Google Chromebit. Developed in collaboration with Asus, the Chromebit is just slightly larger than a typical USB thumb drive but has the ability to turn any LCD display or television into a personal computer with the ability to access internet, send and receive emails, and run word processing software. Available in summer, the Chromebit will be priced at less than $100 USD. The Chromebit is not the first entry into portable operating system devices. Intel has begun shipping its Intel Compute Stick which would enable displays to run Microsoft Windows operating systems. Also similar and already brought to market is the Wyse Cloud Connect, developed by Dell.

Google also announced in the same press conference that Android Apps will soon be available on Chromebooks, starting with the newly released Hisense and Haier models. The move marks Google’s first step towards integration of the company’s two operating systems – Android and Chrome OS.

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