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Weekend must-read articles #6 – Mobile World Congress

Every Friday we bring you a collection of links to places on the web that we find particularly newsworthy, interesting, entertaining, and topical. We try to focus on some particular area or topic each week, but in general we will cover Internet, web development, networking, performance, security, and other geeky topics.

This week we bring you a collection of articles focusing on Mobile World Congress, which wrapped up in Barcelona yesterday.

This week’s suggested reading

  • Google exec hints of Android 5.0 release this fall: Google isn’t offering much information about the forthcoming Android 5.0, even though there are rumors saying that the new version of the operating system will be available on a smartphone by early summer.
  • Quad-Core Smartphones Could Have Price and Battery Issues: Smartphones with quad-core processors that are able to deliver PC-like performance have finally been announced, but high prices and battery issues could potentially stymie adoption, analysts have warned.
  • Asus Unveils PadFone and Transformer Pad Family: The Asus PadFone made an appearance last May, but we haven’t heard much about it in the time since. Now, at the Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress, Asus has given us a few more details about its phone-tablet hybrid.
  • Intel lays out its plan for Android, will cut chip size in half by 2014: As Paul Otellini said at the Intel press event at Mobile World Congress, “it wouldn’t be an Intel presentation without a roadmap.” The company has laid out the long-term plans for its mobile processors, aiming to move from the current 32nm architecture of the Medfield Atom Z2460 to 22nm next year, and to just 14nm by 2014.
  • Hands On With the 41-Megapixel Nokia PureView 808: Forty one megapixels. That’s what it says on the back of the Nokia PureView 808, a new smartphone that can safely be called the highest resolution cameraphone ever. I got some time with it this morning and it’s impressive, but perplexing.
  • Intel presents new smartphone chips, partnership with ZTE: Intel on Monday announced smartphone chips and said that ZTE and Orange will both build devices based on its Atom microprocessor. Today, ARM-based processors dominate inside smartphones and tablets, but Intel is focusing a lot of resources on carving out a chunk of this growing market and wooing smartphone makers to use its processor architecture.
  • Does a Mozilla smartphone/tablet OS have a chance against Android and iOS?: If Mozilla has teamed up with a hardware partner (or partners) then it’s serious about B2G, and if it’s serious about B2G, then it’s also serious about going head-to-head against Apple and Google.
  • Huawei announces the first 10-inch quad-core tablet MediaPad 10 FHD: Huawei, the Chinese handset maker, has announced a 10 inch tablet powered by a quad core processor, at the Mobile World Congress 2012. The tablet, called Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD, has a Huawei 1.5 GHz quad core processor, Google Android 4.0 operating system and a 10 inch IPS high definition display screen.
  • And finally, on the lighter side…
  • Hello Note!: The Joy of Tech makes fun of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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he fundamental operation of most CPUs, regardless of the physical form they take, is to execute a sequence of stored instructions called a program. The program is represented by a series of numbers that are kept in some kind of computer memory. There are four steps that nearly all CPUs use in their operation: fetch, decode, execute, and writeback.