Seeking Alpha
Profile| Send Message|
( followers)  

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) recently conducted a survey on the Internet sharing of adults in the US with some interesting results.

The two most interesting facts that Intel revealed with this survey were 1) that a large portion of US adults, namely one third, are happier to share things online than in person and 2) that one in five US adults admitted that they lie when sharing things online. On the other side of the scale, 9 out of 10 American adults believe that people are sharing too much information about themselves online, and half of U.S. adults report that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of information shared. In fact, many people went as far to call oversharing, in this regard, 'annoying'. Intel's survey also looked into mobile etiquette.

The issue that Intel has successfully identified is that people are still trying to figure out how to find a balance between staying connected with one another using the many new technologies available for that purpose, and oversharing. In short, we are still adjusting to technology and figuring out where exactly it fits into our lives.

Intel conducted the survey in order to continue improving the technological experiences of its customers. It has identified the cause of bad manners in mobile uses and will no doubt begin looking into how to deal with the situation in the near future.

In other news, Intel has partnered with Orange Uganda in order to boost IT services. The aims of the partnership are 1) to make PCs more affordable, 2) to make broadband more affordable, and 3) "propel their reach to customers by bridging the broadening gap in Internet access and broadband connectivity". Intel also feels that it is important that future generations be adequately equipped with IT skills and knowledge as this will aid development and the revival of the knowledge economy. This partnership is another move on the part of Orange to empower the people of Uganda to embrace the digital revolution currently being experienced across the globe. An understanding of technology is essential in developing countries if success is to be achieved. Not to mention the fact that by getting its foot in the door of the developing markets in these countries, Intel is essentially enlarging its client base for the future.

In more news, Intel has widely introduced its new Ultrabook that supposedly "offers help for the IT brigade". In general, this is considered to be a step forward to the company. In recent news Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) invited Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) to Intel's Ultrabook party. HP recently introduced a number of new devices such as Ultrabooks, as well as a new range of products that it refers to as Sleekbooks. The Ultrabooks include Intel technology. However, the new Sleekbooks appear to be powered by AMD, so now the question arises of where exactly HP's loyalties lie. Although the Sleekbook is reminiscent of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products it is not, as the company claims, meant to be a copy. HP merely designed what was "right".

However, Intel may face some significant competition for its Ultrabook. It appears that Apple may want to crush the competition as it looks to introduce a new MacBook Air for under $800, probably in the fall, which may well outdo the Ultrabook. Intel's offering is cheaper, but, consideration that Apple's new MacBook represents the next generation of ultrabooks, the question remains whether or not the lower price will be enough to keep Intel ahead of the game. If Apple's timing is right its new offering may well crush Intel's.

The CEO of Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM), an Intel competitor, recently announced that he foresees consolidation ahead for the wireless semiconductor sector. He went on to say that "high cost and difficulty of developing new processors for smartphones and tablet computers will cause many chip makers to exit the market". Only the richest companies will be able to stay in the game. Among other things we can expect to see a decline in the frequency with which new chips are developed. The huge drop in chip prices that we are used to experiencing is no longer likely to occur. Broadcom is just one the companies that is struggling in the realm of chip development at present.

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has joined with companies such as Samsung in order to advance wireless charging. These two companies in conjunction with several others will band together to address the numerous issues that we can see in wireless chargers. The aim is to "develop a new wireless charging technology that will enable users to repower a broad range of devices in cars, on tabletops or in airports, for instance, and to charge multiple devices at once". A set of specifications needs to be established and agreed upon across the industry. This could mean big things if the new technology is embraced across several platforms.

The CEO of Intel competitor IBM (NYSE:IBM) stated recently that the company will maintain its focus on its long-term goals as well as maintaining transparency with its shareholders. IBM plans to focus on reaching higher value markets and on long-term growth. The new CEO, Ginni Rometty, says that what is more important than the changes that will occur under her leadership are the things that will remain exactly the same. Although IBM revenue growth rate has been hurt by Japan and other factors, it hopes to introduce a new era of computing.

Last but not least, AMD is getting its engineering cloud for X86 battle ready. If AMD is successful in winning this battle the company's stocks will rise tremendously. However at this point, it is merely one of the competitors to keep an eye on.

Intel continues to move forward and stand shoulders above its competitors. It's kept this trend going for a while and there's no reason to believe it won't continue. Look for its new technologies to keep investors happy and committed to the company.

Source: Intel's Ultrabook Focus Is Huge Upside Momentum For 2013