Another weekend has come and gone, but spring has definitely sprung in Australia. To get you ready for the week ahead, we have the latest on Intel, Ubuntu, UK broadband, and more.
Intel is blaming weak demand due to economic issues, as well as a soft enterprise PC market, for the decline in projected third quarter revenues of US$13.2 billion, from an expected US$13.8 to US$14.8 billion. It has been speculated that this indicates that PC inventory levels are way too high, ahead of the Windows 8 launch, and could be a result of the cannibalisation of the PC market by smartphones and tablets.
Canonical released the first beta of the next incarnation of the popular Linux platform Ubuntu 12.10 — named Quantal Quetzal — on September 6th, ahead of the final release on October 18th. Here are some of the things you can expect from it.
The United Kingdom's broadband plan is a bit different to our National Broadband Network. The UK government is planning on getting a minimum of 25 megabits-per-second (Mbps) speeds to 90 percent of premises by 2015, using a mixture of fibre-to-the-home, fibre-to-the-cabinet, wireless and fixed wireless. Maria Miller, new British broadband minister, said over the weekend that to overcome some of the problems that BT had been having with installing new fibre cabinets in London, the UK government was planning to allow companies to install new cabinets and other broadband infrastructure without first getting council approval.
At the moment, NBN Co can install fibre on premises now without council approval, but I can imagine that, given all the fixed-wireless towers local councils have been rejecting, this kind of legislation is something that NBN Co would be in favour of implementing here.
The launch of the Google Nexus 7 has seen a boost for the Android platform, with about 70,000 Android tablets being activated per day. It's still a long way off the approximately 190,000 iPad activations per day that Apple sees, but Android is definitely starting to catch up.