Arik Hesseldahl

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Intel CEO Shows Off the Lava Xolo Handset (Video)

Chipmaker Intel finally has a win to call its own in the smartphone market. Earlier this week, it entered into a partnership with the Indian handset maker Lava to supply chips for the Xolo handset. And, naturally, Intel CEO Paul Otellini had one to show off during an appearance on CNBC yesterday.

He calls it “the highest-performing handset on the market, as far as we can tell.” It has taken a few years to get to this point, but there’s a two-billion-unit addressable market to be carved out.

In the video below, Otellini also talks about the competitive threat — though he seems not to consider it much of a threat at all — coming from Microsoft’s Windows 8 and its variant that will support chips running the ARM architecture. How much market share does he expect to lose? None. Intel’s chips can offer the same performance and power efficiency that ARM chips do, while being 100 percent compatible with existing PC software. See the full interview below:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik