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AM News: BlackBerry 10 Screen Sharing Feature Leaked, Samsung Outs Cortex A15 Processor, iPad Market Share to Halve by 2017?

Details of some features the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system will boast have been spilled on the CrackBerry forum. RIM has been having a tough time of it lately, to say the least, between flopping tablets which were released with no native email client, to major global outages and a seriously sliding smartphone market share. IDC figures for Q1 2012 show RIM has fallen to 7 per cent in the global smartphone vendor market, halved from 14 per cent the previous year.

Samsung announced that it has taped out the hardened core of the first Cortex-A15 processor-based MPCore system on chip for mobile computing devices, using its own 32nm low power high-K metal gate (HKMG) process. Implemented by the Samsung Austin Research Center, the dual core SoC reached more than 1GHz with final ready to market speeds likely to approach 2GHz and integrated into the Exynos 5xxx series (with the Exynos 5250 being one) which was unveiled earlier this year.

Microsoft has added a new member to its board of directors: Stephen J. Luczo, the current president and CEO of Seagate Technology. This brings the board's total members to 11. Some Microsoft higher-ups have of course commented on the appointment, with Bill Gates, former head of the firm being one of the first to celebrate the move.

The iPad effect will fade away and Apple will barely hold on to its market dominance, according to industry observers. The latest report from NPD Group estimates that by 2017, rival tablets running on Android and Windows will eat up iPad's market share. Overall, the global tablet market is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years. Shipments are predicted to rise from 81.6 million units in 2011, to 424.9 million units in 2017.

Microsoft has released a statement that says the Apple operating system, OS X, is not safe from Malware without adequate provisions taken. Ironically enough though, the latest security hole is found in Microsoft software. Still, don't jump down the software giant's throat just yet. The only reason a Mac can be affected by this bug is if the Apple user hasn't updated his/her Office software in three years.