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AMD Faces Legal Issues Over Spectre and Meltdown Bugs

February 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

AMD has been sued by a company because of the way it handled the Spectre and Meltdown bugs.

It is not exactly because of the flaws, but because of the speed at which AMD said that it was not in trouble because its chips did not suffer from the bugs.

Rosen Law Firm is a global investor rights firm, where a class action lawsuit has been kicked off on “behalf of purchasers of the securities of Advanced Micro Devices”. The lawsuit details:

“Defendants during the Class Period made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) a fundamental security flaw in Advanced Micro’s processor chips renders them susceptible to hacking; and (2) as a result, Advanced Micro’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages”.

So AMD is in deep trouble over saying: “To be clear, the security research team identified three variants targeting speculative execution. The threat and the response to the three variants differ by microprocessor company, and AMD is not susceptible to all three variants. Due to differences in AMD’s architecture, we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors currently. We expect the security research to be published later today and will provide further updates at that time”.

AMD boldly splitting infinitives which had not been split before said the allegations were without merit and it intends to “vigorously defend against these baseless claims”.

AMD’s current CPUs, Zen core-based products, are entirely immune to Meltdown. Type 2 Spectre attacks that work on AMD hardware are tricky to carry out and need a different set of code for the “same” attack on a different device. AMD Type 1 attacks will not work on Intel or ARM hardware because of implementation differences, and the converse is true too. This means hackers would have to tailor their malware to not just the Type 1/2/3 attack but also for the specific hardware.

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OLED Display Maker eMagin Gets $10M Boost From Apple, LG

February 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

A small firm that produces OLED microdisplays is getting some attention from tech giants with big plans for virtual and augmented reality.

Apple, LG and Valve are making a $10 million investment in eMagin, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Hopewell Junction, New York-based company makes microdisplays used in the military, medical and industrial fields, but it has recently turned its attention to companies building consumer headsets.

“We entered into strategic agreements with multiple Tier One consumer product companies for the design and development of microdisplays for consumer head-mounted devices and, together with these companies, negotiated with mass production manufacturers for higher volume production capabilities,” eMagin said in its filing.

The company’s flagship product is a 2K display with a resolution of 2,048 by 2,048 pixels and a 70 percent fill factor, the percentage of each pixel that can be used to gather light.

The investment, made in the form of a new stock issuance, was expected to be completed before the end of January, according to the filing.

The investment underscores the tech community’s commitment to virtual reality, which promises to transport goggle-wearing users to a computer-generated 3D environment. Augmented reality, meanwhile, overlays digital images on the real world via special headsets.

Apple amped up its AR play in January when it released its ARKit 1.5 to developers. The software, which is part of the upcoming iOS 11.3 release, will pack new features to enable richer apps, including the ability to places items on vertical walls and doors, not just horizontal surfaces like tables.

LG and Valve have also partnered on developing a VR head-mounted display.

Apple and eMagin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

nVidia AI Base Mercedes Benz In Development

February 13, 2018 by  
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Mercedes has unveiled its new A-Class at the event in Amsterdam last night, which is the first Mercedes car to feature the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system powered by Nvidia.

While the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is quite an impressive hatchback which will enter series production this spring, it is also the first car with the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system as a standard feature.

Powered by an Nvidia chip, the MBUX is described as a system that combines natural language processing, “silky-smooth” 3D graphics and an augmented reality boosted navigation system, bringing both better intuitive interactive and safety. The MBUX system will be available in three display versions, two 7-inch, 7-inch, and 10.25-inch or two 10.25-inch displays.

Although it looks like two tablets stitched together and placed where the dashboard should go, Nvidia claims that the chip will have more than enough computational capabilities to even support new and future applications. As it is updateable over-the-air and as speech and AI applications evolve, MBUX has the potential to offer much more.

Ola Källenius, board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development said that the company’s mission was to take the user experience to a new level and by choosing the best technology available for AI they created a learning system that will better anticipate your preference the longer you use it.

The MBUX also has speech recognition and indirect commands, it will not only understand simple phrases like “raise temperature” but also much more complex ones like the “I’m cold. Make it warmer in here.”

“Natural language with AI will be the preferred method of interacting with the car,” said Georges Massing, Daimler AG’s director of user interaction. “That’s because speech is the easiest — and safest — way to interact.”

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be the first car to get the MBUX but similar versions will also be available across its entire vehicle lineup in future.

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Is Dell Going On An Acquisition Spree

February 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Michael Dell’s private PC empire is continuing to grow, and it seems that he is not happy with what he has.

Soon after buying out all his shareholders and going private, Dell wrote a cheque for EMC and created a considerable computer outfit. But word on the street is that despite a big debt load caused by all these buy-outs, Dell wants to expand further.

The word on the Street is that Dell’s board of directors will meet later this month to consider the most significant shakeup in the company’s history since it acquired data storage provider EMC for $67 billion in 2016, the sources said.

Dell is under pressure to boost its profitability after the EMC deal failed to deliver the cost savings and performance it projected, while higher component costs and a challenging data storage market have eroded its margins.

Dell is reviewing a list of several possible acquisition targets that would boost its cash flow and expand its offerings. Dell is also considering a sale or initial public offering (IPO) of its one of its fast-growing divisions, Pivotal Software. It may consider a transaction with its majority-owned VMware which have gained more than 62 percent in the past year.

Dell also has a security unit, RSA, and a cloud platform called Boomi which could receive the IPO treatment.  Another possibility is that the company could give itself an IPO.

A bright spot in Dell’s business has been its servers, helping its total net revenue growth to $56.7 billion in the nine months from $41.6 billion a year earlier. However, the company’s operating expenses soared from $10 billion to $17.3 billion, leading to an operating loss of $3 billion, up from a $1.6 billion operating loss a year ago.

Private equity firm Silver Lake which helped bankroll Michael Dell’s $24.9 billion deal in 2013 to take the company private and owns about 18 percent of the company is believed to be wanting to cash out of the company.

A stock market listing for Dell would allow Silver Lake to gradually begin winding down its stake. What is more, an IPO of Dell, or divestiture of one or more of its assets, would help it pay down debt faster, saving it money on expensive interest payments, for which it currently pays about $2 billion annually.

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Reddit Finally Goes Two-Factor

February 6, 2018 by  
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Reddit is finally getting two-factor authentication (2FA) to keep user accounts better locked down.

Reddit has been testing the use of 2FA for some time, but now it looks to be finally ready to push it out to all.

“You asked for it, and we’re delivering! Today, all Reddit users have the option to enable two-factor authentication for an additional layer of account security,” said the company in a Reddit post, naturally.

“We have been slowly rolling this feature out, starting with beta testers, moderators, and third-party app developers, to ensure a positive experience across devices. Your feedback has been incredibly valuable, from pointing out bugs to recommending features. Thank you to everyone involved in testing.”

“Two-factor adds more security to your Reddit account by requiring a second step to sign in. In this case, if you opt into 2FA, you’ll access a six-digit verification code generated by your phone after a new sign-in attempt. With two-factor enabled, even if someone else obtained your Reddit username and password, they still could not log in as you.”

If users lose their phone or the Reddit app has a case of the tech hiccups, Reddit will supply each user with 10 one-off codes to allow them to authenticate their accounts securely.

So that’s all good news for paranoid Reddit users who want to make sure any of the noise they spout on the site does indeed come from them and not someone else masquerading as an angry poser peeved at… well… pretty much everything under the sun.

While 2FA is enabled on desktop, mobile and third-party versions of Reddit, it needs to be turned on by users by accessing the ‘password/email’ tab in the desktop version.

One might wonder why 2FA isn’t switched-on automatically, especially for new Reddit users. But the reason for having it as an option could simply be for user ease-of-use in the same way two-factor authentication isn’t enabled by default in Google’s Gmail.

2FA isn’t the be all and end all of cybersecurity but it at least throws another hurdle in the way of have-a-go hackers.

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Apple Takes Smartphone Lead Away From Samsung

February 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Mobile

Apple has leaped past Samsung as the world’s leading shipper of smartphones, according to two industry reports.

Though IDC and IHS Markit had differing numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017, the result was the same: Apple handsets surpassed Samsung in shipments for only the second time in history.

“The new models from Apple played a key role in moving Apple ahead of Samsung in Q4,” said Ryan Reith, vice president for IDC’s Mobile Device Tracker report.

According to Apple’s own numbers, it’s selling about 10 iPhone per second — most of which are iPhone X’s.

Apple yesterday announced quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, an increase of 13% year-over-year — an all-time record. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple once before surpassed Samsung in handset shipments – in the fourth quarter of 2016. But that was considered an anomaly by analysts at the time.

“Apple had a good holiday quarter [in 2016], but it was also the same time Samsung was going through that whole issue with the Note 7 and the battery issue. So Samsung was having its own issues, while Apple was doing well,” Reith said. “There was no anomaly this quarter. There’s no question [Apple is] gaining traction.”

Apple shipments, Reith said, are driven by holiday sales because their new product release cycle comes just prior to that season.

“There’s a good chance they could see a soft first half of 2018. That’s not because they’re doing anything wrong,” Reith said. “That’s mainly because of the way the fanbase follows their new product. They rush out to buy the new product and then it sort of tapers off a little bit as you get closer to the September announcement for new products.”

While Apple may have passed Samsung, overall smartphone shipments declined 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017, and shipments for the whole year decreased just under 1% due to higher-priced “ultra-high-end flagship” models, IDC said.

IHS Markit research saw the market slightly different, with shipments dipping a bit less  (4.5%) from Q3 to Q4 while increasing 3.5% for the year.

Leading the market in the fourth quarter, Apple shipped 77.3 million smartphones, 1.2% fewer than in 2016, according to IHS. Samsung shipped 74.3 million units, down  2.2%.

Apple accounted for 20% of all smartphones shipped in the fourth quarter. Samsung followed at 19%, according to IHS.

IDC also pegged Apple’s shipments at 77.3 million in Q4, but it saw that as a 1.3% decrease year-over-year.

Although demand for the new higher priced iPhone X may not have been as strong as many expected, the overall iPhone lineup appealed to a wider range of consumers in both emerging and developed markets, IDC said. Apple finished second for the full year in 2017 shipping 215.8 million units, up 0.2% from the 215.4 million units shipped in 2016.

“Apple continues to prove that having numerous models at various price points bodes well for bringing smartphone owners to iOS,” IDC said.

Is the UK Doomed To Face A Major Cyber Security Attack

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

It is inevitable that the UK will be hit by a major cyberattack in the next two years according to the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). 

Speaking to The Guardian, Ciaran Martin said that the US, France and other parts of Europe had been whacked by so-called “category one” (C1) cyber-attacks, which aim to cripple infrastructure including energy companies and financial services, and that it was a question of “when, not if” Britain will be hit.

“Most comparable western countries have experienced what we would consider a category one attack, so we have been fortunate in avoiding that to date,” he said. “I think it is a matter of when, not if and we will be fortunate to come to the end of the decade without having a category one attack.

“Some attacks will get through. What you need to do [at that point] is cauterize the damage,” he added.

Martin noted that the country’s worst attack so far has been the WannaCry ransomware attack that struck in May last year, which forced NHS hospitals across the UK to shut down IT systems and telephones lines, and in some cases cancel operations and send patients home.

However, this attack – which also infected traffic lights in Australia and forced Honda to shut down a production plant in Japan – was only categorized as a “category two” attack, of which there have been 34 since the NCSC was set up in October 2016, Martin said. There have been 762 category three incidents, he added.

Martin’s comments come after the head of the British Army, Gen Sir Nick Carter, called for more defense spending to tackle the threat of cyberattacks, saying that the UK needed to protect itself from “cyber-warfare” from Russia.

Speaking of which, Martin warned that while no successful attempts have yet been made to interfere with the UK’s democratic process, there may have been intelligence-gathering taking place for possible future attacks.

“What we have seen from Russia thus far against the UK is a series of intrusions for espionage and possible pre-positioning into key sectors but in a more controlled form of attack from others,” he said.

Martin’s claims come just weeks after a report from think-tank Chatham House warned that nuclear weapons systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, which could lead to the ‘inadvertent’ nuclear launches.

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Microsoft Stops Installing Spectre Patch After Bug Reported

January 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

This pastweekend, Microsoft released an update that disables a patch to IntelCPUs after reports that the patch — meant to fix a design flaw known as Spectre — caused unexpected reboots and other problems. Intel called a halt to installations of the patch one week ago, but Microsoft’s new update goes a step further and disables the patches on any computers that already had them installed.

It’s the latest development in the rocky recovery process from the Spectre flaw. Researchers revealed in early January that hundreds of millions of chips made by Intel and AMD or built on Arm designs were designed in a way that could allow hackers to access sensitive information, such as passwords and encryption keys, essential to the security of a computer and its contents. That included the Spectre flaw as well as a similar flaw called Meltdown.

Since then, some updates to chips made by Intel and AMD were revealed to cause their own problems. What’s more, Intel faces concerns that the updates, even if implemented correctly, will slow down computer performance.

Microsoft’s new update, released Saturday, comes on the heels of Intel’s quarterly financial disclosures. On Friday, Intel wrote in a press release that patches to its chips “may result in adverse performance, reboots, system instability, data loss or corruption, unpredictable system behavior, or the misappropriation of data by third parties.”

In its announcement of the disabling update, Microsoft urged users to stay informed about the status of a patch for Spectre. “We understand that Intel is continuing to investigate the potential impact of the current microcode version and encourage customers to review their guidance on an ongoing basis to inform their decisions,” Microsoft said.

‘Jackpotting’ ATM Cash Theft Hits America

January 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

ATM makers are sounding the alarm that a scheme in which cyberthieves force machines to spit out cash like a winning slot machine has arrived in the United States.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard of hackers making ATMs spew out cash like a casino slot machine. We actually saw so-called “jackpotting” demonstrated last summer at the Black Hat security conference and it’s reportedly been a real threat for banks in Europe and Asia for a couple years now.

But a Saturday report from security expert Brian Krebs marks the stateside arrival of the crime, in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the release of the cash. Up until now, such attacks “have somehow eluded US ATM operators,” Krebs said.

“But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States,” Krebs wrote.

On his website, Krebs on Security, he reported that the US Secret Service has warned financial institutions about the attacks in the past few days and notes that ATM maker NCR sent an alert about the threat to its customers.

Reuters later confirmed alerts were sent out to customers of both NCR and ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf, noting that neither company identified any victims or how much money has been lost. Both companies confirmed to CNET that those alerts went out offering customers guidance on how to protect their machines. The Diebold alert sent to its customers on Friday notes that the attacks were first reported in Mexico and target one of its out-of-production models.

The Secret Service notice, according to Krebs, said hackers have targeted stand-alone ATMs “routinely located in pharmacies, big-box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs.”

The Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the Secret Service’s warnings.

 

Is IBM Making A Comeback

January 29, 2018 by  
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IBM’s revenue rose for the first time in 23 quarters, beating Wall Street’ estimates and indicating that the company is back, thanks mostly to its cloud ambitions.

The company forecast stable margins and revenue for 2018, buoyed by growth in its newer businesses such as cloud computing and security services.

IBM forecast an operating profit of at least $13.80 per share for 2018, compared with $13.80 in 2017 and market expectations of $13.92.  Wall Street would like to see something more positive from IBM given the figure improvements.

Some of this is due to taxes. IBM forecast a 2018 operating tax rate of 16 percent, plus or minus two percentage points, compared with a rate of 12 percent in 2017.

IBM’s Chief Financial Officer James Kavanaugh said on a conference call that tax would be a headwind in 2018. Kavanaugh said IBM would continue to “maintain a high level of investment” in 2018 as it boosts its capabilities on its high-margin “strategic imperatives” such as cloud, mobile, cybersecurity and data analytics.

That focus, started by Chief Executive Ginni Rometty, has helped IBM counter its faltering legacy hardware and software businesses and slow its revenue declines in recent quarters.

The company’s revenue finally rose in the latest fourth quarter, the first year-over-year increase since the first quarter of 2012, just after Rometty became CEO.

Revenue from IBM’s cloud business jumped 30 percent in the latest quarter. Revenue from all “strategic imperatives” rose 17 percent.

Total revenue increased 3.6 percent to $22.54 billion, beating analysts’ average estimate of $22.06 billion.

IBM swung to a loss of $1.05 billion from a year-ago profit of $4.50 billion, due to a $5.5 billion tax reform-related charge. Its adjusted profit of $5.18 per share beat estimates by a penny.

The company’s adjusted gross margins of 49.5 percent fell short of market expectations of 50.8 percent.

IBM shares were down 3.4 percent at $163.40 in extended trading.

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Samsung To Launch Galaxy S9 On February 25th

January 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Mobile

Samsung has officially chosen Feb. 25 as the date it will launch its next big phone, all but confirmed to be called the Galaxy S9.

We already knew the global smartphone titan would drop the device at Mobile World Congress — better known by its initials, MWC — next month in Barcelona, the world’s largest show for all things mobile. What we didn’t have was a launch date. If you’re keeping tabs, this Unpacked event shares the same time and weekday as Samsung’s past phone unveilings at MWC: the Sunday night before the show officially kicks off.

Samsung’s invitation shows a large purple “9” on a black background, highlighting the words “The camera. Reimagined.” The invitation doesn’t offer much in the way of hints, but it does give credence to rumors that the S9 will improve its camera performance. One or both of the S9 phones are expected to use a dual-camera setup, the second to do so after 2017’s Galaxy Note 8.

MWC, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 1, is a crucial opportunity for brands to showcase their new phones for 2018, and Samsung will be its most important anchor by far. While Samsung has a long history of introducing Galaxy devices at MWC, it’s also unwrapped them at standalone events later in March. Last year’s absent Galaxy S8 was the elephant in the room.

Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus rumors have been mounting, painting a picture of a large-screen, slim-bezel phone with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a dual-camera setup (at least the larger S9 Plus). Rumors also include Samsung’s own version of Apple’s Face ID secure face unlocking, and an in-screen fingerprint reader.

Whatever the Galaxy S9 phones bring will do battle against the iPhone X, 8 Plus and 8 handsets in 2018. Although we likely won’t see the S9s go on sale until March, they’ll spend more than half the year as major Android contenders to Apple’s top phones, especially if they hit the market before other Android rivals.

For example, LG heavily hinted that it may wait until after MWC to introduce its next top-tier phone, expected to be called the LG G7, and it’s suggested that it will debut an LG V30 variant instead. Huawei is also rumored to forgo an MWC phone launch. The Nokia brand, which has cryptically promised something “awesome” for the mobile show, could produce a challenger as well, though rumors are sparse.

The rumors are sure to pile up in the next month as we approach Unpacked. And of course, we’ll bring you all the details as we cover the event live from Barcelona.

IBM And Maersk Joing Forces For Blockchain Venture

January 26, 2018 by  
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IBM and Danish transport and logistics company Maersk are teaming up to create an as-yet-unnamed Blockchain-based shipping and supply chain company.

The move will commercialize Blockchain for all aspects of the global supply chain system, from shipping to ports, and banks to customs offices. Blockchain technology a provide control for the logistics industry since it can replace tedious and insecure paperwork with secure digital records that are also transparent.

Maersk’s chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc, who will serve as chairman of the newly formed board for the joint venture, said: “The potential from offering a neutral, open digital platform for safe and easy ways of exchanging information is huge, and all players across the supply chain stand to benefit.”

The company had promised to make delivery of the new project by the end of last year. The offering is the fulfilment of a year’s worth of planning by both companies, each of whom have invested in Blockchain in various other ways. The joint venture is hoping to start offering their software solutions by Q3 2018.

The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy.

The success of the platform, which will be made available to the ocean shipping industry around mid-2018, depends on whether Maersk and IBM can convince shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities to sign up.

It will help manage and track tens of millions of shipping containers globally by digitizing the supply chain process from end to end, the companies said.

A shipment of refrigerated goods from East Africa to Europe can go through nearly 30 people and organizations and involve more than 200 different communications, according to Maersk. Documentation and bureaucracy can be as much as a fifth of the total cost of moving a container.

Customs and port authorities in the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands and China’s Guangdong province have shown interest in using the platform, and some other shipping companies are also interested, he said.

The move could also improve distribution security. A cyber-attack last year caused some of the biggest-ever disruptions to global shipping, displaying the vulnerability of outdated communication systems. Maersk’s container and port operations were hit for weeks, as it struggled to bring its IT systems including some 1500 applications back online.

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Does Qualcomm Have a Bright Future

January 24, 2018 by  
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The financial future for Qualcomm in FY2019 is bright, according to a statement the company released today.

It estimates that its share profit will fall between $6.75 and $7.50 in fiscal 2019 Non-GAAP earnings per share on revenues of $35 billion to $37 billion.

The forecast sent its share price up as the company believes that Qualcomm is currently dramatically undervalued. This is what Fudzilla was talking about a while ago, as it took a hostile attempt for a takeover for investors to realize that Qualcomm is actually worth more than the Street thought.  

Qualcomm, as Fudzilla has reported before, is rejecting a hostile takeover bid from Broadcom and seems, so far to have fended off the unwanted advances.

Even if the takeover did happen, it could take up to 18 months for regulatory approvals, setting the roadmaps and plans significantly back. The takeover would not benefit Qualcomm shareholders, it is designed to benefit Broadcom shareholders. More importantly, Qualcomm doesn’t need any help to execute the 5G roadmap that is going to create significant revenues for the company in the mobile, PC, IoT and automotive industries. 

The action plan includes plans to continue to grow the Qualcomm core business, a new $1 billion cost reduction program and extend attention to NXP acquisition and peace with Apple. 

The last two are very interesting as Qualcomm told shareholders that even if it doesn’t manage to acquire NXP, it would use the money for a large share repurchase. The shareholders would have a clear win. Having Cristiano as a president brings a confidence that the Apple and any other legal battlers might settle in financial 2019 (September 30 2018). 

Overall, Qualcomm has good chances to grow even further in its core business including mobile phones. It has scored some of the rebellious customers from China including Meizu as a licensee and it is on the verge of entering a connected PC market. This can be a potentially important catalyst as Qualcomm could have much better battery life compared to its Intel competition. Let’s not forget  that Qualcomm SoC have integrated 4G LTE X16 modem with Gigabit LTE support and the upcoming Snapdragon 845 has 1.2 Gbit modem and significantly faster CPU and GPU. 

The company has already announced a phone form factor for 5G designs that will help customers ship 5G enabled phones in 2019. The automotive business unit also managed to win Volkswagen for infotainment in early 2017 and has just announced Jaguar and Land Rover design wins, as well as Honda Accord 2018. It also pulled off a design in China with BYD. 

Qualcomm Low Power Bluetooth SoC QCC5100 will enable earbuds with TrueWireless Stereo, Qualcomm aptX HD audio, Integrated Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and third-party voice assistant services. All that will fit in your ear and play for several hours. Qualcomm scored almost a 100 percent design wins with its Mesh – Self Organizing network technology that you see with many customers as router packs. This magical technology works great with Google routers, Orbi and a few other big names and currently doesn’t have any competition. 

Overall 2018 looks to be a good year for Qualcomm and there is no way how Broadcom can benefit, and therefore the Qualcomm board urges its customers to stay away from Broadcom’s offer.

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Google and China’s Tencent Agree On Patent Deal

January 23, 2018 by  
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Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to a patent licensing agreement with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it seeks ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine, and email service, are blocked by regulators.

The U.S. technology company has signed similar agreements before with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Cisco Systems Inc, but the deal with Tencent is a first with a large Chinese tech firm.

 Google has previously said that agreements such as these reduce the potential of litigation over patent infringement.
 The agreement with the Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, Google said on Friday, without disclosing any financial terms of the deal.

Tencent oversees China’s top social media and payments app, WeChat, which has close to a billion users. It also oversees one of the country’s most popular app stores and hosts the country’s biggest gaming and livestream platforms.

Google did not disclose the scope of the new patent deal and Tencent did not immediately respond to questions about which products the patent agreement will cover.

“By working together on agreements such as this, tech companies can focus on building better products and services for their users,” said Mike Lee, Google’s head of patents.

Over the past year, Google has indicated that it was looking to increase it presence in the restrictive Chinese market, with the launch of a local AI research lab, introduction of a version of its translation app and expansion into new cities.

The company announced this month that it had invested in Chinese livestream gaming app Chushou, which is similar to Google’s own YouTube game livestreaming services.

In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke at a conference in China hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees censorship in the country.

Blackberry Is Stepping Into The Car Arena

January 23, 2018 by  
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Failed mobile phone maker BlackBerry has launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programmed used in self-driving cars.

Dubbed Blackberry Jarvis, the software is being marketed first to automakers – a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping will power its turnaround efforts – but could also have applications in healthcare and industrial automation.

BlackBerry said it was offering Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis. Once initiated, automakers will have online access to Jarvis and can scan files at every stage of software development.

BlackBerry said it had already tested Jarvis with automaker Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover unit, whose chief executive said Jarvis reduced the time needed to assess code from 30 days to seven minutes.

BlackBerry in September announced it would partner with auto supplier Delphi Automotive Plc on a software operating system for self-driving cars.

Earlier this month BlackBerry and Chinese internet search firm Baidu signed a deal to jointly develop self-driving vehicle technology.

BlackBerry has signed automotive-related deals with chipmaker Qualcomm, auto supplier Denso and Ford.

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