Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 1 comment Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit News & Analysis 4/16/2014 2 comments At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone News & Analysis 4/15/2014 8 comments Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple News & Analysis 4/14/2014 5 comments Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
IoT Blooms in San Francisco News & Analysis 4/14/2014 4 comments A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Samsung Grills Apple Expert News & Analysis 4/11/2014 9 comments Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 4/10/2014 10 comments Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
The Man Behind pcDuino News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed News & Analysis 4/7/2014 15 comments An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying News & Analysis 4/4/2014 4 comments Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
Windows Opens Console to Phone News & Analysis 4/4/2014 9 comments Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
Russia Sanctions Impact Mulled News & Analysis 4/2/2014 5 comments Russian officials and company heads discussed how speculation about sanctions can have unintended consequences for the business community, including the impact on IPOs and sales. Cooperation will be key in preventing innovation slowdown, panelists said.
Datacenters Drive 100G Race News & Analysis 4/1/2014 6 comments Intel and Arista are the latest to lead a 100G link for datacenter switches in a race to deploy switches this year to handle a rising tide of Internet data.
WiFi Chip Tracks Indoor Location News & Analysis 4/1/2014 4 comments Broadcom's 802.11ac SoC is designed for pinpoint indoor positioning technology, with a more powerful ARM processor able to process location coordinates within several nanoseconds.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud News & Analysis 3/31/2014 7 comments Droplet launched an automated sprinkler system that uses cloud services to calibrate watering needs, shaving utility bills and saving water.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap? News & Analysis 3/27/2014 13 comments Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Industrial Internet Group Launches News & Analysis 3/27/2014 4 comments AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods News & Analysis 3/27/2014 32 comments According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live! News & Analysis 3/27/2014 5 comments The zombies you watch or play in video games on your smart TV may be less scary than the abilities of hackers using the same device. Researchers from iSEC Partners will go into depth about the vulnerabilities of smart televisions at EE Live!, in a talk titled “The Outer Limits: Hacking a Smart TV.”
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT News & Analysis 3/20/2014 38 comments Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS? News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Has Indoor Navigation Lost Its Way? News & Analysis 3/14/2014 11 comments In the MEMS market, indoor navigation seemed like a good bet just a few years ago, but times have changed. Now, it seems that smartphone makers may drop pressure sensors from their designs.