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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing
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4/16/2014   2 comments
Samsung's Galaxy 5 shows innovation in smartphones is shifting from revolutionary to evolutionary improvements and value is shifting to software.
Gartner: Windows XP End Boosted Q1 2014 PC Sales
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4/16/2014   1 comment
The ongoing move to tablets and smartphones continues, but the end of Windows XP support got many consumers to plunk down money for new PCs, which helped shipments during the first quarter of 2014.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
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4/15/2014   2 comments
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is packed with so many high-tech systems it can barely manage to be a car.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
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4/15/2014   1 comment
With Apple looking to enter the automobile market with CarPlay, carmakers eventually will have to make some hard choices, since the company is known to take over ecosystems with software and hardware offerings.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple
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4/14/2014   7 comments
Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Amazon’s Smartphone: A Tracking Tool in Disguise?
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4/14/2014   3 comments
An Amazon-branded phone could change the way we think about how sensors can affect any number of businesses, not just retail.
Heartbleed Causing More Heartburn for OpenSSL & Site Owners
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4/14/2014   2 comments
Certificate authorities may have to figure out how to revoke and re-issue millions of certificates after "probably impossible" private-key hack took only three hours to accomplish.
Samsung Grills Apple Expert
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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.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
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4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
NASA Releases 1,000 Apps to Public
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4/11/2014   10 comments
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
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4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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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.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
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4/8/2014   12 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
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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
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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
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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.
Micrium Gears Up for IoT
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4/3/2014   5 comments
RTOS and embedded software provider Micrium is putting partnerships and plans in place to become an end-to-end IoT software provider.
Skeds Slip for Embedded Designs
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4/2/2014   13 comments
More embedded design projects are missing their schedules as the size of design teams is shrinking, according to a new study.
Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns to Courthouse
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4/1/2014   Post a comment
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?
Interoperability in Healthcare Tech Could Save $30 Billion
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3/27/2014   7 comments
A new research paper is urging the healthcare industry to work more closely together in order to foster more interoperability, especially when it comes to promoting new technologies within the field.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live!
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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.”
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
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3/26/2014   11 comments
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
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3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
LG Smart Lamp: Lighting, Meet Smartphones
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Control lighting with your smartphone for security and energy-saving purposes.
Huawei Kills Dual-OS Windows-Android Smartphone
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3/21/2014   9 comments
Huawei cancels its Android-Windows Phone plans, just days after Asus put a dual-OS device on hold.
Microsoft DirectX Goes Mobile
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3/20/2014   2 comments
The next-generation DirectX API from Microsoft is focused on efficiency rather than new hardware features, but runs across platforms, including smartphones.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
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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.
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
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3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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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.
IoT Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
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3/18/2014   1 comment
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Huawei Confirms Dual-OS Android-Windows Smartphone
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3/14/2014   4 comments
Smartphone will let users swap between Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Mobile & Smart TV Disparity
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3/7/2014   6 comments
For the smart TV to remain relevant in the growing strength of second screen devices, it must engender an applications development community that will provide as rich a selection of apps as is available on smartphones and tablets.
Google Glass Success Depends on Niche Apps
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3/6/2014   1 comment
Prototyping applications will be key to the success of Google Glass and other wearable glasses, speakers at Wearables DevCon said. The conference was designed for wearable makers, software developers and app creators.

ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
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3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
Congress Seeking to Limit FDA Oversight of Low-Risk Software
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3/5/2014   Post a comment
In Washington, there's a growing debate about how much regulation EHRs and EMRs need from agencies like the FDA.
SDN Spawns Shift, Slowdown
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3/5/2014   8 comments
The move to software-defined networking holds opportunities, say backers, but it damped 2013 sales of routers and switches, says a market researcher.
Apple's iOS Codes Get Inside Car
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3/4/2014   15 comments
With CarPlay, Apple’s naked ambition to get inside the car has become more evident than ever before. So is the eagerness of carmakers to associate their cars with the popular smartphone platform -- at any cost.
MWC: Surveying the Good, the Bad & the Absent
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3/3/2014   2 comments
Android, 64-bit chips and low-cost handsets were big at MWC, but Nokia's Android hybrid, Samsung's Tizen, and Google's absence raised questions.
Broadcom, Freescale Boot Up SDN
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3/3/2014   1 comment
Software-defined networking edged forward with new software and interfaces enabling OpenFlow on Broadcom and Freescale chips.
Google’s Project Ara: Who Are Real Targets?
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3/3/2014   16 comments
Call it a Lego phone, a modular phone, a DYI phone, or a totally customizable phone. Google's Project Ara is breaking a smartphone into modular pieces and letting people build custom phones.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
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2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market
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2/27/2014   24 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Baidu Grows Silicon Valley Footprint
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2/27/2014   2 comments
An expanding US development center will help China's search giant prepare a move to embrace GPUs and DSPs in its datacenters.
IoT Plus Google Analytics: What a Combo
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
Usable and targeted data is much needed in the burgeoning industrial IoT arena, where data abounds, but the ability to customize and analyze is slower to catch up.
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