The Death of the Smartphone Blog 4/23/2014 13 comments Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard Blog 4/23/2014 1 comment It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps? Blog 4/22/2014 4 comments Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore News & Analysis 4/22/2014 11 comments Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air News & Analysis 4/22/2014 Post a comment Wearable World, a San Francisco-based wearable Internet of Things startup, announced a competition in partnership with American Airlines for developers interested travel technology. The two-part competition begins June 6 in San Francisco with a final round on July 11 at San Francisco International Airport; winners will get to work on their device with the airline.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables? News & Analysis 4/21/2014 6 comments Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line? Blog 4/18/2014 43 comments Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor News & Analysis 4/17/2014 2 comments In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018 News & Analysis 4/17/2014 1 comment By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
The Big Fat Indian Election Blog 4/16/2014 6 comments Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 6 comments 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 10 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.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco News & Analysis 4/14/2014 6 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.
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.