Showing posts from November, 2015

Planned Japanese high-speed train exports to the USA.

Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, for a test ride on a superconducting magnetic levitation, or maglev, train developed by Central Japan Railway, known as JR Tokai. Foxx rode an experimental seven-car, 505kph train along with JR Tokai Chairman Emeritus Yoshiyuki Kasai and Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii, for about 25 minutes.
The experience was proof that the miracle of transportation has come this far, Foxx told journalists after the ride. He also unveiled a plan to spend $27.8 million to study the possibility of importing the maglev train into the U.S.
There are actually two US high-speed railway projects in the US, one that connects Dallas- Houston, Texas and it is expected to open in 2021 and a second project northeast maglev train that connects Washington to New York, but opening the Washington-Baltimore section first. No date for this opening yet.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Japane…

FIFA Puskas Award 2015 nominees short list revealed. Video.

The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award for the “most beautiful goal of the year” were announced. 

The three final goals are: Alessandro Florenzi – 16.09.2015, AS Roma – FC Barcelona, UEFA Champions League / Wendell Lira – 11.03.2015, Atletico-GO – Goianesia, Campeonato Goiano (Brazil) / Lionel Messi – 30.05.2015, Athletic Bilbao  - FC Barcelona, Copa del Rey (Spain). 

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Nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 awards revealed.

The contenders for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for the best player of 2015 and for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015 Award have been announced today on, and on FIFA’s YouTube channel in a show hosted by Kate Abdo (Sky Sports) with expert analysis from Nadine Kessler (German national team player and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2014) and Edgar Davids (former Dutch national team player and winner of the UEFA Champions League 1994-1995).
The nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or are, in alphabetical order: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona) and Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona). Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle), and Célia Šašić (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt) are in the running for the women’s award.
The candidates for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football and FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football awards have also …

USA: Samsung patent application for its foldable smartphone is on the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published an application from SamsungProject V (as the shape of the mobile when it is almost folded) model number SM-G929F for the foldable smartphone/tablet also known as Project Valley.
Despite 9to5mac shows on their site a different draw of the foldable device where it shows an iPod icon we just believe that a year and 6 months ago when Samsung presented the same application patent in South Korea , Samsung was maybe in talks with Apple for some kind of music services at that time from Apple.
Microsoft is going to make available Cortana on iPhones with Apple approval, Time has changed and USA companies are helping each other making some applications available on their devices despite they are competitors.
Samsung is the number one Apple chip supplier a long time ago, so why not sharing some app or service on their mobiles.
According to SamMobile, Valley will be sold in several European countries (the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, Poland) and N…

Japan: Scientists create touchable holograms. Video.

Japanese scientists create touchable holograms, believing this could contribute to architecture and medicine.This isn't CGI. These are touchable holograms, created by Japanese researchers. They've used femtosecond laser technology that fires high frequency laser pulses lasting one millionth of one billionth of a second. The pulses respond to human touch, allowing users to manipulate the hologram's pixels in mid-air. 
DR. YOICHI OCHIAI, TSUKUBA UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "You can't actually feel the videos or pictures, and although you can project a video, you can't interact with it by touching it. So, if we can project an image in a three dimensional form, and if you can touch it, then you can make something where you'll think that there actually is something there." Researchers say their Fairy Lights technology could be used in entertainment, medicine, and architecture.  

2015 Solid State Drive (SSD) market share: Samsung 41%, Intel 16%, SanDisk 10%

Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to have a more than 40 percent share in the global solid state drive (SSD) market, which is considered the general trend in personal computer markets including notebook computers and servers, this year.
According to market researchers IHS and DRAMeXchange on Nov. 29, Samsung's SSD market share will rank first this year with 41 percent, following Intel Corp. with 16 percent, SanDisk Corp. with 10 percent, Micron Technology Inc. with 7 percent and Toshiba with 6 percent.
In 2014, Samsung's share stood at 34 percent with Intel and SanDisk sharing 17 percent and 16 percent of the market, respectively. The estimate said Samsung will see an increase by 7 percent point, while Intel and SanDisk will show a decrease by 1 percent point and 6 percent point, respectively. Samsung’s market share is almost four times larger than its rival SanDisk.

Since SSD uses NAND flash memory, it is four times faster in reading and writing speeds. This trait considerably…

LG Electronics Develops Its First Mobile Application Processor.

LG Electronics’ first mobile application processor Nuclun 1 
LG Electronics is trying to move away from Qualcomm, which the company solely relied on for existing mobile application processors (AP), and is now developing its new mobile AP in cooperation with Intel and TSMC. The company seeks to reduce its dependency on Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, which will be manufactured at Samsung's chip-making foundries, and develop its own chip from next year.
According to industry sources on Nov. 26, LG Electronics is currently moving to pilot production of ARM-based 64-bit mobile AP called the Nuclun 2 by using Intel's 14-nanometer FinFET technology and TSMC’s 16-nm FinFET technology. The Nuclun 2 will be an octa-core processor with four ARM’s Cortex A72 at 2.1 GHz and four Cortex A53 cores running at 1.5GHz.

With three years of research and development, LG Electronics introduced the Nuclun 1, which was produced with 28-nm FinFET technology, last year and used it on its G3 Screen smartpho…

Confirmed: Apple to adopt LG’s OLED for iPhones.

Apple will adopt organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays on iPhones starting in 2018, supplied by LG Display. As the number one smartphone vendor Apple has decided to use OLED, the global display panel industry is expected to change dramatically.
According to a report from Nikkei on Nov. 16, Apple has notified its suppliers about its future plans, with LG Display already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED display production.
Apple will sell its new OLED iPhones three years later. OLED displays offer sharper images, brighter colors and better power efficiency compared to existing liquid crystal display (LCD). Also, flexible OLED displays allow a wide range of device design.

Samsung and LG commercialized OLEDs on their smartphones in 2010 for the first time in the world. However, Apple has stuck with advanced LCD after its release in 2007.
But initially Apple, which ships over 200 million iPhones a year, may opt for a mix of LCD and OLED until capacity can catch up. Apple …

Samsung has started the mass production of the industry's first 128GB(DRAM) modules for servers

Samsung Electronics Co.'s 128-gigabyte DDR4 module 
Global chipmaker Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has started the mass production of the industry's first 128-gigabyte dynamic random access memory (DRAM) modules for servers with enhanced capacity and speed.
The latest development is double the capacity of the 64-GB DRAM module that Samsung launched in August last year.
Samsung said the latest 128-GB DRAM module beats other rivals also in speed and power efficiency, providing optimal solutions for servers and data centers. The module is composed of 144 8-gigabit DDR4 chips produced by Samsung's 20-nanometer technology.
The company said it will continue to increase the production of 8-gigabit chips to meet growing demand in the market.

Japan: New sensors monitor patients' breathing from under bed.

Minebea has worked with IBM Japan and Chiba University to develop a way to track the respiratory status of hospital patients without hooking them up to equipment.
Bed-mounted sensors detect breathing disturbances by monitoring shifts in the body's center of gravity. Minebea plans to begin trials in hospitals at the start of the new year and hopes to have a commercial product ready in fiscal 2016.

LG Display to invest $8.7 billion in new OLED plant, targeting iPhones 2018 models.

South Korea's LG Display said it will invest more than 10 trillion won ($8.71 billion) to build a large plant to make panels using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, raising its big bet on the ultra-clear display technology.The company said it will spend an initial 1.84 trillion won to begin building the plant, called P10, in Paju, South Korea, to make panels across all product segments including large screens for TVs and flexible OLED panels for devices such as smartwatches and auto displays.Production is expected to begin in the first half of 2018.Japan's Nikkei Asian Review reported without identifying sources that LG Display was building a new plant in anticipation of Apple Inc  adopting OLED technology for its iPhone in 2018. A spokeswoman for LG Display declined to comment to Reuters on the report.
LG Electronics Inc  and its affiliate LG Display are investing heavily on OLED for TVs, and LG Electronics recently slashed the prices of TV sets in the United States …

LG to begin roll out of the LG Ray smartphone for 3G markets.

LG Electronics (LG) will begin roll out of LG Ray1 to key global 3G markets, starting with the CIS region this week followed by Latin America. LG Ray features a stunning metallic design and comes loaded with best-in-class features such as an expansive 5.5-inch HD display and an 8MP front camera, features unavailable in competing devices.With its impressively large display powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor, LG Ray enables users to enjoy multimedia content seamlessly. Thanks to LG’s superior optical technology, this device captures impressive images with its 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera unmatched by other smartphones in its category. Gesture Shot, LG’s exclusive UX inherited from its G Series, delivers an easier way to take selfies and LG Ray also features a removable battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh for longer usage time between charges.“Customers in 3G markets continue to be a priority for LG so we will continue to develop new products with these consumers in mind,” …

Japan: Wearable walk-assist gets green light for sale

Cyberdyne's HAL for Medical Use, lower limb type, is designed to help patients with such conditions as ALS and muscular dystrophy.

Japan's health ministry approved on Wednesday sale of a wearable walk-assist robot for use in medical facilities, underscoring the government's push to promote such products as part of growth strategy.
The HAL for Medical Use, lower limb type, from startup Cyberdyne is the first wearable medical robot approved for sale in Japan.
The product is designed for use in healthcare facilities by patients with eight incurable conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, given height and weight requirements.
Cyberdyne originated at the University of Tsukuba. Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor there, developed the technology and heads the company as president.
Sensors attached to the thigh and other parts of the body detect the weak signals from nervous system, and the…

ABC USA network 29 programs coming to South Korean LG Uplus mobile suscribers.

South Korea's No. 3 mobile carrier LG Uplus Inc. said Wednesday it has clinched a deal with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) to distribute the U.S. broadcasters programs through mobile platforms.
Under the plan, LG Uplus will offer various ABC programs to its subscribers, including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" A total of 29 programs will be provided starting this week, the company said.
LG Uplus also signed a similar deal with NBC Universal, another U.S. media giant in September.
"We will continue efforts to provide broadcasting content from around the globe to subscribers and expand ties with overseas players," the company said.
The programs will also come with English subtitles to help local users understand the content and improve their language skills.
The carrier's latest move is seen as part of its efforts to attract more subscribers in the South Korean market, of which SK T…

South Korea: Samsung`s Gear VR sold out in one day.

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its virtual reality (VR) device sold out in one day after the debut on its home turf with its relatively cheap price wooing customers.
The initial number of 2,000 Samsung Gear VR devices has been sold out, it said.
The Samsung Gear VR, which links to the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, went on sale here with a price tag of 129,800 won (US$112.5), significantly lower than the around 250,000 won of previous models.
The device allows users to enjoy gaming and movie content with a 360 degrees rotation view.
The product, which was introduced to the United States earlier this month, also sold out there at major online and offline retailers there in 10 days.
The latest Samsung Gear VR is about 20 percent lighter than previous models. Samsung said users can currently access 100 games and movies that support the virtual reality device.

Samsung unveils the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 mobile processor. Mass production late 2015. PR.

Samsung Electronics has developed a next-generation processor for smartphones that boosts performance by 30%, the company announced last Thursday.

The Exynos 8 Octa uses 10% less power and comes with an integrated modem, a feature that will reduce the number of components to make a smartphone.

Samsung Electronics may sell the new chip for other smartphone makers as well. The company saw plant utilization rate improve in 2015 amid rising deliveries for Apple smartphones, which contributed to higher earnings for the segment.

Press Release:
Samsung Unveils the Latest Application Processor, Exynos 8 Octa, Built on 14-Nanometer FinFET Process Technology

First premium chipset with Samsung custom-designed CPU and embedded LTE modem.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced the newest member of its Exynos family of application processors, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. 
This chip is Samsung’s second premium application processor built on 14mm Fi…