Showing posts from November, 2016

Nokia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise expand collaboration on IoT solutions.

Nokia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise expand collaboration on Enterprise of Things.Companies will focus on IoT solutions for smart city and industrial/manufacturing customers, with initial offerings planned for early 2017Partnership strengthens portfolios of both companies and go-to-market capabilities in market forecast to reach 161 billion USD by 20201Current partnership includes deals with more than 25 service provider and enterprise customers
Espoo, Finland and Palo Alto, Calif. - Nokia and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced a strategic collaboration on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for enterprise customers.
The companies will jointly market and sell solutions for two IoT vertical enterprise segments, including industrial/manufacturing and smart city applications. They will provide industrial/manufacturing customers with solutions for asset management, smart manufacturing, remote site automation and predictive maintenance, and enhanced networking choic…

USA: The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2016 DUAL SIM - Factory Unlocked Phone - (Black) is now available.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (M-G610M/DS) DUAL SIM - Factory Unlocked Phone - (Black)
Some specifications:Runs  Exynos 7870 SoC and sports a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory options include 16GB and 32GB. In terms of camera, the handset offers a 13MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. It runs Android 6.0.1, packs in a 3,300mAh battery, and features a fingerprint sensor  This model has a  16GB internal memory:

Full specifications: (Thanks to gsmarena)

LG G6 coming with iris recognition, mobile payment and removable battery.

LG G6 concept.

After LG lose big with the LG G5 ($67 million) , the company needs to blow the competition and will adopt several new technologies, including iris recognition and mobile payment for its upcoming flagship smartphone, G6.
LG recently unveiled a new type of all-in-one module that could serve as both a camera and an iris scanner at the Korea Electronics Show in October. Industry sources predict the technology is likely to be applied to the G6 considering its bigger competitor Samsung’s latest moves to adopt iris recognition in its new devices. G6 is also reported to adopt a mobile payment system, dubbed LG Pay, using Magnetic Secure Transmission, or MST solution, similar to Samsung Pay. The MST solution allows for easy payment by touching a smartphone to magnetic card readers used in most retail stores. LG is also expected to ditch the non-removable battery, which was adopted in the G5 model. It will instead use a removable battery. “Unlike strong sales in home appli…

Provata Health Launches Innovative Virtual Reality Guided Meditation Application.

The leading digital healthcare company, Provata Health, has announced the launch of Provata VR, a virtual reality guided meditation application (VR) available on the App Store. The application represents the goal of the new Portland company to be a pioneer in a new category of digital health: Preventive Care for Virtual Reality.
With ProvaR VR, users escape to a variety of breathtaking locations around the world, such as tropical waterfalls, secluded beaches, dazzling Aurora Borealis and even undersea coral reefs. By selecting from a collection of guided meditation exercises, users train their minds to positively influence their productivity and mood in immersive and idyllic environments.
The application also introduces the biofeedback of meditation, a patent pending system that leverages advances in physiological monitoring to enhance the meditation experience. Users can synchronize popular handheld devices, such as Apple Watch, to visualize the effects of their meditation sessions on …

Samsung and Lenovo in talks to sell/buy PC Samsung business.

Samsung seems to be very decided on exiting the PC market, especially because the company has been struggling on it for many years and is in  talks with Chinese world`s PC sales leader Lenovo.
South Korean media outlet Bell reports that if talks are successful between the two companies the deal price could be close to 1tn won ($850m, £680m) even though Samsung has rarely revealed the breakdown revenue of its PC business. While Samsung has Paul Hastings as its legal advisor for the deal Lenovo is being represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Samsung has already stopped selling its PCs in the UK and made an abrupt exit from the European market as well in 2014 owing to competition from other PC giants like HP and Lenovo. It however, still operates in markets like US and other parts of the world and a deal will help Lenovo increase its market share even further in the PC industry.
The latest attempt is in line with the Korean tech giant's efforts to get rid off business…

3Q 2016: Apple`s iPhone captures RECORD 91% Share of Global Smartphone Profits,says SA.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone profits reached US$9 billion in total during the third quarter of 2016. Apple dominated and captured a record 91 percent share of all smartphone profits worldwide.
Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We estimate the global smartphone industry realized total operating profits of US$9.4 billion during Q3 2016. Apple dominated and captured a record 91 percent share of all smartphone profits worldwide. 
Apple’s ability to maximize pricing and minimize production cost is hugely impressive and the iPhone continues to generate monster profits. Huawei, Vivo and OPPO are the next three most profitable smartphone vendors globally this quarter, but they are still a long way behind Apple.”
Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “We estimate Huawei generated US$0.2 billion of smartphone operating profit worldwide in Q3 2016. Huawei captured 2 percent share of all smartphone profits…

iPad NEW 10.5 inch coming in early 2017.

Apple, in addition to existing 7.9-inch iPad mini, 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, will launch 10.5-inch iPad in 2017, with production to begin in December, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Apple is launching the 10.5-inch iPad mainly because 10-inch and larger tablets have been popular among enterprises and the education sector in the US, the sources said.
Its existing 9.7-inch iPad may be too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too expensive for such procurement.
The 10.5-inch iPad will be equipped with Apple-developed CPU A10X which is also used in 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Shipments of 10.5-inch iPad will reach two million units in first-quarter 2017 and may reach 5-6 million units in the year.
Apple will also launch lower-price versions of the 9.7-inch iPad to compete with Android models.

Samsung Electronics plans to buy US company QD Vision a Quatum Dot Materials maker for TVs.

Samsung Electronics plans to buy QD Vision, a U.S.-based technology firm specializing in quantum dot materials, in its bid to stay ahead of the next-generation display competition against LG's OLED TVs.
"We decided to acquire (QD Vision)," Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) President Chung Chil-hee told reporters, ahead of a weekly Wednesday meeting with presidents of Samsung affiliates.
Samsung did not confirm the exact value of the deal. But it is estimated to be some $70 million (82.14 billion won).
Samsung has been the global TV market leader for 11 consecutive years. The transaction came as Samsung hopes to tighten its grip on the high-end TV market by promoting the technological edge of its quantum dot TVs.
The Seoul-based firm is expected to generate synergy in applying core technologies for the nano-sized materials, called quantum dots, into its premium TV lineup, using QD Vision's expertise and patents.
The U.S.-based firm was estab…

Get ready for Bluetooth mesh! (Bluetooth 5)

From Bluetooth Blog:
Get ready for Bluetooth mesh!I couldn’t be more excited in my 4 years here at the Bluetooth SIG than I am right now! We are on the cusp of releasing Bluetooth 5, which is great, but Bluetooth mesh is right on its heels. In fact, Bluetooth SIG members can start prototyping with mesh today, as the working group just released the 0.9 version of the specification. This is HUGE! While there are a LOT of great things to LOVE about Bluetooth 5 (especially the bigger payload size for advertisements), I am REALLY excited about mesh…let me tell you why.Mesh changes Bluetooth from your typical point-to-point, star-based network topology to a true mesh networking topology. This will fundamentally open up a TON of great use cases for developers, and that means great innovation happening in the industry.First off, mesh will allow you to reach beyond the typical personal area network solutions that most people associate with Bluetooth. If you have a device within range of anothe…

USA: TV market share by sales online: Samsung 39.9%, Vizio 17.5%, LG 11.1%, SONY 6.1%

Samsung retained its top spot as the number one TV brand based on online sales this year, after growing 6-points in market share year over year. Vizio remained in second place, despite a 5-point loss in market share, while LG, Sony and TCL experienced similar gains. TCL holds some of the top spots when it comes to most popular items, which is contributing to their relative market share growth and Vizio’s decline.
SummaryThe online TV market is growing with sales peaking during the holiday season (November/December). Samsung holds the top spot and, along with LG, is likely benefitting from integrating their smart TVs with their other smart/connected home products. However, brands with more affordable models, like Sceptre, TCL and RCA are increasing in demand. It will be interesting to see how TV sales break down online this November and what kind of deals brands and retailers will promote to drive sales. I know I’m personally interested in what offers retailers will have on…

2016 L.A. Auto Show: 2017 MX-5 Miata RF Arrives at Dealers Two Months Early.

First Customer Recognized by MNAO CEO Masahiro Moro at Los Angeles Auto Show.
 There's plenty to be thankful for this week, but Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has added to that list by announcing that the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has officially gone on sale in the U.S. The MX-5 RF arrives two months ahead of its originally announced timing due to shifts in the production schedule.
Dave Putter, the first customer to take delivery in the U.S., met with MNAO President and CEO Masahiro Moro onstage at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week to receive his keys ahead of taking home his MX-5 RF Launch Edition the following day. Putter was among the first customers to order one of the 1,000 MX-5 RF Launch Edition vehicles in October and is now the proud owner of his 16thMazda and his eighth MX-5 Miata."Mazda is a unique and special car company that aims to do more than simply sell cars," said Moro. "We want to build lifelong relationships with our customers and fans, pro…

2016 L.A. Auto Show: All-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Wins's First-ever "Best in Show" Award .

Industry accolade comes courtesy of with the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV's world debut at the 2016 L.A. Auto ShowBorn from the world's greatest driving road – Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be ItalianIconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart as the SUV for the S-CurvesThe innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio – provides additional driving confidence and superior controlStelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve 0-60 mph in an estimated 5.4 secondsStelvio Quadrifoglio – the "halo" model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo's performan…

CES 2017: XIAOMI to debut with new product.

XIAOMI the Chinese smartphone maker will hold a press conference at CES 2017 in January 5th at the Venetian, Venetian Ballroom C from 11:00 to 11:45 hours.
XIAOMI will present a new product at the event.

L.A. Motor Show 2016: Hyundai Motor Company Introduces New Autonomous IONIQ Concept.

Hyundai Motor Company announced the introduction of the Autonomous IONIQ concept during its press conference at Automobility LA (Los Angeles Auto Show). With a sleek design resembling the rest of the IONIQ lineup, the vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road and not a high school science project.

The goal of the autonomous IONIQ concept was to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible. This was accomplished by using the production car's Smart Cruise Control's forward-facing radar, Lane Keep Assist cameras and integrated them with LiDAR technology.  Hyundai Motor is also developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system, with the goal of using a lot less computing power. This will result in a low-cost platform, which can be installed in future Hyundai models the average consumer can afford.  The car's hidden LiDAR syste…