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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Qualcomm collaborates with Microsoft to enable Windows 10 on mobile computing devices with next-gen Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors.




Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft to Support Windows 10 Computing Devices on Next Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors.

Today at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated announced that they are collaborating with Microsoft Corp. to enable Windows 10 on mobile computing devices powered by next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors, enabling mobile, power efficient, always-connected cellular PC devices. 

Supporting full compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon processor is designed to enable Windows hardware developers to create next generation device form factors, providing mobility to cloud computing.

"Qualcomm Snapdragon processors offer one of the world's most advanced mobile computing features, including Gigabit LTE connectivity, advanced multimedia support, machine learning and superior hardware security features, all while supporting thin, fan-less designs and long battery life," said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT. 

"With compatibility with the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is expected to support mobility to cloud computing and redefine how people will use their compute devices."  

As traditional PC computing becomes more mobile, Qualcomm Technologies brings the scale of the mobile ecosystem with an unparalleled pace of innovation to address consumers' growing need to be always on and always connected. Snapdragon can be designed to support Windows 10 PCs to combine the best of computing and productivity with the cutting edge consumer electronics technologies available in today's leading smartphones.

"We are excited to bring Windows 10 to the ARM ecosystem with Qualcomm Technologies," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. "We continue to look for ways to empower our customers to create wherever they are. Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love - touch, pen, Windows Hello, and more - anytime, anywhere."

New Windows 10 PCs powered by Snapdragon can be designed to support x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Windows 10 gaming titles.  
The first PCs running Windows 10 based on Snapdragon processors are expected to be available as early as next year.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people.  We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now, we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including our semiconductor business, QCT, and our mobile, automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare businesses. 

To learn more, visit Qualcomm's website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.


Qualcomm Contacts:
Pete Lancia, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-858-845-5959


John Sinnott, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-858-658-4813



SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CES 2017: Kanex Introduces GoPower Plus Premium Portable Power for Apple and Android devices.






Universal Battery Provides 2X the Charge for Both Apple and Android Devices and will be Featured at the Upcoming CES 2017.

Kanex announces its GoPower™ Plus, a premium portable power solution featuring built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices. Packed with 8,000 mAh of power, GoPower Plus's slim yet durable battery is capable of delivering two full charges to your latest iOS or Android smartphones, while an extra USB port allows an additional device to charge simultaneously. GoPower Plus features a sleek and stylish aluminum finish and easily fits into your pocket or bag.

The GoPower Plus will be featured at CES 2017 in the Kanex Booth, LVCC North Hall #8906.

"Not everyone has the same type of mobile device, which can quickly become an issue when it comes time to recharge while out with friends or family," said Andrew Truong of Kanex. "Be the hero everyone wants and needs with the universal GoPower Plus for both iOS and Android devices."


Up to 2X Extra Battery
With an 8,000 mAh battery capacity, GoPower Plus can charge your latest iOS or Android devices up to two times before it needs to be recharged. Now you can stay charged and connected without losing any time, no matter where life takes you.



Lightning + Micro USB
GoPower Plus has a built-in micro USB cable plus an integrated Apple certified Lightning adapter so you can charge either iOS or Android devices without having to bring an additional cable or battery pack.



Smart + Stylish
Featuring a sleek and stylish aluminum finish, this slim yet durable profile easily fits in your pocket or bag so you always have power when you need it. It comes in two exceptional colors: Gold and Space Gray, which perfectly match the new iPhone.



An Extra USB Port
Need to also charge your camera, fitness tracker or wireless keyboard? Just connect a second cable. With 3A of charging power, GoPower Plus can charge 2 devices simultaneously.



Power Management + Protection
Smart charging technology provides your device with up to 2A of power for a quick charge, while the built-in surge protection feature keeps your devices safe.



Apple Certified
GoPower Plus is Apple MFi Certified, which means it's specifically made to fit with your Apple devices, so you can expect quality performance and reliability.



Availability & Pricing
The Kanex GoPower Plus premium portable batteries will be available mid-December on www.kanex.com/gopowerplus for $59.95, as well as Amazon.com.



About Kanex
Kanex is a group of thinkers, creators, technologists, go-getters and doers. As an innovative leader in connectivity solutions for Apple, iOS, PC and Android, we have thrived on creating functional products that fit seamlessly into your everyday life. We have a passion for technology, which is why we are so dedicated to advancing tomorrow's technology, today. Our deep-rooted commitment to providing advanced consumer electronics has demanded we think not just of the individual, but also the home, the business and the environment they survive in. We are Kanex. Driven by passion, curious by nature and unconventional by design. Follow Kanex on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

More information can be found at www.kanex.com.



PR Contact:
Andrew Wille
Copernio
847-917-3174


SOURCE Kanex

CES 2017: Airbiquity to Showcase Over-the-Air Software & Data Management for Connected Vehicles.



Airbiquity Executives will Demonstrate Software & Data Management Offering at CES 2017 and Participate in the GENIVI Demonstration Showcase and Reception.

 Airbiquity®, a global leader in connected car services, will showcase its innovative over-the-air (OTA) Software & Data Management offering at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 5-8. CES is the world's largest gathering of manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology, and in recent years, has been at the forefront of showcasing automotive technology advancements. During the four-day event Airbiquity executives will host customers, analysts, and press at the Aria Hotel, where they'll be conducting presentations and demos of the Software & Data Management product which efficiently manages software updates and data collection for both single and multi-ECUs, powering critical systems and components across the vehicle platform.

As more and more connected vehicles are enabled to receive OTA software updates—as well as export operational and driving behavior data—automakers will need a way to efficiently manage the increasing complexity of doing OTA for millions of vehicles with a multitude of electronic components, systems, and software files from numerous suppliers. 

Airbiquity's Software & Data Management solution addresses this need with a robust, automated service delivery capability specifically tailored to the unique needs of automotive. Using a back-end service management portal, automakers can efficiently manage both OTA software updates and data collection—at scale—with highly refined vehicle and device targeting, discrete policy and privacy controls, and customizable consumer notifications to name a few features.
  • For more information about the Airbiquity Software & Data Management offering or to arrange an in-person demo at CES 2017 contact sales@airbiquity.com.
Airbiquity is also sponsoring and participating in the GENIVI Demonstration Showcase and Networking Reception at the Bellagio Hotel, on the evening of January 5th from 6-9pm.
  • For a complimentary registration to the GENIVI Demonstration Showcase and Networking Reception click here and use the password "iwillattend."

About Airbiquity  
Airbiquity® is a global leader in connected vehicle services and pioneer in the development and engineering of automotive telematics technology. At the forefront of automotive innovation, Airbiquity operates the industry's most advanced cloud-based connected vehicle service delivery platform, Choreo™, and supports all leading use cases including over-the-air (OTA) software and data management. Working with Airbiquity, automakers and automotive suppliers are deploying highly scalable, reliable, and manageable connected vehicle services meeting the safety, entertainment, and convenience needs of their customers in over 60 countries around the world. Learn more about Airbiquity at www.airbiquity.com or join the conversation @airbiquity.  Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc.



CONTACT: 
Kristin Sandberg
Airbiquity PR
1-206-344-3133




SOURCE Airbiquity.


Monday, December 5, 2016

CES 2017: Living in Digital Times Looks at the 8 Greatest Impact Tech Trends.



Tech industry giants, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and more will soon gather from around the world at CES® 2017, the center of innovation for the past 50 years. With 3,800+ exhibiting companies in 24 product categories, it remains the global launch pad for innovation.

To see how all of this innovation will impact our daily lives, visit Living in Digital Times CES 2017  marketplaces, conferences and awards programs where they cover a range of industries from fashion and wearables, to health and fitness, to high tech education and digital money to baby, kids and family tech. All encompassing, they offer a look at the hottest trends and products from a lifestyle perspective.

"By looking at high tech products in the context of how they're used in real world situations, we are poised to see the major trends, opportunities and obstacles in high tech adoption," said Robin Raskin, founder and president, Living in Digital Times.

Robin shares her thoughts on the eight emerging lifestyle tech trends at CES 2017. They are:

The Digitization of Everything
  • It's clear that the world is moving into the digital realm at a ferocious pace, with both money and credit cards moving towards being completely digital. At home, our photos, music, entertainment, the records we keep, and how we communicate with each other and learn are increasingly digital, too.
Augmented Reality
  • From try-and-see beauty apps, to in-store devices like virtual mirrors changing consumer engagement and transforming how we shop, to how we workout, to adding information to maps, to exploring diseases, to kids toys and games, to modelling things like atoms in the world of education, AR lets us look at the real world and add valuable, entertaining and immersive information to it.
Virtual Reality
  • One of the hottest trends at CES 2017, VR probably won't become a mass lifestyle technology this year. A steep price tag, a dearth of content, and a bulky form factor make VR more suitable for industry, training and medical, and of course, serious gaming. But consumers are whetting their appetite for VR by using it in stores, at events and with low cost devices like Google Cardboard or Samsung VR that rely on the mobile phone to provide the virtual reality experience. Already VR channels for home entertainment are beginning to appear, a harbinger of what's to come.
Personalization
  • Medicine can now be tailored to fit an individual's DNA, helping to tailor cancer and other complex disease treatment. Fitness devices and sensors are becoming personalized enough to offer real time coaching and behavioral analytics for better results. We're seeing tools to help us hear better and sleep better, as well as hot to conceive and monitor prenatal care. In our schools, hyper-personalized curriculums are reshaping how we learn. As tech continues to grow more capable of analyzing and predicting personal data it will drastically improve outcomes. 
Artificial Intelligence
  • The ability of machines to digest enormous volumes of information and learn to predict and infer outcomes from that information is becoming a reality. In medicine, it is helping diagnose and treat diseases, tackling everything from community outbreaks of disease to medication adherence. In education, it is helping identify everything from at risk students to a personalized learning path. It's being used to predict everything from how likely you are to make a purchase, to how to run an optimally smart home. Even kids' toys are using AI to power a personalized experience, and become a companion or tutor. With this generation of products, the more they know about you, the better they can predict your outcome.
Voice Recognition
  • According to Gartner Group predictions, by 2020, one third of people will browse the web with something other than a screen. Made evident with devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home we can already see voice in action. You're seeing wearables like smartwatches and even fashion respond to voice commands. From telemedicine to new toys and home appliances, our digital interactions are quickly becoming conversations. 
Geomapping & Proximity
  • As our wearables and mobile devices have the ability to pinpoint our exact location they have a context for the type of information we're seeking. We're seeing wearables that allow seniors and kids to be located immediately. We know how close we are to a good restaurant or a tank of gas. We're never lost and can receive information about a sale in our favorite store simply by walking near its doors. And digital financial transactions make it easier to do things like detect fraud by proximity and patterns.
Internet of Things
  • More and more everyday products have their own IP address and are connected to the Internet -- hence, the Internet of Things. Baby things, cooking things, driving things, and health things just to name a few. We're seeing door locks, web cams, and home appliances taking the lead in these categories and over time we're going to see a dominant platform emerge in the home that will let these things talk to each and learn from each other as well. Of course, these things need to be safe and secure. Presently they're opening up a new world of cybersecurity concerns that we'll be discussing.
Don't miss the lifestyle world from a tech-centric perspective. Visit us on the show floor at Tech West, attend our conferences at The Venetian, and stop by the LIDT Stage (Booth 44030). For a complete list of Living in Digital Times marketplaces, conferences, events and awards, go here.
To keep up on the latest news and updates, follow Living in Digital Times on Twitter @LIDTEvents, #LIDTCES.

Suggested Tweet: To see technology affect lifestyle visit #lidtevents at #CES2017.


About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Digital Money Forum, FitnessTech, BabyTech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, FamilyTech TV, BeautyTech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City. For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.



About CES:
CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.



Media Contact: 
Karen Pineman
LKPR, Inc. for Living in Digital Times 
917-453-6887 (mobile)



SOURCE Living in Digital Times.

CES 2017: Honda to Showcase "Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem"





 Display to feature concepts on urban mobility, artificial intelligence, and robotics
- Honda to announce collaboration with global brands, startups
- Press conference scheduled for January 5, 2017 @ 11:00 AM PST

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data to transform the mobility experience, Honda today announced that "Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem" will be the theme for its participation at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  Honda will kick off its CES presence with an 11:00 am PST press conference on January 5, 2017 (LVCC, North Hall – 7312).  CES runs from January 5-8, 2017. 

Honda will feature interactive and immersive experiences designed to showcase a future technology path toward a redefined mobility experience. From reducing traffic congestion to creating new modes of in-car connectivity, visitors will have an opportunity to explore and demo technologies with the potential to make people's lives better. The exhibit will include the NeuV, a concept automated EV commuter vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) called "emotion engine"*1 that creates new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers.

Continuing its pursuit of open innovation and collaboration, Honda also will announce initiatives with startup companies and global brands that will create a more productive and enjoyable mobility experience.

The January 5, 2017 Honda press conference at CES will feature a keynote address from Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, President & CEO of Honda R&D Co., Ltd, who will unveil a concept motorcycle demonstrating an application of the company's robotics technology.  

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7988331-honda-ces-cooperative-mobility-ecosystem

For more information, visit http://honda.us/CES2017


About Honda Technology
Honda is creating technologies and products that advance the company's clean, safe, fun and connected brand values. These efforts include advancements in automated vehicles, connectivity and ultra-low carbon mobility.  In North America, the company has more than 300,000 vehicles on the road equipped with the Honda Sensing™ or AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies and more than 400,000 vehicles featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.  


Honda also is testing advanced automated vehicle technologies in Japan and North America and is targeting 2020 for the deployment of highly automated vehicles on U.S. highways.  Honda also is working to fulfill its environmental and safety vision: "to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life."  Toward this target, Honda is striving to make two-thirds of its global automobile sales from hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles by around 2030. 


*1 The "emotion engine" is a set of AI technologies developed by cocoro SB Corp., which enable machines to artificially generate their own emotions.

SOURCE Honda

For further information: Marcos Frommer (310) 781-4223; Jaymie Robinson (310) 783-3943

Transformers 5 The Last Knight is on production. Video Teaser.




Transformers 5 The Last Knight is on production and started to be filmed to get ready for the premier event in the US in June 23, 2017.

Storyline


Optimus Prime finding his home planet, Cybertron, now a dead planet, which he comes to find he was responsible for killing. He finds a way to bring the planet back to life, but in order to do so he needs to find an artifact, and that artifact is on Earth .   

Video Teaser (not really a trailer #1)


Cast: on imdb






         

Saturday, December 3, 2016

3Q 2016: NAND Flash suppliers market share: Samsung 36.6%, Toshiba 19.8%, Western Digital 17.1%





Global NAND Flash Revenue Rose 19.6% Sequentially in Third Quarter as Demand Outpaced Supply, According to TrendForce.

Prices of NAND Flash rose in the third quarter as smartphone makers continued to generate robust demand for related products and the technological transition from 2D-NAND to 3-NAND manufacturing reduced the industry’s overall output. The latest report from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, finds that the revenue of the global NAND Flash industry grew 19.6% sequentially in the third quarter. 

At the same time, NAND Flash suppliers made larger gains in respective their operating margins compared with the prior quarter.

“The NAND Flash market outlook for the fourth quarter of 2016 indicates that NAND Flash supply will be under greater strain with the advent of the peak shipment season season for end devices,” said Sean Yang, research director of DRAMeXchange. 

“Therefore, contract prices for various NAND Flash products will see larger increases, which in turn will take suppliers’ revenues and operating margins to new highs for this year.”

Samsung
Samsung retained its first place position in the quarterly revenue ranking as the company benefited from strong demand from Chinese smartphone brands for high-capacity eMMC and UFS products. Among the suppliers, Samsung currently has the largest global market shares for high-capacity eMMC and UFS products. 

The company is also the leader in the global eMCP market. At the same time, Samsung shipments of enterprise-grade SSDs have expanded as the supplier’s solutions offer better bargain for customers.Samsung’s third-quarter NAND Flash bit shipments increased by 20% compared with the prior quarter. 

The supplier’s quarterly revenue from NAND Flash sales for the same period advanced about 20% sequentially.Samsung’s revenue outlook for this fourth quarter is expected to be even better than the third. Demands for eMMC, UFS and eMCP products will be at their annual peaks on account of the seasonal increase in smartphone shipments. Moreover, Samsung will continue to enlarge its market shares for client- and enterprise-grade SSDs.

SK Hynix
During the third quarter, SK Hynix also enjoyed strong demand from Chinese smartphone brands for eMMC and eMCP as well as stock-up activities related to releases of new smartphones. Compared with the second quarter, SK Hynix posted a 12% increase in its NAND Flash bit shipments and a 7% increase in the average selling price (ASP) of its NAND Flash chips. As a result, SK Hynix’s third-quarter NAND Flash revenue rose 20.3% sequentially to around US$1.06 billion.

In terms of product planning, SK Hynix will be able to boost its 3D-NAND production capacity to around 20,000~30,000 wafers per month before the end of 2016. The supplier will commence shipments of its third-generation 3D-NAND Flash in the first quarter of 2017. The supplier’s fourth-generation NAND Flash may also be ready for small-batch runs by the second half of next year.

Toshiba
Results from Toshiba’s NAND Flash business from July to September (or the company’s fiscal second quarter for 2016) showed that the upturn in the NAND Flash market caused the supplier’s bit shipments to grow by 15% compared with the previous three-month period. Moreover, there was a moderation in the decline of the supplier’s NAND Flash ASP. On the whole, Toshiba’s NAND Flash revenue for its fiscal second quarter rose about 17% sequentially. The supplier also saw increase in its operating margin, reflecting a steady improvement in its NAND Flash business.

With regard to production planning, Toshiba’s newly rebuilt facility Fab 2 at Yokkaichi (in Mie Prefecture, Japan) has been assigned to produce 3D-NAND Flash and is expected to achieve a capacity of 40,000 wafers per month during this calendar fourth quarter (October to December 2016). 

The capacity of Fab 2 will expand again 2017 when the facility is scheduled to begin mass production of its 64-layer 3D-NAND Flash. Toshiba will also begin the construction of a new facility Fab 6 in February of 2017.

Western Digital
The calendar third quarter of 2016 was Western Digital’s first quarter for the company’s fiscal year of 2017. During this period, the supplier focus its investment on 64-layer 3D-NAND Flash. 

The product is now being tested by OEM customers and is expected to be available for memory cards, USB drives and other removable storage devices at the start of this December. Meanwhile, the supplier is already mass producing products carrying its 48-layer 3D-NAND Flash. These items include eMMC, eMCP and other mobile and removable storage products.

Western Digital’s 2D-NAND Flash is mainly produced on the 15nm process and the supplier has done its utmost to optimize costs and maximize yield for the technology. Hence, the 15nm 2D-NAND Flash remains a major contributor to Western Digital’s revenue growth. Furthermore, Western Digital’s annual bit output for NAND Flash is forecast to increase by 45% in 2017.

Micron
In its fiscal fourth quarter for 2016 (from June to August), Micron posted a 13% sequential increase in its NAND Flash bit shipments and a 1% drop in its NAND Flash ASP. Consequently, Micron’s revenue from non-volatile memory for its fiscal fourth quarter rose by 10% compared with the prior fiscal quarter to UD$1 billion.

The breakdown of Micron’s revenue also shows that the share of component base in the total sales declined slightly to 50%, while the revenue share of mobile NAND Flash product grew a little to 18%. SSD’s share in the quarterly non-volatile revenue was 13%. Automotive and other products represented about 19%.

Micron’s mobile products based on the 3D-NAND architecture have been received favorably by customers. The supplier has also begun to ship client-grade SSDs carrying 3D-NAND Flash. In the market for enterprise-grade SSDs, Micron’s bit shipments from June to August rose 45% compared with the prior three-month period. 

Micron is expected to make significant improvements in the cost structure of its SSD portfolio when its TLC 3D-NAND memory accounts for the majority portion of its Flash output.

Intel
Between the second and third quarter of 2016, Intel’s NAND Flash business saw bit shipments expanded by 25% and revenue grew by 17% to U$649 million, thereby ending three consecutive quarters of sequential decline.

While 2D-NAND chips made on the 16nm and 20nm processes still make up the largest share of Intel’s NAND Flash-related product mix, the supplier has begun shipments of its 3D-NAND enterprise-grade SSDs since the third quarter. 

Intel’s current 3D-NAND enterprise-grade SSDs are considered better than the prior-generation counterparts in terms of cost to performance. As for production planning, Intel’s NAND Flash fab in Dalian, China is expected to achieve 10,000 wafers per month this fourth quarter. The facility’s capacity will continue to expand gradually on a quarterly basis in 2017.