The pictures of people not practicing social distancing are disturbing. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, one would hope some version the old saying, “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins,” (attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., John Stuart Mill, Abraham Lincoln and others) would apply now more than ever. In short, liberty for health, keeping civil order and a myriad of other reasons has boundaries.
Google's VP9 4K, a video format that consumes close to half the bandwidth necessary to stream high-definition videos, is getting a round of support pledges from several TV manufacturers, the likes of Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Sharp, as well as chip makers Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, Imagination, Marvell, MediaTek, RealTek, M-Star, and Broadcom.
As you may have heard, Rockstar has filed its first set of lawsuits using the vast Nortel patent portfolio. Rockstar is the legal entity created by Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony to buy the Nortel patents. They outbid Google to the sum of $4.5B to buy a large set of core patents in the telecommunications space. The patents were far ranging as Nortel had limited the distribution of patents in business sales to those that were only used in that business. So all the general and valuable cross-portfolio patents were held by Nortel to the end and sold to Rockstar.
Research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) predicts that this year, the smartphone market will grow by 40 percent over 2012 and will ship 1.7 billion handset units annually by 2017. Total sales of mobile phones - over half of which are smartphones - will reach 1.8 billion units through 2013, according to IDC.
Gartner has noted that in Q2, 225 million units of smartphone shipments were recorded, surpassing the shipment number of feature phones for the first time.
There was a 46.5 percent year-over-year increase in smartphone sales, with a 21 percent year-over-year drop for feature phones, according to Gartner.
Slalom Consulting is a Boston, Massachusetts-based solution provider. The national director of research and development at that firm, David Uhler, commented that the new information from Gartner supports the increasing significance of mobility practices.
According to a Reuters report form Friday, Intel is making advances in the tablet market. Samsung has chosen the new Atom Clover Trail+ processor from Intel to power a version of its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Android tablet, and the report states that Samsung will release the new ATIV-brand Windows 8 tablets running Intel chips later this month.
Samsung is renowned for focusing its energies on consumer-focused mobile devices, and is now preparing itself for a new commercial marketing venture, including improvements to its partner program, to leverage the company's business-to-business space presence.
Brand Keys' 2013 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index reveals that not only is Samsung the current lead when it comes to overall smartphone sales worldwide, the Korea-based company also clinched the top rank in customer loyalty and engagement. According to the same study, Samsung is followed by Apple. And in order of decreasing brand engagement and loyalty, there's LG, a tie between Nokia and Sony, Motorola, HTC, and RIM's BlackBerry.