A Modest Social Distancing Proposal: The Case for a Human Coronavirus Collision Avoidance System

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.

Sony, Intel, Other Companies Rally Behind Google's VP9 4K Video Format

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.

Will the Rockstar Lawsuits Impact WebRTC?

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.

Samsung Tops Customer Loyalty Index for Smartphones

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.