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NTT Docomo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile phone carrier is set to debut the world’s thinnest phone almost the size of a credit card in late November. About 9 centimeters high, 5 centimeters wide, 5.3 millimeters thick, and 47grams, the KY-O1L is made by electronics maker Kyocera. (The iPhone SE, by comparison, weights 113 grams.) KY-O1L’s functions will be super minimal, as it is designed for people who want simpler handsets that are easy to carry around. NTT Docomo President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa said during a news conference to unveil D...
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has come up with a clever solution in response to the European Union’s antitrust ruling for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. The company will now charge smartphone makers for using its Google Play app store as part of its efforts to dilute the European Commission’s competition concerns. Critics believe the changes are highly unlikely to overmatch the global smartphone industry. In July, Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, fined the internet advertising giant $5 bill...
Samsung Electronics Co. announced on Wednesday it has acquired Barcelona-based network analysis firm Zhilabs to enhance its 5G capabilities. The South Korean conglomerate did not disclose the terms of the deal, which marks its first announced acquisition in new technologies since Samsung Group pledged in August a $22.23 billion investment over the next three years in growth areas such as artificial intelligence, 5G, electronic components for future cars, and biopharmaceuticals. Founded in 2008, Zhilabs’ flagship product is Customair,...
Microsoft introduced Surface Laptop last year – what everyone has been expecting. And the unit, which is Microsoft’s first laptop, became one of the best laptops of the year. Not because of the company’s might in the technology space. Surface Laptop has the muscle and a decent design to compete with other competitors within its price range. Based on technology tradition, two weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled a new model of the unit – Surface Laptop 2 for 2018, basically to fix some complaints and upgrade its performance for competition...
Apple has plans to deepen its business relationships with music artists who are ready to climb their professional ladder. But how the tech giant plans to achieve that remains unknown. Reports surfaced yesterday that Apple has acquired a mini-startup that could aid this plan. According to Axios, the music analytics startup Asaii (a two-year-old company) was acquired by Apple at some point during the last several weeks. Asaii claims that its platform can pick out the hottest artists [10 weeks to a year] before they are even seen on t...
Microsoft has introduced a pink Surface Laptop 2 exclusively developed for Chinese consumers. The device, which is Bluish, was unveiled by Surface chief Panos Panay in Beijing today. Panay said that the color variant will only be sold in China. Microsoft had earlier this month introduced the Surface Laptop 2, which will be available worldwide in a black finish. The Surface Laptop 2, which will be 85% faster than its predecessor due to a massive RAM upgrade for the base and the use of 8th Gen Intel processors, will be on sale Octobe...
The new 2018 Amazon Fire HD 8 is now available and for those considering buying one with the hope of getting a huge upgrade, they would be disappointed. There’s another year to hope for that. The new Amazon Fire HD is almost the same tablet with the previous model, though that’s not entirely bad. Amazon improved the front-facing camera from 640 x 480 to 720p. And the tablet can now take as much as 400GB through its microSD slot, no longer 250GB as in the previous model. Aside from these two mentioned upgrades, the hardware is basic...
Most of us were skeptical to accept that Facebook could come up with a device that would let users hear “through their skin” when Regina Dugan, the former head of Facebook's 'Building 8’, announced the secretive lab’s intention to build such device last year. It’s a “science-fiction” hundreds of journalists said. Well, there’s at least one prototype of it now being tested. We can give doubts a break. A team of Facebook’s Secretive Lab researchers fully described the prototype using photographs in a study published in a peer-reviewed ...
Snapchat on Wednesday introduced a slate of self-produced shows for its Discover section as the company’s new effort to bring back old users and to retain the existing ones. Referred to as the Snap Originals by Snapchat, the shows will include scripted storylines and reality shows that would last through episodes over the next several months and exclusively for the platform. The shows could help to promote more conversation among Snapchat users aside from winning new users or viewers if they are successful. To hype the shows extensi...
Micron Technology, Inc. on Wednesday said it plans to invest up to $100 million in technology startups focused on developing artificial intelligence technology for use in autonomous cars, robots and other fields changing the way we work. The Idaho-based memory chipmaker made the announcement at its inaugural Insight conference in San Francisco where executives from various companies gathered to discuss the future of technology. Micron Insight – a venture capital program was launched in 2006 by Micron as a medium to help entrepreneurs...