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'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display

'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Not content with synchronizing your phones to make one giant speaker? Researchers at the Tokyo University of Technology have developed "Pinch," an interface that lets you connect multiple devices together to form a giant disjointed display. Although the technology behind the interface remains a mystery — described only as a Wi-Fi based system — a video posted by DigInfo TV shows Pinch in action. To connect two devices, a user simply needs to pinch two adjacent screens together. The screens can be linked together in whatever alignment you choose, as the position and screen size of each display is communicated on a successful pinch. It's not the first time developers have managed to link together multiple smartphone displays, but this is definitely the slickest interface we've seen.

Takashi Ohta, Associate Professor at Tokyo University of Technology, envisions the Pinch interface being used for a variety of apps. "People probably own just one of these devices each. I think people could communicate in fun ways by getting together with friends and putting their devices next to each other." Potential uses include music, advertising, and photo sharing — although depending on how fast the tech is we'd love to see some games take advantage of the interface. The research team is offering Pinch to interested developers and says that several have already taken them up on the offer.
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Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac

Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said. Any change would be a blow to Intel, the world’s largest processor maker, which has already been hurt by a stagnating market for computers running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows software and its failure to gain a foothold in mobile gadgets.


As handheld devices increasingly function like PCs, the engineers working on this project within Apple envision machines that use a common chip design. If Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook wants to offer the consumer of 2017 and beyond a seamless experience on laptops, phones, tablets and televisions, it will be easier to build if all the devices have a consistent underlying chip architecture, according to one of the people.

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Apple = Google + Intel in Capex. For now.

Apple = Google + Intel in Capex. For now. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Apple's capital expenditures for the last year were $8.3 billion, which is significantly above its rivals, as this chart from Horace Dediu at Asymco shows.
Dediu believes Apple's capex is significantly above its peers because Apple is investing in data centers like Google, and process equipment like Intel. As a result, its quarterly spending is closer to Google plus Intel.
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On Refait Le Mac Episode 115 : "Apple m'a racheter"

On Refait Le Mac Episode 115 : "Apple m'a racheter" | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

l'histoire d'imsense et de son rachat par Apple racontée pour la première fois in extenso et en video dans "On refait le Mac" ...

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Larry's comment, October 20, 2012 11:52 AM
C'est passionnant mais que c'est longuet une video-émission par rapport au fond lui-même ...
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BYOD: Lessons Learned (Thus Far) | Innovation

BYOD: Lessons Learned (Thus Far) | Innovation | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Today’s workers are tech-savvy, mobile, and always-on, and they are increasingly on the move, whether roaming about on a corporate campus, visiting a branch office, working on the road, or doing their job from a home office.

From the millennial masses up through the C-suite, employees are using personal technology—be it laptops, tablets, smartphones, or cloud computing services accessing their companies’ networks—at work, fueling the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.

It’s generating a lot of buzz about BYOD, and depending on who’s doing the talking, conversations tend to center around productivity (end-users), security/privacy (CIOs and IT departments), or cost (finance folks).

SummaLogic’s Robert Keahey chummed the BYOD waters recently at focus.com when he wrote: “We’re a couple of years into this new paradigm, and with the use of SaaS, cloud-based integrated business suites and digital supply chains on the rise, we should step back and see what we’ve learned.

Has BYOD helped or hindered your business model? Has IT been able to respond to this challenge/opportunity? … What are your experiences (or those of the companies with which you work)? Success stories? Horror stories?”
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Softbank Buys 70% Of Sprint

Softbank Buys 70% Of Sprint | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A $20 billion deal....expected to be announced Monday morning and while certain details are still being worked out, the boards of both companies have signed off on a transaction under which Softbank will buy $8 billion worth of shares directly from Sprint [S 5.73 -0.03 (-0.52%) ] and tender for another $12 billion worth of the shares from existing holders.

The price of the tender offer is $7.30 a share, a large premium to Sprint's current price. Given the deal's structure, it will not require a shareholder vote.
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A new eReader cheaper than many paper books ($13)

A new eReader cheaper than many paper books ($13) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A German electronics company called Txtr has unveiled the Beagle, what is almost certainly the cheapest (if not the tiniest) E-Ink reader in the world. The Beagle weighs just 4.5 ounces; has a small 5-inch Electronic Ink screen; and costs just -- are you ready for this? -- 10 Euros, or about $13 U.S.
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A "sex vs money" look at French Entrepreneurs Revolt

A "sex vs money" look at French Entrepreneurs Revolt | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Interesting cross-pond analysis of the "pigeons revolt" by Jean-Louis who writes that "Considering sex and money, Americans and French cultures exhibit truly polar opposite behaviors. The French see nothing wrong with a President having a wife, a mistress and a love child, they revel in sexual and often sexist jokes. But, if you ask someone how much they paid for their apartment, they’ll react as if you’d touched them in boundary-breaking ways. Conversely, they perceive us Americans as demonizing sex — think a past President and his “oral” office — while being obscene with money."
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Spotify Is Piling Up Losses, And Its Business Model May Not Work

Spotify Is Piling Up Losses, And Its Business Model May Not Work | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The company had losses of $60 million in 2011, which is up from $38 million the year before. Revenue increased to $245 million, up from $97 million in 2010.
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Lexar first with 256GB SDXC Card

Lexar first with 256GB SDXC Card | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Lexar Media says its industry-first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card provides the largest capacity for capturing, storing, and transferring high-quality images, as well as extended lengths of 1080p HD and 3D video content.


The UHS-I technology enables 60 megabytes per second minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed.

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EU project boosts mobile capacity tenfold to 1Gb/s per square km

EU project boosts mobile capacity tenfold to 1Gb/s per square km | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Alvarion demonstrates ultra-dense small cell platform to push towards gigabit networks at affordable cost

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Criteo lève 30 millions d'euros

Criteo lève 30 millions d'euros | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Ce tour de table doit permettre d'alimenter l'impressionnante croissance du groupe.

 

Créée en 2005, la start-up a généré un chiffre d'affaires de 9 millions de dollars en 2009, puis de 60 millions en 2010, et de 200 millions l'année dernière. Et le rythme devrait se poursuivre cette année, avec en plus un plan de recrutement de 250 salariés, qui permettra d'étoffer une structure aujourd'hui composée de 700 salariés.

 

La raison de ce succès : une solution de « publicité display à la performance ». La société propose ainsi aux annonceurs des espaces publicitaires personnalisés en fonction des habitudes de navigation de l'internaute qu'elle recueille de façon anonyme et qu'elle exploite via un algorithme développé spécialement. Une solution qui lui permet de revendiquer un taux de clic dix fois supérieur au marché, aux alentours de 0,6 %. De quoi lui permettre d'envisager l'avenir avec sérénité, et notamment une introduction en Bourse. «  On se met en ordre de bataille», commente sobrement Jean-Baptiste Rudelle.

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Two Charts Spell Out Just How Disappointing Apple's iPhone 5 Sales Really Are

Two Charts Spell Out Just How Disappointing Apple's iPhone 5 Sales Really Are | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Gene Munster, opening weekend sales grew 70 percent between the 3GS and the iPhone 4, and then  an astounding 135 percent between the 4 and the 4s. That's acceleration. iPhone 5 sales,  meanwhile, grew only 25 percent. That's massive deceleration.

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Bravo Phil! Ostinato Rigore.
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New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail

New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

UI design is about maintaining consistency while expanding possibilities. Looks like Facebook's latest iOS update does the opposite...

 

Today facebook changed (once again) the gestures that everybody knew by now (given the high usage rate of the app), which will induce latency, friction and frustration from single handed, zero attention span millions of users.

 

But maybe one can see some wisdom in such choices, that over time may be progressively forgotten.

 

More frustrating are some feature reductions, namely in the photo area of the app that now longer allows posting pictures that are not in the camera roll.

 

For instance, it is no longer possible to enrich a post with a photo picked in an existing album, including the photostream. This is a big restriction in terms of features and UI, with no understandable reason.

 

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We're on the verge of having smartphones that use half the power

We're on the verge of having smartphones that use half the power | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of this is wasted by a grossly inefficient piece of hardware: the power amplifier, a gadget that turns electricity into radio signals.

The versions of amplifiers within smartphones suffer similar problems. If you’ve noticed your phone getting warm and rapidly draining the battery when streaming video or sending large files, blame the power amplifiers. As with the versions in base stations, these chips waste more than 65 percent of their energy—and that’s why you sometimes need to charge your phone twice a day.

Now an MIT spinout company called Eta Devices, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, cofounded by two MIT electrical engineering professors, Joel Dawson and David Perreault, say they have cracked the efficiency problem with a new amplifier design.

It’s currently a lab-bench technology, but if it proves itself in commercialization, which is expected to start in 2013—first targeting LTE base stations—the technology could slash base station energy use by half. Likewise, a chip-scale version of the technology, still in development, could double the battery life of smartphones.

“There really has been no significant advance in this area for years,” says Vanu Bose, founder of Vanu, a wireless technology startup. “If you get 30 to 35 percent efficiency with today’s amplifiers, you are doing really well. But they can more than double that.”
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Carrier IQ Appoints Ben Bergeret as VP and GM of Devices

Carrier IQ Appoints Ben Bergeret as VP and GM of Devices | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Carrier IQ, the market leader in delivering Mobile Intelligence, today announced the appointment of Ben Bergeret to the role of Vice President and General Manager of Devices. Mr. Bergeret joins Carrier IQ having founded and grown two successful start-ups – Realeyes3D and Qipit – that benefited from his significant experience managing company operations globally, and his proven ability to identify the fastest paths to market. Prior to this, as head of EMEA Sales for Lucent Technologies' Software Products Group, he developed in-depth knowledge of mobile operators' operations and challenges in the areas of billing and care.
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Apple Is Only Spending A Few Million Dollars To Buy A Handful Of Color Employees

Apple Is Only Spending A Few Million Dollars To Buy A Handful Of Color Employees | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
More mystery around the fate of Color, the ill-fated social-mobile-photo startup that became a laughingstock of Silicon Valley after raising $41 million to launch an app that proved to be a dud.

The Next Web had reported that the failed startup was getting bought outright by Apple for "double-digit millions."

Not so, says AllThingsD's Liz Gannes: Apple is paying Color a token amount, between $2 million and $5 million, to hire away 20 or so members of Color's engineering team.
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Amazon in talks to buy Texas Instruments’ smartphone & tablet OMAP chip activity: Report

Amazon in talks to buy Texas Instruments’ smartphone & tablet OMAP chip activity: Report | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Texas Instruments (TI), which recently announced that it will wind down its operations in smartphone and tablet oriented OMAP chips and instead focus on embedded platforms, is engaged in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sell that particular line of business to one of its largest customers: Amazon.com.

Such a deal would be worth ‘billions of dollars’.

The news was reported by Assaf Gilad from Calcalist.co.il (in Hebrew), but hasn’t been confirmed by either company at this point. Gilad has a track record of getting stories like this exactly right, by the way. He was first to report Apple’s interest in Israeli fabless semiconductor company and flash storage solutions provider Anobit, for example, and we know what happened next.

According to the report, Amazon.com is looking to acquire TI’s high-end processor activity so it can exert more control over the chips running its Kindle Fire tablets and the accompanying smartphones it probably has in the works.
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For Some Drivers, Electric Motorcycle Could Be the Best of Both Worlds

For Some Drivers, Electric Motorcycle Could Be the Best of Both Worlds | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The C-1, being built by Lit Motors, is a bike encased in a metal shell that is meant to provide the convenience of a motorcycle with the amenities of a car.
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European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal

European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
New analysis by the Telco 2.0 team shows that the mobile industry’s combined revenues from voice, messaging and data services in the EU5 economies (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) will drop by nearly 20Bn Euros, or 4% per year, in the next...
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UK government and industry heavyweights set up 5G Innovation Centre, want to go one better - Engadget

UK government and industry heavyweights set up 5G Innovation Centre, want to go one better - Engadget | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The UK is almost ready to flip the switch on its first LTE network, but it's determined to be at the forefront of the next-generation, setting up a "5G Innovation Centre" at the University of Surrey. The government announced it's putting up £11.6 million (around $18.6 million) in funding, but another £24 million (around $38.5 million) will be coming from an industry group comprising the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica, Rohde & Schwarz, Fujitsu and others. The money will allow research to go beyond concept and theory, with the aim that all partners work together to develop and standardize 5G technology, which the university has been looking into for a number of years already. They will focus on energy and spectrum efficiency as well as speed, and although it's early days, 10Gbps has been banded around as a per-tower target, translating to roughly 200Mbps for each connection...
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Facebook's Steady March To 1 Billion Users

Facebook's Steady March To 1 Billion Users | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Facebook announced that it now has 1 billion monthly active users. It's an incredible feat. Very few companies can say they have 1 billion customers.

Most impressive is how linear this progression is.
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In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable

In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

From PewResearchCenter — Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012

 

While traditional news platforms have lost audience, online news consumption has been undergoing major changes as well. Nearly one-in-five Americans (17%) say they got news yesterday on a mobile device yesterday, with the vast majority of these people (78%) getting news on their cell phone. Among smartphone owners, nearly a third (31%) got news yesterday on a mobile device.

 

The second major trend in online news consumption is the rise of news on social networks. Today, 19% of the public says they saw news or news headlines on social networking sites yesterday, up from 9% two years ago. And the percentage regularly getting news or news headlines on these sites has nearly tripled, from 7% to 20%.

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Twitter Just Isn't Mainstream

Twitter Just Isn't Mainstream | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
People know about it, but they don't use it.

Twitter is a wonderful, revolutionary communication tool that media organizations around the world are using. It is not, however, a mainstream product for users yet. Below you can see a chart from the Pew research just 11% of people has seen news on Twitter, versus 47% for Facebook, Google+, and other social sites.

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Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail

Venture Capital Secret: 3 of 4 Start-Ups Fail | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Of the 6,613 U.S.-based companies initially funded by venture capital between 2006 and 2011, 84% now are closely held and operating independently, 11% were acquired or made initial public offerings of stock and 4% went out of business, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Less than 1% are currently in IPO registration.

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