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|sl||Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan told investors, "the streaming era is upon us and is about to begin a period of rapid growth." He said 5.6 million PS4 owners use Remote Play. Ryan did say that the next generation of PlayStation will have a disc drive.||https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/playstation-boss-we-believe-the-streaming-era-is-upon-us/|
|tm||Mozilla launched Firefox 67 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser includes faster startup, deprioritizing lesser used features, suspending unused tabs, cryptomining blockers, and fingerprinting; Firefox 67 also adds password saving and support for extensions to Private Browsing and adds voice input in the Android search widget. For desktop users the toolbar is now fully keyboard accessible and WebRender support fo Nvidia on Windows 10.The desktop version is available for download at Firefox.com, and existing users can upgrade automatically. The Android version is now rolling out on Google Play.||https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/21/mozilla-firefox-67/|
|sl||Huawei launched its new Honor 20 series of smartphones in London Tuesday. The Honor 20 Pro runs on Huawei's Kirin 980 processor with quad rear cameras, side-mounted fingerprint scanners and has a 6.26-inch display with a hole punch for the front-facing camera. The Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite, will sell for 599 euros ($669), 499 euros and 299 euros respectively. Huawei says the models are certified by Google so will come with Google apps, however they are released too late to receive OS-level updates from Google while US restrictions exist. Huawei will have to provide those as they appear on the Android Open Source project.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/21/18633027/honor-20-pro-series-release-date-news-feature-specs-camera-battery-life|
|tm||Alphabet-owned Verily announced strategic alliances with pharmaceutical companies Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka and Pfizer to help it expand its reach in the medical studies market. Verily wants to make it easier to enroll and participate in trials, and combine data across sources, like electronic medical records and health-tracking devices. Verily uses Google ads to find patients based on health-related searches, and suggests that they join company projects.||https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/20/alphabet-verily-doing-clinical-trials-with-novartis-sanofi-pfizer.html|
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|:33||sl||Monday afternoon, the US Department of Commerce granted Huawei a general license to buy some US goods until August 19 in order to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to Huawei phones. The move is intended to give telecom operators time to make other arrangements. This will allow Google to provide security updates to Huawei for its existing Android-based phones. Otherwise Huawei would have a delay as it waits for security updates to appear on the open source project behind Android. Huawei is still prohibited from buying US-made hardware and software to make new products and the Commerce Department will reevaluate the extension in 90 days.. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said the US underestimates its capabilities.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-tech-usa-license/u-s-eases-curbs-on-huawei-founder-says-clampdown-underestimates-chinese-firm-idUSKCN1SQ27T?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|:35||tm||The Verge took the list of components from Ifixit's teardown of the Huawei P30 Pro to determine what parts come from the US and where it could get replacements once Huawei's stockpile of US parts run out. |
Gorilla Glass could be replaced by Dragontrail from Japan's AGC Asahi Glass which is used in the Pixel 3A.
Micron storage could be replaced by Toshiba, Samsung or its ow HiSilicon development.
Skyworks and Qorvo networking cards might need to be developed in house.
Android can be used as Open Source which means no Google apps, including the play store, and slower security updates. Huawei is supposedly developing its own OS.
|:39||sl||The Verge notes that while Microsoft has not made any statement about licensing Windows to Huawei, the MateBook X Pro Windows laptop is no longer available in the Microsoft store as of this weekend. Huawei uses Windows on its consumer laptops, in its network servers and in a hybrid cloud solution for Microsoft's Azure Stack.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/21/18634240/microsoft-huawei-matebook-x-pro-laptop-store-windows-ban-no-comment|
|:41||tm||The US has issued an alert warning consumers that Chinese-made UAVs could pose a security risk to US businesses and other organizations. The alert did not name companies. China's DJI holds around 70% of the US market for UAVs. DJI said it gives customers complete control over their data, adding, "For government and critical infrastructure customers that require additional assurances, we provide drones that do not transfer data to DJI or via the internet, and our customers can enable all the precautions DHS [Department of Homeland Security] recommends." However the US Army prohibited troops from using DJI drones starting in August 2017, the same month US Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused DJI of "providing US critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government". DJI has since introduced a privacy mode that prevents any data from being uploaded to the internet. US States use UAVs for things like road and bridge inspections as well as creating complex farming programmes.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48352271|
|:44||sl||Apple announced the 15" MacBook Pro will now come with 8-core and 6-core processors that should make it run twice as fast as the previous quad-core models and 40% faster than the 6-core.The 13" MacBook Pro with TouchBar will now come with Intel's 8th gen quad-core processors. Apple also announced three things regarding its keyboards. A new material in the keyboard mechanism should reduce double type and no type issues. All butterfly keyboards are now part of the Keyboard Service Program. And it's promising faster repairs for those with problems. Older MacBooks needing repair may get the new improved material.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/21/apple-announces-new-macbook-pros-with-more-powerful-processors-and-yes-updated-keyboards/|
|:48||sl||The US Postal service started the first of five round trips moving packages between Phoenix and Dallas using autonomous trucks from San Diego startup TuSimple. In a press release about the two-week pilot, the USPS said it could possibly use “a future class of vehicles” to improve service, reduce emissions and save money. TuSimple will have a safety driver behind the wheel during the tests, and an engineer in the passenger seat. The USPS spends more than $4 billion a year on highway trucking services and costs have been rising due to a shortage of drivers.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-21/self-driving-trucks-will-carry-mail-in-u-s-for-the-first-time|
|:51||tm||New imaging methods combined with a better understanding of the chemistry and fur and feather pigments has let scientists know what color a three million year old mouse's fur was. Reddish-brown with a white underbelly. Fur color comes from Eumelanin which produces black and dark brown combined with Pheomelanin which does red and yellow. Eumelanin holds up over time while Pheomelanin breaks down. University of Manchester geochemist Roy Wogelius and his colleagues determined that tiny traces of zinc remains behind broken-down Pheomelanin. A technique called synchrotron x-ray fluorescence imaging causes interactions that can be used to determine patterns of metal traces. For more read Kiona N. Smith's Article at Ars Technica.||https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/x-rays-reveal-the-colors-of-a-3-million-year-old-fossil-mouse/|
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|Chris Christensen AKA the Amateur Traveler shares a niche hotel booking site for people who want to stay near the subway.||amateurtraveler.com|
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|Jeff wrote in hoping for an answer to this 5G conversation we keep kicking around. |
Do we really need new spectrum every time we move to a new "G"? It's never been clear to me how much of each generation's speed-up comes from improvements in protocol versus inherent benefits from the new spectrum. Could the next "G" use software defined radio (SDR) such that as the "G" after that comes along we can all stay on the same spectrums as carriers push out new SDR definitions to all devices? Over the course of a few month staged rollout we could all be on "SuperG+ Advanced Evolution" together.
As the carriers phase out the current legacy networks, that spectrum can be added to the SDR network to broaden capacity. I'm sure some frequencies will be better than others in this case, but that's not all that different than it is now. What's wrong with this approach? I recognize that this reduces the economic motivation for network equipment makers to develop future networks, but is there a technical reason I don't understand?
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