Even as Qualcomm currently has a more highly developed 5G modem, Apple is leaning seriously toward Intel’s flavor of 5G for a future iPhone. That’s why the new iPhone engineers are engaging with Intel counterparts for early work on prototype development of electronic products. The future 5G technology for next-generation wireless broadband will stick with Intel, at the same time as Apple has limited the dialog with the leading modem provider in the market, Qualcomm.
Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips offer more specific carrier features, but many of them will not be a part of carriers. Apple engineers consider Intel’s 5G modem to fit perfectly for all its requirements and needs for a future iPhone.
Intel has hanged far behind Qualcomm in the modem market, but has a small army that is working on 5G, numbering in the “multiple thousands.” The idea to supply the 5G modems for the iPhone is now a top priority for Intel. The company regards it as a “must-win” in their strategy.
Intel announced its 5G Modem at CES 2017, and said in a press release that it has “successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call with the help of its early 5G silicon… a major milestone in its growth.” This achievement aligns with Apple’s campaign for a 5G iPhone in 2019 or 2020.
A 5G iPhone will be able to have gigabit per second and beyond connection speeds, which could fundamentally change the smart system development and the way we communicate, compute and consume information using the smartphone. The shift to 5G is technically compound process, requiring lots of management between the phone maker and prospective vendors far beforehand of official vendor selection.
The war for the iPhone
Qualcomm has been proving modems for the iPhone since 2011 and has a more developed and multi-featured 5G modem. After a huge R&D investment, the company announced the world’s first 5G modem–the Snapdragon X50.
Intel – after its own gigantic effort – won a share of the Apple modem business starting with 2016’s iPhone 7. The company has been eager to customize its products for Apple in ways Qualcomm probably would not. Apple has already used the Intel modems in its AT&T GSM/LTE networks and iPhones for the T-Mobile. And as the Qualcomm modems particularly suit well to CDMA networks, Apple has put them in iPhones for Sprint and Verizon.
However, that dynamic may change as the carriers transition their networks to 5G. Verizon, for one, has said it plans to have no longer a need for that new devices attachment to older CDMA networks starting in late 2018 or early 2019. When Verizon does that, US Cellular, Sprint, and a few out of the country operators will still support CDMA. But naturally, the CDMA ecosystem will begin to fall. Without a CDMA requirement, Apple has one less ground to stick with Qualcomm. As the company invented the widely used version of the CDMA technology all of the companies were kind of stuck with it.
Meanwhile, Apple’s relationship with Qualcomm has drastically changed over the past year. There was an increasingly severe legal dispute over the patent licensing fees that Apple suppliers pay to Qualcomm. Moreover, Qualcomm is now the subject of an acquirement attempt by rival chipmaker Broadcom. But the company has already rejected a $103 billion bid, which they believe undervalues its business.
All of the information seems to point toward the prospect of Apple looking to Intel as the sole provider of 5G modems for their iPhones. The last reason to believe is a recent attempt to build the Intel modem onto an integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) that would also enclose the GPU, CPU and other iPhone components. The SoC would be co-designed by Intel and Apple. An Intel facility would manufacture them.
Some believe that Apple’s full Intel embrace could come even faster. The Wall Street Journal recently cited anonymous sources saying Apple is already building Electronic Prototype Development for iPhone that uses Intel 3G/4G modems only.
But we don’t know for sure because Qualcomm wouldn’t go on record for this matter. (FYI All suppliers sign non-disclosure agreements that forbid talking publicly about their dealings with Apple.) Apple also didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Intel provided a statement: “While we do not comment on customer products, as evidenced by our news today Intel is making great momentum on our 5G roadmap to accelerate the adoption of 5G.”
Well, for now, we can only wonder if Apple is working on prototypes with the Intel 3G/4G modems only. But we can state for sure that the possibility of potential exclusive collaboration is in the near future. We’ll stay tuned to that!
It all started in October 2008, when a document appeared on the site bitcoin.org, describing the mechanism of the distributed cryptocurrency with open source code, called bitcoin.
The basis for the transactions was blocking technology, which is a database that stores all transactions that have ever been committed in the form of publicly available blocks. A special mathematical algorithm connects the blocks to each other and stores on the devices of the participants in the system, not allowing you to make changes from the outside, which provides protection from hacker attacks and increases the security of the system.
Transactions need not be related to finance. For example, all interactions of people with each other can be exposed in a legal transaction. Furthermore, for such a system, employees will not be needed. It will not cause disputable situations, will not create opportunities for fraud and can occur almost instantly.
The first working version of Bitcoin was available in 2009. A relatively narrow range of geeks and programmers used it. The price of one bitcoin at that time was about $ 0.001. By 2011, the price was equal to the price of the dollar. Over time, the course continued to grow. Nevertheless, the technology attracted more and more new users, and many economists appreciated its prospects.
The cost of Ethereum exceeded $ 400
The cost of the cryptocurrency Ethereum exceeded $ 400. At the time of preparing the material, its price is about $ 414 per unit, the last maximum, according to the Coindesk charts, was $ 425.
Judging by the graphs of the same Coindesk and Coinmarketcap – the current figure is the highest. True, in the summer the cost of the air showed higher values on some individual exchanges. The reason for the current growth is the increase in demand from market participants to the currency. Also, it is due to the active development of the currency.
At the time of the news, the capitalization of Ethereum was $ 39.7 billion. It is the second after the bitcoin ($ 135 billion) of the national currency regarding capitalization. Moreover, in third place there is Bitcoin Cash ($ 27 billion).
The cost of bitcoin reached $ 9,000
The price of cryptocurrency bitcoin reached $ 9,000, shows the Coinmarketcap schedule. This is the highest figure in the history of the existence of the cryptocurrency. The total capitalization of bitcoin exceeded $ 150 billion.
Actively bitcoin began to grow on November 25 (+ $ 800 in less than a day), after the information appeared that the founder of Xiaomi Lei Jun is an investor in the Chinese company Bitmain, which creates devices for mining. After all, according to Quartz, this can increase the audience’s confidence in the cryptocurrency.
Tesla introduced the fastest production car — the updated Roadster
Tesla introduced the second generation of the Roadster. If the novelty gets the declared characteristics, it will become the fastest serial car in the world.
The head of Tesla Elon Musk says that the updated Roadster will be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds. An indicator that has not yet reached any serial car. Musk did not disclose the maximum speed of the sports car. However, he noted that it would «exceed 400 km/h». For comparison, now the record belongs to the car Agera RS company Koenigsegg, which accelerates to 447 km/h.
Roadster will receive a power reserve of 1000 km. «Our goal is to inflict a final defeat on the fuel vehicles», says Musk.
The initial cost of the car is from $ 200 000, before the order, it will be necessary to deposit $ 50 000. Deliveries of the car will begin, most likely, not before 2020. Now Roadster can only compete with cars with a price tag above $ 1 million.
Tesla introduced the electric Semi truck
Tesla Semi accelerates to 100 km/h in 5 seconds. This is incredibly fast compared to gasoline trucks. In one recharging the new car can drive up to 800 km. Tesla Semi charges 80% for half an hour.
«In general, Semi is more responsive, rides faster than a truck with an internal combustion engine, and more seamlessly integrates with the movement of cars», the company says. In Tesla, they are sure that Semi will not break, having traveled more than a million and a half kilometers. Representatives of the company also note that the truck is safer than its counterparts, since it is equipped with a reinforced battery that helps to prevent damage on impact, and also gives the truck a very low center of gravity.
Another feature of the Tesla Semi is the driver’s cab, designed for only one person. This is logical since truck drivers often drive alone. However, Tesla provided for the possibility of installing an additional seat next to the main one.
The company says that they designed the cabin with the thought of the comfort of the driver. He or she can stand in the cabin in full growth, as well as it will easily enter and exit the car. The cockpit also has two touch screens on either side of the seat. They display navigation information, blind zone monitoring, and trip data.
This version of the truck is designed for day trips. Therefore there is no berth in it. But in Tesla, they say that there is an opportunity to expand the cabin and equip it with a place to sleep.
Semi Truck is also equipped with a partial autopilot, thanks to which the truck can automatically brake and hold its lane. According to the head of the company Elon Musk, production of the car will begin in 2019. The price of the truck is not reported.
Tesla released a portable battery for smartphones
After the presentation of the fastest production car and electric truck, Tesla pleased those who do not have several hundred thousand dollars. The official store started selling a portable battery Powerbank for $ 45.
The appearance of the battery resembles the obelisk of the charging station Supercharger, which stands in the company’s design studio. Developers built in Powerbank cables with two connectors — micro USB and Apple Lightning. The battery capacity is 3350 mAh. This is enough to charge the smartphone 1-1,5 times. The first Powerbank has already been sold out.
With the huge boom of the modern technologies, new gadgets and whole era of the internet many people start worrying that it has gone too far. But still, it continues to progress really fast.
With massive tech investment of the successful companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google, tech research is evolving so much. At the same time, the unexpected maturation of mathematical methods that can deliver what is normally called artificial intelligence gives an opportunity for expanding current possibilities.
New technologies cause concerns, but they are at the same time great root for optimism. The new wave of synthetic intelligence will cut jobs, but will also improve your health and products around you. The topdevelopment company, Geolance, wants to present you five areas where different tech companies will change the way we live.
1. Health Care
The complex algorithms of deep neural networks helped computers to see. As they have a base of the web of neurons in the human brain, a neural network can learn tasks by identifying patterns in immense amounts of information. For example, analyzing millions of car photos, a neural network can learn to recognize a car.
This technology allows services like Google Photos and Facebook to immediately recognize objects and faces in images that you upload to the internet. But synthetic intelligence will also lead to a revolution in health care. These same techniques, machines can also learn to find out signs of illness and disease in medical scans. As it analyzes millions of retinal photos, a neural network will learn to spot early signs of diabetic blindness, or by analyzing CT scans, it can learn to recognize lung cancer.
This technology will advance health care in places where aren’t enough qualified doctors. But ultimately, it will make health care in the developed world more efficient as well. Google is already running tests in two Indian hospitals, and the start-up Infervision has implemented similar technology in hospitals across China. In the longer term, such methods are promising to quickly accelerate drug discovery in so many other spheres of health care.
2. Conversational Computing
In modern society, neural networks aren’t limited to image recognition. Natural technology understands the way people talk and write. And it is improving so fast, especially in the realm of coffee-table gadgets like the Amazon Echo. This gadget can recognize spoken commands from across the room. Another example is online services like Skype, which can immediately translate phone calls from one language to another.
Recently there has been a huge phase shift in the area of natural language understanding. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and Google are at the head of this movement. They invest in the development of technologies which promise to vitally change how we interact with cars, phones, and potentially any machine.
Many other companies are moving down the same way, including a San Francisco start-up – Replika. It offers a smartphone “chatbot” that acts as a kind of personal confidante, chatting with you in moments when no one else is around. The “chatbot” is based on machine learning technology and can recognize your voice and give a response. We hope that these technologies will improve our lives in so many ways.
3. Mind Control
Voice recognition is great, but some people argue that there are even better ways of interacting with gadgets. And it is communication with the help of brain waves. Instead of telling a computer what you want, many corporations claim to believe that you could just think of it.
The electroencephalography, or EEG — a longstanding means of measuring electrical brain activity from sensors placed on the head — can make it happen. EEG is a new the start-up of Neurable that builds a virtual reality game that you can play with your mind only. EEG limits for this kind of use, but other researchers, including at Facebook, aim to build far more influential systems with special optical sensors. Facebook hopes that, in a couple of years, this technology will let people type by brain-power. They will be able to type five times faster than regularly on smartphone keyboard.
Various start-ups, including Neuralink, founded by Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, are going several steps further. They are hoping to create technology that will be able to read brain activity from chips implanted inside the skull. At first, they plan to help people with disabilities. But eventually, Mr. Musk and others hope to also widen horizons of people’s abilities by implanting chips in healthy individuals.
4. The Flying Car
Have you dreamt of more science fiction in your everyday reality? As entrepreneurs like Mr. Musk work to put a chip in your head, others are thinking of ways how to put cars in the sky.
Even as Google sets the pace in the race to autonomous cars, is backing Kitty Hawk too. Kitty Hawk is a start-up that wishes to take commuting into the air. And many others, like the start-up Joby Aviation, Airbus, and Uber, are working on vehicles that can fly above jam-packed roads. These vehicles take various forms, but commonly, they have a single rider and take off like a helicopter – straight up.
At first, Kitty Hawk plan to sell its vehicles to hobbyists. But they hope to sooner or later convince the general public, and regulators, those flying cars make sense. For sure, that is not an easy task. After all, these cars will need a new kind of air traffic control.
5. The Quantum Computer
Want something even more bizarre? It’s the possibility of a quantum computer. Based on the seemingly miraculous properties of quantum physics, such a machine would be exponentially more powerful than computers of today. Think of it this way: A quantum computer could crack the encryption that preserves the world’s most confidential data right away.
The problem is that these apparatus are extremely difficult to build. But the hopes are high as the progress has accelerated. Google, Intel, and IBM are investing hard in this push, as are start-ups like Rigetti Computing.
Also, researchers declare to believe that quantum machines in time could speed up drug discovery, solve traffic problems, make financial markets more efficient and more.
The quantum computer is a completely unusual paradigm for processing information. That’s why many researchers believe that known applications are just the tip of the iceberg.
Tesla set a new goal – upgrading their automobiles and changing the way of generating electricity in our homes. With those plans still in progress, it is setting out on another project – the multibillion-dollar trucking industry restoration.
On Thursday Elon Musk, Tesla chief executive presented a prototype for a battery-powered, almost self-driving semi truck. In a highly produced nighttime presentation the company stated that it would prove more resourceful and less pricey to operate than the diesel trucks that currently drag goods across the country. And of course, the huge benefit is that it will produce no exhaust gases.
Also, Mr. Musk showed he was not letting up on the car side of the business, unveiling a new Tesla Roadster that he said would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds (first invention the car ever with a zero-to-60 time under two seconds). Besides, it has the highest speed of at least 250 miles per hour, and it would be able to travel 620 miles before needing to recharge.
The new truck would be no less revolutionary. Mr. Musk claims that it would have 500 miles single-charge range. Also, it can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds with no a trailer, and in 20 seconds when transporting a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds.
Producing the truck
The Tesla expects to begin producing the truck by the end of 2019. Although he gave no specific price, he hinted that it would be quite expensive. But he also explained the electric truck would be less costly to operate. That is because it has a smaller amount of components that need regular maintenance. Instead of the engine, transmission or drive shaft, the truck, called the Tesla Semi, is powered by a huge battery under the cab. It has two rear axles, each equipped with two electric motors, one for each wheel. Its uphill speeds and acceleration will allow conquering longer distances in less time than diesel trucks. Consequently, Tesla is estimating that it will cost $1.26 per mile to run.
The company stated that they had no partnerships to announce on the truck project at the moment, but an early adopter appeared Friday when Walmart said it had preordered 15 test vehicles. The Walmart spokesman said that they believe that implementation of this technology within their supply chain, could help them to meet some of the long-term sustainability goals. Besides, this technology will lower their emission rate.
In typical Tesla fashion, the truck is different from the industry standard. The cabin is large enough for a driver and passenger to stand. Also, the driver’s seat is not on the left side but in the center of the cab. It has two laptop-size video screens that provide scheduling data and navigation as well as blind spots and other areas around the truck.
The interesting feature is that it will be set with radar cameras, sensors, and processors to allow drivers to use a version of Autopilot. Autopilot can automatically maneuver, accelerate and brake for other obstacles and vehicles, though drivers still must keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road while using the feature.
Analysts at Bernstein, an investment bank, assume that Tesla’s truck would be able to travel maximum 300 to 450 miles a day before needing to recharge its battery pack. That’s why they think Tesla could face difficulty if they fail to deliver on its promised range of 500 miles on a single charge.
Mr. Musk said Tesla consider building a network of special superchargers for trucks across the United States and other countries. He gave hardly any details but said they would run on solar power.
Tesla took the challenge of electric trucks even as it is struggling with some issues in its car business. The company just introduced its most affordable car, the Model 3, but the launching delays.
When Model 3 production started in July, they hoped to raise output to 20,000 vehicles a month by December, but they had gathered just 260 by the end of September. And last month the company fired several hundred workers, increasing further concerns about its ability to meet Mr. Musk’s aggressive manufacturing goals.
The Model 3, with a starting price of $35,000, intended to become Tesla’s top-selling car. Because of affordable price, will appeal to a wider class of consumers. That’s why Tesla has high hopes for it.
To this point, the company has explained the slow pace of Model 3 launching to difficulties in producing battery packs at its Nevada plant. They also stated that final assembly tasks and welding processes in the Fremont factory were moving more slowly than other parts of the manufacturing system.
With all of the concerns up in the air, a lot of specialists hope that Tesla won’t over-promise and under-deliver on a new truck. Competitors have already begun testing self-driving technology and electric trucks. Last month, Daimler presented an electric tractor-trailer. Embark, a Silicon Valley start-up, said this week that it had begun using self-driving trucks. They are transporting Frigidaire refrigerators from a warehouse in El Paso to a distribution center 650 miles away in Palm Springs, Calif using this technology.
While Tesla is head over heels with its electric cars, automotive systems and technologies like its Autopilot system, it faces a much different situation with trucks. They just don’t have enough experience in the truck market. Besides, competitors, like Daimler, are quite tough with a built-in customer base.
They need to pay a lot of attention to quality and longevity of the product because a critical thing of the truck is that it is a work tool. It must work all the time. It’s not similar to a sports car when you have something else in the garage to drive if it’s in maintenance or whatever.