the American RadioShack chain is once again in trouble.Before the internet time almost synonymous with consumer electronics to mobilize the risen chain stores have not been successful to do online shopping pinched, and is going bankrupt for the second time within a short time.Ohio RadioShack-the store's staff did not take the store closing provision of the good, but going to cause a ferocious somemyrskyn, tell Tivi.reynoldsburg's small town location of radio shack's Facebook page appeared first Monday in simple but still understand the message: "we're closed.the Next day, communication success was to strengthen the new update "we Hated all of you m*ulkku customers".the evening of the Same day the title of the page the image was edited RadioShack logo, which had been blacked out part of the letter, and this left only with the message adioS.
Oracle Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz put an Old Testament spin on her company's software copyright battle with Google as she told jurors about an encounter with her adversary's top lawyer at a bat mitzvah in 2012.Catz's testimony in San Francisco federal court was intended to buttress what Oracle claims was Google's brazen theft of Java code to build its Android operating system, and to begin to explain how that theft caused the database maker damages of $9.3 billion.Catz's message: Google undercut Oracle's licensing revenue by co-opting Java to develop Android into the operating system now used in 80 percent of the world's mobile devices.Google took a language designed to "write once, run anywhere" across different computing platforms and "forked," or split into two, Oracle's Java community of programmers, she said.AdvertisementGoogle lifted and employed the code so that it would only run on Android, leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, ZTE., and Motorola to adopt that platform, which the search engine company offered for free, and to cease paying Java licensing fees to Oracle, Catz testified."They use Android instead of taking a copy of our software."
ARM has acquired Apical, a U.K. designer of embedded computer vision technology, and plans to incorporate that technology into future ARM microprocessor and system-on-chip designs, it said Wednesday.The move will open up new opportunities for designers of autonomous vehicles and security systems, among other connected things, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars.That technology also turned up in Samsung Electronics' new laptop, the ATIV Book 9.Assertive Camera is another of Apical's developments: It's a range of software packages and silicon-based image signal processors for reducing image noise, managing color and shooting high dynamic range images.ARM makes its money by designing chips that others manufacture, or licensing its chip modules for others to incorporate in their own designs.Putting image analysis and interpretation capabilities in hardware could accelerate and simplify the design of a whole host of products, including self-driving cars and security systems.
Microsoft has announced an agreement to sell its feature-phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn, and another entity called HMD Global, Oy for around $350 million.HMD Global was founded out of Finland in 2015, and initially it looked like it was a business vehicle of sorts set up to help facilitate the Microsoft transaction — Finland, if you remember, is home to Nokia, the former mobile phone giant that sold its core hardware assets to Microsoft two years back.Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in an industry where Nokia remains a truly iconic name, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies.So while Nokia still harbors ambitions to be a big mobile brand, it will have to rely on others much more than it once did — you may remember the company launched an Android-powered tablet in China back in 2014, well, that was under a similar arrangement as to what it will be doing now moving forward.This is where HMD Global comes into play — it s a new private company seemingly founded under Nokia s volition to build a new wave of mobile devices, replete with the Nokia brand.The venture is actually being run by CEO Arto Nummela, formerly of Nokia and the head of Microsoft s Mobile Devices business in Greater Asia, Middle East, and Africa, as well as Microsoft s soon-to-be-sold feature phones business.Nummela will be aided by President Florian Seiche, who currently serves as senior vice president for Europe sales and marketing at Microsoft Mobile.We don t yet know what these devices will look like, but we do know that HMD plans to invest around $500 million over the next three years to support the marketing of Nokia-branded devices, which HMD says will be funded via its investors and profits from the acquired feature phone business.
There s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that s stiff li-ion batteries.Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surface like a Band-Aid, and it can even charge itself.The result is a medical sensing device that the team claims will provide a never-ending stream of bio-sensor data.In tests published in PNAS, the team showed that the device could be stretched by 30 percent of its original length while still working perfectly.The advance overcomes part of the difficulty with flexible power sources.Adding solar cells means that the cells are constantly topped up—though the flexible device will only be useful for devices that require only modest amounts of power.
Chinese home-appliance maker Midea Group 000333 -2.06 % announced Wednesday it plans to launch a takeover of Germany s Kuka AG KU2 28.84 % , in a deal that values the industrial robot maker at more than $5 billion, making it one of the largest unsolicited approaches of a foreign company by a Chinese buyer.Midea Group said it intends to increase the shares it owns in Kuka to more than 30%, which requires an offer for all issued shares in the Ausburg, Germany-based company.Morgan Stanley is providing Midea with a bridge loan to finance the deal, a spokeswoman for the Chinese company said.State-owned China Securities Finance Corp Ltd and private-equity firm CDH Investments are among Midea s minority shareholders.Closely held German engineering company Voith Group holds 25% in Kuka, with another 10% being held by German billionaire Friedhelm Loh via his holding company.On the bright side for Voith Group and Mr. Loh, stronger ties with Midea could help Kuka spur sales in China, which is the world s fastest-growing robotics market with an expected annual growth of 14% for the next few years, according to the Chinese company.
For example, a particular iPod model even tens of thousands have been paid. Old Symbian or Android phones may no longer work because their services are no longer supported, Virkki explains. Playstation importing Nordisk Film's representative and the collector of the game, Valtteri Hyttinen says that the most paid to the old Nintendo NES and SNES consoles and games. Are sought after Nintendo's own game series: Kirby, Donkey Kong, Zelda and Super Mariot. Nordic moves anyway collectors a lot of interesting stuff, as skandinaaviversiot with SCN marking the games are sought after. Hardware and game manufacturers to make their products sometimes restricted items, which are intended to become a future collector's pieces.
The search engine compares the semantic language – the real meaning of the content – in the documents to reveal unseen patterns and connections in fractions of a second.I saw a demo of the platform in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it has a lot of interesting potential.Omnity s basic search is still free, but its subscription packages and special information databases start at $100.The specialized information that Omnity is offering includes Securities and Exchange Commission filings and records, patents, Library of Congress data, court precedents and legal records, scientific journals, pharmaceutical and biomedical trials, financial reports, and U.S. Congress reports and legal history.Discovering unexpected connections between diverse knowledge domains reveals unique insights that sharpen focus and drive innovation.We created Omnity to help scientists, engineers, medical professionals, lawyers and financial people cope with the explosion of data and knowledge that is happening in every field of study.Omnity is designed to be powerful yet easy to use, and is priced so that organizations large and small can access this transformative technology.Unlike conventional search, Omnity said it can find related documents even when they do not cite or link to one another.The company is offering introductory pricing of its commercial service in five tiers, with the first month free for all paid tiers:
The Mi Box, as you can see below, is a sleek and simple set-top-box that doesn t look terribly different from the Apple TV device and numerous other boxes on the market.The Chinese company boasts having sold millions of set-top boxes and smart TVs in China, where it is one of the most popular electronics companies.It will support the newest at this time HDR10 standard, which will be available starting in Android N, as well as HDMI 2.0a.Under the hood lies 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage alongside a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and Mali 450 GPU.Those who need more space will be able to attach an external drive using USB.Xiaomi says it will have info on availability aside from the fact that it is launching in the US first and pricing at a later date.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
The Nokia brand is set to return to smartphones, two years after the Finnish company sold its flagship handset business and walked away defeated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.Nokia Oyj said Wednesday it will license its brand to a Helsinki-based company run by former Nokia managers, HMD Global Oy, which plans investments topping $500 million to bring mobile phones and tablets to the market.FIH Mobile Ltd., part of Foxconn Technology Group, will help to build the devices.HMD will be in charge of designing, making and selling the devices, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia s IP-licensing business.If things don t live up to expectations, the company isn t saddled with enormous inventory and expense still on the books, said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.Nokia and HMD will be trying to crack a tough market with Samsung, Apple and Huawei Technologies Co. dominating smartphone sales with about half of the total 334 million high-end phones shipped in the first quarter, according to data from researcher IDC.Royal Philips Electronics NV sold its television business to TPV Technology, which kept the Dutch company s name on its sets.For Finns, the deal may restore some national pride in the country s best-known company.The sale of the business, less than three years after then-Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop joined Nokia from Microsoft, prompted Ilta-Sanomat, Finland s biggest tabloid, to called him a Trojan Horse who assisted Microsoft all along.HMD is now acquiring the rights for the next decade.Nokia more recently has been getting most of its revenue from wireless network equipment and related software and services.
Printed electronics pilot factory is located in Oulu. VTT's printed electronics pilot factory has entered a new era. We wanted to change this by developing electronics production line is easily a post-production sensor assembly and visualization system, which allows the associated data value-added services opened out via the interfaces, explains lead researcher Marko Jurvansuu VTT. Pilot Factory offers companies a research environment, where the new sensor assembly and IoT solutions can be customized and tested in a real production environment. The solution also enables big changes in practice, as, for example, the printing press condition monitoring and predictive maintenance can also be partly outsource the measurement data. The first VTT's solution utilizes the company has Offcode by ADN IoT platform is integrated into the model.
photographer: Kuka Chinese household machine Midea want to take over the German giant robot Kuka, and pay well for the shares. Already the rumors of the offer on Tuesday, the price of KUKA shares at 84.41 euros. The Chinese now offer 115 euros per share, according to the German stock market analysts evaluates Kuka to 4.6 billion euros. Largest shareholder today Voith Group, which owns 25.1 percent of shares. Midea is in China, a famous manufacturer of household appliances like air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. Earlier this year, Midea is the largest shareholder of Toshiba's consumer electronics department, a purchase worth around four billion.
Microsoft sells feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary while Nokia licenses famous brand to HMD globalMicrosoft has sold its feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary FIH and the newly-founded Finnish firm HMD global for $350 million £242m , in a move that will see the Nokia brand return to mobile devices for the next decade.As part of the transaction, FIH will acquire Microsoft s feature phone assets, including brands, software, services, customer support and contracts, as well as a manufacturing facility in Vietnam.Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in an industry where Nokia remains a truly iconic name, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies.Working with HMD and FIH will let us participate in one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world while staying true to our licensing business model.Microsoft has said it is still committed to Windows 10 mobile and is reportedly working on new smartphones running the platform.According to Kantar Worldpanel, Windows accounts for 6.2 percent of the UK smartphone market and 4.9 percent of sales in Europe s five biggest countries.
Fitbit s Blaze device has several features in common with the Apple Watch: Users can see text notifications and calendar alerts, and the device can be used to control music.Revenue more than doubled in 2015 compared with 2014, but the company has spent heavily to drive sales growth and future product launches.1 seller of wearables in the first quarter of 2016, with about 25% of market share, according to data from International Data Corp. Apple held the third-largest chunk of the market, behind Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. Fitbit shipped 4.8 million units in the quarter compared with Apple s 1.5 million.We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most, said James Park, Fitbit s chief executive and co-founder.Mr. Park added that Coin s technology will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people s lives.Fitbit said this month that first-quarter sales climbed 50%, showing that less-expensive fitness trackers still have legs as they compete with the Apple Watch.
Nokia was the largest mobile manufacturer in the world during the late '90s and mid '00sNokia is making a comeback, releasing a new range of feature phones and tablets.The move was seen as a last-ditch attempt for the two technology giants to join forces and challenge the dominance of Apple and Google, but the pair have failed to create a meaningful phone challenger.Microsoft's Lumia range: soon to be a thing of the past?HMD has now purchased the rights to use the Nokia trademark on feature phones until 2024, and all remaining feature phone assets, including sales, manufacturing and distribution, will be sold to FIH Mobile Limited - a subsidiary of electronics manufacturer Foxxconn, best-known as one of Apple's largest suppliers for iPhone.Microsoft too has been struggling: rumours suggest plans to axe the poorly-selling Lumia line and reinvigorate its smartphones with a new Surface Phone.Lack of popular apps and an unpopular ecosystem means Microsoft holds less than 2 per cent of the global smartphone market, and sold just 2.3 million units during the first three months of the year.
View photosMoreA sign of Alibaba Group is seen at CES Consumer Electronics Show Asia 2016 in Shanghai, China, May 12, 2016.REUTERS/Aly SongHONG KONG Reuters - Hong Kong's securities regulator said that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd breached takeover rules in the purchase of a healthcare firm in 2014 because it also bought a company owned by the brother of the healthcare firm's vice chairman on "favourable terms."Alibaba agreed to buy a stake in CITIC 21CN, now known as Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd , for $170 million two years ago.Hong Kong's Takeovers and Mergers Panel, part of the Securities and Futures Commission SFC , ruled that Alibaba's purchase of Hebei Huiyan "constituted a special deal with favourable conditions which were not extended to all shareholders and was a clear breach of the Takeovers Code," according to the decision published on Wednesday.But the e-commerce firm added the regulator issued a new waiver in view of the sharp rise in Alibaba Health stock since 2014, meaning Alibaba is not currently required to launch a full buyout.Alibaba owns 38 percent of Alibaba Health, but last year injected an online pharmacy business into Alibaba Health.
With Instant Apps, clicking a link can give you an app-like experience even if you don't have the app installed already.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Mobile websites are often more convenient than their desktop counterparts when you're on your phone, but they're also usually missing some important functionality that's available or just easier to find on the desktop.Apps can help solve the problem, but only if you have the foresight and/or bandwidth to install them when you need them.Developers can, however, can provide "call to action" links that encourage users to download and install apps that they find particularly useful.The effort required for developers to modularize their apps will vary, and there are some kinds of apps that won't work well with this model—games and anything that requires payment up-front, for example.B Photo Video, a prominent Manhattan electronics retailer, has worked with Google to demo Instant Apps, and it will be able to offer both Android Pay and fingerprint sign-in support whether users have actually downloaded their app or not.
Google is expanding its virtual reality ambitions with a new system called Daydream, which encompasses a range of VR-capable Android smartphones, a headset design, a controller and applications.The Alphabet Inc subsidiary will release Daydream this fall, said Clay Bavor, Google s vice president of virtual reality, at its I/O developer conference near its Silicon Valley headquarters Wednesday."Daydream is our platform for high-quality mobile virtual reality," Bavor said.Daydream is designed to make VR ubiquitous by working with current and future versions of the company s Android mobile operating system, the latest of which is code-named Android N."What that means for developers is there are going to be a lot of Daydream ready phones," Bavor said.Companies including Samsung Electronics, Alcatel-Lucent, Asustek Computer, HTC, Huawei Technologies, LG Electronics, and Xiaomi are building phones compatible with Daydream specifications, Bavor said, noting that several will be ready this fall.The company is working with companies like Netflix, CNN, HBO, and Hulu to build new applications for Daydream, he said.Also it s re-writing Google s own software, including Photos, Google Play Movies, Street View, and YouTube, to work with the system.Along with that, Google has created a new controller to help people interact with the VR software and content, for instance sending a virtual dragon swooping up and down in a VR video game.Google s first public foray into virtual reality was Cardboard, which lets people turn phones into virtual reality headsets using a lattice of plastic, Velcro, and compressed paper.It also made enhancements to Android to let the operating system support VR-friendly content, like 360 degree videos.Meanwhile, rivals like Facebook Inc. and companies such as HTC and Samsung Electronics produced their own high-end standalone devices, betting that better graphics and precision would encourage people to shell out several hundred dollars for their own devices, versus as low as $15 for Cardboard.With Daydream Google is taking on rivals using a similar strategy to the way it has used Android to compete with Apple in smartphones -- build great software, marry that to cheaper hardware, and then attach it to an ecosystem populated by as many developers as possible.Today, it s hard to get your hands on a premium VR headset, even if you re willing to drop the $1,500 or so needed for the headset and corresponding computers.
The company also Wednesday forecast revenue in the current quarter that topped analysts estimates, sending shares up as much as 6.6 percent in extended trading.Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff is benefiting from a multiyear effort to persuade corporations to adopt software delivered over the Internet, or the cloud.During a call with analysts, the company touted new deals with Samsung Electronics Co., Uber Technologies Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. that expanded on existing relationships.Revenue increased 27 percent to $1.92 billion in the fiscal first quarter ended April 30, topping the average estimate of $1.89 billion.Over the last three years -- as successful as the company has always been -- we have put a particular emphasis on the enterprise and a focus on expansion in our international markets, Keith Block, president and chief operating officer, said on a conference call with analysts.Benioff said the company will continue to look for new ways to work with Amazon s cloud services, which provide computing power and storage for customers.The acquisition will help it offer AI capabilities to automate and personalize customer support, marketing and many other business processes.
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