The varying bus types, speed classes, and specification standards for SD cards can be confusing for the layman to navigate, but performance for the diminutive storage devices has been making a lot of progress over recent years. You can even buy one with over 500GB of capacity in a package smaller than a postage stamp, and now the SD Association is setting its sights on even bigger and faster cards with the new SD Express and SD Ultra Capacity standards as part of the SD 7.0 spec. Read More
Just earlier today, Google's Sundar Pichai laid down the company's new AI manifesto. While it may just seem like a more verbose response to the recent military AI contracts, in many ways, the new set of principles are more accurately the answer to questions initially raised last year by Sergey Brin in Alphabet's 2017 Founders' letter. In it, Brin speculated on the impact of machine learning and AI, as well as the problems and expectations Google had in developing the new technology. And now a year later, the company has revealed its objectives and its limits.
In the wake of AI fear (mongering?), Google has put down its own rules. Read More
Earlier in January of this year, two wireless charging organizations announced a plan to merge their forces in order to combat the monstrous market leader Qi. And now Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) seem to have finally combined their assets and member lists to create a new identity: AirFuel Alliance.
PMA, the most famous of the two organizations, uses magnetic induction to achieve wireless charging and has been commercialized in Duracell's Powermats and certain variants of the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. A4WP is a more obscure player since its resonance-based charging protocol hasn't been seen in consumer products yet. Read More
If you have wireless charging in your phone or tablet, odds are good that it's based on the Qi standard. However, Qi isn't the only standard out there. The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) have agreed to merge in hopes of standing up to the current market leader.
In the tech world, it's almost impossible to launch a high-profile device without someone claiming you've infringed a patent somewhere. Today, it's Nokia's turn with the Nexus 7. The Finnish company has stated that it believes the Nexus 7 violates some of its standards-essential patents relating to WiFi. The announcement seems to be a more casual nod to Google and ASUS to simply fork over a bit of cash, akin to the Rob Schneider prompting Kevin for a tip in Home Alone 2*.
Said Nokia to the Inquirer:
"Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers.