Wednesday, 19 October 2016
The 5g standard may not be out yet, but that's not stopping companies from getting a head start on the new system. Qualcomm became the first to launch a commercially available 5G modem chipset with today’s announcement of the Snapdragion X50.
The chipset is designed to support cellular device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments, according to Qualcomm.
“The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., in a statement. “Utilizing our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality.”
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
A federal judge has allowed a class-action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by Microsoft to proceed.
US District Judge James Robart of Seattle in an order Friday denied the company's request to dismiss key claims by women in the suit.
The Seattle Times reports the judge said three women suing Microsoft were specific enough in their claims. He also said they presented a plausible case that Microsoft's pay and promotion practices had the effect of treating female and male engineers differently.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
PITTSBURGH — In this city, the age of the self-driving car has arrived.
Uber’s partially self-driving car will begin accepting passengers here Wednesday, a critical test for the ride-hailing service as it seeks to develop a fleet of autonomous vehicles that could someday ferry passengers around crowded cities. The company on Tuesday gave journalists test drives in about two dozen Ford Fusion sedans that engineers bought off dealership lots and retrofitted with light-mapping systems, radar, sensors and cameras. For now, a Uber employee stays behind the steering wheel to intercede if the car's self-driving system makes a mistake.
“I really believe that the most important thing that computers are going to do in the next 10 years is drive cars,” said Anthony Levandowski, leader of Uber’s self-driving car effort.
Specially trained Uber employees will pick up Pittsburgh passengers who agree to the possibility that they could be randomly assigned a self-driving car when they request an UberX ride through the app. Rides will be free for now.
Friday, 9 September 2016
The war between Reliance Industries and the telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone shows no sign of abetting. Although on Friday a meeting was called by TRAI to end the standoff between the two parties -- started after Jio's entry into the Indian market -- it seemed to failed to resolve the issues, particularly after a representative from Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) was kept out it.
The COAI representative Rajan Mathews, who has been voicing concerns on behalf of telcos like Airtel and Vodafone over the Reliance demand for flawless interconnection for calls made using Jio SIM card, was kept out of the meet.
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Microsoft on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10.
"As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana.
"The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable," he added. "The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can't depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser."
Cortana, Edge and Bing are integrated to provide a better search experience, Gavin explained.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Scientists have created the world's tiniest practical engines, and these light-powered machines could one day power microscopic robots small enough to enter living cells, the researchers say.
As technological innovations make devices smaller and smaller, scientists are developing machines that are only the size of complex molecules — nanometers, or billionths of a meter, in scale. In comparison, the average human hair is about 100,000 nanometers wide.