What Happened at CES 2016 With T&S

February 23, 2016
Consumer technology companies understand the value of standards and how fundamental they are to a healthy industry. CTA has a robust standards development program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). At the 2015 CES, we highlighted some CTA standards projects with our “Featured Standards” conference panels including the Internet of Things, driving safely with the CE industry and sleep monitoring with consumer gear. The sessions were so helpful in spreading the word that we are “featuring” additional standards at CES 2016, and gathering industry alliances together for a unique networking event. Featured Standards at CES 2016 &ldquo...

International Focus: Eastern Europe

February 17, 2016
New Flextronics Manufacturing Facility in Poland Opens A new logistics and manufacturing center has been opened in Tczew by Flextronics International Poland. The new facility in Industrial Park will concentrate on the final stages of production and distribution of products from Flextronics’ two other manufacturing centers in Poland. Google to Contest Russian Court Ruling Google will fight a recent ruling by Russia’s antitrust agency, alleging that Google had run afoul of antitrust law by requiring the preinstallation of certain mobile applications on smartphones running its Android operating system. “We intend to contest this decision and explain in court why we...

Can a Femtocell Help Your Business?

February 12, 2016
Among most people’s “top 10 annoyances” list is trying to make a call or receive data on your cell phone only to realize you only have one bar on your display. And it’s somehow worse when we suffer dropped calls and slow data speeds at home. Then it becomes personal.  Happily, if this is a chronic problem for you, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon offer a solution. It’s a small cell network called a femtocell that uses your home or office landline or broadband service to enhance indoor calling and data connectivity in areas where service is spotty often due to a large number of users. ...

Prepping Video for the Big Game

February 05, 2016
Last year a record 114.4 million Americans watched the Super Bowl XLIX and this year we should expect nothing less. One of the biggest events every year, the Super Bowl brings families, friends and rivals together around the television. We have come a long way in television picture quality. Ever since High-Definition was introduced, it seems absurd to watch and sporting event any other way. But it only gets better. This year at Super Bowl 50, the NFL is using a record number of cameras – 30 additional cameras to a total of roughly 70 – to provide a 360-degree view on replays and other benefits. According to the Associated Press, “CBS is using eight custom-made pylon...

Artificial Intelligence: A Disruptive Tech

February 02, 2016
As we look into the crystal ball of a new year we find some prominent tech trends in the consumer marketplace that are also stimulating innovation and transformation in the corporate world.   Virtual reality, 3D printing, drones, wearables, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are impacting manufacturing and sectors ranging from the enterprise, healthcare, cities, transportation, retail, education and other businesses.  But in this column, we take a look at one potential game-changer—artificial intelligence (AI)—that could reboot businesses and...

Volkswagen's Dr. Herbert Diess

January 20, 2016
Dr. Herbert Diess Explains Why Volkswagen is Going ElectricWhen Dr. Herbert Diess, a former BMW executive, became head of Volkswagen’s Core Passenger Car brand in July 2015, he took on a difficult task. In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had alleged that some four-cylinder engine Volkswagen vehicles were enabled to fraudulently pass emissions tests. The Volkswagen Group announced on September 22, that roughly five million Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide were affected by issues regarding emissions. However, new vehicles do not have this issue. Diess, 57 was appointed Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management...

HDR TVs: A Spotlight at CES 2016

December 17, 2015
When it comes to TV picture brightness (luminance), we have been using well-worn technology. During the cathode ray tube (CRT) era gamma correction was developed to compensate for the input-output characteristics of CRT displays to take into account the fact that light intensity varied in a nonlinear manner with the electron-gun voltage. By taking this into account the output picture could be given the intended luminance. But this method did not result in our seeing the full visible range of luminance and color gamut. Indeed, it created a big disconnect between reality and what was displayed on TV and in the cinema. To understand the magnitude of the problem, consider that brightness is...

International Focus: India

December 10, 2015
Huawei’s Strong Focus on India Chinese handset maker Huawei plans to make India a ‘strong focus’ of its Honor smartphone brand, in hopes to double sales. “India is the most important market for us and more than 300 engineers are working on the brand from India’s research and development centre in Bengaluru,” Zhao Gang, vice president of Honor International Business, told IANS at the launch of the Honor 7 smartphone in October. Huawei has sold 20 million handsets globally. It is aiming to reach 60 million handsets sold by the end of this year. Microsoft Provides Low-cost...

What's Up with Digital Imaging?

December 03, 2015
Clearly the camera phone has disrupted the imaging and photography market. Sharing images and video over platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube has put the lower--end of the digital imaging industry in a tailspin and threatened point-and-shoot cameras. The smartphone’s convenience, portability and mobile connectivity, as well as a slew of photography-based apps have energized the digital imaging market in new ways. In the imaging scene—distinct pictures emerge. Amateurs are becoming more professional moving beyond the days of cute but poorly shot content on YouTube. Professional...
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