02 Nov My First Year With Apple’s iPhone

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Back view of the iPhone 7+ As a long-time Android user, I spent years avoiding iOS devices—I didn’t think they could really meet my needs and preferences. A year ago though, I finally broke down and bought my first Apple iPhone (for reasons I detailed here, if interested). After using my iPhone 7+ for a […]

31 Oct Cellular Gets a Big Bump from Qualcomm and Partners at 4G/5G Summit

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Photo Source: Anshel Sag Every year, Qualcomm holds an annual conference—called 3G/4G in previous years, but now known as 4G/5G. This year certainly had a major focus on the developments coming down the pipeline in 5G, but not without addressing 4G as well. While there weren’t any major 5G product announcements this year, Qualcomm and […]

15 Sep Render Token: The Future Currency Of The Metaverse?

There are dozens of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) going on right now. Technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and their predecessors have used the performance capabilities of the GPU for a long time, but with new cryptocurrencies like Render Token, you start to combine so many different technologies and capabilities that it gets extremely interesting. Render […]

23 Aug Samsung Unveils Powerful New Galaxy Note8

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The new Samsung Galaxy Note8. Samsung has long been the leader when it comes to enabling business users—ever since they released the original Note. Samsung’s history of continuously improving design, performance, and capability with the Note series has culminated in the Samsung Galaxy Note8. While there are many devices on the market that exist to […]

15 Aug Qualcomm’s New Spectra ISP and Camera Modules Enable Nextgen AR

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The mobile VR and AR space has been evolving rapidly, with many different players innovating in recent months. Companies like Apple and Google have been innovating on the software and hardware front, but others have been working diligently to support some of these efforts as well. One of those companies is Qualcomm with their support […]

15 Aug Video: Insta360 Teases New Type Of 360-Degree Camera

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Insta360 is one of the companies in the 360 camera space that has been on an absolute tear. Last year it announced the Insta360 Nano which is a popular iPhone-attached 360 camera capable of doing Periscope and Facebook live streaming. Since last year, it also released an Android variant called the Insta360 Air and a […]

09 Aug SIGGRAPH 2017: Bring VR Into The Next Phase

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SIGGRAPH signage (photo source; Anshel Sag) Four years ago at SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, I witnessed something that set me on the career path that I am on today: for the first time, I caught a glimpse of what was possible with VR at an industry level, with multiple major companies starting to get serious […]

04 Aug Manufacturing Vitally Important Optical Systems Will Look Very Different In The Future

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Optical active alignment in action. Photo source; Jabil Optics Today’s world is increasingly dependent on cameras and the optical systems that drive them. Right now, many of those cameras sit inside of increasingly thinner smartphones like Apple’s iPhone 7+and smaller drones like DJI’s Mavic Pro. The compactness and complexity of these optical systems are understandably driving […]

03 Aug RESEARCH PAPER: Active Alignment Will Be Critical For Future Optical Systems Manufacturing

New usage models and applications for technology products, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, created a need for computers to “see” the outside, physical world. We refer to this as “computer vision”. As these usage models and markets evolve, higher quality imaging systems are needed to enable better optical performance. Consumer expectations for thinner […]

17 Jul E3 2017 Key Analyst Takeaways: All About New Platforms

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E3 is one of the world’s biggest gaming shows and arguably the one with the most fanfare and attention from industry watchers. All the biggest game publishers make their biggest announcements of the year at E3, and many of their developer and hardware partners do as well. So naturally, E3 is a generally important show […]

07 Jun IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

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VR is not dead. VR is not dying. VR is very much alive according to IDC’s numbers. Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the […]

05 Jun Computex 2017: High-Performance PCs Steal The Show

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In previous years, Computex has suffered from a sort of identity crisis. This has been because many of Taiwan’s biggest computer and semiconductor companies have been overlooked as the growth and interest of smartphones has overtaken PCs. With the PC market having levelled off and the smartphone market having levelled off as well, a new […]

17 May Google’s New Standalone Daydream VR Headset Fuses Daydream And Tango

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It has been known for quite some time that Google is working on a standalone VR headset. Standalone headsets are much more complex systems, because they incorporate not only the compute and display within the device but also the battery and tracking system. This can most easily be demonstrated by Intel’s Project Alloy VR headset announced […]

09 May Samsung’s 5G Efforts Place Company Among Top 5G Leaders

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Samsung Electronics  has been in the telecommunications business for decades; 2017 marks the company’s 40th year in the industry. Samsung has been involved in the development and adoption of virtually every cellular technology from GSM and CDMA to WiMax and LTE. It comes as no surprise that Samsung is also heavily invested and engaged in […]

11 Apr Getting A Taste Of 5G Experiences With Gigabit LTE

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(Source: Anshel Sag, Moor Insights & Strategy) I have been traveling around the world quite a bit lately, because a lot of changes are happening in the wireless industry. Carriers around the world are upgrading their 4G LTE networks to 4G LTE Advanced Pro, which is capable of delivering Gigabit-class LTE speeds. Yes, 5G is […]

10 Apr RESEARCH BRIEF: A Glimpse Into the 5G Future: 48 Hours With Gigabit LTE

As 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) continues to mature, the industry is looking toward new technologies like Gigabit LTE to help consumers transition to 5G. Gigabit LTE is a marketing name for 3GPP’s (3rd Generation Partnership Project) LTE Advanced Pro technology, included in 3GPPP Release 13. This technology is part of the 4G LTE family […]

23 Mar Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 835 Dazzles In GPU Performance

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Qualcomm has been known as one of the leading wireless chip suppliers and has also been considered one of the best SoC makers. Qualcomm has shifted from calling the Snapdragon 835 an SoC or chip and transitioned towards calling it a platform. This is fair considering how many different processors reside on a Snapdragon SoC, […]

09 Feb Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro Shows Promise Of Augmented Reality In Phones

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(Source: Anshel Sag) While 2016 was the year everyone got hyped about virtual reality (VR) as headsets started to enter the market, the same could be said of augmented reality (AR) in 2017. There was a glimpse into that future in late 2016 with Lenovo ’s launch of the Phab2 Pro—Google’s and Lenovo’s first AR […]

09 Feb The Future Of Virtual Reality: Mobile VR Platforms In A Battle

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(Source: Anshel Sag) While everyone obsesses over whether Sony , Oculus or HTC HTCCY +% sold more virtual reality (VR) headsets last year, Google and Facebook have been waging a silent platform war. This war of platforms ultimately comes down to the inherent belief that smartphone VR is going to be the primary driver of […]

08 Feb A Glimpse Into The Future Of 4G LTE: Gigabit LTE

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  (Source: Anshel Sag) In Sydney, Australia last week, Qualcomm, Telstra , Netgear and Ericsson together demonstrated Telstra’s new Gigabit LTE network, which required all four companies’ respective expertise in 4G LTE to be possible. Australia’s Telstra is one of the fastest networks in the world and has been a launchpad for wireless technologies. Currently, […]