LG might be leaving the smartphone business

In Q3 2020, LG delivered 6.5 million smartphones, down 7.2 million from the same quarter a year earlier. According to The Korean Herald, CEO Kwon Bong-seok has told employees in an internal memo that significant changes are coming, with the company losing around 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion) over the last five years and holding only a two percent global market share.

LG may be leaving the smartphone business in 2021

Since the competition for mobile devices in the global market is becoming fiercer, it is time for LG to make a cold decision and make the best choice, "Since the competition in the global market for mobile devices is getting fiercer, it is about time for LG to make a cold judgment and the best choice," "The company is considering all possible measures, including the sale, withdrawal, and downsizing of the smartphone business."

LG has reported to The Verge the validity of the memo. "LG Electronics management is committed to making whatever decision is necessary to resolve its mobile business challenges in 2021," said a spokesman for LG. "As of today, nothing has been finalized."

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The news comes after the Korean site The Elec reported earlier this month that LG was expected to announce its departure from the market for smartphones. Ken Hong, the company's global consumer technology communicator, called the story "completely false and without merit. I won't even justify that rumor with a statement". The business has never been afraid to innovate in an industry where the new flagships seem to deliver few upgrades over their predecessors, from the LG G5 and its modular slot to the dual-screen LG G8X ThinQ and swiveling LG Wing. But the creativity has not translated into a healthy bottom line: for the last 23 consecutive years, LG's smartphone company has reported operating losses.

 


Wearable Hardware: This wristband lets friends, family, and even bosses monitor your mood

Called the Moodbeam, the device features just two buttons-one for recording whenever you feel happy (yellow) and the other for sad moments (blue). It's the work of a UK based firm, also called Moodbeam.

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By logging the different times of day when users feel sudden changes in their emotional state, the wristband and accompanying app can show patterns and trends, allowing wearers to identify situations that cause negative feelings.

The wearable is also positioned as a way for companies to (optionally) monitor the wellbeing of staff working from home who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness. "Businesses are trying to get on top of staying connected with staff working from home. Here they can ask 500 members: 'You ok?' without picking up the phone," Moodbeam co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh told the BBC.

Launched back in 2016, Colmer came up with Moodbeam after discovering her daughter was struggling at school and wanted a way for her child to let her know how she was feeling. The device was thrust under the spotlight recently as the pandemic brought more mental health concerns.

While the £50 ($67) Moodbeam's primary function could be replicated using an app or smartwatch, its simplicity will likely appeal to older society members and busy workers.

For those who work remotely and love the outdoors, Nissan's concept vehicle could offer the best of both worlds.


Sony unveils Airpeak drone

There are a few crucial details still under wraps for Sony's upcoming drone, such as its price and specs. However, it does appear to be a high-end, expensive piece of kit considering that Sony has designed the drone around its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras.

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Drone enthusiasts might find the Airpeak too pricy, but for professionals such as videographers, filmmakers, and photographers that are already invested in Sony's ecosystem. The company says it's the smallest drone capable of carrying an Alpha camera in its payload and should enable high-quality, full-frame aerial footage thanks to the Airpeak's flight-stabilizing and image-steadying tech.

A behind-the-scenes video was also shared of the drone chasing its Vision-S EV prototype during a test drive in Austria where a few noticeable features in the Airpeak can be seen, such as the quadcopter design, an array of onboard cameras and sensors, and the motorized landing gear extensions. Sony although is debuting in the drone industry with a high-end model catering to moviemakers and professional content creators, it could expand into consumer-grade hardware.

 


Amazon quantum computer is on its foundation phase.

According to Bloomberg,  Amazon is working on manufacturing its own quantum computer that can process enormous amounts of data in seconds that would take the most powerful supercomputers hours or days.

The company has hired a Quantum Hardware Team within its Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing, according to internal vacancies and information on LinkedIn. So describes Marc Runyan , a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his title on the professional social network as Quantum Research Scientist at the Amazon Center for Quantum Computing, with the role of "helping design and build a quantum computer for Amazon Web Services'.

Amazon's recent hires include research scientists focused on designing a new superconducting quantum device and manufacturing such machines. Developing its own quantum computer should enable the company to better mirror the approach of its main competitors in the cloud world. IBM first made a quantum computer available to the public in 2016 and has made regular upgrades since then.


MacBook Pro with mini LED display will arrive in the first half of 2021

Apple will be partnering with LG Display to provide the new iPad Pros with mini LED displays. The product is expected to hit the market in early 2021. According to a report from DigiTimes, this technology will also be used in a new MacBook Pro, which would be available in the first half of 2021.

The website is based on a few Taiwanese manufacturers who are already making the necessary preparations to produce the new models. Production of the iPad Pros will be split between Foxconn and Compal, while Quanta Computer will mainly be responsible for the MacBook Pros, followed by Foxconn.

The MacBook Pro lineup is rumored to be complemented by a 14.1-inch model, and a version measuring 16.1-inches. Although no official information is known, these models will most likely have an Apple Silicon, such as the M1-soc.


Growth in strong tablet and chromebook within the PC market.

According to Techspot, PC makers have a reason to cheer this week as the latest quarterly report from Canalys shows strong growth for the second successive quarter. The industry analyst said total PC shipments (including tablets) reached 124.5 million units in the third quarter. That’s up 23 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Lenovo led the way with 23.5 million units shipped, followed closely by Apple at 22.1 million. HP, Dell, and Samsung rounded out the top five with shipments of 18.7 million units, 12 million units, and 10 million units, respectively.

Pure growth aside, it was also a great quarter for tablets. Apple maintained pole position, shipping 15.2 million units during the three-month period, an increase of 47 percent year over year. Samsung placed second with a little over nine million tablet shipments, up 79.8 percent year over year.

In total, manufacturers shipped 44.3 million tablets during the quarter, good for a 43.3 percent year-over-year increase.


Spotlight: The Oceans Cleanup

Every year, millions of tons of plastic and hardware enter the oceans primarily from rivers. The plastic afloat across the oceans – legacy plastic – isn’t going away by itself. Therefore, solving ocean plastic pollution requires a combination of stemming the inflow and cleaning up what has already accumulated.

The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing cleanup systems to clean up what is already polluting our oceans and to intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers.

A significant percentage of the plastic that enters the oceans from rivers and other sources during a transfer that can take many years, drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will slowly break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life.

To read more about this, click the link; https://theoceancleanup.com/about/

 


The Dutch coronavirus app goes nationwide

The Dutch Coronavirus tracing app was introduced across the country on the 10th of October 2020 following the last senate vote of using the alert-based system.

The CoronaMelder app which was first introduced in early April will warn users if they have spent 15 minutes or more in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus in so far as the user gives permission for the information to be used.

It is not yet compulsory to use the app, which works by exchanging random codes with other phones via Bluetooth technology. The app has been available for download since mid-August and was already operational in five of the 25 regional health districts.

The app is available in English as well as Dutch and there is information about how it works in a number of other languages online, including German, Polish and Turkish.


Apple likely to announce new Macs with custom silicon on its next scheduled event on November 10

Apple on Monday announced its third media event in as many months, inviting interested parties to tune in for an online presentation next week on November 10. There has been a rumor that during the upcoming event, Apple will be announcing that they will be transitioning to the next wave which is custom silicon.

Back in June during its WWDC keynote, Apple said it would begin the switch from Intel hardware to custom Apple silicon later this year.

With two events already in the books – one in September that focused on new Apple Watches and an updated iPad, and another in October that highlighted the iPhone 12 family – the Mac is really the only major product line that Apple has left to update.

Next week, we might see several other devices crack attention, not outside the realm of possibility, but if equipment such as the rumored AirPods Studio headphones or AirTags materializes, they would probably be in addition to news about Arm-based Macs. Neither seems effective enough to involve an event to expose their own product. Meanwhile, Arm is in the process of being acquired by Nvidia, the GPU manufacturer.

The "One More Thing" event for Apple is expected to be streamed over the Internet on November 10 at 10 a.m. pacific


Facebook plans to implement algorithms that limits the virality of political posts

Why it matters?

Facebook is set to deploy more rigid algorithmic tools to limit the spread of viral content on its platform. This is according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal that highlights measures that have been tested in recent elections, including in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, to mitigate disinformation campaigns.

The move is in preparation for the November U.S. presidential election, which is set to pose some unique challenges. The company believes that there’s tremendous potential for upheaval spurred on by the spread of disinformation during election season.

According to a recent blog post by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the country is deeply divided along political lines. Zuckerberg has raised concerns about the recent surge in politically-motivated acts of violence as well as misinformed statements by public figures. He has alluded to these as indicators that democracy could be undermined if information is not regulated.

The following is the statement issued by Andy Stone, the company’s Policy Communications Director, in relation to this. “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.” Facebook currently relies on a network of third-party fact-checking organizations to authenticate such information. They include the Associated Press, the Daily Caller, and France-Presse.