Qualcomm and the smartphone as collaboration platform

Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.

This week saw Qualcomm’s coming out party for its new Snapdragon 888 platform, and it is impressive. There isn’t anything in it that hasn’t been improved significantly:  performance (both processing and network); photography; sound; image quality; battery life; gaming; AI; and awareness of its surroundings (the Qualcomm Sensing Hub). 

But when I sit back and think about what these premium phones will be capable of next year, I can envision them coming close to the ideal collaboration platform — and be on track to change how we do Zoom meetings. 

Let me explain. 

The problem

Most of us do our videoconferencing with PCs, which means that we rush into our (home) office if we have a desktop PC and wind up with an excellent video shot of the top of our heads. Or if we have a laptop, we have to power

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Smartphone-connected face mask designer wins MIT prize

A smartphone-connected face mask equipped with a sensor that detects COVID-19 particles designed by a Romanian engineer won the top prize at a contest from MIT Media Lab, the Calvert Journal reported.

The MIT’s pandemic response lab launched this contest asking engineers and designers to come up with creative responses that reimagine face coverings and personal protective equipment.

The “social mask” – as called by his creator – is a minimalist and transparent mask featuring a biosensor that can connect to a smartphone, “a real option for the future,” said the award-winning designer, Burzo Ciprian.

Thanks to an app directly connected to the hi-tech mask, users would be able to detect the number of COVID-19 particles around them and to estimate their risk of infection, as well as localising other users of the device around them, according to the Calvert Journal.
“We should know who is infected in
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The Looking Glass Portrait is a cheaper holographic window to your smartphone photos and more



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Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs personal holographic displays, just launched a Kickstarter for its new Looking Glass Portrait, a smaller, more affordable take on its previous light field display. The new Looking Glass can operate as a standalone device, and in a clever move, supports portrait mode photos from smartphones like the iPhone for creating simple holograms.

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The Looking Glass Portrait displays holographic photos, videos and 3D models in a 58 degree viewing cone, which basically amounts to the experience of a 3D video or hologram, but viewable by multiple people without the need for special glasses. Holographic light field tech isn’t new, particularly in smaller sizes like a cellphone screen. Where Looking Glass Portrait differs from other displays, like Sony’s $3,000 Spatial Reality Display, is with a much lower price point of $349 (without promotional Kickstarter pricing).

Looking Glass Factory

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Results From This Blind Smartphone Camera Test Will Surprise You

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, hosted his third annual, 17-minute blind smartphone camera test featuring 20 new smartphones. The phones were grouped into a bracket that hid the phone names while the public voted for their favorites.

First of all, it’s important to note right from the start that this “test” is the furthest thing from scientific in nature.

“This isn’t a scientific test at all,” Brownlee says. “In fact, it’s kind of the opposite of a scientific test.”

The point of this playoff-style bracket isn’t to objectively claim one camera is better than another, but rather serves as a good case study for what people think makes a photo “good.” By the end, and after over 10 million total votes were cast, Brownlee was able to point out some interesting conclusions from the information he gathered.

The concept of the test is simple: Brownlee put together a seeded

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According to Gartner Data, Xiaomi Surpasses Apple in Smartphone Sales

Overall, the market is still below last year’s figures.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.


According to data from the information technology research and consulting company, Gartner , Xiaomi has surpassed Apple in sales of smartphones, so now the Chinese technology company is the third provider that ships the most mobiles worldwide , below Samsung and Huawei .

There was a drop in sales – worldwide – in the first two quarters of 2020. Between January and June of this year, sales of these devices fell by 20%. However, in the third quarter there was a recovery when a total of 366 million units were sold, 5.7% less than in the same period last year.

Samsung is the

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Smartphone Audio Codecs Market Report 2020-2025: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast

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Dec 03, 2020 (SUPER MARKET RESEARCH via COMTEX) —
As per the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Smartphone Audio Codecs Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025,” the global smartphone audio codecs market experienced healthy growth during 2014-2019. A smartphone audio codec assists in the compression and decompression of a digital audio data stream. It can be both an electronic device that features analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) used in sound cards to support audio in and audio out functions, or computer-based software that compresses or decompresses digital audio data as per the media audio coding format. A smartphone audio codec minimizes the number of bits of an audio file while retaining its accuracy and quality. This helps to reduce the need for storage space and bandwidth for

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Many Americans Ignored Thanksgiving Travel Warnings From CDC, Data Show : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

More Americans stayed home for Thanksgiving this year compared with last year — but by relatively small margins.

An NPR analysis of mobile phone location data showed that 42% of Americans with smartphones remained home, up from 36% last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention repeatedly urged people to avoid holiday travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the warnings, 13% of Americans still traveled a significant distance, the data showed, although that number was down from 17% last year.

Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington, said that ideally, more people would have stayed home given the high case rates. “This level of travel will unfortunately lead to a rise in cases,” said Mokdad, who is the chief strategy officer for Population Health.

Data, provided to NPR by SafeGraph, are based on tracking the locations of about 18 million mobile phones across the United States. NPR analyzed

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Insiders can now delete images on their smartphones with the Your Phone app

Insiders can now delete their phone’s photos through their PC with the Your Phone app.

What you need to know

  • The Your Phone app now allows Insiders to delete images from their smartphone.
  • The feature is limited to Insiders at this time but should roll out to more people in the future.
  • The Your Phone app already allows you to view images from your smartphone on your PC.

Microsoft’s Your Phone app allows you to view your smartphone’s recent photos directly on your PC. A recent update for Insiders adds the ability to delete photos as well. The feature makes it easier to leave your smartphone in your pocket, as you can now do one more thing on your phone without having to have it in your hand.

At this time, the feature appears to be rolling out to Windows Insiders. We spotted the feature on a device registered in

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Xiaomi Shares Slide 7.1% After Finalising $3.9 Billion in Equity Deal | Technology News

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp’s shares fell 7.1% in Hong Kong trading on Wednesday as the company finalised a $3.91 billion capital raising that included the city’s largest top up placement.

The company said 1 billion shares were sold at HK$23.70 each as part of the top up deal that was carried out overnight. The final price was a 9.4% discount to Xiaomi’s closing price of HK$26.15 on Tuesday.

Trading of Xiaomi’s stock was halted during the morning session before the company released details of the capital raise during Hong Kong’s lunch break, when trading is stopped for an hour.

It had been expected that details of the deal would be announced before the start of the trading day in line with normal market practices.

Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on why the deal was not announced until lunchtime.

When

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ZTE Axon 20 5G, world’s first under-display camera smartphone goes global on Dec 21

ZTE launched the Axon 20 5G as the world’s first smartphone with an under-display camera back in September. Now, the smartphone is soon going to be launched for the global market on December 21. It will be made available through the official ZTE website in the following markets: EU, UK, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, UAE, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. However, the company hasn’t announced its price yet and says that it will be revealed via the official website soon.

ZTE says it has achieved a full view display effect while maintaining the same level of performance of the front camera by adapting a special material with high euphotic rates achieved through new organic and inorganic film, which improves light input to the front camera. The phone comes with a dual-control chip and a unique driver circuit that solves synchronization problems of color and conventional displays when

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