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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Voiceitt, Amazon Announce Collaboration Between Alexa And ‘Superpower’ Speech Technology

In a blog post published Thursday, Amazon and speech startup Voiceitt announced a collaboration that aims to make Alexa more accessible to people with atypical speech. Voiceitt is an app that uses machine-learning and speech recognition technologies to help those with speech impairments communicate and be more easily understood.

In a press release, Voiceitt acknowledged the popularity of smart speakers and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa—despite their massive popularity, however, they can prove inaccessible to those with various types of speech delays. This can make the communicatively impaired feel as though they are excluded from using voice-first devices. Teaching a machine fluent speech is hard enough; teaching a machine to learn atypical speech is exponentially more challenging. Thus, Voiceitt “recognized the opportunity to expand its technology offering to facilitate not only in-person communication but also interaction with voice activated and controlled devices.”

“We’re excited

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Onshape spotlights the value of collaboration tech in December’s “Innovation for Good” digital event

There is a word that begins with the letter “C” that is uppermost on the minds of many people these days, and it isn’t COVID. It’s “collaboration,” and the term has become essential to getting basic work done, from the mundane to the highly complex.

A global pandemic has placed significant emphasis on the use of technology to collaborate on tasks and projects that used to be accomplished in person. Although PTC Inc. couldn’t have known what the world would be like a year after its acquisition of collaboration technology provider Onshape, the purchase has proven to be a timely one indeed.

Onshape is billed as the industry’s “first pure SaaS platform that unites robust CAD with powerful data management and collaboration tools.” Onshape’s cloud native approach is riding a wave of momentum created by the pandemic in a SaaS market estimated by Gartner Inc. to grow to $104 billion

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CityU Chengdu Research Institute and ASTRI sign MOU to strengthen collaboration

HONG KONG, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With a view to promoting the close collaboration of industry, universities and research institutes within the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area — Sichuan Province“, enhancing the ability of the two areas to transform scientific and technological achievements, promoting the collaborative innovation of science and technology, and jointly creating a technological innovation highland and an important source of emerging industries, the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and the City University of Hong Kong Chengdu Research Institute (CityUCRI) recently held a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Mr Hugh CHOW, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, and Professor Jian LU, the then Vice-President (Research and Technology) of CityU and Director of CityUCRI, signed the MOU on behalf of the institutions.

Ir Sunny LEE Wai-Kwong, JP, Chairman of ASTRI and Vice-President (Administration) of CityU; Dr Lucas HUI

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Australia and Japan: 40 years of international collaboration on science, technology and innovation

Geoscience Australia and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) are collaborating on research to better understand the geology of the central Lord Howe Rise.

Did you know that the construction of Questacon was partly funded by Japan? Establishing Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre is one of many achievements to celebrate today, as we mark 40 years of the Australia-Japan Science and Technology Treaty.

Australia and Japan have a longstanding history of collaboration. Australia is Japan’s 7th largest partner in scientific co-publications. Our complementary R&D capabilities and shared technology priorities make us natural partners in science, technology and innovation.

Signed in 1980, the Treaty has fostered collaboration between our 2 countries by linking researchers and institutions. This has facilitated sharing of scientific information. It has also provided a forum for our department and our Japanese counterpart to share policy approaches to growing STEM-skilled workforces.

Some of

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Owkin announces collaboration to identify high immunogenic epitopes for future Coronavirus vaccines

November 24, 2020, New York — Owkin, a startup company that deploys artificial intelligence (AI) and Federated Learning (FL) technologies to augment medical research, accelerate drug development and enable scientific discoveries, announces a collaboration with the Institut Pasteur, a private, non-profit foundation whose mission is to help prevent and treat diseases, mainly those of infectious origin, through research, teaching, and public health initiatives.

This collaboration will focus on developing a new machine learning model capable of identifying COVID-19, and more generally, any coronaviruses, protein sequences (as known as epitopes) with high immunogenic potential that could be used for peptide-based future vaccines. The machine learning models’ performance will be compared to existing models currently not taking into account the critical biochemical properties of such epitopes. Based on the challenges of such a current COVID-19 pandemic and the need for a vaccine, we are focusing our effort on defining peptides expressed by

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Golar and Black & Veatch Announce Collaboration in Floating Ammonia Production, Carbon Capture, Green LNG and other emerging technologies

Golar LNG Limited (“Golar” or “the Company”) announces today that it has agreed with Black & Veatch Corporation (“B&V”) to expand on their long-standing FLNG relationship and enter into a collaboration agreement in the field of floating ammonia production, carbon capture, green LNG and hydrogen. Golar brings to the relationship its deep experience of delivering and operating paradigm shifting low cost floating LNG infrastructure that works, and B&V, as a leading provider of LNG technology also bring a deep expertise in green technologies. Within 2020, Golar and B&V intend to jointly publish a thought leadership paper on our first area of interest for collaboration, floating ammonia production with carbon capture and storage (“Floating Blue Ammonia”). In subsequent months, Golar and B&V intend to continue to jointly publish our thoughts as we focus in on the technical and commercial viability of the most prospective floating applications of the green and blue

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Apple’s Powerbeats get a glow-in-the-dark color as part of new Ambush collaboration

Looking to have your Powerbeats stand out? Apple’s headphones have a new color option that will do just that. 

diagram: A collaboration between Beats and Ambush has resulted in glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats. Apple

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A collaboration between Beats and Ambush has resulted in glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats. Apple

Announced on Tuesday, Beats is partnering with Tokyo-based lifestyle brand Ambush on a new pair of Powerbeats headphones that will glow in the dark. The new headphones are Beats’ first luminous product and part of a “limited run” that will be available for $200 starting Wednesday at Apple, Dover Street Market, “select” Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com. 

a close up of a device: A collaboration between Beats and AMBUSH has created a glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats.

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A collaboration between Beats and AMBUSH has created a glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats.

Video: Hands on with the entire new Apple Mac M1 lineup (CNET)

Hands on with the entire new Apple Mac M1 lineup



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Academics, video game makers team up in rare collaboration

LONDON (AP) — A study by Oxford University researchers on how playing video games affects mental health used data from video game makers, marking what the authors say is a rare collaboration between academics and the game industry.

Lack of transparency from game makers has long been an issue for scientists hoping to better understand player behaviors.

The paper released Monday by the Oxford Internet Institute comes as video game sales this year have boomed as more people are stuck at home because of the pandemic and many countries have once again imposed limits on public life.

The findings are based on survey responses from people over 18 who played two games, Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The study used data provided by the game makers, Electronic Arts and Nintendo of America, on how much time the respondents spent playing, unlike previous research that

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ChampionX and Modumetal Inc. Announce Exclusive Collaboration Agreement

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChampionX Corporation (“ChampionX”) (NYSE: CHX) announced today an exclusive collaboration agreement with Modumetal Inc. The agreement is intended to drive production-related technology developments by combining Modumetal’s advanced materials and processes and ChampionX’s extensive research and development capabilities.

Initially, the agreement calls for the introduction of Norris® Rod couplings coated with Modumetal nanolaminate technology. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies also will evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of combining Modumetal technology with existing and new production equipment advancements—including artificial lift system components—to improve equipment reliability and lower oil and gas operators’ operating expenses.

“Our customers expect continuous reliability improvements in our production systems and material science is a key component to driving better equipment performance,” said Paul Mahoney, President, Production & Automation Technologies with ChampionX. “We’re excited about the step change in run life we can achieve

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