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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Android 7.0 Nougat mobile OS is out.


Pixel C running Android 7.0 Nougat.

Well finally the Android 7.0 Nougat mobile OS is out and it  is coming first to:

"Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air software update** to Android 7.0 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box. "

Press Release: 

Android 7.0 Nougat: a more powerful OS, made for you.


Today, we’ll begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. And with more ways to make Android your own, it’s by far our sweetest release yet.


We took a different approach to building and launching Nougat this year. For starters, we invited developers to take a sneak peek at Android N back in March, so they could bring their apps to the new platform earlier. And of course we asked you to help us come up with names for this year’s release, resulting in lots of great ideas, and adelicious unveiling back in June.


Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features you’ve been most excited about.


More personal

Providing more ways to customize your phone to fit your personality is kind of a big deal, and Android has been leading the way since day one (Homescreen widgets, anyone?). With Android Nougat, you’ll have even more ways to make your phone your own, including:
  • Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.

  • Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
  • Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages. 
Expanded emoji and Quick Settings controls

More productive

Whether you’re responding to work emails or making plans with friends, Android Nougat helps you multitask with ease with new features like Multi-window, Direct reply, and Quick switch.
  • Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
  • Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
  • Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
Split-screen

More battery smarts

Starting with the release of Android Marshmallow last year, we have been making the battery smarter. That’s why we made the Doze feature even dozier with Android Nougat. Your device can now drop into lower power usage when it’s getting jostled around in your pocket or bag while on the move.*


More immersive

Android Nougat is designed with immersive experiences in mind—including support for VulkanTM (an advanced 3D rendering API) and Daydream (Google’s platform for mobile virtual reality).
  • VulkanTM: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
  • Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.

More secure

As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private. For new devices coming this fall, we’ve also added new features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and and Direct Boot.
  • Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won't have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won't have to wait for minutes while your device reboots. 
  • File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
  • Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.

And for those of you who also want to use your Android device at work, there are also new security features for using Android in enterprise, which you can learn more about on the Android for Work website.


Coming soon, to a device near you

Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air software update** to Android 7.0 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.


And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box. You can learn even more about Android Nougat atwww.android.com/nougat.


Posted by Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play

*Hey, just a reminder that actual battery performance varies and will depend on a number factors including signal strength, network configuration, battery age, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.


**The Nexus and Pixel C update to Android 7.0 Nougat occurs in stages and some carriers will receive the update later than others. This update will be pushed simultaneously to devices in the Android Beta Program.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2Q 2016: Global Mobile DRAM market share: Samsung 47.4%, SK hynix Inc 26.5% and Micron 19 %











Press Release:

Bit Supply Growth Led to Small Sequential Increase of 6.3% in Global DRAM Revenue for Second Quarter, Says TrendForce.

Market oversupply continued to put downward pressure on DRAM prices in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Compared with the prior quarter, the global average sales price (ASP) of DRAM for all applications fell by more than 5%. On the other hand, the global DRAM revenue for the second quarter rose 6.3% sequentially to US$9.1 billion due to the expansion of bit supply. Increased output from Micron’s 20nm and SK Hynix’s 21nm processes were the drivers of this bit supply growth.

“Looking at the end market, shipment results of notebooks and server-related products were average in the second quarter, but smartphone shipments remained strong in China,” said Avril Wu, research director of DRAMeXchange. “The top three DRAM makers therefore continued with their shift towards mobile products in their portfolios. DRAMeXchange expects global DRAM revenue to increase significantly in the third quarter on account of the peak season stock-up demand.”

All three major suppliers posted revenue growth as Micron made a turnaround
Samsung topped the second-quarter revenue ranking, registering a quarterly growth of about 8.7% and holding on to 47.4% of the global DRAM market. SK Hynix was second place in the ranking, posting a sequential revenue increase of 4% and controlling 26.5% of the market share. Micron followed in third place with a quarterly revenue growth of 8.8% and 19% market share.

Declining ASP has pushed down DRAM suppliers’ operating margins. Samsung’s operating margin fell from 40% in the first quarter to 36% in the second, while SK Hynix saw a drop from 24% to 18%. Though Micron still posted a negative operating margin of 0.6%, this result is up from the negative operating margin of 1.2% in the prior quarter. The improvement in Micron’s operating margin was attributed to the yield stabilization of its leading-edge manufacturing process.

SK Hynix and Micron starting to reap benefits from their respective technology migrations
Samsung has the lowest overall cost among the top three suppliers as its 20nm process has become the mainstream manufacturing technology for all of its products. While Samsung is preparing to migrate to the 18nm technology in the middle of this year, the supplier also wants to limit its output and control the market supply. Hence, Samsung will slightly scale back the wafer capacity of its 18nm process. 

The DRAM maker’s strategy puts emphasis on raising ASPs of products over cost reduction.

As for SK Hynix, the supplier has been producing on the 21nm process for about two quarters with PC DRAM making up most of its output. SK Hynix is expected to improve its profitability further in the second half of 2016 by stepping up its cost-cutting efforts.

In the second quarter, Micron steadily increased the share of 20nm products in its total output, thus raising its operating margin. Micron will keep pushing down costs by allocating more of its production to the 20nm process. “The U.S.-based supplier will also see revenue growth in the latter half of this year as DRAM prices rebound,” said Wu.

With regard to Taiwanese DRAM makers’ second-quarter performances, Nanya posted a sequential revenue decline of 12.3%. Slumping prices for PC and specialty DRAM products hit Nanya hard during the period. At the same time, the supplier’s main clients slowed down their shipment pickups. However, Nanya is close to finish building Fab 3A North and will be testing the 20nm technology there in the first half of 2017. With this new facility, Nanya will be able to cut down on costs.

Powerchip’s DRAM revenue for the second quarter fell 6.3% sequentially due to product mix adjustments. The semiconductor manufacturer has allocated more of its capacity to produce LCD driver ICs, which are currently in high demand.

Winbond saw its revenue increased slightly by 3.3% versus the prior quarter. Winbond has kept raising the percentage of 46nm products in its total output, and its revenue has also benefitted from sales of specialty and mobile DRAM. The supplier’s newest and most advanced production facility Fab C will be in operation soon and its maximum wafer capacity will be around 16,000 pieces per month. Winbond will be testing its most advanced technology – the 38nm process – at Fab C in the first half of 2017 at the earliest.



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IFA 2016: LG Expands U.S. Minibeam Lineup With Brightest Battery-Powered Ultra Short-Throw Projector.



LG Electronics (LG), the world leader in LED projectors since 20081, today announced plans to expand its Minibeam® series of portable projectors. Debuting next month at IFA 2016 inBerlin, the two newest projectors in the LG Minibeam series (models PH450U and PH150G) bolster screen sharing capabilities with Miracast and wireless display, expanded brightness and superior portability for flexible viewing in any sized space.


"With more variety than ever before, LG's expanded lineup Minibeam projectors offer expanded features with enhanced connectivity for consumers, which means delivering unparalleled freedom and viewing convenience to enjoy entertainment," said Tim Alessi, Senior Director, Product Marketing for home entertainment at LG Electronics USA.
The PH450U is among the brightest battery-powered ultra short-throw projectors available in the market today. Equipped with up to 450 lumens, users can create a cinematic experience inside or outside of the home with the ability to display a sharp 80-inch HD (1280 x 720) image from a distance of only 13 inches from the screen. The PH450U also can be set upright to render images on any flat, horizontal surface, allowing users to transform desks, tables and even floor surfaces into movie screens.
From a connectivity standpoint, users can seamlessly transfer content directly to the projector via an HDMI cable with MHL capability, or via a USB drive, for the ultimate in viewing versatility. And with a rechargeable 2.5-hour battery built in, users can take this 2.4-pound projector anywhere, anytime without worrying about plugging into a power source.
For those looking for an even more compact option, the new LG PH150G projector offers the same sleek design aesthetic: At just 1.1 pounds, the extremely portable PH150G offers up to 130 lumens of brightness and up to a 100-inch screen in clear HD resolution (1280 x 720) along with a rechargeable 2.5-hour battery built in.
Both models come equipped with LG's triple wire-free connectivity for a viewing experience free of wired connections for power, audio and video sources. With a built-in wireless mirroring function, it also can connect to a smartphone or a tablet for projection.
* In addition to built-in speakers, users can also stream sound directly from the projector to a Bluetooth®compatible sound system like home audio speakers, headphones or portable speakers to pair big sound to the big viewing experience. And with long-lasting rechargeable batteries**, Wi-Fi Screen Share connectivity and Bluetooth compatibility, LG Minibeam projectors give users unprecedented flexibility in a portable package.
LG's new Minibeam models are scheduled to launch at U.S. retailers nationwide this year:
  • Battery Embedded Ultra Short-Throw Projector with TV Tuner (PH450U): $649.99, available September at Best Buy
  • Battery Embedded Ultra Short-Throw Projector (PH450UG): $649.99, available October at retailers nationwide
  • Battery Embedded Projector (PH150G): $349.99, available October at retailers nationwide
For more information, please visit www.lg.com/us/projectors.
LG and logo are trademarks of LG Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
*Wireless Internet connection required and sold separately.
**Battery life lasts 2.5 hours.

1Source: PMA Research for 2008-2015 projectors greater than 99 lumens.
About LG Electronics USA 
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion global force and technology leader in home appliances, consumer electronics and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. 

For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visitwww.LG.com.
SOURCE LG Electronics USA


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

7th Gen Intel Core Processors will be available later this year.



Despite there is not an official press release of Intel about the launch of a new generation of intel core processors yet, we found on a news related to Intel and Sony (August 16,2016) here and says:

"the next generation 7th Gen Intel Core Processor that will be available later this year."
Code name:  (Kaby Lake)  






Intel Developer Forum 2016: SONY pictures 4K Movies coming to PCs w/7th Gen Intel Core processors.





Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Premium Hollywood 4K Movies Coming to PCs with 7th Gen Intel Core Processors.

During his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talked about how the 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Kaby Lake) will make 4K videos more readily accessible to everyone, providing deeply realistic, crystal clear images and videos.
As part of this effort, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel announced that they are collaborating to make SPHE’s premium movies in 4K available on PCs powered by the upcoming 7th Gen Intel Core Processor, taking advantage of the latest media capabilities and Intel hardware security technologies offered by this next generation processor.
Movie fans will be able to stream SPHE’s premium 4k movies for smooth playback and long battery life on devices based on the next generation 7th Gen Intel Core Processor that will be available later this year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Google launches DUO a 1 to 1 video calling app that works across Android and iOS.


Press Release:

Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone.


Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.


Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.
Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number.
Simple interface

Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.


Fast and reliable

We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.


Human design

We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.


Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up

Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.


Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re beginning to roll out Duo for Android and iOStoday, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.


LG Electronics debuts Channel Plus streaming service on 2016 Smart TVs.



LG Launches 'Channel Plus' On 2016 Smart TVs For Seamless Access To Premium Internet Channels.

Channel Plus™ Delivers Wide Range of Free Internet Content Integrated as TV Channels via LG's webOS 3.0 Smart TV Platform.
LG Electronics USA is revolutionizing the way consumers access and enjoy digital content with the seamless integration of online and broadcast content on 2016 LG Smart TVs with webOS.
LG's debut of Channel Plus, a unique streaming service exclusively powered by Xumo®, offers free access to an extensive roster of premium Internet content – available as both live and on-demand programming – presented simply as TV channels alongside over-the-air channels.* Channel Plus begins rolling out this month to LG's expansive line of Smart TVs featuring the company's webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform, led by LG OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs.
"Channel Plus is a huge step forward in the evolution of Smart TV – and only LG offers it. Users can enjoy nearly 50 quality content choices free of charge on their LG Smart TV, and with webOS 3.0, accessing them has never been simpler or faster," said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA. "By delivering premium Internet content seamlessly with broadcast channels together in the same channel lineup, LG aims to make it easier than ever for consumers to find and enjoy the content they want to watch in one centralized place – whether it's streaming or broadcast."
Powered by Xumo, Channel Plus on LG Smart TVs with webOS 3.0 delivers streaming entertainment, sports, news and lifestyle programming without the need for a set-top box or the cost of a subscription service, enhancing the content experience for cord-cutters and cable or satellite subscribers alike.
Users can choose high-quality, free digital content from broadcasters and online publications such as TIME, PBS Digital Studios, WIRED, Saveur, Cooking Light, GQ and Sports Illustrated. Reflecting a growing trend among millennials, a range of multi-channel network content also is available via channels like BuzzFeed, Mashable, Reuters, FailArmy and Funny or Die. 
High-quality international channels are also available free of charge for users with international tastes. Channel Plus offers nearly 50 channels at launch with more, including the new PeopleEntertainment Network from Time Inc., scheduled to launch later this year.
Unique to Channel Plus and webOS 3.0, users can navigate digital broadcast channels together with free streaming Internet content through the same electronic program guide for a unified, simplified navigation and viewing experience. Channel Plus "channels" appear as traditional TV channels, so viewers can easily channel surf among broadcast and online programs without even launching an app using LG's intuitive point and click Magic Remote.
** Users with a cable set top box can access the range of Channel Plus content options simply by setting their input mode into Live TV or directly via the Channel Plus app.
"It has been truly exciting partnering with LG in developing Channel Plus. This new service represents an important step forward for the OTT space by streamlining the viewing experience for the Smart TV user through seamless, native content integration," said Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO of Xumo. "The Channel Plus service aligns perfectly with our DNA at Xumo as it delivers free premium programming in an organic and accessible way. With Channel Plus, all the cool content we used to have to search the web high and low for is now aggregated and attractively organized in one innovative solution on LG Smart TVs."
Beyond presenting online video content in an easy interface, Channel Plus makes the viewing experience more interactive. With the inclusion of on-screen widgets, users can see content suggestions related to the content currently being viewed and enjoy quick and easy access to the webpage or application of the channel provider, where they can find more information and access on demand content options.
Channel Plus will be available starting this month via a software update delivered to 2016 LG Smart TVs with webOS 3.0. For more information on LG Smart TVs with webOS, please visit www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/channel-plus.
LG and logo are trademarks of LG Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
*Wireless Internet connection required and sold separately. Agreement to Smart TV terms and conditions required to use certain smart features.
**Magic Remote not available on all 2016 LG Smart TVs with webOS 3.0.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billionglobal force and technology leader in home appliances, consumer electronics and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home appliances, home entertainment products, mobile phones, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LG.com.