According to a new report published late yesterday, Ford has updated its Sync in-dash infotainment platform, and that's bad news for Microsoft. Ford announced late yesterday that it had chosen BlackBerry's QNX technology as the foundation for its next generation of car experiences, and that means Microsoft's Windows Embedded solution is out the window and CarPlay is in. Ford had signed unto to Apple's CarPlay back in July.
A new report today claims that Taiwanese group Wintek, formerly a major supplier of touchscreens for Apple's iPhone and iPad, has shut down two plants in southern China and axed 7,000 jobs, leaving unpaid suppliers to chase debts of US$37million. While Wintek was the largest supplier of touchscreens for the iPhone 4, Apple switched to a different technology in 2012 for its iPhone 5, eliminating much of Apple's need for Wintek's technology.
It's being reported in Korea today that Samsung Electronics is set to reveal a Tizen OS driven TV by CES 2016. In the world of technology, that's a lifetime away. Just think back to February of this year when Samsung embarrassingly dropped the Tizen OS ball big time and it wasn't the first time either. This week Samsung blew it again when it came to delivering a Tizen based smartphone in India. Developers are discouraged and close to giving up.
The Apple – United Airlines partnership has certainly shone this year. In March they introduced in-flight movie service exclusively for Apple devices. Then we posted a report covering some of the new iPad Bars United is setting up that also covers iPad menus in their restaurants at several airports with many more on the way. Today, United Airlines announced they will be equipping its flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, putting important safety and service information at flight attendants' fingertips while enhancing their ability to meet customers' needs.
Last month we posted a report titled "Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC's" The report covered three distinct trends coming to PCs next year which includes the cable-less PC, 3D cameras and fingerprint ID to replace passwords to start your PC and beyond. Apple's Touch ID that has now been implemented on their latest iPhones and iPads is coming to future MacBooks too, according to one of Apple's patent filings. Today, however, it's Synaptics new SecurePad that takes the lead in bringing biometric ID to notebooks.
Last month we posted a report titled "The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule." Today, Apple and IBM published a press release stating that "Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing stated that "This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can't wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work. The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world's best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done."
Optikos Corporation has invented an interesting iPhone camera accessory that will allow users to take close-up and distant night vision video or still shots when under poor lighting conditions. While the invention may apply to other devices such an Android smartphone in the future, the main patent figures that are illustrated in their patent filing show an iPhone as you'll note in our report below. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published this patent application last Thursday. Optikos originally filed their invention with USPTO in May 2013.
Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Files their Tenth Smart Pen Patent of the Year." Apple's smart pen project has been one of the longest running projects at Apple. They've covered smart pens for graphics, for handwriting and forms, as part of a collaboration system, for paper and everything in between. Sony, as noted in the video above, has developed a new A4 digital notepad that is the first in the world to use E Ink Mobius, a new flexible electronic paper display (EPD) technology that was first introduced in 2013. It's super light and writing with it is oh so close to the real thing. But that's the leading issue that plagues digital pens today: the "latency" factor. If a future Apple Pen is to be a winner, then it has to deliver one that finally defeats latency.
There was great interest in the Apple community when Aaron Sorkin began pumping up his new project about the biopic of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs. Not many enjoyed the rushed "Jobs" movie that starred Ashton Kutcher, so there was a gap to fill. Sorkin later talked about writing the Steve Jobs character. Yet the main characters that were initially cast for the movie are by and large dropping out. For three of the top actors to drop out of this film in such short order, there must be something terrible about the script that the actors don't want to be associated with. Yet no one has come forward to say just what they objected to.
Today a CNN video report pointed out Samsung's Gear VR glasses. The Samsung representative, around the 40 second mark of that video, states that "We have created smartphone powered virtual reality. Transforms that flat 2D map of content that we've always had, into the rounded 3D globe content we've always dreamed of." Yet the basic hardware approach that they've taken was really first invented by Apple all the way back to 2010. So how original is Samsung's VR Glasses concept? – Not very.
Grammy Award-winner Gwen Stefani is taking control of the Priceless Surprises launcher to help surprise cardholders every time they swipe, dip, tap or click with their MasterCard. Stefani has teamed up with MasterCard to deliver truly unforgettable experiences and surprises for MasterCard cardholders and Gwen Stefani fans. To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a "Surprise launcher," sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani's new song, Spark the Fire.
A Ford Global Technologies (part of Ford Motor Company) patent application published this week by the US Patent Office revealed their work on an-vehicle system using Siri. Ford notes that Apple, Inc. manufactures mobile phones and other portable electronics with Siri, an intelligent personal assistant that helps users utilize voice commands to execute specific commands on the phone, such as sending text messages, scheduling meetings, placing phone calls, etc. Additionally, SIRI utilizes natural speech and may utilize a series of prompts to complete a user's request. Apple also integrates SIRI into voice control systems of vehicle manufactures through Apple's "Eyes Free" solution. By utilizing a voice command button on a steering wheel, a driver may be able to activate SIRI on a user's phone. Additionally, the device's screen may stay in sleep mode to minimize distractions. Ford's patent covers a vehicle interface module that works with Apple's Siri.