Microsoft and Qualcomm Team on Data Center Chips

Qualcomm hit another milestone in its multi-year effort to challenge Intel’s dominance in the data center semiconductor market, naming the first customer trying out its server chips.

Qualcomm and Microsoft said they were teaming up to use Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 data center semiconductors with a Microsoft cloud-computing software platform that the Seattle company uses for its own internal data centers.

Microsoft also said it was working with San Jose-based Cavium on data center processors. Both Cavium and Qualcomm use chip architectures from ARM Holdings that are common in smartphones.

ARM-based processors “provide the most value for our cloud services, specifically our internal cloud applications such as search and indexing, storage, databases, big data and machine learning,” said Leendert van Doorn of Microsoft’s Azure unit, in a blog post.

Intel builds data center semiconductors based on chip architecture common in personal computers. It currently has nearly 100 percent market share in the data centers — warehouses of connected computer servers that power the Internet cloud, big data analytics and other things.

Intel said in a recent interview that it takes all competitors seriously. While hype about ARM-based processors in data centers has been around for several years, there have been few deployments.

Data center operators, however, are believed to be seeking alternative suppliers, which presents an opening Qualcomm and others.

“In collaborating with Microsoft and other industry leading partners, we are democratizing system design and enabling a broad-based ARM server ecosystem,” said Ram Peddibhotla, vice president of product management for Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, in a statement.

Qualcomm’s foray into server chips highlights how it and Intel are increasingly squaring off in the core markets that each dominate.

Best known for its smartphone technology, Qualcomm has been working on data center semiconductors since 2014. In December, it announced the Centriq 2400 would be available for potential customers to test this…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Want to charge your phone? Just look in the mirror

Usual introduction to this. You know the story. Smartphone batteries aren’t great. We don’t want fat batteries, but at the same time we don’t want to be running back to a power point to juice the thing up every few minutes.

So what are you going to do?

Well, a battery pack / portable charger / portable battery (whatever you want to call it) is the solution, but then you have to remember to carry the thing around with you.

Want to charge your phone? Just look in the mirror

This particular one, for £15.95, is a clever compact mirror and a battery at the same time. It manages to combine the usefulness of a 3000mAh powerbank with a pretty stylish mirror, so you can look your best at the local pub, club or casino (oh, and if you don’t want to glam up, just head to places like Magical Vegas where you can enjoy a casino from your sofa!) 

The modern mirror is a great handbag accessory, and the 3000mAh battery should juice most smartphones up once from nothing. It’s compatible with the iPhone 5 and 6 plus Android devices too. Best of all? You don’t need to remember to cart around an extra device – just put your mirror in your bag as you normally would.

No flat battery, and brilliant make-up – all in one little gadget measuring just 7.5 x 7.5 x 2cm. It features one standard USB port output (so you can use whatever cable you need) and is charged via a microUSB port on the side.

The people behind this also want me to point out that it’ll help you get the perfect look for those all-important selfies too. 🙂

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  • Google Revamps Gmail, Drive, Hangouts with Businesses in Mind

    Google this week made significant change to its core productivity suite, including its email, online storage, and messaging tools. Gmail gains support for add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, which will let third-party companies create small apps that can hook into an enhance Gmail. Google Drive earned a major overhaul. The new Drive now includes Team Drives for shared work spaces, Google Vault for protecting sensitive data, Drive File Stream for integrating with existing apps and tools, and Quick Access for advanced search powered by machine learning. Google Hangouts sees what is perhaps the most visible change, as Google split the messaging service in two. Moving forward, Hangouts’ two major functions will be covered in separate applications, Google Meet and Google Chat. Meet is a video conferencing tool that Google says works via shared links; it doesn’t require accounts, plugins, or downloads, and is accessible from PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. Further, Meet integrates with Gmail, Google Calendar, and other Google services. Google Chat takes features from Google’s other services and packs them into a more powerful messaging app. For example, it supports virtual rooms for team conversations and works with Google Drive, Docs, and Photos for sharing files directly with the group. Chat also gains access to bots and third-party applications. The new tools will become available over time, according to Google. Hangouts Meet is available immediately, but Hangouts Chat is only being offered through an early adopter program. Google didn’t detail how these changes will impact mobile users, but it’s safe to assume many of the features will eventually be accessible from smartphones.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    AT&T Staying Mum on Outage That Disrupted 911 Service

    The Federal Communications Commission is investigating what caused a 911 outage that affected AT&T wireless customers in multiple states on Wednesday. The Dallas-based company has revealed little about the outage, which has since been fixed.

    Here’s what we know:

    What Happened?

    Based on reports from law enforcement and government agencies, AT&T customers were unable to call 911 from their cellphones for a brief period Wednesday night. In many cases, police and sheriff’s departments provided an alternate phone number for residents to use in case of an emergency.

    The company declined to answer questions Thursday about the outage and instead issued a brief statement saying service had been restored to the affected customers.

    In Arkansas, one sheriff’s office shared a message it received from AT&T that blamed “a service outage that is impacting the ability to deliver AT&T Mobility wireless 911 calls in your area.” The message noted there could be issues with 911 calls or certain “location information.”

    How Many People Were Affected?

    It’s unclear, but likely thousands. Maybe millions.

    Officials in Baltimore, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities reported the outage, along with authorities in more than a dozen states.

    Several law enforcement agencies described the outage as “nationwide,” and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Twitter that his agency received reports of a widespread outage. An FCC spokesman said the agency was trying to determine how many people were affected but noted the investigation had just begun.

    AT&T has 147 million wireless customers in the U.S. and Mexico, according to its website .

    Is This Unprecedented?

    No. Large-scale 911 outages have happened in the past.

    Wireless carrier T-Mobile had two separate outages on one day in August 2014 that together lasted three hours and affected all 50 million of its customers at the time, according to the FCC. The company reached a $17.5 million settlement with the FCC in 2015.

    An outage…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Pinterest Brings Visual Search Technology to the Web

    If you find an item you like online — an article of clothing or a piece of furniture, for example — you’ll now be able to find that item, or similar items, on Pinterest without ever visiting Pinterest’s website.

    The new feature is part of an update the company launched Tuesday to its Chrome extension, the browser tool that lets you save images you see online back to Pinterest as you surf the web.

    The new tool lets you select an item in any photograph online, and ask Pinterest to surface similar items using its image recognition software.

    For example: If you see an image of sunglasses you like on, you could use the extension to browse similar glasses from Pinterest without ever leaving Nordstrom’s website.

    If you click on one of the search results, you’ll then be taken to Pinterest.

    The idea here is that Pinterest wants to be the search engine for images, and that includes images you see on other websites or even images you come across in the real world. As co-founder Evan Sharp explained it at a press event last month: “You shouldn’t have to put your thoughts into words to find great ideas.”

    The “visual search” technology is not new — you could already use it, but only on Pinterest’s website. Eventually, Pinterest would love to help users buy the products they find see online but don’t know where to buy them.

    But that won’t be the main priority for the new browser tool, at least not right away. While it’s possible Pinterest’s recommended images may include similar-looking items that are for sale through the service, called “buyable pins,” the company is “not prioritizing” those kinds of pins, according to a company spokesperson.

    It also won’t show promoted pins in search results, which means the new browser extension won’t bring in…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    BT and Openreach go their separate ways

    Whilst it will still be owned by BT and it remains to be seen how things will change, Openreach is finally to become a legally separate entity.

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced they will no longer have to take legal action to split the two companies, and BT will be legally separated from its Openreach service. The company runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure and Ofcom has been pressing for the move following complaints that Openreach was underperforming and providing slow broadband speeds for some parts of the country.

    BT and Openreach go their separate ways

    Openreach is responsible for building and maintaining the copper and fibre lines which connect homes and businesses to the Internet and is used by providers including Sky, EE and TalkTalk for ADSL and FTTC delivery. Internet Providers have longed complained about Openreach and there’s been suggestions that priority service has been given to BT. Openreach today admitted that their service was “not where it needed to be”.

    The split also means that Openreach will have a separate board and make their own investment decisions, although BT will remain the overall owner.

    The company will also have a new branding, although we don’t yet know what that will be. The head of Ofcom, Sharon White, warned the watchdog would “carefully monitor” performance once the separation took place.

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  • FCC Reveals Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge

    The FCC recently published a few details about two unreleased Samsung phones that are likely the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge. The FCC approved the SM-G950 (S8) and SM-G955 (S8 edge) and confirmed some features shared by the handsets. For example, the phones include wide support for U.S. 4G networks, including LTE Bands 29, 30, and 66, which are among the newest used by AT&T and T-Mobile. The FCC shows two versions of the phones so far, one with CDMA and one without. The CDMA variant is compatible with the networks operated by Sprint and Verizon Wireless, but also includes LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile. The FCC confirmed additional radios, including NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Photos and detailed specifications of the phones remain unknown. Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8 edge at an event in New York City scheduled for March 29.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    T-Mobile Boosts Throttling Threshold to 30 GB

    T-Mobile will allow customers to use more LTE data before throttling them. Previously, T-Mobile said it would throttle the heaviest users after they surpass 28 GB of mobile data in a single billing period. T-Mobile today improved the threshold to 30 GB, which means people can use more data before potentially being hit with slower browsing speeds. T-Mobile says customers who exceed the 30 GB threshold might see their top speeds dialed back only when the network is congested. T-Mobile anticipates this won’t impact too many users. The 30 GB threshold resets each month. T-Mobile calls this practice prioritization and says it is primarily used as a way to manage network load.

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    FCC to Investigate AT&T 911 Outage

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will investigate a recent issue on AT&T’s mobile network that prevented some 911 calls from going through. The issue occurred Wednesday evening over a period of several hours. “Every call to 911 must go through,” said Pai. “So when I first learned of yesterday’s outage, I immediately directed FCC staff to contact AT&T about it and the company’s efforts to restore access to emergency services to the American public. I have directed Commission staff to track down the root cause of this outage.” AT&T has not yet said what happened, though it apologized to those who were impacted by the outage.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Google Bakes Instant Translation Into Gboard App

    Google today updated its Gboard keyboard application for Android devices and made it possible to translate text in real time. Clicking the new translate icon loads Google Translate, which can instantly translate words as you type. Gboard also made it easier to find emojis and GIFs as the app will suggest them as users type. Further, GIFs can now be shared with other messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts, and Allo. Other new features include an expanded set of scenic views for backdrops and support for search in right-to-left languages. Gboard for Android is free to download from the Google Play Store.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News