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EU fines Google $5 Billion for illegal Android app-bundling contract policies

Posted by Charbax – July 19, 2018

Margrethe Vestager, Member of the European Commission in charge of Competition, on Antitrust holds press conference with press Q&A announcing the fine on Google of €4.34 billion ($5 Billion) for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google's search engine, Google's exclusive app-bundling policies illegally blocking competition in the Android based hardware device space over the last decade but especially since 2011. Google forbids manufacturers to pre-install any competitor to Google Search, Chrome, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Docs and other of the core Google apps on any Android device if such manufacturer wants to pre-load any such Google app on any device. Google must fix this within 90 days or be fined further daily up to 5% of their daily global revenue.

I have been complaining about Google's app bundling policies in Android over the past decade, I think those Google policies are anti-competitive but also counter-productive for Google itself. I think Google should support and encourage as much innovation around the Android OS as possible, they should let the manufacturers customize Android devices as they wish, Google should encourage their competitors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Yandex, Baidu, Alibaba, Amazon, Rakuten and many many other large tech companies should be invited to subsidize Android device by pre-loading whichever other search engines and apps that they would like to pre-load, and they should also be encouraged to adjust, customize, enhance and even to fork Android to add new functionalities to the Android operating system, for example support for other app platforms inside Android, for example support for Windows apps in Android, support for iOS apps in Android, support for Linux apps in Android and much more. I also believe that Google will make more money also when Google opens Android up much more and better, to allow device makers to work with Google's competitors when it comes to apps that are pre-installed, and including also to develop Android fully in the open source space sharing dailies of all daily Android development.

faytech Touch PCs at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

Johanna, Peter and Anna of faytech give a tour of the faytech booth at Computex 2018. This will be the 5th time faytech is exhibiting at Computex to show some of their standard products, but special projects also.

The 55” IP65 Touch PC Kiosk is shown, which is perfect for outdoor usage. It is water- and dust proof and has 1000+ nits of brightness. Besides this, you can also see the 32” Open Frame (HDK) Touch Monitor, with 1000+ nits and is Optically Bonded. It is the perfect solution for integration into a machine or wall. After that, the special project for bus application is also introduced, which uses a 10.1” IP65 Capacitive Touch Monitor with high brightness, RFID scanner and special buttons on the front. Then, the 21.5” Docking station PC with new design is shown, which uses a 100-pin connector and magnets to attach the LCD Panel to the Industrial PC, which is revolutionary in its use! After that, Anna takes over and introduces the 15” IP65 High Brightness Touch Monitor, which uses an All-In-One Cable, perfect for outdoor usage. Then the 15” Capacitive Touch PC with Ubuntu OS is introduced. And at last, the 21.5” V40 Embedded PC is introduced by Peter, which uses Android OS.

Silicon Labs Dynamic Multiprotocol Zigbee, Bluetooth, also Z-Wave and other

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

Silicon Labs demonstrates their latest Internet of Things devices including their Dynamic Multiprotocol support based on their Mighty Gecko ARM Cortex-M4 platform supporting Zigbee and Bluetooth in parallel running Micrium RTOS with just a few microsecond delay when switching. Micrium RTOS is the number 1 in the commercial RTOS market. Silicon Labs also shows their Bluetooth 5 support, voice over Bluetooth LE, sensor to cloud connectivity, apple homekit, Bluetooth 5 can do 4 times longer distance or 2 times more bandwidth compared with Bluetooth 4. Silicon Labs shows their Bluetooth Mesh system using their Mighty Gecko development board that also features a memory LCD display. Silicon Labs acquired Sigma Designs Z-Wave Business, where Z-Wave goes into sub-Ghz so there is less noise going through walls, reaching longer distances compared with Bluetooth and Zigbee and also able to make it a Mesh. They now have the 500 series chip and they are going to announce the 700 series ARM Cortex-M4 chip running at lower power providing a longer range. Silicon Labs has shipped hundreds of millions of devices thus far based on their Mighty Gecko, Bluetooth, and Zigbee products and they also have shipped over 100 million devices using Z-Wave.

Cavium ThunderX2 Desktop PC made by GIGABYTE for ARM Server development

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

GIGABYTE shows their Cavium ThunderX2 Workstation, an upcoming product for ARM software developmers to optimize their code for the ARM server market. It will feature dual Cavium ThunderX2 processors with 4 channels of RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4 2666/2400Mhz memory per socket, and total capacity of 16 x DIMMS. Networking will include a dedicated MLAN port. Other specifications are still under adjustment for the final product which is something that GIGABYTE and Cavium are discussing with potential customers to satisfy a demand.

Women in Tech Forum at SID Display Week 2018

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2018

Display Week’s second annual Women in Tech forum brought together female innovators, scientists, executives and experts at the forefront of the field who shared their personal and professional journeys and how to succeed in the fast-moving, unpredictable world of technology.

Pictured (left to right): Moderator Tara Akhavan, Founder and CTO, IRYStec, Marketing Vice-Chair, Society for Information Display; Nadya Ichinomiya, Director of Information Technology, Sony Pictures, Co-founder, Women in Tech: Hollywood; Rosalie Hou, CEO of ELIX Wireless Charging Systems, Inc.; Poppy Crum, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems; and Robinne Burrell, Chief Digital Product Officer, Redflight Mobile/Redflight Innovation.

Over the past decade, Robinne Burrell has been at the forefront of technology and emerging media, having worked with brands spanning digital, interactive, mobile and social experiences. She led product development and strategy at Amazon/IMDb, and myspace during its peak and Match.com/Tinder. Through her company, Redflight Innovation - an interactive development company located in Los Angeles and Johannesburg - she has built digital products for NBC’s The Voice, Comedy Central and Steven Spielberg’s The VR Company, among others. Robinne was also an on-air correspondent at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, covering the logistical technology used during the ceremonies. She is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy in VR.

At Dolby Laboratories, Dr. Poppy Crum directs the growth of internal science, responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies, including gaming and immersive environments (such as AR/VR) on neuroplasticity and learning. She has also been named to Billboard Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential female executives in the music industry.

Rosalie Hou, CEO of ELIX Wireless Charging Systems, led the Emerson Process Management in China, a $300 million business, before joining ELIX. She worked with Emerson from 1995 to 2016, and and held various positions. She was also a business leader in Rosemount Analytical, Inc. and its sales leader in East China.

As Director of Information Technology at Sony Pictures, Nadya Ichinomiya acts as a product manager for her group, leading teams that create world-class mobile apps and websites to support television shows like Outlander, Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, and Shark Tank. Four years ago, she co-founded Women In Technology: Hollywood, a cross media and entertainment initiative with 1600+ members from all the major studios. She was also the co-chair of Women in Technology at Sony Pictures. She is the CEO and founder of Solve For Equality by 2025 in Hollywood and Technology Initiative, which has the mission to disrupt discrimination and racism in these two industries, creating an environment where everyone has a voice and no one is left out.

Tara Akhavan is a technology entrepreneur. She is the founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A startup based in Montreal. She has raised and helped raise more than $8 million in angel and VC funding. Prior to founding IRYStec, she was awarded for scaling an Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) product in the telecommunications industry - from analyze and design to deployment - in a 3GPP mobile network with 20 million subscribers. Ms. Akhavan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, a master’s degree in artificial intelligence and a Ph.D. in image processing and computer vision from Vienna University of Technology.

The Women in Tech Forum at SID Display Week 2018 was sponsored by Microsoft and CLEARInk.

LG 77″ Flexible OLED, 1443ppi VR made with Google, LTPS for automotive, LG Nanocell

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2018

Tour of the LG Display booth at SID Display Week 2018 featuring LG's 77" transparent and flexible OLED display showcasing LG’s expertise in manufacturing large OLED displays made on clear polyimide then separated from the glass plate using a laser process.

LG 65” Crystal Sound OLED generates sound on the surface of the OLED display (as used in the Sony OLED TVs). LG has sticked two small ‘exciters’ at the back to turn the OLED panel into a speaker

LG shows a high resolution 4.3-inch 5K VR display with a density of 1,443ppi developed in collaboration with Google, it is a white OLED with color filters. The brightness is only 150 nits which would not be high enough for a smartphone display but is sufficient for Virtual Reality headsets.

For the automotive displays demos, LG uses the same LTPS technology commonly found in mobile phones to make car displays, a new car dashboard concept that includes displays in the center of the dash as well as one each for the driver and passenger. This trend is intended to replace all the mechanical display modules with interactive touchscreens. The passenger display, which was much larger than the one for the driver, provides access to multiple functions, like movies, messaging and other kinds of media.

LG Nanocell TV technology to compete with the Quantum Dot. They have small nanoparticle which are 1nm in size inside the color filters.

This is a tour with Dr Guillaume Chansin, Technology Consultant at Irimitech.

Roger Stewart, President of Sourland Mountain Associates

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2018

Roger Stewart, President of Sourland Moutain Associates is an expert in technical knowledge of RFID, a designer in liquid crystal displays, semiconductors and a patent expert. He has executive level experience at three successful start-up companies and discusses his work with liquid crystal displays and various emerging technologies, at the SID Display Week 2018 event.

Levering his knowledge as a historian, Stewart goes on to discuss the evolution and history behind liquid crystal displays. Stewart developed the electronics that goes around the display. He was elected in 2010 as a Fellow of the Society of Information Display Week and the author of 93 papers published.

LCD interview with Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov, HKUST Energy Institute

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2018

Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is a renowned specialist in liquid crystal optics and photonics. Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is an author and coauthor of 4 books, more than 20 reviews and book chapters, 180 journal papers, 420 conference presentations and 60 patents or patent applications in the field of liquid crystals. He is a Member of the International Liquid Crystal Society and the Society for International Display (SID), as well as a member of Editorial Board of "Liquid Crystals Today", “Photonics Letters of Poland” and an Associate Editor of “Journal of the SID”.

He is the only SID Fellow in Russia and Eastern Europe. He won the Research Excellence Award of SENG, HKUST, that recognizes the efforts of an outstanding faculty member in May 2012. Prof Chigrinov served as Associate Editor of J. SID, Member of Editorial Board of three other International journals, Chair of three International Conferences in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and has attended more than 50 plenary, invited and tutorial talks in about 100 prestige International Conferences since 1974.

Martin Schadt (LCD TN inventor) 80th birthday cake at LCD’s 50th anniversary at SID DisplayWeek 2018

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2018

Martin Schadt and Wolfgang Helfrich invented the twisted nematic field effect (TN-effect) in the Central Research Laboratories of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, in Basel, Switzerland. The resulting patent CH532261 was licensed worldwide to electronics and watch industries and thus initiated a paradigm change towards flat panel field effect LCD.

In the early 1970s, Martin Schadt started to investigate correlations between liquid crystal molecular structures, material properties, electro-optical effects and display performance to obtain criteria for novel, effect-specific liquid crystal materials for TN- and subsequent field-effect applications. His interdisciplinary approach involving physics and chemistry became the basis for modern industrial Liquid Crystal LC-materials research and led to the discovery and production of numerous new functional molecules and new electro-optical effects. In 1970, shortly after the invention of the TN-effect, he developed the first commercial room temperature nematic liquid crystal mixture with positive dielectric anisotropy, used in the displays of the first Japanese digital TN-LCD watches. The pharmaceutical company Roche established itself as a major supplier of liquid crystal materials for the emerging LCD-industry.

Apart from his pioneering work on the TN-effect (i.e.e twisted nematic field effect), novel liquid crystal materials, organic semiconductors and biophysics, he invented or co-invented the following effects and technologies:

- first organic light-emitting diode (OLED) (1969 as post-doc at Canada's NRC; US patent 3,621,321),
- Kerr effect in LCs (1972),
- field-induced guest-host color switching (1979),
- dual frequency addressing and materials (1982),
- optical mode interference (OMI)-effect (1987,)
- deformed helix ferroelectric (DHF)- and short pitch bi-stable ferroelectric (SBF)-effect (1989, 1990),
- linearly photo-polymerisation (LPP)-technology (1991).

As principal inventor and head of Roche LC research he promoted the development of LPP-Photo-alignment into manufacturing (1992–2002). As a key technology it enables contact free alignment and photo-patterning of monomeric and polymeric liquid crystals by optical means instead of mechanically. This has opened up novel display configurations as well as a wide range of new optical thin-film elements on single substrates, such as LC-interference color filters, optical retarders, cholesteric optical filters, wide-view films to enhance the field of view of LCDs, novel optical security elements for document and brand protection, stereo-polarizers as well as nano-and micro-corrugated optical polymer thin-film elements enabling polymeric antireflective and directional light scattering coatings.

The molecular design approach of Martin Schadt and his team has led to the discovery, patenting and production of the following commercially important liquid crystal classes: alkyl cyano Schiff'bases and esters (1971), phenyl-pyrimidines (1977), alkenyl liquid crystals which have become key for all state-of-the-art high-information content LCDs (1985–1995), numerous halogenated liquid crystals (1989–1995) as well as the first strongly non-linear optical (NLO)-ferroelectric liquid crystals (1992).

Until 1994 Martin Schadt was the head of the Liquid Crystal Research division of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. As a spin-off from Hoffmann-La Roche in 1994 he founded the interdisciplinary research and development company ROLIC Ltd. From 1994 until his retirement from the operating business in October 2002 Martin Schadt was CEO of ROLIC Ltd. and delegate of the board of directors. He retired from ROLIC in 2005 and is now active as a scientific advisor to various research groups and governmental agencies.

Martin Schadt has published 167 scientific papers, co-authored four books and holds 116 patents, and previously received the Roche Research and Development Prize and Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize of the American Society for Information Display (SID); highest recognition Award of SID.

Stevie Bathiche, Head of Microsoft Applied Sciences

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2018

Sri Peruvemba Executive Board Member and Chair of Marketing for SID interviews Stevie Bathiche Head of Microsoft Applied Sciences and a sponsor of the Women in Technology Conference at the Society for Information Display SID Display Week 2018, the world's largest exhibition for electronic information display technology. Stevie Bathiche said the current products Microsoft is creating is a reflection of people that make them. Bathiche went onto state that the products come from a viewpoint of diversity and inclusion. The most recent product is a modular large screen interaction that has a pen and touch of a tablet in a large screen. The product is about collaboration and interaction. Peruvemba indicated that the products have come along way. Bathiche says that he comes back to SID because of the community and to see the cutting edge technology of the display industry in the future and looks forward to future conferences.