To compete with WhatsApp, popular messaging app Hike is offering a service announced as "Total, built by Hike" in India. One of the key features of Total is its ability to run without a data connection, as it uses USSD technology to connect to basic internet services.
Technology has put consumers in control, and retailers are working hard to create new personalized products and experiences, said Laurence Haziot, a global managing director at IBM, during a panel at the National Retail Federation's yearly trade show. Tech took center stage at the show, from robots and artificial intelligence to inventory-tracking smart shelves and fitting rooms.
Dell EMC is pumping a $2 billion investment into developing storage products and is adding 1,200 storage specialists, each with a channel storage sales quota, to its team. Dell EMC President and Chief Commercial Officer Marius Haas says the company wants to make it clear that it has a "refuse to lose" attitude when it comes to the storage market.
Google has launched an online course for beginners with little or no experience to earn certification for IT support, and has promised to provide financial assistance for more than 10,000 program participants. The program provides hands-on experience for different software and takes between eight and 12 months to complete.
Nanya Technology President Lee Pei-ing asserts that DRAM manufacturers in China should license crucial memory technologies, or their chips developed in-house won't be competitive in the world market. Allegations of stolen intellectual property and trade secrets, along with patent-infringement lawsuits, against Chinese companies will foster a negative image of DRAMs made in China, he says.
In 2017, IBM received more than 1,900 patents related to cloud technology, along with 1,400 artificial intelligence patents, 1,200 cybersecurity patents, and more patents related to blockchain and machine-learning technology. The company also debuted the Power9 processor, which is expected to see use in the IBM Cloud, the Google Cloud and other cloud-based computing services.
Several companies are working on wireless charging options, including Ossia Inc., which unveiled its wireless charging transmitter at CES last week and reports it's capable of charging devices from up to 30 feet away. Another company, Energous Corp., recently received Federal Communications Commission certification on a similar device, WattUp, which is capable of charging from 3 feet away.
Infineon Technologies has introduced the IR38163/5 and IR38363/5 integrated point-of-load regulator chips, supporting PMBus and other functionalities. The IPOL devices could be used in telecommunications, network communications and data-storage applications, along with servers based on Intel chipsets.
Data buffering technology could become crucial in the operation of autonomous vehicles and data centers, along with machine-learning applications, this analysis notes. It could also prove useful in heterogeneous computing systems.
LG has reportedly scrapped its current plans for the G7 flagship smartphone and is rebuilding the phone from scratch, The Korea Herald reports. The phone was expected to be released in March, but the redesign could push the release back to April.