Technology Bulletin

    • The 48-Megapixel Phones are Coming
    • Dec 11, 2018
    • "Sony and Samsung had announced 48-megapixel sensors earlier this year and real-worldimplementation is just around the corner. Huawei has an... View More
      "Sony and Samsung had announced 48-megapixel sensors earlier this year and real-worldimplementation is just around the corner. Huawei has announced the View 20 which uses Sony's sensor and Xiaomi is also on track to release a 48-megapixel behemoth soon. According to Xiaomi's co-founder, the phone is due to launch in January of next year. While 48 megapixels may sound like a staggering number, the hardware, sensor size and software will greatly affect image quality. Real world tests will yield concrete evidence of the level of disruption these sensors will bring to the megapixel race." - Alex Mathew (Source: The Verge)
    • Not Jiophone, Wizphone Is Now the Cheapest 4G Feat...
    • Dec 11, 2018
    • "Good win for KaiOS: From Jio in India to MTN in Africa and now Wizphone in SEA, 4G feature phones are likely to drive more feature phone users to use the ... View More
      "Good win for KaiOS: From Jio in India to MTN in Africa and now Wizphone in SEA, 4G feature phones are likely to drive more feature phone users to use the internet for the first time in emerging markets. With Wizphone priced at $7, Jiophone is no longer the cheapest 4G feature phone if one looks into the Bills of Material (BoM) cost of current 4G feature phones, even though both devices are heavily subsidized" - Tarun Pathak (Source: Value Walk)
    • Sigfox Targets China, India And Russia, As Global ...
    • Dec 11, 2018
    • "Sigfox global network footprint now stands at 54 countries. In 2018, Sigfox added nine countries to its network coverage, majorly in Europe and South Amer... View More
      "Sigfox global network footprint now stands at 54 countries. In 2018, Sigfox added nine countries to its network coverage, majorly in Europe and South America. It may further expand to a few more countries such as Indonesia, Canada, Poland and Uruguay, before we bid adieu to 2018. The company claims that it has crossed 6 million+ connections in 2018 and that it plans to target China, India and Russia in 2019. The three countries are expected to be a challenging task for the French operator, given the dominance of NB-IoT in China and the pricing challenges in India and Russia." - Hanish Bhatia (Source: Enterprise IoT Insights)
    • Headphone Jacks are Dead, Long Live the Headphones...
    • Dec 11, 2018
    • "What started with Apple ditching the headphone jack came as a "tech shock" to many who invested hundreds of dollars in multiple wired headphone ... View More
      "What started with Apple ditching the headphone jack came as a "tech shock" to many who invested hundreds of dollars in multiple wired headphone brands is now going mainstream. The latest brands to drop the headphone jack are OnePlus and now reportedly even Samsung will, in its upcoming smartphones. This sheds light on evolving vendor strategies to firstly - compete and finally match Apple's strategy of pushing expensive "wireless headphones" to extract some consumer surplus. Secondly, timing it right as most of their user base would have sensed that the move to wireless was inevitable. Having said that, USB Type-C has matured and brands such as Huawei are already bundling Type-C headsets with the devices. This move showcases an upcoming inflection point for wireless headphones and a boost to AI-powered hearables." - Neil Shah (Source: Mac Rumors)
    • Ford Buys e-Scooter Company Spin for $100 Million
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "Ford Smart Mobility has acquired San Francisco based micro-mobility start-up Spin, which offers electric scooter-sharing services for last-mile transporta... View More
      "Ford Smart Mobility has acquired San Francisco based micro-mobility start-up Spin, which offers electric scooter-sharing services for last-mile transportation. Dockless electric scooter space is gaining traction with automotive OEMs, ride-hailing firms and tech start-ups looking to open new revenue streams in micro-mobility or last-mile connectivity space. Other companies such as Uber, Lyft, Ford and TVS have also invested in e-scooter start-ups recently. The companies see a big opportunity, especially in the US and EU countries, targeting the universities and other large campuses." - Hanish Bhatia Source: The Verge
    • Tesla Models 3 Production at 1,000 a Day
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "Citing a company email from the CEO Elon Musk to employees, automotive website Electrek has reported on Friday that Tesla Inc. is currently producing 1,00... View More
      "Citing a company email from the CEO Elon Musk to employees, automotive website Electrek has reported on Friday that Tesla Inc. is currently producing 1,000 Model 3 cars per day. A significant achievement indeed which, if sustained, means Tesla will be producing 25-30K Model 3 cars in a month from the beginning of 2019. At this production rate and scale, the promised $35,000-dollar Model 3 may not be too far off." - Vinay Piparsania Source: Automotive News
    • Ericsson and Volvo Cars Sign a Five-Year Connected...
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "Ericsson has been selected by Volvo Car Group to provide the industrialized Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to offer its digital vehicle service... View More
      "Ericsson has been selected by Volvo Car Group to provide the industrialized Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to offer its digital vehicle services in more than 120 markets worldwide for the next five years. The deal enables Volvo Car owners and drivers with its latest developments in the connected car digital services such as automation, fleet management, telematics, navigation and infotainment, and is the largest, to date for Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud. The partnership with Volvo follows several other deals, including a partnership with Telia and Einride to develop 5G self-driving trucks and an MoU with Audi, for the use of 5G technologies during automotive production, wirelessly connecting production robots for vehicle assembly." - Vinay Piparsania   Source: Financial Express
    • MG India Aims to Take the Lead in Connected Mobili...
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "MG India, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, announced its partnership with connectivity management platforms, Cisco... View More
      "MG India, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation, announced its partnership with connectivity management platforms, Cisco IoT and UNLIMIT- a specialist IoT services provider. The partnership involves developing connected vehicles, integrating tracking, security and navigation features. Amongst the latest automakers in the country, MG India is undoubtedly taking no chances and is looking to stay ahead of the crowd, targeting digitally savvy Indian consumers." - Vinay Piparsania Source: AutoCar Pro
    • Further Incentives Likely in Thailand, Encouraging...
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "With the emphasis on eco-friendly models on display at this year’s Thai Auto Show, the Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Ec... View More
      "With the emphasis on eco-friendly models on display at this year’s Thai Auto Show, the Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Eco-Car program within the next few weeks. Recognising evolving automotive technology and consumer priorities, the Thai Government is likely to consider including new electric and hybrid vehicle models in automakers’ Eco Car production quotas. The additional flexibility will be welcome news, with most automakers struggling to meet their existing production quotas." - Vinay Piparsania Source: NHK World Japan  
    • Volvo to Monetise Cars Before Data
    • Dec 4, 2018
    • "Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson is expecting Volvo to make more money by selling autonomous cars than by taking a cut from the higher margin data-drive... View More
      "Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson is expecting Volvo to make more money by selling autonomous cars than by taking a cut from the higher margin data-driven services. The company has realised that its strength lies in building cars and not in data services. Volvo, along with Nissan has allowed Google's software to take control of the operating system including mapping, navigation and apps. This is in stark contrast to many automakers who are forging commercial partnerships to sell connected services rather than allowing tech companies like Google to be directly involved."  - Aman Madhok Source: Transport Topics

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