Samsung starts production of EUV-based 7nm LPP process

Samsung back in September last year announced that it is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018. Earlier this Febura…

Samsung back in September last year announced that it is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018. Earlier this Feburary it announced that it is building new EUV (extreme ultraviolet) line in Hwaseong, Korea. Earlier this week the company started wafer production of its revolutionary process node, 7LPP, the 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. The EUV system, which utilizes extreme ultraviolet technology, can perform photolithography process by using a light source with EUV wavelength. In the world of chip manufacturing, realizing finer circuits is vital as it enables integration of more components inside a chip, which helps build those with higher power and energy efficiency. Upcoming EUV scanners will utilize EUV radiation at a 13.5nm wavelength, less than 1/14 of what current ArF excimer laser scanners are able to provide. EUV uses 13.5nm wavelength light to expose silicon wafers as opposed to conventional argon fluoride (ArF) immersion technologies that are only able to achieve 193nm wavelengths and require expensive multi-patterning mask sets. EUV enables the use of a single mask to create a silicon wafer layer where ArF can ...

Andy Rubin’s Essential lays off 30% of its Staff

Essential has cut down about 30% of its employees, according to a latest report. This lay off will affect the company’s hardware, marketing, and sales divisions. The company has about 120 employees, according to its website.

This lay off comes m…

Essential has cut down about 30% of its employees, according to a latest report. This lay off will affect the company's hardware, marketing, and sales divisions. The company has about 120 employees, according to its website. This lay off comes months after the company canceled the plans for the second version of its smartphone; the Essential PH-1 and paused development of a home smart device that would compete with Amazon.com Inc. and Google. Since Essential's first phone struggled to sell due to its relatively high price and software bugs, the company stopped development of its sequel. Of the $300 million funding, the company spent about $100 million developing its first products, and Rubin put Essential up for sale, according to reports. The company is now working on a different phone with a small screen that will try to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages on their behalf. An Essential spokeswoman said: This has been a difficult decision to make. We are very sorry for the impact on our colleagues who are leaving the company and are doing everything we can to help them with their future careers. We are confident that our sharpened product focus will help us deliver a truly game-changing consumer product. Source

Google app suite could cost as much as $40 per device under new EU deal

Google a couple of days ago announced that it would charge Android manufacturers to use its app suite in Europe. According to documents obtained by ‘The Verge,’ a confidential fee schedule shows the cost as high as $40 per device to install the “Go…

Google a couple of days ago announced that it would charge Android manufacturers to use its app suite in Europe. According to documents obtained by 'The Verge,' a confidential fee schedule shows the cost as high as $40 per device to install the “Google Mobile Services” suite of apps, which includes the Google Play Store. Furthermore, the new fees vary depending on country and device type, and it would apply to devices activated on or after February 1st, 2019. Alternatively, manufacturers can choose not to pay the fee as Google is also offering separate agreements to cover the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices, according to sources. Google’s licensing terms are changing in Europe later this month on account of a European Commission fine over misusing its position and forcing its apps on Android manufacturers. The leaked document said: "FEES VARY BY PIXEL DENSITY, PUTTING HIGHER COSTS ON HIGHER-END PHONES." EU countries are divided into three tiers, with the highest fees coming in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands. In those countries, a device with a pixel density higher than 500 ppi would have to pay a $40 fee to license Google’s suite of apps. ...

Facebook appoints former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister. Nick will lead Facebook’s global affairs and communications team as the company faces safety issues over data protection and the threat of greater government regulation.

Nick wi…

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister. Nick will lead Facebook's global affairs and communications team as the company faces safety issues over data protection and the threat of greater government regulation. Nick will move to Silicon Valley in January and would replace Elliot Schrage, who announced his resignation in June after working in Facebook for 10-years. In a post on Facebook, Nick said: "I believe that Facebook must continue to play a role in finding answers to those questions – not by acting alone in Silicon Valley, but by working with people, organizations, governments and regulators around the world to ensure that technology is a force for good." Nick who has been a deputy prime minister, led the Liberal Democrat party in coalition with David Cameron’s Conservatives between 2010 to 2015. Sir Nick is the most senior addition to Facebook’s leadership team from outside the company’s own top ranks since 2014. He would help Facebook stem the criticism and offer advice on handling European regulators and navigating the looming legal challenges of the General Data Protection Regulation. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer said: Our company is on a critical journey. The challenges we face are serious and clear and now more than ...

Google Chrome might soon get new way to share tabs between phone and desktop, changes to incognito mode media notifications

Google Chrome get a new “self-share” feature that provides a more obvious workflow that would allow users to share tabs between mobile and desktop. There is another feature that is coming to Chrome to censor the content in media notifications on An…

Google Chrome get a new "self-share" feature that provides a more obvious workflow that would allow users to share tabs between mobile and desktop. There is another feature that is coming to Chrome to censor the content in media notifications on Android in Incognito Mode. The Google Chrome "self-share" feature flag hasn't been merged in just yet, so it is unclear when the feature might end up in Chrome. However, the functionality is described in an informal message between developers attached to the change log: "I put together a quick feature flag to start working on a prototype for sharing URLs between mobile and desktop chrome." The flag description found by Chrome Story elsewhere in the Gerrit also confirms: "Allows users to post tabs from Android devices to allow other synced computer to reopen those same." The media notification changes spotted seems to be exclusive to Android and are logical. Currently, the media notifications for content playback from an Incognito tab display metadata like video/audio title, URL, artist/channel, a background image, etc. However, this will change soon and the media playback notifications coming from Incognito windows will be hidden, and would merely show "A site is playing media" with the playback controls. Since this change has already made its way ...

Samsung is working on in-display front camera, screen sound and gaming smartphone with haptic on display technology

Smartphone space is growing at a rapid pace, we have two types of designs; one where smartphones embrace the notch and there is Samsung which is minimizing the bezels on all corners without a notch. Off late, we have been seeing water-drop notch re…

Smartphone space is growing at a rapid pace, we have two types of designs; one where smartphones embrace the notch and there is Samsung which is minimizing the bezels on all corners without a notch. Off late, we have been seeing water-drop notch replacing the regular notch and we have Samsung that is working on eliminating even that by including in-display cameras and sensors. 1.FoD, that is, the fingerprint technology under the screen. 2. UPS, under-screen sensor (including camera) technology. 3.HoD, the touch-sensitive touch-sensitive technology. 4.SoD, screen sound technology. UPS!UPS! — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 19, 2018 At the 2018 Samsung OLED Forum, the company has announced that it is working on OLED-related technologies as well including the fingerprint under the display, under-screen sensor (including camera) technology, touch-sensitive technology, and screen sound technology. This particular idea isn't new for the words, but since Samsung is actively working on it, we hope it becomes a reality in the near future. This new technology will hide the front camera underneath the display and the company is said to be testing on a hand full of prototypes using this technology which might retail in 2020. With rumors surrounding around the Galaxy S10 including an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the technology being in the early ...

Weekly Roundup: Nokia X7, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Lenovo S5 Pro, K5 Pro and more

This week HMD Global introduced the Nokia X7 smartphone, Huawei introduced the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, WATCH GT, Band 3 Pro, Lenovo introudced the  S5 Pro and K5 Pro, launched the K9 and A5 smartphones in India, Amaz…

This week HMD Global introduced the Nokia X7 smartphone, Huawei introduced the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, WATCH GT, Band 3 Pro, Lenovo introudced the  S5 Pro and K5 Pro, launched the K9 and A5 smartphones in India, Amazon launched its waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, and lots more from this week in our weekly roundup. HMD announced the Nokia X7, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘X series’ in China. It has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ 18.7:9 aspect ratio Puredisplay, DCI-P3 wide color gamut and HDR video playback, 86.5% screen to body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform with up to 6GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), which is upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie). It has a 12-megapixel rear camera rear camera with ZEISS optics, Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, OIS along with a 13-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots and zoom. The camera has AI scene detection to  automatically detect 18 scenes. There is a 20-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and pixel binding that can combine four pixels to form 1.8μm large pixel. It also has AI beauty and AI portrait Mode, 6 AI studio lights, AI  expressions and new dual-view mode. It has a glass back, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, ...

OnePlus 6T launch event rescheduled to October 29, Here’s why

Earlier this month OnePlus sent out invites for the launch of its flagship OnePlus 6T smartphone globally including India on October 30th, now the company has announced that the event has been rescheduled to September 29th. The venue is same – Pier…

Earlier this month OnePlus sent out invites for the launch of its flagship OnePlus 6T smartphone globally including India on October 30th, now the company has announced that the event has been rescheduled to September 29th. The venue is same - Pier 36, New York City and starts at 11AM EDT (8:30PM IST). India launch event takes place at KDJW Stadium, inside Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi at the same time. The reason for moving the event a day early is due to the Apple iPad and Mac event scheduled for the same date and almost same time. The company said that it decided to do this after hours of discussions with press contacts and also felt that Apple would overshadow OnePlus. Those who owns a ticket have other plans on the day  will be able to apply for a full refund for their ticket. If you’re still able to join, it will over any costs you might incur to change the plans, including cost that incur in changing the flight booking and hotel. Regarding the decision to change the date, OnePlus on its forum, said: For hours, we talked to our press contacts to gain insight into how Apple’s announcement could affect the launch of the ...

Lenovo IdeaPad 530S

Lenovo’s IdeaPad 530S is a meat-and-potatoes, middle-of-the-road laptop that’s elevated by a slim chassis and long battery life.

Lenovo's IdeaPad 530S is a meat-and-potatoes, middle-of-the-road laptop that's elevated by a slim chassis and long battery life.

The 5G Laptop Won’t Need Storage

At the launch of the latest Qualcomm-powered Windows machine, I talked to Qualcomm, Samsung, and Microsoft about the future of connected laptops.

At the launch of the latest Qualcomm-powered Windows machine, I talked to Qualcomm, Samsung, and Microsoft about the future of connected laptops.