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Why I Switched To The Samsung Galaxy S9+ As My Primary Phone

Photo Source: Anshel Sag As a technology industry analyst, I form parts of my opinions on the status and future possibilities of technology by using various devices. I did tech products, strategy, and marketing for over 20 years before I started my analyst firm, so that’s to be expected. I use one new product (phone, …

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Apple’s New iPhone Recycling Robot ‘Daisy’ Is Impressive, And In Austin

Apple is one of those companies I affiliate with doing everything it can reasonably do to protect the environment. This is tough, as electronics use materials in components like batteries that, at the end of life, can end up in landfills that could be harmful to the environment.  Also, electronics use much energy in their …

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360 Cameras Are Hard, Insta360 Makes Them Look Easy

Source: Anshel Sag I have been tracking the 360-camera space for quite some time. One crucial thing I’ve found in my coverage is that building a good, consumer-friendly 360 camera is not easy. While it’s a relatively new market, the field is already littered with failures and dead camera companies. I wanted to talk today …

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Qualcomm Achieves 4.5 Gbps 5G Speeds With X50 And 2.0 Gbps With New X24 LTE Modem

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem provides max throughput of 2.0 Gbps As we approach Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in less than two weeks, we are starting to get more early releases of what the world’s leading mobile companies are planning to show off at the show. We have seen some announcements from …

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Qualcomm Drops A 19 Carrier And 18 OEM 5G Bomb On The Industry

Snapdragon X50 5G Modem It isn’t normally that big of a big deal whenever a smartphone chip vendor announces a partnership with a hardware OEM or a network operator. However, with the technology transition from 4G to 5G, lots of things are becoming a big deal and the scale of these announcements is increasing in …

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Battle Of The Smartphone Titans: iPhone X — Pixel 2 XL — Note8

The three flagship phones, side-by-side. I spent the last few months running around the world with arguably the three most popular phones in the world: the Apple iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2 XL, and the Samsung Note8. I have spent considerable time with all three phones, using each of them as daily drivers at …

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Qualcomm Zeroes Out Apple, Counts On China To Hit its Upward Guidance

There’s been lots of talk about Qualcomm lately, especially with their licensing disputes with Apple and the impending acquisition of NXP as well as the hostile bid from Broadcom. I covered yesterday how Qualcomm is growing their business to attack the $150 billion serviceable addressable market by 2020 and how their non-mobile investments generated $3B last …

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Why Qualcomm Doesn’t Need NXP Or Broadcom To Grow

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon talks press and analysts through Qualcomm’s $150B SAM at CES 2018 Over the past week, Qualcomm has made some unprecedented financial and business disclosures at CES 2018 and today in an investor video which has me thinking a lot about the company and its future with and without NXP and Broadcom. …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Active Alignment Will Be Critical For Future Optical Systems Manufacturing

New usage models and applications for technology products, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, created a need for computers to “see” the outside, physical world. We refer to this as “computer vision”. As these usage models and markets evolve, higher quality imaging systems are needed to enable better optical performance. Consumer expectations for thinner …

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Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service …

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Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless …

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Qualcomm’s New Fingerprint Sensors Go Through Metal, Glass And Displays

  With the trend towards shrinking bezels and more sleek phone designs, some challenges have arisen when trying to keep phones sleek and still secure. Because of the overall size of smartphone batteries and the shrinking bezels, it has becoming increasingly difficult to find a place to put a fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensors have become …

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Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has …

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It’s A 5G Land Of Confusion: AT&T And Verizon Muddy The Waters

5G, or Fifth Generation, is the next iteration of wireless telecommunications promising to deliver unbelievable speed to your mobile phone or connected device as well as support more devices, improve reliability, and deliver longer battery life. Published in March of this year, the new 5G Radio standard was set by the governing body 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership …

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Samsung’s 5G Efforts Place Company Among Top 5G Leaders

Samsung Electronics  has been in the telecommunications business for decades; 2017 marks the company’s 40th year in the industry. Samsung has been involved in the development and adoption of virtually every cellular technology from GSM and CDMA to WiMax and LTE. It comes as no surprise that Samsung is also heavily invested and engaged in …

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Back With a Vengeance

Samsung Galaxy S8 It has been a mixed bag year for Samsung. On one side, the company has been performing very well in their components business, but it’s been a challenging one in smartphones. Samsung ceded the #1 smartphone spot to Apple and the Note7 was a low point. Samsung’s credibility was on the line …

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Getting A Taste Of 5G Experiences With Gigabit LTE

(Source: Anshel Sag, Moor Insights & Strategy) I have been traveling around the world quite a bit lately, because a lot of changes are happening in the wireless industry. Carriers around the world are upgrading their 4G LTE networks to 4G LTE Advanced Pro, which is capable of delivering Gigabit-class LTE speeds. Yes, 5G is …

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