Daily Tech Briefing: April 8, 2014
As the Apple-Samsung trial heats up, internal documents from the case are revealing that larger iPhones are most certainly headed our way. The documents show not only a steadily falling year-over-year iPhone unit growth since 2009, but also acknowledgment from Apple executives that customers want larger displays and less expensive phones. Reports say Apple is expected to release a 4.7 inch model alongside a 5.5 inch "phablet" later this year.
Qualcomm is unveiling the latest editions of its 64-bit Snapdragon mobile chip, calling the 808 and 81 processors - which will run Android and Windows phone OSes as early as 2015—the company's fastest yet. The chip will be faster and consume less power than their current 64-bit chips and will include Qualcomm's fourth-generation Cat 6 LTE-Advanced multimode modem and render 4k video.
The days of online grocery shopping are upon us, as Amazon unveils Dash—a new home-shopping offering users can access by simply scanning items in their house that they want to buy. To access the service customers use a 6 by 1-inch wand that includes a barcode scanner and voice recognition. Dash creates a grocery list based on the items scanned. Then all customers have to do is click 'Buy'. Amazon's Director of mobile shopping, Paul Cousineau, told Recode.net, "We want you to go from 'I want that' to 'I bought that' in 30 seconds or 10 seconds."
In an effort to expand its smartphone and mobile business, Lenovo is purchasing more than 3,800 patent families from NEC that include 3G and 4G LTE mobile technologies, according to officials. The move is part of Lenovo's larger strategy to expand its industry reach beyond PCs and into the server and smartphone arenas.
Finally, it appears that using a smartphone app during cardiac rehab could result in greater improvements for patients. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic has revealed that patients who attended cardiac rehab and used a smart-phone based app to record daily measurements such as weight and blood pressure were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of discharge than patients who only attended rehab. The study reveals the importance of cardiac rehab and showcases a tool that could help extend cardiac rehab to all heart patients.