Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 25, 2014
Some iPhone 6 users are reporting that the thinner models of the new devices are bending when users keep them in a pants pocket. Pictures of this problem have circulated widely on the Web. One reason for the issue is that with their longer and wider displays and thinner bodies, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models may have become less rigid and strong. It's not yet known if these initial reports reflect isolated problems or if it affects many of the more than 10 million iPhone 6 smartphones that were sold in the first weekend they became available.
Samsung will offer its new large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China later this month through three Chinese cellular companies while Apple has not yet set a timetable for the release of its new iPhone 6 models in China. This means that Samsung will beat Apple to potential buyers in China, where the market for new smartphones is huge. The phone will also be offered in South Korea starting Sept. 26.
ARM is introducing its latest Cortex-M processor, which officials say offers twice the compute and digital signal processing capabilities of its predecessor. The company's new 32-bit Cortex-M7 "Pelican" chip design is aimed at high-end embedded systems ranging from network edge routers and industrial systems to connected cars and other Internet of things devices. A number of chip makers—including Freescale, ST Microelectronics and Atmel—have already licensed the design.
Well-known technology pioneer Ray Ozzie, inventor of Lotus Notes, former chief software architect for Microsoft and the creator of Groove Networks, is now working again to improve enterprise communications as the CEO and co-founder of a startup called Talko. This is an application, presently only available for iPhones, designed to bring voice back to communications systems. Ozzie explained that the idea is to bring voice together with text messaging so that information can be transmitted with the emotion and real-time urgency of voice communications.