Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) - Google is believed to be working on a foldable phone with multiple displays. The patent application, published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and discovered by Let’sGoDigital, reveals Google’s wild idea of a “foldable display device with multiple pages", reports The Indian Express.
The foldable device looks just like a book. However, it has different foldable sections that Google likes to call as “pages”, according to the 2018 patent. The patent shows a device with multiple panels that are held together by a hinged spine, mimicking a regular book. The outer cover of the device would also consist of the display, though it will be non-flexible in nature. As noted by Dutch site Let’sGoDigital, the back of the device houses the battery, processor, and camera.
As per the patent, users will be able to turn pages and continue what they are reading, similar to a traditional book. The pages can either work together to act as a larger screen, or could act as independently as smaller ones. It would also be possible to customise how many pages are pages.
Sure, the design of the foldable device is unique but it appears to be unpractical. Let’s not ignore the challenges faced by Samsung and Huawei to bring their respective foldable phones to the market. Both Samsung and Huawei have delayed the release of the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, citing technical issues.
As with everything in the patent stage, it’s worth reminding this is just an idea and nothing else, with no sign of mass production could kick start anytime soon.
Dhaka, Jun 30 (UNB) -Telecoms giant Nokia has disowned the comments one of its senior executives made about rival Huawei, reports the BBC.
Nokia's chief technology officer Marcus Weldon told the BBC that the UK should be wary of using the Chinese hardware.
He said Huawei's telecoms kit had vulnerabilities that meant it posed a risk to 5G networks.
In a statement issued after the BBC story was published, the Finnish firm said his comments do "not reflect the official position of Nokia".
It added: "Nokia is focused on the integrity of its own products and services and does not have its own assessment of any potential vulnerabilities associated with its competitors."
The statement undermines assertions made by Mr Weldon in which he said Huawei's failings were serious.
He pointed to a new report from US security firm Finite State, which detailed vulnerabilities in Huawei enterprise networking equipment.
"In virtually all categories we studied," the report said, "we found Huawei devices to be less secure than comparable devices from other vendors."
Mr Weldon added: "Some of it seems to be just sloppiness, honestly, that they haven't patched things, they haven't upgraded. But some of it is real obfuscation, where they make it look like they have the secure version when they don't."
In the UK, Huawei equipment has been subject to close scrutiny by a unit staffed by GCHQ. It has produced reports severely critical of the security of some software, although it has not found backdoors in the firm's products.
"We read those reports and we think OK, we're doing a much better job than they are," said Mr Weldon. He conceded that Nokia's equipment was not subject to the same checks in the UK as Huawei, but said it did face scrutiny around the world.
He said Nokia's equipment was "a safer bet" for mobile operators.
Huawei has denied that its equipment poses a security risk, with a spokesman calling Mr Weldon's comments "misleading".
In a separate statement given after Nokia disowned the tech boss's comments, Huawei said Nokia's had recognised that "ill-informed loose talk does not help our customers or the industry more widely".
It added: "We win new business by fair competition and on the basis of our technology and customer focus, not by denigrating our competitors.
"The best way to improve cyber security and ensure network resilience is for all vendors to agree to independent testing of their equipment and source code - just as we have done in the UK," it said.
Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson are competing with Huawei to sell next-generation telecoms equipment.
Huawei is seen as leading the race in many markets, but the US is putting pressure on allies, including the UK, to bar the firm over security fears.
Mr Weldon said the pressure from the US was serving as a counterbalance to unfair financial advantages that Huawei had enjoyed in the past.
"It's fairness returning to the market," he told the BBC.
"We were disadvantaged in the past relative to the practices that the Chinese were allowed to have in terms of funding mechanisms."
A Huawei spokesman said: "We believe secure, resilient networks can only be delivered by collaboration across the
whole industry, working to common standards on privacy protection and cyber-security, so that all participants can be judged equally.
"We have a proven track record of delivering secure, trustworthy and high-quality products to every major telecoms operator in Europe. Cyber-security remains Huawei's top priority and here, in the UK, we are subject to the most rigorous oversight compared to any competitors in our sector."
The UK government has been conducting a review into the security of Huawei's telecoms supply chain and Mr Weldon said: "That means being wary of adding Chinese vendors into network infrastructure, as long as these security vulnerabilities are either provably there or likely to be there based on past practices."
He said Huawei represented a risk relative to Nokia and Ericsson.
It was reported in April that the prime minister had decided that, while the Chinese firm should not be allowed into the heart of 5G networks, it would not be banned completely. Downing Street has insisted that a final decision has yet to be made
UK mobile operators are beginning to roll out 5G networks and are all using some Huawei equipment. They have warned that a ban on the Chinese firm would mean a lengthy delay in the 5G roll-out and added costs because of a lack of competition.
San Francisco, June 29 (AP/UNB) — Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, shifting away from a U.S. assembly line it had been using for that product in recent years, according to a report published Friday.
The company intends to assemble the new Mac Pro in a factory near Shanghai, according to The Wall Street Journal , which cited unidentified people familiar with the plan.
Apple issued a statement saying the new Mac Pro will be designed and engineered in California, but wouldn’t say where it will be assembled.
“We’re proud to support manufacturing facilities in 30 U.S. states and last year we spent $60 billion with over 9,000 suppliers across the U.S.,” Apple said.
Even so, moving Mac Pro assembly to China represents a retrenchment that underscores the challenges that Apple might face as it explores ways to avoid potential tariffs that the Trump administration may slap on the iPhone and other Apple devices already being made in China.
Unlike most other Apple products, the $6,000 Mac Pro isn’t designed for the mass market. It’s a high-end desktop computer designed for companies and people who have specialized needs.
Apple has been assembling Mac Pros in Austin, Texas, since 2013 as part of a $100 million commitment that CEO Tim Cook trumpeted in a national television interview.
But the Austin factory, run by Flex Ltd., encountered problems finding enough skilled labor willing to work for minimum wage, according to the Journal. Then, as Mac Pro sales faltered, Flex began laying off workers in Austin, and by last year had a skeleton crew left in in the city, according to a former Flex vice president quoted by the Journal.
Flex declined to comment Friday.
Apple is still spending $1 billion on a corporate campus in Austin in an expansion that is supposed to create at least 5,000 jobs.
At the same time, Apple is scrambling for ways to insulate its product line from the trade war the Trump administration is waging with China. The Cupertino, California, company recently sent the administration a warning that the U.S. economy and its ability to compete would be undermined if the iPhone and other products made in China are hit by the next round of potential tariffs.
Apple also is reportedly trying to figure out if it can move a significant portion of the manufacturing now being done in China to other countries in Asia.
San Francisco, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — A newspaper is reporting that Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, shifting away from a U.S. assembly line it had been using for that product in recent years.
The Wall Street Journal reported the plan Friday, citing unidentified people familiar with the move. Apple issued a statement saying the new Mac Pro will be designed and engineered in California, but wouldn't say where it will be assembled.
Apple has been assembling Mac Pros in Austin, Texas, since 2013 as part of a $100 million commitment that CEO Tim Cook trumpeted in a national television interview. The Journal says the new $6,000 Mac Pro will be assembled in a factory near Shanghai.
The company already makes the iPhone and most other devices in China.
San Francisco, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — The man behind the iconic designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad is leaving Apple.
Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is departing after more than two decades at Apple to start his own design firm, the company said Thursday.
But he's not completely severing ties with the company he has worked at for nearly 30 years. Apple said it will be one of Ive's clients at his new firm.
The Cupertino, California, company did not give an exact date for his departure.
Ive has been a fixture on Apple's design team since the early 1990s and is known for shaping Apple's signature rounded, stylish designs.
He is often pointed to as the visionary behind what set Apple apart from its competitors — technology that didn't just look like boxes of wires, but that was fashionable and trendy.
Ive joined the company in 1992 as a young senior designer. Apple's co-founder and longtime leader Steve Jobs was in the midst of his 12-year exile at the time, and upon his return he named Ive senior vice president of industrial design.
The pair were known to work closely together in the decades before Jobs' death in 2011 — once, Jobs referred to Ive as his "spiritual partner."
Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," quotes the Jobs describing Ive as "wickedly intelligent in all ways."
"He gets the big picture as well as the most infinitesimal details about each product. And he understands that Apple is a product company. He is not just a designer," Jobs told Isaacson. "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me."
The name for Ive's new design company, LoveFrom, comes from something Jobs once said to him, Ive told the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.
Jobs said making something with "love and care" was a fundamental component and doing so meant you were "expressing your gratitude to humanity, to the species."
"I so identified with that motivation and was moved by his description," Ive said.
Ive, Isaacson wrote, is a fan of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who "preached the gospel of 'less but better.'" Apple's designs, led by Ive, have become synonymous with elegant simplicity.
"Simplicity isn't just a visual style," Ive told Isaacson. "It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep."
Ive was eventually promoted to his head of design role, where he shaped the simplistic and people-friendly phones and computers for which Apple has become known. Ive had a say in it all, from the bright, rounded iMacs of the 1990s to the sleek, silver and black iPhones of today.
In more recent years, Ive put part of his focus into designing the company's giant spaceship-like campus, Apple Park.
Ive, who grew up outside London, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2012. He studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England, and founded his own design company called Tangerine — work that would lead him to Apple.
He won't be immediately replaced. Two of his deputies will report directly to the company's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, who has led the development of the Apple Watch.