The Corporate Innovator – Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.

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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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Battle of the Samsung Watches: Gear Live vs. Gear Fit vs. Gear 2

We look at the specs and features of Samsung’s new Gear Live and compare it to it’s Tizen-based predecessors, the Gear Fit and Gear 2.

Source: www.digitaltrends.com

Gear Live looks to improve upon Samsung’s past efforts in just about every way. This is a smartwatch that will pair with any Android device (4.3 or higher) and comes equipped large ecosystem of apps. Our reviews of both Gear Fit and Gear 2 reveal each device’s lackluster features. In comparison, the Gear Live has nearly identical specs to the Gear 2 but has a smaller price tag and better OS. To be fair, the Gear Live doesn’t emphasize its fitness components. In the gym though, Gear Live seems to be a worthy competitor of the Gear Fit. By the looks of it, Gear Live is the most advanced smartwatch from Samsung. What’s more, the $200 price tag renders the other Samsung smartwatch contenders obsolete.

Benchmark of LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live

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LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live: Spec Showdown Digital Trends For instance, the Gear Live features a 300mAh battery opposed to the G Watch’s 400mAh, while additionally providing a magnetic charging cradle in lieu of the G Watch’s…

Source: www.digitaltrends.com

The Samsung Gear Live marks a considerable improvement over the company’s previous ventures in wearable tech, specifically the lackluster Gear Fit and Samsung-exclusive Gear 2. Still, neither option vastly outperforms the other at this point, even if the Gear Live also offers a heart-rate monitor, increased pixel resolution, and a lower price tag. Buyer choice may simply come down to individual aesthetics and customer preference, or how the two smartwatches perform and seamlessly integrate with their respective Android devices. Furthermore, the game may change again when the anticipated Moto 360 goes on sale later this summer.

Nvidia Refocuses Its Plan to Target Servers, Instead Promoting Its GPUs In ARM … – Trefis

Nvidia Refocuses Its Plan to Target Servers, Instead Promoting Its GPUs In ARM …
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… to develop its own 64-bit ARM-based CPU processor for servers.

Source: www.trefis.com

The server market is currently dominated by the x86 processors, which account for well over 80% of total server shipments. When combined with a GPU, the x86 processors can do more work per watt than a standalone x86 processor. ARM processors can help cut down on power consumption as they are known for their low power processors, an important criteria given the size and energy demands of most HPC (High Performance Computing) systems. AMD believes that ARM CPUs have the potential to account for 20% of the server market by 2016 or 2017

Android TV gives Intel a new shot at the market after previous failures

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Android TV gives Intel a new shot at the market after previous failures
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Intel is chasing the lucrative TV market once again by aligning with Google on Android TV despite multiple failed attempts in the past few years.

Source: www.pcworld.com

Intel is if anything persistent after selling OnCue to Verizon in January.  It is likely that Intel will supply chips for TVs, set-top boxes and devices like Chromecast. The goal is to put as many Intel chips as possible in more consumer electronics, which is a hot market right now.

ReWalk Bionic Suits Can Finally Be Sold in the US

After a spinal cord injury, there are few sentences more depressing than “She’ll never walk again.” Soon it may be uttered far less often: the ReWalk bionic suit , an assistive exoskeleton designed to give people with spinal cord injuries the…

Source: gizmodo.com

Despite the steep price ~$70K,, we think this is an awesome technology to help paraplegics get back up and going – got to love it. 

GoPro’s I.P.O. Prices at Top of Range, Leading a Wave of Newly Public Companies

GoPro is only one of nearly 20 companies looking to make their market debuts this week, a pace unseen since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.

Source: dealbook.nytimes.com

GoPro is certainly profitable — and growing. Sales nearly doubled last year, to $985.7 million, while net income almost doubled, to $60.6 million. – My only question is why couldn’t Kodak and dozens of other camera makers have done this too?  – We think it’s because they were so wedded to their own incumbent technology they forget that the market evolves – it tuns out that companies that don’t seriously investigate new technologies to expand their offering’s do so at their own peril – MIT Professor Utterback pointed this out 1994 in his book  “Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation” – Live and learn I guess

Google brings out the big guns — unlimited storage for $10 per month and Office editing

MAt I/O 2014 Google announced that more cloud storage will be made available to space hungry users. Google Drive for Work has a price tag of $10 per month and includes not just more cloud storage, but unlimited cloud storage. Well, there is one limitation; individual files cannot exceed 5TB, but this is, for all intents and purposes, a deal that is unlimited by most people’s understanding of the word. As the name suggests, this is a product that is aimed at businesses, but at this price it is hard to imagine that there won’t be swathes of home users looking to take advantage of the package.

Source: betanews.com

A Major Enterprise move by Google, this slams multiple players in the online storage space – no one offers unlimited storage for $10/month  Worries about security may be allayed by the news that Drive, Gmail and Calendar data will be encrypted at data centers. IT admins will also be able to audit and control options, that means internal security policies can be implemented as required. – this is a big move by Google to pull people away from MSFT  In a direct attack on Office Online, Google is giving users the ability to edit Word and other Office documents online free of charge. New files can be saved in Word format, addressing one of the biggest limitations of Google Docs

Google’s Nest Labs Opens Its APIs to Innovations From Other Firms

The move comes just a day after Nest acquired home video monitoring vendor Dropcam for $555 million.

Source: www.eweek.com

Outstanding move by Google/Nest to open API’s to others, it’s an attempt to get others to use their API’s as the gateway into home networking – at least other OEM’s in this market should see this as such – they might get an idea to do the same, which we think they should

Death of Moore’s Law?: EUV rollout slowed, 450mm wafers halted, and an uncertain path beyond 14nm

There have been a number of events over the past few weeks that collectively point to serious problems ahead for the semiconductor market and all the players in that space. The entire economic structure that was supposed to support both Intel and the major foundries as they moved to next-generation manufacturing technologies, such as 450mm wafers, extreme ultraviolet lithography, and 20nm CMOS, is on the verge of coming apart.

Source: www.extremetech.com

If per transistor costs rise, suddenly higher transistor counts become a liability. It’s still possible to pack more transistors per square mm, but that mindset becomes a financial liability — every increase in density increases costs instead of reducing them.