7-18: Qualcomm faces up to a KRW1 trillion fine in Korea for allegedly violating anti-trust regulations; Nokia hits Huawei with a Texas federal suit accusing it of infringing three patents for 4G technologies; etc.

Qualcomm faces up to a KRW1 trillion fine in Korea for allegedly violating anti-trust regulations; Nokia hits Huawei with a Texas federal suit accusing it of infringing three patents for 4G technologies; ZTE would reduce low-end products in 2016, and gradually focusing mid-to-high end handsets, operators are still ZTE’s main channels; JD.com is planning to “end e-commerce battle”, to become number 1 online and offline; etc.

Chipset

Qualcomm faces up to a KRW1 trillion fine in Korea for allegedly violating anti-trust regulations, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said. (CN Beta, Korea Times)
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich headed to the Business Update Meeting, the company’s quarterly all-hands widely known as  “BUM”. The crowd was predictably hostile: Intel had just announced 12,000 job cuts, or an 11% workforce reduction. Intel plans to reduce its spending run rate by USD1.4 billion a year by mid-2017. (CN Beta, Business Insider)
A drone company ZEUS Technology founded in Mar 2016, which is using Huawei HiSilicon video monitoring chipset as their platform, launching 4 solutions for drones targeting high-end, mid-range and low-end. Currently Huawei HiSilicon owns 70% market share of global video monitoring (surveillance camera). (OfWeek, Sina, 163)

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Touch Display

Patent and Trademark Office published a Apple’s patent application reveals more of the technical aspects behind a flexible OLED display with bent edges. (CN Beta, Kit Guru, Patently Apple)

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Sensory

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a project with the U.S. Army Research Office to develop tissue-integrated biosensor technology. Profusa, a San Francisco company, was awarded a USD7.5 million grant from DARPA to lead the development. (Digital Trends, QMed)

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Material

Catcher Technology announces that at Jiangsu province factory will hire 18,000 staff till end of 2016, indicating it might have receive additional orders from Apple. (CN Beta, ChinaZ, 163)

Connectivity

Nokia hits Huawei with a Texas federal suit accusing it of infringing three patents for 4G technologies and refusing to negotiate licensing terms. (CN Beta, Law360, IAM)

Smartphones

JD Group CEO Liu Qiangdong mentions that JD.com would put product categories expansion as the priority. He also indicates that he is planning to “end e-commerce battle”, to become number 1 online and offline. (CN Beta, Sina, IT Home)

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ZTE Mobile VP He Shiyou indicates that the company would reduce low-end products in 2016, and gradually focusing mid-to-high end handsets. (365JIA, A5, Sohu)

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ZTE revealed that the total sales of its Small Fresh series devices have crossed 300 million. (GSM Arena, Phone Radar)
ZTE Mobile SVP Wen Liangliang indicates that even though operator channel share is declining, but it is still ZTE’s main channel. Also, ZTE has invested CNY1 billion in branding. (Sohu, CWW, iFeng)

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ZTE Small Fresh 4 is announced – 5.2” FHD 2.5D curved glass display, MediaTek MT6753 processor, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, Android 6.0, fingerprint sensor, 2450mAh battery, CNY1090. (GSM Arena, Playfuldroid, Phone Radar, Xinhuanet, Tencent)

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Tablets

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the Apple 13” MacBook Air will live on. It will be retained alongside a 12” MacBook with Retina display, which may take the place of the 11” variant.  It speculates that new MacBook models will eventually account for the eventual demise of the MacBook Air. (CN Beta, Tech Times, WCCFTech, Mac Daily News, Christian Post)

Wearables

Canalys forecasts that 7.5 million smartwatches with cellular connectivity will ship in 2016, rising to 53.6 million in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 63% from 2016 to 2020. In the short term, shipments are likely to be driven by a new Apple Watch with cellular connectivity. (Canalys, press, CN Beta)

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Google has reportedly shut down an internal project to create a high-end standalone VR headset akin to devices from Facebook’s Oculus and HTC. However, Google is allegedly still working on some kind of virtual reality/augmented reality headset. (Android Central, Re/Code, Android Authority, 163, ZD Net, PC Mag)
Magic Leap’s relationship with Disney extends to a “secret” lab in San Francisco where developers will be invited to work on projects prior to the launch of the company’s highly touted technology, according to Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz. (CN Beta, Venture Beat)
Nico360 claims to be the world’s smallest 360° camera, standing just 46mm tall and weighing 96g. It is made up of two 16MP Sony sensors covered by dual, all-glass lenses. It outputs 360° video at 2,560×1,440 resolution. (Digital Trends, Indiegogo, Tencent)

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DeePoon M2 is an all-in-one VR headset – 5.7” 2560×1440 OLED display with 60-70Hz refresh rate, Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 3000mAh battery. (Gizmo China, Xiaomi Today, ChinaZ)

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Internet of Things

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced the signing of a MoU with SK Shipping, Intel, Microsoft, the Ulsan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (UCCEI) and the Daejeon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (DCCEI), which aims to create a new ‘Eco System’ for the development of smart ships. (CN Beta, The Digital ShipRead/Write)

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