4-18: Intel planning a big scale layoff; Sony Nagasaki and Oita CIS plants fully resume operation; Apple might use all-glass enclosure with AMOLED display for 2017 iPhone; etc.

Intel planning a big scale layoff, thousands of jobs might be cut ; Sony Nagasaki and Oita CIS plants fully resume operation, but Kumamoto plant is remained suspended; Apple might use all-glass enclosure with AMOLED display for 2017 iPhone; China smart home market expects to grow to CNY132.5 billion by 2018; etc.


Intel is reportedly preparing to cut thousands of jobs across its business units by the year-end. (eTekNix, The States Man, Guru 3D, 163)


University of Tokyo researchers have developed an optoelectronic skin whose polymer LEDs and organic photodetectors are so thin (3µm) that they practically blend in with human body. (Engadget, Science Mag, New Scientist, Bio360)



Sony said production at its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, southern Japan, remained suspended as it assessed damage from a powerful earthquake. Operations at its image sensor plants in Nagasaki and Oita, also on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, fully resumed. (TechNews, Business Insider, Reuters, Economic Times)


The testing version of Aipoly Vision app developed by Singularity University is able to identify around 1,000 objects and any color. An update expected to be released by the end of the month will be able to recognize around 5,000 objects. (TechNews, MSN, Metro)



KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple iPhone in 2017 will drop the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED display. (Phone Arena, 9to5Mac, 163)


2016 is the booming year of VR, and expects the market size in China to grow to CNY5.66 billion. In the coming years, VR market potential for growth is substantial, and expects to reach CNY55 billion by 2020. (199IT, report)


Internet of Things

A new interactive robot, named Jia Jia, is unveiled by the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, China. (Engadget, Xinhuanet, Xinhuanet, Sohu)


According to a high-level US Justice Department official, driver-less cars may also be used by rogue nation states to commit murder. The US government is warning that manufacturers of driverless car technology need to prioritize cyber security standards or risk coming under attack from cybercriminals and hackers. (Android Headlines, Digital Trends, IB Times, East Day)
2016 China V2V market size is expected to reach CNY212 billion. It is still an adolescent stage in China market. (199IT, report)


In 2015 China smart home market size is CNY43.1 billion, and expects to reach more than CNY132.5 billion by 2018. (199IT, report)


BlackRock CEO Larry Fink indicates that investors today are facing tremendous uncertainty fueled by slowing economic growth, technological disruption and social and geopolitical instability.  Research cited in the United States’ 2016 Economic Report of the President suggests an 83% probability that automation will replace jobs that have an hourly wage below USD20. (TechNews, BlackRock, press, Barron’s, press, Economic Report of President report)


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