8-9: Discovered 4 new vulnerabilities affecting over 900mln Android devices with Qualcomm chipset; Samsung controls about 99% of the global smartphone OLED market; etc.

Mobile researchers from Check Point Software Technologies announced 4 new vulnerabilities affecting over 900 million Android smartphones and tablets built using the Qualcomm chipset. (CN Beta, Channel News, Reseller, Check Point)


Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is working closely with Baidu in the implementation of the Qualcomm IZat Integrated Hardware Location Platform, which will be available in the latest generation of Snapdragon chipsets across all tiers. (TechNews, Street Insider, Yahoo)
Touch Display
Red Balloon Security has discovered that it is possible to hack monitors, meaning that not only can the hackers see what is being displayed on the screen, but they can also manipulate what is on the screen. (Motherboard, Ubergizmo, Network World, CN Beta)
UBI Research says that the OLED lighting market will grow rapidly in the near future (a CAGR of 66% in 2017-2025) to reach USD1.6 billion in sales by 2020. LG Display will lead the market with a market share of 53% (in terms of revenue). (OLED Net, OLED-Info, OfWeek)


Apple “iPhone 7” reportedly will feature new pressure sensing home button that has a “vibrating haptic sensation” to simulate the feeling of a click. (Bloomberg, Apple Insider, CFI, IT168)
Japan Display on August 5 that it is expecting to report a net loss higher than it expected of USD115 million, after a loss of $222.5 million in the previous quarter. It is looking for a secured loan to migrate to new, power efficient, OLED panel production. (Asia Nikkei, CN Beta, Apple Insider, Japan Display)
AU Optronics (AUO) will merge with Taiwan CFI, a color filter subsidiary, on 1 Oct 2016. The merger aims to integrate Taiwan CFI’s resources to improve efficiency and competitiveness, AUO said.  (Digitimes, press)
Visual Display Business president Kim Hyun Seok for Samsung Electronics recently talked with chairman Wang Jyh-chau for panel maker Innolux and chairman Paul Peng for AU Optronics (AUO) to seek sufficient TV panel-supplies to meet its needs in 2017. (Digitimes, press, Yam)
According to IHS, Samsung Display supplied 98.38 million smartphone OLED panels in the 2Q16 to record a year-on-year growth of 81.5%. Samsung controls about 99% of the global smartphone OLED market.  (Android Headlines, Business Korea, Sam Mobile, OfWeek)


OLED microdisplay maker eMagin develops a 2K×2K OLED microdisplay based VR HMD, which is now being offered to partners (the company’s first licensee is probably Osterhout Design Group, ODG). The company is also developing its next-gen 4K OLED microdisplays. It is rumored that AMD is one of those potential partners. (OLED-Info, PR Newswire)


Max Planck Institute in Saarbrücken, Germany has created Faceless Recognition System (FRS), which is  a method of identifying individuals through use of imperfect — blurry or otherwise obscured — images. The system trains a neural network on a set of photos containing obscured and unobscured images before using that training to spot similarities from a target’s head and body. (CN Beta, Motherboard, TNW, Daily Mail)


EyeLock LLC, a market leader of iris-based identity authentication solutions, announced new technology that authenticates identities at distances of 60cm, with glasses, contact lenses and daylight. (Sohu, EE Trend, Find Biometrics, PR Newswire)


According to ABI Research, The 802.11ad (WiGig) chipset market is set to reach a critical juncture in 2017 when the technology hits higher adoption levels in the mobile and computing space. ABI Research forecasts 180 million WiGig chipsets will ship to the smartphone market in 2017, with smartphone chipsets accounting for almost half of the 1.5 billion total market shipments in 2021. (CN Beta, ABI Research, press)
According to FRED data dated 5 Aug. 2016, in Jul. 2016 for semiconductor and electronic components segment, there are 359,200 jobs cuts in the U.S. To date (2016 Jan-Jul), employers have announced 49,464 job cuts in the computer industry, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (TechNews, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, FRED, Consumer Affairs)


According to Economist, Vietnam, with a population of more than 90 million, has notched up the world’s second-fastest growth rate per person since 1990, behind only China. If it can maintain a 7% pace over the next decade, it will follow the same trajectory as erstwhile Asian tigers such as South Korea and Taiwan. (TechNews, Economist)
According to Glassdoor’s latest report revealing the 25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2016, several companies are offering employees six figure paychecks. (TechNews, CN Beta, Blog Notizie, Glassdoor, press)


Apple CEO Tim Cook says future products will be ‘in every part of your life that we can’. Their strategy is ‘to help you in every part of your life that we can, whether you’re sitting in the living room, on your desktop, on your phone, or in your car’. (Fast Company, article, Apple Insider, CN Beta)
Russian resellers may be breaking price-fixing laws by offering Apple iPhone models for the same prices across the board, regardless of the vendor, the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said. (CN Beta, Apple Insider, Reuters)
Newly appointed Coolpad chairman Jia Yueting (of LeEco) has asked former Huawei Honor chief manager Liu Jiangfeng to be the special consultant, handling Coolpad’s strategy and transformation. (SZ News, C114, EE Trend)


UMi Max is announced – 5.5” FHD LTPS LCD 2.5D curved display, MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 processor, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, Android 6.0, LTE, dual-SIM, USB Type-C, 4000mAh battery. (Android Headlines, Gizmo China)


Leagoo T1 Plus is unveiled – 5.5” HD display, MediaTek MT6737 processor, 8MP + 8MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, Android 6.0, LTE, dual-SIM, fingerprint sensor, 2660mAh battery, USD129.99. (GizChina, Android Headlines)


According to Forrester analyst Frank Gille reported on New York Times, nearly half of all Apple iPad sales are to corporations and governments, with high-end iPad sales to business customers particularly strong. (NY Times, The Verge, Cult of Mac, 163)
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch 2 new Apple Watch versions in 2H16. Kuo is raising his fiscal 2016 shipment predictions to 10-11 million units. Kuo expects Apple to include LTE support for autonomous cellphone and data use function in 2017. (CN Beta, Apple Insider)
CMC Holdings, an investment platform affiliated with China Media Capital (CMC), has made an investment in NextVR, a U.S. VR start-up providing platforms for on-demand live VR broadcast. (EE Trend, Sohu, China Network Money)
HTC launches a new VR app store called Viveport, aims to be the place to go for virtual reality experiences and apps. (TechNews, Techno Buffalo, Geeky Gadgets)


Alibaba financial service affiliate Ant Financial will launch its VR Pay Sept. 2016. The new product will enable users to pay in a scene of virtual reality. (TechNews, 163, All China Tech)
Huawei launches its first smartwatch designed for children, designed in collaboration with Disney and Marvel – enables users to make calls and chat, uses GPS, Compass, WLAN, and acceleration sensor, uses Huawei’s own cloud services , priced CNY688. (Gizmo China, 163, Sina, OfWeek)


Almost 2 years after it started taking pre-orders for AR motorcycle helmets, the startup Skully shut down without shipping a single unit of Skully AR-1 headgear. (Android Headlines, Business Insider, Crowdfund Insider, TechCrunch, 36Kr, Zhulu)


Casio unveils a new 360°camera Casio EX-FR200, which includes a detachable lens unit allows the body to control two cameras at the same time. It can capture 180° 3888 ×3888 pixel fisheye spherical view, an unwrapped 360° 7456 ×1864 panorama thanks to its 1.35mm lens. (CN Beta, Slash Gear, Peta Pixel, Geeky Gadgets, DP Review)


Jawbone reportedly recently tried to sell itself to a hardware manufacturer. (The Verge, The Information, Sina)
SpaceVR has signed a launch agreement to send its virtual reality satellite to the International Space Station using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2017. (The Verge, SpaceVR, Sohu)


The Basis Peak activity tracker has been recalled by Intel due to reports of overheating. (TechNews, PC World, PC Mag)

Internet of Things

Chinese appliance giant Midea said it has secured almost 95% of German robotics firm Kuka. (Daily Times, China Economic Net, CN Beta)
Google has acquired Orbitera, a company that provides tools that software makers can use to sell their products as cloud-based services. (CN Beta, Geek Wire, PC World, Venture Beat, Google)

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