National University of Singapore researchers report there is a way to determine whether high-grade graphene is counterfeit, as some suppliers are palming off poor-quality carbon material. "It is alarming to uncover that producers are labeling black powders as graphene and selling them for top dollar, while in reality, they contain mostly cheap graphite," said Antonio Castro Neto, a professor at NUS.
Qualcomm and other designers of mobile system-on-a-chip devices are developing 7-nanometer chips to address the market for slimmer notebook computers, industry sources say. Artificial intelligence technology and greater energy efficiency are being designed into these mobile chipsets, meant to show up in notebooks during 2019, those sources note.
System-on-a-chip devices must be surrounded by passives and power management ICs to be incorporated in system designs, this analysis notes. The industry drive to miniaturization is better realized through system-in-package technology, which combines all of the necessary components in one package, it is said.
Restaurant and hospitality executives met in Dallas last week to talk tech at the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Innovation Summit. Tech firm Lampix displayed 3D tabletop smart screens, and robotics, gaming and virtual reality also are technologies with the potential to reshape the dining experience, said Lampix spokesman Salvatore Buccellato.
Sibling chains Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical will start testing in-store ordering kiosks next year, Dallas-based parent Fiesta Restaurant Group said. In addition, Taco Cabana will upgrade point-of-sale tablets to accept payments at the table in some locations to boost sales.
People are more likely to be no-shows when they make online reservations than if they talked to an actual person, but eateries can use the technology to their advantage, Tony Naylor writes. Restaurants can set up their own online booking systems that require credit cards to reserve tables and collect customer information to ensure personalized service.
Analytical Flavor Systems, a startup whose Gastrograph technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide flavor insights, has raised $4 million in Series A funding. TFS will use the funding to expand its staff and continue developing the technology, CEO and founder Jason Cohen said.
A quickly resolved routing mistake Monday sent some traffic intended for Google through China and Russia, interrupting service. Google is promising an internal investigation to determine the origin of the problem, but believes it was external and non-malicious.
Voice-activated devices are adding impetus to audio as the next big thing in marketing after video. Now, there's a simple space-buying solution for marketers: audiology, a programmatic platform that produces solutions for streaming radio audiences such as those which similar platforms have created for display and video.
Makers of components for Apple's iPhones are citing weak demand and raising concerns that the devices may face flagging sales in several major markets. India provides a strong case in point, with sharply falling iPhone purchases there attributed to excessive reliance on Apple's brand name alone.