Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55, its second-generation 5G modem, provides download speeds as fast as 7 Gbps for both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave frequencies. The company also introduced its QTM525 5G mmWave antenna module, compatible with bands from 26 to 39 GHz, which fits smartphones 8mm or thinner.
The Huawei scandal has split the wireless industry into two camps, one led by the US and another by Europe. GSMA, which is based out of London, recently called on European lawmakers not to prohibit the use of equipment from any manufacturer, and in response, Washington-based CTIA said GSMA "does not represent the views of all wireless operators or all regions."
Cisco projects that mobile connections will account for 20% of all global online activity by 2022, hitting 930 exabytes every year, but a mere 3% or so will involve 5G. 5G will play a role, however, in boosting global mobile network speeds three times from 2017 rates to hit an average of 28.5 Mbps.
Apple is reportedly considering changing its app development practices by 2021 to allow developers to build apps that work across Macs, iPhones and iPads. Sources say the company will release a new software development kit this June or later that will initially allow developers make iPad apps compatible with Macs, and will extend this capability to iPhone apps in 2020.
Apple is overhauling its corporate governance and realigning its priorities as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on the iPhone and diversify its business with a focus on services. The company has hired or promoted new executives to its artificial intelligence, services, retail and hardware units during the past few months, and has also hit the pause button on multiple projects, most recently cutting 200 jobs from its autonomous vehicle division.
The way get to results from your team is by fostering relationships that focus on trust, mutual respect and engagement. "Teams that feel a connection to the work and the purpose are going to speak far more passionately and with far more influence," writes Joel Garfinkle.
A pilot program that uses drones to respond to 911 calls has so far helped police in Chula Vista, California, make 21 arrests and solve multiple 911 emergencies without dispatching officers to the scenes. Members of the police department say the initiative, launched in partnership with drone telepresence company Cape, has been a game-changer thanks to drones' abilities to provide live video and quickly arrive at incident locations.
Aon recently presented the results of its 2018 Health & Benefits Technology Industry Survey. The results provide insights into emerging benefit trends in wellbeing, perquisites, time-off programs and vendor strategies for technology companies. The data, segmented by subsectors within the technology industry, will be useful to technology employers and those in other industries interested in benchmarking against the industry. To learn more, view replay here.
Gen. James Jones, US national security adviser during the Obama administration, says China is ahead of the US when it comes to 5G marketing, even though the US can offer more secure networks. Jones called 5G the "most disruptive technology that's going to come our way probably in this century."
The success of Nokia's banana phone, launched at Mobile World Congress 2018, means that this year's show will likely see the debut of many more quirky devices as smartphone makers attempt to reverse the industry's decline. The event will also be a key battleground for 5G phones and other technologies that will benefit from the improved connectivity, such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
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