Google is reportedly focusing on improving battery life in Android M, as well as delivering major updates to its Nexus line for two years after the OS release date.
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For those that don’t already suffer from high-definition fatigue, Japanese public broadcaster NHK is developing interactive and mobile technologies to make the idea of 8K video—the next resolution stage beyond 4K—more appealing.
At an open house event on Tuesday, the company’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories demonstrated an 8K satellite link with a camera on Tokyo Bay, and showed how viewers can make the most of 8K, a format it has been pioneering for years.
At 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels, the resolution of 8K, which NHK also calls Super Hi-Vision, is 16 times that of standard HD and four times that of 4K TVs. Uncompressed Super Hi-Vision signals can run about 24 gigabits per second (Gbps) or even 48 Gbps at 120 frames per second. It also has a 22.2 multichannel sound system.
French start-up Infinit has customized its iOS client for Apple’s iPads and partnered with HTC to put its free software for speeding up file sharing on the company’s smartphones.
Infinit has developed a peer-to-peer technology that the company says lets users share files faster than when using services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Apple’s AirDrop,. The Tuesday’s announcements build on the launch of its applications for Android and iOS at the end of March.
The iOS app has been upgraded to work better on Apple’s tablets. A lot of people share files between their MacBooks and iPads, so customizing the layout of the user interface for the bigger tablet screens made sense, according to chief operating officer and co-founder Baptiste Fradin.
Charter Communications has confirmed it plans to acquire of Time Warner Cable, a deal that if approved would create the second-biggest cable operator in the U.S.
Cable operators are under pressure from a new generation of companies such as Netflix that offer competing video services, and Charter is hoping scale will help it compete more effectively. It values the deal at US$78.7 billion including assumed debt.
Charter also plans to acquire Bright House Networks, a smaller cable company. If successful, the deals would make Charter, currently the fourth-biggest cable company in the U.S., second only to Comcast. The combined entity would serve 23.9 million customers in 41 states.
Charter strikes $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable
Charter Communications will spend US$55 billion to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports. Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner fell apart last month when it became clear that key regulators in the U.S. were opposed. Expect Charter’s plans to be closely scrutinized for their impact on competition, as well.
Legendary Apple designer Jony Ive moves up into less hands-on role
The British design genius who partnered with the late Steve Jobs to create some of the most iconic products in tech is moving up into a newly created executive role at Apple—and one that will likely have him in a less hands-on role, re/code reports. Jony Ive was named chief design officer, a role where he’ll focus on new ideas and future initiatives, while day-to-day oversight will fall to Richard Howarth on industrial design and Alan Dye on user interfaces.