Next-generation tech like self-driving cars and augmented reality will need huge amounts of computing power.
AT&T (T) on Tuesday detailed its plan to use “edge computing” and 5G to move data processing to the cloud, in order to better support these new technologies.
“[Edge computing] is like having a wireless supercomputer follow you wherever you go,” AT&T said in a statement.
Rather than sending data to AT&T’s core data centers — which are often hundreds of miles away from customers — it will be sent to the company’s network of towers and offices, located closer to users.
Currently, data is either stored in those data centers or on the device itself.
“[Edge computing] gives the option now to put computing in more than two places,” Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, told CNN Tech.
For example, let’s say you’re wearing VR glasses but the actual virtual reality experience is running in the cloud. There could be a delay in what you see when you move your head if the data center is far away.
AT&T aims to reduce lag time by sending data to locations much closer to you. (AT&T has agreed to acquire Time Warner, the parent company of CNN. The deal is pending regulatory approval.)
5G networks will be driving these efforts. Experts believe 5G will have barely any lag, which means a lot of the computing power currently in your smartphone can be shifted to the cloud. This would extend your phone’s battery life and make apps and services more powerful.
In the case of augmented and virtual reality, superimposing digital images on top of the real world in a believable way requires a lot of processing power. Even if a smartphone can deliver that promise, it would eat up its battery life.
With edge computing, data crunching is moved from the device to the “edge” of the cloud, which is the physical points of the network that are closer to customers.
5G will also enable faster speeds and could even open the door to new robotic manufacturing and medical techniques.
AT&T is rolling out edge computing over the “next few years,” beginning in dense urban areas.
SAMSUNG PATENT SHOWS A POSSIBLE GALAXY S11 DESIGN WITH A LARGE SCREEN
In the fight for design, we have seen quite interesting designs in 2019. Several foldable devices have been presented. The most important being those announced by Huawei and Samsung. Today again we can talk about phone designs that seemed impossible a while ago. Samsung has presented a new patent for a device with an expandable screen.
A special feature of this model is the possibility to extend the width of the phone. After which the screen surface is estimated to be increased by around 50%. There is, unfortunately, no detailed description included that answers the question of how this smartphone can be pulled out. The images do show that the screen on the right is enlarged. The frame border around the screen also shifts partially, so that the flexible display remains well protected against external influences.
It is not the same as foldable phones, because at no time the screens of this prototype are folded as in the Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X. It is too early to talk about a real device, although Samsung wants to bet on something like this according to its patent.
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THIS COULD BE THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S11 DESIGN
The design patent was filed by Samsung Electronics at the end of 2018 with the KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office). It was approved at the end of May, after which the patent was publicly published on 24 June 2019. There are 14 sketches on which a modern designed smartphone can be seen. With the so-known edge display from Samsung.Read Also: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to hit South-Korea stores by August 23
The patent that Samsung has filed is official and approved. This means that the company can manufacture a device similar to what is shown in the images. There are several reasons to present the patent of a project, so we do not know if Samsung is willing to launch this terminal or simply wants to safeguard an idea.
In the images, you can see perfectly the idea of the company. Instead of folding the screen this new device would have a system of rails to move a secondary screen. It may seem very futuristic, although it really is just another mechanism, like the one we saw for the folding terminal.
Some media are beginning to say that it is the Galaxy S11, something very unlikely. Samsung may launch something similar in 2020. but much should change things to be in the next releases of the Galaxy S series.
The idea of the patent is interesting because when you need more space on the screen you just need to expand the screen. The problems we have seen in the Galaxy Fold would not affect this device. Because the durability could be greater by not having a flexible screen.
Even so, it is early to be able to talk about this device in a real way. Samsung has simply presented the patent and it will not be for a long time when it can confirm or deny the existence of such a mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ design confirmed via FCC photos
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is arriving on the 7th of August in multiple variants and a myriad of leaks have already given away to the design of the phablet. From the digital renders for the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+, we have learned that the two models will come with expansive displays with almost no bezels. While Samsung had steered away from the notch trend – at least for its flagships, it is opting for a hole-punch cutout for the front camera on the Note 10 series to minimize the bezels even further. Now, we have evidence of the Galaxy Note 10+ visiting the FCC along with images in the listing to confirm that these leaks about Samsung’s changed design philosophy are true.
Recent leaks of the official images by tipster Ishan Agarwal also reveal the slick gradient finishes that the Galaxy Note 10/10+ will come in. Besides, there have been several speculative rumors or leaks for the protective tempered glasses and covers/cases for the smartphone. Although these are not the first live images of the Galaxy Note 10+ that we’re getting to see – YouTube Mr_TechTalkTV allegedly shared hands-on images of the phablet, the FCC listing definitely makes the case more reliable and trustworthy.
From the images, we can see the triple camera array along with an offset camera, probably a depth sensor, on the back of the Galaxy Note 10+. This corresponds to both – the digital renders divulged by @OnLeaks last month as well as the images shared by Ishan. There’s another sensor underneath the purported depth sensor but we’re not sure of its utility.
Evidently, Samsung is finally dropping the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10+ along with the infamousdedicated Bixby button. The power button and the volume rocker sit on the left of the smartphone and since there’s no physical fingerprint scanner, we expect an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, just like the Galaxy S10 series.
We can also very much see the hole-punch camera in the center – which was more-or-less confirmed by the official teaser for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The listing also shows an earpiece above this camera.
As typical to the Galaxy Note lineup, there’ll be an S-Pen, which charges wirelessly, just like the previous generations of the Note phablets. Furthermore, the dimensions proposed by OnLeaks (162.3 x 77.4 x 7.9mm) match the original dimensions of the smartphone as tested by the FCC. This adds to the credibility and reliability of the leaker.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Note 10+ supports dual-band Wi-Fi, including support for Wi-Fi 6 aka 802.11ax alongside the previous 802.11a/g/b/n/ac standards. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 as well as LTE but there’s no 5G on this model yet. There’s another variant which is listed on FCC but we’re still waiting for the details to populate so that we know better if it is the Note 10 or the 5G variant of the phablet.
Europe to develop reusable rockets to fend off SpaceX dominance
No one country can claim monopoly or sovereignty of the vastness of outer space. They can, however, claim superiority in the technologies that will take equipment and humans there. For the past years, space tech news has mostly revolved around SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, Blue Origin, both US companies. Other countries like China and even Russia aren’t sitting still and now the European Commission is making a move as well. It has just greenlit a three-year project to develop its own reusable rockets.
This is an almost complete U-turn from the sentiments and opinions in Europe back when SpaceX was still at its infancy. Then again, the entire rocket industry seemed to think Musk was bonkers and that landing rockets vertically would never be viable. SpaceX, of course, proved it could be done and now other companies and countries are scrambling to recreate that success.
Europe, however, had a slightly different objection to the idea of reusing rockets. Compared to the US and China, the region is relatively small and launched very few rockets a year. Reusing those rockets would, in other words, put rocket manufacturers out of business.
The new Retropropulsion Assisted Landing Technologies project or RETALT, however, basically acknowledges that it’s the unavoidable future. It also admits that Europe is only just getting started in developing something that’s already state-of-the-art in the US. It doesn’t directly address the economical repercussions of the technology but that seems to be where the market is heading anyway.
The Commission has allotted 3 million EUR ($3.4M) for RETALT. It isn’t shy to admit that one of its goals is to pretty much replicate the Falcon 9. It does, however, also have plans on developing a single-stage-to-orbit rocket to get ahead of other regions.
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