X-Cube technology, announced the industry-first 3D SRAM-logic, by Samsung Electronics for speed and efficiency in Next-generation Applications.

Samsung Electronics is a leading provider of semiconductor technology worldwide. It has always contributed to the world of technology with its transformative technologies and ideas, and has never limited itself to TV and mobile phones. Samsung is now redefining the world of network systems, wearable devices, digital devices, and more.

In its recent press release, the company announces X-Cube (eXtended-Cube), a silicon-proven three dimensional IC technology, immediately available for most advanced high-performance applications. This 3D IC technology relies on Samsung’s TSV (through-silicon) technology, making a positive impact on speed and power efficiency that caters to the need for advanced next-generation applications, including high-performance computing, AI, 5G for mobile networks and other wearables.

This silicon technology by Samsung is available now for advanced nodes, including 7nm and beyond. It is built to suit the custom solution requirements of the consumers with unique needs. That means the customers using this technology can customize the density and the memory bandwidth to their required specifications. The new X-Cube test chip utilizes TSV technology that facilitates freeing up space for more memory. The ultra-thin package design features, enabled by three-dimensional technology, help shorten signal paths to maximize data speed and efficient energy.

The company is planning to collaborate with global fabless customers to open the door for 3D IC solutions’ deployment in the high-performing applications. Monsoo Kang, senior VP for Samsung Electronics (Foundry Market Strategy), said that this immediate release of 3D IC technology would ensure an authentic TSV interconnection even at the EUV process nodes.

He also tweeted that this step will help the company to innovatively push the boundaries of semiconductors to the development of three-dimensional integrated circuits.

Today, Cube Chain made an announcement about its expansion and upgradation. The upgraded version will be called- ‘Cube Chain 2.0’ and the process will commence on March 2nd, 2020. As per the company’s website, the upgradation will bring:

  • Enhancement POS
  • Change in mining quantity
  • A decrease in total issue
  • Token burn

The platform offers a new algorithm of Block Chains, which it calls- ‘Cubes’ which help in solving issues around speed and scalability, which its counterpart (linear connections) can’t solve. With the coming upgradation, the efficiency is expected to rise many folds. Once the Cubechain 2.0 White Paper gets released, further details can be found, Cubechain informed.

What to expect from Cube Chain 2.0:

The platform announced that there would be a total decrease in issue (12 billion -> 6 billion). The remaining 6 billion QUB will be burned. (Please note that 6 billion of each QUB coin and QUBT will get burned.) Further, the address will be “open immediately as it proceeds.”

The previous ERC 20 QUB will also be fully burned. They will get released after the completion of the swap. The swap will be between the old ERC 20 QUB and QUB Coins. The reduction in the total issuance will cause a decrease in the POW/POS mining volume, too, the platform announced.

Further, the current QUB holders will get to see an increase in the ratio between POW and in POS.

The upgradation of CUBEMINER:

CUBEMINER will get upgraded as a result of this expansion of Cube Chain 2.0. The mining will get restricted to the old version (v2.5), starting from today (Feb 25th, 2020.) Whereas, the change in the mining quantity will start to come in effect from March 2nd, 2020.

Smartphone maker Samsung has added 12 new DApps to its Samsung Blockchain Keystore. It takes the number of DApps available on the Keystore to 30. The apps sold on the Keystore include social apps, gaming apps, etc.

The DApps Blockchain Keystore and a digital wallet came inbuilt into Samsung’s blockchain-friendly smartphone Galaxy S10.

Samsung has recently released three versions of blockchain-friendly smartphones, Klaytn Phone developed in collaboration with chat app Kakao’s arm Ground X. The first version of Klaytn Phone is a special limited edition Galaxy Note 10 phone-tablet. The other two versions are on its Galaxy Note 5 Plus, with one being 256G model and the other 512G.

The new DApps are:

  1. DarkTown
  2. Yangpa Kisadan
  3. Spookiz Link Puzzle
  4. Crypto Fishing
  5. DozerBird
  6. Axie Infinity
  7. Lyze
  8. Linka
  9. Master Wallet
  10. Reditus
  11. Gotchu
  12. Aergo

Many games are being developed as DApps to address the growing demand for gaming among smartphone users. Games like Plinko may also be launched as DApp in the future.

Samsung’s competitor Apple is also foraying into blockchain technology. It launched a CryptoKit for its iOS 13 release.

Another competitor LG trademarked the ThinQ Wallet for integrating cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Thus, Samsung is a pioneer among smartphone companies when it comes to the adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies. With the Keystore, it has launched a marketplace for DApps and with the wallet; it has simplified payment in cryptocurrency for users interested in shopping from its DApp store. The use of a digital wallet will cut credit card transaction fees. It will also attract more users to cryptocurrency.

Thus, we can conclude that Samsung has overtaken its rivals and will enjoy a first-mover advantage when blockchain is adopted by large number of people. This will ensure huge benefit to its market value & shares. To know more check out dailyforex.

The Indian government is losing all hopes of a likely revival of the nose deep in debt of Jet Airways. As per two senior officials working in the ministry of finance, the government has no hope that there will be a bidder for the airlines. Meanwhile, thousands of employees are pleading the Modi government to rescue the company. The company’s pilots union has also requested the government to help revive the company. The union has urged the government to stop the deregistration and also increase the speed of the bidding process. The government is under great pressure to bail out Jet as there is a rise in unemployment and the opposition is criticizing the Modi government for not doing enough to increase employment. But despite that, the government is shy of a bailout as there are other private companies like Videocon which is also in a similar condition and bailing out Jet would put tremendous strain on the government’s finance to rescue the other companies too.

Jet Airways stopped its flights from operating on April 17 after many lenders refused to give them more money to run its operations. Jet has above 120 aircraft, and more than 16000 employees and half of the flights have been deregistered, and many of its pilots and other staff have been poached by its lessors and so are the aircraft.

No party interested in buying

The State Bank of India had expected the bidding would be submitted by April end and the sale would happen in May, but there are no bidders as of now. Initially when the Jet Airways was up for bidding there were a few parties that were interested to buy it, but the massive debt of Rs 120 crore has become a huge deterrent, and thus there has been no solid bids to buy it, and that has increased the chances of the company facing bankruptcy. As per a senior official, the banks have been asked to wait for the results of the upcoming general elections in India. The official said, “The banks have been advised to wait for the formation of the next government … before taking any decision on Jet’s fate.”

The only bright side in this affair is that the bankruptcy proceedings may not happen immediately as an official said, “Jet’s borrowings are small compared to those of other big defaulters such as Videocon and some steel companies, so lenders likely can wait for some more time before commencing bankruptcy proceedings.”

On Saturday, Apple has rolled out new features which are designed to limit and track screen time, after which it started policing the competition.

Apple has already limited or removed features of many popular third-party apps in an attempt to monitor screen time. This includes apps that enabled parents to have more control over their kids’ phone usage.

The analytics firm Sensor Tower collected data that indicate that Apple has restricted or removed about eleven of the seventeen most popular parental control and screen time control apps. Apple states that the removed or restricted apps did not adhere to the App Store policies, although these apps had already gotten Apple’s stamp of approval.

OurPact was a widely popular parental control app that was downloaded over three million times. However, it was removed from the app store in February. According to Amir Moussavian, the CEO of OurPact, the app was yanked out of the App Store with no warning. He said that Apple is trying to kill the industry systematically. The move to remove screen control apps has coincided with Apple rolling out its own screen controlling features.

Several other developers also said that Apple has been forcing them to remove features in order to continue having a presence on the App Store.

In December, Tech Crunch had published a report about Apple’s latest policy of third-party screen time apps.

According to Tammy Levine, Apple spokesperson, Apple considers all of these apps to be the same, including third-party apps that compete with those offered by Apple.  She also said the company strives to have a vibrant app environment that offers the customer a chance to have access to as many top quality apps as possible. She also cited privacy concerns as being one of the reasons why Apple has been forcing developers to make changes to some features in their apps in order to continue in the App Store. Levine also stated that these actions are in no relation to Apple’s rolling out of new screen time control features.

Apple is currently facing criticism that it does not encourage people to stay away from screens. This led Apple to roll out a suite of newly designed features that would specifically assist customers in tracking and limiting their screen time. However, these features are not compatible with Android devices and work only with other iPhones. Times reported that the features offered by Apple are also far more permissive than those offered by third-party apps.

 

Top US Congress leaders from the Commerce committee sent a letter to Sundar Pichai the CEO of Google asking for data and raising concerns regarding the tracking database called Sensorvault. In the letter members of Congress which includes Chairman of the Committee Frank Pallone, New Jersey Democrat and Greg Walden a Republican asked for a briefing and answers to questions like Who can access Sensorvault data, how is the data shared, what controls the consumers have over the data, etc. The company is expected to clarify by May 7.

What is Sensorvault?

It is a database that stores location history and is available on Android phones by default and as an app in iPhones. The service is not by default enabled when you configure your new Android phone, but you would have turned it on when asked while configuring. If the location history is turned on Google can track your movements using the GPS available on the smartphone, and it becomes part of your online activity. Using this location information it can give better results and recommendations customized for the user.

US Congress leaders letter to Google

Google is facing inquiries regarding the tracking database, and the Congress has sent a letter in which it has asked a few questions which included

  • Does Google have any other database which collects location data?
  • Who can access the database?
  • What is the accuracy of the location information stored in the database?
  • What is the retention policy, does it share the data with third parties other than law enforcement agencies?.

The letter also said, “The potential ramifications for consumer privacy are far-reaching and concerning. We would like to know the purposes for which Google maintains the Sensorvault database and the extent to which Google shares precise location information from this database with third parties.”

In response to the letter, a Google spokesperson said that the Location History feature is turned off by default and if enabled will allow people to view the location they have been to. He said, “If a user chooses to turn it on, we can provide helpful information like real-time data to help them beat traffic on their way home from work. They can delete their location history data or turn off the product entirely at any time.”

California has passed a bill with strict privacy laws, and the Congress has to take up the legislation. Many companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc. who collect user data to promote more targeted ads are likely to face more such inquiries in the near future.

The indefinite closure of India’s biggest private airline Jet Airways has thrown the airline industry in the country into chaos, and there is no clarity yet on when the airline is going to be back in business. The massive debt burden finally caught up with Jet and after a consortium of banks refused to issue a short term loan, the airline halted operations. However, according to reports, the shortage of so many flights has resulted in a bit of a boon for Jet’s rival airlines and some foreign airlines that ply their trade in the country. It is also important to point out that Jet used to run international flights to key locations like Bali, New York, Dubai and London. In this situation, it has opened up a huge opportunity for some of the world’s biggest airlines to corner a portion of the market as the country still grapples with the shortage of flights.

It is important to point out that even before Jet’s troubles, some of the foreign airlines like Cathay Pacific and British Airways among others recorded a rise of around 27% in passengers from the country as fares quickly spun out of control. However, the latest events have opened up an opportunity of a lifetime for these airlines. Despite Jet Airways’ troubles, one thing that is going to be at the top of the mind of most international airlines is that India remains the fastest growing airline market in the world, and it is no wonder that these airlines are now making a beeline for as many as million travellers, who can no longer fly on Jet.

This could well turn out into a long term play for these airlines. An analyst stated that this is perhaps the best time for these foreign players to make a mark in the market. The analyst said,

“For the next three months, it’s actually bonanza time for international players. At least until the middle of June, the fares are not going to come down.”

Recently Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific stated that the company is looking to raise its capacity in the country. The airline also stated that it is not only going to raise the number of flights on routes they already operate but also add new routes for second-tier cities in the country. It could well be a once in a lifetime opportunity for foreign airlines.

Top executives from T-Mobile and Sprint have started convincing the US officials to approve the tie-up between the two telecom companies. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, COO Michael Sievert, and Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure along with others met Jessica Rosenworcel who is the Federal Communications Commissioner.

The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is valued at $26 billion and would reduce the competition from four to three, with the other two being Verizon and AT&T. The merger which was proposed last year will have to be approved by FCC and the Justice Department who are the regulatory bodies.

Both firms in a presentation have said that the main focus for them would be to take the Verizon and AT&T customer share by offering aggressively low prices. The tie-up if approved will create 127 million customer base.

 

The T-Mobile CEO in a letter to the FCC chairman said that he would ensure that the customer plan prices would remain the same for the next three years if the proposed tie-up is approved and also mentioned that the two firms will offer same or better prices that are currently available. Some of the excerpts of the letter said

‘Critics of our merger largely employed by Big Telco and Big Cable have principally argued that we are going to raise rates right after the merger closes. I want to reiterate, unequivocally that new T-Mobile rates are NOT going to go up. Rather our merger will ensure that American consumers will pay less and get more.’

 

T-Mobile has employed former FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn as an adviser for the deal in an effort to step up lobbying. Clyburn can swing the deal in the companies favor as she is part of many public interest groups and she believes that the merger could bridge the digital divide and help the rural areas.

 

Concerns about the deal

The letter written by the CEO may be official, T-Mobile can at any time after the merger increase the rates without facing any consequences as the letter is not legally bound. Earlier, several senators including Bernie Sanders recommended the approval authorities to reject the deal as the costs for the customers could rise. Moreover, if the tie-up happens, the number of providers reduce which is not good.

 

As per sources, the Justice Department is not happy with the merger in its current form, and it is to be seen whether the merger will get the green light.

The Brexit divorce deal was again postponed and is now expected to happen on October 31. That has only added to the cautiousness of the businesses who have canceled or postponed investment plans due to uncertainty over the trading relationship with the EU. There is no foreign investment to speak of in the UK which is a further cause for worry as the country is slumping into a deeper economic crisis.

Amidst all this economic gloom comes a surprising report ‘Rightmove’ which owns a property related website. The company released the data based on the property adds that it got on the website. According to the survey conducted the asking property prices in the United Kingdom rose over the past year showing early indications of a revival in the housing market. The survey also suggested that the property market may have averted the slowdown even as the country awaits the result of the Brexit deal.

The Brexit ordeal which started in 2016 had made the property market shed its prices and also growth was slow till the first quarter of 2019 where it started to slowly stabilize.

The asking prices rose by 1.1% month on month and were seen as a rise bigger than normal, and as per the Rightmove director Miles Shipside, the delay in the country’s exit from the EU could induce the house hunters into buying. He said,

“We are not anticipating an activity surge, but maybe a wave of relief that releases some pent-up demand to take advantage of static property prices and cheap fixed-rate mortgages.”

The ever decreasing value of the pound which has reduced by almost 15% when compared to other currencies and the rise in import costs has hurt the British economy the most. That has resulted in the consumers who are an essential cog in the economic growth of the country becoming more restrained in spending. The inflation has also risen which has neither helped the economy nor consumer spending which has resulted in the British economy reducing by 2.5% that it would have if the country had not voted out of EU.

Many economists believe that the UK missed out on the growth story in the early 2017 and 2018 which has costed the country’s economy by a sizable margin. Britain is yet to meet its delayed Brexit deadline of April 12 and there is a great risk of the country leaving the EU without a deal even on the next extended deadline of Oct 31.

 

Walt Disney Co has revealed the price and launch date of video streaming services, which is lower than Netflix and Disney mentions that the cost will be $ 7 monthly or $ 70 for those who opt for an annual subscription. Netflix is a dominant streaming service and the most popular one, and Disney has taken a bold move to challenge them.

The monthly subscription which is called as Disney+ would be introduced on Nov 12 and gradually take over the global market, with an ad-free subscription. You can find an array of TV shows, Disney films and also feature the world-famous programs from the Marvel superhero universe, “Toy Story”, the “Star Wars” the National Geographic channel and “The Simpson.” Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts at the presentation,

“What we are putting forward is an aggressive strategy, We’ve got to be very serious and all in on it.”

Disney is aiming for anything between 60 to 90 million subscribers and gain profits by 2024. They are planning to invest $ 1 billion to finance original programming in the year 2020 and $ 2 billion by 2024. Patrice Cucinello, a director at Fitch Ratings, informed that the price for the subscription is very affordable, and said that

“Disney is approaching streaming offerings, particularly Disney+, with guns blazing, looking to take share and quickly ramp subscriber growth.”

Disney also informed they have deals with Sony Corp and Roku Inc to help stream videos on their devices and widely available through tablets and smart television and other means as well. Disney displayed to the Wall Street analysts at its headquarters Burbank, California a video that explained its portfolio, and dozens of classic clips from movies and TV shows. It will also include original programs like “Star Wars” and animated videos like “Monsters at Work” and “The Mandalorian.” New movies like “Lady and the Tramp” remake will be directly available on the Disney+ app. The other new releases would be displayed in the app after theater runs.

Disney also projected that Hulu’s subscribers would be 40 to 60 million for the year 2024 and predicted profits by the year 2024. Disney is entering the markets when there are different choices for the consumers. Disney has ended providing new movies like “Black Panther” and “Beauty and the Beast” to Netflix because they have started their own streaming business. To increase its business, Disney purchased film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and obtained great movies like “Avatar.”