Vishay Intertechnology brought out the VCNL4040 sensor, which pairs an ambient light sensor with an optical proximity detector in a package measuring 4 by 2 by 1.1 millimeters. The company also debuted new 30-ampere and 60A rectifiers for applications in electric and hybrid vehicle battery charging stations, solar inverter booster stages, uninterruptible power supplies and welding.
Advanced packaging technology, rather than the shrinking of chip features, is aiding the continuing progress of Moore's Law, these industry experts say. "Our challenge is how we serve this transition from Moore's Law to More Than Moore, where you're not just pushing feature sizes," said Vic Kulkarni of ANSYS.
Ecuador President Lenin Moreno said that hackers regularly visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for hacking advice. One Swedish hacker, Ola Bini, was detained last week after Assange was evicted from the London embassy and taken into custody.
Sony's next-generation PlayStation system will include a new AMD chip, including a custom unit that can deliver 3D audio, and a custom graphics processing unit that will support much-improved graphic performance. The new system is not expected to be released in 2019.
Apple and Qualcomm have settled a yearslong, multibillion-dollar patent-licensing dispute. Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed fee, Qualcomm will give Apple a six-year license to its patents -- with an option for a two-year extension -- and Qualcomm will also enter into a multiyear chip supply agreement with Apple.
A report from Apptopia showed that 5.7 billion shopping apps were downloaded worldwide last year, a jump of 9.3% from the previous year, with Google Play getting the biggest increase. Localytics, a separate platform, found that the retention rate of such apps after a month was 48%, five percentage points above average.
Smart cities need to focus on making life better for their inhabitants if they are to succeed, writes Viktor Weber, founder of the Future Real Estate Institute. Too often, cities get sidetracked by the latest technology or fail to include ordinary citizens in the planning process, he says.
International companies looking to expand to cities that foster innovation should put Boston at the top of their lists, consulting firm Hickey & Associates says. The firm looked at factors such as education, millennial population, and research and development spending in creating the Global Innovation Hubs list, which includes cities from Beijing to Minneapolis.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of fraudulent apps increased more than 150%, according to a DoubleVerify report and, since 2017, invalid ad impressions on mobile devices has doubled year-over-year. DoubleVerify's Fraud Lab's Roy Rosenfeld noted that efforts like the IAB Tech Lab's app-ads.txt will help fight fraud in mobile use but need the buy-in of developers and app stores to maximize their potential.