Weekly Tech Roundup: Apple Wireless Power Patent, Google Buys Emu and IBM Scalable Computer Chip
08 Aug. 2014 Enterprise Tech News
The past couple of weeks saw SAP bring a secure mobile app store to enterprises, Amazon updating their web services mobile SDK version and also getting into the payment business. Let’s take a look at the general tech news of more recent times with IBM, Google and Apple in the news.
Apple Engineers Patent System for Wireless Power
For years, Apple has been trying to figure out better and more economically effective ways to charge portable electronic devices. They’ve been testing and experimenting with better battery management, solar power and, most recently, wireless power.
Recently, Apple received two patents related to wireless power. The patents had been filed by researchers more than two years ago. They describe a system that would enable a person to power up their mouse, keyboard and possibly iPhone, iWatch, etc. simply by plugging their Macbook Air into a power supply port.
The idea revolves around the computer creating “a charging region” that would transfer wireless power “to any number of suitably configured devices.” The technical term for this is near field magnetic resonance or NFMR. It would include an area about one meter wide.
Google buys Siri-like messaging app Emu
Google is buying Emu, a messaging app that adds context to conversations, according to the startup. Google confirmed the purchase but would not disclose the terms of the deal. Emu is similar to Siri, or Google Now, by adding relevant information to messages after users enter them.
Emu placed a farewell message on its website on Tuesday
It uses location awareness and artificial intelligence to display information about a variety of subjects, like places and movies, or help you schedule a calendar event or reserve a table at a restaurant. Emu CEO Gummi Hafsteinsson previously worked with Siri’s technology at Apple and this explains the similarity to Siri.
IBM Builds a Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By the Human Brain
IBM has unveiled reportedly the world’s first neurosynaptic computer chip, a processor that mimics the human brain’s computing abilities and power efficiency. It is called TrueNorth and the chip is the core element of IBM’s cognitive computing program, which is known as SyNapse.
Today’s processors rely on solving problems through brute-force mathematical calculations, but TrueNorth is said to be designed to understand its environment, handle ambiguity, and take action in real time and in context. Also, it is estimated that it could be among the most power-efficient chips in the history of computing, which could then power new types of mobile apps and computing services.
The TrueNorth chip incorporates 5.4 billion transistors; the most IBM has ever put on a chip. It also features 1 million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses. Although it’s significantly lower than the 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion to 150 trillion synapses in the human brain, but is still enough to run devices that could, for example, proactively issue tsunami alerts, do oil-spill monitoring, or enforce shipping lane rules. What’s startling is that all this with a power consumption of just 70 milliwatts of power, roughly the same as a hearing aid.
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