Morning Beat: Sony Corp (ADR) (SNE), Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), and QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM)
Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) has taken the world of smart devices to another level with the unveiling of a one of a kind smart light bulb. The bulb is not only designed to provide light but to communicate with other devices at home as well as a phone. The multi-functional bulb can regulate room temperature as well as humidity levels by controlling air conditioners.
The bulb can also act as a remote control and turn on the TV when its motion sensors detect someone entering a room. Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) plans to bring the multifunctional bulb to market in the first half of this year. It has however not shared details of its pricing or international availability.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) India is deploying bicycles for the delivery of packages in distances within a radius of 5 kilometers. The initiatives are currently in operation in five major cities, seeks to save on time while bringing costs of delivery down. It is also part of an effort by the company to reduce emissions in the big cities while helping ease congestions on the roads.
Testing for the service began in Mumbai last month but has since expanded to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai. Designated bikers can carry loads of up to 7.5kg for a monthly pay of between $105 and $125.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) believes the use of bicycles in congested cities will help save on logistics costs.
Samsung has begun mass production of chips using the 14nm process. The Korean company will use the 2nd generation process to produce QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s Snapdragon 820 chips having inked a deal for the same. It also plans to feature the process in its Exynos 8 Octa Processor.
Samsung producing Qualcomm chips comes as a surprise as both of them are entangled in a fierce battle for market share in the business. The Korean company moved away from Qualcomm’s chips last year as it begun to produce its chips in-house.
The 14nm process does give Samsung an edge as the process leads to chips that consume less power. It is an advantage that QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) wants to leverage with its chips going forward.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has found a way to ensure developers play by the rules when it comes to icon sizes of their apps. The tech giant is now forcing icons to assume a unified size with pleasing design pedant with its latest update on Google Now Launcher.
The default home screen for Android devices will now adjust every icon to ensure it rhymes with all Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s standardized graphics. Google Now Launcher also comes with a landscape orientation first seen in Android M. The launcher will also work in horizontal mode with auto rotate support also in place.
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