ZTE rolls out next generation super HD 4K smart set-top box

ZTEZTE has launched its super HD 4K smart set-top box (STB) product B860A, which uses the 64-byte system solution, Cortex-A9 architecture and four-core CPU.

Running on Android 4.4, the STB supports the latest H.265 video code standard. It uses advanced technology to improve the relationship between the code stream, code quality, time delay and algorithm complexity so that it is at the most optimised setting.

In comparison to the video compression efficiency of H.264, H.265 can save half of the bandwidth, effectively helping to accelerate development of 4K super HD service. The STB has 4K (4096×2160) super high resolution, providing a significant visual difference between the 4K resolution and the ordinary HD.

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India smartphone market shrinks in Q4

IDCSmartphone shipment in India observed its first drop in Q4, according to IDC. The decline was attributed to a high channel inventory at the beginning of the quarter among general trade which in turn was caused by the surge witnessed in online sales during festive season.

Q4 was seen as a correction phase when the Smart Phone market shrank by four percent while the feature phone market plummeted by about 14 percent over the previous quarter. The overall mobile phone market stood at 64.3 million units in Q4, which reflects a sequential drop of 11 percent over Q3 and an annual drop of five percent in 2014.

The feature phone to smartphone migration trend is clearly visible as smartphones formed a healthy 35 percent of the overall mobile business in Q4, an increase of 13 percent fom a year ago.

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NVIDIA SHIELD may go underwater with US Navy submarines

SHIELD droneThe NVIDIA SHIELD gaming console may be designed with gamers in mind but the US Navy is considering using the device in its nuclear submarines.

Instead of manipulating avatars, SHIELD may be used in navigating submarines. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? After all, SHIELD is already used to fly drones (see video, right).

For more than a decade, the US Navy has been putting off-the-shelf tech into its submarines’ sonar systems. The Navy can swap this gear in and out fast so sailors always get the most advanced stuff.

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Shoppers bring online competition to brick-and-mortar stores

GfK mobile compare pricesSaw a product you like in a brick-and-mortar shop? Why not whip out your smartphone to read a review of the product or compare prices with other stores? That’s what more and more shoppers are doing during their visit to physical stores.

According to a GfK survey of mobile phone users in 23 countries, 40 percent of shoppers compare prices online while another 40 percent contact a friend or family member for advice. Thirty-six percent take photos of products that interest them.

Globally, men outweigh women on using their mobile phone inside a store to compare prices on a regular basis, standing at 42 percent and 37 percent respectively. The most active age group is shoppers aged 20-29, with nearly half (49 percent) saying they regularly do this, followed by those aged 15-19 and 30-39, both at 45 percent.

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ZTE’s introduces software-based videoconferencing solution

ZTEZTE has launched its new Unified Communication & Collaboration (UC&C) solution to help enterprises harness the power of mobility. It delivers cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration services for end users anywhere, anytime, supporting different devices and endpoints including software based MCU (multipoint control units), ET series endpoints, mobile applications and desktop clients.

The Cloud Conferencing Manager (CCM1000) is a software-based MCU that delivers high-definition and large capacity video conferencing capabilities, enabling s fast and flexible distributed deployment and providing support for virtualised platforms. With the CCM1000, customers require only 10 minutes to install the system and start videoconferencing calls.

The new ET501 is the latest next-generation smart terminal in ZTE’s video conferencing product portfolio, offering cost efficiency, compact design, and simple and quick deployment to all the end users. The ET501 also supports WiFi and AP functions, making it ideal for small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). ZTE’s VT100 mobile and desktop products can be installed on devices with Android, iOS, and Windows operating systems, supporting high-quality video conferencing for teleworkers in remote locations.

NVIDIA and VMware combine to offer scalable virtualised graphics capabilities

VDI DiagramsRemote access to rich graphics applications is now possible with VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere 6 and NVIDIA GRID vGPU.

Launched last August, an early access programme has attracted more than 300 customers, including University of Southern California, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, CH2MHILL, and Raytheon. They had access to GRID vGPU technology, which allows data centre GPUs to be shared across multiple users, enabling greater density and scalability.

The feedback has been very encouraging and has proven that NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon 6, built on vSphere, enhances desktop virtualisation with immersive graphics, greater security for mission-critical data, scalable performance and cost-effectiveness.

Tablet shipment down 12% globally in Q4

CanalysThe stats are in – tablet shipment dropped 12 percent to 67 million units in Q4, according to Canalys. The desktop market fell back into a decline in Q4 as Windows XP upgrades waned. The notebook market held firm with another quarter of just one percent growth.

Total PC shipments (desktops, notebooks and tablets) fell six percent in Q4 to reach 148 million units, resulting in full-year 2014 shipments of 528 million units, up three percent on 2013.

Apple regained the top spot in the PC market on the strength of holiday sales, with just under 27 million units shipped. Lenovo’s shipments grew six percent year on year to almost 20 million units as it increased its market share to 13.3 percent. Samsung dropped out of the top three to make way for HP, with growth of 17 percent driving shipments over 17 million units, its best quarter since Q3 2011.

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NetApp introduces EF560 all-flash storage array

NetappNetApp has announced the NetApp EF600 all-flash array that delivers the consistent latency, bandwidth and IOPS critical to enterprise database and analytics applications.

Based on a new Storage Performance Council SPC-1 Result, the all-flash EF560 achieved the leading SPC-1 Price-Performance for all-flash arrays with an average response time of under one millisecond, at $0.54/SPC-1 IOPS

Also introduced was the NetApp E5600 hybrid array that leverages the flash optimisations of the EF560 in hybrid configurations using both solid-state drives and conventional disk drives. The hybrid E5600 storage array delivers increased performance and reliability for more capacity-intensive SAN applications including data warehousing, email and backup.