Lockdowns will help
Disney chose the right time to launch its service as Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom got the Disney Plus service starting on Tuesday, March 24.
COVID-19s latest toll
The last of the big shows, Computex 2020, has been postponed from the original date, June 2 - 6 to September 28. Taiwan is not a hard-hit area right now, but with travel bans implemented around the world, it is unlikely that many international travellers would be able to show up in late May for the original date.
Xilinx solution to reduce cloud latency by 80 percent
The datacenter is exploding, and the number of global data center traffic will triple between 2016 and 2021. Datacenter to outside traffic doubled from two Exabytes in 2016 to four Exabytes in 2019, and by 2021 it is expected to grow to six Exabytes. Interestingly enough traffic within data centers is exploding, as it grew from five Exabytes in 2016 to 10 Exabytes in 2019, and by 2021 the expectations are that it will grow to 15 Exabytes.
Designed for high bandwidth core and 5G tasks
Imagine an FPGA that can replace 22 currently shipping FPGA Adapters and provide a high bandwidth needed for the Internet and 5G demand of the future? That seems the best way to visualize Versal Premium, as this is a product design to address the explosion of data and bandwidth growth.
Next gen motion processing, color accuracy and always-HDR mode on WQHD+ 120 Hz display
Oppo has just announced the Oppo Find X2 and X2 Pro phones and the focus is on display: WQHD+ resolution with a 120 Hz variable fresh rate. The screen gets the front seat in the product announcement, the place usually reserved for camera. Oppo didn’t leave things to chance and enabled quite a capable camera in both models, but we want to focus on the motion-enhanced 120 Hz display, absolute color accuracy and always HDR experience, powered by the Pixelworks Iris 5 processor.
Qualcomm has the 5G patent quality lead
5G has already started happening in many parts of the world. Early adopters have already started rolling out their 5G networks in 2019, while there will be a lot more traction in 2020. Years before 5G started to materialize, many companies had to come up with very smart ideas on how to make 5G possible. Some of the obvious elephants in the room a few years back were the ability to make things much faster, how to reduce latency and how to make mmWave work.
Up to 7.5 Gbps download, 3 Gbps upload
Qualcomm tends to introduce its latest modems just shortly before the Mobile World Congress time, and the company just launched its third generation 5G modem simply called X60.
$4.99 for founders, free for an hour a session
Google launched the Stadia cloud gaming service in late November 2019, and it crashed and burned. Without going into too many details, it didn’t deliver what people had hoped and didn't let you play your games. Nvidia Geforce Now is now available for free to everyone, hour session at a time, while the Founder Edition costs $4.99, and offers priority and unlimited gaming. Most importantly, you can play most of the games you own.
Snapdragon 8CX Shipping before Valentine day
Samsung is one romantic South Korean company as after months of delays it finally plans to ship Snapdragon 8CX powered Samsung Galaxy Book S and promised to deliver before February 14. All that and the promise of a 25-hour battery for video watching.
Part One: 5G
It all comes down to a single very memorable date, February 29, 2000, which was the first time I published an international article at The Register. Twenty years and thousands of stories later, I am ready to share some of my predictions for 2020. Let me start with 5G.