Tag - Research
The latest research data from Gartner shows Apple's first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales coincided with a reduced share of the global smartphone market. Although the global smartphone market grew by just 3.9 percent year-over-year, Apple was notable for going backwards. Although holding its position as the number two smartphone maker in the world, its market share slid from 17.9 percent to 14.9 percent. Whatever the exact cause of the decline, Gartner's data shows that Apple is not immune to the increasing rise of Chinese smartphone makers.
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell, instead of one, in phase-change memory. The breakthrough lowers the cost of the memory, and has a wide array of uses across mobile and high-performance computing.
Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have announced a new developments involving magnesium batteries. Improvements in the technology may open the door for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones. However, Toyota believes that it could take 20 years of research and development by the company alone before magnesium batteries reach the consumer market.
Apple has confirmed that it will begin making available a new module within ResearchKit that could further help medical researchers by allowing patients or study participants to optionally add genetic information from the personal genomics company to research. Depending on the number of participants that have available 23andMe genetic data and feel comfortable sharing that information, the addition could prove a valuable boon to medical investigations by helping to establish associations between some conditions or illnesses and genetic backgrounds or origins.
During the March 21 event, Apple COO Jeff Williams updated the audience on progress with ResearchKit, which is now being used widely to conduct medical research studies, which allows patients to actively track their own progress within the study, often for the first time. ResearchKit has been a boon to science, Williams noted, and thus the company learned quickly that there were more areas in which iPhone apps could help patients with recovery and improvement issues.
Forget the shoebox in the closet, or the handwritten diaries; those are for the past, in every sense. There are apps that store that material, such as Evernote, and for what's happening today you've got other apps such as the journaling program Day One. However, for going to your parents or grandparents right now and asking them about the past, there's Grandparent Book 1.0.
Apple is looking to expand its development efforts overseas yet again, with the possibility of moving into Malaysia. The Prime Minister of the country, Najib Razak, recently spoke to Apple executives on a visit to its Cupertino headquarters, with the discussion between the politician and Apple's COO Jeff Williams and government policy head Lisa Jackson centered around bringing research and development work to the region.
We wanted to talk to you all this week about e-books, because we'd finally come through the other side after Apple's approvals process, but there were two other things that made us want to cover the topic at all. One was software: we tried out an app called Vellum which we liked then, like more now, and which you're going to hear about soon. The other was that every time we've ever heard anyone talk about writing ebooks, they've skipped over the best part.
Apple is preparing to expand its research and development efforts yet again, by opening a new facility in Canada in the future, according to a report. It is claimed Apple has leased a large suite at the Kanata Research Park in Ottawa, the same place where Blackberry's automotive-based QNX Software Systems is operating, with several report sources suggesting the new location will be focused purely on research for Apple products.
Last month, Apple registered three car-related domain names -- apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto -- using the MarkMonitor registrar and fueling further speculation on the plans and timetable for a rumored foray into either advanced car augmentation or outright car manufacturing. While there is little firm evidence that Apple actually plans to make a car -- numerous regulatory and federal filings would be required, which the company doesn't appear to have done -- it seems likely that it is researching, and possibly working with a secret partner, on more advanced car technology beyond the existing CarPlay option.