Why Intel Said Sayonara To Smart Devices & Wearables

Take this as Intel’s new Internet of No Things strategy. it came about because Krzanich’s wants to seriously focus on addressing the clear and present threat of AMD’s EPYC, Threadripper, and Ryzen processors.

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In typical Intel style, minds change quickly. Customers are sometimes left behind in an effort to protect margins on the “core” as empty parking lots around Fab 42 remain unused.

Self-driving cars could erase the edge that drove Uber to success

Former CEO Travis Kalanick drove that expansion by understanding and harnessing the power of the “network effect” — the self-reinforcing advantage of having the most drivers and the most users.

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Does the “network effect” no longer work when the network is only made of computers? Seems the human factor comes in here once again.

Can Carmakers Break Free from Google with ‘Automotive Grade Linux’?

In contrast, Google’s Android IVI will come with Google’s best-in-class navigation, messaging, and music apps—in addition to hundreds of carefully curated apps from third-party developers—all tightly integrated with “OK Google” hands-free speech recognition and Google Assistant. And Android has been on the market for a decade, with a major new release every year, each incorporating significant improvements to the platform’s stability, usability, and security. It’s frankly hard to see how automakers using AGL—or other infotainment platforms—will be able to keep up with Google.

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I don’t find it hard to see how automakers and their suppliers can build a finished product from the community work of AGL, but I do think it will be very expensive to do and to maintain. Ultimately a single supplier needs to keep the product working for years of car ownership and carmakers are not looking to increase their cost with every new update.

 

Maruti Suzuki updates its smartplay infotainment system | TelematicsWire

The update includes Android Auto

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Suzuki owns over 50% of Maruti Suzuki and is a supporter of Linux Foundation AGL. AGL is trying hard to avoid endorsing Android Auto or Apple CarPlay by developing Smart Device Link (SDL) further. Ford promotes that you need to support all efforts to integrate a phone and let the customer choose what they want to use, regardless how complex. This all proves that IVI is becoming commodity quickly and carmakers are trying to win customers with other techs, such as safety.

Steam Paints A Different Picture Of Intel, AMD, And Nvidia

Although Nvidia has branched out into machine learning and autonomous vehicles, gaming GPUs are still its most important source of revenue. In the company’s most recent fiscal quarter, gaming was 53% of its $1.937 billion in revenue.

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Automotive, especially new markets like self-driving cars, requires tremendous staying power. Will existing revenues in other markets keep Nvidia afloat during the  development?

Waymo drops three of four patent-infringement claims in its lawsuit against Uber | TelematicsWire

Waymo has resorted to floating conspiracy theories not rooted in fact, doing everything they can to put the focus on sensation rather than substance.

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Most sensational in this case is that Levandowski does not appear to be challenging his own crime, and should be a case in point for any other industry insiders with powerful information.

Driving The Connected Car onto the Open Road