Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee freed from prison following successful appeal

Jay Y. Lee, the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, has been released from prison. Lee was serving a five-year sentence after being found guilty of bribery and embezzlement, but on February 5, the Seoul High Court overturned the initial judgment. Lee was detained for a total of 353 days, and although the court slashed his sentence in half to 2.5 years, he’s free to go on four years probation.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Lee, who serves as the de facto head of Samsung Group after his father suffered a heart attack, …

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile report successful test of first 5G New Radio system

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile announced early Friday morning that it had a successful test of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio system. The system allows data to run at multi–gigabit per second speeds (> 1 Gbps) with latency of under 4ms. That compares to the 20ms latency that is the standard for current LTE networks. The system is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. That group is made up of telecommunications companies that set the standards for 3G, 4G and now 5G networks and equipment.

Because 3GPP standards will be the ones used by the industry …

ZTE to launch a sequel to the “incredibly successful” Axon 7 soon

ZTE has provided us with a hint to its next flagship smartphone that might arrive in the coming months. It appears that the Chinese company was pretty content with the Axon 7 sales, so the phone is likely to have a sequel very soon.

While ZTE wasn’t too specific on the phone’s specs or release timeframe, it did say “there will certainly be a follow on the incredibly successful Axon 7.”

When the ZTE Axon 7 debuted in the United States, the smartphone offered many premium features a slightly lower price than other flagships available on the market. The price …

Will Google's Pixel-perfect HTC deal be more successful than the run with Motorola? (results)

We asked you last week about your opinion on the Google-HTC partnership deal that poaches 2000 engineers from the Pixel team and some IP in exchange for $1.1 billion in cash. Apparently, the overwhelming majority of our 1895 respondents are certain that Google will do better with HTC this time than it did with the Motorola acquisition, as the HTC deal is a much more targeted approach, aiming to vertically integrate Google’s nascent mobile hardware business, rather than a shot in the dark to gain patent ownership. Needless to say, there are still folks (22%) that think Google will be able to …

Will Google's Pixel-perfect HTC deal be more successful than the run with Motorola?

This time around, Google didn’t splurge. When Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion, the troubled phone maker had $2.9 billion of cash in hand, and subsequently the Mountain View team also sold the Home division for $2.35 billion. When we add Lenovo’s purchase price, and some $1 billion in tax-credits for Moto, Google ended up paying just a tad over $4 billion, gained some valuable insight on hardware-making, sniffed at it, and kept the patents.

It seems that there will be no more sniffing at good ol’ manufacturing things. It’s actually Moto’s ex-CEO Rick Osterloh who …

Six truths for successful startups tackling the older adult care opportunity

Hand that knits The current market for older adult care is massive — and growing at an unprecedented rate. According to an AARP report, the 106 million Americans over 50 represent a transformative force that will generate more than $13.5 trillion in annual economic activity by 2032, accounting for more than half of the U.S. GDP. Read More

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