Five Sony XperiaTM smartphones recognized under Android Enterprise Recommended program

Quick update for our enterprise users: Sony Mobile has five Xperia smartphones approved under the new “Android Enterprise Recommended program” – an initiative that helps businesses select, deploy and manage the Android devices and services best suited to meet their needs.

Through rigorous Google testing, Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, have been validated for business usage, with ‘enterprise grade’ security standards and platforms designed for the current and future mobile workforce.

“Android Enterprise Recommended” gives businesses confidence by curating a selection of devices and services that meet enterprise requirements, all validated by Google. The program ensures a consistent deployment of Android with centralised device management and regular updates.

 

Find out more about how Xperia devices could benefit your business here.

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BlackBerry Athena with Snapdragon 660, Luna and Uni smartphones surface

BlackBerry is expected to launch at least three new phones this year, and the and they are currently code-named as Athena, Luna, and Uni. These smartphones over the past few weeks, have been making their appearance on Geekbench, through configuration files, and in European device registration databases. BlackBerry already confirmed that it would launch two KeyOne phones this year and now it looks like the brand is taking a turn and launch three instead. Starting off with Uni, letsgodigital have recently discovered with patent and trademark files of the phone owned by BlackBerry and TCL. The findings revealed that the phone is expected to look identical to the BlackBerry Priv. With TCL already having a Uni named phone; the Alcatel Uni360, it is starting to look suspicious. Complicating further, The BlackBerry Uni shares same registration codes as the Uni360 leading us to believe that it could be a successor to the phone. Since it a BlackBerry device and chances of TCL mixing its brands are less, one needs to closely look at the patents which mostly focus on the camera module instead of the device. Meaning the ‘device’ used in the patent could very well be just a reference point. Moving along, the Athena is the most heard name in the recent times, …
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AI Smartphones Will Soon Be Standard, Thanks to Machine Learning Chip

AI Built In

Almost every major player in the smartphone industry now says that their devices use the power of artificial intelligence (AI), or more specifically, machine learning algorithms. Few devices, however, run their own AI software. That might soon change: thanks to a processor dedicated to machine learning for mobile phones and other smart-home devices, AI smartphones could one day be standard.

British chip design firm ARM, the company behind virtually every chip in today’s smartphones, now wants to put the power of AI into every mobile device. Currently, devices that run AI algorithms depend on servers in the cloud. It’s a rather limited set up, with online connectivity affecting how information is sent back and forth.

Project Trillium would make this process much more efficient. Their built-in AI chip would allow devices to continue running machine learning algorithms even when offline. This reduces data traffic and speeds up processing, while also saving power.

“We analyze compute workloads, work out which bits are taking the time and the power, and look to see if we can improve on our existing processors,” Jem Davies, ARM’s machine learning group head, told the MIT Technology Review. Running machine learning algorithms locally would also mean fewer chances of data slipping through.

A Staple for Mobile Phones

With the advantages machine learning brings to mobile devices, it’s hard not to see this as the future of mobile computing. ARM, however, isn’t exactly the first in trying to make this happen. Apple has already designed and built a “neural engine” as part of the iPhone X’s main chipset, to handle the phone’s artificial neural networks for images and speech processing.

Google’s own chipset, for their Pixel 2 smartphone, does something similar. Huawei’s Mate 10 packs a neural processing unit developed by the Chinese smartphone maker. Amazon might follow soon with its own AI chips for Alexa.

A diagram showing how Project Trillium will develop chips for AI smartphones, beginning with ground-up design, progressing to uplift from processors, and enabled by open-source software, ending in a processor that targets the mobile market.
Image credit: ARM

The MIT Tech Review notes, however, that ARM’s track record for energy-efficient mobile processors could translate to a more widespread adoption of their AI chip. ARM doesn’t actually make the chips they design, so the company has started sharing their plans for this AI chip to their hardware partners — like smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm. ARM expects to find their machine learning processor in devices by early 2019.

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MIT has a new chip to make AI faster and more efficient on smartphones

Just one day after MIT revealed that some of its researchers had created a super low-power chip to handle encryption, the institute is back with a neural network chip that reduces power consumption by 95 percent. This feature makes them ideal for bat…
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NSA, FBI and CIA Warn Americans Not to Buy Huawei, ZTE Smartphones

A handful of U.S. intelligence agencies have advised American citizens not to buy smartphones made by Chinese tech firms.

Six top intelligence officials, including the directors of the FBI, CIA, NSA and Defense intelligence Agency, gave the stern warning when testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, CNBC reported.

The officials suggested that devices manufactured by firms such as Huawei or ZTE may pose a security threat to U.S. citizens who purchase them. Reportedly, a senator asked the agency chiefs to raise their hands if they recommended U.S. customers buy or use these products. None of them did, according to CNN Tech.

There’s a risk when letting any firm “beholden to foreign governments” into U.S. telecom networks, FBI Director Chris Wray explained during his testimony.

“That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure,” Wray added. “It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, and more recently, it surpassed Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone brand.

But while Huawei and other Chinese OEMs are dominant forces in their home market, they’ve mostly failed to gain any sort of traction in the U.S. Earlier this year, a plan to sell Huawei devices via AT&T fell through.

Largely, that’s because of U.S. government suspicion that the Chinese government could use smartphones and other devices made in China as espionage tools.

Congress has both introduced and passed legislation preventing government and federal agencies from buying from Chinese firms, or contracting them for other services. In 2012, Congress released a report saying Huawei and ZTE should be “viewed with suspicion,” CNN reported

For its part, Huawei said in a statement to CNBC that it “poses no greater cybersecurity risk” than any other tech vendor. Huawei CEO Richard Yu has also criticized American carriers and their “measured resistance” to Chinese firms, accusing them of diminishing customer choice.

It’s only the latest push by lawmakers to restrict foreign-made services or products due to intelligence concerns. Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, for example, has been banned from federal systems, CNN Tech reported.

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