NFC Forum Develops Analog Spec
The NFC Forum today announced that it has approved a new specification based on analog radio technologies. The NFC Analog Specification pertains to the "analog characteristics of the RF interface of an NFC-enabled device...without specifying the design of its antenna." The spec lets devices adjust power and transmission requirements, as well as how the signal is formed. According to the NFC Forum, the analog specification will give mobile device makers greater freedom in designing NFC-capable devices that have a broader range of interoperability. NFC, or near-field communications, radios are being installed on a greater number of smartphones and can be used for actions such as making mobile payments or easily pairing Bluetooth devices.
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Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 865, its new top-end chipset to power flagship phones in 2020. Unlike most previous Snapdragon chips, the 865 is split into two physical chips: the main processor chip and a separate radio modem chip that includes a 5G modem based on the company's X55 5G modem.
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Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels.
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Google today said more phone makers now part of its Android Enterprise Recommended program. The Android Enterprise Recommended program, which was launched in February of this year, "establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google."
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Secure messaging app Signal is adding a new tool that lets users blur faces in photos before sharing them. When activated, it automatically detects faces and blurs them.
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Google this week added its name to a growing number of companies that support an open active stylus standard. It officially joined the Universal Stylus Initiative along with 3M Lattice Semiconductor, Maxeye Smart Technologies, MyScript, and Tactual Labs.