Apple now has a watch without sensors, Google silenced the inventor of AI processors, and Sony is in a fight: news digest

Apple now has a watch without sensors, Google silenced the inventor of AI processors, and Sony is in a fight: news digest

While patent disputes erode Apple’s profits, depriving the corporation’s smart watch of the most interesting functions, other tech giants reach agreements and avoid paying billions in compensation. However, everything did not work out for Sony in India either: it was not only about this in our digest.

Apple Watch has lost its pulse oximeter, it is preparing to get rid of apnea and hypertension detectors

Apple announced that will clean pulse oximeter from the current flagship Series 9 and Ultra 2 smartwatch models to be able to sell the devices amid a patent dispute with Masimo. Court proceedings may continue for about a year. District and appellate courts have already banned the tech giant from selling watches, and the US International Trade Commission has banned them even earlier.

Apparently, in order to enlist the support of users, the icon of the pulse oximeter program will remain on the Apple watch, when you tap on it, a message will appear that the function is unavailable. Public opinion will surely be influenced by a recent story about how a doctor using an Apple Watch (and the pulse oximeter function) saved the life of an old womanWho got sick on the plane.

Later it turned out, that the next flagships, Series 10 and Ultra 3, may lose not only the blood oxygen saturation sensor, but also the function of determining apnea (short-term cessation of breathing during sleep) and high blood pressure. Both of these conditions are considered important detectors of health problems, and users have been eagerly waiting for these features for hours.

Apple’s famous patent dispute with medical technology company Masimo regarding sensors for non-invasive measurement of biological parameters has passed 4 years in January. Masimo has already spent $60 million on these considerations, the CEO of the company says that he is ready to spend the currently projected $100 million. However, the board of directors and investors no longer like this, as well as Masimo’s intention to enter the consumer market with its sensors, beyond the usual niche of medical B2B market.

Apple’s new patents: “headlight” at the bottom and smart headlights

Apple received 36 new patents this week. The most interesting among them are related to the video camera under the display of the mobile device and the innovative design of the car headlights.

The main task of the front camera under the smartphone display is to replace a similar camera in the traditional place at the top, thus increasing the phone’s screen and depriving it of an extraneous element in the form of a camera lens.

Since less light will reach the bottom camera, Apple has had to develop innovative technologies to improve light capture and image quality. Among them are lenses created according to the new freeform optic technology; a set of sensors that improve facial recognition; special micro-holes in the display for catching light, hidden by a special pressure-sensitive adhesive.

There is still little information about the arrangement of new generation headlights in patents. It is already known that the most advanced materials will be used, including “smart fabrics”, adaptive lighting that adapts to the surrounding environment will be implemented, and factors affecting safety and energy efficiency will be improved. If necessary, the front lights will be able to illuminate the car from the sides as well.

Google convinced Singular Computing that it did not steal their AI chips

Instead of another court hearing on the lawsuit Singular Computing against Google in the history of the dispute unexpectedly arose agreement between the parties. The founder of Singular Computing, Joseph Bates, accused Google of infringing patents on processors specialized for artificial intelligence tasks. Bates claimed that in 2010-2014. he discussed licensing his technology with Google, the partnership did not work out, and the technology later appeared in Google’s AI products.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed to the press, but Google’s lawyer reiterated that the corporation had not infringed any patents and was happy to end this proceeding. Allegedly, Bates did not receive the required compensation of $1.67 billion.

One more that the techno couple reconciled last week — Nokia and Oppo. The companies have reached an agreement on cross-licensing the patented technologies of 5G communication networks. Oppo will pay Nokia royalties and compensation for unpaid payments while the lawsuit is pending. The president of Nokia Technologies said that the deal will ensure the long-term financial stability of the firm’s business of licensing fundamental mobile communication technologies. The Finnish telecom giant filed a lawsuit against the Chinese corporation back in 2021.

Sony has lost an ally in the war with Disney for India

At Sony in India fell apart an agreement to merge the Indian division of the company with the local media conglomerate Zee Entertainment. The latter owns many TV channels, newspapers, websites, film studios, mobile content producers. With the $10 billion deal, Sony was preparing to compete in the region with Disney Corporation, which is also seeking to enter the Indian entertainment content market through a merger with Reliance Corporation.

Sony and Zee negotiated the terms of the deal for two years until the deadline date of January 21, 2024. The deadline came, the parties did not reach an agreement. As a result, the Japanese corporation is going to demand compensation of $90 million, disappointed by the breakdown of the deal and will, despite the negative result, continue to conquer the rapidly growing Indian market.

During the negotiations, Zee had already managed to sacrifice its own CEO for the sake of the deal: Sony did not like that he had become the object of an investigation by local market regulators, and Zee said that he would resign in favor of the future merger. The head of the media empire called the collapse of the deal “a sign from God.” Zee was founded in 1992 by his father, who was popularly called the “Father of Indian Television”.

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