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Home>SoC USB-IF and Fast Charging: New Standard Logo with Wattage ListedIan Cutress
–June 22, 2018 - When discussing standards, the sexy ones are involved around performance: if you can breathe PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 5.0 into a sentence, people start listening. One of the standards we actually deal with day in and day out though is around charging and USB charging. Not only do we have a series of standards in play for chargers over USB, but there are also a ton of companies that do their own thing in the mix outside of those standards. It can be, if weâ€™re honest, a bit of a mess.
One of the new ways that the USB-IF is trying to fix this is with certified chargers and fast chargers. The new programs, previously announced in 2016 and back at CES 2018, are finally coming to fruition, and the USB-IF is showing off some of the new products released under the new standards. By using 11 certified test centers worldwide, the newest fast charging standards will enable wall chargers, car chargers, and other dedicated charging devices to carry a logo that states both that the unit adheres to the standards, but also the maximum power... Full Story
Open Source and standards organisations collaborate to enable digital transformationZenobia Hegde
–June 21, 2018 - TM Forum Catalyst projects, showcased during the recent Digital Transformation World event in Nice, France, have highlighted the value of combining open source with open standards. They have also, says the TM Forum, contributed valuable improvements to The Linux Foundationâ€™s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Beijing Release.
The Catalyst projects, which comprise proof-of-concept demonstrations built in collaboration by groups of TM Forum member companies, used assets from ONAP, MEF and the TM Forumâ€™s Open API program to demonstrate the business value that cooperation can bring...Development of the APIs, and changes necessary to accommodate various use cases, was done in parallel between The Linux Foundation, MEF and the TM Forum. All groups openly co-operated via their mutual members.
During their development, the Catalysts provided early implementation feedback to the ONAP project and MEF, improving the overall quality of their respective deliverables. During preparation for the Digital Transformation World event, the Catalyst projects generated and resolved a number of issues and change requests for ONAP in time for the Beijing Release.
By collaborating closely with ONAP and MEF, TM Forum aims to ensure that its Open APIs provide a single standard for the whole industry... Full Story
Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWSMatt Asay
–June 20, 2018 - The cloud was supposed to kill open source. Instead, savvy cloud operators appear to be using open source as an on-ramp to proprietary services, giving them reason to increase investments in complementary open source projects. Google is the obvious example, spinning out TensorFlow and Kubernetes as a way to raise a generation of developers anxious to perfect machine learning and container-driven workloads on the Google Cloud Platform.
But Google isnâ€™t alone. It turns out that Amazon Web Services has its own open source strategy, one perhaps less obvious but no less potent. From my conversations with AWS customer InfoScout, AWS seems to be building natural bridges between on-premises databases like MySQL and cloud services like Amazon Aurora, giving customers a reason to start with open source but finish with AWS... Full Story
Switzerland gets new trade association to boost blockchain use in capital markets
–June 19, 2018 - Leading Swiss financial, technological, academic and legal industry players have come together to form a new associative body â€“ the Capital Markets and Technology Association (CMTA) â€“ to facilitate the use of blockchain technology in financial markets...CMTA was discussed and its concepts refined in the framework of the Center for Digital Trust at EPFL. Jacques Iffland, partner at Lenz & Staehelin, has been appointed as the chair of the newly formed association...According to the official release, the CMTA will work towards creating open standards and toolkits that can be used by new or established companies, businesses and start-ups to access funding and raise capital securely and efficiently, using new technologies and leveraging digitalisation... Full Story
W3C STRATEGIC HIGHLIGHTS, SPRING 2018
–June 18, 2018 - W3C released today its W3C Strategic Highlights â€“ May 2018, a comprehensive survey of the essential work W3C conducts to achieve a Web for All, and select recent work in many areas where the Web can solve arising problems for real people.
A strong emphasis in this report is how progress in many areas demonstrates both the vitality of the W3C and the Web community. We see the maturation and further development of an incredible number of new technology coming to the Web. Full Story
MIPI, VESA Plug in Mobile VideoDale Stolitzka
–June 15, 2018 - By 2021, 82% of all consumer Internet traffic will be video, Ciscoâ€™s Visual Networking Index predicts, a 73% increase from 2016...The numbers highlight the fundamental role that video will play in nearly every type of device from smartphones, tablets and AR/VR headsets to connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT). To meet that demand, the MIPI Alliance just released new versions of MIPI Display Serial Interface 2 (DSI-2) and MIPI Display Command Set (DCS).
MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 specifies the physical link between the chip and display in devices such as smartphones... The specification also is a good fit for IoT devices, such as smart appliances that use displays for streaming video. MIPI DCS v1.4 permits easy access from one embedded controller to support several display screens that are transmitted over MIPI DSI-2 v1.1.
Both MIPI DSI-2 v1.1 and MIPI DCS v1.4 support Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Display Compression-M. VDC-M is a new display interface compression standard specifically designed for handheld displays... Full Story
Google, Apple and Microsoft team up to create new Braille standard
–June 8, 2018 - Technology giants including rival firms Google, Apple and Microsoft have got together to create a new standard for Braille computer accessories.
The group of tech firms, operating as the non-profit USB Implementers Forum, hope the Braille standard will help to make computing more accessible to blind users and those with low vision, Engadget reports.
At the moment, some Braille displays only work with certain PCs, or require additional software and drivers to use, says CNet. The new USB Human Interface Device (HID) standard will make it easier to use Braille readers across operating systems and hardware.
Blind or low vision users will be able to plug their Braille display into a PC, Mac and Android devices and use it instantly, just like a conventional USB mouse or keyboard.
The new software standard will also help streamline the development process for tech manufacturers making accessories with Braille displays... Full Story
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a W3C RecommendationPress Release
–June 8, 2018 - Today W3C announces a significant update to W3C\'s internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines which addresses accessibility of web content, websites and web applications on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands upon guidance developed by W3C\'s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) over the years, and is used widely around the world to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities...
WCAG 2.1 expands existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities...As with WCAG 2.0, following these guidelines will make content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and learning disabilities and cognitive limitations. Following these guidelines can also make websites more usable for all users... Full Story
NEMA Introduces TS 8-2018 Security Standard for Cyber and Physical Security in Transportation SystemsPress Release
–June 6, 2018 - NEMA TS 8-2018 security standard gives a fair balance between the current threat environment and real-world without hampering reliability of the transportation systems. The standard provides a practical and effective way to achieve security for the transportation systems performing critical infrastructure functions. It also provides a platform for security measures to prevent the future cyber threats... Full Story
Dutch regulator calls for IoT security standard
–June 5, 2018 - Unsafe IoT equipment is becoming a social risk, Dutch regulator Agentschap Telecom (AT) said in its State of the Ether 2017 annual report. Unsafe devices can unqwillingly give unwanted access to cyber criminals and cyber infections. This could ultimately lead to large-scale network failures of networks and automated business processes. AT said it wants standards for the digital security of all equipment that can be connected to the internet. As long as formal legislation is lacking, the industry should itself come up with standards and a hallmark. The CE mark could be extended with requirements for security and cybersecurity... Full Story