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Europe and S. Korea Team Up in 5G

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In an effort to provide the European continent with faster mobile internet in the near future the European Commission (EC) strikes a "strategic cooperation" deal with S. Korea to share 5G research and resources.

S. Korea EUThe agreement, or "Joint Declaration on Strategic Cooperation in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and 5G," covers the development of so-called "Net Futures" (5G, network and communications and cloud) and includes the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the EU's 5G Infrastructure Association and S. Korea's 5G Forum.

It follows a November 2013 collaboration agreement, and will eventually see the launch of jointly funded R&D programs during 2016-2017.

The 5G Infrastructure Association counts Alcatel-Lucent, Atos, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Telefonica as members.

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GSMA Calls for Further Telecoms Reform

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In reaction to recent Telecoms Council meetings, the GSMA demands the European Commission (EC) accelerates work on the broader reform of EU electronic communications regulatory framework.

Telecoms single marketCurrently the European Parliament proposes traffic management should be restricted to a "very narrow set of circumstances," which the GSMA says constrains the development of new services, limits consumer choice and restricts the way operators ensure the internet continues to works.

In other words the GSMA says net neutrality is actually something of a hindrance for mobile providers.

Furthermore according to the organisation reform should bring further harmonisation across EU member states, eliminate outdated and unnecessary regulation and present consistent rules irrespective of technology in use.

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A 10.1-inch, 4K Resolution Tablet Display

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Japan DisplayJapan Display ships samples of a 10.1-inch LCD display offering resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 (aka "4K") and 438 ppi pixel density for use in larger mobile devices.

The panel builds on an earlier 12.1-inch 4K panel from the company-- and, more crucially, promises to sip as much power as the 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 displays already found in a number of tablets.

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Europe Pushes Common Chargers

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The European Parliament agrees with the introduction of common chargers as MEPs back an amended regulation demanding mobile phone makers to provide a common battery charger fitting all devices.

Chargers"The modernised Radio Equipment Directive is an efficient tool to prevent interference between different radio equipment devices," rapporteur Barbara Weiler says. "This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment."

The regulation is still in draft form, and requires approval from the European council of ministers. The European Commission also needs to decide which types of radio equipment it applies to-- as well as mobile phones the term "radio equipment" covers GPS units and wireless door openers, among others.

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World’s First Ultra HD 4K Media Mobility Solution

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ViXS 6400

Can you get 4K on a mobile device? Morega Systems works with ViXS Systems to be first to market with an Ultra HD 4K mobile media solution.

ViXS’ 8th-generation XCode 6400 10-bit HEVC Ultra HD System-on-Chip (SoC) is the first chip available on the market to meet the challenges of 10-bit media processing in a single low-power, cost-effective package – and that will help drive the transition to Ultra HD across the entire content distribution value chain.

The XCode 6400 delivers Ultra HD 4K content at the full resolution of 3840x2160 up to 60 frames per second in Main 10 Profile. The 10-bit HEVC processing enables greater than 1 billion colors, creating smoother color transitions that resolve color-banding issues plaguing lower bit-depth formats.

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