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TECHNOBYE for 25 April 2016

On Technobyte today we look at a medical device that will be able to diagnose cancer in 20 minutes, Volvo set to go electric and is the high end smart phone market under pressure.

For a long time, the cost of a fast, high-end smartphone with the latest technology seemed a definite.

You were paying $600 or $700 no matter whether you did it up front or spread out over the course of a two-year carrier contract.

This doesn't have to be the case today, however. There's an exciting new category of phone on the block—the "cheap flagship." It's a phone that has flagship or very-close-to-flagship specs but only costs around $400.

arstechnica.com

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025.

The Swedish company plans to achieve this aim by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing the first all-electric car in 2019.

“It is a deliberately ambitious target,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”

Volvo Cars has been readying itself for the emergence of electrified vehicles for the last five years.

It has developed two all new vehicle architectures for larger and smaller cars – Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) – that can incorporate either hybrid or fully electric car technology.

www.media.volvocars.com

Advances in disease diagnostics now offer clinicians a staggering degree of accuracy.

But access to results generally requires a well-equipped lab and a few weeks’ waiting time. But that could soon change thanks to a new, low-cost diagnostic DNA analyzer the size of a smartphone.

Q-Poc, billed as a “handheld lab”, is the idea of British-based tech firm QuantuMDx. It says the analyzer can accurately diagnose everything from cancers to infectious diseases in a matter of minutes.

Currently in the alpha testing stage, the company hopes to get the product in the hands of doctors by early 2018.

www.theguardian.com

BMW and Mercedes' parent company Daimler have ended talks with Apple over a collaboration for its internal "Project Titan" car initiative, reports German business publication Handelsblatt.

The duo are said to have walked away from a deal after being unable to come to terms with who will own data received from customers' driving.

Apple wants to build its own cloud infrastructure for the Titan project, said to be released by 2019, and the automakers don't want to give up that control.

Rumors of Apple's car ambitions started in 2015 with a report from the Wall Street Journal. The well-connected publication reported Apple has moved the car project to "committed" internally and plans to show a car to customers in the coming years.

Further, Apple has been building out its CarPlay software in third-party automakers' vehicles.

www.zdnet.com


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