Late spring isn’t just for wildflowers and Star Wars ephemera. It’s also developer conference season! One of the biggest developer events of the year is Google I/O. The 2018 edition of Google’s conference kicks off Tuesday, May 8 with a live keynote address. The event takes place at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, but you can watch the whole keynote here.
The Google I/O keynote begins at 10 am Pacific on Tuesday. We expect the live program to start around 9:30 am. Check back around that time—if you see the video player show up on this page, then the keynote is getting ready to begin.
Eye on AI
There’s a lot to look forward to at I/O. We’ll surely see talk of the next version of Android, an update on Google’s messaging strategy, and some stuff around IoT and connected devices. But the glue holding all of the announcements together will be artificial intelligence. Google has made voice control, computer vision, and machine learning its priorities of late, with the proliferation of Google Assistant, the ability to use a phone camera as a powerful search tool, and the company’s production of special chips to power cloud-based AI services. We’ll hear more about all that stuff at I/O this year, and probably several AI projects from within Google that we aren’t currently aware of.
Our own Lauren Goode has a list of everything we can expect from this year’s I/O. Also, Lauren will be providing live updates from the keynote along with WIRED’s machine intelligence reporter Tom Simonite and the rest of the the live coverage team. Follow all the news and our live analysis on our liveblog, which will run concurrent to the video stream. We’ll see you back here at 9:30 am Tuesday.
Robots don’t have a heart; humans do. The line sounds trite, but it’s the key to standing out and getting ahead at a time when automation and artificial intelligence threaten to eliminate millions of jobs. This is the conclusion of the recently released 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report.
LinkedIn surveyed 4,000 professionals globally in four categories: talent developers, managers, employees, and executives. The survey found that developing soft skills is the number one priority for businesses that want to stay ahead of the curve. The most critical soft skills were leadership and communication.
Business professionals need to know the technical aspects of their jobs, of course, but the pace of change is happening so fast that they also need to be critical thinkers, communicators and collaborators to fuel growth. These skills apply equally to you as an entrepreneur on the path to leading your own brand and a career-minded professional on the path to a corner office.
I’ve spent two years working on a new book where I’ve interviewed billionaires and CEOs, entrepreneurs and scientists whose companies are in the leading edge of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To a person they told me that great communicators stand out, get noticed and get ahead. Surprisingly, communication skills play a more important role in the most technical and scientific fields.
“Science left in a drawer doesn’t benefit anyone,” Anders Sahlman told me. Sahlman is the founder of a year-long pitch competition for Swedish scientists held at universities across the country. The finalists get four minutes to present their research to a panel of experts, journalists, and a general audience. They’re judged on vocal delivery, the structure and content of their message, and their overall performance.
Above all, they must tell the story behind their research and be clearly understood by scientists in other disciplines who know nothing about the subject. The winning ideas get funding and are soon implemented in the marketplace.
As globalization brings in the world together and automation eliminates millions of jobs humans did by hand, ideas are more important than ever. But if you can’t sell your idea, it doesn’t matter.
This is the first time in human history when someone who is a littlebetter at expressing an idea can see an enormous gain in wealth and/or influence that is unprecedented in civilization. So, here are three ways to sharpen your communication skills:
1. Add stories to the mix.
I recently wrote an article about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who replaces PowerPoint in meetings with memos in a “narrative-structure.” He likes to hear stories and anecdotes, because he believes that’s the best way to learn.
Science proves that he’s right. Researchers who look at the human brain say we are wired for story. We process our world in narrative, talk in story and, most importantly, want to consume our information in story. Even in a highly technical presentation, stories will bring the content to life.
2. Watch and learn.
You have an amazing tool that you can use to improve your speaking skills. And it’s free. It’s called TED Talks.
I know the folks at TED and have been behind the scenes. The speakers–especially on the main TED stage–prepare extensively with coaches. Just by watching them, you can learn about storytelling, delivery, conciseness and the visual display of ideas.
3. Read books on the subject
You can find several of my books in the public-speaking category of Amazon, but there are many others that you should read. Here is a very short list of some of my favorites:
Resonate by Nancy Duarte
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda
Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards
Shortcut by John Pollack
Houston, We Have a Narrative by Randy Olson
These books will introduce to you a range of tools in the communicators toolkit. You’ll learn more about storytelling, communicating science, building great slides, and improving your body language.
The hard data shows that soft skills are in short supply. Build your communication skills to stand out.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Ping An Healthcare and Technology Co Ltd’s shares tumbled as much as 11 percent on their second day of trading on Monday as investors worried about the high valuations for the loss-making firm that saw Hong Kong’s largest new listing in 2018.
Ping An Good Doctor app, an online healthcare platform operated by Ping An Healthcare and Technology Co Ltd, is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration
The operator of China’s biggest online healthcare platform had a tepid stock market debut on Friday, with its shares closing unchanged from their IPO price of HK$54.80. On Monday, they fell to a low of HK$48.90 before partially erasing the losses in the afternoon to trade at HK$50.90, down 7.0 percent.
The company, also known as Ping An Good Doctor, raised $1.12 billion in an IPO that priced at the top of its range. It had secured seven cornerstone investors including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC [GIC.UL], Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and U.S. asset manager BlackRock.
“This is within expectation; the stock’s pricing was high and it trailed the disappointing performance of previous new economy companies,” said Kingston Lin, CEO of Ox Financial Securities.
Shares of some other technology-related companies that floated recently have been weak in Hong Kong. ZhongAn Online P & C Insurance Co recently dropped below its IPO price. China Literature, which soared on its debut last year, has been declining and is now close to its IPO price.
The stock market performance of Ping An Good Doctor, which is backed by China’s biggest insurer by market value, Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd, raises questions about investor appetite for potential flotations of other Ping An units.
These include Lufax, China’s biggest online wealth management platform, and Ping An Healthcare Management, a medical data collection and analysis business.
Ping An Good Doctor’s debut comes at a time when Hong Kong is implementing new rules to attract more tech and biotech IPOs to the city, away from other major centers like New York and the Chinese mainland.
Chinese smartphone and connected device maker Xiaomi [IPO-XMGP.HK] filed an IPO application in Hong Kong last week in which it could raise about $10 billion in the largest listing globally in almost four years.
Lin of Ox Financial said the market is holding a cautious view towards even the IPO of Xiaomi.
“The market has shifted focus from last year and it is not upbeat on tech companies anymore,” he said.
Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
Yet Buffett’s resistance to Microsoft (msft) has nothing to do with its business model or industry. Rather, the problem lies with Gates, who joined the Berkshire Hathaway board in 2004, and retired as chairman of Microsoft in 2014.
“If something happened a week later, a month later, in terms of [Microsoft] having better earnings than expected or making an acquisition—anything—both Bill and I would, incorrectly, but would be a target of suggestions and accusations, perhaps even, that somehow he had told me something, or vice versa,” Buffett said at the Berkshire meeting in Omaha.
In other words, Buffett is concerned with avoiding even the slightest perception of insider trading—however false—or anything that could invite such suspicions.
“I try to stay away from a few things just totally because the inference would be drawn that we might have talked, I might have talked to somebody about something,” Buffett added. “There’d be a lot of people who wouldn’t believe us if something good immediately happened after we bought it.”
Of course, Buffett had plenty of opportunities to buy Microsoft stock without any remote appearance of insider trading. Microsoft went public in 1986—more than five years before Buffett even met Gates. So why didn’t the Oracle of Omaha invest back then?
“In the earlier years, it’s very clear—the answer is stupidity,” Buffett admitted.
Now, Microsoft is just one of “a few [companies] that are off the list” of what Berkshire Hathaway (brk-a) is willing to invest in because of ethical conflicts, Buffett said. (He did not name the others in this group.)
“But both that and my stupidity have cost us a lot of money,” he added.
At least it doesn’t seem to be getting in the way of his friendship with Gates.
This is according to a report by online investing company United Income, which analyzed data from multiple sources, including the Federal Reserve Board and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, to find out how retirees are faring now compared to previous generations.
Average wealth for American retirees is $752,000 — which has more than doubled since 1989, the report found. Likewise, the rate of retired millionaires has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Fewer people are retiring in poverty and relying on minimum wage than ever before. The report says “the percentage of retirees living on the minimum wage or less dropped in half over the past 30 years.”
Matt Fellowes, the CEO of United Income shared his tips on how to retire a millionaire with Business Insider. Below are the eight best pieces of advice from Fellowes on how to be wealthy when you stop working.
Having spent the past 10 years relentlessly studying psychology, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship, there are many people who have inspired and influenced my thinking.
However, over the past 3 years, I’ve come across two thinkers who stick out. Not just in their thinking, but their overall approach to life and business.
Naturally, both of these entrepreneurs are highly aligned, synergistic, and yet very different.
These two entrepreneurs are Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish. Dan is the founder of Strategic Coach, which is considered by many to be the #1 entrepreneurial coaching program in the world. Joe is the founder of Genius Network, GeniusX, and Genius Recovery. Genius Network is considered the #1 entrepreneurial mastermind group in the world.
“Always make your future bigger than your past.”―Dan Sullivan
“Who, not how.”―Dan Sullivan
“As an entrepreneur, you’ve removed yourself from the restrictions and limitations of other people’s systems. Still, it’s amazing how many of us strive to meet others’ expectations and demands – or set up rigid, impossible ideals for ourselves.”―Dan Sullivan
In Daniel Kahneman’s excellent book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, he investigates two systems of thought. The first is quick and automatic. The second, more focused on complex issues. Both employ heuristics, but in different ways. Both involve non-rational thinking.
While I am borrowing the title and the general approach, it is not a perfect analogy. So much volatility driven by minor snippets of news. It is time to think about why.
The human desire for an explanation for everything drives social media. There must be a reason! The PBS NewsHour show today attributed the stock rebound to economic news. Forget that such news was reported either before the opening or in the first thirty minutes of trading. Other sources assigned different explanations, but none were very credible.
In the last two weeks, we have seen multiple examples of “trading fast.” Here is how it works.
There is a news-driven stimulus. These are all actual examples.
There is a raid on the office of the President’s lawyer;
One semiconductor company provides a clouded outlook;
A tweet or an overnight speech hints at a change in trade talks;
A news conference suggests higher (or lower) tensions with Iran or Russia.
Traders react. Most people do not understand the basic trader approach. You often “take a leg” leaning in a direction that seems to capture the mood of the market. If it goes your way, you ride it. If not, you try to scratch it for even or a small loss. Every piece of news has a simple evaluation: bullish or bearish.
Algorithms react. The top computer systems have learned the keywords that are associated with market moves. These are even faster than the traders.
Technical traders react. The market reaction may send stock prices through levels widely viewed as important support or resistance.
ETFs that hold the key stocks plummet. Other companies in that ETF get slammed, even though their fundamentals are essentially unchanged.
Financial TV brings in the chartists, who cite the temporary breach of the 200-day moving average, the move of averages into “correction territory”—more than a ten percent decline, and the level of decline possible in a Fibonacci retracement. Take your pick!
The least valuable heuristic treats the market as a war between two sides. This approach offers comments like the following:
The bears are in control
The bulls must defend the 2500 line
The bulls are absent – a buyer’s strike
And many similar statements. This is an entertaining way to (over-)simplify the market. We can all visualize a two-player game. Few can think about the wide variety of groups that are actually represented. Let’s turn to some facts.
The market participants
Those focused on daily news and an excessively frequent review of account statements might make a trade. More importantly:
The clear majority of investors and managers were doing nothing;
At the investor level, people were not even aware of the market volatility, at least until the evening news;
The field was open for System one, short-term thinking.
What is the rational interpretation of key events? This is just a starting point for astute readers.
China response on tariffs. Pretty mild and not a surprise. It is a routine part of the current negotiation. If anything, the overall prospects for compromise have improved.
Trump attack on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). More of the same.
Chip stock conference calls – basically good as confirmed by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Overall earnings reports – new records, despite the few clunkers.
If you try to “trade fast” you are competing with top-flight competition. If you have analyzed stock values, and can ignore the noise, you may find it very profitable to “trade slow.”
Disclosure:I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
Over the last three monthly stock expirations, we have successfully traded the SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) or other market tracking ETFs – both long or short – into option expiration. Here is a public record of those trades.
When the SPY broke below its 200 day moving average today, with many people calling for lower lows, we initiated a long trade in SPY at under $260/share and shared this information with our subscribers. We had actually exited a SPY long earlier in the week when SPY was struggling with its 50-day moving average.
The chart below shows the price action in SPY over the last six months. It has essentially been trading between its 50-day and 20-day moving averages since February with a lot of volatility. The point of control is near $267, which is also near its 50-day moving average. In this case, to reduce our risk profile, we also sold calls at the $267 strike with a June expiration. This will enable us to profit from the elevated volatility.
Source: Think or Swim
OPEX Price Magnet
I created the concept of OPEX Price Magnets in June 2017, and have seen how the value of stocks and commodities have tended to exhibit mean-reverting behavior in and around the option expiration date. One point of mean reversion in many markets has been the point where the market is delta- or gamma-neutral on a given options expiration date. We call this point the “OPEX Price Magnet.”
The graph below shows the relationship between the S&P index price and the Price Magnet since February 2018. An introduction to OPEX Price Magnets can be reviewed by clicking this link.
Source: Viking Analytics
The chart above plots two daily data points, and the table below shows several more. June 15th is actually a more meaningful option expiration date than May 18th, since this is the quarterly expiration, and there are considerably more options in open interest in June than there are in May (note the highlighted Magnet Strength below). As a result, we believe that the quarterly expiration Price Magnet will help to keep the S&P index (and the SPY ETF) above the danger zone. It is also possible that stocks will rally substantially above these levels, and possibly mean-revert back later.
In addition to the S&P 500 Index, the Powershares QQQ (QQQ) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) are both suggesting that techs and small caps could rally modestly in the days and weeks ahead. This gives us more comfort in our long position.
Note: All charts above were taken from Trading View unless otherwise indicated, and all tables were created by Viking Analytics unless otherwise indicated.
Disclaimer: This article was written for information purposes, and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All my articles are subject to the disclaimer found here.
In my Commodity Conquest service, I write a daily report on the OPEX Price magnets for many key commodities, including natural gas, crude oil, gold and agriculture. I also do in-depth coverage of many commodity firms.
My verifiable trading record from on all completed trades through early May has included a win rate of over 65% with an average return of 2.9% and an average holding period of 11.8 days.
Disclosure:I am/we are long SPY.
I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country’s top lender, confirmed on Thursday it lost records of almost 20 million accounts and decided to not inform its clients, a breach the nation’s prime minister called “an extraordinary blunder”.
An CBA bank logo is pictured in Sydney, Australia May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
CBA’s announcement, which was made in a YouTube video by a senior bank executive a day after BuzzFeed Australia reported the data breach, puts further pressure on Australian banks already reeling from revelations of widespread misconduct in a judicial inquiry.
It is also the latest blow to CBA, which has been accused in a federal lawsuit of breaching anti-money laundering protocols more than 50,000 times and has admitted to using outdated medical definitions to refuse sick customers health insurance payouts.
Earlier this week, a regulator ordered CBA to keep an extra A$1 billion ($750 million) in cash reserves as punishment for the alleged money laundering breaches, which it is contesting.
In a YouTube video, CBA’s acting head of retail banking services, Angus Sullivan, said the bank found in May 2016 it had lost two magnetic tapes containing 15 years of data on customer names, addresses and account numbers for 19.8 million accounts.
The tapes were due to be disposed of, but CBA could not confirm they were securely destroyed, Sullivan said. The tapes did not contain PINs, passwords or other data that could enable account fraud, he said.
The bank informed its regulators and launched an internal investigation which found the tapes had “most likely been disposed of”, Sullivan said. It did not tell customers because “we balanced the need to alert customers without unnecessarily alarming them”, he said.
“This is an extraordinary blunder,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters.
“It’s hard to imagine how so much data could be lost in this way. If that had happened today, the bank would have to advise each of their customers,” Turnbull added.
CBA is seen as a stable part of life in the country of 24 million where most people have had a mortgage, insurance policy or regular savings account with CBA at some point – often starting with its famed “Dollarmites” deposit account for school children.
But the crises have started affecting its financial performance because of concerns it will result in heightened regulations, and CBA shares are down about 7 percent so far this year while the broader market is up. CBA shares ended up 0.6 percent on Thursday, roughly in line with the broader market.
Reputation management experts, however, said CBA’s move to use YouTube to take responsibility for the incident and reassure customers no personal data was stolen was a smart one.
“They’ve so overdrawn their goodwill cheque account that there’s not much they can do to push back on this,” said Steve Harris, CEO of The Brand Agency, a communications and image consultant.
“They need to bypass the media and communicate directly to get their message through, because whatever they (say) via media it will be put into a whirlpool of Royal Commission, money laundering and other filters,” added Harris, referring to the powerful independent inquiry into the broader finance sector.
Consumer psychologist Adam Ferrier said posting a YouTube video and “trying to put a face to the banks and admitting to errors is always a good strategy”.
By mid-afternoon, the video had been viewed 3,798 times, according to data published on YouTube.
($1 = 1.3296 Australian dollars)
Reporting by Byron Kaye and Wayne Cole; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
The Fedora Project is Red Hat‘s community-driven open-source Linux. Fedora is also essentially RHEL’s test bed. As such, it uses cutting-edge software, such as the 4.16.3 Linux kernel. This latest version, Fedora 28, comes in three distinct editions: Fedora 28 Server, Fedora 26 Workstation, and Fedora 28 Atomic Host.
All versions are built from a common set of base packages. As with all new Fedora releases, the packages come with numerous bug fixes and performance tweaks as well as new features. The Fedora 28 base package includes updated compilers and languages including the latest version of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 8, Golang 1.10, and Ruby 2.5.
For developers, one of the most interesting of Fedora’s new features is its modular repository. With this, programmers can choose alternative software versions instead of the default packages. So, for example, if you want to run a different version of Node.js, you can do it.
This is done via a new optional repository Modular, aka the “Application Stream” or AppStream for short. This ships additional software versions on independent life cycles. This way you can keep your operating system up to date while having the right version of an application for their use case, even with the default version in the distribution changes.
To see what programs are available run the command:
$ dnf module list
…from the shell.
Fedora 28 also includes improved Virtualbox, Oracle’s popular desktop virtual machine (VM) hypervisor, guest support. With this, Fedora 28 integrates and performs better with host operating systems when you run it on them as a Virtualbox guest VM. This results from Linux developers adding VirtualBox Guest Additions to the Linux kernel.
Besides Modular support, Fedora 28 Server now includes support for 64-bit ARM as a primary architecture. Always thought ARM would make a great server platform? Now you can find out.
Fedora Atomic Host is is a minimal footprint operating platform. It’s designed for the sole purpose of running containerized application. You can use it to run containerized workloads from your desktop all the way to the public cloud. Fedora Atomic Host includes a base image for creating virtual machines, an Atomic Host image for creating container deployment hosts, and base container images as a starting point for Fedora-based containerized applications. Fedora 28 Atomic Host also includes Kubernetes 1.9 for orchestrating container-based workloads.
Finally, Fedora 28 Workstation comes with new tools and features for general users and developers with the GNOME 3.28 desktop. GNOME 3.28 adds the capability to favorite files, folders, and contacts for easier organization and access. Additionally, the new application Usage is included to help users more easily diagnose and resolve performance and capacity issues. The new Fedora also introduces GNOME Photos as the default photo management application.
Steam client, digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation (rpmfusion-nonfree-steam.repo)
You can, of course, ignore these and use only free and open-source software repositories.
Matthew Miller, the Fedora Project Leader, summed up: “The Fedora Project’s mission is to bring leading-edge innovation to our users, and Fedora 28 offers that through the addition of some of the latest open-source technologies including GNOME 3.28 and Kubernetes 1.9. Additionally, with the introduction of the new modular repository, Fedora 28 users are provided with more control over their environments through the ability to choose the right speed for various updates based on their unique needs.”
You can download Fedora 28 today. Give it a try, and if you’re not afraid of cutting-edge Linux, you’ll like it.
Fitbit has teamed up with Google in an effort to get more deeply involved in the healthcare sector.
The fitness tracker maker announced on Monday that it would use Google’s recently announced health data standards for apps, known as the Google Healthcare API, to connect its wearable devices to the electronic medical records systems used by doctors and hospitals. The aim eventually is to allow doctors to get health data straight from Fitbits on their patients’ wrists.
Fitbit will also move to Google’s (googl) cloud data storage platform, much of which is already certified as complying with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA, which regulates the use of medical records. That could free Fitbit from having to build its own similar systems that comply with the law.
“Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the healthcare system,” Fitbit CEO James Park said in a statement. “This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables.”
Plunging sales two years ago sent Fitbit’s shares into a tailspin—they’re down more than 70% from their 2015 initial public offering price—although it has unveiled a well-reviewed watch of its own called Versa. To turn things around, Fitbit has been shifting its focus from just weekend athletes to healthcare and in February acquired healthcare data service Twine, which helps connect people with chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension with coaches and doctors.
Meanwhile, Google’s Android Wear software failed to catch on for several years and was recently renamed Wear OS. The company largely relied on other gadget makers to build smartwatches running its software, but as it did with phones, may have to step in and make its own products.
With both companies looking for a boost in wearables, the announcement of the new partnership also hinted at possible deeper product cooperation in the future. “Finally, Fitbit and Google are collaborating to bring together the strengths of both companies to innovate and transform the future of wearables,” the companies said in a statement, without mentioning any specifics.
Shares of Fitbit (fit) gained 5% on Monday to close at $5.55 on the news of the deal.
(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc has broadened its use of a lower-cost licensing model for the next generation of mobile data networks, a move that could help in contentious talks with two customers including iPhone maker Apple Inc, the wireless tech company’s patent licensing chief said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: A sign on the Qualcomm campus is seen in San Diego, California, U.S. November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
The patent business traditionally has supplied much of Qualcomm’s profit but has also spurred conflict with Apple, Samsung Electronics Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as well as regulators in China, South Korea and the United States.
New deals could lower the licensing rate that Qualcomm receives while making the business more dependable if regulators view the terms favourably and two major customers – Apple and a company widely believed to be Huawei – resolve their disputes and resume paying Qualcomm.
“It’s a good context for dealing with the two licensee issues we have now,” Alex Rogers, the head of Qualcomm’s licensing division, told Reuters in an interview, naming Apple but leaving Huawei unnamed as is the company’s policy when a dispute hasn’t become public through a court proceeding.
Rogers did not comment directly on the likelihood of resolving either customer dispute. Apple and Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Qualcomm sells chips for mobile phones but has a second, much older business licensing technology for wireless networks. The licensing business has generated global controversy and resulted in billions of dollars in regulatory fines, some of which remain on appeal.
Handset makers can licence one of two sets of Qualcomm patents: The full suite that costs makers about 5 percent of the cost of a handset or a smaller set of so-called “standard essential patents” for 3.25 percent, which includes only the patents needed for gear to work on mobile data networks.
In the past, most of Qualcomm’s customers licensed both sets of patents to avoid lawsuits. But Qualcomm has been defusing tensions by making it easier for customers to licence just the smaller, lower-cost set of standard patents and by adding patents for the next generation 5G wireless network to the suite at no additional cost.
That essentially extends a 2015 settlement with China’s chief antitrust regulator. Qualcomm began to licence only its standard patents for 3G and 4G networks to Chinese handset makers for a rate of 3.25 percent. More than 100 device makers have signed on for such deals.
“We have not lowered the rate. What we’re doing is including more technology, more (intellectual property) in the offering without increasing the price,” Rogers added.
Qualcomm also announced last week that it would assess its patent fees against only the first $400 (£291) of a phone’s net selling price. Rogers said the previous price cap was $500, a figure that was well known among industry insiders but that Qualcomm did not make public.
“What we’re doing here is creating a foundation for stability going forward,” Rogers said, describing Qualcomm’s 5G licensing moves as “regulator friendly”.
The question now is whether more handset makers will opt for Qualcomm’s lower-cost standard patents rather than its pricier full portfolio.
“What we perceive here is there will be more of a mix than there was in the past of companies opting for (standard essential patents) only,” Rogers said. “How much more, depends on each individual company.”
While Qualcomm has made no public disclosures about the status of talks with the two major customers in licence disputes, the company’s approach to licensing patents for upcoming 5G networks will look different than its initial approaches for 3G and 4G networks of years past.
“Both of those issues (disputes) are essentially now being handled within the framework of the current programme we’re offering,” Rogers said.
Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Peter Henderson and Cynthia Osterman