Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment | Year: 2013
A 2011 Gartner report  describes context-aware com-puting as a game-changing opportunity for enterprises to improve both productivity and pro ts. Context-aware com-puting is about making applications and content more rel-evant to a user's context, e.g., when and where the user is, thereby improving user experience. For instance, a coupon delivered to a user at a wrong time or at a wrong loca-tion is considered a nuisance. On the contrary, receiving a timely, usable coupon before purchasing a merchandise is a treat. Context-aware computing is not a new concept, but the ongoing mobile revolution makes it both necessary and feasible.Necessary because the mobile phone display is small and information must be delivered with much higher relevance and precision to meet user needs.Feasible because small, light-weight mobile devices al-low users to almost always carry them around, and much can be learned via a phone about its user's habits and states.Context-aware computing involves rst acquiring context and then taking context-dependent actions. For instance,a phone can sense a user's location and turn off its GPS unit to conserve power when the user enters a building, or it can collect EKG signals of a user and trigger an alert if the user's heart beats irregularly. Similarly, a restaurant can send a coupon to a user when that user is queued up in front of a nearby restaurant. The useful context can be divided into three categories: information on the user (knowledge of habits, emotional state, biophysiological conditions), the user's environment (time, location, co-location of others, so-cial interaction), and the user's tasks (transportation mode, engaged tasks, general goals) . Context-aware comput-ing can be applied to benet applications in many areas including but not limited to information retrieval, facility management, productivity enhancement, in addition to the aforementioned three examples representing power manage- ment, health care, and commerce, respectively. © 2013 VLDB Endowment. Source
Htc | Date: 2011-09-07
Systems and methods are described for utilizing acceleration event signatures. One method for utilizing acceleration event signatures in an electronic device comprises receiving, by the electronic device, one or more acceleration events. The method further comprises determining whether the received one or more acceleration events correspond to one or more predefined signature definitions and invoking one or more functions based on the one or more acceleration events.
Htc | Date: 2011-03-03
A system is described for tuning an antenna in a mobile device. The system comprises a detection module configured to interface with an accessory and identify the accessory. The system further comprises a tuner configured to retrieve one or more parameters according to the identified accessory, where the tuner is further configured to tune the antenna according to the one or more parameters. The one or more parameters are based on previously-derived information regarding tuning impairment characteristics of the accessory.
News Article | April 3, 2016
HTC is poised to release the successor of its HTC One M9 smartphone - the HTC One M10 also dubbed the HTC 10. The flagship smartphone from the company is poised to make a debut in April this year and HTC touts it to be the "smoothest and fastest Android" phone. We take a look at how the latest upcoming HTC 10 and the old warhorse One M9 compare against each other. The current-gen HTC One M9 packs in an octa-core processor with Snapdragon 810 (quad-core 2GHz + quad-core 1.5 GHz) chipset. Fans of the smartphone will be looking forward to an improved processor on the successor and if rumors are to be believed, HTC will not disappoint as the HTC 10 is said to house the latest Snapdragon 820 processor. As we reported, HTC also has an alternate variant of the smartphone which will be fueled by a Snapdragon 652 processor. AnTuTu benchmark scores which were leaked recently suggest that the HTC 10 notched up 156,901, which betters the 134,599 and 136,875 scored by the Galaxy S7 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, respectively. Both these handsets house the same Snapdragon 820 processor as the impending HTC smartphone. Interestingly, the HTC 10 even edged out the iPhone 6s which scored 133,781. While the One M9 has a 5-inch Full HD screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, the HTC 10 will apparently tout a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. Moreover, HTC is apparently deploying an AMOLED screen in favor of the LCD used on the HTC One M9 in the impending handset. The pixel density of the HTC One M9 stands at 441ppi, whereas the successor will boast 565ppi. The HTC One M9 is premium-looking thanks to its all-metal body and the successor HTC 10 will continue the trend. The HTC 10 will also have a chamfered edges and a curved back per leaked images of the handset. While the HTC 10 will sport the same measurements as the HTC One M9 (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches) it will take design cues from sibling One A9, which released in October 2015, making it svelter and flatter. The design of the M10 will be new judging by the leaked renders. Unlike the HTC One M9 - which is only available as a 32 GB model - the HTC 10 will come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage capacities. The 32 GB and 64 GB models will boast 3 GB of RAM, whereas the 128 GB variant will tout 4 GB of RAM. The HTC One M9, on the other hand, has 3 GB of RAM. The HTC One M9 comes with an expandable memory option (up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The HTC 10 is also anticipated to offer support for additional memory. The HTC One M9 touts a 20MP primary camera with an F2.2 lens. While some rumors have hinted at the HTC 10 boasting a 23MP rear-facing camera, other points to a 12MP UltraPixel sensor with a F1.9 aperture. Selfie lovers though can rest easy as in all probability, like the One M9, the HTC 10 will also offer an UltraPixel front-facing camera which supports 1,080p videos. However, some reports also point to a 5MP selfie camera for the HTC 10. The company's executive recently said that the HTC 10 will have a "very, very compelling camera." While the HTC One M9 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with HTC Sense 7 running on top, the HTC 10 is expected to come pre-loaded with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and HTC Sense 8.0 UI, giving the latter an easy edge over the former. The older One M9 smartphone is powered by a non-removable 2,840mAh battery, which offers support for 21 hours of talk time (on 3G). The impending HTC 10, on the other hand, is anticipated to house a bigger and more powerful non-removable 3,000mAh battery. The talk time offered is not known. The HTC One M9 was priced at $649.99 on release but now costs just $499.99. The smartphone is available in four hues: Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose Gold, and Gold/Pink. The HTC 10 is rumored to come in four hues as well: silver, gold, white and black. The Snapdragon 652 variant of the smartphone is anticipated to be priced around 3,799 Yuan (about $584). The Snapdragon 820 version of the 3 GB of RAM and 4 GB of RAM models will reportedly cost 4,999 Yuan (around $768) and 5,888 Yuan (about $904), respectively. Recently a retailer listed the 32GB model of the smartphone online, pricing it at 3,299.90 Romanian Leu, which is approximately $840. Rumors have suggested that the launch of the smartphone could be April 11, April 12 or even April 15. However, HTC has a press event slated for April 12 so the smartphone is likely to be unveiled at the event.