Sony Led the Growing Smartphone Image Sensor Market in H1 2020

Rising competition from Samsung, OmniVision and SK Hynix

The global smartphone Image sensor market reached a total revenue of $6.3 billion in H1 2020, according to the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, “Smartphone Image Sensor Market Share Q2 2020: Revenue down by 6 percent as Sony dominates the market.”

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Fig 1. Smartphone Image Sensor PR H1 2020 (Graphic: Business Wire)

According to this research report, the total smartphone image sensor market witnessed a 15 percent year-over-year revenue growth in H1 2020. Sony captured the first position in the smartphone image sensor market with 44 percent revenue share followed by Samsung System LSI and OmniVision Technologies in the first half of the year. The top-three vendors captured almost 85 percent revenue share in the global smartphone image sensor market in H1 2020.

Jeffrey Mathews, Senior Analyst at Strategy

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iCatch Technology’s new ePTZ image processing solution meets needs of remote vision communication during coronavirus epidemic

iCatch Technology’s new ePTZ image processing solution meets needs of remote vision communication during coronavirus epidemic

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The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the human-to-human interaction models completely. Many industrial and economic activities have also changed to new norms. As a result, remote video communication has become the most noticed topic recently. The demand of network cameras has also increased for the applications in work from home, distance meetings, or remote lecturing. With the rise of the 5G era and the proliferated development of artificial intelligence applications, the new AI ePTZ image processing solution from iCatch Technology can add intelligent person tracking function to the web-based camera, which improves the performance and efficiency of distance working.

Follow the growth trend of network camera, iCatch Technology’s new AI ePTZ camera solution not only can capture 4K ultra high-definition video images with ultra-wide-angle support, but also

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iCatch’s new ePTZ image processing solution meets needs of remote vision communication during coronavirus epidemic

iCatch’s new ePTZ image processing solution meets needs of remote vision communication during coronavirus epidemic

Press release

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the human-to-human interaction models completely. Many industrial and economic activities have also changed to new norms. As a result, remote video communication has become the most noticed topic recently. The demand of network cameras has also increased for the applications in work from home, distance meetings, or remote lecturing. With the rise of the 5G era and the proliferated development of artificial intelligence applications, the new AI ePTZ image processing solution from iCatch Technology can add intelligent person tracking function to the web-based camera, which improves the performance and efficiency of distance working.

Follow the growth trend of network camera, iCatch’s new AI ePTZ camera solution not only can capture 4K ultra high-definition video images with ultra-wide-angle support, but also enables the

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Sharpness of star-forming image matches expected resolution of Webb Space Telescope — ScienceDaily

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is still more than a year from launching, but the Gemini South telescope in Chile has provided astronomers a glimpse of what the orbiting observatory should deliver.

Using a wide-field adaptive optics camera that corrects for distortion from Earth’s atmosphere, Rice University’s Patrick Hartigan and Andrea Isella and Dublin City University’s Turlough Downes used the 8.1-meter telescope to capture near-infrared images of the Carina Nebula with the same resolution that’s expected of the Webb Telescope.

Hartigan, Isella and Downes describe their work in a study published online this week in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Their images, gathered over 10 hours in January 2018 at the international Gemini Observatory, a program of the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab, show part of a molecular cloud about 7,500 light years from Earth. All stars, including Earth’s sun, are thought to form within molecular clouds.

“The results are stunning,” Hartigan

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Twitter plans to change how image cropping works following concerns over racial bias

Twitter this week announced it would be changing how image cropping works on its website after concerns that the machine learning-based algorithm the company was using was racially biased in how it cropped images, in particular by favoring white faces over Black ones.





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In a post diving into the issue, Parag Agrawal, the company’s chief technology officer, and design chief Dantley Davis explained how the company tested the model for racial or gender bias before it implemented the system. But Twitter didn’t publish how it had done those tests at the time so that external analysis could be performed, in what the company calls “an oversight.”

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“What you see is what you get”

To fix that, Twitter is “currently conducting additional analysis to add further rigor to our testing, are committed to sharing our findings, and are exploring ways

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Twitter vows to fix bias image cropping issue

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Twitter has pledged that it will continually test its algorithms for bias and give users more choice in how images appear on its platform.

“While our analyses to date haven’t shown racial or gender bias, we recognize that the way we automatically crop photos means there is a potential for harm,” Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal and CDO Dantley Davis wrote in a blog post.

“We should’ve done a better job of anticipating this possibility when we were first designing and building this product.

“We are currently conducting additional analysis to add further rigor to our testing, are committed to sharing our findings, and are exploring ways to open-source our analysis so that others can help keep us accountable.”

See also: What is bias in AI really, and why can’t AI neutralize it?

The pair added that Twitter would decrease its reliance on using machine learning for

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Black Hole From Iconic Image Appears to Be Wobbling

Black hole M87*.

Black hole M87*.
Image: EHT Collaboration

Scientists are learning important new things about the first-ever directly imaged black hole, including behaviors consistent with Einsteinian theory, but it’s also showing an unexpected feature in the form of a very wobbly ring.

Seems like forever ago, but we finally got to feast our eyes on the apparently unseeable back in April 2019, when this incredible image of a supermassive black hole was first released. Of course, we can’t actually “see” the black hole, because, as any 6-year-old will happily tell you, black holes have a habit of sucking up light. What the picture does show, however, is an asymmetric ring, known as the black hole’s shadow, of superheated gas swirling around the black hole’s event horizon—that boundary beyond which light cannot escape.

This particular black hole, with the mass of 6.5 billion Suns, is located 55 million light-years away

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Justin Hamilton building Virginia Tech defense in his image

Packing away the beloved hardware comes as Justin Hamilton, 38, takes over as defensive coordinator. The Hokies running back, wide receiver and safety from 2002 to 2005 coached safeties last season and will do so again in addition to overseeing the rest of the defense.

And while his allegiance to Foster, who had served as coordinator since 1995, has never been in doubt, Hamilton continues to construct the defense in his image as this incarnation of the Hokies moves another step further from the Frank Beamer era.

“I don’t think there’s anybody that questions Justin Hamilton’s devotion to Bud and appreciation for what Bud meant to him as a player and eventually as a coach,” Fuente said. “It’s not up to him to show that appreciation by the schemes that he chooses to deploy on the defensive side of the ball.

“Justin’s got a different staff. He’s got guys that

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