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19 Jan 2018
Christopher Rolland of Susquehanna today writes that chip makers Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) probably had much better sales of graphics chips, or GPUs, than the companies predicted, last quarter, driven by their use in mining the Ethereum blockchain.
18 Jan 2018
Intel says devices are rebooting more than usual after being patched with fixes it has issued to the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in its chips. The company said it had reproduced the problem and was "making progress toward identifying the root cause".
Apple has announced that it will be contributing US$350 billion into the US economy over the next five years, combining both new investments and its existing spending with domestic companies for supply and manufacturing.
17 Jan 2018
A new "text bomb" affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. A software developer tweeted about the flaw which typically causes an iPhone to crash and in some cases restart.
Users ofGoogle Home and Chromecast may experience trouble connecting online through their home Wi-Fi, according to new reports.
A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen. The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Hong Kong and known for being a global hardware hub, according to an internal email obtained by TechCrunch. This isn't a fully-blown Google campus, instead the company has taken up space within a serviced office starting this week.
A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.
16 Jan 2018
When Intel and AMD announced they'd be cooperating on a new CPU with an Intel processor paired with an AMD GPU, it was easy to see who the loser was going to be. Nvidia has a dominant overall position in the GPU market, including the types of all-in-one and small form factor systems that might opt for one of Intel's new CPUs with Radeon RX Vega graphics rather than an Intel CPU with Nvidia GPU. Now, there's hints that Nvidia is planning to respond with a new GPU iteration of its own: The GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.
15 Jan 2018
Veeco Instruments has announced that Osram Opto Semiconductors has ordered a multi-reactor Propel High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) Gallium Nitride (GaN) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) System.
Sure, we all know what famous person we vaguely look like (I always get Geena Davis, which ... I wish! She's still in a "League of Her Own.") But the blandly named Google Arts & Culture app will dig through thousands of museum artworks from days gone by to see if you have a truly old-school doppelganger.
As Apple gets slammed for addictive smartphones, experts are optimistic about the Amazon Echo and Google Home (Jan 14)
While investors pressure Apple to address youth phone addiction, experts are more optimistic about the voice-enabled smart speakers that Google and Amazon want to plunk into your living room
We're getting a slightly clearer picture of the performance hits on PCs from the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerability patches.
Japanese giant Softbank is planning to list its mobile phone business in Tokyo and overseas, according to the Nikkei newspaper. Softbank confirmed in a statement that the share sale is an option but no decision has yet been made.
Duisburg Germany has signed a MoU with Huawei to work together on smart city development. Both partners will begin work to make Duisburg an innovative and digitalized Western European model city.
12 Jan 2018
US lawmakers have long worried about the security risks posed the alleged ties between Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and the country's government. To that end, Texas Representative Mike Conaway introduced a bill last week called Defending US Government Communications Act, which aims to ban US government agencies from using phones and equipment from the companies.
11 Jan 2018
At CES 2018, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua has explained that millions of cars hitting the streets this year, simply equipped with a front-facing camera and Mobileye's new fourth-generation EyeQ system-on-chip, will play a crucial role in the delivery of a driverless future.
More than 300,000 US-based small and medium-sized businesses joined the Amazon Marketplace in 2017, and SMBs on Amazon sold billions of items to customers around the world. Half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small and medium-sized businesses that offer their products through the Amazon Marketplace, many of whom also choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) to tap into Amazon's global logistics network.
At CES 2018 Nvidia has unveiled details of its functional safety architecture for Nvidia Drive, its AI autonomous vehicle platform, which uses redundant and diverse functions to enable vehicles to operate safely, even in the event of faults related to the operator, environment or systems. The Nvidia Drive architecture enables automakers to build and deploy self-driving cars and trucks that are functionally safe and can be certified to international safety standards, such as ISO 26262.
At CES 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) has revealed that its Mate 10 Pro will be available in the US through major electronics retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H beginning on February 18, with pre-orders beginning February 4. Huawei also unveiled the world's first hybrid smart home network solution. The Huawei WiFi Q2 series is a true plug-and-play Wi-Fi system designed for the entire house.
At CES 2018, Qualcomm Technologies International has announced that its Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform now supports Microsoft Cortana. The platform integrates the hardware and software required to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) reduce the time and cost of developing smart speakers with support for the intelligent digital assistance provided by Microsoft Cortana.