After a self-driving Uber crashed and killed a woman walking her bike across a Tempe, Arizona, road last week, the technology behind autonomous vehicles has been questioned and scrutinized. Intel, the company behind the driver-assistance software Mobileye - which is used in certain autonomous cars, like Waymo, but not in Uber - took the footage Tempe police released from the crash and ran their software through the fatal incident.
The governor of Arizona on Monday suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state following a fatal crash last week that killed a 49-year-old pedestrian.
Uber's mission was to bring reliable transportation for everyone, to everywhere. But after it sold its businesses in Russia, China and Southeast Asia to local competitors, "everywhere" has shrunk to the US, Europe, parts of Latin America, India and the Middle East.
Losses in Chinese tech stocks outpaced their US counterparts on Thursday, with those losses holding into the close after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on tens of billions of dollars' worth of goods from China.
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More analysts raised their price targets on shares following better-than-expected earnings though shares were down 8.2% at last check in Friday trading, their worst one-day percentage decline since late November.
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Engineers see many options to create 5nm, 3nm and even 2nm semiconductor process technologies, but some are not sure that they will be able to squeeze commercial advantages from them even at 5nm.
Japan's Toshiba said on Monday it had yet to receive clearance from all regulators for the sale of its prized $18 billion memory-chip business by its self-imposed end-March deadline, but added it aimed to sell it as early as possible.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the smartphone maker is working with its Asian partners on a foldable phone.
Leaders of Apple Inc., Google and other U.S. technology giants head to China this weekend to pursue a familiar goal: To do more business in the world's most populous nation. The effort has had mixed results, at best, in the past.
iOS 11.3 is the Big One. It is the most important update yet for iOS 11 and vital to Apple's recovery from what is undoubtedly the iPhone's biggest scandal to date. As such its release is hotly anticipated, but users should already brace themselves for a nasty surprise...
China has said it is considering imposing tariffs on US$3 billion worth of US products in retaliation to new tariffs announced by US President Donald Trump. The list of products under consideration by China includes pork, wine, fruit and nuts and stainless steel pipes, among others.
With this acquisition, KLA-Tencor will significantly diversify its revenue base and add $2.5 billion of addressable market opportunity in the high-growth PCB, FPD, packaging, and semiconductor manufacturing areas.
Tesla shareholders have approved a huge pay deal for its chief executive, Elon Musk, worth an estimated US$2.6 billion. It is believed to be the biggest share-based pay deal in US corporate history.
Google is working on blockchain-related technology to support its cloud business and head off competition from emerging startups that use the heavily-hyped technology to operate online in new ways, according to people familiar with the situation.
Looks like Intel is finally addressing AMD's Ryzen mainstream desktop processor threat with eight-core processors of its own later this year. The upcoming "Coffee Lake-S" chips will be based on 14nm process technology, and part of Intel's eighth-generation design refresh slated for the second half of 2018. The chips are now starting to appear in benchmarks although the speeds are merely preliminary, given they won't be finalized until the summer at the earliest.
In the latest complication for Qualcomm, China's regulators are seeking more protections for local companies before approving the US chipmaker's proposed purchase of NXP Semiconductors, according to people familiar with the matter. That could jeopardize Qualcomm's bid to survive as an independent company.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. In a statement, Zuckerberg said a "breach of trust" had occurred.
Apple and IBM revealed an enhancement to their existing collaboration at the Think 2018 conference with Watson Services for Core ML and the newly designed IBM Cloud Developer Console for Apple. The offering marries Apple's Core ML tools for developers with IBM's Watson to make it easier for companies to add artificial intelligence into mobile applications.
In a move to combat the epidemic of false and unreliable information on the internet, Google is pledging to spend $300 million over the next three years to support authoritative journalism.
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Just last week, Google unveiled an experiment with light fields to realistically capture reflections and depth. There is possibly more behind this virtual reality project as Google is now reportedly acquiring Lytro - a company whose long running speciality is light field technology.
For argument's sake, let's believe that Google believes its newest efforts to boost publishers - by promoting subscriptions, news literacy and other things publishers like - will help publishers. Let's also believe that Facebook believed it was helping publishers when it announced its own effort to boost publishers a year ago, and multiple times since then.
Advanced Micro Devices, Intel's main rival in computer microprocessors, said a report earlier this month alleging that its chips have widespread, fundamental vulnerabilities greatly exaggerated the severity of the threat.
The US Federal Trade Commission is reported to be investigating Facebook after allegations that 50 million users' private information was misused by a political consultancy firm.
SoftBank could relist Arm Holdings, the UK chip designer bought two years ago by the Japanese internet-to-telecoms conglomerate, according to its senior executive.
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MediaTek, Cirrus Logic, and Xilinx could all be on Broadcom's shopping list.
The UK's information commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016.
Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.
Chinese memory chip manufacturers pose no serious threat yet to established players, Micron Technology CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said, citing high barriers to entry for aspiring global suppliers.
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LG Display applies Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) to lighting so that lighting fixtures can generate sounds like speakers.
Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (it's now down to "fewer than 20" workers) and has replaced CEO Joerg Tewes with co-founder Ed Tang.
Alcatel confirmed that the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 3V will launch in the US in the coming months. The two phones were announced alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5 during MWC 2018 in February.
Apple is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation. The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation micro LED screens.
According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), patents related to AI semiconductors, which was 32 in 2013, soared to 391 in 2017 in South Korea, a ten-fold increase over the four years.
China will continue to invest in the development of high-end chips and will monitor the sector to ensure that only products of high quality are manufactured, said the head of the country's national semiconductor fund.
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Broadcom executives said the company is eyeing fresh potential targets for acquisition, just days after US President Donald Trump quashed the company's proposed $117 billion hostile takeover attempt of rival Qualcomm.
Google Maps will now show wheelchair accessible routes in cities like Boston, New York, and London. The search giant said Thursday that people can now use Google Maps to get directions that are catered specifically to people with mobility problems.
A dubious video has started to circulate on Weibo that claims to show the upcoming 'iPhone SE 2' using the same design language as the iPhone X, but the smartphone appearing in the brief clip is probably not the follow-up to the iPhone SE, for a number of reasons.
Intel is revealing today that the company is introducing hardware protections against the Spectre CPU flaw that was discovered last year. While the Meltdown vulnerability will continue to be addressed through software updates, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the company has "redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning" that will protect against the Spectre variants. Intel's next-generation Xeon processors (Cascade Lake) will include the new partitioning, alongside 8th generation Intel Core processo
The move comes days after US President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom's $142bn hostile bid for the San Diego-based company over national security concerns.
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Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country's fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports.