Uncle Sam has another beef with Silicon Valley. Months after hauling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Washington for questioning related to the company's data-sharing practices, Congress has told the heads of Google parent Alphabet and Apple that they need to provide answers about their privacy practices.
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There is a rumor going around that Intel is getting ready to kill its "Extreme Edition" branding that it uses for certain high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. It was put out there by Francois Piednoel, a former Intel chip architect who worked at the company for two decades, who called the decision a "big mistake." Maybe it would be, but Intel is not axing the Extreme Edition brand.
While Intel has yet to detail its upcoming Cascade Lake processors for servers, some of the key characteristics are beginning to emerge. According to a new report from ServeTheHome, some of the new chips will support up to 3.84 TB of memory per socket, double the amount supported by contemporary Skylake-based Xeon Platinum M-series CPUs that support 1.5 TB of DDR4, due to combining 512 GB Optane DIMMs and 128GB DDR4 DIMMs. For a dual socket system, this rises to up to 7.68 TB per node.
Martin Ashton previously at Intel and Imagination Technologies now moves towards AMD where he has taken the position of corporate vice president for all Radeon Technologies.
The UK's data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches - the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner's Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company - Cambridge Analytica - had deleted users' data.
The US has ramped up its trade war with China, listing US$200 billion worth of additional products it plans to place tariffs on as soon as September. The move comes just days after the two countries imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of US$34 billion on each other's goods.
SK Hynix said Tuesday it will establish a joint venture in China to build a new 200 mm wafer analog foundry production line.
South Korea's Hanwha Q Cells' market share grew 2pp last year to 12.9%, becoming the first overseas producer to top Japan's solar panel market, according to a survey conducted by Nikkei, tapping demand for inexpensive residential products. Canadian Solar Japan and China's JinkoSolar also managed to increase their share.
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Thanks to a licensing deal with AMD and a complex joint-venture arrangement, the Chinese chip producer Chengdu Haiguang IC Design (Hygon) is now producing x86-based server processors that are largely indistinguishable from AMD's EPYC processors - so close in design that Linux kernel developers had to do little in the way of patching to support the new processor family, called "Dhyana." The server chips are being manufactured for domestic use only - part of an effort to break China's dependence on foreign technology companies.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise boss Antonio Neri told a San Francisco audience Tuesday that "70% of the data generated today is at 'the edge," a concept that refers to distributed networks of devices like sensors, power grids, cars or other devices that aren't continuously connected to the Internet.
Speaking from a blockchain conference in Morocco over the weekend, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the Internet giant missed its chance to be at the forefront of blockchain technology. Brin, who currently serves as president of Google parent company Alphabet, joined blockchain technology leaders and researchers on a panel at Richard Branson's exclusive Blockchain Summit.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee want Google and Apple sent letters on Monday to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Larry Page, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, asking the tech giants to explain their data collection practices.
As reported by Forbes' Gordon Kelly, Apple is looking to introduce dual-SIM technology to the iPhone family this year. The technology, widely available on high- and mid-range Android handsets, will finally debut in the iPhone X Plus, Apple's most expensive handset.
Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world's most widely deployed mobile operating system.
Qualcomm's veep of data centre technologies, Dileep Bhandarkar, has left the company, it appears.
Samsung Electronics has formally opened a new factory in India, which the South Korean tech group says is the world's biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant, part of its plans to expand production in the world's fastest growing major mobile phone market.
Seagate arguably got back into the SSD game earlier than Western Digital, but the storage company worked primarily in the enterprise space - but finally at long last it's introducing a BarraCuda SSD for PC enthusiasts.
Tencent has said that it will sell shares in the music unit on a US stock exchange. It didn't provide a time line or details on the size of the proposed stock offering, but recent reports have suggested the move could value Tencent Music at more than US$30 billion.
Shares of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi opened for trade down more than 2% on their debut in Hong Kong on Monday, following a disappointing pricing and a listing delay in mainland China.
Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has set up a new artificial intelligence company in California's Silicon Valley to improve its AI-based industrial internet capabilities.
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Amazon Go is a welcomed consumer experience, and more importantly, it may just be the first step on the path to a new American retail experience that is no longer just the stuff of science fiction movies.
Wall Street is obsessed with Tesla Model 3 production numbers. To some degree, this is understandable. But, according to one disruptive Wall Street analyst, Tesla's production numbers don't accurately reflect the bigger picture for Elon Musk.
Google recently rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, and ever since then, there have been rumours about an upcoming Wear OS watch. Samsung is reportedly planning to adopt Google's Wear OS for its next watch.
Companies including Mazda Motor Corp, Daihatsu Motor Co and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries kept work halted at factories as power and water supply in wide parts of Hiroshima and Okayama have been cut off.
During the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018, China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) demonstrated the achievements of technological innovation based on Huawei's SingleRAN Pro, which effectively improves network capacity and user experience and reduces site power consumption and operations costs. This is the first deployment of SingleRAN Pro in Pakistan.
Zebra Technologies - a company that makes handheld scanners, printers and other portable hardware, and develops the technology to tag things to be read by them - is acquiring Xplore Technologies, one of the older and bigger makers of ruggedized tablets and other hard-wearing hardware.
When Google introduced Google Duplex, its AI assistant designed to speak like a human, the company showed off how the average person could use the tech to save time making reservations and whatnot. What wasn't touched on was the possibility that Duplex may have a use on the other side of the line, taking over for call center employees and telemarketers.
Dell had taken his own company private for US$25 billion in 2013 and created the tracking stock to finance its US$67 billion purchase of VMware parent EMC in 2015. DVMT has since doubled in value, closing June 29 at US$84.58 per share.
Ericsson has announced the launch of a 5G innovation lab in India, with the Swedish networking giant saying it will encourage collaboration on 5G technologies and applications between telecommunications carriers, industry, startups, and academia.
Teraco Data Environments plans to invest about 1 billion rand (US$73 million) as Africa's largest data center operator expands infrastructure to meet rising demand. The closely held business will have spent 4.5 billion rand on building data services centers in South Africa when the current investment cycle ends in 2019.
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Indian solar developer Azure Power has confirmed it has secured 600MW in a 2GW solar auction by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries unveiled a fiber broadband system and said it will extend connectivity to 1,100 cities, stepping up its push to expand in the country's telecoms and Internet services sector.
IBM has secured a US$740 million agreement to become a central technology partner of the Australian government over the next five years. The contract will see services such as automation and blockchain provided to federal departments including defense and home affairs.
Intel will not be supplying Apple with radio chips in a future iPhone release, a report claims, with the chip producer said to have stopped development of parts that would have enabled 5G cellular communications on an upcoming version of Apple's smartphone.
Samsung Electronics is expected to post its smallest profit growth in more than a year in the second quarter, as lackluster sales of its premium Galaxy smartphones overshadow its highly profitable chip business.
After months of threats and skirmishes, the trade war between the United States and China is about to get serious.
UMC is turning out to be the perfect patsy in China's ongoing campaign to stick it to the US over technology, intellectual property and trade.
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At CEBIT 2018, Huawei and the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) announced that the Huawei AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet solution successfully passed EANTC's high-performance data center test, pioneering the ultra-high-speed network based on Ethernet.
A North Carolina maker of lighting products tried to convince the Trump administration that paying tariffs on its goods coming out of China would threaten its spending on research and jobs in the US.
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