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Monday, December 05, 2016

Microsoft is offering users a new chatbot on the app Kik, nine months after it shut down an earlier bot that internet users got to spout racist, sexist and pornographic remarks.

Google is rolling out Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat that showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other features and improvements to stability and performance.

The U.S. Justice Department today announced a multinational operation involving arrests and searches in four countries to dismantle a complex and sophisticated network of computer servers known as "Avalanche."

Simplicity is a driving factor, as basic wearables sell better than smartwatches. Fitbit was once again the market leader in 3Q16, followed by Xiaomi, Garmin and Samsung, according to data released by IDC.

Amazon.com unveiled Amazon Go, a technology that lets shoppers buy groceries without having to scan and pay for them and wait in line for checkout.

Uber Technologies has agreed to buy startup Geometric Intelligence to help the ride-hailing company create a new artificial-intelligence research lab.

Google is offering yet another app that tracks your daily movements. The Trusted Contacts personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise.

Micron Technology today introduced the Micron Enterprise 5100 Series SATA solid state drive (SSD) family, all based on their 3D TLC NAND.

Panasonic has been reportedly in discussions to buy Austrian headlight manufacturer ZKW Group GmbH, Bloomberg reports.

The South Korean Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has sued Samsung, Qualcomm and Global Foundries over infringing its FinFET technology patents without permission.

Samsung has released an update for the Gear S2, which gets some features already offered by the newer Gear S3.

Alphabet's artificial intelligence division Google DeepMind is making the maze-like game platform it uses for many of its experiments available to other researchers and the general public.

Researchers from LG Electronics and Yonsei University have demonstrated full duplex radio technology based on an 80 megahertz multiple-input multiple-output broadband antenna at the electronics company's research and development campus.

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies tops the projected ranking of the top 10 fabless IC design houses worldwide based on annual revenues for 2016.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Apple has almost acknowledged it is working on autonomous vehicles, writing a letter to U.S. regulators offering feedback on proposed guidelines for the emerging technology.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Apple is offering a fix free of charge after a China consumer group complained about a problem with iPhone 6s products randomly shutting down, eventually due to a battery flaw, according to Apple.

Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals - the store's annual series of one-day-only savings and doorbusters - and there many deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more.

A researcher claims that he has managed to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS by inserting long strings in the Wi-Fi configuration settings.

Facebook is offering up a $20 million contribution to help improve the communities around Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, as the social networking giant looks to sweeten the special privileges it receives from the local authorities.

Xiaomi on Tuesday launched a new speaker, called Mi Wi-Fi Speaker.

Multiple reports of a smartphone called Mi MIX Nano have been circulating online, but Xiaomi refutes the rumor.

Nokia is staging a come back to the smartphone market in collaboration with Finland's HMD Global, and the specifications of the purported Nokia D1C mid-range smartphone have appeared online.

A former senior manager at Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China to pocket around US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million), Taiwanese prosecutors said Friday.

ASRock's new mini PC Beebox-S series is powered by the Intel 7th Gen Core i3 / i5 processors to deliver 4K playback with hardware acceleration, 10-bit color and HDR (high-dynamic range) support.

LG Electronics hopes to boost its ailing mobile business under the new leadership of Vice Chairman and CEO Jo Seong-jin.

Huawei has unveiled the first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Amazon.com unveiled a new security tool for cloud customers.

Facebook is working on an intelligent software that will automatically flag offensive material in live video streams.

Parents can now create Nintendo Accounts for children under the age of 13.

Today, HP announced their new affordable, durable and functional learning PC - the ProBook x360 11 Education Edition, powered by Windows 10.

Samsung is partnering with Lonely Planet to enable travelers to discover new destinations whilst on the go using the Samsung Gear S3.

New gaming laptops equipped with GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti series of GPUs will be launched for mobile systems makers at CES 2017 in January.

CyberLink's flagship media player, PowerDVD, achieved certification from both the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.

China's top social messaging app WeChat censors messages that contain sensitive terms and are sent from overseas to mainland-linked accounts, according to a report.

The European Commission (EC) has proposed simplifying value-added sales tax (VAT) requirements for online retailers on Thursday, in a measure that could boost Internet commerce.

On Thursday, Microsoft renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets.

Apple is reportedly planning plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch Google.

Fitness wristband maker Fitbit is said to be close to a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, in order to access its intellectual property.

MediaTek is launching two upgraded mobile processors- MediaTek Helio X23 and Helio X27 - adding new features to the MediaTek Helio X20 family.

The Oakforest-PACS supercomputer at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC), which is jointly run by the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba, has started operations today.

Nokia on Thursday announced that its deal with HMD Global Oy, a new company formed to revive the Nokia brand in phones, has come into force and that HMD has opened for business.

Intel Extreme Masters, the longest-running esports circuit in the world, returns to Katowice, Poland, for the fifth consecutive year with the 2017 World Championship.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly and Amazon Rekognition are Amazon.com's new cloud computing products designed for image recognition, speech-to-text conversion and conversational apps, respectively.

Back in 2010, Youtube enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Today, Google is taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

Security researchers revealed and alarming malware campaign. The attack campaign, named Gooligan, breached the security of over one million Google accounts. The number continues to rise at an additional 13,000 breached devices each day.

Today Seagate announced Seagate Duet, a one-to-one cloud-syncing portable external hard drive for Amazon Drive.

Netflix members worldwide can now download and watch offline in addition to stream series and films at no extra cost.

Intel, Delphi Automotive and Mobileye will collaborate in an alliance in order to advance autonomous vehicles.

Chinese handset maker Meizu has released its latest flagship smartphone. The Pro 6 Plus will be available in Asia and Europe for $435 and is powered by a Samsung Exynos chipset.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Facebook on Tuesday rolled out a feature that allows users to play popular games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders through the messaging app.

Diabetic retinopathy - an eye condition that affects people with diabetes - is the fastest growing cause of blindness, and it can be treated if detected early. Google's deep learning algorithm is capable of interpreting signs of DR in retinal photographs.

Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

Imagination is partnership with Japanese automotive component manufacturing company DENSO sophisticated automotive electronics systems.

Amazon.com is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, as the online retailer is trying to capitalize on the success of its voice-controlled home gadgets and fend off competition from Google and Apple.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reportedly plans to introduce a manufacturing process technology under a 12nm description to help it compete with rivals Samsung and Globalfoundries.

Dell announced a new high-performance thin client, the Wyse 5060, that is easy to deploy and manage, provides security options and complete virtual workspace compatibility with Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

MediaTek plans to bring holistic, fully integrated system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017.

Samsung Electronics is planning to introduce automatic focus (AF) function for a front-camera of its next flagship smartphone, (Galaxy S8), as the company is trying to offer differentiated functions to the market.

The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) its revising its patent licensing program to offer a reduced royalty rate for DVD Players and Recorders to licensees in "good standing."

Monday, November 28, 2016

AT&T Inc. on Monday took the wraps off its new DirecTV Now streaming service, making a foray into the crowded online video service market.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has successfully demonstrated Memory-Driven Computing, a concept that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform to realize performance and efficiency gains not possible today.

Mobile phones and mobile computing users can choose the right SD memory card to run applications on mobile devices at optimal performance levels with the latest SD Specification 5.1.

TechInsights has explored SK Hynix's U-shaped NAND cell architecture and compares it with the 3D NAND approaches followded by Micron, Toshiba, Intel and Samsung.

The demand for OLEDs in the near future years could force Chinese companies Huawei, VIVO and OPPO's parent company BBK and Royole, among others, start investing into flexible OLEDs by next year.

Hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany have been hit by network outages that could be the work of hackers.

ZOTAC introduces a new way to experience VR with the ZOTAC VR GO backpack, which has been upgraded since making its appearance at Computex 2016.

A new report has been added to previous ones, claiming that Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup might include a model with a curved screen similar to Samsung's Edge devices.

LG Enters Medical Display Market, Challenges Siemens, Sony

Samsung Electronics Co. and heir apparent Jay Y. Lee are reportedly facing rising pressure from investors for broad change at the company.

A new IPS liquid crystal panel that achieves a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1 -- 600 times that of conventional liquid crystal panels -- has been developed by Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.

Thanksgiving posts a 17 percent gain to $1.3 Billion, while Black Friday jumps 19 percent to just under $2 Billion, pushing the holiday season-to-date growth rate to 12 percent, according to comScore.

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The global mobile DRAM market share held by Samsung Electronics has hit a record-high level in Q3, according to DRAMeXchange.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Target, Wal-Mart Stores Best Buy and other chains are offering heavier discounts and a bigger online selection to help keep up with Amazon.com Inc. this holiday season.

Japan plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer designed to enhance the country's research strength in areas such as driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.

Huawei Technologies has displaced Samsung Electronics to become the second most profitable smartphone supplier in the world in the three months ended September 30, although Apple remains the smartphone industry leader.

Apple is back with some seasonal deals this Black Friday, although the company is not giving customers money off products - it is just bundling in gift cards worth up to $150 on select purchases.

Elitegroup unveiled the LIVA Z Mini PC, a fully functional computer that fits in the palm of your hand.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics plans to commercialize FoPLP (Fan-out Panel Level Package) semiconductor packaging technology in the first half of 2017.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Innovators in China powered global patent applications to a new record in 2015, filing more than a million applications for the first time ever within a single year.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says that his company remains in the mobile phone business but any new devices will have to bring something different to the table, in terms of form factor, usability and security.

Samsung Electronics is developing its own processor core based on the RISC-V architecture, aimed to be used in microcontrollers (MCUs) for IoT devices.

Hackers gained access to personal information of 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors, the U.S. Navy said on Wednesday.

Toyota Motor plans to develop a more advanced electric-car battery that will allow the Japanese automaker to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range and battery life than they have currently.

Leading OLED maker Samsung Display plans to convert its liquid crystal display (LCD) TV panel production lines to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) smartphone panel fabs, as the company is ramping up the production capacity to meet market demands.

Go master Cho Chikun on Wednesday won the final game against DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, to win the three-game series 2-1.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released proposed guidelines today to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles.

Treat yourself this holiday season with savings on select digital games on Nintendo.com or your Nintendo system and download games to play over winter break right away.

Microsoft Solitaire continues to be one of the most-played games of all time on Windows for more than 25 years and now, those on iPhone, iPad and Android devices can play the card game for free.

LG Innotek is joining forces with Apple to develop a smartphone camera module which enables 3D photo shooting, a feature that is expected to find its way to Apple's new products starting from the latter half of next year.

Xiaomi has just launched a pair of new receivers - the Mi TV Box 3C and Mi TV Box 3S.

Microsoft is planning to enable x86 on ARM64 emulation in Windows 10 by Fall 2017 with its 'Redstone 3' release, according to reports.

With just two weeks to go until the launch of the Oculus Touch controller, Oculus has some deals on upcoming VR games and experiences just in time for the holiday season.

If you're dreading those long lines and storefront crowds come Thursday night, worry no more. Sony's TGI Black Friday Sale starts right now with discounts on AAA games and blockbuster movies .

South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Group on Wednesday, a prosecution official said, after media reports of alleged links with a confidante of President Park Geun-hye who has been indicted in a scandal.

Facebook has developed a censorship tool that could persuade China to allow the social media network to re-enter the world's second largest economy after a seven-year ban, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Acer's new ultrathin Acer Spin 7 convertible notebook and a CES 2017 Innovations award honoree, is now shipping in the United States. Also available today is the Acer Spin 5 delivering performance and long battery life in a compact chassis.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Microsoft is partnering with Oculus, as Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app.
Prices for the new generation of graphics cards are finally starting to settle down after months of extreme inflation and both Nvidia and AMD have just launched holiday bundles.
Sony and SKY Perfect JSAT jointly demonstrated a live simultaneous 4K-HDR and HD-SDR broadcast at Inter BEE 2016 at Makuhari Messe, near Tokyo.

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