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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Facebook will begin testing pre-roll ads in places where people proactively seek out content, like in its new shows product, called Watch.

Samsung Electronics plans to introduce a smart speaker in the first half of 2018, entering a crowded field of voice-controlled devices.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet.

Synaptics has started mass production of its new Clear ID FS9500 family of optical in-display fingerprint sensors, which can be installed under the surface of an OLED screen.

Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock.

The latest iMac Pro is available today, aimed at pro users who love the all-in-one design of iMac and require workstation-class performance.

IBM has signed up several prominent banks as well as industrial and technology companies to start experimenting with its quantum computers.

Microsoft uses is partnering with Reddit to bring the social site's forums and AMA interviews into the Bing search engine, and is also updating Cortana.

MediaTek unveiled MediaTek Sensio, a 6-in-1 smartphone biosensor module which tracks heart rate information, blood pressure trends, peripheral oxygen saturation levels and more.

At CES 2018, LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its latest LG gram laptops that deliver portability, powerful performance and convenience features.

Samsung Electronics announced the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and three new versions of the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

T-Mobile US, Inc. president and CEO John Legere unveiled the next phase in the Un-carrier's mobile video strategy, announcing plans to launch a new TV service in 2018.

Samsung may be working on a "double-sided" smartphone in which the display covers almost half of the back of the device.

Apple will invest $390 million to Finisar Corp to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID.

CORSAIR is launching the new CORSAIR VENGEANCE SODIMM DDR4 4,000MHz 32GB (4x8GB) kit, designed for small-form-factor systems running Intel's high-end-desktop X299 motherboard platform.

As 2017 draws to a close, it's time to look back on the year that was with Google's annual Year in Search.

Google is launching the Google AI China Center, its first such center in Asia, at the Google Developer Days event in Shanghai today.

AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the wireless carrier said on Wednesday.

Toyota Motor and Panasonic have agreed to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.

Shuttle's new SZ270R9 barebone for gamers finds it hard to keep a low profile featuring an RGB LED front panel.

As it was expected, Toshiba, Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital have entered into a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, and plan to continue their collaboration in the flash memory business.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twitter is making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads.

Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd will invest US$55 million in Lite-On's subsidiary in Suzhou, china, in order to develop storage products such as solid-state drives (SSD) for the local market.

Facebook has decided to move to a local selling structure in countries where the company has an office to support sales to local advertisers.

AMD has released a major upgrade to its software suite for Radeon graphics, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, which gives gamers the AMD Link mobile app and the Radeon Overlay in-game interface.

The worldwide sales for Nintendo Switch, which launched on March 3, 2017, has surpassed 10 million units, Nintendo has just announced.

Toshiba Memory Corporation has begun shipping samples of embedded NAND flash memory products for automotive applications that are compliant with JEDEC UFS version 2.1.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has developed a 3.60-inch 803ppi low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) TFT LCD specifically designed for virtual reality (VR) head mount display (HMD) applications.

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it will start the streaming of videos that utilize the latest High Dynamic Range 10 Plus technology via its TVs with the Amazon.com.

Toshiba and Western Digital have agreed in principle to settle their legal dispute over the $18 billion sale of Toshiba's flash-memory business with a formal announcement expected soon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Google has announced three new photography applications: Storyboard, Selfissimo! and Scrubbies.

Apple on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam, the U.K.-based app that lets users recognize song titles by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has defined the display a fully open standard specifying high dynamic range (HDR) quality, including luminance, color gamut, bit depth and rise time, through the release of a test specification.

Microsoft is releasing a free preview version of its Quantum Development Kit, which includes the Q# - pronounced Q Sharp - programming language, a quantum computing simulator and other resources for people who want to start writing applications for a quantum computer.

A hacker group called "MoneyTaker" has condcted more than 20 attacks on banks and financial services companies in the USA, UK and Russia and has silently stole nearly $10 million.

Verizon Communications will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year digital streaming partnership with National Football League.

Today, Intel unveiled the new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors, based on the 'Gemini Lake' architecture and engineered to offer a balance of performance and connectivity.

LG Display will reportedly supply its 65-inch and 75-inch LCD TV panels to Samsung Electronics, in the first ever cross purchase between the two South Korean rivals.

LG Electronics Inc. has filed a patent related to iris-scanner technology to the World Intellectual Property Organization agency, an indication that the South Korean smartphone maker may adopt an iris scanner for its next flagship smartphones.

Hewlett Packard has issued a patch to resolve a driver-level keylogger discovered on hundreds of HP laptops - the second within the year.

The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) is revising its joint patent licensing program beginning on and after January 1, 2018, including offering a new license agreement.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LG Electronics on Sunday announced successful applications of long-term-evolution (LTE) network-powered vehicle-to-everything (V2X) safety technologies for autonomous driving vehicles.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The deal could be worth as much as $400 million and be announced by Monday.

The IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) event kicked off this week in San Fransisco with Intel researchers to describe how they used cobalt for some interconnect layers at 10nm, and GlobalFoudries to talk about extreme ultraviolet (EUV) at the 7nm node.

LG Display announced that the company started mass production at its new Gen 5 OLED light panel production line in Gumi, Korea and launched its new OLED light brand, Luflex.

Toshiba and Western Digital havereportedly agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the Japanese firm's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit and aim to have a final agreement in place next week.

YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang on Thursday lit up a gathering of deep learning researchers at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) in Long Beach, Calif., by unveiling TITAN V, Nvidia's latest GPU.

Toshiba is launching the MG07ACA Series, the first Helium-Filled 14TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD for enterprises, featuring nine platters.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Ubisoft said on Thursday it was delaying the release of three games - Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 - adding it needed more time to develop Assassin's Creed Origins.

Facebook is adding two new features to Instant Games that will keep users more engaged.

Google's AlphaZero, a computer algorithm running on Google's AI-specific Tensorflow processing units, has managed to learn, master and then dominate the game of chess in just four hours.

HTC's VIVE FOCUS, a standalone VR headset for the China market, will be available for pre-order on December 12th in most of China's major online stores and offline sales channels.

Microsoft is launching Simplygon Cloud on Azure Marketplace, a platform that reduces complexity in the creation and extensibility of 3D models through optimization.

Facebook's Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside WhatsApp and Messenger.

BlackBerry and Qualcomm today announced a strategic collaboration to develop and produce automotive platforms for the next generation of connected vehicles.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker, will spend a record $20 billion to build an advanced 3-nanometer chip facility in Taiwan in 2020.

Samsung Electronics will release latest this month in China the premium W2018 flip phone, estimated to be worth 3 million won ($2,760).

Sony's PlayStation4 (PS4), PlayStationVR (PS VR) virtual reality system, PS4 and PS VR games have all reached sales milestones,according to Sony.

Researchers at the University of Kiel (Germany) have succeeded in placing spin crossover molecules on a surface and improve their storage capacity, a development that would theoretically increase the storage density of conventional hard disks a hundred times.

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, which include the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.

The latest release of Chrome browser introduces a variety of new security enhancements for enterprises.

Apple may return to the metal back for a new iPhone model that will have an LCD display, according to a report.

LG Electronics will start the sales of its first luxury smartphone featuring a zirconium ceramic back in South Korea.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845, a new 10nm mobile processor that brings new features like 4K HDR video capture on smartphones, better battery life and improved AI processing.

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are set to compete against each other with their own respective next-generation TVs at January's 'CES 2018' event, although it will probably be another battle between QLED and OLED.

China's IC design industry revenue will reach RMB 200.6 billion in 2017, a yearly growth of 22%, and TrendForce expects the growth rate to remain at around 20%, in 2018.

Yahoo Holdings and Oath filed a complaint against Mozilla and in response, Mozilla filed a cross-complaint against Yahoo Holdings and Oath for breach of contract.

Google on Tuesday said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com devices, as the online retailer is not selling Google hardware.

Japanese Nintendo's games will be playable on Nvidia's tablet Shield for the first time, although only for China.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

At its Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm on Tuesday showcased Snapdragon PCs from Asus and HP, promising to offer two-day battery life and always-on 4G connections while running Windows applications

Microsoft Azure has deployed AMD EPYC processors in its datacenters in advance of preview for its latest L-Series of Virtual Machines (VM) for storage optimized workloads.

JOLED, a Japanese company established by Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic, has shipped high-definition organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels produced with the world's first low-cost "RGB printing method".

Apple Pay makes sending and receiving money with friends and family as simple as sending a message.

IBM's next-generation Power Systems Servers incorporating the new POWER9 processor are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x, the company claims.

The European Union's second-highest court, the General Court, ruled that the 'Mi Pad' should not be registered as a trademark because consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity with the 'iPad' sign.

Google has released Android Go (Oreo edition), a version of Android custom-designed for low-end devices, which has been made available for device manufacturers and developers.

Together with EPFL scientists, IBM Research team has developed a scheme for training big data sets quickly - a 10x speedup over existing methods for limited memory training.

Nissan Motor and Japanese gaming software maker DeNA said on Tuesday they would begin public tests of their self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year.

YouTube plans to add more people next year to identify inappropriate content as the company responds to criticism over extremist, violent and disturbing videos and comments.

Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of the first 512-gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution for use in next-generation mobile devices.

Toshiba has announced the 10TB MN06ACA10T, the latest addition to its MN Series lineup of 3.5-inch hard drives for use in NAS platforms.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Ireland will begin collecting €13 billion ($15.46 billion) in back taxes from Apple by early next year after both sides agreed to the terms of an escrow fund for the money.

Western Digital today introduced a new portfolio of iNAND embedded flash drives (EFDs) for smartphone users.

NVIDIA today announced that AI researchers using desktop GPUs can now tap into the power of NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) as the company has extended NGC support to NVIDIA TITAN.

Facebook is rolling in the United States a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to video chat and message with family and friends.

Broadcom Ltd said on Monday it planned to nominate a slate of 11 independent members to the board of U.S. semiconductor firm Qualcomm Inc.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The CEO of U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Friday warned British government agencies to avoid using anti-virus software from Russian companies, including Kaspersky.

Friday, December 01, 2017

BlackBerry Ltd will pay Nokia $137 million, according to a ruling by the International Court of Arbitration.

HPE and Dell have maintained their dominant position in the worldwide server and enterprise storage markets in the third quarter.

Apple may release a $260 iPad priced next year, according to sources from related upstream suppliers in Taiwan.

Google Play, Google's app distribution service operated and developed by Google, has shared the list of the best and most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books in 2017.

KDDI and Samsung Electronics have completed the first 5G demonstration on a moving train traveling at over 100 km/hour (over 60 mph).

Qualcomm filed three more patent infringement complaints against Apple, just one day after Apple turned the tables and accused Qualcomm of infringing patents held by Apple.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Amazon.com wants to bring Alexa, its digital aide that shoppers command by voice, to your office.

Apple today launched the Apple Heart Study app, a research study using Apple Watch's heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Microsoft has removed the "preview" label from the Edge app for Android and iOS.

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