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Monday, June 26, 2017

A SpaceX rocket on Sunday launched from California, carrying 10 communications satellites, just two days after the company launched another satellite from Florida.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Microsoft confirmed reports that some Windows 10 source code has leaked online.

Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday, targeting weak email passwords.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Google will stop using ads inside Gmail that scan users' email contents in order to gather data and show ads relevant to users' interests.

BlackBerry on Friday reported first-quarter sales that missed analysts' forecasts due to a drop in its software and professional services sales.

Sales of chips for cellular handsets will surpass sales of chips for PCs for the first tine in 2017 as the PC sales slump continues, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc.

Toshiba Corp CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa said that his company is open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate's chip unit.

Foxconn has offifially announced "Flying Eagle", its investment project for the US set to be finalized in the third quarter.

Automaker Tesla Inc. has been reportedly in talks with record labels about creating its own music-streaming service, according to a report.

YouTube today rolled out a new format for videos called VR180, which lets creators shoot videos that are immersive when viewed in a virtual reality headset, but still have a normal perspective for anyone watching on their smartphone.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For Facebook Mark Zuckerberg "sharing" is not enough old. He puts focus on the online communities and groups, which bring people world together but also, increases engagement and advertising revenue for the world's largest social network.

The Nissan Motor and Renault alliance looks beyond making and selling cars and plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services in the coming years.

LG Display has developed the first 77-inch flexible and transparent OLED display, under a project jointly carried out with South Korea's industry ministry.

Samsung Electronics announced the start of mass production of its first Exynos-branded Internet of Things (IoT) solution, the Exynos i T200.

UK chip designer Imagination Technologies has put itself up for sale following the dispute with its largest customer Apple, said it has received takeover interest from several parties.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Intel will sponsor the Olympics through 2024 in the company's latest bid to show off its technology through sports events. The company will build new kinds of experiences using virtual reality, 5G cellular and drones.

Toshiba's board of directors has chosen a consortium of Japanese government investors, U.S. Bain Capital and South Korea's SK hyinx as the preferred bidder for its memory chip business, aiming to seal a deal worth some $18 billion by next week.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 launched on Tuesday a subscription-based box shopping service, Prime Wardrobe, as the online retailer steps up efforts to boost its apparel business.

Last year, Microsoft released a preview of Microsoft Stream, an enterprise video service that makes it easy for people inside any organization to upload, share, manage and view videos. Microsoft Stream is now generally available as a standalone service and is rolling out to Office 365 Enterprise customers.

Qualcomm has invested n Amionx, a company that specializes in technology that prevents lithium-ion batteries from being the source of a fire or explosion.

Google for Jobs, an initiative announced by Google at I/O, is getting the power of Google's Search to make it easier for consumers search for jobs more effectively.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The 49th edition of the TOP500 list was released today, and although there were no new entrants in the top 10 places of the list, GPU-based systems are emerging as strong players in the market.

Toshiba has developed an ultra-sensitive spintronic strain-gauge sensor element for micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS)sensors that is 2500 times as sensitive as conventional metal strain-gauges and over 100 times as sensitive as semiconductor strain-gauges.

Stanford scientists have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, technology that could one day charge electric vehicles and personal devices like medical implants and cell phones.

Google will implement additional measures to identify and remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing platform YouTube, the company said.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, in a move that will help the online retail giant expand its reach into a physical network of grocery stores.

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, are joining Apple in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming.

A recent major crackdown on tech support scammers in the U.S. was relying in part on the work of a group of Microsoft researchers and Digital Crimes Unit investigators who used artificial intelligence to help unravel the complex web of technical tricks the scammers were using to swindle users and avoid law enforcement.

Samsung Display, the world's No. 1 mobile OLED maker, is set to break ground for its new OLED plant, in which the company invsted a total of 8 trillion won (US $7.05600 billion).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded AMD, Cray Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel and Nvidia $258 million, paving the way to build at least one exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.

Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content - behind-the-scenes work that includes the use of artificial intelligence to keep terrorist content off Facebook.

Facebook is asking its users to suggest how the social network should handle matters related to terrorists propaganda, post censorship, user's data and more.

Twitter is rolling out a series of tweaks to its website and mobile applications to further simplify the service's interface for its users.

Japan Display Inc. has developed an integrated console display for automotive applications. The Pixel Eyes display features a cover glass and integrated peripheral touch controls around the display.

Facebook is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the GIF by making available GIFs in comments and the introduction of some exclusive GIFs.

Intel envisions artificial intelligence (AI) as the driver for the next big wave of computing that will transform the way businesses operate, and announced this week investments in three companies.

Western Digital asked a court in California for an order blocking the sale of the chip unit of Toshiba, its partner in a manufacturing joint venture.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

To master the game Ms. Pac-Man, Microsoft researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based system that learned how to get the maximum score on the legendary video game Ms. Pac-Man, using a divide-and-conquer method that could have broad implications for teaching AI agents to do complex tasks that augment human capabilities.

Nokia on Wednesday launched the world's fastest network chips based on its FP4 silicon, marking a breakthrough into the router market dominated by rivals Juniper and Cisco.

Researchers have created a multifunctional device made of 2D tungsten diselenide (WSe2). This single semiconductor device can improve device functionality and reduce fabrication complexity, providing an alternative to scaling down the device's dimensions.

Facebook is updating its Safety Check program by adding support for fundraisers, Community Help on desktop, personal notes in news feeds and more derailed descriptions related to a crisis.

Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright- protected works, such as 'The Pirate Bay', may constitute an infringement of copyright law, judges at the European Union's top court warned.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Microsoft releases additional updates for older Windows platforms including Windows XP and Vista, to protect against potential nation-state activity.

LG Electronics today unveiled the LG Transparent LED Film Display. Introduced for the U.S. market at InfoComm 2017 this week in Orlando, the display ushers LG into an entirely new product segment.

Yahoo ended its two-decade run as an independent company on Tuesday, completing the sale of its core online assets to Verizon. Verison will integrate the Yahoo internet operations and AOL into a new unit called Oath, while Yahoo group now becomes a holding company called Altaba Inc.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed to Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang the company 's focus on self-driving technology.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the availability of its 7nm Leading-Performance (7LP) FinFET semiconductor technology, delivering a 40 percent generational performance boost to meet the needs of applications such as mobile processors, cloud servers and networking infrastructure.

Toshiba on Tuesday said it was being sued by another group of foreign investors for 43.9 billion yen ($399 million) in damages over a $1.3 billion accounting scandal uncovered two years ago.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Foxconn has revelaled that Apple and Dell are among the copmpanies which will join a Foxconn-led consortium bidding for Toshiba's chip unit.

Samsung Electronics has reportedly lost Qualcomm's 7-nanometer (nm) chip order to Taiwan-based Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), in a blow that could impede the Korean chipmaker's latest efforts to expand its dominance in the foundry business.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

LG Electronics is dividing its intelligence lab into two units dedicated to research in artificial intelligence (AI) and robots.

While Western Digital is trying to block Toshiba from selling its memory unit to a third party, it is considering a sweeter offer, according to reports.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

After nearly a quarter of a century, the semiconductor industry could see a new #1 supplier in 2Q17, with Samsung to charge into the top spot and displace Intel.

Friday, June 09, 2017

SoftBank Group is taking over Google parent Alphabet's robot dreams, buying Boston Dynamics to pursue a future when more machines intermingle with humans.

The European Commission (EC) has opened an in-depth investigation to assess Qualcomm's $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, adding up pressure on the U.S. smartphone chipmaker to offer concessions to address their concerns.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Intel is publicly threatening Qualcomm and Microsoft for emulating Intel's proprietary x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) without authorization.

Yahoo stockholders approved the previously announced proposed sale to Verizon Communications Inc.of the company's operating business, with the transaction to close this month.

IEEE 802.11ai provides for "Fast Initial Link Set-up" (FILS) methods to enhance end user experience in dense environments and the IEEE 802.11 standard revision enables multi-gigabit throughput in 5GHz and 60GHz spectrum bands

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract manufacturer, is open to acquisitions of new businesses, although it moved back from bidding for Toshiba's memory business, while it also enjoys strong semiconductor orders from Apple, Qualcomm and NVIDIA.

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Hexadite, a U.S.-Israeli provider of technology to automate responses to cyber attacks.

Samsung Electronics may assign the rear-end packaging process of its next generation Exynos application processor to an external company, as it lacks efficient packaging expertise for chips that are smaller than 10nm, a report claims.

Google's Project Wing took part in a set of nationwide tests convened by NASA and the FAA to explore how to manage the growing number of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the sky.

The TransferJet Consortium and four of its member companies (Sony, NTT, Japan Radio Company and Toshiba) led a group at IEEE to develop the IEEE 802.15.3e standard amendment addressing the needs of a high rate, close proximity wireless transfer having speeds in excess of 10 Gbps.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

BlackBerry has developed the QNX Hypervisor 2.0, a new software for running computer systems on vehicles, designed help developers partition and isolate safety-critical environments from non-safety critical ones.

Japan Display (JDI) will postpone the final agreement to acquire Panasonic and Sony's OLED joint venture JOLED, as the company is considering a deeper restructuring than it first announced, including seeking outside financial help.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Chinese reports say that ARM and the Chinese Hopu-ARM Innovation Fund have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that they will establish a joint venture in Shenzhen to develop intellectual property products for use in IC designs.

Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints against Microsoft with the European Commission and the German federal cartel office.

Verbatim, part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, has launched a high performance water soluble support material, Butenediol Vinyl Alcohol Co-polymer (BVOH), for quick printing of complex objects with overhangs using dual extrusion 3D printers.

Monday, June 05, 2017

IBM, its Research Alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed a process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that they believe will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips.

Apple and will join Foxconn's bid for Toshiba 's semiconductor business, the Nikkei business daily quoted Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou as saying on Monday.

Friday, June 02, 2017

In a move to discourage its U.S. partner from trying to buy its recently spun-off memory chip unit, Toshiba has taken back a majority stake in a joint venture with the partner, Western Digital, after having transferred the stake to the spun-off unit.

JOLED has succesfully developed a printed 4k OLED panel and has already started shipping samples to Sony.

Google will introduce an ad blocker to the Chrome web browser early next year. The feature will work on both desktop and mobile and will still allow ads to be displayed on pages that meet the right requirements.

LG Electronics on Friday announced the official release of LG Pay, its own mobile payment tool in South Korea comparable to Samsung Electronics's Samsung Pay.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

the expansion of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled services from companies including Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung Electronics is expected to drive growth of the AI-powered digital assistants market, which is on track to exceed 4 billion consumer devices by the end of 2017.

Worldwide shipments of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets continued to soar with a total of 2.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), according to IDC.

Microsoft announced a complete overhaul of Skype on Thursday, with iMessage and Snapchat in its sights.

Western Digital said on Thursday it is still seeking arbitration in a dispute with Toshiba over the auction of its memory chip unit, arguing that a transfer of assets by the Japanese firm had not resolved what it calls a serious breach of contract.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Intel says that the current virtual reality (VR) experiences that allow to transport someone to a live concert where they can have a front-row seat is a great, but the goal should be a virtual reality experience that naturally merges the physical and virtual worlds.

Google is adding new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, unintended external reply warnings and built-in defenses against new threats.

On the back of thriving pilots in the San Francisco Bay Area and across Israel, Google's Waze is bringing the Waze Carpool navigation app to life across California on June 6th.

A German court rejected a mother's demand that Facebook grant her access to her deceased daughter's account.

Toyota's infotainment system of its revamped Camry sedan to be sold in the United States will run on a Linux-based, open-source technology platform.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SK Hynix and Micron plan to develop and mass produce 10-nanometer DRAMs to catch up with Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Electronics announced VR Live Pass on Gear VR, a lineup of exciting global, live entertainment partnerships with the UFC, X Games and Live Nation.

Qualcomm today announced the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, a combination of technologies upon which original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and broadband carriers can deliver next-generation connected home experiences.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sharp and Google are developing liquid crystal displays for virtual reality devices, which have more demanding characteristics in terms of response time and resolution, compared to the LCDs used in smartphones.

Samsung Electronics is considering adding 3D NAND memory chip production capacity at its manufacturing base in China following the first established in Xi'an in 2014.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sharp's president Tai Jeng-wu on Saturday said confirmed that it is planning to set up a flat-panel plant in the US.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence program is retiring from the ancient game following its recent victory over the world's best go player.

Friday, May 26, 2017

China's aggressive moves to build their own chip capabilities could cause a supply glut and disrupt the chip industry, as long as they gain access to the related IP.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC,) the world's no.1 contract chipmaker, is testing advanced 7-nanometer chips for 12 customers and plans to start mass production in the first half of 2018.

Lenovo Group, the world's largest personal computer maker, on Thursday said it returned to profit in a year when its PC shipments fell at a slower rate than the overall market.

Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie for a second time on Thursday, taking a 2-0 lead.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Samsung Electronics, the world's second-biggest chipmaker, is increasing its effort in semiconductor outsourcing by separating the company's foundry business into a new unit and announced a foundry process technology roadmap.

The chief executives of Toshiba and U.S. chipmaking partner Western Digital agreed Wednesday to discuss the Japanese conglomerate's sale of a majority stake in its flash memory unit, which Western Digital has opposed selling to any buyer but itself.

Panasonic has achieved the world's highest output temperature coefficient at -0.258%/C2 for mass-produced silicon photovoltaic modules.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Google plans to use machine learning to help online marketers analyze countless signals in real time and reach consumers with more useful ads at the right moments. Machine learning also includes measuring the consumer journeys that now span multiple devices and channels across both the digital and even physical worlds.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Chengdu municipality today announced an investment to spur innovation in China's semiconductor industry.

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