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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.

The worldwide wearables market took another step forward in the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) with total shipment volume reaching 26.3 million units, up 7.3% year over year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017 with memory to remain a driving force, according to IHS Markit.

Google was sued by a group of U.K. consumers called "Google You Owe Us" over claims that the company collected personal data from millions of users of Apple's iPhone.

Apple is underway in developing its own in-house power management chips for its iPhone models in order to better compete in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence applications, according a report.

Intel has confirmed the announcement of "a multi-chip platform for autonomous driving" that will compete with Nvidia's platforms at the the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Google has developed Datally, an app that helps you understand, control and save data.

Samsung Electronics will soon add its Bixby AI voice recognition platform to the ARTIK development boards for IoT, in a single tool that that offers both hardware and software.

Toshiba is expanding its line-up of client SSDs with the launch of premium models in its XG5-P series - new NVM Express (NVMe) client SSDs improve on the performance of the current models and double the maximum capacity to 2TB.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Amazon Web Services annual re:Invent conference kicked off today in Las Vegas and AWS announced the DeepLens deep learning-enabled wireless video camera, five new machine learning services and a slew of new IoT services.

The Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a new suite of capabilities to extend battery life in Wi-Fi devices, making Wi-Fi even better suited for battery-powered applications.

Phablets (smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches to <7 inches) will far outpace total smartphone market growth by climbing from 611 million units in 2017 to 1 billion units in 2021, according to IDC.

Snap on Wednesday unveiled a redesign of its mobile photo-sharing application on Wednesday, which centers on separating posts from a user's social circle from those sent by publishers and content creators, hoping to lure more users and advertisers.

Advancing what's possible in autonomous driving, today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Intel announced a collaboration with Warner Bros. to develop in-cabin, immersive experiences in autonomous vehicle (AV) settings.

Apple on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips infringe on Apple's patents.

Crucial has made availabile 128GB DDR4 LRDIMMs, a new offering in its server memory product portfolio and the highest density server memory module that Crucial has offered to date.

Microsoft plans a multibillion-dollar overhaul of its main campus in Redmond, Washington, adding space for 8,000 more workers and creating areas for collaboration and recreation.

South Korea-based CrucialTec has developed a micro-sized thermometer sensor module that can be built into smartphones.

MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts.

Facebook's artificial intelligence is keeping terrorist content off the social network, the company has said, hoping that AI will become a more important tool in the arsenal of protection and safety on the internet and on Facebook.

A serious security flaw has been discovered in the latest MacOS (High Sierra), allowing anybody to gain administration access to an Mac computer without the user's password.

Samsung Electronics' Foundry Business has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 10LPP (Low Power Plus).

Toshiba has started sampling Universal Flash Storage (UFS) devices utilizing Toshiba Memory's 64-layer, BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Western Digital announced that it will standardize on RISC-V processors and has invested in Esperanto Technologies, a startup designing high-end SoCs and cores using the open-source instruction set architecture.

Honor's newest flagship is the V10, which comes with a nearly bezel-free display and is currently available for pre-orders in China.

Sony is launching a range of high performance CFast memory cards, which are designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers.

The release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification, which is now available to all HDMI 2.0 adopters, supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, and resolutions up to 10K.

Cadence has made availabile the first Verification IP (VIP) in support of the new PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 architecture, driving early adoption of next-generation PCIe standard for server and storage applications.

Amazon.com Inc said Time Warner Inc's broadcast unit Turner had signed up for its Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Google on Tuesday said users doing a Google search would now be able to filter results with a new "finance" tab, which gives much of the same information that Google Finance does, including news on a company as well as details on its financials.

Pioneer has released a series of external Blu-ray disc burners in Japan, featuring a USB-C cable to connect to Android devices and easily transfer their audio CD libraries.

Toshiba is launching the MD06ACA-V Series of 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD) for surveillance applications that deliver up to 10TB of storage capacity.

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